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Distinguished Lecture: Successful translation of Academic Research into wider Economic Impact

Published: 13 May 2014

Professor John McCanny, Director of the Institute of Electronics Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen’s University Belfast, will be giving a Faculty Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday June 10th.

Professor McCanny will be speaking on the Successful translation of Academic Research into wider Economic Impact:

A nation or a region’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy is highly dependent on its ability to innovate and create new products and new services. A key aspect of this is the quality of its research. However, what is also critical is the environment and mechanisms to rapidly translate the outcomes of this research into wider economic impact and benefit. These issues and the challenges are now high on the agenda of many modern economies. This Lecture will give an overview of how these challenges are being addressed at Queen’s University Belfast through its Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), the research flagship for the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP).

Professor John McCanny is an international authority on special purpose silicon architectures for Digital Signal and Video Processing and Cryptography. He has published 5 research books, 360 peer reviewed research papers and holds over 20 patents. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the Irish Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET),and the Institute of Physics and Engineers Ireland. He is also a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

A full summary of Professor McCanny’s lecture can be downloaded on the right of this page.

The event will take place in the Nightingale Lecture Theatre (67/1027) at 17.00, with refreshments available from 16.30. A drinks reception will follow. All are welcome but please register via Eventbrite beforehand:

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