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Undergraduate student project presented at IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems

Published: 1 November 2016
IEEE 59th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems

An ECS undergraduate student has presented his third year project results at the prestigious IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems, held in Abu Dhabi in October.

Andrew Wightwick, a fourth year undergraduate student working towards an MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, presented a paper titled “Secure communication interface design for IoT applications, using the GSM network”. The paper was based on a third year project and was supervised by Dr Basel Halak of the Electronics and Electrical Engineering research group.

Andrew's paper proposes a secure communication interface for IoT devices using GSM-based short messaging service; it also presents an implementation example of the scheme using field-programmable gate array (FPGA), which showcases a fully working prototype for remote control of a personal controller.

"To have a paper accepted for presentation in an international IEEE conference is an extraordinary achievement for Andrew,” said Dr Halak, "and a credit to the high quality education and support our students receive here in Electronics and Computer Science (ECS).”

The IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS) is the oldest circuits and systems symposium sponsored by the IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Earlier this year, Andrew gained the best UK result in the International Microelectronics Olympiad, organised by Synopsys.

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