The School of Engineering and Digital Arts is engaged in high-quality research with significant national and international impact while offering excellent opportunities for graduate studies.

We consistently attract substantial research funding from the UK Research Councils, European research programmes, industrial and commercial companies, government agencies and others. Our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments.

We have a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive learning environment within a successful research culture. The skills, abilities and enthusiasm of our students are vital elements in our research activities and we foster them as effectively as we can through the provision of excellent research training during their graduate studies.


RESEARCH EXCELLENCE

Our lecturers are highly respected in their fields. Many are active researchers who contribute to contemporary debate through their work and publications.

Dr Rocio von Jungenfeld presenting to students in Gulbenkian lecture theatre

When art meets technology

Dr Rocio von Jungenfeld investigates how technology and humans co-produce their environments

REF SUCCESS

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 70% of the School’s research activity was assessed to be either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our research: Making a difference

The School has a large team of experts working in electronic, digital, creative and computing technologies. Our areas of expertise include:

  • antennas
  • biomedical engineering
  • biometrics and security
  • circuits and measurements
  • reconfigurable and heterogeneous systems
  • embedded systems
  • image processing and computer vision
  • digital signal processing
  • instrumentation
  • mobile applications
  • optical sensors and components
  • phased arrays
  • RF, microwave and millimeter-wave circuits and front ends
  • mobile and satellite communications
  • radar systems.

The School undertakes high-quality research of significant national and international impact. For example, new technology developed at Kent was used to help Drax, the largest power station in the UK, move from firing coal to a combination of biomass and coal. It has been applied in countries including the UK, France, China and Saudi Arabia.

Our experts can also provide consultancy services in a variety of ways, including targeted research, design reviews, technology briefings and site visits. Kent County Council, Turner Contemporary and Age UK have all used our Digital Media Hub to access advanced digital technology and creative expertise.

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