Professor Gerard Parr

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  • Gerard Parr holds the Full Chair in Telecommunications Engineering at Ulster and holds a PhD in Self Stabilising Protocols, aspects of which were completed with one of the founding Fathers of the Internet (Professor Jon Postel) as a Visiting Research Scientist at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute in Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles. Within his academic career, areas of research include Wireless Sensor Clouds, Disaster Response Communications, Massive Data Analytics and Transport Protocols, delay-sensitive protocols, and energy-aware autonomic networking for converged network management and edge computing. He has attracted several £millions of external research and commercial funding and has advised governments on the allocation of funding to large-scale projects valued in total at approximately £2.2 billion. Professor Parr is a member of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Peer Review College. His academic research collaborations include MIT, Georgia Institute of Technology, USC-ISI Los Angeles, University of Florida, University College London, Southampton, Surrey, QMUL, Oxford, St Andrews, Lancaster and Cambridge, Khalifa University of Science Technology & Research, Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications (BUPT) and Indian Institutes of Technology in Mumbai, Madras, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mandi and IISc Bangalore. In recent years he has been successful in attracting major EPSRC research funding for a project in Sensing Unmanned Aerial VEhicles that involved partners from University College London, University of Oxford, UK Home Office, Thales, BAE Systems and Boeing USA. Parr also acted as the UK Lead PI for the EPSRC India-UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC). He has acted as a Member of the EPSRC ICT Strategic Advisory Team and contributes to initiatives such as Big Data, RIIE, and the ICT-SAT International Sub-Group. He has recently been successful in attracting the first Centre-to-Centre project under the UK-Ireland R&D Programme with NSF in Agile Cloud Service Delivery Using Integrated Photonics Networking. Partners include Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, University College Cork, Arizona, Berkeley, UCSD and Columbia Universities.

  • Cloud computing, Internet of Things, M2M and Pervasive Access to Massive Data Analytics

  • Wireless

    Other Research Interests:
    Digital economy

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