So tell us about yourself…

UL’s Centre for Teaching and Learning will play a central role in the running of a short mini writers’ retreat in Scotland and is offering two free places to interested UL postgraduate research students.

The retreat takes place from Friday June 24th to Sunday June 26th in Glenbruagh, Scotland. It will include some structured sessions and expert advice on your writing and publishing strategy and will operate as a collegiate, supportive forum to enhance your writing. You will make active progress on your writing task and learn some routines that will help to generate healthier, more productive writing habits in the longer term.

To be in with a chance of participating, please forward a short outline (500 words) providing details of a writing project that you would like to work on. The Dean of Graduate Studies and The Dean of Teaching and Learning will assess and select the winning submissions. We know this is very short notice, but please note that only emails received by 5.00pm on Wednesday March 16th

I am finalising my Ph.D. in the Electronic and Computer Engineering department. I have extensive work and research experience, including one year study in Columbia University in New York, and have collaborated with national and international groups for project work resulting in a number of technical deliverables and journal and conference papers. As such I believe I am in a unique position to build upon my experience and project work over the next few years as a postdoctoral researcher and assemble a state-of-the art research team in wireless networks and systems

New wireless technologies and strategies are allowing more and more people to access new and more complex telecommunications services from their mobile phones and portable computers. At the same time there are real problems in fulfilling the ideal of providing broadband capacity or better to everybody at any place at any time. Essentially, existing networks and technologies are not dense enough to provide full coverage.

Infrastructure-less wireless networks increase the relative density of services and communications in an area using users own devices to relay messages and services between the users themselves and to external systems and networks. There are two common types of infrastructure-less wireless systems, ad-hoc networks and sensor networks. The research work includes investigation of the properties and behaviour of infrastructure-less networks, as well as education and advocacy of their usefulness. Individual areas of research are quality-of-service, mobility and service provision. Together these provide a global view of the behaviour, while at the same time individually offering plenty of scope for innovative and novel research.

One of the weaknesses identified, as part of the project has been my relative lack of experience in co-ordinating, planning and editing of technical papers. As I complete my Ph.D. thesis and plan for follow up postdoctoral work, I would like to enhance my writing skills to be better able to professionally contribute to, co-ordinate, edit and present technical documents and papers for both a technical and non-technical audience.

The writing project initially includes a Ph.D. thesis and associated journal papers; for publication in technical journals and fora. In particular I would like to focus on developing one or more of my Ph.D. chapters for consumption by a wider audience. Technical writing has tended to be inaccessible to the casual reader and I think there is an opportunity both to raise my own profile and to generate interest in the research area amongst the general public.

In the longer term it is envisaged that postdoctoral work and further postgraduate research will be conducted in infrastructure-less networks. This requires a co-ordinated 4-5 year plan including an overall project description, identifying, as much as possible, deliverables, expected contributions and results and interaction with other groups at home and abroad. This will then form the basis of further theses, journal and conference publications and technical reports all of which must be integrated around a common theme, possibly as a book

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fingers crossed!!!

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