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Professor appointed to top government advisory role

Prof Gerard Parr MBE has been invited onto a prestigious UK Government committee that identifies priorities for Research and Science Postgraduate Training.

The UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, covering a broad range of subjects from mathematics to material science and from information technology to structural engineering.

Prof Parr is Head of Computing Sciences at UEA and Chair of Telecommunications Engineering and Director of Employability. In his new role, he will be advising on new and emerging research opportunities, the balance between research and training activities and areas for future funding that will be of benefit to the UK economy and wider society.

EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK and has an annual budget of £800m. By investing in research and postgraduate training, it supports the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.  

The council is made up of prominent members of the UK’s scientific and industrial community and Prof Parr’s appointment is seen as an acknowledgement of his distinguished career to date and recognition of the high quality research and experience he has gained with academic and industrial partners nationally and internationally in UK, Ireland, USA, China, India and the Middle East.

Prof Parr said: “I’m delighted to be given this opportunity and I’m thoroughly looking forward to getting started.

“There are still significant engineering challenges ahead to address the management, distribution and storage of ever increasing amounts of digital data across our national fixed and mobile telecommunications infrastructure.

“The rise of Internet-of-Things, Cloud Computing and 5G requires faster, more reliable, secure and energy efficient solutions from the ICT community, particularly sourced from the research that takes place in the School of Computing Sciences at  UEA.

“We are very strong in colour and imaging, computational biology, data science and statistics, graphics, vision and speech, and Smart Emerging Technologies and work closely with major global companies and local industry.”

You can find out more information on the EPSRC and the projects they fund on their website.