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aero, auto, chemical and materials engineering

The control and reliability group is focused on the use and development of advanced dynamics and control techniques, risk and reliability analysis in the areas of automotive, aeronautical and aerospace engineering, in close collaboration with industry. The specific interests in embedded intelligence are centered on developing intelligent technologies to enhance risk and reliability and resilience. The CDT is also building on their expertise to understand how to implement highly resilient embedded intelligence applications, including but not limited to risk and reliability generation methods including automatic construction thereof; fault diagnostics; safety system optimization and demand modeling.

centre for information management, school of business and economics

The School of Business and Economics is fully invested in the research into embedded intelligence and information management with the formation of the Centre for Information Management in 2013. Led by Professor Jackson, CIM has been awarded fifteen PhD studentships as part of the CDT in Embedded Intelligence, who will have the exciting opportunity to help shape the future of embedded intelligence devices. This award is a significant milestone for the School as it recognises its world-leading capabilities in the data and information management domain, and its excellent track record in PhD completions.

"Nowadays, we see embedded intelligence in many devices and appliances, such as fridge-freezers," explains Professor Jackson, "but the real benefits have yet to be realised, and functionality developed. The main area we will focus on is structuring the large data generated by the devices so we can interrogate it to make intelligent decisions which will affect the whole product or service lifecycle."

design school

At Loughborough Design School we want to share our world-leading expertise. In the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, 55% of the submitted research was ranked as world-leading, placing it at the top of the UK Design and Technology rankings. Our Embedded Intelligence (EI) research includes user-centred and systems approaches.

EI Design for transport, health, home, consumer products, wearable technologies and advanced manufacturing are some of the areas of ongoing research. The School is proud to be helping to prepare the next generation of designers and ergonomists for highly successful careers.

School of Science

Computer Science:

The Department of Computer Science has a dynamic research culture with an international reputation. Our research ranges from underlying mathematical theory to the practical creation and operation of networked systems. The Department’s research continues to have a positive impact in such diverse areas as wireless communications, multimedia, logistics, healthcare, the emergency services, transport, surveillance and the environment, amongst others. The department’s research is organised under three groups:

  • Vision, Imaging and Autonomous Systems
  • Internet Systems and Network Security
  • Theory and Applications of Formal Systems


The Department of Chemistry at Loughborough University currently comprises 26 research active members of academic staff, together with a number of visiting/Emeritus academics and some 20 members of technical, secretarial and support staff. Two of the four different research centres contribute to the research of the CDT.

The energy research laboratory consolidates a long established research specialism within the department. One of our notable successes has been the spin-out company Intelligent Energy, and our research into the underpinning science of energy capture, conversion and storage continues unabated.

The Centre for Analytical Science (CAS), launched in March 2008, provides a focus for analytical research and educational activities in the Department of Chemistry. Our research is focused on the development and application of new measurement systems and an important aspect of the work in CAS is the translation of advanced measurements into new research areas. Our objective is to understand and discern what fellow researchers would like to know and then to devise, develop or discover the appropriate measurement systems.

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Electrical Engineering

interconnection group:

Key areas of interest for this group includes process physics, materials interactions and increasingly, the problems associated with where the physical properties of the product directly impacts on its performance. Embedded intelligence has been an evolving area of activity that has seen the development of manufacturing, packaging and information technologies associated with the opportunities afforded by developments in low power electronics and sensors. This has seen the group expand into embedded systems, firmware and software design.

Wireless communications research (WiCR) group:

In the coming years, the advancement of wireless technology will facilitate significant changes to our daily lives in terms of enhanced products and services and is therefore at the heart of this Embedded Intelligence CDT.

Of particular relevance to these products is wireless communication. The Wireless Communications Research (WiCR) group is headed by Professor Vardaxoglou and has particular expertise in wireless communication systems, wearable electronics, antennas, microwave technology and metamaterials. The WiCR Group’s facilities include a suite of network and spectrum analysers (up to 75GHz), three anechoic chambers (including a near-field tapered chamber 15x5x5m) suitable for full measurement characterisation of antennas and wearable communications.

The Group host the annual Loughborough Antennas & Propagation Conference (LAPC, ) which is the largest UK event in this area.

key contact

CDT Office

Tel: +44 (0)1509 227688
Wolfson School
Loughborough University
Loughborough, Leicestershire
LE11 3TU
United Kingdom