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Prof. Gerard Parr

Head of School and Chair in Telecommunications Engineering, University of East Anglia, UK

Gerard Parr holds the Full Chair in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of East Anglia and is Head of School of Computer Sciences at UEA.  He  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 Acquisition and Transport Protocols, delay-sensitive protocols, and energy-aware autonomic networking for sensor-clouds 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 £2.5 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, 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 the India-UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC) in Next Generation Networks Systems and Services as well as ESRC Administrative Data Research Centres. Most recently he has bene sucessful in attracting funding under the US-Ireland R&D Programme with the NSF in the area of Agile Photonics for Massive Data Analytics and also from the UK FCO Global Innovation Fund for the China-UK Technology Innovation Centre with BT.

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