12:10pm Wednesday 11th September 2013
By Rory McKeown
IT is the pioneering new centre that aims to put Southampton at the forefront of Internet technology research.
The University of Southampton is launching the Zepler Institute – a unique research centre that brings together expertise in global communications infrastructure.
It will become the largest photonics and electronics centre in the UK once it is officially unveiled on Thursday.
The university confirmed the new centre will not create new jobs but will draw on existing expertise and researchers within the organisation.
Its aim is to provide an area for research to deliver solutions required to meet the global challenges of the future from ultra-high bandwidth communication technologies.
It is named after Prof Eric Ernest Zepler, who founded the department of electronics and computer science at the university in 1947.
The launch will be led by Professor Sir David Payne, director of the university’s Optoelectronics Research Centre, and one of the world’s most referenced and influential researchers.
He will deliver a lecture entitled 50 Years of Photonics at the University of Southampton to mark the occasion.
The event will also feature a special guest lecture by Vint Cerf, vice-president and c h ief internet evangelist for Google, who is considered one of the “fathers” of the Internet.
Vint will be introduced by web pioneer Professor Dame Wendy Hall, dean of physical and applied sciences at the University of Southampton.
Professor Hall said: “The formation of the Zepler Institute ensures that the University of Southampton continues to make pioneering breakthroughs and discoveries that will meet society’s global communication challenges.
“It also puts us in a leading position to develop the future of the worldwide web.
“For 60 years Southampton researchers have been at the forefront of the global revolution in digital communications, leading the world in web and Internet science, technology and application.”
Researchers will be showcasing their work from 3pm, with lectures starting at 5pm at the university’s Highfield Campus.
To book your place, email email@example.com or watch it live at fpse.soton.ac.uk/ news/www.zeplerinstitute.
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