Sensor CDT receives UKRI Investment

The Centre for Doctoral Training based in CEB has received funding as part of the UK's biggest-ever investment in engineering and physical sciences doctoral training

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies at CEB, has received another round of funding as part of the UK Research Institute's (UKRI) billion-pound investment in engineering and physical sciences doctoral training centres.

The renewed programme, the EPSRC CDT for Sensor Technologies in an Uncertain World, will educate and inspire future leaders in Sensor research, able to tackle some of the toughest challenges scientists and industry face in a rapidly changing world.

The 1+3 year (Masters of Research + PhD) integrated programme focuses on the entire Sensor research lifecycle, ranging from the fundamental science of sensing, the development of new technologies; to their deployment, use, and end-of-life. Students will be equipped with comprehensive expertise and skills in the field, producing experts capable of driving impactful sensor solutions for industry and society at large.

This is the third round of funding for the Sensor CDT, which has been based at CEB since its inception in 2014. Graduates of the programme have already made a significant global impact with their achievements.

Alumni of the programme have gone on to professorships at prestigious institutions throughout the world, they have spun out innovative technologies to start their own companies, and they advise on policy and practice for government and industry.

The CDT has a strong focus on co-creation and addressing global challenges in collaboration with partners in Low to Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Examples include the detection of harmful cyanobacteria in drinking water, the development of a low-cost air pollution sensor network that can be deployed and operated by everyday people, to the creation of an open-source technology for the monitoring of discarded lithium-ion batteries in order to give them a second life.

The students of the Sensor CDT are exceptionally versatile and innovative in their tackling of global challenges. They stand as proof that the programme attracts some of the brightest and most motivated students from all over the world.

The 2023 SensorCDT MRes Cohort

Professor Clemens Kaminski, Head of Department at CEB and director of the Sensor CDT, says:

"I am delighted and grateful on behalf of the whole team to have received funding for another round of our programme.  Our renewed programme will be completely revamped, with a new focus to reflect the rapidly changing landscape of sensor technologies.  Sensors are ever more pervasive in our lives, and bring enormous benefits, but they also come with new challenges.  Our students will become experts in developing and deploying optimal technologies for a rapidly changing and uncertain world.  The Sensor CDT connects more than 80 academics from 20 departments in Cambridge and there is large support from industry and third sector partners.  We are excited to take the programme into the next phase."
Prof. Clemens Kaminski

A small part of the Sensor CDT community

The new programme is to start in October 2025 and CEB is looking forward to welcoming many more Sensor CDT students over the coming years. CDT students form a vital part of the vibrant CEB researcher community.

Find out more about the CDT network on the Sensor CDT website.

For more information about the work EPSRC CDTs are doing at Cambridge, head to the University Research website.

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