QUB researcher shortlisted for 2017 Newton Prize, after creating a communication system that can battle through an Earthquake.

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Dr Trung Duong creates a communications system that can battle through an earthquake. Photo Source: QUB website.

Gráinne Ní Ghréacháin, Editor. 

Dr Trung Duong, who works for Queen’s University Belfast as a researcher, has recently been shortlisted for the 2017 Newton Prize. Originally from Vietnam, Dr Duong has ‘‘created a robust wireless communications system which can battle through an earthquake, tsunami or hurricane.’’

Statistics has shown that from 2005 until 2014, ‘‘Vietnam was hit by 649 natural disasters, destroying almost half a million homes and causing 10,000 casualties annually.’’

Dr Trung Duong, who conducts his research at the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology here at QUB, has been working with his team to tackle the problem of communications during natural disasters. They in turn have ‘‘designed an integrated heterogeneous wireless system (IHWS), which is robust in disaster scenarios, coping with issues such as physical destruction of telecommunication networks, lack of power supply and network congestion.’’

As well as this, the system will also be able to indicate ‘‘early warning of natural disasters by detecting water level, vibration and wind. In cities, the IWHS can detect increases in dust, temperature, noise and carbon dioxide levels.’’

In a statement, Dr Trung Duong, expressed:

“Our research at Queen’s University Belfast is helping to solve the global problem of communicating during a natural disaster. The system which we have created has many potential applications in disaster, climate change and carbon dioxide level monitoring and management, as well as in the provision of e-health services.’’

‘‘It has been fantastic to lead this international project and I am very pleased that academic staff and students from 20 universities throughout Vietnam have now been trained in the system and several leading telecommunication companies are interested in bringing it into production.”

The Newton Prize derives from the Newton Fund, ‘‘which builds research and innovation partnerships with 18 partner countries to support their economic development and social welfare, and to develop their research and innovation capacity for long-term sustainable growth.’’

Dr Duong has the opportunity of gaining up to £200,000 if he is successful in winning the Newton Prize which would aid in the progression and expansion of his field of research.

The results of the Newton Prize will be announced in November at an award ceremony, which is to be held in each of the countries.

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