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We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 CAPE Acorn Blue Sky Research Award.

This year’s winning projects is:

Solid State Holographic LiDAR with a 360° Field of View

by Dr Kun Li from Engineering Division B (Electrical Engineering).

Congratulations to the winner!

Winner Kun Li - Photo, Blue Sky Award 2018 DSC_8106


We are pleased to announce winners of the CAPE Acorn IIB Award 2019.

Two projects were selected for this years prize:

1. Image super resolution using Deep Learning by George Batzolis

2. Model Localisation & Terrain Mapping for Statistical Analysis in Table-top Wargames by Oliver Jones.

Congratulations to the winners!

Acorn ceremony to collect the prizes will take place in CAPE in two weeks time.


In this talk, high-speed free space optics communication (FSO) technologies will be reviewed and introduced. We design and demonstrate two proposed FSO schemes. The first scheme is a bi-directional, short-range and free-space optical (FSO) communication with 2x4x10 Gb/s capacity in wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) channels for short-distance transmission. Compared to the back-to-back link and uni-directional transmission system, the measured power penalties for bi-directional, four-channel WDM FSO communication are less than 0.8 dB and 0.2 dB, respectively. The second scheme is the hybrid optical fiber and FSO link for outdoor environment, such as cross bridge or inter-building system. In case that the bridge breaks, the transmission path can be switched from fiber link to FSO link to ensure the connectivity of data link. In both cases, the single-mode-fiber (SMF) components are used in the optical terminals for both optical transmission and receiving functions. The environmental and infrastructure factors including window glasses, air turbulence and rainfall that influence the case will also be addressed. The air turbulence induces extra transmission loss and instability in the received power. We found that raindrops are the most influential environmental factor. The bit error rate (BER) test shows that raindrops seriously increase the BER that may interrupt the transmission instantaneously. After appropriate performance improvement, the proposed transmission structures show potential applications for outdoor transmission under various natural weather conditions.



Prof. Shien-Kuei Peter Liaw received double doctorate degrees in photonics engineering from National Chiao-Tung University and mechanical engineering from National Taiwan University. He joined the Chunghua Telecommunication, Taiwan, 1993. Since then, he has been working on optical communication and fiber based technologies. Prof. Liaw has worked at the department of Electronic Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) since 2000. He is the Director of the Optoelectronics Research Center, Director of the Technology Transfer Center, and Vice Chairman of the Electronic Engineering department of NTUST. In addition, he was an academic visitor at the University of Oxford for three months in 2011 and owns 40 patents in the U.S., Taiwan and China, authored or co-authored more than 250 journal articles and international conference papers. He has been actively contributing to numerous conferences as a program chair, as an international advisory committee member, a steering committee member, a keynote speaker and an invited speaker. He serves as an Associate Editor for Fiber and Integrated Optics (a SCI Journal). Currently, Dr. Liaw is a Distinguished Professor and Vice Dean of the College of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NTUST, and the president of the Optical Society (OSA) Taiwan Section and Secretary-General of the Taiwan Photonic Society. His research interests are in fiber sensing, optical communication and reliability testing.

Poster Prof. Peter Shien-Kuei Liaw, National Taiwan University of Sci and Tech_20180814Light imgIMG_1744

The Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) is a Partnership between the University and a small group of global strategic industrial investors, operating across the supply chain of the electronics and photonics industries. Based around world-leading facilities and expertise at the University of Cambridge, CAPE provides a form of joint university-industry research that is leading edge, vertically integrated and commercially relevant.

CAPE has created special funding scheme, the CAPE Acorn Fund, to support innovative research initiatives from young researchers, in parallel with their current research.


CAPE invites engineering postdoc researchers, either individually or in a small team, to submit Blue sky research ideas for a 1-year project on any engineering-related topic. All participating postdocs must have the approval of their supervisors before submission.

The award gives the opportunity for early career researchers to undertake a pilot study in a new research area. Proposals should aim to demonstrate the potential to the CAPE Partners of a new technology, or the potential of an existing technology in a radically different application area. Proposals in research areas not currently covered by the CAPE Partnership or addressing a global issue recognised by the United Nations are particularly encouraged.


There will be up to two awards of maximum £20,000 to support staffing, travel or equipment for postgraduate research.

The winners will present their project results to the CAPE Steering Committee during a CAPE Event in June 2020.


The proposal should be no more than 2 pages of A4, and should be submitted at:

For more information contact Ms Denisa Demko (CAPE Coordinator), CAPE Office, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA

Tel: +44 (0)1223 748343


The deadline for submission is Sunday 30 September 2018.

Each proposal will be evaluated by the CAPE Technology Focus Groups (TFGs), which include representatives from each CAPE Partner company. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of academic quality, feasibility, adventurousness and long-term relevance to the Partners’ business areas. The final decision will be made by the CAPE Steering Committee, and the winner(s) will be announced by 15 October 2018, ready for a project start in the 2018/19 academic year.

You can download the Call here.

All applicants agree with CAPE Acorn Fund IP Terms and Conditions.

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For the fifth year running, the CAPE Acorn Fund seeks to support a range of small projects, with emphasis on promoting research proposed by young student researchers. Undergraduate students who are considering putting forward an industrial based type-(b) project topic for their 4th Year Project are invited to submit a brief proposal, no more than 2 pages of A4, to:

The CAPE Coordinator, CAPE Office, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA

The close date for submission is Monday, 23 April 2018.

Each proposal will be evaluated by the CAPE office for funding in association with one or more of the CAPE Partner companies. Through the CAPE Office, students who are interested could approach the CAPE Partners of their choice with their project ideas, and then formulate their project before submitting their proposals. The CAPE Office will be able to facilitate appropriate contact with the CAPE Partner companies.

The successful candidates will receive a CAPE 4th Year Project Award, which includes project funding through CAPE at the standard 4th Year Project level (£250) and a £250 cash prize, total award of £500. They will then be invited to present their project results to the CAPE Steering Committee during the CAPE 2-Day Event in June 2019.

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