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Centre for Media Communications Research (CMCR)

CMCRlogoThe Centre for Media Communications Research (CMCR) pulls together peer
 recognised expertise within Electronic and 
Computer Engineering (ECE) at Brunel in order to conduct, promote and disseminate world-class research in the area of Media Communications systems. CMCR integrates the research efforts and expertise of 11 academics and over 40 researchers aiming to establish a nationally leading and internationally competent world force in this expanding area of technology. Some of the integrated researchers are internationally recognised authorities in their respective fields of research and possess a long track record of research income generation and high-quality publications. CMCR boasts state of the art facilities in the Media Laboratory in the Michael Sterling building. The Media Lab houses most CMCR researchers and provides a home to a major part of the centre research activities and showcases its work.



  1. Image/video compression
  2. Visual media processing
  3. 3D Imaging technologies
  4. Speech/audio processing and recognition
  5. Media search and retrieval
  6. Real-time signal processing
  7. Networked media systems
  8. Media transport and delivery over heterogeneous networks
  9. Virtual/augmented reality technologies



The CMCR mission is to capitalise on the existing expertise in Electronic and Computer Engineering in Brunel to create a sustainable world force in the area of Media Communication Systems with view to conduct, promote and disseminate research of international standing and competence.

Research Objectives:

CMCR aims to pioneer future research directions and innovations in Media Communication systems through the development of new technologies, dissemination of world-class research outputs and system integration of developed hardware and software modules. The core objectives of the Centre are as follows:

  • To conduct high calibre basic and applied research in key areas related to Media Communications technologies
  • To consolidate and support the research activities of the College of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, through the sustainable generation of research income from a variety of funding bodies
  • To promote, encourage and support the wider dissemination of its  research outputs by publishing in prestigious and internationally leading journals
  • To provide a platform for recruiting and training high-quality PhD students and Research Assistants
  • To network with and develop further partnerships and alliances with industry
  • To facilitate and promote the exploitation of its research outputs in particular technology transfer


  • Fraunhofer/HHI, Berlin, Germany (Coordinator)
  • Telefonica I+D, Spain
  • VICOMTech, San Sebastian, Spain
  • CNIT - University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
  • Athens Technology Center, Athens, Greece
  • Queen Mary University, London, UK
  • Fast Search & Transfer, Oslo, Norway
  • Euskal Telebista, Basque Country, Spain