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One new scholarship
Who we are and what we do
The STMicroelectronics Edinburgh Design Centre combines pioneering imaging expertise in CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) technology with the broad portfolio of ST IP (Intellectual Property), core, libraries and technologies. This unique combination of strengths has opened new perspectives in the ‘system on silicon’ introduction in the consumer, computer, wireless communications, automotive and industrial markets.
The Edinburgh Design Centre is the largest single site within the division hosts different disciplines deployed by the division ranging from initial system and algorithm development through full custom sensor and module design through to product engineering and customer applications.
What you could be doing during your work placement
ST’s products are found everywhere today, and together with our customers, we are enabling smarter driving and smarter homes, factories, and cities, along with the next generation of mobile and Internet of Things devices.
You will be working as part of a design team (analogue, digital/firmware or algorithm), imaging systems, optical engineering or application software teams at our Edinburgh Design Centre. You will be given the opportunity to experience life as an engineer, working on real projects providing exposure to different engineering disciplines with opportunities to research future developments aligned with our product strategy. We look for enthusiasm, willingness to learn, flexibility and pragmatism. At ST (Edinburgh) our business focus is on: Photonic Sensors: Auto-focus Assist, Proximity Detection, Gesture Control, Wireless, IoT, medical, industrial, automotive and wearable devices.
Meet one of our UKESF Scholars
- Degree Course:
- MEng Robotics, Autonomous and Interactive Systems
What appeals to you about Electronics?
In a modern-day tale, Prometheus would give electricity to the people. Its significance is as important to humanity as the fire received from the Titan was in the well-known myth. To harness this power we need electronics to help bring warmth to our homes and put food on our tables. Electronics provide us with applications from the bare necessities to the luxuries. It intertwines our life. For one to understand electronics is as useful as wielding the fire was for mankind in archaic times. Its use can better the world and raise the quality of life for everyone. It provides safety and comfort to people to be able to occupy their mind with bettering the world, not just surviving tomorrow.
Why did you want a scholarship with STMicroelectronics?
STMicroelectronics provides a great opportunity, being a semiconductor company. They give hands-on knowledge on how to record information from the world and how to utilise it for any task one can think of. Their projects require tapping into creativity in order to find a solution to improve sensing. And as sensors to the machines are like the 5 senses to humans, this scholarship provides an excellent opportunity for a student in Robotics to observe and study at this company. The interview with my supervisor was relaxed and supportive which made me feel I would enjoy working for STMicroelectronics. The project we discussed was really interesting and my interests were taken into consideration too.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
My projects mainly involved creating algorithms for various tasks. One of them was image reconstruction for foggy scenes, finding a solution to improve visibility of scene objects, and the findings of this research were successful. I would like to mention my gratitude for the support and guidance of my supervisor – with his help the patent application by ST is pending on this project. At STMicro, no matter what level you are at, they are willing to invest in your ideas. The other project involved SPAD sensor data processing with the help of machine learning to lower power consumption and deal with bottleneck issues. These tasks involved a fair bit of research and learning how to write algorithms compatible with hardware restrictions, and allowed me to extend my knowledge with a hands-on machine learning application project.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I am passionate about art and design. Graphic design, painting, sculpting are my hobbies. Besides the traditional techniques, I also enjoy working digitally with Photoshop with 3D printers and laser cutters. And have some experience in game character and scene modelling with Blender and Unity game development. I also use AutoCAD inventor for modelling parts for small projects and a Raspberry Pi to control them.