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Dr Laura Toni awarded Royal Society International Exchanges Grant 2018

For a project titled “User-centric omnidirectional video streaming for VR".

Congratulations to Lecturer Dr Laura Toni , who has been awarded a Royal Society International Exchanges 2018 grant for a project titled “User-centric omnidirectional video streaming for VR.” Dr Toni’s research focuses in the areas of wireless networks, optimisation, interactive media systems as well as online adaptive decision making strategies.

The International Exchanges Scheme is designed to offer a flexible platform for UK based scientists to interact with the best scientists around the world. Funds for a contribution towards travel, subsistence and research expenses allow for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations.

Dr Toni will use the grant of £12000 for for her and her PhD student Silvia Rossi to travel and host Distributed and Interactive Systems (DIS) researcher Dr Francesca De Simone (   from the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), a national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. CWI is part of NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO. Francesca De Simone joined CWI’s DIS research group in February 2018. Research at DIS focuses on facilitating and improving the way people access media and communicate with others and with the environment. They address key problems for society and science, resulting from the dense connectivity of content, people, and devices. The group uses recognized scientific methods, following a full-stack, experimental, and human-centered approach.

Biography of Dr Laura Toni

Laura Toni received the first level degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy in 2003. She received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in electrical engineering, from the University of Bologna, Italy (supervised by Prof. Oreste Andrisano), in 2005 and 2009, respectively. During 2007, she was a visiting scholar at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), CA, and since 2009, she has been a frequent visitor to the UCSD, working with Prof. Pamela Cosman and Prof. Laurence Milstein on joint source and channel coding for wireless communication systems.

From June 2009 to November 2011, she worked at the Tele-Robotics and Application (TERA) department at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), investigating wireless sensor networks for robotics applications. From November 2011 to November 2012, she was a Post-doctoral fellow in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego. From December 2012 to June 2016, she was a Post-doctoral fellow in the Signal Processing Laboratory (LTS4) led by Prof. Pascal Frossard at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland. In 2016, she have been appointed as Lecturer in the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department of University College London (UCL).

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