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Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics


Company Overview

Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We have more than 194,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world. We committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world. To this end, we will: Drive ubiquitous connectivity and promote equal access to networks; Provide the ultimate computing power to deliver ubiquitous cloud and pervasive intelligence; Build digital platforms to help all industries and organisations become more agile, efficient, and dynamic; Redefine user experience with Al, making it more personalized for people across all scenarios, whether they’re at home, in the office, or on the go. Huawei has a strong focus on Research & Development and has five R&D sites in UK including: Ipswich, Cambridge, London, Edinburgh and Bristol. The company will continue to increase its investment and collaborate with partners in the future.

Collaboration with CAPE

We have collaborated with CAPE for several years. We bring real research problems, scenarios and world class challenges in the industry to researchers via CAPE and exchange ideas. That is why we have invested in the multi-party committee and in bilateral one-to-one collaborations with CAPE professors. We very much appreciate our collaboration with CAPE over the past years. We work together with CAPE to provide a platform for young talent and other partners to share ideas, explore opportunities and support each other in solving research issues. With CAPE, we have worked on several projects, for example the prototypes of head-mounted displays. Initially we liked this idea but it was immature, and we invested for further research. Many young PhD and Masters Students bring good ideas through the CAPE Acorn Fund and we are willing to support young talent. In the future, we can open up student internships in our R&D centres, where students can develop their ideas in many research areas such as optics, electronics, displays, lasers, memory, lenses, materials, batteries and many others.

We are now No.1 delivery in smartphone market, No.1 in both optical and radio access networks. We have a big platform with many customers and many challenges. We can introduce and open up more and more challenges to professors, researchers and industrial partners via the collaboration with CAPE.

Plans for Future Research

We are now focusing on three areas:

1  Better Perception and Interaction

For example, we hope mobile phone cameras can see 100-times further than the human eyes, to capture clear long-distance images such as craters on the moon. We also want to create clear pictures in the dark night by using spectra that are 100-times wider spectrum than conventional cameras, not just in the visible RGB spectrum, but also in ultraviolet and infrared spectra. We are also developing new sensors for wearable technologies - such as sensors for blood sugar and blood pressure, so as to help people to live longer and have a better quality of life. We want to help hospitals to reduce their costs, provide better services and enable a higher quality of care for patients. 

2  Better Connection

With wireless and optics, we hope to develop solutions to enable augmented and virtual realities (AR, VR). We are participating in the development of connected autonomous and flying cars. Ten years from now, we hope most families are able to afford one of these vehicles. We are also developing new battery technologies, such as metal-air batteries and solid batteries, to enable long-lasting performance.

3 Better Intelligence

Increase computing performance by 100-times, to provide performance close to human brain.


As well as CAPE, we are collaborating with many companies in Cambridge, including ARM and several SMEs.