London, UK Professor John McCanny, director of Queen's University's new £40M Institute of Electronics Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) and founder of Amphion Semiconductor, has been awarded the IT Professional of the Year Award for 2004 by the British Computer Society (Belfast Branch).
Brian Baird, managing director of Merido the winner in 2003 and who presented the award, said “Professor McCanny is one of the best examples of an individual who is prepared to pioneer the development of new technology, apply that through collaboration with Industry and create high value jobs through export focused start-up businesses based in Northern Ireland.”
Professor McCanny is a researcher who has worked on silicon chips for digital signal processing applications as well as co-founding Audio Processing Technology and Amphion Semiconductor.
ECIT is a research centre currently being built on the Northern Ireland Science Park specialising on research in electronics, communications and computer technology. Its aim is not only to pursue high technology research but also to germinate new high technology companies to commercially develop these new ideas and new product innovations. Amphion was created as a Queen's spin-off nearly 10 years ago and its current focus is the design of complex silicon chips for digital video compression and video decompression.