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John McCanny


John McCanny is an international authority on special purpose silicon architectures for digital signal and video processing, and cryptography. He has published 5 research books, 360 peer-reviewed research papers and holds over 20 patents. He was responsible, at Queen’s University Belfast, for developing the vision that led to the creation of the Northern Ireland Science Park and its £37 million research flagship, the Institute of Electronics Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), where he is currently Director.

He also led the initiative that created at ECIT, in 2009, the £30 million UK Centre for Secure Information Technology. His awards include a Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal (1996), an IEEE Millennium Medal, the Royal Dublin Society/Irish Times Boyle Medal (2004), the IET Faraday Medal (2006) and the Royal Irish Academy’s Cunningham Medal (2011). He has co-founded two successful high technology companies based on the work of his research teams: Amphion Semiconductor, later acquired by Conexant, then NXP, then Entropic; and Audio Processing Technology, acquired in 2011 by Cambridge Silicon Radio (now part of Qualcomm).

Professional positions

Director, Institute Of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen's University Belfast
Review panel member for Synthetic Biology Innovation and Knowledge Centre, EPSRC
Member InnovateUK’s Emerging Technologies and Industries Strategy Group, Innovate UK
Member of Dowling Review on University Business collaboration, Royal Academy of Engineering
Assessment Panel, US/Ireland Research Innovation Awards, Royal Irish Academy

Interests and expertise

Subject groups


Cyber Security systems, Digital computing, Digital Signal Processing, Research translation and innovation, System-on-Chip Architectures, VLSI Signal Processing