Last month saw all EPSRC CDT Managers and Administrators meet in London for a one day conference. The conference was organised by Imperial College London and was an informal event aimed to provide an opportunity to meet and establish contacts with other CDT administrators to discuss good practice and challenges of centre administration and management. The day started with a number of talks, including Jim Fleming from EPSRC and Alison Mitchell from Vitae. Alison Mitchell presented the outcomes of a Vitae event held a few weeks earlier that focussed on the development of researchers across doctoral training cohorts. The afternoon sessions were facilitated workshops covering the different aspects of a cohort delivered PhD training programme.

The past few months have been extremely busy for our first cohort of students with preparing for their first year progress reviews, completing their 2nd group projects and finalising their assignments for the ILM qualification in Leadership and Management. To bring the first year to a close the CDT-EI Summer School 2015 was hosted by Loughborough University and involved a visit to Donington Park. The Summer School gave the cohort an opportunity to reflect on their first year of PhD study and celebrated the end of their combined year 1 and the camaraderie they have formed. They will now return to their home institutions to continue their studies.

2015 Summer School Collage

Last month saw a number of events in the UK and Europe organised by the printed circuit industry.

The Institute of Circuit Technology 41st Annual Symposium brought academics and industrialist to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands.  Kicking off the presentations was CDT-EI and Loughborough University academic, Dr Darren Southee. Darren presented his latest research project that aimed to determine the feasibility of making rechargeable energy storage devices using mass produced printed electrodes. Later in the day CDT-EI Centre Manager Dr Donna Palmer gave a short overview presentation about the CDT and the opportunities it poses for companies to engage with the next generation of scientists and engineers in the industry. For a more information about the Institute of Circuit Technology please visit the website and to read a full write-up of the event by Pete Starkey on I-Connect007 please click here.

The European Institute of Printed Circuits held their annual summer conference in Berlin at the end of June. Dr Donna Palmer (CDT-EI Centre Manager) and Prof. Martin Goosey (Chair of CDT-EI Management Advisory Group) attended the conference. The EIPC is a network of PCB professionals providing platforms to exchange business and technology information for the success of the European electronics industry. Of key signifcance to the CDT-EI were the sessions on new technology such as smart manufacturing systems and the presentations given by researchers at Fraunhofer IZM on new materials, packaging and processes for the next generation of electronics "made in Europe". The conference delegates were given the opportunity to visit Fraunhofer IZM to tour the facilities and find out about the latest research being conducted. For more information about EIPC please visit their website and for more information abotu Fraunhofer IZM vist thier website.

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*With thanks to EPIC organisers for the photographs.

Major Boost To UK Robotics Capability With Launch of EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network

The UK’s ability to develop and exploit the vast potential of Robotics and Autonomous Systems was given a major boost today with the formal launch of The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network).

The Network will bring together the UK’s core academic capabilities in robotics innovation under national coordination for the first time and encourage academic and industry collaborations that will accelerate the development and adoption of robotics and autonomous systems. The Network will be unveiled this evening at the Science Museum in London following a public lecture on Robot Ethics, organised by IET Robotics and Mechatronics Network in association with the Science Museum Lates and supported by the EPSRC UK-RAS Network.

The founding network members are Imperial College London, Bristol Robotics Lab, University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, University of Leeds, University of Liverpool, Loughborough University, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, University College London, and University of Warwick. The Network will organise a wide range of activities including network and strategic roadmap events such as the UK Robotics conference, symposia and focused workshops, public engagement and exhibitions. It will also have extensive online engagement activities using social media and web and user forums. The Network aims to strengthen the relationship with industry by supporting interdisciplinary mobility and industrial secondment and developing proof-of-concept (PoC) projects and running design challenges. There is also a strong emphasis on government policy and high-level engagement with international stakeholders.

Find out more about EPSCR UK-RAS Network here http://www.uk-ras.org    

We are delighted to announce Dr Keith Brown as the Co-Director of the CDT in Embedded Intelligence at Heriot-Watt University.

Keith was until recently Head of Discipline in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a senior lecturer in the Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems, which is part of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences. His research interests are in underwater acoustics, in particular bio-inspired sonar systems. This work has application in the analysis of a variety of underwater assets (to aid with their condition based monitoring) and identification of underwater objects. He is looking at new approaches to finding out the content of underwater objects using wide-bandwidth acoustic signals.  He also has interests in the intelligent diagnostics and control of complex systems. This work has been applied to autonomous underwater vehicles that work in hostile remote environments with limited communications to operators.

Welcome to the CDT-EI team!

The first Annual Foresight Lecture was given by Jon Bruner on the 5th May 2015 at Loughborough University

"a return to atoms: why technology's future is in physical devices"

 

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 Presenter: Jon Bruner

 Jon Bruner discussed the emergence of Silicon Valley's current obsession with hardware and the Internet of  Things, and recent technological and business changes that have made these areas much  easier to work with.

 

 

Jon Bruner is co-chair of the O'Reilly Solid conference, focused on the intersection between software  and the physical world, and he oversees O'Reilly's publications on hardware, the Internet of Things,  manufacturing, and electronics. Before coming to O'Reilly, he was data editor at Forbes Magazine,  where he combined writing and programming to approach a broad variety of subjects, from the  operation of the Columbia River's dams to migration within the United States. He lives in San  Francisco and can occasionally be found at the console of a pipe organ.

 

 

If you have a Loughborough University account, you can view the lecture capture slides for the lecture here using your usual lboro log in credentials. Access for non Loughborough University Account holders will follow in the near future.

 

During the first year of their studies our students undertake two different company-led design projects. These are self-contained small R&D projects that are carried out for about 10-12 weeks. Working in teams of 3 or 4 our students liaise with companies as if they were their consultants and work closely with them to a set of milestones and deliverables.

You can read about the group projects that was set by Siemens on the Heriot Watt University Website.

This is a good platform to test-drive some concepts that you might want to explore. If you have a project idea in mind, get in touch with our Centre Manager Donna Palmer.

 

As part of our CDT programme we run a fortnightly series of seminars (or webinars) delivered by esteemed members of the international scientific community or industrialists, working at the forefront of research and industrial best practice that underpin applications of embedded intelligence. This module has specifically been created to inspire and encourage our PhD students, keeping them aware of state-of-the art technology, and seeding further discussions and ideas. One of our recent speakers was Chloe Agg, a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Cundall. Chloe has prepared a blog post about her experience with us and it can read here.

Chloe

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Loughborough University

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Tel: +44 (0)1509 263171
Dr Donna Palmer
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