CDT-EI on Tour

7 April 2015

The CDT team embarked on the 2015 recruitment roadshow earlier this month. The roadshow kicked off in Greece visiting the National Technical University of Athens. Our CDT Director Prof Paul Conway was invited to deliver a keynote titled “Embedded intelligence to enable operational efficiencies in automotive manufacturing”. He illustrated a number of embedded intelligence projects are currently being implemented in the UK by manufacturers. One project enables real time asset tracking for returnable transit items (RTIs) via the use of RFID tags. Each RTI is assigned a unique identity and the data collected can be used to perform business and process analysis enabling improved supply chain visibility and process optimisation. Developments in RTI intelligence improve functionality, increase location accuracy, allow condition monitoring and reduced RTI losses.

The keynote was followed by a presentation and Q&A session about our Centre for Doctoral Training given by our Deputy Director Dr Carmen Torres-Sanchez and PhD student Dimitris Pantazis.

Next on the schedule was the University of Patras, where the team presented at the National Conference of Students of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Sfhmmy8). The conference is the annual conference of students of Electrical and Computer Engineering and has been conducted since 2007 in various cities of Greece. The goal of the three-day conference is to bring together students of all departments of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Informatics to learn about new technological developments and new labour market challenges.

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Heriot-Watt alumna Dr Suzanne Costello, who studied for both her Physics undergraduate degree and her Engineering doctorate at Heriot-Watt, has been elected Chair of the UK chapter of the International Microelectronics Assembly and Packaging Society (IMAPS); the first woman to hold the role.

IMAPS is the largest Society dedicated to the advancement and growth of microelectronics, electronics packaging and related sectors. The Society has created a global network with more than 8,000 worldwide members; the United Kingdom Chapter of IMAPS was the first international Chapter and continues to maintain strong links with other European countries, the USA and Asia.

Dr Costello, who studied with CDT-EI co-Director Professor Marc Desmulliez, is a Senior Development Scientist at MCS Ltd, Roslin, solving materials, manufacturing and reliability problems for the electronics industry. Professor Marc Desmulliez said “I am delighted to see Suzanne rise so quickly in her profession, and this most recent role highlights her as an important role model in the field of engineering, where we are striving to see women appropriately represented.”

Professor Tom Jackson, Director of Centre for Infomration Management at Loughbrough University, gave his inaugural lecture in February 2015 on ‘The Connected Jungle and the Digital Tree’.

A recording of the lecture can be viewed on YouTube here.

Dr David Flynn, of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, has been selected as a finalist in the UK Energy Innovation Awards 2015.

Dr Flynn, Deputy Director of Microsystems Engineering Centre (MISEC) and Heriot-Watt Deputy Director of CDT Embedded Intelligence, was shortlisted under two separate headings, ‘Best Offshore Renewable Energy Innovation’ and ‘Best University Technology’.

The organisers, the Energy Innovation Centre, said that there was an exceptionally high number of entries in each of this year’s extended list of 14 categories, entry figures overall up 43% on 2014.

Senior figures from industry met to judge the submissions which were deemed to be of an extremely high standard. The shortlist includes over 62 innovative technologies, projects and firms from across the electricity, gas and offshore renewables sectors. The winners will be announced at an event in Manchester at the end of April.

EIC’s managing director, Denise Massey, commented, “The volume and quality of award entries we receive are always a good indication of how well the energy sector is keeping up with the pace of innovation and this year has been particularly encouraging.”

The Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) brings industry and innovation together to drive the discovery, development and deployment of new technologies and ideas for the electricity and gas power distribution networks, and the offshore renewable energy sector.

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CDT-EI has formally been granted status of an ILM Approved centre. The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) is the largest management Awarding Organisation in the UK, and combines industry-leading qualifications and specialist member services.

As an ILM Approved centre, our CDT offers students the opportunity to gain ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management as part of the 4-year doctoral training programme.

More information about the ILM can be found here and more details of our unique training programme "The Transition Zone" can be found here.

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CDT-EI staff and students attended the 9th and final conference of the Innovative Electronic Manufacturing Research Centre "IeMRC" at Loughborough University, UK.

IeMRC (and CDT-EI) Director Professor Paul Conway welcomed a full-house audience and reflected upon the 10-year history of the IeMRC, from its origins as one of the Manufacturing Research Centres set up and supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The final presentation of the day came from Professor Marc Desmulliez, Head of Sensors, Signals and Systems at Heriot Watt University and CDT-EI co-Director. Prfofessor Desmulliez discussed the design, simulation and test of a novel microwave applicator used to cure paste materials in microelectronics packaging in a paper entitled: “From curing to sensing using microwave energy: a journey across several manufacturing capability readiness levels.”

CDT-EI students were able to showcase their work by presenting posters during the breaks and networking sessions. Below are images of the posters prepared about the group projects undertaken during semester 1 with Renishaw (left) and Siemens (right).

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A new research group has been formed at Loughborough Univeristy Design School. The 'Design for Digital Fabrication' group can offer expertise is a range of areas relevant to embedded intelligence such as

  • Design of packaging, enclosures, test rigs and prototypes
  • Concept design for applications and proof of concept demonstrators
  • Design for Rapid prototyping, 3D Printing / Additive Manufacture
  • Prototyping methods and prototype manufacture
  • Design of wearables and custom fitting devices and products (inc. medical / rehab devices)

More details about the work of the group and opportunities available can be obtained from Dr Richard Bibb at Loughborough University.

Registration is now open for our information and networking session "CONNECT" event on Tuesday 17th February from 4pm to 6pm.

https://connectwithcdtei.eventbrite.co.uk

All of our PhD students are co-sponsored by industry, which means each individual PhD project benefits from both academic supervision and strong involvement of industrial partners.

Do you have a research challenge or idea but lack the expertise or resource?
Would you like to have a PhD student dedicated to a topic relevant to your business needs, and supported by a world-class training scheme?
Does your company want to invest in future talent for your sector?

CONNECT will allow companies to find out about our unique PhD programme, discuss areas of interest and expertise with our academic staff and learn about how your company can benefit from co-sponsoring a PhD student.

Attendees will be asked to provide a 5 minute pitch about their company or sector and, either what they are looking for or, what they can offer. This will be followed by time for discussion and networking to broker companies with academics to identify complementary research interests.

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