DERLab Association appoints Professor Burt as new SpokespersonAt its AGM on 22 March in Arnhem, the DERlab Association elected Professor Graeme Burt, Director of the Institute for Energy & Environment, as its new Spokesperson. Professor Burt has been a member of the DERlab Board for 6 years supporting the objectives and development of the association. Commenting on his appointment, Professor Burt said; "I'm delighted to continue my cooperation with DERlab as its Spokesperson. We are at a very exciting stage in the development of distributed energy and smart grids, with new and emerging opportunities in power system testing and laboratory integration. I look forward to serving the network in this new position as DERlab grows and expands further." This year's AGM also welcomed TNO as a new member of the DERlab Association. The Dutch organisation for applied scientific research will assist the association with its expertise in intelligent energy networks and smart grids. With the newly opened HESI facility (Hybrid Energy System Integration), TNO will contribute to the DERlab collective knowledge base and an already wide range of DERlab members’ testing services. DERlab started out in 2005 as a network of excellence, growing into an association of leading research institutes and companies worldwide in 2008, with 33 members to date.
Department staff to spearhead multi-million pound European Smart Farming initiative
An international research partnership on the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to improve productivity and sustainability in the farming sector. The €30 million, 4-year Internet of Food & Farm (IoF2020) project aims to encourage large-scale take-up of IoT technologies, which have the potential to help the European farming and food sector face future challenges through real-time monitoring, better decision making, and improved operations management.
Focusing on 19 trials throughout Europe, the project will explore five agri-food areas; arable farming, dairy, meat, vegetables and fruits. Strathclyde is the only UK partner in the 71 member consortium, which has representatives from 16 countries, and is co-funded by the European Union through Horizon 2020.
Department academic staff, Dr Craig Michie and Professor Ivan Andonovic will advise on how dairy producers can implement IoT technology to maximise the productivity and profitability of their farms. This will involve trialling technology with farms and evaluating the results, before making recommendations to Horizon 2020 to help shape how they should be implemented within the wider agriculture sector.
Dr Michie said: “From monitoring cattle movement, remotely assessing milk quality or detecting breeding and welfare problems, IoT products for the farming industry have the potential to significantly improve productivity and sustainability, while saving farmers time and money. We are delighted to be collaborating with leading research universities across the world and it’s testament to the work done at the University to be chosen as a partner.”
Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship win
The Royal Academy announced support for a total of 13 new Fellowships, which have been designed to advance excellence in engineering by encouraging the best researchers to continue their work at the cutting edge of engineering developments and become future leaders of the discipline. Exploring issues including energy storage, electric aircraft propulsion and new approaches to biomedical imaging, the Research Fellowships provide for five years of funding and offer the mentorship of an Academy Fellow, to provide advice and facilitate links with industry.
Funding support is provided by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Dr Bauer's Fellowship aims to develop and investigate miniaturised real-time 3D imaging systems for biomedical applications, based on the integration of MEMS, micro-optics and precision 3D-printing. Specific focus of the developed imaging systems will be towards targeting applications in infectious diseases disproportionally affecting developing countries.
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16th International Workshop on Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (MUT 2017)
Organised by Dr Richard O'Leary of the Department's Cente for Ultrasonic Engineering, the conference will bring together researchers from across the globe for discussions on recent advances in the design and implementation of micromachined ultrasonic transducers (MUT); associated device manufacturing modelling and characterisation methodologies and a diverse array of medical and industrial applications.
Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers present good bandwidth characteristics, design flexibility, electronic interface integration and, potentially, low cost. They offer a promising alternative to conventional piezoelectric transducers for various medical and industrial applications.
Venue: Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Further details: http://www.mut2017.com/