Imaging, sensing & metrology, computing & simulation and communications are all embraced by four new QTH (quantum technology hubs )to be located at the Universities of Glasgow, Birmingham, Oxford and York. The new £120m network will involve 17 universities and 132 companies announced Greg Clark, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities.
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission raises the issue as central in her last address as European Digital Commissioner. It is telling that three men are needed to replace her. "We have" she says made big strategic investments in essential research from 5G to electronics and robotics and more. But you can’t shape this world only from the top. Leaders at other levels and with different job descriptions have a responsibility to engage with this new digital world."
Scientists at the University of Twente are working developing robots that are expected to save lives in calamity situations in the Alps. The emphasis within this SHERPA project is on cooperation between human rescue workers, the ground robot (‘ground rover’) with a robotic arm and flying robots.
Gartner, Inc reveals its top predictions for IT organisations and IT users for 2015 and beyond and begins to examine a shift in the age old relationships between man and machine due to the emergence of digital business.
The three winners of a prestigious national competition for researchers (interestingly all were male) who are pioneers in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) were announced last night at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. Keep an eye on their futures!
Analysts IDTechEx forecast electric vehicle sales in 37 categories, that variety increasing each year as new sectors become more substantial. Some such as golf cars are mature and not growing. Others, including electric motorcycles, cars, buses and yes, the unmanned electric aircraft, has news coming thick and fast with substantial sales being generated both by sale of the devices, and sale of services around them and the newest technology to equip them.
The University of Huddersfield’s Professor Wolfgang Faber is a newly-crowned Olympic champion. But his mind is the muscle behind the victory, for he is a member of a team of experts in a field of AI who successfully took part in a major international problem-solving contest.
The Moray, Scotland area currently has two entries in the UK government's list of eight potential sites for a commercial spaceport and there's a plea to make Moray spaceport bid priority. However, although news was expected in the summer, it seems likely that the outcome of Yes or No will play a considerable part in this
Next week, philosopher John Foster visits the University of Dundee to argue that it is too late now to protect the Earth from climate change and we are unprepared for the ecological and economic ravages that will bring.
Your last chance for 10 years to have your say on what you think you will require from the communication ecosystem that is fit for purpose. The Br0kent3l3ph0n3 blog warns that the government's Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy consultation closes on October 1st.
As an acronym, EDGE can be "enhanced data rates for Global Evolution" or "Explicit Data Graph execution," but for entrepreneurs and small business ScotEDGE.com is a fund of £3.2million set up by Royal bank of Scotland and The Hunter Foundation investing £2.5m and £0.7m respectively for growth through to the end of 2017.
The recent studies into the Gheko's sticky-footed ability, and developments with self-organising thousand-robot swarms based on biological collectives, shows that the hard engineering approach to robotic development is maturing into much softer skills facilities to develop adaptable robotic skills based on 'soft' living entities.
Already operating successfully in Bantry, West Cork, Norwegian contained tank fish farming company, Niri AS has now chosen the Gaydon hanger at the Macrihanish Airbase as its site in Scotland. It brings its desirable contained fish farming operation as opposed to the existing numerous sea-cage fish farm systems with their lice and worrying pollution problems.
Amazon is putting considerable pressure on authors and boutique publishers. While some blame Amazon for greed, other insist that the big revolution for writers and other content producers will not account Amazon, but rather from encouraging startups like Patreon.
European researchers of the projects NanoBioTouch and NanoBioTact into nano-engineering biomimetic tactile sensors, a collaborative research project funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme has reached its 2nd phase.
Dr Martin PH Lavery from Glasgow University is awarded one of the seven Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships awarded to engineering researchers whose projects have the potential to bring radical innovation to their fields. His work will focus on a revolution in expanding optical data transmission.
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