Four major research programme grants, totalling £17.7 million, that will develop new technologies to address the health issues of an ageing UK population were announced today by Jo Johnson MP, Universities and Science Minister. The research programmes funded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), will be led by The University of Manchester, Imperial College London, the University of Leeds, and University of Glasgow ill look to:
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed new kinds of encryption methods for improving the privacy protection of consumers to enable safer, more reliable and easier-to-use user authentication than current systems allow. The method combines safety, usability and privacy protection, when, until now, implementing all three at the same time has been a challenge. The Centre is also looking for a commercialisation partner.
Whether for use in safe data encryption, ultrafast calculation of huge data volumes or so-called quantum simulation of highly complex systems: optical quantum computers are a source of hope for tomorrow’s computer technology. Tomorrow suddenly got closer.
Poor regulation of research can cause direct harm to patients, suggests a new international research study led by Dr. Jonathan Mendel from the University of Dundee. That calls for greater transparency in ethics committee processes.
There are now more LCD displays in the world than human beings. Everyone uses them in mobile telephones, laptops, and flat panel TVs - but very few know how the technology actually works. Fewer still are familiar with the striking colours and patterns that liquid crystals produce in microscopy. In an effort to address this, Manchester scientist Professor Ingo Dierking has created artistic pieces which demonstrate the beauty and fascination of liquid crystal textures.
The quantum revolution is afoot. Physicists are learning to harness quantum phenomena with ever-greater precision, quantum computers are becoming a reality, and a number of quantum technologies are already in use. Such technological advancement poses an important question: how will the era of quantum technology affect our lives? In a live webcast October 5, Michele Mosca will explore quantum technologies – those that already exist and those yet to come – and how they will affect our lives.
Mudskippers provided an evolutionary model for scientists to create a robot that helps learn how early vertebrates may have moved from sea to land, Mudskipper go clumsily about its land business. These fish spend a lot of their lives squirming and squiggling around outside the water, breathing through their skins and holding water in their mouths and gill chambers. Yet though their movements might appear random and ungainly, mudskippers are dexterous enough to climb trees, have no problem dragging themselves around by their pectoral fins in sand, mud, or over slimy rocks. Because of this, they make great study subjects for researchers trying to figure out just how the first vertebrates hoisted themselves out of the sea roughly 360 million years ago.
The new VTT CNS (Centre for Nuclear Safety), which is intended for research purposes, has been inaugurated in Espoo, Finland. Both experimental work and computational modelling will be carried out in the facility.
The University of Dundee is purring over its 28th place ranking among UK institutions and strong performances recorded in international outlook, partly due to the percentage of international students attending Dundee, and citations where the University’s impact is among the top 10% worldwide. It came 15 (up from 21 last year) in the "QS Top 50 Under 50" and the top-ranked UK institution. This celebrates the world's top universities under 50 years old, based on the latest QS World University Rankings coming just after Dundee was named top UK university in the Times Higher Education University Ranking at 180.
Scotland’s ability to combat cybercrime could be massively boosted thanks to a unique partnership between Abertay University, Police Scotland and private company Droman Crime Solutions. The partnership has developed a ‘serious game’ that can train very large numbers of criminal justice staff in basic techniques to deal efficiently with cybercrime.
In July last year, Aberdeen engineering design firm, Cadherent moved its 20 staff into the C-listed warehouse on the city’s North Esplanade West, which, built 1937 was retrofitted and modernised for business use. Caretaker’s House was built by John Bisset & Sons, and previously accommodated Unilever and Aberdeen Mineral Water Co.
Interfaces between different materials and their properties are of key importance for modern technology. With an international team, physicists of Würzburg University have developed a new method, which allows them to have an extremely precise glance at the interfaces and to model their properties.
INNOETICS, a company specialising in text-to-speech synthesis, has launched its VoiceCrafts platform at the Interspeech 2016 Conference in San Francisco. Powered by INNOETICS's award-winning technology that delivers top-quality, near-natural synthetic speech, and its unique process for fast developing new voices, VoiceCrafts is a two-sided platform that allows any voice talent to create their own synthetic voices in just a few hours and any developer and app to use them through a simple API. But we communicate via non-verbal signals and must not underestimate the role of non-verbal communication
A woman, but also one of the UK’s leading figures in the field of engineering (amazement! wonder!) is to receive an honorary doctorate from Huddersfield University. Professor Dame Ann Dowling will receive the award of Honorary Doctorate of the University for her services to engineering and will collects her award at the November Awards Ceremonies.
Fire investigators from more than 20 countries will descend upon the University of Dundee next week to take part in the 19th ENFSI (European Network of Forensic Science Institutes) fire and explosion investigation working group meeting. Dozens of experts from across Europe will be taking part in the event, which will be hosted by the University’s world-renowned CAHID (Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification), from Tuesday 20th-Friday 23rd September.
A textile machine is used to weave together both solar cells constructed from lightweight polymer fibres with fibre-based tribo-electric nanogenerators. It comes on the heels of developing thermoelectric fabrics or power generated clothing, a study,published in "Nature "
Thor3D, a company based in Moscow, Russia, has emerged thanks to Andrey Klimov (below) the creator of the technology behind the single scanner he envisioned as being invaluable being able to be used by different university departments on a range of different sized items.
Aberdeen City Council is to install a fibre network across the city to provide enhanced digital services to residents, businesses and visitors and also allow for on-line remote work for job seekers. The Council has joined SWAN (Scottish Wide Area Network) this month. The Capita IT Enterprise Services managed network, will link together the council’s 188 educational and corporate establishments. Over the next year, the Council will introduce the fibre infrastructure to the majority of its sites to enable it to meet its ambitious digital city plans.
The Royal Society of Canada has bestowed a rare honour on a world-leading earth scientist from The University of Manchester, by electing him as a ‘Foreign Fellow’. Professor David Vaughan is Research Professor of Mineralogy at Manchester University and was Founding Director of the University’s Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum. In addition, he has uniquely served as President of the mineralogical societies of the UK and the United States, and the equivalent European organisation.
An international Conference on Embedded into Everyday Computers brings together experts from academia, industry and fashion/gadget exhibition newest prototypes. Computers an important tool in daily life, whether as a PC or a smartphone will In future, increasingly merge with the everyday objects such as a watch, display glasses, sensor clothing and much more to support the user. Scientists, entrepreneurs, fashion designers and users are to exchange upon their products and visions at a conference co-organized by KIT ISWC /UbiComp from 12 to 16 September 2016 in Heidelberg about this trend of digitization.
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