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REF 2014 results guide UK research funding

Whenever it comes to university ranking tables I always say “caveat emptor”. It should be no different with this latest one, but the REF (Research Excellence Framework) results do influence UK government investment. For this reason alone it is noteworthy.

Specifically, the research was conducted jointly by the Higher Education…

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All-optical systems and the promise of super-fast computers

Ion doping could be the way to use light to bring together different computing functions into one component. All-optical systems would be the goal.

Research by the University of Surrey in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of Southampton shows that it’s possible to change…

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Mobile phone mapping matches census accuracy

International research, including a team from the University of Southampton, has shown population maps based on anonymous mobile phone call records can be as accurate as those based on traditional censuses.

The findings indicate that mobile records are detailed, reliable and flexible enough to help infrastructure and emergency planners, says…

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Comment: Innovation in electronics from the University of Edinburgh

Tom Higgison, IP Projects Manager at Edinburgh Research and Innovation, outlines the scope of innovation in electronics seen at the University of Edinburgh, from the Wolfson Institute to the the Li-Fi R&D Centre…

In the past 40 years, advances in electronics made possible by a series of…

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Southampton, Nanyang partner for Photonics Institute in Singapore

Southampton University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has founded the Photonics Institute in Singapore, with Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

According to Southampton the Institute will have a number of specific research centres, such as for optical fibre technology, photonic technologies and optical and laser engineering.

NTU professor Nikolay Zheludev says…

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Engineering students sample taste of sensor specialists

Engineering students from the University of Chester sampled a taste of the industry at sensors specialist Balluff last week.

Around 70 students and lecturers from the university’s new campus, Thornton Science Park, which opened at the beginning of this academic year, gained insight into engineering in the sensing industry…

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Smart sensors predict homeowners’ living patterns

Heriot Watt University is highlighting research by its Energy Academy into smart sensors that predict homeowners’ movements and living patterns. The idea is that this will help to reduce fuel bills.

The research is being led by Dr Edward Owens and involves using multiple sensors to predict when a home…

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New imaging technique could detect “invisible” cracks

The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, says Bristol University, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique. It could, according to the university, detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.

The key, apparently, is ”imaging of acoustic nonlinearity”.  This is sensitive to physical properties…

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EPSRC funds cyber-security for UK’s industrial control systems

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is funding research on cyber-security, and how to protect the UK’s industrial control systems, such as manufacturing plants, power stations, the electricity grid, and the rail network.

The Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems (RITICS) is based at Imperial…

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