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New Centre for Infrastructure Sensing

last modified Feb 06, 2017 02:58 PM
The University will be receiving 18 million pounds to develop a new national Centre for Infrastructure Sensing on the West Cambridge Site.

The University of Cambridge will receive £18 million in funding to ensure that the UK’s infrastructure is resilient and responsive to environmental and economic impacts. The funding will be used to support  research in the application of advanced sensor technologies to the monitoring  of the UK’s existing and future infrastructure, in order to protect and maintain it.

The funding is part of the wider UK Collaboration for Research in Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC), which is a £138 million capital investment that will be centred around the Olympic Park in Stratford and will include 13 university partners from across the UK.

The Cambridge funding will be used to build a National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing on the West Cambridge site, which will build upon the expertise of the University’s Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC).  The new building will be an interdisciplinary centre for sensors and instrumentation for infrastructure monitoring and assessment, spanning scales from an individual asset, such as a tunnel, building or bridge, to a complex system such as a railway or a city district. More advanced sensors and appropriate data analysis will ensure better product quality, enhanced construction safety, and smarter asset management.

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IEEE Sensors Letters

last modified Feb 17, 2017 04:38 PM
The IEEE is launching a new peer reviewed rapid publication devoted to sensors and sensing.

IEEE Sensors Letters is a peer-reviewed, online journal devoted to sensors and sensing phenomena.

The fields of interest of the IEEE Sensors Letters are:

  • theory of sensing and senors,
  • sensor design,
  • sensor fabrication and manufacturing,
  • sensor and transducer applications,
  • sensing of physical, chemical and biological phenomena,
  • emphasis on the electronics and physics aspect of sensors and integrated sensors-actuators.

More information, including instructions for authors, can be found on the IEEE Sensors Letters website.

New lecturers appointed in the area of sensing

last modified Nov 16, 2017 11:22 PM
Four new lecturers in the area of sensing

Four new lecturers in areas relevant to sensing have been appointed with effect of 1 October 2017.

Department of Engineering

Phillip Stanley-Marbell
University Lecturer in the Internet of Things

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Phillip and his group work at the interface between the physical world and that of computing systems. A key research interest is to reduce the power consumption of sensors and sensor related devices, such as displays. Prototype hardware is designed, tested and made available open-source.

Ozgur Akan

University Lecturer in the Internet of Things

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Ozgur approaches the Internet of Things from a very different approach to Phillip. Ozgur is interested not only in the Internet of Things but also in naturally occuring networks, using concepts found in nature to solve technical problems. His research includes
  • communications and sensor networks
  • bio-inspired nano, molecular, and neural communications
  • distributed social sensing
  • signal processing and information theory
  • next-generation ICT-inspired health care devices

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Róisín Owens
University Lecturer

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Róisín heads the new Bio-electronic Systems Technologies group in the Department. Her groups is workin at the interface between biology and engineering, e.g. developing biological models and the electronic devices in parallel to improve drug discovery and therapeutics. Róisín and her team are very multidisciplinary with expertise including ranging from biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology on the bio side, to materials science, electronics and chemistry on the physical sciences and engineering side.

Department of Computer Science

Amanda Prorok
University Lecturer
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Amanda's research interest are multi-robot systems, from algorithms to abstraction. Sensor technologies, of-course,  is key to enable robots to move autonomously, e.g. in a warehouse.

Sensor CDT student wins EPSRC science photo competition

last modified Jun 06, 2019 11:38 AM
Sensor CDT student Peter Pedersen wins 1st prize in the "Citizen Science Abroad" category

Peter Pedersen, a student with the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications, has won the first prize in Citizen Science Abroad category of the EPSRC Science Photography Competition 2019.

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Last year the MRes cohort of the Sensor CDT developed a portable air pollution sensor during their team project. Built around a cheap, yet powerful, microcontroller, the sensor measures particulate matter and stores is together with GPS position and time on an SD card and on a cloud server.

The aim of the project was not only to build the sensor but also to engage the general public in using these sensors on their everyday commute and to build up a picture of air pollution in their city.

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The low-cost, open and modular design enables others to build their own sensors and adapt them to their needs. The students and volunteers took the sensors to different locations around the world, including Europe, Antarctica, South America and Africa. The winning picture was taken on a trip in the Alps during summer 2018.

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Combining robotics and machine learning for lettuce harvesting

last modified Jul 12, 2019 12:42 PM

The bio-inspired robotics group led by Fumiya Iida has combined machine learning with its robots to advance automated lettuce harvesting.

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Lettuces are extremely difficult to harvest automatically. The group has developed the robot over the past few years - from a lab setting into testing in the field.

The robot uses computer vision to identify the lettuces. Machine learning helps the vision system to detect lettuces in different lighting conditions. A specially developed cutting robot then cuts the lettuce at the correct height without crushing them.

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Read and view more about this research here.

Reference:
Simon Birrell et al. ‘A Field Tested Robotic Harvesting System for Iceberg Lettuce.’ Journal of Field Robotics (2019). DOI: 10.1002/rob.21888

 

 

New National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing in Cambridge

last modified Sep 25, 2019 03:25 PM
The new civil engineering building on the West Cambridge campus has officially opened on 24 Sep 2019. It houses the civil engineering division of the Engineering Department and the state of the art National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing

The new Civil Engineering Building, located on the West Cambridge campus, is designed to enable University researchers, industry and other academic institutes to work together on joint research programmes.

The building has twelve world-class, state-of-the-art laboratories focusing on a wide variety of civil engineering disciplines, including sensor development, structures, geomechanics and construction.

In addition it houses the new National Research Facility for Infrastructure Sensing (NRFIS) which is part of the national UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC).

NRFIS will support research in the application of advanced sensor technologies to the monitoring of the UK’s existing and future infrastructure, to provide insights and data to inform the design, construction, operation and management of the UK’s infrastructure and enable better decision-making.

It builds on the University’s track record of delivering innovative sensor advancements through CSIC, the CamBridgeSens research network, and the Centres for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future (Sensor CDT) and Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2).

Read more about the new building and the leading academics on the Engineering Department website.

Sensors help understanding housing conditions in Mumbai

last modified Feb 14, 2020 03:27 PM
Sensors help to understand the increasing energy needs of residents in Mumbai's slum rehabilitation housing and its poor inside air quality. Based on qualitative and quantitative research Cambridge architect and urban designer Ronita Bardhan has made suggestions on how to improve the living conditions of millions of people and at the same time reduce the environmental impact.

Ronita Bardham is a University Lecturer of Sustainability in the Build Environment at the Department of Architecture. Her work is concerned with habitat design, energy use and gender equality for low-income housing in low and middle income countries.

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Thermal imaging (Ronita Bardham)

Ronita has used temperature, humidity, light, air flow and air pollution sensors to monitor the living conditions inside so-called slum rehabilitation housing which is aimed at providing better accommodation for former slum dwellers.

However, the urban and architectural design of the new building results in increased indoor temperatures and poor air quality. As a result inhabitants are looking forward to install air conditioning as soon as they have the financial means, which subsequently results in an increased electricity usage.

Read Ronita's full story here.

Cell membranes on a chip

last modified Jan 05, 2021 03:45 PM
Artificial cell membranes on a chip combine biology and electronics to monitor how molecules enter our cells.

Researchers at the Bioelectronic Systems Technology group at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology have developed a method to deposit cell membranes on PDOT:PSS films to investigate how molecules, such as drugs and pathogens, travers across the membrane.

Traditionally this type of research is done using the patch-clamp technique, which is laborous, delicate and not suitable for high throughput screening. This new technique allows optical and electrical measurements to be carried out simultanously while keeping disturbances to the delicate membrane functionality to a minimum.

After depositing the membrane, made from mammalian embryonic kidney cells and liposomes, optical tracking of single protein motions to characterize protein diffusion and sensing of transmembrane protein function using electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was possible.

More information about this work can be in two papers in Langmuir and ACS Nano.

European Research Council grants for CamBridgeSens researchers

last modified Jan 05, 2021 05:00 PM
Silvia Vignolini and Tuomas Knowles have won ERC Consolidator Grants to work on the interaction between light and organisms and how proteins come together to form functional liquid organelles.

European Research Council Consolidator Grants are aimed at researchers with 7 - 12 years of experience after obtaining their PhD.

More than 300 grants were awarded to mid-career researchers across the EU, including five Cambridge researchers. Two of those, Silvia Vignolini and Tuomas Knowels from the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry, are CamBridgeSens members.

There research activities are truely cross-disciplinary as they lie at the interface between chemistry, biology and physics. Silvia Vignolini's research focuses on the interation of light with living organism, while Tuomas Knowles works on how proteins form into functional cell organelles.

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European Research Council grants for CamBridgeSens researchers

Dec 12, 2020

Silvia Vignolini and Tuomas Knowles have won ERC Consolidator Grants to work on the interaction between light and organisms and how proteins come together to form functional liquid organelles.

Cell membranes on a chip

Jul 10, 2020

Artificial cell membranes on a chip combine biology and electronics to monitor how molecules enter our cells.

Sensors help understanding housing conditions in Mumbai

Feb 14, 2020

Sensors help to understand the increasing energy needs of residents in Mumbai's slum rehabilitation housing and its poor inside air quality. Based on qualitative and quantitative research Cambridge architect and urban designer Ronita Bardhan has made suggestions on how to improve the living conditions of millions of people and at the same time reduce the environmental impact.

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