The 43rd Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture – the Internet of Things (IoT)…

The 43rd Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture, titled ‘Will future communications technologies lead to cyber wars or a better world?’ was delivered on Wednesday 10th May by Naomi Climer, whose career has been spent in the broadcast and communications technology industry including at the BBC, ITV and Sony both in Europe and the US. Over 290 representatives from industry, academia, the University’s alumni community, and government attended. In addition, 30 pupils, aged 15 to 18, attended from nine schools across London, Hampshire, East Sussex and Oxfordshire.

In the morning, there were also two special Q&A sessions with Naomi Climer for Oxford University post-doctoral researchers and post-graduates, and for school pupils. Prior to the main lecture in the afternoon, guests enjoyed two mini-lectures on the theme of the Internet of Things (IoT), and were able to visit the 4th Year project competition and a research exhibition focussing on ‘Technology After 5G’.

Naomi ClimerIn her Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture, Naomi Climer shared her vision of communications technology over next three decades. She said: ‘Communications technology has enabled massive social change over the past decades. We can work from home, watch video anywhere on any device, influence governments and corporations via social media and collaborate with people all over the world.  As always with the march of technology, the many benefits that we enjoy are accompanied by challenges - cyber security, inadequate coverage, the ease of spreading fake news, trolling and worse’. She talked about where communications technology is heading. What will be the ‘killer apps’ of the IoT? What could we do when everything is connected to the internet? How will we use all this extra bandwidth and speed? How could communications technology improve life for everyone on the planet?

To view Naomi Climer’s lecture please click on the photo below:

The 43rd Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture – the Internet of Things (IoT)…

The mini-lectures

The two mini-lectures were on the topics of Network Complexity and the Internet of Things,’ given by Professor Justin Coon from the Department and ‘Wireless Communications Using Light ’, delivered by Professor Dominic O’Brien, also from the Department.

To view the mini-lectures please click on the photos below:

Professor Justin Coon    Professor Dominic O'Brien

The Undergraduate Project Exhibition by 4th Year Students

4th Year Project Exhibition JudgesEstablished in 2001, the exhibition this year included a range of posters and hardware. The judges, all of whom were alumni of the Department of Engineering Science now working in industry, were:  Alex Brant (Rolls-Royce); Will Hancock (Atkins); Chris Needham (Shell); Ben Twiney (Jaguar Land Rover); Victoria Sanchez Zini (Oxford University Innovation).

4th Year Project Exhibition SponsorsPictured here are some of the sponsors of this year's 4th Year Project Exhibition prizes.


Prizes were awarded to:

  • BP - The BP prize for best chemical and process engineering exhibit
    : Sam Attias
    Project title:
    ‘Nanomaterials in Revolutionising Diabetes Diagnostics’
  • Ecrin Investments - The Ecrin Investments prize for best information and control engineering exhibit
    : Sam Holt
    Project title:
    ‘Dense Reconstruction from Flying Vehicles’
  • GlaxoSmithKline - The GlaxoSmithKline prize for best biomedical engineering exhibit
    James Russell
    Project title:
    ‘Curing Travel Sickness with Technology’
  • IBEX Industrial Brushes - The IBEX Industrial Brushes prize for best mechanical engineering exhibit
    Rhiannon Heard
    Project title:
    ‘Micromechanics of Pharmaceutics’
  • Jaguar Land Rover - The Jaguar Land Rover prize for best energy engineering exhibit
    Zach Jackson
    Project title:
    ‘Heat-sink Components for Fusion Tokamaks
  • Osborne - The Osborne prize for best civil engineering exhibit
    Konstantin Goncharov
    Project title: ‘
    How to evaluate local seismicity without recording earthquakes?’
  • Rolls-Royce - The Rolls-Royce prize for best thermo-fluids and turbo-machinery exhibit
    Jamie Saw
    Project title: ‘
    Gas Turbine Vane Film Cooling for Engine-Realistic Combustor Flows’
  • Sony - The Sony prize for best electrical and electronic engineering exhibit
    James Turton
    Project title:
    ‘Non-Invasive Imaging of High Energy Ion Beams’.

New Oxford Engineering Alumni (OEA) Prize

OEA PrizeThe OEA, the alumni society which includes all Oxford Engineering graduates, as well as past and present members of teaching and research staff of the Department, launched the OEA prize during this year’s Lubbock Day. The winner of the £500 cash prize, Sam Attias (4th Year), will come back to the Department during the Alumni Weekend (Saturday 16 September) and give a presentation about his 4th Year project titled: ‘Nanomaterials in Revolutionising Diabetes Diagnostics’. Congratulations to Sam and the runners-up of the OEA prize who were Sam Holt and James Russell.

Many thanks to the OEA, all judges and 4th Year undergraduates who took part.

Lively Q&A for post-graduates and post-doctoral researchers

Q&AThis session with Naomi Climer included discussion on diversity, inclusivity and Women in Engineering. Among the topics discussed were: ‘imposter syndrome’; tokenism; discrimination; how to engage/include more men in the strategies to achieve gender equality; unconscious bias; career progression; shared parental leave and outreach approaches for young children.

Naomi highlighted that ‘the biggest barrier to getting more women into engineering in Britain is the national stereotype – parents and teachers still don't believe that engineering is a suitable career choice for girls and this needs to change. Companies and institutions can do more to challenge and change the language they use to recruit engineers’.

First parallel programme of events for schools

Schools Q&AFor the first time the Department staged a parallel programme of events to the 43rd Maurice Lubbock Lecture. Gabby Bouchard, the Department’s Access Officer, said: ‘Young women from Eastleigh to Tonbridge Wells came to take part in Lubbock lectures for specifically for schools. Highlights of the day was a private Q&A session with Naomi Climer, judging the 4th Year Project Exhibition, and participating in mini-lectures led by three women completing their engineering DPhils. Pupils had the opportunity to interact with women engineering role models and see the varied work that engineers participate in. As one of the school participants put it: ‘this day has helped me know that I definitely want to do engineering’’.

The 2017 Lubbock Day in pictures…please visit:

What some of our guests said...

Many thanks for organising the day, I really appreciated it. The 4th year posters this year were all excellent…. We look forward to supporting next year again’. Sponsor

‘…an excellent and thought provoking 23rd Lubbock lecture by Naomi Climer. Naomi confirmed that possibly dustbins will really be talking to the council about us! But, with millions of interconnected and sentient objects, it would probably be the least of our worries given the information revolution of the internet of things. With more undeniable facts about events and human behaviour available from such objects and sensors, there just might be much more truth visible and less places for it to be unfairly rubbished or hidden. This might indeed enable, perhaps even force, the world to become a mutually and socially supporting and happier place. So it was that we left the lecture …optimistic about IoT and tomorrow.’ Alumnus

It was a wonderful day giving the opportunity to disseminate really exciting collaborative research and to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds through from school age to the alumni. The mini lectures in the afternoon gave a great insight into current research within the department, and the main speaker was incredibly inspiring. It was a great chance for the school children to learn about the University and the fact that the undergraduate final year project prize winner's (selected by the alumni) were presented in front of the audience including many alumni, dove-tailed perfectly’. Exhibitor

We have been invited to attend the Maurice Lubbock Memorial talk for the last three years and it is now an event we always make time for. Every year the guest speaker has delivered a thought provoking and thoroughly engaging talk and Naomi Climer was no different this year’Industry

 ‘I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was very impressed with all the projects on show’. 4th Year Project Exhibition Judge

Naomi Climer’s lecture showcased not just a possible vision of the future, but the breadth of the current art of the possible. Her vision, of an increasingly smart connected world, was as much an inspirational call to action to all Engineers as it was a view of the path we need to take. All in all an excellent lecture’. Academic  

It was very informative and exciting! I would definitely consider going to Oxford’. School Pupil

Published on 05 June 2017