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Engineering researchers awarded Best Paper prize for work on “high speed control of power transistor behaviour”

Congratulations to Gwilym Jones, a First Year DPhil student, and Dan Rogers, Associate Professor in the Department’s Energy and Power Group, who have been recognised for their work at the IEEE Workshop on Control and Modelling for Power Electronics (COMPEL 2017) that took place in July in Stanford, California. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional organisation for the advancement of technology.

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Professors Eleanor Stride and Roger Reed elected Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Many congratulations to Professors Eleanor Stride and Roger Reed, in the Department of Engineering Science, who have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng). This is a richly deserved recognition of their contributions to engineering. Fifty of the UK’s top engineers have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, in a stellar list that includes some of the world’s leading innovators and business people.

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The Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Award

The Royal Academy of Engineering is to present this year’s Colin Campbell Mitchell Award to three Oxford-based researchers who have developed an innovative, non-contact health monitoring technology capable of observing a patient’s vital signs via a standard digital video camera. The team, who work for Oxehealth, a company spun out from Professor Tarassenko’s lab in the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), will be presented with the prize at the Academy’s Research Forum on 4 September. Before joining Oxehealth, two of the three award winners, Oliver Gibson and Nic Dunkley, were DPhil students in the IBME.

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Research students scoop two top prizes

Oxford research students scooped two of the three prizes for best student posters at the Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics (OSIG) conference in London, run by the Society for Underwater Technology.

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Salters’ Centenary Award in Chemical Engineering

Congratulations to Bo Zhang, 2nd Year DPhil student in the Department of Engineering Science (Kellogg College), for being awarded one of four Salters’ Centenary Awards in Chemical Engineering. To celebrate its Centenary in 2018 the Salters’ Institute has set up a new award scheme for postgraduate chemists and chemical engineers.

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Professor Martin Booth elected Fellow of the Optical Society

Congratulations to Professor Martin Booth, Professor of Engineering Science in the Department, who has been elected a Fellow by the Board of Directors of The Optical Society (OSA) during their recent meeting in Washington, DC, USA.

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The Matthew Greenwood Outreach Award

A new award has been established for a 4th Year Oxford Engineering Ambassador who has been exemplary in engineering outreach initiatives. The award has been called the Matthew Greenwood Award in memory of the St Edmund Hall Engineering Science undergraduate who tragically passed away last year after a fierce battle with cancer. Matt was a highly committed Oxford Engineering Ambassador, and was even said to have been enthusing about the transformative power of an engineering degree from his hospital bed.

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The 2017 Alumni Weekend at the Department of Engineering Science – a historic day…

The 2017 Department of Engineering Science Alumni Weekend made history with Professor Ekaterina Shamonina - the first female speaker to give the Jenkin lecture in 30 years. Over 185 engineering alumni as well as those from other subjects and non-alumni were treated to the annual Jenkin Lecture on the fascinating subject of ‘metamaterials’. The day’s programme also included the first lecture given by the winner of the Oxford Engineering Alumni (OEA) Award, an update from the Head of Department on the 2020 Vision for Engineering Science in Oxford, this year’s Oxford Engineering Alumni (OEA) Annual General Meeting, and the presentation of the special Matthew Greenwood Outreach Award.

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The Oxford Robotics Institute will play a key role in two of the four new Robotics Hubs

The Oxford Robotics Institute will play a key role in two of the four new Robotics Hubs announced this week by EPSRC as part of their £44.5 million investment over the next three and a half years into Robotics and Artificial intelligence (AI).

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Oxford iGEM team wins Gold medal and Award for Best Diagnostics Project

The 2017 Oxford University iGEM team have just returned from the competition in Boston with not only a Gold medal and also the, extremely competitive, award for Best Diagnostics Project in the Undergraduate category. In addition they were nominated for five further awards for best presentation, wiki, model, integrated human practices and best applied design.

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UK HM Government announces 2018 as Year of Engineering

The Government has announced a national campaign, aimed at young people aged 7-16, to increase their awareness and understanding of what engineers do.

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Professor Jin-Chong Tan awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant

Congratulations to Jin-Chong Tan, Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Tutorial Fellow at Balliol, who has been awarded a five-year European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant of €2.4 million.

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Selfies, Space and Surgery: How digital imaging sensors have shaped our world

In celebration of the winners collecting the 2017 QEPrize from Buckingham Palace earlier this week, an event was hosted at the Science Museum on 7 December 2017.

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Oxford to hold artificial intelligence expo in March 2018

The University of Oxford is to showcase artificial intelligence (AI) research across the whole University with a one-day expo on 27 March 2018. The event will bring together Oxford’s AI and machine learning thought leaders, providing a unique opportunity to hear from them about their work and their vision for the future.

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The Salters’ Institute Annual Awards Ceremony

This prestigious annual event held at Salters’ Hall celebrates high levels of excellence with the science education sector. This year the Ceremony took place on Friday 8 December 2017. Around 180 guests attended the Awards Ceremony and lunch reception.

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PISA Project wins BGA Fleming Award for 2017

The Pile Soil Analysis – PISA – Project, with scientific contributions from researchers at Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science, has won the British Geotechnical Association’s Fleming Award for 2017.

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Smart sensor could revolutionise crime and terrorism prevention

Crime, terrorism prevention, environmental monitoring, reusable electronics, medical diagnostics and food safety, are just a few of the far-reaching areas where a new chemical sensor could revolutionise progress.

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Blows not concussion cause brain disease, according to new research

The effects of repeat concussion injuries on athletes, particularly American football and rugby players, is one of the biggest concerns in competitive sports today. However, a new Oxford University collaboration suggests that blows to the head can cause lasting trauma - even in the absence of signs of concussion.

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Paper addressing multi-agent AI problems wins top accolade

A research team from the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Engineering has won ‘the outstanding student paper’ at one of the premier venues for publishing AI research: AAAI-18, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s conference.

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Department of Engineering Science part of £42 million programme to revolutionise UK car battery research

A team of the UK’s leading battery experts from universities across the UK, including Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science, will contribute to work funded by the independent national battery research facility, the Faraday Institution.

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Department signs five-year agreement with Ørsted to optimise wind turbine foundations

Department signs five-year agreement with Ørsted to optimise wind turbine foundations

The Department and renewable energy company Ørsted have signed a five-year research framework agreement to optimise the design of foundation structures for offshore wind turbines.

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Engineering Science Newsletter Published

Engineering Science Newsletter Published

Welcome to the new-look Department of Engineering Science newsletter (Issue 7)

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Department spinout YASA opens new electric motor factory in Oxfordshire

Department spinout YASA opens new electric motor factory in Oxfordshire

University of Oxford spin-out YASA Ltd was founded in 2009 by Tim Woolmer, who invented the motor for his DPhil project at the Department of Engineering Science.

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Peptide-protein bio-ink technique has capacity to mimic naturally-occurring cells and tissues

Research carried out by the Department of Engineering Science, Queen Mary University of London and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), published recently in Advanced Functional Materials, aims to integrate the benefits of self-assembly with nanoscale precision - building structures by assembling molecules like Lego pieces - with novel bio-ink printing techniques.

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Department spinout company wins New Product Award for microscale benchtop technology

Department spinout company wins New Product Award for microscale benchtop technology

iotaSciences, a spinout company from the Department of Engineering Science, recently received a New Product Award at Society for Laboratory and Automation Screening conference SLAS2018, in recognition of their innovative and portable benchtop single-cell instrument, the isoCell.

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DPhil graduate offered prestigious Clifford G. Shull Fellowship

DPhil graduate offered prestigious Clifford G. Shull Fellowship

Oxford scientist the youngest person ever to be offered prestigious Clifford G. Shull Fellowship in the US

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Department awards University of Oxford Engineering Innovator Prize at ‘Big Bang’ competition

Department awards University of Oxford Engineering Innovator Prize at ‘Big Bang’ competition

Senior Research Associate Dr Priyanka Dhopade and Departmental Lecturer Dr Brian Sheil presented the University of Oxford Engineering Innovator Prize to student Manisha Waterston at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition last week.

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Dr Brian Sheil awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship

Dr Brian Sheil awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship

Dr Brian Sheil, Departmental Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering, has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship which will allow him to devote more time to his project for his project 'Intelligent Real-time Monitoring to Inform Underground Construction Processes'.

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Oxford Robotics Institute trials take place in Iceland

The Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) recently conducted trials in Iceland as part of research into mobile robotics (aka driverless cars). ORI is a research institute within the Department of Engineering Science which researches all aspects of land-based mobile autonomy.

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Researchers call for volunteers to refine mosquito-detecting app

Researchers call for volunteers to refine mosquito-detecting app

Researchers at Engineering Science, Zoology and Kew Gardens have developed a way of alerting people to the presence of mosquitoes with an app that detects their distinctive buzz.

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Study shows positive results for gestational diabetes smartphone app

A 21-month study into the safety and effectiveness of a smartphone application for women with gestational diabetes has shown positive results. The app was developed as part of a collaboration between the Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Drayson Health.

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The Royal Academy of Engineering funds global research visionaries to advance emerging technologies

The Royal Academy of Engineering has today announced long-term support to ten engineering global-visionaries to develop areas of emerging technology. One of the ten Chairs is Professor Tim Denison, who will take up the post of Professor of Neurotechnology at the University of Oxford in August 2018.

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Engineering student awarded prestigious Google PhD Fellowship

Engineering student awarded prestigious Google PhD Fellowship

Department of Engineering Science DPhil candidate Arsha Nagrani has been announced as one of the 39 global recipients of Google’s PhD Fellowships this year.

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Body temperature machine perfusion technique improves liver transplant success

Body temperature machine perfusion technique improves liver transplant success

Preserving livers at body temperature has been shown to improve transplant success and to increase the number of viable donor livers available for transplant, which could lead to shorter waiting lists for patients and lower mortality rates.

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Politecnico di Torino announces EXPERTISE European Training Network beneficiaries

Politecnico di Torino announces EXPERTISE European Training Network beneficiaries

The University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science (led by Professor David Hills) is one of the beneficiaries in the 48 month Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network consortium EXPERTISE, which is being coordinated by the Politecnico di Torino in Italy.

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Best Paper prize for Machine Learning in Healthcare paper

Best Paper prize for Machine Learning in Healthcare paper

Dr. Tingting Zhu, a junior research fellow in the Department and Glen Wright Colopy, a doctoral student at the Department’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), have been recognised for their work at the IEEE Biomedical & Health Informatics Conference (BHI) that took place in March in Las Vegas, USA.

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“Nature” Cover Hails Biomedical Engineering Advance in Liver Transplantation

“Nature” Cover Hails Biomedical Engineering Advance in Liver Transplantation

This week’s cover of “Nature” (Volume 557 Issue 7703, 3 May 2018) illustrates the concept of normothermic machine perfusion as an improved means of preserving, testing and rescuing livers prior to transplantation.

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University to collaborate on new Internet of Things project

University to collaborate on new Internet of Things project

The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division (MPLS) is leading Oxford University’s input into the PITCH-In project, which is being led by the University of Sheffield in partnership with the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle, and industrial and health sector partners. The aim is to drive forward collaboration concerned with the Internet of Things.

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University Diversity Award for champion of refugee students

University Diversity Award for champion of refugee students

DPhil student Thaís Roque has won the coveted University of Oxford Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Award (Student category) for her work championing and fundraising for refugee students in the University.

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Inspiring the next generation of Engineers: outreach event as part of Lubbock lecture

Inspiring the next generation of Engineers: outreach event as part of Lubbock lecture

The Thom building’s Lecture Room 3 was a hive of activity at lunchtime on Monday 14 May during an outreach event aimed at inspiring school pupils aged 15-17.

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4th year undergraduates win prizes for best Engineering posters at Lubbock Lecture

4th year undergraduates win prizes for best Engineering posters at Lubbock Lecture

Each year at the Maurice Lubbock Memorial Lecture since 2001, 4th year Engineering Science undergraduate students have presented their final year projects to Alumni and visitors. Their posters are judged by Alumni representatives now working in industry, with prizes going to winners in 8 categories, and an overall winner is chosen by the Oxford Engineering Alumni (OEA) group.

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Renault Sport Formula One visit Oxford to recruit ‘most talented young engineers’

Renault Sport Formula One visit Oxford to recruit ‘most talented young engineers’

A Renault Sport team including Oxford alumni Luke Bolton visited the Department recently to give a talk to students about the types of career on offer within the local race team at Enstone, Oxfordshire.

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Fellowship project aims to explore approaches to reducing organic waste to landfill

Fellowship project aims to explore approaches to reducing organic waste to landfill

A new fellowship project which aims to explore ways to address the UK and global challenge of reducing organic waste to landfill held its inaugural meeting recently at the Department.

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Engineering Science student selected as AI Fellow

Engineering Science student selected as AI Fellow

An Engineering Science DPhil student has been selected for an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fellowship by the Open Philanthropy Project. Seven 'very promising' machine learning researchers have been collectively recommended for a total of around $1.1 million in PhD fellowship support over the next five years.

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World’s best video camera to develop cures for deadliest cancers

The Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI) today launched an ambitious new project to build the world’s most advanced real-time high-speed video camera, the key to understanding new techniques that use light and sound to treat some of the most lethal forms of cancer.

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World’s first fluid-shaping technology for biomedicine

Despite improvements in our ability to manipulate ever-smaller volumes using microfluidics, the technology remains inaccessible to many biologists as it often requires complex manufacturing facilities (such as soft lithography) and uses materials foreign to cell biology (such as polydimethylsiloxane).

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International Women in Engineering Day 2018

International Women in Engineering Day 2018

We have been celebrating our female engineers as part of International Women in Engineering Day 2018 (Saturday 23 June).

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Oxford Robotics Institute to put a team of robots to the test at Blenheim

Oxford Robotics Institute to put a team of robots to the test at Blenheim

The Oxford Robotics Institute (Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford) is to put a team of robots to the test at Blenheim as part of a new joint initiative.

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Sound waves in lipid films can annihilate each other upon collision

Sound waves in lipid films can annihilate each other upon collision

Post-doctoral researcher Shamit Shrivastava writes about a recent finding that has far-reaching consequences for the fundamental understanding of the physics of the brain. The research was conducted in partnership with Professor Matthias F Schneider at the Technical University in Dortmund, Germany.

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OTI researcher chairs 10th International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics

OTI researcher chairs 10th International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics

Dr Neil Ashton of the Oxford ThermoFluids Institute (OTI) is the chair and lead organiser of the 10th international conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics in Barcelona from 9-13 July 2018.

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Focussed ultrasound used to improve effects of cancer drugs

Focussed ultrasound used to improve effects of cancer drugs

Researchers have made a breakthrough in more precisely targeting drugs to cancers. Using ultrasound and lipid drug carriers (liposomes), a multi-disciplinary team of biomedical engineers, oncologists, radiologists and anaesthetists at the University of Oxford have developed a new way to improve the targeting of cancer drugs to tumours.

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Engineering Science apprentice wins accolade at Oxfordshire Young Engineer Awards 2018

Engineering Science apprentice wins accolade at Oxfordshire Young Engineer Awards 2018

The Department’s Mechanical Technician Apprentice Lewis Burke was awarded Best Apprentice aged 16-18 at the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire Young Engineer Awards 2018.

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Engineering Science DPhil candidate named one of the UK’s top 10 black students

Engineering Science DPhil candidate named one of the UK’s top 10 black students

A talented engineering student from the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science has been selected for the Rare Rising Stars Awards 2018, which showcases the achievements of the ‘top 10’ black students in the country.

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Life-saving clean water project celebrated at inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards

Life-saving clean water project celebrated at inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards

Smart Handpumps, a project which aims to preserve access to clean drinking water in the developing world, has been announced as the overall winner of the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards. The awards honour the best interdisciplinary research from across the University of Oxford.

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Sixth-formers get a Headstart in engineering

Sixth-formers get a Headstart in engineering

As our undergraduate students filed out, marking the end of another busy year, the Department of Engineering Science opened its doors to a different crowd of young engineers. This July, the department hosted 38 sixth-form students from schools across the UK as part of the Headstart Broad-Based Engineering programme.

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