2012 Media Coverage

Articles about the Department's teaching and research regularly appear in the written and broadcast media. Recent coverage included:

  • Dr Stevens’ wireless world
    In Business (Oxford Times magazine), p. 15, December 2012, Maggie Hartford
    Feature on the work of, and interview with, Dr Chris Stevens of the Department of Engineering Science, who has developed a cable-free device that can charge electronic devices. Oxford University’s research commercialisation company, Isis Innovation, is working with him to bring the technology to market.
  • Radio: Broadcasting House, BBC Radio 4
    25/11/12, 9.36am (c.36:00 on the clock)
    Professor Paul Newman, head of the mobile robotics group at the University of Oxford, is interviewed about his team’s Wildcat robotic car.
  • A First Class Degree from Oxbridge - So What?
    Huffington Post UK, Julian Tan, 12/11/2012
    Julian Tan, who graduated from Oxford with a first class degree in engineering, discusses how to get the balance right between academic work and the other benefits of being at university.
  • The entrepreneurs that are laughing all the way to the bank
    Daily Telegraph, James Hurley, 11/11/12
    Article on the Enterprise Awards, a competition for student entrepreneurs run by Telegraph Media Group and Lloyds, profiles last year’s winner, YASA Motors. The company has developed a motor that is lighter, smaller and, ultimately, cheaper to produce than its rivals. The YASA (Yokeless and Segmented Armature) motor combines a revolutionary redesign of the magnetics in an electric motor, a clever cooling system and mechanical packaging. Tim Woolmer, YASA’s founder and chief technology officer, invented the motor for his DPhil project at Oxford University.
  • A metamaterial which could stop electronics from eating the planet
    Guardian online, 19/10/2012, Mark Piesing
    Article about a technology to be spun out of Oxford University that ‘is going to fundamentally change the way we build computers’, according to Dr Mark Gostock, a technology transfer manager at Oxford's Isis Innovation. The technology replaces the solder, pins and wiring of the conventional computer with Lego-like blocks of silicon stuck to a Velcro-like metamaterial board that can wirelessly transmit or conduct both data and power.  Includes comment from Chris Stevens of the Department of Engineering Science, who developed the technology.
  • How ‘facecam’ saves lives
    Oxford Times, In Business, October 2012, Maggie Hartford, p.21
    Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Oxford, has developed a new non-invasive system to detect heart rate, breathing rate and oxygen saturation in patients using webcams. Feature includes interview with Professor Tarassenko, who says that the new software has several potentially life-saving applications. “Patients in hospitals are often in individual rooms. We can put a webcam in the ceiling and make sure that their vital signs are OK during the night. The system will alert the ward sister if there is a problem”, he said. Professor Tarassenko has set up a spin-out company, OxeHealth, to commercialise the technology. Also includes comment from Tom Hockaday, managing director of Isis Innovation, the University’s technology transfer company.
  • Healthcare: IP injects £½m for revolutionary monitoring device
    The Independent, p.54, Simon Read, 19/09/2012
    New technology that could revolutionise the way doctors measure patients' vital signs has attracted a £500,000 investment from the intellectual property firm IP Group. The device, which uses a webcam and computer software, allows medical staff to measure heart rate, respiratory rate and, uniquely, oxygen saturation. The package could cut back on the need for patients to make repeated visits to doctors. It also has possible applications in gyms and rest homes. The device has been developed by Oxehealth, a commercial spin-out from Oxford University's Institute of Biomedical Engineering.
  • IP Group invests in 'digital health' company
    The Daily Telegraph, Business, p.5, Rachel Cooper, 19/09/2012
  • Remote control patient monitor wins backing
    Evening Standard, p.48, Simon Read, 18/09/2012
  • Diagnosis murmur: how ‘intelligent’ ultrasound could benefit medicine
    Wired (UK), Mark Piesing, 21/08/12
    Article on research by Professor Alison Noble, Technikos Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Oxford University, who is working to improve the image quality and diagnostic power of this most widely used of medical imaging tools through her Oxford University spinout, Intelligent Ultrasound. The technology stitches images together, correcting for shifts in the point of view from which each scan was taken and then fused using a proprietary algorithm. Professor Noble said: "I just wanted to study engineering. It wasn't encouraged as it was a male-dominated area, but I didn't have to battle to do this as my parents supported me… In medicine if you are not careful, you develop a technology that is too far ahead and doctors aren't prepared to use it… medics [have become] comfortable with technology and see it as an opportunity to help them become leaders in the field… It's the beginning of a very exciting era, as the latest probes are USBs plugged straight into laptops. Now we have got to add to the intelligence of the machine.”
  • In brief: New software to benefit NHS
    Oxford Mail, p. 19, 04/08/2012
    New ultrasound software developed by Oxford University scientists will save the NHS millions a year, it is hoped. Intelligent Ultrasound is to develop software to create higher quality images, avoiding costly rescans. It was set up by Oxford University’s technology transfer company Isis Innovation.
  • Ultrasound imaging software attracts £610,000 in funding
    The Engineer, 02/08/2012
    Software that improves the quality and diagnostic power of ultrasound imaging has attracted £610,000 in new investment, Oxford University’s Isis Innovation has announced. Developed by Oxford spin-out Intelligent Ultrasound, the new funds will be used to develop software solutions that reduce the risk of incorrect or missed diagnoses. Andy Hill, chief executive officer of Intelligent Ultrasound, said: ‘We expect this software will save the National Health Service [NHS] in excess of £40m pounds per year in cardiology diagnostics alone.’ The software is based on research from Oxford University’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering by Professor Alison Noble and her team. She said: ‘We are combining conventional ultrasound scanning with advanced automated image analysis post-processing to improve the diagnostic quality of scans and to ensure that the doctor has the best ultrasound-based information to make a clinical decision.’
  • Oxford University spin-out targets NHS savings
    GrowthBusiness.co.uk, 02/08/2012
  • New Year Honours
    Professor Lionel Tarassenko, of the Department of Engineering Science and St John’s College, and director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, was made a CBE for services to engineering.