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James Busfield FREng

James Busfield elected to Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced the 50 new Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and 3 International Fellows. James Busfield, Professor of Materials, Director of Industrial Engagement in the School of Engineering and Material Science and Yang Hao (School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science) have been elected. ... [more]

Best Reconfigurable Parallel Mechanism Paper award

Dr Ketao Zhang Honoured with Best Reconfigurable Parallel Mechanism Paper Award of Parallel2020

Dr Ketao Zhang's work on parallel robot mechanisms - that can change their structure and functionalities like "Transformers" - has been honoured with the Best Reconfigurable Parallel Mechanism Paper of The 4th International Conference on Fundamental Issues, Applications and Future Research Directions for Parallel Mechanisms / Manipulators / Machines. The conference was ... [more]

Pan-African competition

Queen Mary researchers launch new competition on low-cost innovation for African scientists and entrepreneurs

Researchers from the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London have launched a new competition in low-cost technologies that aims to identify and develop the next generation of young scientists, leaders, and entrepreneurs in Africa. This new competition, which is open to all countries in ... [more]

Team AlgaX: Ahmad, Abdinasir, Lucas and Marcos (L-R).

SEMS Students Win Global Entrepreneurship Challenge - The Hult Prize 2020

The Hult Prize is the largest socio-entrepreneurship student competition in the world. The 2019 Hult Prize Challenge was announced by President Bill Clinton at the United Nations. This was an invitation to student teams around the world to develop innovations that can be scaled to improve the lives of millions whilst ... [more]

Humaira Patel

SEMS student Humaira Patel was a runner up in the The McLaren Future Mobility Challenge

Humaira Patel, a second year mechanical engineering student, entered for The McLaren Future Mobility Challenge category of The Telegraph newspaper's STEM Awards 2020. Humaira applied her knowledge of materials engineering, gained from her Engineering Materials for Design module, to propose an idea for the automotive sector - using spider silks as ... [more]

A protective visor using a 3D printed frame.

The Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) provides essential support for NHS staff during the COVID-19 crisis

Members of the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) provide frames for visors urgently needed by frontline NHS staff at main London hospitals including the newly created Nightingale Hospital. In collaborations with clinicians from the Royal London Dental Hospital, Prof Shakeel Shahdad and Ahmed Din, ARQ have taken on ... [more]

Ralph and his wife Valmai on a recent boat trip.

Dr Ralph Stevens

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dr Ralph Stevens. Ralph arrived to Queen Mary in 1964 as a lecturer in The Department of Mechanical Engineering, from where he went on to help establish the Materials Department. Prof Bill Bonfield (former Head of Materials) notes that, “Ralph ... [more]

Alberto Caenazzo

First PhD from the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ)

Alberto Caenazzo successfully defended his PhD studies on "Integrated Hydraulic Steering and Signal Transmission Technologies Applied to Novel MRI-Compatible Intravascular Catheters". Because of the coronavirus crisis, the viva was conducted entirely online. Despite that the viva was completed without a hitch, allowing Alberto to present his novel research in catheter ... [more]

ILF 2020 in full swing

Another Hugely Successful ILF Completed

The School of Engineering and Materials Science hosted another successful Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) on Wednesday 26th February 2020 which attracted 85 visitors during the day. The focus was on our Taught Programme Student Projects with more than 100 of our students having the opportunity to discuss their projects with each other, QMUL ... [more]

Caumaghen Sannassy's winning poster

Caumaghen Sannassy wins the best MSc student Poster Award

Caumaghen Sannassy won the best MSc student prize at the 2020 Industrial Liaison Forum in SEMS for his poster called, "Investigation of Air Flows within Urban Landscapes using Open FOAM". His project is supervised by Dr Andrew Buchan. [more]

The MEng group being congratulated by Dr Adrian Briggs (on the right)

Robot Hand Team Wins Top Prize at ILF

A team of 4th year MEng students Jamie SENGUN, Ahmed DEIRI, Talha TAILOR, Kai PAGE & Mohammed KHAN who have been working on the "Soft 3D-printed Robotic Hand" project supervised by Dr Lorenzo Jamone & Dr Ketao Zhang won the best MEng group project prize at the Annual SEMS taught student Industrial ... [more]

Prof Kaspar Althoefer giving his keynote presentation.

Althoefer gives a keynote on Soft Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery and other Human-robot Interaction Applications at INRIA, France

Prof Kaspar Althoefer gave a keynote presentation on Soft Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery and other Human-robot Interaction Applications at the Soft Robotics Days (JRS2019-Journées Robotique Souple), in Lille, France - https://jrs2019.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/3, organised by INRIA, the French national research institute for the ... [more]

Prof Althoefer giving keynote at CEEC 2019.

Professor Kaspar Althoefer gives a keynote presentation at the annual Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC)

Prof Kaspar Althoefer gave a keynote presentation on "Soft Robotics – at the intersection of physical interaction and perception" at the 11th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC) in Colchester on 20 September 2019, https://ceec.uk/ceec19/keynote-speakers-2/. Prof Althoefer reported on the most recent advancements in soft robotics and soft ... [more]

Prof Althoefer giving invited talk at Sorbonne

Professor Althoefer gives an invited talk on "Inflatable, stiffness controllable robots" at Sorbonne

Professor Kaspar Althoefer gave an invited talk on "Inflatable, stiffness controllable robots: Applications in Human-Robot Interaction" at the Hand Dexterity Workshop, at the Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR), Sorbonne Univerity, Paris (http://www.isir.upmc.fr/?lang=en). The event took place on 28 November 2019. Presentations by ... [more]

Networking Session in Action

Industrial Liaison Forum is a Tremendous Success

The biannual Industrial Liaison Forum was held on Wednesday November 20th November in the Octagon. The event was well attended with over eighty industrialists from more than sixty organisations attending. The event was broken up into four parts, starting in the morning with the PhD research poster exhibition, followed by ... [more]

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Professor Wen Wang elected FREng

Professor Wen Wang has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering today. This is as: Wen Wang is distinguished for his insightful achievements in cardiovascular bioengineering, specifically in biofluid mechanics related to the molecular lining of blood vessels and the transport of fluid and solutes across the ... [more]

Robot octopus - featuring in Evening Standard article

QMUL Soft Robotics research features in the Evening Standard

The robot octopus, a recent creation by PhD student Jan Fras, was featured in in the Evening Standard. You can read the article here: https://www.standard.co.uk/tech/scientists-develop-robooctopus-that-mimics-real-sea-creature-a4192871.html Follow this link for a video showing the robot octopus in action: https://youtu.be/TgSD1RUoVsw [more]

Althoefer presenting at the IET 5th Annual Future of Medicine Conference

Kaspar Althoefer was invited to give a talk at IET conference on Soft Robotics for Keyhole Surgery

Professor Kaspar Althoefer gave an invited talk at The 5th Annual Future of Medicine Conference organised by the IET (https://events.theiet.org/the-5th-annual-future-of-medicine-conference/). His talk is now available at IET.TV: https://tv.theiet.org/?eventvideoid=13241. [more]

Prof Kaspar Althoefer presenting ARQ's soft robot hand.

Kaspar Althoefer interviewed by the BBC on soft robotics and AI

Professor Althoefer was interviewed by the BBC on 23 June 2019. The interview can be seen on BBC iPlayer, as part of BBC1's Sunday Morning Live Show - watch from 43:20: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00069jl/sunday-morning-live-series-10-episode-2 Professor Althoefer and PhD students from the Centre for Advanced ... [more]

Professor Kaspar Althoefer

QMUL's nuclear robotics research features in The Economist

The National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) has been featured in an article in The Economist, with a particular mention of Prof Kaspar Althoefer and his team at the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary. Kaspar and his team are working on creating novel radiation-resilient tactile and force sensors for ... [more]

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Mexican government presents Queen Mary academic with prestigious award

Professor Teresa Alonso-Rasgado, Queen Mary’s Dean for Global Engagement in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, has been awarded the highest distinction possible for her academic excellence in Mexico. The Lazaro Cardenas Medal for academic excellence was presented to Professor Alonso-Rasgado by the Secretary of Education, Esteban Moctezuma Barragá... [more]

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Prof Kaspar Althoefer gives keynote at RoboSoft 2019

Prof Kaspar Althoefer gives keynote presentation at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft 2019) on "Fusing Perception with Structure in Soft Robotics" in Seoul, South Korea on 16 April 2019.

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Technology to capture energy from sea waves awarded funding

A team from Queen Mary has been awarded funding to develop technology to capture energy from waves at sea. Wave Energy Scotland (WES) will grant £461,345 to the team from the School of Engineering and Materials Science to develop an adaptive hierarchical model predictive control framework for wave energy converters (WECs). ... [more]

100 reads on Researchgate for paper on gradient-enabled CAD systems

Our groundbreaking paper Algorithmic differentiation of the Open CASCADE Technology CAD kernel and its coupling with an adjoint CFD solver the first to differentiate a full CAD system and a breakthrough for gradient-based optimisation with CAD-based parametrisations has achieved 100 reads on researchgate. Jens. [more]

Rashna being congratulated by Dr Carolyn Small from Arconic, who is the Chair of the Materials Division Industrial Advisory Board.

3rd Year Project Poster Winners Announced

The Spring Industrial Liaison Forum played host to the 3rd year project student poster showcase. This year two winners were selected from the 300+ posters that were submitted. These were from Fatou CHANG for her poster on "Solar drier for agricultural food preservation in developing countries" who is supervised by Henri ... [more]

The KYKLO team presenting their ideas at the ILF

Bike Design Team Wins Top Prize

A team of 4th year students: Arya LI, Bijoy DAS, Lydia DENTON & Yue MENG, who have been working on project to design a totally new road bike have won the top prize at the 2019 Industrial Liaison Forum. The students, supervised by Dr. Emiliano Bilotti and Dr. Han Zhang, presented their ... [more]

P. Mohanmuraly and J-D Mueller

Successful PhD examination

Pavanakumar Mohanamuraly successfully defended his thesis on "Fast Adjoint-assisted Multilevel Multifidelity Method for Uncertainty Quantification of the Aleatoric Kind" His work uses Monte-Carlo methods to compute the effect of uncertainties due to manufacturing. Current methods work well for up to handful of uncertain parameters, but their computation cost increases dramatically ... [more]

Nuclear Energy Agency Office

Participation with the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency's Expert Group on Multi-physics Experimental Data, Benchmarks and Validation

Dr Andrew Buchan is a member of the OECD-NEA Expert Group on Multi-physics Experimental Data, Benchmarks and Validation (EGMPEBV). He attends the meetings in Paris where the aim is to guide member countries on certifying experimental data of nuclear facilities for use as benchmarks for validating next generation multi-physics codes. [more]

www.techrepublic.com - Soft Robotics

New video report on soft robotics for keyhole surgery

Breaking news on the EU robotics project STIFF-FLOP Research on soft robotics for keyhole surgery by Professor Althoefer, head of Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) is highlighted in the new TechRepublic video on '5 things to know about soft robotics': 1. It doesn't mean pillows. 2. Search and rescue. 3. Medicine. (STIFF-FLOP features ... [more]

Professor Althoefer

Professor Kaspar Althoefer interviewed about robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery.

Professor Kaspar Althoefer was interviewed about his research on soft robotics for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. "We wanted to take our inspiration from biology – so octopus tentacles were our inspiration....making something that was made of soft materials, to achieve more dexterous behaviour but also to increase patient safety." The ... [more]

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QMUL team at EuroEAP

Three current students (Hugh, Leihao and Michele) and two former students (Gabriele and Luigi) from QMUL met up at EuroEAP 2018 with Prof Federico Carpi (now at the University of Florence) and Prof James Busfield in Lyon. Luigi won the best presentation award this year which followed on from Michele winning ... [more]

Dr Folashade Akinmolayan, Lecturer in Engineering Science & Education

Dr Folashade Akinmolayan awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Congratulations to Dr Folashade Akinmolayan who has been recognised as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. A Senior Fellowship is awarded to those who can demonstrate a sustained record of success in relation to effective leadership, organisation and management of aspects of teaching and learning. Folashade was especially ... [more]

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SEMS Academic (and Inventor) Adam Sutcliffe featured on Channel 4's "Buy It Now"

SEMS Academic (and Inventor) Adam Sutcliffe was featured on Wednesday's episode of Buy It Now on Channel 4. The programme gives an opportunity to entrepreneurs, inventors and licence holders who have a product to sell, to pitch their product to a captive audience of potential customers and a panel of professional ... [more]

Cybathlon team members

Queen Mary student team to build robotic wheelchair for Cybathlon 2020

A team of science and engineering students from Queen Mary University of London will design a robotic wheelchair with a plan to compete in Cybathlon 2020 - a global competition for people with disabilities. The team, which consists of students from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the ... [more]

Dr Guang Li wave energy converter control project wins funding from Wave Energy Scotland

Dr Guang Li’s wave energy converter control project proposal has been selected by Wave Energy Scotland as one of 3 projects that will receive funding to be developed further. The 3 successful projects were elected among 13 projects. The project aims to develop reliable and efficient control strategies to improve the wave ... [more]

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Institute of Mechanical Engineers confirms accreditation of SEMS programmes

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has confirmed the accreditation details for our programmes following their re-accreditation visit to SEMS in November. Students completing an IMechE accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and are ... [more]

Students talking to an alumni visitor about career options after QMUL

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum is a Great Success

The Spring SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum was a very popular event again this year. In the morning the annual taught student showcase took place in the Octagon which was followed in the afternoon by a wide range of alumni lead panel and networking sessions. There was also an Industrial Advisory ... [more]

Winning team Phoenix during testing

Robots competed in penalty kicks during Design and Build Hack Week 2018

The Design and Build Hack Week 2018 was held successfully at Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary (ARQ) from 29th Jan to 2nd Feb. A total of 19 participants from London and Beijing took on the challenge of programming NAO Humanoid robots to take penalty kicks. This is the third year of the ... [more]

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Students teach robots football tricks in annual hack

Teams of students from Queen Mary University of London and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) took part in a challenge to hack robots and teach them a range of football skills. The third Queen Mary-BUPT Design and Build Hack Week, which aims to unite students from both universities, ... [more]

Professor Colin Bailey with Honorary Professor Wang Jinsong

Queen Mary cements Chinese partnership with a new Joint Research Institute

On 12 December, Queen Mary University of London hosted an awards ceremony with Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) to mark progress in establishing a Joint Research Institute (JRI) in the fields of Advanced Materials and Structures. Led by SEMS Professor Mike Reece, the JRI seeks to serve China’s “One Belt and ... [more]

Soft robots for manipulation developed by Professor Kaspar Althoefer at ARQ

QMUL awarded £1m grant to establish robotics centre for tackling nuclear waste

The Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) has been awarded a £1m grant to help set-up a world-leading centre of excellence for nuclear robotics in the UK. ARQ is a cross-faculty multidisciplinary research centre, bringing Queen Mary robotics activities under one roof. ARQ's activities span across the School of ... [more]

Dr Wei Ding

PhD success for Dr Wei Ding

Congratulations to Dr Wei Ding who passed his PhD viva on the 31st of October 2017. Wei worked with Professor Wen Wang and Dr Mario Orsi on molecular dynamic simulation of lipid bilayer membranes. He was jointly funded by QMUL and the China Scholarship Council. During his PhD study, Wei has ... [more]

Professor Nicola M Pugno

Professor Nicola Pugno wins the IOM3's Griffith Medal & Prize

Professor of Materials Science Nicola Pugno has won the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining's prestigious Griffith Medal. The award is given in recognition of distinguished work that has made or is making a notable contribution to any branch of materials science and is an incredible achievement. Nicola has innovated ... [more]

The Larkfleet Solar Steam prototype

Mexican solar steam project wins funding

A revolutionary solar thermal technology is to be tested in Mexico, thanks to funding secured by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and industry partner Larkfleet Ltd. The funding, provided by Innovate UK, the Newton Fund and the National Science and Technology Council in Mexico (CONACYT) will allow an already ... [more]