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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]

Published paper

Paper published in Desalination, impact factor 6.6: Sensitivity analysis and gradient-based optimisation of feed spacer shape in reverse osmosis membrane processes using discrete adjoint approach YangWang, Wei He, Jens-DominikMüller Desalination, 2019, Volume 449, Pages 26-40 Well done to Yang and Wei. Jens. [more]

Designing a better raincoat

Work lead by Lorenzo Botto and Rafael Castrejón-Pita has been featured in a piece on Physics Today. Water-repellent clothing is designed to keep water droplets out while letting humidity escape.Hydrophobic fabric meets both requirements, but in striking a balance between them, it fails to repel water completely. When ... [more]

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]

Presentation at VKI Lecture series

Jens-Dominik Mueller was invited to present at the Von Karman Institute Lecture Series on "Introduction to Optimization and Multi-disciplinary Design", September 10-14, 2018, in Brussels. The von Karman Institute organizes each year 8 to 12 one-week Lecture Series on specialized topics in the field of aerodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer with application ... [more]

Jens-Dominik Mueller teaches adjoint methods at Cambridge Summer School

Jens gave a 3-day Summer School, "An introduction to gradient-based optimisation, adjoint methods and Automatic Differentiation", organised by the Special Interest Group on Numerical Optimisation with Fluids at Cambridge, 8-10 August 2018. 20 students from the UK and the EU attended. The SIG is offering the training material at http://signumopt.sems.... [more]

Queen Mary project to reduce aircraft noise awarded funding

A new project led by engineers at Queen Mary University of London that aims to reduce aircraft noise has won significant funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The £422,275 EPSRC grant will fund the Jet Installation Noise Abatement (JINA) project, which will bring together expertise in experimental ... [more]

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 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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

PhD success for SEMS student Zhen

Congratulations to Zhen Wang who has recently passed his PhD viva, with a thesis entitled Motion of Deformable Capsules in Complex Flows. Zhen has published one paper in the Physical Review E and another in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics, and won a travel grant at the IUTAM2016 conference. Zhen ... [more]

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]

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]