Presenting at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival7th June 2013
It was a great pleasure to have been invited to speak at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival 2013. I took part in a panel session exploring the background and future possibilities of Energy Harvesting with Dr Paul Mitcheson and heart surgeon Sukumaran Nair. In the presentation to a sold-out crowd of 100 members of the general public, I gave an overview of the motivation for energy harvesting, and spoke about some of our recent EPSRC funded research in the area. It was a very enjoyable experience, and the session seemed to be very well received with many interesting discussions with attendees afterwards.
Dr Merrett presenting at the Times Cheltenham Science Fair
I was walking amongst giants, as other speakers at this year's Science Fair included Professor Peter Higgs, the man who the recently discovered Higgs particle is named after! Further information on my appearance can be found on one of ECS' news articles.
The Times Cheltenham Science Festival is a six-day celebration of science, engineering and the arts aimed solely at the general public. It is widely acclaimed as the UK's leading science festival and is renowned for its creative programming. It aims to present a broad range of science and scientific issues in an exciting and engaging environment - through a variety of formats including debates, panel discussions, single speaker talks, interactive workshops and exhibitions. The Festival continues to grow each year, with 39,000 tickets issued in 2012 and 17,000 visitors at free exhibitions and events.
"Cheltenham is really the gold standard for science festivals"
- Professor Lord Winston
"The Cheltenham Science Festival is, without doubt, the premier science festival in the country because it is supported by pretty much everyone who cares about promoting science in Britain"
- Professor Brian Cox
For more information, click here.
Stuart's Internship on Energy Harvesting30th September 2011
This summer, one of our undergraduate electronic engineering students, Stuart Barrow, worked with me for three months on the pioneering EPSRC-funded project on "Next Generation Energy-Harvesting Electronics - A Holistic Approach". Stuart developed an ultra low-power system that analyses vibrations and transmits them wirelessly. The photo shows Stuart testing his system on a car engine - the hardware on the engine is detecting vibrations, processing them, and transmitting them wirelessly to a lap... [more]
A Photo of DejaView, from DejaView3rd April 2012
Alex's presentation on DejaView at the SenseCam Symposium 2012 in Oxford saw a milestone for us - the first time that the DejaView device (alongside the entire system, including the mobile phone and web server) has captured a DejaView presentation!
The photo on the left shows this seemingly trivial event - the first slide from Alex's presentation (Alex is just about visible on the left hand side of the photo)!