Davide Wins Faculty 3-Minute-Thesis Competition4th March 2015
Congratulations go to Davide Zilli, who won first-place at the Faculty round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. He competed against 9 other excellent candidates. He now goes forward to the University-round of the competition in early-May.
Photo copyright Jon Banfield, 2015
His talk, titled 'Monitoring endangered wildlife with Smartphones,' was on the topic of his PhD research, investigating the use of bioacoustics for smartphone-powered citizen science. In particular, the New Forest Cicada is the only cicada native to the UK and, having not been seen for many years, is at great danger of becoming extinct. Davide's research is investigating whether or not the millions of annual visitors to the New Forest National Park can be turned into mobile biodiversity sensors, using the smartphones that they carry.
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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]
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 experien... [more]