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30 years on, human-centred design remains key to the future of virtual, augmented and mixed realities

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30 years on, Professor Bob Stone stresses the importance of human-centred design to the future of virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies.

Rain, Mud and Royalty – EESE at the 2017 Devon County Show

Rain, Mud and Royalty – EESE at the 2017 Devon County Show
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The Department's of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering's Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team took centre stage at this year's huge Devon County Show, held at Westpoint, just outside Exeter. The Team had accepted an invitation to partner with the BBC and to use the event to show off the wide range of Virtual and Augmented Reality projects it has been, and continues to conduct in the County of Devon.

Surprising Negatives: Defying Accepted Norms in Circuit and Antenna Behaviour

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Imagine a radar screen on which, instead of 'blobs', appeared images of the objects detected by the radio waves – from a ship in the ocean to a pothole in the road. Such a display system may not be too far off, thanks to world-leading research being led at Birmingham by Professor of Microwave Engineering Peter Gardner.

Developing revolutionary technology that could defend the UK's National Power Grid against blackouts

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A revolutionary HVDC technology developed at the University of Birmingham could defend the UK's National Power Grid against system blackouts.

First Lego League 2016

First Lego League 2016
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For the first time, partners from industry and the armed services joined the judging panels at our FIRST LEGO League tournament hosted on January 8 2015 here at the University. Representatives from National Instruments, Network Rail, Mackwell, the Defence Training Undergraduate Scheme, Bournville College and IBM took part in this West Midlands regional tournament which is part of an international Engineering challenge run in the UK and Ireland by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

LEGO robots inspire engineers of the future

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Engineers of the future descended upon the University to compete in the regional heats of a world-wide research and engineering competition for 9-to-16-year-olds.

The engineering gap

The engineering gap
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A recent BBC article on the engineering gap highlighted that women make up around just 8% of engineers in the UK. The Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at Birmingham is committed to providing a thriving environment in which female engineers can achieve their potential and advance their careers within the field of engineering.

University of Melbourne and University of Birmingham jointly funded PhDs

University of Melbourne and University of Birmingham jointly funded PhDs
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As part of a global collaboration with the University of Melbourne in research, education, and cultural engagement, we are offering up to 20 PhD scholarships, enabling research students to work with academics in Birmingham and Melbourne.

Green light for University Collaborative Teaching Laboratory

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The University of Birmingham has, this week, received planning permission to build a brand new laboratory facility and teaching space, as part of a series of exciting regeneration developments taking place on campus.

Virtual reality 'Chinook' to help train medics in UK Armed Forces

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A new simulator of a Chinook helicopter, bringing together virtual reality and an inflatable enclosure, has been conceived to help to support the future training of the UK Armed Forces' Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT).

Birmingham research signals start-up boost for laptop users

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A British tech start-up has invented a world-first multi-function antenna for laptops that fits into the extremely limited space of the hinge cavity.

Military needs a more realistic approach to virtual reality

Military needs a more realistic approach to virtual reality
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The worlds of warfare and virtual reality are an appealing combination. Millions of fans of Call of Duty would no doubt jump from their sofas at the chance to immerse themselves in a 3D version of the game, given the right kit. But the serious side of this combination is appealing too. Using virtual reality to train soldiers and other military personnel is a much safer (and cheaper) option for governments and their defence organisations. So what does the future hold for virtual reality technologies and their military applications?

Birmingham's Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering ranked sixth in the UK

Birmingham's Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering ranked sixth in the UK
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The Guardian University Guide 2017 reveals that Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Birmingham has risen six places to sixth in the UK. The courses have also been recognised as fifth in the Russell Group rising two places since last year's league table.

Virtual Reality: The Future Of Military Training

Virtual Reality: The Future Of Military Training
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Training military personnel is essential before they face real-life situations in the field but the training is resource intensive, time consuming and expensive. Technology is advancing at an ever increasing pace and military equipment can struggle to keep up.

High-tech underwater survey discovers what lies beneath surface of Burrator Reservoir

High-tech underwater survey discovers what lies beneath surface of Burrator Reservoir
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An underwater survey of Burrator Reservoir has revealed what is beneath the surface in a virtual reality model of the area.

Drone technology used for radiation detection

Drone technology used for radiation detection
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Drone technologies and their importance as platforms for testing new flight-ready sensor concepts have been growing. Such practice is beneficial for aerial surveys, supporting defence and heritage projects in the development of detailed 3D models from aerial video.

First sub-orbital rocket launch achieved

First sub-orbital rocket launch achieved
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The newly formed Space Environment and Radio Engineering (SERENE) group at the University of Birmingham has achieved its first sub-orbital rocket flight. An experimental inflatable antenna was launched as part of this year's REXUS (Rocket EXperiments for University Students) programme in a joint project with the University of Strathclyde.

Broadband near-zero index metamaterials named a Highlight of 2015

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An article by two Birmingham academics from the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering has been recognised by the editors of the IOP Science Journal of Optics as a Highlight of 2015.

Collaboration to launch first Malta space mission

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The Space Environment and Radio Engineering (SERENE) Group in the School of Engineering are collaborating with the University of Malta to develop a PocketQube pico-satellite.

Forbes names Sean Elvidge on inaugural 30 under 30 Europe list

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Dr. Sean Elvidge, Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, named in Forbes' first ever "30 Under 30 Europe" list in the Science and Healthcare category.
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