EPS Birmingham Fellows

This College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) has a number of Birmingham Fellows: academics and researchers recognised for their outstanding contribution to the College, University, and society at large.

Our EPS Birmingham Fellows will be writing about their respective fields of expertise, providing a fascintating insight into their lives, motivations, and specialisms. You can read these articles below.

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Imitating Nature in Computer Science: Novel Ideas for Solving Hard Problems and Learning From Computer Simulations

Imitating Nature in Computer Science: Novel Ideas for Solving Hard Problems and Learning From Computer Simulations
Description
Natural computing is the study of computational systems that borrow ideas from a large variety of natural systems such as Darwinian evolution, the immune systems of vertebrates, the nervous system, or the foraging behaviour of ants. Birmingham Fellow Dr Christine Zarges' research in this field is in particular concerned with the theoretical analysis of artificial immune systems and evolutionary algorithms used for optimisation.
Date:
13/11/2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

The ABC of indentation

The ABC of indentation
Description
Drs James Andrews, James Bowen and David Cheneler have developed a model which ensures accurate measurement of the mechanical properties of soft materials. Description of the behaviour of biological tissues, individual cells, and organic polymers has applications in cancer detection, tissue engineering and biomedical research. Their model applies to a wide range of instrumental techniques, from millimetre-scale mechanical testers to nanometre-scale optical tweezers.
Date:
13/11/2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

The water-hating egg found on many coastal cliff faces

The water-hating egg found on many coastal cliff faces
Description
In August 2013 Drs James Bowen and Steve Portugal reported their findings on the clever guillemot and their self-cleaning eggs. Since then James and Steve have conducted a Q&A providing further insight into their work.
Date:
13/11/2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Illuminating the night with sunlight

Description
Birmingham Fellow Dr Etienne Baranoff sheds light on his ground-breaking work into luminescence. From the everyday organic-LEDs that enable you to read these very words on the screen, to the cutting-edge Light-emitting Electrochemical Cells that may soon be illuminating our homes and towns, this is a fascinating insight into the history and future of light—and it may just give you a newfound respect for the humble bulb.
Date:
26/07/2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Electrochemistry right at your fingertips

Electrochemistry right at your fingertips
Description
Birmingham Fellow Paramaconi Rodriguez is a leading mind in the field of electrochemistry and alternative 'green' energy sources. His research is helping to produce the next generation of Lithium-air batteries and low temperature Fuel cells, which will be both cheaper and longer lasting, and will eventually be used to power your phones, TVs, and cars.
Date:
11/06/2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Teaching

Designing new alloys for the next generation of jet engines

Designing new alloys for the next generation of jet engines
Description
Birmingham Fellow Alessandro Mottura explains how bricks and mortar are helping to keep planes in the air for longer while they operate at increased temperatures for greater fuel efficiency. Come take a journey with one of our leading metallurgists as he flies high in his field.
Date:
17/05/2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Teaching

Particle physics at the precision frontier

Particle physics at the precision frontier
Description
Birmingham Fellow Evgueni Goudzovski, School of Physics and Astronomy, discusses the Higgs Boson, the Standard Model, and his role in the NA62 experiment at CERN. This research really matters!
Date:
01/05/2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

An introduction to pure mathematics

An introduction to pure mathematics
Description
Birmingham Fellow David Craven introduces us to algebra (which is a little more complex than you may recall from your school days), group theory, and representation theory. A world class mind at work here in EPS.
Date:
01/05/2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Teaching
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