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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences celebrates honorary graduates

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The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences was delighted to celebrate the honorary graduations of Kevin Gell, Nitin Sodha and John Nolan at the December 2014 degree congregations.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences

Professor Richard Williams appointed Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering

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Professor Richard A Williams, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Engineering and Physical Sciences has been appointed as Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, following his election in September as a Trustee of the Academy. The Academy with its 1400 Fellows is the premier leadership voice for engineering and offers advice to government and other policy bodies.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences

Professor Richard Williams appointed Guest Professor at Southeast University in Nanjing

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Professor Richard A Williams OBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, has been appointed Guest Professor at Southeast University in Nanjing in acknowledgement of his work on energy policy and technology.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences

International High Speed Rail 1964 – 2064: Celebrating Ambition

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2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the first Shinkansen high speed line in Japan. The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), and the University of Birmingham celebrated this historical occasion by holding an International Conference on High Speed Rail on Monday 8 – Wednesday 10 December 2014.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Using waste matter to make important nanostructured carbon

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Biomass, particularly agricultural, industrial and food waste, is an attractive resource as it is often of zero or even negative value to the producer. For a materials chemist, it is a treasure trove of complex biological chemicals such as cellulose and lignin. In our research, we discover ways to convert these biological materials into materials for a wide range of potential applications, such as water treatment or batteries.

Mapping biological sequences or tracking tweets: computer scientists find new, unique approaches to data analysis

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Classification models are of overall importance in a variety of data analysis tasks, like classifying patient data to diseases or images to categories. If the training data for these models are vectorial and expected to be fully labeled, effective classifiers are readily available. In the modern world where data are generated much quicker than we are able to analyze it, the labeling of data becomes very costly and is often partially missing.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences

Alumni in the Attic

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It's amazing what you can find buried amongst boxes and personal effects of a bygone era. That's just what happened to Alan Cameron when he was clearing out his parents' attic.
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Alumni, Engineering and Physical Sciences

2015 STEM Awards open: College winner shares experience for potential applicants

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Physics student Daniel Butters took part in the 2014 Telegraph UK STEM Awards, and won in the Construction category. Here he explains why anyone interested in taking part should "just give it a go".
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Students

Appointment of RSSB Executive Director, Anson Jack to Director of the Birmingham International Railway Academy

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The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) are pleased to announce the appointment of Anson Jack to Director of the Birmingham International Railway Academy (BIRA) and Professor of International Railway Benchmarking.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research

Cutting funding for basic scientific research would be a big mistake

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For all the exciting stories and developments that basic science research produces, there is one question that the public never tires of asking: "What are the possible applications of that discovery?" or "What is the value of your research?"
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Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
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