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At Sea with the Royal Marines – part 2

At Sea with the Royal Marines – part 2
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The Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team at the University of Birmingham have taken to the sea with the Royal Marines aboard one of the elite amphibious troops' Griffon 2400TD Hovercraft, or "LCAC" (Landing Craft Air Cushion).

HIT Team shortlisted at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2017

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The Human Interface Technologies (HIT) team, led by Director Professor Bob Stone at the University of Birmingham, has been shortlisted at the prestigious 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards in the Technological Innovation of the Year category.

Birmingham marks progress on innovative new STEM laboratories

Birmingham marks progress on innovative new STEM laboratories
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The University of Birmingham has marked progress on an innovative new £40 million teaching laboratory which will change the way students study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The Mayflower visits Worcester and Droitwich

The Mayflower visits Worcester and Droitwich
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The iconic 7th Century ship that took the Pilgrims from Holland and England across the Atlantic in 1620 was seen on the River Severn and Droitwich Canal recently, welcoming the arrival in Worcester of the National Mayflower Compact Partnership, meeting in the City for the first time.

Birmingham launches language course for future engineers

Birmingham launches language course for future engineers
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Engineering students around the globe have the opportunity to sign up for the University of Birmingham's new online training that will help them improve their technical English language skills – free-of-charge.

At Sea with the Royal Marines

At Sea with the Royal Marines
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Members of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team were recently taken to sea to capture video footage to enhance the simulated content of the team's Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) trainer, under development for the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine.

School of Engineering's HIT Team supports the Mayflower 400 "1000 Day" Launch

School of Engineering's HIT Team supports the Mayflower 400 "1000 Day" Launch
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The School of Engineering's Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team has visualised a 3D recreation of the historic vessel, the Mayflower, leaving the famous Hoe seafront, passing Drake's Island and sailing out into the English Channel. This is another 'world first' in the field of Virtual Heritage.

Birmingham Professor wins prestigious award for radar research

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This summer, the German Institute of Navigation (DGON) recognised the contribution Professor Mikhail Cherniakov, Head of the Microwave Integrated Research Laboratory (MISL) at the University of Birmingham, has made to radar research by awarding him the first Christian Hülsmeyer Award at the 2017 International Radar Symposium.

The Magic of Radio

The Magic of Radio
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Professor Costas Constantinou is an internationally leading expert on communications engineering, specifically radiowave (RW) propagation – the behaviour of radio waves as they travel, or are propagated, from one point to another or to permeate the world around us – whose groundbreaking work will help to make the IoT a reality, most likely within the next few years. He recently presented his Inaugural Lecture, 'The Magic of Radio'. This article profiles his life and research.

Trial demonstrates role for virtual and augmented reality in future of telepresence

Trial demonstrates role for virtual and augmented reality in future of telepresence
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A team of scientists from the University of Birmingham has successfully demonstrated how virtual and augmented reality technologies can enable boats, submarines and other autonomous and semi-autonomous systems to be controlled remotely.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy visits University to learn more about innovative industrial research and education

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Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visited the University of Birmingham on Monday 24 July to learn more about the innovative industrial research and education taking place at the College of Engineering and Physical Science.

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at Birmingham 2017 NSS results

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Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Birmingham 2017 National Student Survey results.

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.
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