Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - May 2015

  • Professor Bob Stone was featured in an article titled ‘The return of virtual reality: ‘this is as big an opportunity as the internet’ in the Guardian online.
  • China Daily, Shanghai DailyXinhua and Sina have reported on the signing of a cooperation agreement between China’s largest maker of railway rolling stock, CSR Sifang, and the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) . Along with Imperial College London and the University of Southampton they plan to establish the China-UK Joint Research and Development Centre for Rail Transit Technology.
  • Professor Dave Charlton was involved in a press briefing at CERN about the Large Hadron Collider. He provided comment for the Independent, the Daily Mail Onlineand the Washington Star.
  • Professor Bob Stone was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about how we can use gaming technology to design simulations for real world applications. The research was also featured in an article in The Sunday Times about applications for developing the gaming industry.
  • Professor Stone was also interviewed on radio 4’s Today Programme along with Dr Rustam Stolkin and Charlie Pinder, PhD student (Computer Science), about the Pint of Science Festival and Birmingham’s robot city centre event. Listen again online here (feature begins at 1h44mins)
  • Dr Simon Cotton featured in a Daily Mail article investigating ‘smelly kettle syndrome’.The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) were featured in China Daily, Shanghai DailyXinhua and Sina on the signing of a cooperation agreement between China’s largest maker of railway rolling stock, CSR Sifang and the BCRRE. They both plan to establish the China-UK Joint Research and Development Centre for Rail Transit Technology, along with Imperial College London and the University of Southampton.
  • Professor Bob Stone was featured in The Independent in an article titled ‘Scientists set to hit over 70 UK pubs in the Pint of Science festival’. The three-day festival is set to take over 70 UK pubs to discuss scientific research with 10,000 members of the public at 205 events across the country.
  • Professor Mark Ryan wrote an article for The Conversation titled ‘Online voting is convenient, but if the results aren’t verifiable it’s not worth the risk’ about ways to improve voter engagement through online voting systems.
  • Professor Bob Stone was featured in The Independent in an article titled ‘Scientists set to hit over 70 UK pubs in the Pint of Science festival’. The three-day festival is set to take over 70 UK pubs to discuss scientific research with 10,000 members of the public at 205 events across the country. 
  • Dr David Craven featured in an article on the BBC News Online discussing statistics which suggested that young people were still undecided the day before polls opened for the General Election.
  • PhD student Gurchetan Grewal was featured in The Times of India and The Hindustan Times, discussing his breakthrough research into online voting, conducted with Professor Mark Ryan (School of Computer Science). ITV also broadcast a feature about the research into developing a secure technique for online voting in elections.
  • Dr Jonathan Radcliffe featured in an article titled ‘Will Tesla’s home battery really transform our energy infrastructure?’ for the guardian online about the effects Telsa’s new home power storage battery will have on the energy infrastructure of the world.
  • Professor Martin Freer wrote an article titled ‘UK energy research moves into a new ERA’for Pan European Networks about the announcement of £60m of funding for the first phase of the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA).
  • Professor Bob Stone wrote an article titled ‘Headsets to aid military commanders’, which has received extensive coverage in a variety of national and regional news online, such as The Sunday Times, Express & Star and Daily Mail