Prof Nick Hawes appointed as MPLS Academic Champion for Public Engagement with Research
Professor Hawes (Associate Professor in Engineering Science) takes over from Professor David Pyle (Earth Sciences) who was the Division’s first PER Champion, to provide leadership and support to progress the embedding of engagement into research practice.
The UK aviation industry alone is targeting a reduction of just over 30 million tonnes of CO2 per year, to zero. A 50-year collaboration between Rolls-Royce and the University of Oxford is hoping to rise to the challenge by designing more efficient jet engines. Includes a profile of Manuela Sisti, who recently won a $10,000 prize from the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship. Named after the pioneering aviator, the prize is awarded to women breaking barriers in aerospace.
Discover some of the transformative science and innovation happening right now, across Oxfordshire and the University, and learn about the radical new plans for Begbroke Science Park’s future development as an Innovation District, where more world-class research ideas will find a home.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2022 is from Monday 9 May - Sunday 15 May. The theme for the week this year is loneliness. MPLS are once again planning a programme of activity Monday - Friday of that week. We hope you can join us!
By Zheng Xiong, AIMS CDT Student. Despite that robots driven by hard-coded instructions have achieved great success in the past decades, their applications are still quite limited in highly controlled scenarios due to the lack of adaptability to flexible environments with unforeseen variations. Reinforcement learning (RL) has the potential to tackle these challenges.
By Dominik Kloepher, AIMS CDT Student. In this project, we looked at the task of camera localization: given a number of images of a scene (a room, a street, …) and the positions and viewing directions from which they were taken (together, these are the camera pose), can we determine the camera pose from which a new, unseen image was taken? A method that could do so reliably and quickly would find use in many different fields, from robotics and autonomous driving to augmented reality applications.
AWS blog on the Oxford X-Reality Hub Ed Tech project, which set out to investigate how virtual reality (VR) could transform the classroom experience and close the gap between disadvantaged groups of pupils who statistically do less well than their peers.
Elephants generate a wide range of vocalisations to communicate with one another, such as snorts, trumpets and infrasonic rumbles. Since these rumbles are so low frequency, they cannot be heard by the human ear, but can be detected either by microphones or seismometers.