JournalTOCs – Gaining ground as one of the most talked about ‘Freebies’ on the net

Helping keep researchers up-to-date with information that matters to them, JournalTOCs – the largest free and searchable collection of academic journal Tables of Contents (TOCs) in the world – is now available for license from Heriot-Watt University.

JournalTOCs Table of Contents Searching Engine for Journals

JournalTOCs Table of Contents Searching Engine for Journals

Academics, researchers and companies face increasing difficulties keeping up to date with cutting edge research; JournalTOCs pulls together a database of TOCs from academic journals and provides a convenient ‘one stop shop’ interface to their content allowing subscribers to access the latest research in their fields in a convenient and personalised current awareness service.

JournalTOCs was developed at Heriot-Watt University’s Institute for Computer Based Learning (ICBL) in 2009 with funding from the JISC Rapid Innovation Grants but is now an independent service which, this year alone, has agreed license deals with 8 companies worldwide.

Gary Price, Co-Founder & Editor, Library Journal’s said ‘….JournalTOCS is a powerful alerting tool for use by just about every online researcher. It’s also an excellent example of the work info pros are doing to help organize the web and make it more accessible and useful to everyone. What’s also wonderful is that using JournalTOCS is free’.

Free registration allows users to build a tailored collection of journal titles and receive email alerts when new journal issues are published. Customized versions for institutions allow for more functionality and are available at very economic license rates. This service is especially suitable for research, commercial and institutional libraries, and resource centers worldwide1.

To see how JournalTOCs could help you, please visit

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73k to aid produced water reinjection new tool will tackle industry-wide challenges

LUX Innovate Ltd and Heriot-Watt University have secured £73,000 from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board to test the feasibility of a novel technology for monitoring produced water for reinjection.

LUX is one of 13 small and medium-sized businesses that will share in funding of approx £1 million from the UK’s innovation agency for feasibility studies that aim to accelerate new technologies likely to enhance production and asset reliability within the oil and gas sector.

Heriot Watt and Lux Innovate


Oilfield produced fluids are produced during oil and gas extraction. These fluids can be complex, often containing oil, solids, treatment chemicals and microbes. It is becoming common practise to re-inject this fluid into the well to assist with the recovery of crude oil, although components in the produced fluids can cause problems, for example, by blocking the reservoir.

Current monitoring of the fluid is laborious and complex, requiring skilled personnel. The LUX MOTEYE™ project will work over the next year to develop an easy-to-use tool to analyse the produced water, with Heriot-Watt academics providing data analysis expertise. It is expected that the tool will enable more effective and cost-efficient management of the fluid.

Emma Perfect, Managing Director at LUX Innovate Ltd, said:

“We are delighted to receive Technology Strategy Board funding to develop this tool which will greatly assist in enhanced oil recovery. As over 70% of the world’s oil and gas production comes from fields over 30 years old, approaches such as produced water re-injection are growing in significance for the North Sea and beyond. Working in close collaboration with Heriot-Watt University will be key to this project’s success.”

Professor David Corne, of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at Heriot-Watt University, said:

“Heriot-Watt has a significant track record of working with industry across different energy generation technologies. Our team at the Intelligent Systems Lab increasingly works with engineers and the industry in these areas, and we are excited to be involved in this challenging and innovative project to enhance recovery in the oil and gas sector.”

Funding for Heriot-Watt to support further industry collaboration

Heriot-Watt has received £1.18m funding allocated to the University to help to build on the University’s already strong links with business and industry.

The funding, which has been provided by EPSRC under their Impact Acceleration Account programme, is part of a £60m funding package announced made by Business Secretary Vince Cable and designed to help support universities’ best scientists and engineers to deliver greater collaboration with industry, bridge the gap between the lab and the marketplace, and help them become better entrepreneurs.

Impact Acceleration is designed to support the very early stage of turning research outputs into a commercial proposition, the ‘Valley of death’ between a research idea and developing it to a stage where a company or venture capitalist might be interested. It will also allow universities to fund secondments for scientists and engineers to spend time in a business environment: improving their knowledge and skills and returning to the lab with a better understanding of the way companies operate and the challenges they face.

Alan Miller, Deputy Principal (Research & Knowledge Transfer) at Heriot-Watt, said, “We are delighted to have received this funding which will be used to help support those trying to increase the Impact of their research.

“The funding will be allocated on a competitive basis to tie in with the University’s key strategic aims and builds on our £6.5m working with industry project which has, over the last three years, transfered knowledge and expertise to Scottish businesses, benefited the wider economy and fostered partnerships as well as creating 300 private sector jobs and supporting the development of 17 new companies through the Converge Challenge competition, run by the University.”

Launching the fund, which will provide a total of £60m to 31 universities across the UK, the Business Secretary said, “The UK’s scientists are some of the most innovative and creative people in the world, but they need support to take their best ideas through to market. This could be by establishing a successful, technology-driven SME like Space Syntax which I visited today.

“This investment I’m announcing today will help our leading universities become centres of innovation and entrepreneurship, generating commercial success to fuel growth.”

This investment will help Heriot-Watt to continue to work with industry and develop new technologies, some of which, as in the video below, has a direct impact on on people’s lives.

CERN Director General at Heriot-Watt University – live online

First & only UK talk since the announcement in July of the “Higgs-like” boson discovery.

Professor Rolf Heuer, Director General of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, presented a lecture to an audience of students, academics and members of the public at Heriot-Watt University on 30 August ’12. Prof. Heuer was joined on stage for a question and answer session afterwards by Prof. Peter Higgs, who gave his name to the Higgs Boson of “God Particle”.

The lecture was entitled ‘The Large Hadron Collider: Unveiling the Universe’. This was Professor Heuer’s first and only engagement in the UK following the CERN team’s announcement on the 4th of July of the discovery of a ‘Higgs-like’ Boson. The lecture was broadcast live online throughout the world. Follow the links below to watch a recording.

L-R: Professor Peter Higgs, Principal Professor Steve Chapman and Professor Rolf Heuer

L-R: Professor Peter Higgs, Principal Professor Steve Chapman and Professor Rolf Heuer


Prof. Heuer’s lecture  noted that with the start of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, particle physics entered a new era. The LHC will provide a deeper understanding of the universe and the insights gained could change our view of the world.

The lecture  presented some of the reasons for the excitement surrounding the team’s current work. The LHC is expected to yield insights into the origin of mass, the nature of dark matter, and the existence of hidden extra dimensions. During the colloquium we will hear about this exciting new physics, the first results, and in particular the recent Higgs-like’ Boson discovery.




<<31 August 2012 Update>>

Watch a recording of the event

The lecture was video-streamed live via the University’s website followed by a question and answer session. To find out more about the event, click here:

To go directly to a recording of the talk, click here:


To view the video recording you will need to have Windows Media Player v9 or higher on your pc. Mac users with Mac OS X can use QuickTime with the ‘flip4mac’ windows media components.

Underwater robots to ‘repair’ Scotland’s coral reefs


Underwater robots tasked with saving coral reefs are being developed at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

Dubbed “coralbots”, they are being designed to work in groups, in a similar manner to bees and ants.

The team is still “training” the software that will control the bots to “recognise” corals and distinguish them from other sea objects…



Sarah the Poetic Robot: Spam Rap

Sarah the Poetic Robot performs Spam Rap, by Ruth Aylett, at the Inky Fingers MiniFest in Edinburgh, Monday August 6th at the Pulp Fiction bookshop.

Sarah the Poetic Robot: An eclogue on Science and intuition – Or in the heart, Or in the head.

Sarah the Poetic Robot and Ruth Aylett perform an eclogue written by Ruth Aylett and Greg Michaelson at the Inky Fingers MiniFest on Science and Poetry, Monday 6th August 2012 in the Pulp Fiction bookshop, Bread St, Edinburgh

Sarah the Poetic Robot: Turing

Sarah the Poetic Robot and Ruth Aylett in Edinburgh at the Inky Fingers MiniFest Science and Poetry session. Poem by Ruth Aylett

Readings with a Robot

An international specialist who has been assisting a team of researchers at Heriot-Watt with a project into how humans react with robots, is celebrating the end of the project with a poetry reading at the Fringe to show that art and science can mix.

Sarah joined the Heriot-Watt team to undertake a six week experiment, the first of its kind, into how humans would interact with a robot in a working environment. Earlier research shows that while people can find robots useful and attractive working companions, they can also trigger annoyance and even violence.

The Poetic Robot

The results of the project are being analysed in detail, but lessons were learned about the importance of making robot intentions obvious to people around them. Sarah has an expressive head that allows her to show emotions with this in mind. Professor Ruth Aylett, Professor of Computing Science

A video showing Sarah interacting with humans in Heriot-Watt’s School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences can be viewed here

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