Bioengineering Team exhibits 3d Bioprinter at ICT 2013


L-R: Dirk Beernaert, Adviser to the Director General, Dr Will Shu, Robert Madelin, Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology for the European Commission, Matthew Wasley and Atabak Ghanizadeh Tabriz.

Last week Dr Will Shu, Matthew Wasley and Atabak Ghanizadeh Tabriz attended ICT 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Attended by over 5,000 people, ICT 2013 is Europe’s biggest digital technology conference featured a three-day exhibition of digital inspiration, creativity and connectivity. It is seen as the key event for the ICT theme in European funding.

The organisers of the event had invited Dr Will to exhibit the 3d bioprinter, with the trip being funded by SUPA (Scottish Universities Physics Alliance) with additional support from the department of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

The bioprinter generated a high degree of interest with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Visitors to the stand included heart surgeons, mechatronics experts and biologists, plus senior officials from the European Commission such as Robert Madelin, Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology.

Industry Day Speaker – Dr Guy Walker

Dr Guy Walker, Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment, will discuss ‘Roadworks ahead: How human factors are being used to design faster, safer traffic management” at the Industry Day, 2013.

Dr Guy Walker

Dr Guy Walker is a lecturer in Infrastructure and Transports in Heriot Watt’s School of the Built Environment. He specialises in transportation engineering on the undergraduate Civil Engineering courses, and Human Factors Engineering on the Safety & Risk post-graduate programmes.

Starting out as a Research Fellow, Dr Walker has worked with Brunel University, where he and his colleagues were awarded the Ergonomics Society’s President’s Medal  for the impact and practical application of their human factors research. From there he became a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton before joining Heriot Watt in 2009.

Dr Walker is also the author/co-author of a number of highly regarded publications, including over 70 journal articles and 10 books, including a major text on Human Factor methods. His current areas of research include:-

  • Human Factors Methods – Referring to the role of humans in systems, in areas such as transportation, the energy sector and the built environment.
  • Intelligent Transport Systems – Using Human Factors research to resolve problems resistant to conventional Technological  interventions.
  • Extending Human Factors – Improving the current ‘state of the art’ in response to the challenges of the information age, using sociotechnical systems theory and complexity science in order to understand modern Human Factors problems.

Dr Walker is also member of the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering & Mathematics, a consortium ‘dedicated to world-class research, innovation and education in engineering and mathematical science’.

Dr Walker will be speaking during Parallel Session 4 – ‘Networks & Infrastructure’

To book your place at Industry Day 2013, please click here.

Company-led Engineering Design Projects

Please view the full length video on company-led engineering design projects which provide companies with a great
opportunity for expert academic input into their R&D activities.

The process: The project will be carried-out over a 12 week period from September to December. Students will each spend 150 hours on the project and will be working in teams of four. Each team will have an academic supervisor assigned and the company plays the role of the client.

The Stages: The project could cover the stages of an engineering design assignment, including: market research, brainstorming, concept generation and selection, simulations and calculations, design for manufacture, costing, sustainability, prototyping, assessment and materials testing.

Participating companies are asked to provide guidance to our students to ensure a successful project outcome.

Taking part in this initiative has no cost to companies, only consumables or raw materials will be charged, if these
are required for the design, prototyping or testing during the project. Any support given by academic staff andn expert technicians during the project is at no cost.

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