|Seminar on Catalytic Nanomachines by Joseph Wang, UCSD|
On Thursday, 11 July 2013 at 11am BST Professor Joseph Wang
from University California San Diego will be giving a talk on Catalytic Nanomachines at the Hamlyn Centre at South
Kensington Campus of the Imperial College.
The Seminar is free to attend, however, advance
registration is required at www.nanomachines.eventbrite.com as places are limited.
The talk will be
entitled Catalytic Nanomachines:
Design and Biomedical Applications and the abstract for the talk is as follows: The remarkable performance of biomotors is inspiring
scientists to create synthetic nanomachines that mimic the function of these
amazing natural systems. This presentation will discuss the challenges
and opportunities facing the design and operation of artificial nanomotors and
demonstrate their prospects for diverse biomedical applications. Particular
attention will be given to catalytic nanowire and microtube motors propelled by
the catalytic decomposition of a chemical fuel, as well as to fuel-free
(magnetically or electrically-driven) nanomotors. While artificial nanomotors still
pale compared to nature biomotors, recent advances indicate significant
improvements in the velocity, power, motion control, cargo-towing force, scope
and versatility of such catalytic nanomotors. The greatly improved capabilities
of chemically-powered artificial nanomotors could pave the way to exciting and
important applications ranging from drug delivery to nanosurgery, and to
sophisticated nanoscale devices performing complex tasks.
The poster for the talk is available here and can be
shared within interested parties.
|ESPRIT in Dublin Workshops on Sensors for Science & Health|
On Tuesday, 5th of March, ESPRIT Programme Manager, Dr Benny Lo gave a talk at a workshop on Wearable Sensors for Science and Health, organised by the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) at the Dublin City University.
The workshop aimed at bringing together researchers across different
disciplines interested in the latest advances in sweat sensing
technologies. Other speakers included experts in the field of sensors,
microfluidics, sports science and respiratory medicine, such as Ronald Maughan, Loughborough University, UK; Edward McKone, Consultant
Respiratory Physician, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Ireland; Antonia Rossiter, Irish Institute of Sport, Ireland; Fabio Di Francesco,
University of Pisa, Italy; Fernando Benito Lopez, CIC Microgune, Spain;
Michael Walsh, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland; Andy Blow,
Precision Hydration, UK; Kevin Culley, Under Armour.
The workshop was a meeting of end users with technology developers to fuel the
advance of novel wearable sweat sensing devices. Dr Lo, who is also a Lecturer at the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery,
Imperial College London, gave an in-depth insight into the current developments
of the wearable sensors, explained their contribution within the science and healthcare and proposed further collaborations for the ESPRIT research moving forward. Information on the Workshop is available here.
|ESPRIT Showcase at Imperial Festival 2013 |
The Hamlyn Centre based at the South Kensington Campus, will showcase its facilities, including ESPRIT pervasive sensing technologies on Saturday, 4th of May, as part of the Imperial Festival 2013.
The festival will run on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of May at Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus. It provides a great opportunity for the public to explore a
range of topics and offer staff and students the chance to pilot new
approaches for engaging wide audiences with research and related issues
in a formal setting.
Visitors for the festival are invited to join the tour of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery that is at the forefront of research for developing safe,
effective and accessible imaging, sensing and robotics technologies that can reshape the future of healthcare.
details will be available on the tour nearer to the date of the festival. More information on Imperial Festivals and the Fringe, that explores the unexpected side of science through Imperial's ground-breaking research are available here.
|ESPRIT will be presented at the BSN 2013 Annual Conference |
The ESPRIT Team at Imperial College London have proposed to organise a workshops on Pervasive Sensing in Sports and Extreme Environments as part of the tenth international Body Sensor Networks (BSN) Conference to be held in MIT between 6th and 9th of May 2013.
The aim of the workshop is to provide an overview of the latest developments of pervasive sensing technologies in sports and extreme environment, and provide a forum for discussion on potential applications and research direction in the field. To showcase the challenges and opportunities in the field, the workshop will mainly consist of invited talks covering different aspects of the field, from technical challenges, novel sensing technologies, to user experiences and potential applications.
This workshop is an excellent opportunity for sharing experience, knowledge and challenges faced by the sensing research in different countries. More information on BSN 2013 conference can be found here.
|ESPRIT Exhibiting at Imperial West Event |
Wednesday, 6th of March, the Imperial College research team will be
exhibiting ESPRIT technologies at the Imperial West Event.
the vision”, the event has been initiated by Sir Keith O’Nions, President &
Rector of Imperial College to showcase how the Imperial West Campus can signal
an exciting new chapter for the College's research and translation activities.
Keynote speeches by the President & Rector and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of
London, will be followed by a drinks reception for staff in the Senior Common
The registration for the event has been closed due to the significant
interest in the event. In order to be placed on the waiting list, requests can
be sent to imperialwest at imperial.ac.uk.
event will take place in the Great Hall in Sherfield Building of Imperial
College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ between 5pm and
7.30pm. If you have already booked your place for the event, please visit Campus Map and Coming to an Event for directions to the venue.
|ESPRIT Workshop on Sports Data Modelling |
On Tuesday, 29th
of January 2013, ESPRIT team at Imperial organised a joint workshop with KU Leuven on sports data modeling. Chaired
by Professor Guang-Zhong Yang and Professor Daniel Berckmans, the meeting was aimed at
increasing the efficiency in sport data analysis and interpretation by
comparing modeling approaches.
Through a rage of presentations, the
attendees discussed various types of algorithms and examined how software/hardware developments are likely to improve data collection. Topics
covered at the meeting included “Model-based monitoring of bioresponses:
Concepts and principles”, “Model-based monitoring using physical variables and
approaches in sport science: real datasets and questions”, “Model-based monitoring using biochemical bioresponses",“Model-based
monitoring of mental status” and “Intelligent modelling of elite
athletes’ recovery and game performance”.
The workshop was
attended by the Management team members, RSG and external guests and proved very
successful for discovering and defining future research directions, complementary
work and possible funding opportunities between Imperial and KU Leuven/BioRICS.
|ESPRIT Mid-Term Review Meeting |
The ESPRIT Consortium, the Research Steering Board (RSG),
the ESPRIT sponsors, the
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and researchers came
together on 18th of October for a meeting to review the progress of the ESPRIT
research, discuss the challenges and opportunities for the project moving
The ESPRIT theme leaders had presentations
on each GOLD themes and healthcare, including annual project and action plans, the overview of the themes, further research and
new developments, collaborations and public engagements, current and future
The ESPRIT Consortium has produced a Mid-Term Review
Report that featured the progress of each of the hardware platforms developed
within the project, as well as healthcare applications of the pervasive
The RSG and EPSRC members commented on the report and the
progress of the project, provided a constructive feedback and recommendations for further
research directions and new opportunities.
|ESPRIT 2012 Conference |
The ESPRIT consortium demonstrated the latest technological developments for athletic training and healthcare applications of pervasive sensors during the third annual ESPRIT Conference, held on 19th of October 2012, at the Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum. The conference is organised by the the ESPRIT consortium each year to
showcase the developments of the ESPRIT pervasive sensing technologies.
The day programme commenced with a warm welcome by the ESPRIT Director Professor Yang, introducing the first keynote speaker Scott Drawer from UK Sport, followed by annual updates on GOLD themes. The afternoon session was packed by talks from healthcare keynote Professor Lord Darzi and speakers from Intel, Age UK, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London.
The conference created an opportunity for delegates from leading science and technology institutions to come together for knowledge exchange, collaboration and hospitality in an elegant venue that is a world-renowned centre of research and home to life sciences.
for the ESPRIT 2012 Programme.
|ESPRIT Pervasive Sensing Exhibition at the Science Museum|
The Science Museum featured the scientific breakthroughs of the
Pervasive Sensing group in Summer 2012. Coinciding with the London Olympic Games, the
Antenna Gallery hosted our technological
advancements, in a series of events dedicated to sport-oriented
research with a temporary exhibit at the Science Topic Zone
and interactive demonstrations at the Antenna Gallery event space between 20th of August and 20th of September.
The exhibit theme was related to pervasive
sensing and the ways it improves the sports performance and healthcare. As
such, the exhibit showcased the technological advancements empowered by the
ESPRIT project and presented their direct applications in real-life aspects. The
visitors had the opportunity to get introduced to the ESPRIT technology,
explore some of its technical insights and participate in a forum of opinions.
The demonstrations presented pervasive
sensing in action, whilst allowing the public to interact with the ESPRIT
technology. Set as a show-and-tell series of events, the public also had
the opportunity to meet and discuss with the ESPRIT researchers and learn from
their experience. The video coverage of this event is available here.
|ESPRIT at the Global Business Summit in Lancaster House|
Director Guang-Zhong Yang gave a talk on pervasive sensing
for elite sports, wellbeing and health on 3rd of September, at the Lancaster House. The meeting created an
opportunity to meet key high level contacts from the global business community
for future research collaborations for ESPRIT sport and healthcare projects.
Valuable industry insights were gained from visionary keynotes and panel
Other speakers included David Lidington MP, Minister for Europe, the Medical
Director of the NHS, along with
leaders of innovative companies such as McLaren Applied Technologies,
Touch Bionics, Trekinetic and Blatchford.
Leaders from Imperial College’s Hamlyn Centre,
Tarilian Laser Technologies and McLaren Applied Technologies discussed the innovations in sensors to monitor health and wellbeing. Further, insights were gained on l
essons learnt from elite sports, that use sensors to monitor athletes as well as ear sensors that are
able to track
multiple areas of the body without the need for separate sensors for
Click here here to watch Lord
Green, Minister for Trade & Investment, welcoming delegates to the British