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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. 
 
Further 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
On Wednesday, 6th of March, the Imperial College research team will be exhibiting ESPRIT technologies at the Imperial West Event.
 
Entitled “Launching 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 Room.  
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.
 
The 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 bioresponses”,“Traditional analysis 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 forward.
 
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 publications. 
 
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 sensing technologies.
 
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.
Click here 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

ESPRIT 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 discussions.
 
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 each location.

Click here here to watch Lord Green, Minister for Trade & Investment, welcoming delegates to the British Business Embassy.