Imperial College London - Equipment Account

Lead Research Organisation: Imperial College London
Department Name: Research Office

Abstract

For over 50 years, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has demonstrated itself as an invaluable technique in the study of filled electronic states of solids, as well helping to determine the nature of interactions between solid surfaces and molecular species. Unfortunately there is one main drawback in the technique, that being that typical XPS measurements are performed in ultra high vacuum (UHV) conditions (10-10 mbar), due to the need of minimising the chances of unfavourable collisions occurring before the excited photoelectrons reach the energy analyser. Due to this restraint, studying the surfaces of technologically important materials occurs at a pressure many orders of magnitude lower than the operational conditions of the systems themselves (1-50 bar). Bridging this so-called "Pressure Gap" has remained a significant technological challenge. Very recent developments in electron energy analyser and sample holder design have for the first time allowed photoelectron spectroscopic measurements to be performed in ambient pressures of up to 25 mbar. The opportunity to study "real" surfaces in-situ and in-operando is a step change in the field of photoelectron spectroscopy, and opens a new and vital chapter in the area of surface science.

The ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy (APPES) system is a state-of-the-art laboratory-based instrument with capabilities of performing high-energy resolution, low signal-to-noise photoemission measurements in up to 25 mbar ambient pressure with a number of different gases (O2, N2, H2, ethylene, acetylene). The instrument is equipped with a monochromated x-ray source and a high transmission, differentially pumped electron energy analyser. The system is fitted with an in-situ sample cell, which can provide a temperature range of 80 - 1100 K in the ambient atmospheres, permitting in-operando measurements. This specially designed modular in-situ cell, which is fully retractable from the analysis chamber, also allows standard UHV XPS comparative measurements to be performed with ease.

The APPES instrument based at the Department of Materials, Imperial College London will be highly multidisciplinary, covering five broad research themes (i) Energy; (ii) Catalysis; (iii) Electronic Materials; (iv) Biomaterials; (v) Environmental and Heritage Science. The instrument, while hosted at Imperial is engaged in highly collaborative research at a regional, national (including the Diamond Light Source) and international level, with access arrangements also provided through coordination the National XPS Facility (NEXUS) at the University of Newcastle. This new approach to providing wide-reaching access will allow the APPES technique to be fully exploited and generate world-leading cutting edge scientific output.

Planned Impact

Since the first development of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) over 50 years ago, the technique has formed the basis of numerous scientific breakthroughs providing vast economic and societal benefits. The proposed APPES technique, has the potential to have an even greater impact, due to the fact that the surface electronic structure of a wide array of different materials, each with their own technological applications will be be studied under conditions close to which they operate.

The obvious beneficiary of APPES measurements is in the commercial private sector, with emphasis on businesses operating in all the identified research themes. For example, Johnson-Matthey who work within the area of catalysis, could utilise the technique for understanding how catalysts behave in near-operational conditions. This could lead to significant improvements in reactor design and lowering catalyst cost, thereby the technique will have a direct economic impact.

The impact to the planned VERSOX beamline at the Diamond Light Source is important to stress. This proposal seeks to help to coordinate and develop the national capability, and strategy, in the APPES technique at a personnel, instrumentation and scientific output level.

There are a number of government agencies who would benefit from this research including the Health Protection Agency (HPA - Biosafety Unit, Decontamination Studies and Molecular Identification Services), the Environment Agency (National Laboratory Service). We would also seek to liaise and seek collaborative research efforts with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Understanding how pathogens behave in contact with surgical instruments, without exposing the samples to extreme UHV environments would have great national and international health benefits. One experiment could look at the growth of pathogens under aerobic and anaerobic conditions within a specially designed in-situ high pressure cell.

The APPES technique would also have a great impact on the area of conservation and heritage science, where we have already sought interest in the study of paint pigments from a colleague at Tate Britain. As the instrument is hosted geographically close to many museums (Natural History, Science Museum, V&A) we would seek to establish collaborative research with those institutions. We would also use the Institute of Conservation as a point of contact for planned heritage science research.

At a more specific project level, the Lead Co-I will develop a range of skills including public communication (training by the Royal Society), a well as opportunities to interact with government and policy makers at a national level (again through the Royal Society MP-Scientist pairing scheme).

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Ahmad E (2015) Optimizing Oxygen Reduction Catalyst Morphologies from First Principles in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

 
Description The Imperial College London Equipment Account consists of 7 individual funding streams. The impacts reported here relate to specific streams. Stream 3 ("Capital for Great Technologies - Grid Scale Energy Storage", PI Nigel Brandon) has led to one patent (Huang C.A. and Grant, P.S., Electrode structure and method of manufacture thereof, GB1420309.5, 2014) and one patent application (Aqueous Ink Compositions; Filing date: 22 June 2016; Application No. GB 1610925.8). It has also appeared in the media ("The Urban Sciences Building at Science Central in Newcastle has received a BREEAM Innovation Credit", http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainability/news/item/urbansciencesbuildingreceivesbreeaminnovationcredit.html and "Newcastle energy storage test bed reported as an integral piece of Newcastle Energy Center" http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/newcastle-centre-looking-ways-making-11669880) and won first prize at the UK Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) Launchpad (http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/about/news/first-prize-at-uk-climate-knowledge-and-innovation-community-launchpad) The capital equipment facility of Stream 4 ("Micro-Engineering Facility for Medical Robotics", PI Guang Zhong Yang) was used as the principle equipment resource for developing surgical robotics presented at the International Robotics Showcase at the IET, the grand finale event of UK Robotics Week 2016 (http://roboticsweek.uk/). UK Robotics Week is an innovation that is directly descended from the Micro-Engineering Facility for Medical Robotics via the EPSRC UK RAS Network. The equipment facility was also used to run, prepare entries for and compete in the 2nd Surgical Robot Challenge in 2016. This was an international competition run by the Hamlyn Centre as part of the first UK Robotics Week (http://roboticsweek.uk/surgicalrobotchallenge.htm) Other outputs from these streams and others are academic and therefore are not listed here, in accord with the instructions above.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Energy,Healthcare,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Impact Types Societal

 
Description Centre for Doctoral Training
Amount £5,808,027 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S023232/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 09/2027
 
Description EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship: Romy Lorenz "Tailoring non-invasive brain stimulation"
Amount £56,711 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 08/2018
 
Description EPSRC Industrial CASE Voucher
Amount £84,900 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2022
 
Description EPSRC RAS Capital
Amount £6,500,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 04/2017
 
Description EPSRC Skills and Training Hub in Quantum Systems Engineering
Amount £3,044,614 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P510257/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2021
 
Description ICASE studentship
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Johnson Matthey 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description Industry Sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation Cambridge Display Technology 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2019
 
Description Industry sponsorship of CDT studentship
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation TATA Steel 
Sector Private
Country India
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2018
 
Description Industry sponsorship of CDT studentship
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation BASF 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2018
 
Description Industry sponsorship of CDT studentship
Amount £27,000 (GBP)
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2018
 
Description Industry sponsorship of CDT studentship
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc 
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2016
 
Description Industry sponsorship of CDT studentship
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation BASF 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2018
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation BASF 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2018
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £7,375 (GBP)
Organisation National Physical Laboratory 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2016
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Thomas Swan and Co Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2022
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Oxford Photovoltaics 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2022
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £6,750 (GBP)
Organisation Pragmatic Printing Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2016
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation Solvay 
Sector Private
Country Global
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2018
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Merck 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2019
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Merck 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2019
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation Cambridge Display Technology 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 09/2019
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Procter & Gamble 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 10/2016 
End 09/2020
 
Description Industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Eight19 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description MEMPHYS
Amount € 2,088,195 (EUR)
Funding ID 735533 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2019
 
Description Sodium battery project
Amount £166,000 (GBP)
Organisation Shell International Petroleum 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 09/2019
 
Description Sorcerer
Amount € 1,650,632 (EUR)
Funding ID 738085 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 02/2017 
End 01/2020
 
Description crescendo
Amount € 2,739,602 (EUR)
Funding ID http://www.crescendo-fuelcell.eu 
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description industry sponsorship of PE-CDT studentship
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Procter & Gamble 
Sector Private
Country United States
Start 10/2018 
End 09/2022
 
Description n-COSH
Amount £924,591 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P003435/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 10/2019
 
Title An multifunctional flexible/stretchable smart e-skin with dedicated readout electronics 
Description Here we propose the development of a smart e-skin sensing and instrumentation capabilities based on the aforementioned technologies. The work focuses on the design of the e-skin platform and the development of compact readout electronics with multiplexing capabilities in the vicinity of the sensors. Researchers with significant contribution: Panagiotis Kassanos, Florent Seichepine and Salzitsa Anastasova 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact A set of flexible/stretchable sensing and interconnect technologies have been developed at the Hamlyn Centre, based on flexible printed circuit (FPC) technologies [2-3] and conductive composite materials. Tissue bioimpedance sensors, optical, capacitive and resistive strain and pressure sensors, electrochemical sensors for metabolite measurements, and inductors for power delivery and data communication have been realized with these. 
 
Title Biohybrid prosthetic for nerve regeneration based on multi-functional fibre 
Description A new generation of microfabrication techniques, based on multi-functional fibre could improve the rehabilitation of patient by allowing for the implants to directly reconnect severed nerves. To achieve this, the growth of cultured nervous cells along an implant axes will be induced and enhanced by the mean of topological, electrical and chemical stimulations. A unique set of techniques has been developed in the Hamlyn Centre for the fabrication, functionalisation, electrical connection and fluid delivery capability of fibre designed and realised on site. Those fibres of tuneable diameter and length can be used to meet the requirement of nerve regeneration implants. Researchers with significant contribution: Florent Seichepine, Meysam Keshavarz, Bruno Gil Rosa, Panagiotis Kassanos, Dominic Wales, Salzitsa Anastasova-Ivanova, Burak Temelkuran and Mohamed Abdelaziz 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact A unique set of techniques has been developed in The Hamlyn Centre for the fabrication, functionalisation, electrical connection and fluid delivery capability of fibre designed and realised on site. Those fibres of tuneable diameter and length can be used to meet the requirement of nerve regeneration implants. We develop a prototype of bio-hybrid implant by investigating a large number of growth condition and architecture using several on-fibre technologies, such as electronic stimulation, microfluidic local delivery of growth factors and other chemical and micro- and nano- structuring of the surfaces. Such approach allows for the integration of various growth enhancing technologies developed in the literature directly onto the substrate, the shape of which can be tuned to fit the requirement of a specific injured nerve.Moreover, such artificial implants would not require a donor and thus remove the risk of pathogen transmission. 
 
Title Cerebrospinal fluid filtration (CSF) system as a therapeutical approach 
Description To analyse the CSF, it must be sent to the laboratory and certain analysis for example cultures can take up to several days to obtain a result. This project aims to develop a means of real-time continuous monitoring of different biomarkers in CSF which will allow for more evidence based therapeutic approaches and to show the huge potential of having a rapid diagnostic bedside test that will alleviate the need for time and labour-intensive testing. Preliminary work involving development of ionic sensors related to the CSF analysis such as sodium potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride is under development for the required working range. Researchers with significant contribution: Salzitsa Anastasova-Ivanova, Hanifa Koguna, Haidie Adams and Bruno M Gil Rosa 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact CSF filtration has been shown to decrease burden of disease and hence improve outcome in a case study with a pneumococcal meningitis treated with extra-corporeal filtration a favourable outcome was achieved. Subarachnoid Haemorrhage (SAH) is one of the most serious neurosurgical emergencies and results in high mortality and morbidity. Complications such as hydrocephalus develop as well as other sequelae because of blood load, blood breakdown products and other inflammatory cytokines. Complications following SAH may lead to poor outcomes, underlying mechanism include vasospasm, microthrombosis, and delayed cerebral ischemia. 
 
Title Fabrication of Pressure Sensors on Medical Catheter for Intraluminal Intervention 
Description We aim to develop a pressure sensor for the miniaturized flexible continuum robot to sense the real-time, in situ body contact during the intraluminal intervention. Researchers with significant contribution: Bing Li, Anzhu Gao and Bruno Gil Rosa 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact It is expected in future that the pressure perception could be integrated with the robotic control loop to enable more accurate and safer positioning within the confined space, even improve the operation effectiveness and efficiency, therefore benefiting the global health system. 
 
Title Fluorescence microscopy for rapid virtual histology of whole tissue specimens 
Description The objective of this project is to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of high-speed fluorescence microscopy platforms in determining radial margins status following BCS by comparison to conventional histopathology. Such systems allow non-invasive real-time 'virtual' histology imaging of whole tissue specimens without having to section and fix them. Characteristic morphological features can be visualized at sub-cellular scale and assessed to distinguish normal/benign from neoplastic tissue sites. Researchers with significant contribution: Khushi Vyas and Professor Kishan Dholakia 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Preliminary work on using wide-local and confocal fluorescence systems developed at Hamlyn Centre has been carried out on 160 ex vivo tissue specimens and 41 wide local excisions. Future studies will focus on imaging margins of 49 WLE specimens and evaluate the diagnostic performance using line-scan confocal system and light-sheet imaging system. 
 
Title Magnetic Microrobots for Transportation Primary Cells, Targeted Therapy and Drug Delivery 
Description The microrobots are small enough to be injected through the blood stream and overcome the impediments of reaching these delicate organs. A cage-like structure of these microrobots coated with a thin layer of Nickel and Titanium make them magnetic responsive and at the same time biocompatible the requirements by which they can be manoeuvred through to body after insertion. An electromagnetic field will be exploited to guide the microrobots through the body with extreme accuracy. Our preliminarily experiments demonstrated that these microrobots can be successfully loaded with cells and being used as a payload of primary cells to the predetermined target organs. Researchers with significant contribution: Meysam Keshavarz 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The microrobots designed in this project contains micro-porous that help holding cells, using magnetic fields, the can guided to an organ of interest in the body where cells will start proliferating and regenerating damaged tissues. The first generation of the microrobots are coated with thin layer of nickel and titanium deposition. The nickel allows manipulation of the microrobot using an external magnetic field, while the titanium increases the biocompatibility of the structure, reducing its cytotoxicity. 
 
Description 'Biohybrid prosthetic for nerve regeneration based on multi-functional fibre' Clinical Colaboration with Renji hospital in Shanghai 
Organisation Renji Hospital
PI Contribution The Hamlyn Centre is developing a new generation of microfabrication techniques, based on multi-functional fibre could improve the rehabilitation of patient by allowing for the implants to directly reconnect severed nerves. To achieve this, the growth of cultured nervous cells along an implant axes will be induced and enhanced by the mean of topological, electrical and chemical stimulations. A unique set of techniques has been developed in the Hamlyn Centre for the fabrication, functionalisation, electrical connection and fluid delivery capability of fibre designed and realised on site. Those fibres of tuneable diameter and length can be used to meet the requirement of nerve regeneration implants. Our research teams brought our current research results regarding neuro-regeneration, robotic assisted surgery for spinal cord surgery and wearable devices to our collaborators for further discussion.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators from Renji Hospital offered their advices to our research issues. This collaboration will be used to set up an experimental framework adapted toward our long term goal of in vivo study.
Impact N/A
Start Year 2019
 
Description Composite PCM production and demonstration 
Organisation Nanjing Jinhe Energy Materials Co Ltd
PI Contribution We have helped with the process design of the world first large scale commercial demonstration plant using composite phase change materials for the use of the curtailed wind power.
Collaborator Contribution The partner has helped us in the development of our materials for engineering applications. We have also be able to access their facilities for measuring our materials properties.
Impact The collaboration has led to a new collaborative project funded by Innovate UK and Jiangsu Provincial Government.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Flow chemistry collaboration with BASF 
Organisation BASF
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The ROAR team provided training and scientific advice to an intern from BASF on a short 3-month project. We provided the technical expertise to design a flow reactor for their process, and the intern used our advanced analytical instrumentation to characterise the reactor.
Collaborator Contribution BASF provided the funding to support a graduating student to spend 3 months in the ROAR laboratory learning about flow chemistry. The student has subsequently moved to BASF in Germany to complete a 6 month internship where they will transfer the knowledge gained during their time in our laboratory.
Impact Student's next destination was internship at BASF. Collaboration was multidisciplinary - chemistry and chemical engineering.
Start Year 2018
 
Description GIST-CPE International R&D Centre for Plastic Electronics 
Organisation Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
Country Korea, Republic of 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Focus on the advanced characterization of material photophysics, device physics, and the solid understanding of charge dynamics in the integrated solar systems, which provides important information for improving the final device efficiency and lifetime.
Collaborator Contribution To develop high-performance perovskite/organic integrated solar systems based on a variety of functional materials and established printing techniques.
Impact Multi-disciplinary: Physics, Chemistry, Materials. Publications in preparation/under review.
Start Year 2015
 
Description South African Flow Chemistry Collaboration 
Organisation Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The ROAR laboratory is providing access to state of the art equipment (flow chemistry and analytical suite) to visiting researchers from the South African partners. The ROAR team is also collaborating with the partners on developing new flow chemistry routes to a number of pharmaceutical molecules of importance to South Africa. The Imperial researchers have secured GCRF funding to continue this research collaboration into 2019.
Collaborator Contribution University of Pretoria have provided a travel grant to one of their students so they could spend 3 months in the ROAR laboratory. Further research visits to Imperial will be supported in 2019. The South African partners are providing expertise on multi-step organic synthesis, knowledge of the South African pharmaceutical sector (and its needs), and have plans to build further activity in South Africa in this area.
Impact Research England GCRF Internal Funding of 113754 GBP received by Imperial team as a result of this collaboration. Collaboration is multi-disciplinary with researchers from chemistry and chemical engineering.
Start Year 2018
 
Description South African Flow Chemistry Collaboration 
Organisation University of Pretoria
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The ROAR laboratory is providing access to state of the art equipment (flow chemistry and analytical suite) to visiting researchers from the South African partners. The ROAR team is also collaborating with the partners on developing new flow chemistry routes to a number of pharmaceutical molecules of importance to South Africa. The Imperial researchers have secured GCRF funding to continue this research collaboration into 2019.
Collaborator Contribution University of Pretoria have provided a travel grant to one of their students so they could spend 3 months in the ROAR laboratory. Further research visits to Imperial will be supported in 2019. The South African partners are providing expertise on multi-step organic synthesis, knowledge of the South African pharmaceutical sector (and its needs), and have plans to build further activity in South Africa in this area.
Impact Research England GCRF Internal Funding of 113754 GBP received by Imperial team as a result of this collaboration. Collaboration is multi-disciplinary with researchers from chemistry and chemical engineering.
Start Year 2018
 
Title A joint 
Description A bendable portion, also called a flexible joint, which is arranged at the distal end of a flexible surgical device is disclosed. Its application includes flexible endoscope or other flexible operative instruments for minimally invasive surgery (MIS). This design is a combination of rigid and compliant mechanisms. It has the advantages of accurately controllable, monolithically manufactured and easily assembled. A basic embodiment of the flexible joint section resembles a helical spring bended by pulling tendons routed through the channels passing axially of the spring. Since the helical spring represents an assembly of infinite number of flexural points, it is difficult to control reliably. To limit the number of DOF and increase axial stiffness, rolling contact joints are added at each pitch segment of the spring. Two antagonized tendons are routed 90o apart from the rolling contact joint in radically direction. Therefore, the flexible joint is constrained to only planar movement without unwanted axial compression. The aforementioned design could have many variations, e.g. the spring structure could either be single or double helix. Multiple flexible joint could be combined to achieve spatial bending and S-shape bending. 
IP Reference GB1812622.7 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted
Licensed No
Impact This invention could be used for developing flexible endoscope and other flexible surgical devices.
 
Title Conjugated polymers, methods for their preparation, and their use 
Description The invention relates to novel conjugated polymers containing one or more units based on dithieno[3,2-c;2',3'-e]azepine-4,6-dione that is fused to further aromatic rings, to methods for their preparation and educts or intermediates used therein, to polymer blends, mixtures and formulations containing them, to the use of the polymers, polymer blends, mixtures and formulations as organic semiconductors in, or for the preparation of, organic electronic (OE) devices, especially organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices and organic photodetectors (OPD), and to OE, OPV and OPD devices comprising, or being prepared from, these polymers, polymer blends, mixtures or formulations. 
IP Reference WO2016037678 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact unknown
 
Title Preparation of Functionalised Materials (Graphene) 
Description The invention provides for a method of preparing a covalently functionalised carbon nanomaterial, comprising the steps of (i) treating a carbon material with a reducing agent comprising an alkali metal M in the presence of a solvent S to form a reduced-carbon material solution; and (ii) treating the resulting reduced-carbon material solution with a functionalising reagent to form a covalently functionalised carbon nanomaterial, wherein (a) the concentration of alkali metal [M] in step (i) is between 0.003 mol/L and 0.05 mol/L, and (b) the ratio of carbon material to alkali metal (C/M) in solution in step (i) is at least 2:1. A method of preparing a covalently functionalised carbon nanomaterial using N,N-dimethylacetamide as a solvent is also provided. 
IP Reference WO2015071441 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2015
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact unknown
 
Title Process for Producing Nanoparticles (ZnO) 
Description A process for the preparation of nano zinc oxide particles comprising dissolving a zinc metal precursor in a solvent to obtain a first solution; dissolving a base in an alcohol to obtain an alkali solution; and adding the alkali solution to the first solution over a predetermined period of time to obtain nano zinc oxide particles in solution. 
IP Reference US2015126359 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2015
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact Unknown
 
Title Self-assembly of nanotubes 
Description The present invention relates to a nanostructure comprising a first hollow nanotube having at least one open end and a first anchor structure comprising a first anchor portion configured to anchor within the open end of the first nanotube, the first anchor structure further comprising a tether portion arranged to allow at least a part of said tether portion to extend outside of the end of the nanotube. 
IP Reference WO2015063341 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2015
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact unknown
 
Title Surgical arm 
Description The ornamental design for a surgical arm, as shown and described. 
IP Reference USD825066S 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2018
Licensed Commercial In Confidence
Impact Development of several robotic platform based on this robot.
 
Title Surgical instrument 
Description The ornamental design for a surgical instrument, as shown and described. 
IP Reference USD812750S 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2018
Licensed Yes
Impact This patten has been part of the effort for the launch of one of our surgical robot.
 
Company Name Blakbear Ltd 
Description A postage stamp-sized paper air sensor stuck on the back of a smartphone could help Londoners gather vital data in the fight against air pollution. A team of PhD students from Imperial College has developed OpenSense, a cheap sticker that can measure deadly airborne exhaust gases. The paper has a pollution-sensitive sensor inside and is stuck on the back of a smartphone, which powers it. 
Year Established 2017 
Impact In development
Website http://BlakBear.com
 
Company Name KELVIN THERMOTECH LTD 
Description It is set for holding Ups related to cold storage, cold chain technologies, thermal energy storage, consulting. 
Year Established 2019 
Impact Just started, to be updated next year
 
Company Name PRECISION ROBOTICS LIMITED 
Description Precision Robotics is a new startup company from Imperial College London. It aims to develop precise, agile and intelligent surgical robots that are dexterous, compact and versatile. Based on technologies developed by research team at Imperial College London, the company expects to establish itself as a significant player in this burgeoning field. 
Year Established 2017 
Impact Modern robotic surgery methods are in high demand due to the improvements they offer over traditional surgical techniques. Precision Robotics is addressing this demand through its unique platforms, which combine a range of patented technologies to deliver advantages to surgeons and patients. The company's first product incorporates fully articulated robotic arms, which provide accurate manoeuvres and a high level of control to surgeons. It also includes its unique 3-D Augmented Reality-based image navigation software to enable precise, intraoperative control and navigation. Precision Robotics in on course towards regulatory approval and clinical development in the coming years. Headquartered in London, the company has also offices in Hong Kong, brining together talents in both engineering development and clinical translation.
Website http://www.pruk.ltd/
 
Company Name P.E.S. Technologies 
Description Soil should be teeming with life -- especially microbial life -- but intensive farming practices are degrading soils throughout the world; the associated costs of this degradation are estimated to be $6.3-10.6 trillion. Owing to ever tighter economic margins in farming, the farming community is very interested in monitoring long-term changes in soil health arising from current soil management and cropping practices. To correctly manage soil health, farmers need reliable information about the biological properties of their soils. 
Year Established 2017 
Impact We are developing a sensor to monitor the soil biology via soil gases to complement existing soil nutrient testing practiced by farmers to enable farmers to make soil health assessments themselves.
 
Description "Decarbonising UK Energy" Joint Royal Society/RAEng/BA meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talks and discussions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2017/10/decarbonising-uk-energy/
 
Description 21st BMVA Computer Vision Summer School 2016 (Swansea) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact One of my team members (CB) gave a presentation on advanced 3d neuron reconstructions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cvss.swansea.ac.uk/index.php?n=Site.Registration
 
Description Annual UK-Korea Symposium on Plastic Electronics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The annual UK-Korea Symposium on Plastic Electronics is held alternately between the UK (usually Imperial College London) and South Korea. Academics from several different institutions take part, including Imperial College London, Oxford University, Gwangju Institute of Science & Technology, and POSTECH. There are often also visits to companies, e.g. Flexenable and Cambridge Display Technologies in the UK, and Samsung and LG Displays in Korea.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
 
Description BVMA Poster "Adversarial Training for Sketch Retrieval" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented Poster "Adversarial Training for Sketch Retrieval" at the British Machine Vision Association.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://arxiv.org/pdf/1607.02748
 
Description Big Neuron (Cambridge/ London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The purpose of these events to encourage collaboration, and participation of people working on the topic of 3D neural reconstructions, and analysis of the 3D reconstructions. The aim is to make automated tools available and open-source online, so that anyone will be able to analyse neuron data. Also, this will standardize analysis methods between different labs/ groups.
A landmark paper on this topic is in progress.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://alleninstitute.org/article/bigneuron-project-launched-advance-3d-reconstructions-neurons
 
Description Centre for Plastic Electronics Annual Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A two day symposium open to external academics, researchers and students. Showcases the work of Centre for Plastic Electronics postgraduate students and researchers, as well as invited talks by CPE academics plus academics from universities in the UK and overseas. Typically 2 keynote presentations, 9 invited talks, and 9 contributing talks, plus poster session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/180510/cpe-annual-symposium-2017/
 
Description Centre for Plastic Electronics at the London Natural History Museum "Late" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact CPE researchers and students showcased some of the research going on in the field of plastic electronics at the Natural History Museum Lates evening. With an event theme of 'Colour and Vision,' this was the perfect setting to demonstrate the science behind bright organic LED devices from Cambridge Display Technology, how some polymers can emit light, and the way solar cells made of different materials absorb different colours of light.

We were overwhelmed at the interest from the public in the field of plastic electronics, a completely new concept to many. Children and adults alike were excited by the prospect of flexible TV screens and solar panels which are made possible by plastic electronics research. They also enjoyed our solar-powered videogame and being able to build a spectroscope (or 'rainbow in a box') from just a piece of card and a CD.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/173951/cpe-natural-history-museum-late/
 
Description Design of Experiments Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Held 4 one day workshops which provided scientists and engineers with an introduction to statistical analysis and Design of Experiments. These workshops were held in September 2018 and February 2019. Each workshop was attended by between 20 to 30 participants, made up of postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, academics, and industrial scientists. These participants came from across all departments at Imperial College, and universities from across the UK (including students from as far away as Leeds). As a result of these workshops we have provided 100 researchers with an introduction to Design of Experiments, and enough knowledge and practical experience to begin employing these statistical techniques in their own research. Since holding these workshops we have had further requests for introductory level workshops on this topic, and also for more advanced workshops.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/centres/roar/eventssummary/event_10-1-...
 
Description EPSRC Scientific Advisory Board & Research Steering Group Bi-annual Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Scientific Advisory Board & Research Steering Group members came to the Hamlyn Centre for participating the bi-annual meeting to examine our current research progress. Our research teams presented a series of demos as well as current progress presentation to all the members for demonstrating our works.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots/status/1088766049590394880
 
Description EPSRC-NIHR HTC Network+ Project Progress Presentation Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact All the sub-project researchers of this grant present their current progress and remaining work to the PI for progress examination.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Energy Storage Conference, London, Jan 25th 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dissemination conference for the Energy Storage for Low Carbon Storage and IMAGES projects - talks from investigators and industry / policy stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://energysuperstore.org/esrn/event/energy-storage-grand-challenge-projects-dissemination/
 
Description European Conference on Computer Vision - "Adversarial Training for Sketch Retrieval" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Gave a Power Point presentation on "Adversarial Training for Sketch Retrieval". Appeared as Lecture Notes In Computer Science. Has received 4 citations so far.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://arxiv.org/pdf/1607.02748
 
Description Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The former Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Imperial College and toured the Hamlyn Centre for Robotics, viewing demonstrations of surgical robots, 3D printed microrobotic tools and augmented reality technology for medical imaging.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/187036/former-pm-supports-lord-darzi-report/
 
Description Friends of Imperial Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Centre participated in the programme of "Friends of Imperial Visit" as one of visit destinations. Our research teams demonstrated the latest research result to the "Friends of Imperial Visit" participants and answered their questions regarding the works.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.friendsofimperial.org.uk/Media/Documents/Current_Programme.pdf
 
Description Hamlyn Centre Official Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Centre Official Twitter account aims to reach out all types of audiences for demonstrating our research progress and result, promoting our events and sharing relevant information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016,2017,2018
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots
 
Description Hamlyn Winter School on Surgical Imaging and Vision 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Winter School focuses on both technical and clinical aspects of Surgical Imaging and Vision, with invited lectures, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and mini-projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/winterschool/
 
Description Hamlyn Winter School on Surgical Imaging and Vision 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Winter School focuses on both the technical and clinical aspects of Surgical Imaging and Vision. Through invited lectures, hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and mini-projects, the purpose of our winter school is to help researchers familiarise with the cutting edge research of this rapidly expanding field covering key areas of:

Fundamentals and current state-of-the-art in surgical imaging;
Vision algorithms for tracking, 3D scene reconstruction and surgical navigation;
Intra-operative registration and retargeting;
Multi-modal image fusion and real-time augmented reality systems based on inverse realism;
Robot assisted large area microscopic imaging and mosaicing;
Dynamic active constraints with real-time vision;
Vision enabled surgical robot design and miniaturisation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/hamlyn-centre/news-and-events/hamlyn-winter-school-on-surgical-imaging-an...
 
Description Hounsfield Lecture 2015 (Imperial) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hounsfield Lecture brings together medical imaging researchers at Imperial and beyond and allows an international leader in biomedical imaging to address the College imaging community. The Hounsfield Lecture 2015 was given on Wednesday 4th November by Professor Juergen Hennig from the University Medical Center Freiburg.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.hounsfieldlecture.org/
 
Description Imperial College article about the opening of the ROAR facility in January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact An article was written about the opening of the Centre for Rapid Online Analysis of Reactions by Imperial College reporter Hayley Dunning. The article highlighted the importance of this new facility to the UK synthetic chemistry community. The news was subsequently picked up by both ChemistryWorld (Automated lab at Imperial College will have robots run reactions, 18 February 2019, https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/automated-lab-at-imperial-college-will-have-robots-run-reactions-/3010132.article) and Chemical & Engineering News (Business Concentrates, February 11, 2019), the magazines published by the two leading international chemical societies (Royal Society of Chemistry and American Chemical Society). ROAR is receiving further requests for information about how we can work with industry from international companies which we have not previously interacted with.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/190097/first-of-its-kind-automatic-chemistry-facility-opens-imperial...
 
Description International Robotics Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A showcase of robotics for academia, industry and the public
The International Robotics Showcase will be part of the International Business Festival this year, and this will be held on Thursday 21st June 2018 at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP.The full-day programme includes exclusive talks by world-renowned experts in science and technology, panel discussions, exhibitions, robot demonstrations and an award ceremony for competition winners demonstrating cutting-edge robotics innovation.

Exciting demonstrations of cutting-edge robotics technology;

Lively discussion and debate, covering ethical, legal and economic impacts of Robotics and AI;

The release of several new White Papers, covering the current research landscape in:
Urban Automation & Transport
AgriTech
The day also offers academics, industry, government organisations and the public, the opportunity to enjoy the fascinating and diverse exhibits by our sponsors, as well as provide a lively forum for discussion and discovery of some of the latest technological developments and research challenges in Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

The event will take place within the 2018 International Business Festival and a 9 day pass is included withi your registration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/robotics-week/showcase
 
Description Interview and feature in "Wired" Magazine Sep 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed for feature on AI in "Wired" Magazine (Long Reads)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.wired.co.uk/article/automatic-neuroscientist-ai-brain-experiments
 
Description Invited Speaker - "Iterative Approach To Improving Sample Generation" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact RE-WORK organised event. Informing industry member about Deep Learning. Resulted in further discussion for industrial partnerships with Samsung.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.re-work.co/events/deep-learning-summit-london-2017
 
Description Invited Speaker: Trinity College Dublin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited to present recent research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Talk- Prof Itaru Kitahara: 3D-CG Virtual Surgical Operation in University of Tsukuba 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Our senior research fellow Dr Matina Giannarou invited Prof. Itaru Kitahara to share the experience about "3D-CG Virtual Surgical Operation in University of Tsukuba" with our researchers in the Hamlyn Centre. Prof. Itaru Kitahara is leading the Virtual Surgery research project at the University of Tsukuba, Japan and his research focuses on Computer Vision and Mixed Reality. During the talk, he not only introduced "3D CG Virtual Surgery", which aims to realise a navigation system of surgical operation using Computer Vision and AR/VR techniques, but also presented the collaboration between their research team and the medical doctors in our university regarding 3D CG Virtual Surgery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots/status/1102943972790542336
 
Description Invited Talk- Prof Jackrit Suthakorn: the past, present and future of the BART LAB 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Jackrit Suthakorn, the BART LAB executive director and the department chair of Department of Biomedical Engineering at Mahidol University, visited the Hamlyn Centre on Monday 25th January 2019. He gave a talk regarding the development of the BART LAB as well as their current research areas and progress in robotics for extreme environment as well as rehabilitation to the Hamlyn Centre researchers and members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Kinetics Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Held a one day workshop on the theory and practice of reaction progress kinetic analysis on 31st January 2019. The workshop was delivered by distinguished guest speaker Professor Donna Blackmond (Scripps) and application scientists from Mettler-Toledo. The workshop was attended by chemistry and chemical engineering postgraduate students, postdoctoral research associates, academics, and industrialists. The attendees came from Imperial College, Queen Mary University, University College London, Uni of Bristol, Uni of Huddersfield, Uni of Leeds, Uni of Nottingham, Uni of Oxford, Uni of Strathclyde, GSK and Dr Reddy's Laboratories. The workshop received positive feedback and we will be repeating it in future years.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/centres/roar/eventssummary/event_28-11...
 
Description ML Launch Event: "On denoising autoencoders trained to minimise binary cross-entropy" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented a poster
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://arxiv.org/pdf/1708.08487
 
Description Minister of State for Immigration Caroline Nokes MP and Cancer Research UK Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Caroline Nokes MP, Minister of State for Immigration, visited Imperial in October 2018 and took a tour of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. She was joined by representatives of Cancer Research UK and our college president Alice Gast. During the visit, Caroline Nokes was shown some of our latest robot technology in medicine, developments which have enabled healthcare professionals to conduct smarter operations with higher precision.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/188691/immigration-minister-sees-benefits-internationalism-imperial/
 
Description NETT International Conference on System Level Approaches to Neural Engineering 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The aim of the International Conference on System Level Approaches to Neural Engineering (ICSLANE) is to bring together theoretical and experimental neuroscientists and roboticists to discuss the state of the art in the field of Neural Engineering. This three day long event is part of a series of training events organised by the Marie Curie Initial Training Network NETT (Neural Engineering Transformative Technologies).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.neural-engineering.eu/BarcelonaConference2015/index.html
 
Description NIPS Workshop 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Poster was presented "Inverting the generator of a generative adversarial network", resulted in 10 citations so far for an ArXiv pre-print. Currently, being re-written for a Journal submission.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://arxiv.org/pdf/1611.05644
 
Description Plastic Electronics CDT Annual Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Plastic Electronics CDT holds an annual 1 day symposium in September every year. PhD students give talks and present posters to an audience of other postgraduate and undergraduate students, postdocs, academics, external invited academics, industrial sponsors, and the PE-CDT external advisory board. The symposium also features invited talks from high profile academic and industrial researchers, and from PE-CDT alumni.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/182831/pe-cdt-students-present-their-research-annual/
 
Description Plastic Electronics Winter School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Plastic Electronics week-long Winter School is held in January every year. Two cohorts of Plastic Electronics CDT students (1st and 3rd year of PhD) attend, as well as "aligned" students and postdocs, PE-CDT/Centre for Plastic Electronics academics, and invited external academics from UK and European institutions/companies. The programme includes talks from PhD students on their research, invited talks from PE-CDT/CPE academics, and invited talks/tutorials from external academics/industry researchers. The students and postdocs also undertake a week-long group challenge project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017,2018
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/177232/plastic-electronics-winter-school-2017/
 
Description Plastic Electronics at the Imperial Festival (science festival) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact mperial Festival is a free public event which is held each year on Imperial's South Kensington Campus. The weekend-long event features activities and attractions for all ages, including:
Hands-on demonstrations
Workshops
Talks
Tours
Music and dance performances
Across the two-day celebration we invite members from across our wide community to experience our research in science, engineering, health and business up close. The Plastic Electronics CDT puts together a stand at the Festival every year, and there are usually other stands from Centre for Plastic Electronics research groups too.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016,2017
URL http://www.imperial.ac.uk/festival/about/
 
Description ROAR Director Prof Mimi Hii gave presentation about ROAR at the Dial-a-Molecule network annual meeting 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact ROAR Director Prof Mimi Hii gave presentation about ROAR at the Dial-a-Molecule network's annual meeting held on 9th and 10th July 2018 at Imperial College London. This meeting brought together academic and industrial chemists and chemical engineers from across the UK. As a result of the talk given there have been numerous inquiries about accessing the ROAR facility from academics and companies from the chemical process sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL http://generic.wordpress.soton.ac.uk/dial-a-molecule/annual-meeting-2018/
 
Description ROAR Director Prof Mimi Hii gave presentation about ROAR at the SiLA and ELRIG Workshop at Drug Discovery 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact ROAR Director Prof Mimi Hii gave presentation about ROAR at the SiLA Consortium and European Laboratory Research & Innovation Group workshop held on 9th October 2018 as part of Drug Discovery 2018 at the London ExCel centre. This workshop on 'Closing the loop in the Lab using Artificial Intelligence' brought together industry experts to discuss how AI could be applied in screening and chemical synthesis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://elrig.org/portfolio/dd2018/
 
Description ROAR Director Prof Mimi Hii gave presentation about ROAR at the launch meeting of the RSC's Process Chemical Technology Group (PCTG) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact ROAR Director Prof Mimi Hii gave presentation about ROAR at the launch meeting of the RSC's Process Chemical Technology Group (PCTG) on 19 November 2018. This event was attended by academics from across the UK, and representatives from the chemical process industries (e.g. pharmaceutical, agrochemical and fine chemical).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/35517/rsc-process-chemistry-technology-group-launch-symposium
 
Description ROAR Director Prof Mimi Hii interviewed for a ChemistryWorld article in January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact ROAR Director Prof Mimi Hii interviewed for a ChemistryWorld article in January 2019. The article entitled 'A brave new world of robot chemists and 'synthesiser farms' awaits'. The article is expected to have been read widely by the chemical and chemical engineering sector (academic and industrial) in the UK, and internationally. The article generated discussion among the community about the role of automation in synthetic chemistry. See Derek Lowe's blog In the Pipeline http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2018/01/30/automated-chemistry-a-vision for an impression from a leading chemist in the pharmaceutical industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/wanted-synthetic-chemists-humans-need-not-apply/3008401.article#...
 
Description ROAR Director Prof Mimi Hii was part of a panel discussion at the Tech Foresight 2038: Shifting Realities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact ROAR Director Mimi Hii was part of a panel discussion with Prof mark Kennedy (Business School) on "how AI could revolutionise scientific discovery and what future relationships between AI and humans could look like". http://www.imperial.ac.uk/news/186747/in-pictures-technologies-future-revealed/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.imperial-business-partners.com/events/tf2038/
 
Description ROAR Facility Manager Benjamin Deadman presented a talk about ROAR at 'Promoting accessibility of Enabling Technologies and Low-Cost Automation' at the Materials Innovation Factory. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact ROAR Facility Manager Benjamin Deadman presented a talk about ROAR at 'Promoting accessibility of Enabling Technologies and Low-Cost Automation' at the Materials Innovation Factory on 18th January 2019. The purpose of the talk was to inform young researchers in the UK about opportunities to access the ROAR facility. The meeting was attended by postgraduate students, early career researchers, established academics and some industrial representatives with an interest in high-throughput experimentation. It is expected that this presentation will lead to some proposals to access the ROAR facility in our currently open call for proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://generic.wordpress.soton.ac.uk/dial-a-molecule/promaccess/
 
Description ROAR Facility Manager Benjamin Deadman presented a talk about ROAR at 'Supporting Synthesis and Self-Assembly 2018' at the University of Strathclyde 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact ROAR Facility Manager Benjamin Deadman presented a talk about ROAR at 'Supporting Synthesis and Self-Assembly 2018' at the University of Strathclyde on 18-19th June 2018. This meeting brought together early career researchers from across the Dial-a-Molecule and Directed Assembly networks (approx 40 from across the UK including Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Southampton, and York). The talk covered how early career researchers can work with, and access the state of the art equipment available in the ROAR facility. This talk has resulted in several inquiries about accessing the facility, and at least one proposal being submitted in our currently open call for proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://generic.wordpress.soton.ac.uk/dial-a-molecule/ecr-meeting-2018/
 
Description Radio 4 Programme on Mitigating Air Pollution in Cities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact "Putting Science to Work" Radio 4 Programme on Mitigating Air Pollution in Cities, with Jim Al-Khalili. As described in the BBC website: As the recent VW scandal reminds us, the exhaust from petrol and, in particular, diesel cars are damaging our health. So what can science do to help? Jim Al-Khalili invites three scientists into the studio to explain how their research or technology could help reduce pollution from dirty car exhausts. Professor of Chemistry, Tony Ryan makes the case for smart materials that absorb noxious gases. If only everyone could treat their jeans with nanoparticles that that clean up the air as they walk around town. Professor Clare Grey and her team are working on the next generation of batteries for electric cars. And engineer, Bernard Porter is a champion of hydrogen fuel cells. So, which technology is best designed to help us reduce air pollution in our cities? Who deserves the lion's share of Jim's imaginary pot of research funding to help us tackle this problem?. Outcome - lion share of funding allocated to CPG
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06rxyct
 
Description School Robot Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The challenge will be run jointly by any interested UK-RAS partner universities, and is aimed at teams of schoolchildren of ages up to 16 (year 11). It will be published in the UK-RAS Robotics Week 2018 brochure and on the website, and will be distributed via each participating university's local schools' network.

The challenge will consist of 2 separate activities: the first involves schools working independently to develop and then submit a design(s) for a robot system to help older people. The deadline for submissions for this activity is 18/05/2018.

The best entries will then be chosen, with one winning team selected by each participating university (the proximity of school to university may or may not influence the decision), which will then invite that team to a special one-day event on 26/06/2018 (that is, the Tuesday of UK Robotics Week). After a tour of the robot labs, the teams will be set another similar care-themed challenge using whatever basic, programmable robotics equipment is to hand (e.g., Lego Mindstorms - there is no requirement for the same equipment to be used at each university). This activity will last from 10.30am until 3.30pm with a working lunch provided, and if possible live streaming of video from the other participating sites (also shown on the UK-RAS website). The goal of each team will be to produce a smartphone video of no longer than 1 minute's duration that describes the problem, the concept and design of their suggested solution, and - hopefully - shows their solution in action.

The videos will be uploaded to YouTube or similar. A panel of judges - one from each participating university - will view each of the videos, and then confer to select an overall winning team. (Some of) the winning team will then be invited to the UK Robotics Week Showcase event on Thursday 21st June, where they will receive a prize (budget permitting) on behalf of their school.

The suggested text publicising the challenge is below. (Note that it is not intended to be as explicit as the above text to allow for some flexibility in the format to take into account the number and quality of submissions, budget available, participating universities, etc., and all dates are subject to confirmation.)


The UK-RAS Health and Social Care Challenge 2018

We invite schools to submit their designs for a robotic system that addresses the challenge of how to help older people stay healthy and live independent lives. Submissions should be the work of teams of up to 8 children aged 16 or under. Entries can be in any format, should be no longer than 1000 words (or equivalent) in length, and each school may submit an unlimited number of entries.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 18th May. The judging panel will then select the best entries, with submissions being judged according to their usefulness, practicality and creativity. The winning teams will be invited to a special one-day event on Tuesday 26th June at their nearest UK-RAS University, during which they will visit our robotics facilities to learn more about our research, and then get to develop and test their own robots.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/uk-ras/events/school-robot-challenge
 
Description Surgical Robot Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The aim of this challenge is to exploit the unique expertise of the consortium in medical robotics to develop low-cost robot-assisted surgical and diagnostic devices that can benefit the NHS as well as be used as solutions for global health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/hsmr/events/surgical-robot-challenge-2017
 
Description TATA presentation for potential industrial partnership. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Requested to present recent work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Hamlyn Centre Christmas Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Christmas Showcase is an event that showcased the latest research outputs form our research teams at the Hamlyn Centre. Every year we invite our collaborators and affiliates to participate this event in order to demonstrate our research findings and to discuss potential further collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018,2019
URL https://twitter.com/ICLHamlynRobots/status/1073577685488754688
 
Description The Hamlyn Centre Official Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Centre Official website aims to engage with all types of audiences for introducing our centre purpose and structure as well as our research areas and environment. On the website, we also constantly update job opportunities, event information and News from our research teams as well as the Imperial College.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014
URL https://www.imperial.ac.uk/hamlyn-centre/
 
Description The Hamlyn Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics (HSMR) provides an annual forum for surgeons and engineers from across the globe, to network and explore the latest developments in medical robotics. The Symposium has been successfully conducted for the past 11 years and has become a leading international conference on medical robotics, current clinical practice and emerging technologies in robotic surgery. Every year researchers, clinicians and engineers are invited to submit papers on a range of topics covering clinical specialities in Urology, Cardiac Surgery, Neuro Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, General Surgery, Gynaecology, ENT, Orthopaedic and Paediatric Surgery. The Hamlyn Symposium is composed of a series of workshops on various clinical and technical topics and the main conference with the participants from leading medical, science and technology institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/
 
Description UK-China Energy Storage Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop is to bring together academia, industrialists, policymakers, NGOs and government officials between UK and China, building close links for future collaborations, and trading relationships. Over 100 participants attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UK-China Workshop on Clean Energy Utilisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This is for building close and sustainable collaborations between UK and Chinese early career researchers working on clean energy generation, storage and utilisation. Over 70 people attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description WiML Poster NIPS 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented a poster at international conference workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop in the Hamlyn Symposium: Advanced Biophotonics: from bench to bedside 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact With increasing maturity and clinical uptake of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), the provision of in situ, in vivo morphological and functional imaging beyond the exposed tissue surface has become an important research topic.

Clinically, it further expands the functional capabilities of MIS in providing improved tissue detection, labelling, and targeting both at macro and cellular levels. Point based spectroscopic approaches such as diffuse reflectance, Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy have been shown to be clinically useful for in vivo assessment of cancer, atherosclerosis and ischemia.

Imaging techniques such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), probe-based Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy (pCLE), and two photon excited fluorescence and magnified endoscopy have shown promising results for in situ, in vivo tissue characterization for MIS.

This workshop will bring clinicians together with researchers in academia and industry to exchange ideas on the current state-of-the-art and future trends in optical imaging techniques for surgery with a focus on robot assisted intervention.

The scope of the workshop is broad, and includes both established and emerging technologies for image-guided surgery but with a specific focus on technologies that can be seamlessly integrated with the surgical environment.

It will also include online decision support, content-based image retrieval/association, and optopathology to enable in situ, in vivo tissue characterisation and surgical oncology. The workshop will include several invited talks, and we also welcome submissions from Symposium attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/workshops/advanced-biophotonics-from-bench-to-bedside/
 
Description Workshop in the Hamlyn Symposium: Emerging Learning Techniques for Robotics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Learning is a rapidly advancing field in recent years, in terms of both methodological development and practical applications. In medical robotics, computational models are able to learn with supervision or without supervision to facilitate intricate medical interventions, i.e. cancer detection and autonomous suturing. It can implicitly capture task principles and repeat it with comparable accuracy, robustness and time-efficiency.

Whilst some of the technical challenges are still being addressed, including generative modelling, large-scale parameter optimisation, and handling heterogeneous multi-modal data with varying temporal dependencies and missing samples, its use for medical robotics has reached marked success. Examples include the use of deep learning for tissue characterisation and the use of reinforcement learning for catheter manipulation. Other applications include surgical vision, navigation, learning, adaptation and task automation.

The purpose of this workshop is to report the latest advances in the field of learning for medical robotics, addressing both original algorithmic development and new applications of deep learning.

Topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to:

Learning for surgical vision and navigation;
Learning for tissue characterisation, optical biopsy and margin assessment;
Learning for learning, adaptation and surgical task completion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/workshops/emerging-learning-techniques-for-robotics/
 
Description Workshop in the Hamlyn Symposium: Endovascular Intervention 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Vascular diseases are the most common precursors to ischemic heart disease and stroke, which are two of the leading causes of death worldwide. Endovascular intervention is a minimally invasive surgical approach to treat such diseases. Compared to open surgery, it has the advantages of faster recovery, reduced need for general anaesthesia, reduced blood loss and significantly lower mortality.

The use of the endovascular approach has been extended beyond cardiac ablation, angioplasty and stenting to complex aneurysm repair, valve replacement, and delivery of new therapies. Current endovascular approaches are limited by excessive exposure to radiation, a lack of 3D mapping, as well as lost haptic feedbacks. Technically, different solutions have been proposed for endovascular intervention, including a growing interest in robotic steerable catheter technology which brought benefits such as improved precision and stability, reduced radiation doses, improved comfort and access to difficult and tortuous anatomy.

The purpose of this workshop is to address clinical opportunities, technical requirements and regulatory challenges for translating effectively robot-assisted endovascular intervention to practical clinical use. The workshop aims to gather together researchers, engineers and clinicians from both academia and industry to brainstorm and identify new potential applications and barriers for robotic assistance in endovascular intervention. The goal of the workshop will be to build bridges between academia and industry to closely work together in identifying technical, clinical and translational challenges that need to be solved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/workshops/endovascular-intervention/
 
Description Workshop in the Hamlyn Symposium: Focused Energy Delivery & Precision Intervention 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Accessing to human anatomy through natural orifices or small incisions (keyholes), navigating through lumens of body, medical robotics are advancing to overcome challenges associated with access and precision, allowing rapid diagnostics and precise localization of diseases of different stages. As the surgical tools you can bring to the robotic surgical site is quite limited due to space restrictions, the energy source for the precise and safe removal of these malignancies should be carefully selected to satisfy a number of criteria such as adequate target tissue interaction, critical anatomy protection, selected ablation, coagulation and even helping tissue identification. Selected energy source potentially brings further challenges associated with flexible and low-profile delivery mechanisms to be integrated with existing robotic technologies as well as with the new technologies under development.

In this workshop, we will hear from clinicians their preferred energy sources for different types of surgeries, what improvement they would like to see, and get their feedback on integration of these in robotic surgery, current state of art and their expectations from advancements in medial robotics. We will have technical talks on recent advancements in various energy sources currently used in medicine such as electrical, ultrasonic (harmonic scalpel, HIFU) and laser energies, their delivery mechanisms and the progress in integration of these technologies to medical robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/workshops/focused-energy-delivery-precision-intervention/
 
Description Workshop in the Hamlyn Symposium: From BCI to Human Robot Augmentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Artificial intelligence along with advances in wearable robotics and sensing systems pave the way towards embedded systems that form a natural extension of human physical abilities. Seamless integration of these systems would require the development of advanced systems that sense human intentions and mental states such as workload and fatigue.

Brain computer/machine interface (BCI/BMI) has already broken down barriers for the physically disabled, restoring the ability to communicate, enhancing rehabilitation for paretic patients and allowing control of movements for paraplegic patients that would otherwise be impossible. These systems advance our understanding of the underlying motor learning mechanisms as they alter the mapping between neuronal activity and feedback control. Furthermore, the technology has been used to assess cognitive states for mental training and attention monitoring in safety critical tasks.

This workshop aims to provide a forum to bring together neuroscientists, engineers, and healthcare practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines to present the current state-of-the-art in Brain Computer Interface research for rehabilitation and mental state assessment in critical applications. It will also present some of the major technical challenges and unmet healthcare demands that can potentially reshape the future of rehabilitation robotics and wearable devices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/workshops/from-bci-to-human-robot-augmentation/
 
Description Workshop in the Hamlyn Symposium: Wearable & Assistive Robots 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Wearable robots, actuated prostheses and exoskeletons have made significant inroads in recent years for functional rehabilitation, restoration of natural mobility and enhancing musculoskeletal strength and endurance.

Assistive robots also play a key role in managing the ageing population for general activities of daily living and remote presence for linking to specialist centres. The emergence of novel actuation schemes based on smart materials and sensing technologies has enabled the development of new wearable and assistive robots.

The workshop aims to provide a forum to bring together researchers, engineers, and healthcare practitioners from a diverse range of disciplines to present the current state-of-the-art in wearable and assistive robots. It will also address some of the major technical challenges and unmet healthcare demands that can potentially reshape the future of wearable and assistive robots.

The workshop will consist of invited talks from prominent experts in the field and peer-reviewed contributions submitted to the workshop. A panel discussion will be arranged at the end of the workshop with the aim to gather thoughts from the speakers and the audiences with respect to the future research directions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/workshops/wearable-assistive-robots/
 
Description Workshop in the Hamlyn Symposium: e-skins and Advanced Materials for Soft Robotics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact There is a growing need for electronic and sensing devices that can conform to non-flat surfaces and that can accommodate mechanical motions and stresses. Such devices are needed for wearable electronics applications such as physiological monitoring of patients and athletes, but also for prosthetic devices (artificial limbs), robotics and brain-machine interfaces. There is a particular need for such electronic skins for surgical robotic devices. To introduce flexibility and stretchability, a move away from traditional materials and fabrication processes is needed.

This has given rise to the field of flexible/stretchable electronics. This workshop will cover the aforementioned aspects within the context of realising e-skins that can introduce sensing intelligence to robotics, surgical tools, artificial limbs and wearable devices.

The workshop features researchers from leading medical, science and technology institutions covering topics including clinical needs and the latest developments of sensing technologies and new materials in medical innovation and healthcare and their application to robotics. There is still great potential for advancing the state of the art, with a need for further miniaturisation, increased functionality, in situ computation and signal processing and sensing capabilities.

What are the research directions we should focus?
What are the challenges yet to be addressed?
How does the future look?

An open panel discussion will summarise these and bring the workshop to a conclusion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016,2017,2018,2019
URL https://www.ukras.org/hamlyn/workshops/e-skins-and-advanced-materials-for-soft-robotics/
 
Description Workshop on Human-Robot Interactions Applied to Health 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0
 
Description Workshop on Image Guided Therapies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0
 
Description Workshop on Micro-Robotics and Micro-Fabrication 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0
 
Description Workshop on Next Generation Continuum Robots 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0
 
Description Workshop on Robotic Catheters 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0
 
Description Workshop on Robotically Assisted Paediatric Interventions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0
 
Description Workshop on Soft Robotics Across Scales 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0
 
Description Workshop on Surgical Robotics: First in Human - What does it take? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://hamlyn.doc.ic.ac.uk/hsmr/surgical-robotics-first-human-what-does-it-take
 
Description Workshop on Surgical Work?ow and Process Modelling 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the Hamlyn Symposium 10th anniversary on Medical Robotics, a workshop was run. This workshop was for academics, industry and show casing the latest technologies for medical robotics and latest research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uobgz4tjq7c1ue/HSMR17_programme-FINAL.pdf?dl=0