Adaptive Tools for Electromagnetics and Materials Modelling to Bridge the Gap between Design and Manufacturing (AOTOMAT)

Lead Research Organisation: Queen Mary, University of London
Department Name: Sch of Electronic Eng & Computer Science

Abstract

There is an industry-wide expectation that in order to meet the challenges laid out in the Horizon 2020 JTP document Clean Sky 2 (CS2), radically novel approaches are needed for the aircraft design, aerodynamics and the integration of novel functional and structural capabilities that together provide significant to savings weight and fuel. Current designs of communication system are based on non-conformal solutions and/or mechanically steerable antenna systems using mechanically steerable parabolic dishes (bulky) or phased arrays (expensive), both covered with excessive radomes. These solutions are protuberant, increasing aerodynamic drag, fuel consumption, visibility, and degrading handling qualities.

To enable this step change, seamlessly embedded antennas and communication systems are needed so that they become part of the aircraft fuselage, which are constructed using novel advanced materials. This concept presents a highly innovative but challenging objective since solutions must also be manufacturable at sensible cost while meeting structural and system functionalities. The electromagnetic challenge is to come up with a conformal embedded communication system design that does not degrade performance, and allows interoperability between multiple antennas on a single platform in the presence of structural materials. In addition, the effects of new functionalities on strict mechanical and safety performance must be considered, and MRO-based repair and maintenance must remain possible.

An adaptive approach to design is therefore required to optimize across (i) electromagnetic performance, (ii) aerodynamic performance based on realistic loads and non-linear vibrations and (iii) manufacturability, particularly drawing on latest 3D additive approaches to embedded functional materials. We aim to develop a novel computational tool-set that will be based on recent scientific advances in electromagnetics, atomistic-scale material and data-driven modelling both at the functional-structural dimensions and over the multi-scale geometric complexity. This deployment will provide robust design methodologies that can minimize the cost during the prototyping stage by providing results in a realistic time frame and will lead to optimal engineering designs in relation to aircraft that are ad hoc at best and heuristic at worst.

Planned Impact

In excess of 58000 new commercial aircraft will be built over the period 2014 to 2033, according to the UK trade & investment report "Global Aerospace Outlook 2015". When coupled with the industry wide expectation that in order to meet the challenges laid out in the Horizon 2020 JPT document Clean Sky 2, radically novel approaches are needed for the aircraft design that will provide significant reductions in both weight and environmental noise. In order to balance these requirements with the ever increasing pressure of high-data rate communication, multi-functional, multi-band, frequency agile reconfigurable conformal embedded antennas will be needed. With it, the need for a novel antenna synthesis tool that will provide optimised realisable novel designs in a realistic time frame by iteratively and intelligently coupling system level design with material modelling and aerodynamic considerations. This will require the development and application of new theory, the creation of innovative computer-aided design tools, and the manufacture and characterisation of novel devices and systems enabled by the production of radically new materials. AOTOMAT will be the new standard in embedded conformal antenna design and synthesis, offering designers an unmatched combination of flexible design capabilities, concise and accessible information and exportable simulation models compatible with all major commercial EM software packages.

Designers will be able to select from a collection of proprietary pre-optimised antennas designs in order to minimise the risk of exceeding budget and time constraints at early stages of the design process. Custom designs capability will be an added feature with the numerical modelling hosted on a cloudcomputing platform, where a network of remote servers will be used to distribute, exchange and optimise the customised designs.

These concepts provide the UK with an opportunity to innovate, lead and manipulate the future of aircraft antenna system design while actively supporting some of the most successful companies in the UK economy (BAE systems and Cobham). Current communication equipment supply is dominated by two US suppliers; Rockwell Collins and Honeyell, however in order to meet the demand of future systems there is an opportunity to re-establish the UK communication equipment supplier as key player in the world market. The AOTOMAT programme is a critical step in re-balancing of the UK communication capability. From the UKs economic and social standpoint the application of radio alone contributes in excess of £13 billon to UK GDP and supports more than 400,000 jobs. The UK aerospace sector has a 17% global market share second only to the US and creates annual revenues of over £24 billon and exports circa 75% of output, making a positive contribution to the UK trade balance. The sector supports more than 3000 companies across the UK, directly employing 100,000 people and supporting additional 130,000 jobs indirectly "lifting off - implementing the vision of UK aerospace". Clean Sky 2 has been already endorsed and supported by the leading European aeronautic research organisations and academia with a total of £3 billon earmarked from public and private investment over the Horizon 2020 action, i.e 2014-2023. AOTOMAT will be the catalytic around which our industrial partners can make help ensure British aerospace maintain its leading position in the marketplace and capitalise on available Horizon 2020 funding. Ensuring retention and growth of highly skilled jobs and supporting UK's knowledge economy.
 
Description In excess of 58000 new commercial aircraft will be built over the period 2014 to 2033, according to the UK trade & investment report "Global Aerospace Outlook 2015". When coupled with the industry wide expectation that in order to meet the challenges laid out in the Horizon 2020 JPT document Clean Sky 2, radically novel approaches are needed for the aircraft design that will provide significant reductions in both weight and environmental noise. In order to balance these requirements with the ever increasing pressure of high-data rate communication, multi-functional, multi-band, frequency agile reconfigurable conformal embedded antennas will be needed. With it, the need for a novel antenna synthesis tool that will provide optimised realisable novel designs in a realistic time frame by iteratively and intelligently coupling system level design with material modelling and aerodynamic considerations. This will require the development and application of new theory, the creation of innovative computer-aided design tools, and the manufacture and characterisation of novel devices and systems enabled by the production of radically new materials. AOTOMAT will be the new standard in embedded conformal antenna design and synthesis, offering designers an unmatched combination of flexible design capabilities, concise and accessible information and exportable simulation models compatible with all major commercial EM software packages. Designers will be able to select from a collection of proprietary pre-optimised antennas designs in order to minimise the risk of exceeding budget and time constraints at early stages of the design process. Custom designs capability will be an added feature with the numerical modelling hosted on a cloudcomputing platform, where a network of remote servers will be used to distribute, exchange and optimise the customised designs.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
 
Description A State of the Art Review of Smart Materials: A Review of Metamaterials in the UK
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in systematic reviews
Impact This KTN report looks at metamaterials in applications involving the manipulation of magnetic radiation. This technology was developed in the defence and security field but there are potential commercial opportunities. It includes case studies highlighting interest from the communications industry, as metamaterials can improve the performance of antennae, for example.
URL https://connect.innovateuk.org/documents/2854053/3676905/A%20Review%20of%20Metamaterials%20in%20the%...
 
Description Election to Adcom Member and Chair of Publication Committee, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society.
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The members of these committees spend a tremendous amount of effort in activities that may not be particularly glamorous but are absolutely critical to the technical advancement of our field.
URL https://www.ieeeaps.org/103-current-committee-members/strategic-planning/454-strategic-planning
 
Description IET reacts to Industrial Strategy White Paper
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Dear Yang Thank you for joining us at the Pillar 8 Industrial Strategy workshop on Cultivating World Leading Sectors in March. All of your comments were fed back into the report, which has now been completed and is available to download here: http://www.theiet.org/policy/ind-strat/ind-strat.cfm?type=pdf The IET will be continuing its work in this area, and we are currently supporting the Government commissioned Review of Industrial Digitalisation led by Juergen Maier, UK CEO of Siemens, as part of the process of developing an Industrial Strategy for the UK. An important part of this review is to understand the barriers that prevent investment/adoption of digital technology. Uptake in the UK is too low and the Government wants to understand why that is and more importantly what policies should be considered to improve investment and increase UK productivity. It is an opportunity for you to directly influence Government industrial policy as it applies to Digital technology in Industry and as such I very much hope that you will invest 10 minutes to make your voice heard. Please use the link to complete the survey: http://industrialdigitalisation.org.uk/your-voice/ Please do let me know if you have any questions. Kind regards Hannah Hannah Conway Project Coordinator The Institution of Engineering and Technology T: +44 (0)1438 767266 M: +44 (0)7725 207925
URL https://www.theiet.org/policy/media/press-releases/Industrial_strategy_white_paper_2017.cfm
 
Description Machine learning and manufacturing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact The Royal Society is currently carrying out a project on machine learning, which is considering the potential of this technology, and the challenges that come with it.
URL http://blogs.royalsociety.org/in-verba/2016/08/09/machine-learning-and-manufacturing/
 
Description Member of Management Board for the SPF (Strategic Priority Fund): AI for Science and Government Programme at the Alan Turing Institute.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Providing expert advice to the Institute on the development and management of world- leading research and enterprise activities for strategic funding allocation.
 
Description Adaptive Communications Transmission Interface (ACTI)
Amount £2,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2020
 
Description Dstl PhD studentship on software defined materials
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 07/2022
 
Description Frequency Agile Antennas
Amount £300,000 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2019 
End 09/2022
 
Description Multi-functional sensor designs based on graphene
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2019 
End 09/2020
 
Description SOFTWARE DEFINED MATERIALS FOR DYNAMIC CONTROL OF ELECTROMAGENTIC WAVES (ANIMATE)
Amount £1,631,777 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R035393/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 08/2022
 
Description SYnthesizing 3D METAmaterials for RF, microwave and THz applications (SYMETA)
Amount £4,000,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/N010493/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 02/2021
 
Description TERAhertz high power LINKS using photonic devices, tube amplifiers and Smart antennas (TERALINKS)
Amount € 1,000,000 (EUR)
Funding ID EP/P016421/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 12/2018
 
Description THz Antenna Fabrication and Measurement Facilities (TERRA)
Amount £1,232,783 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S010009/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 11/2021
 
Title AOTOMAT design tools based on transformation optics, optimization and AI/ML design 
Description AOTOMAT has created a new standard in embedded conformal antenna and electromagnetic designs and synthesis, offering engineers an unmatched combination of flexible design capabilities, concise and accessible information and exportable simulation models compatible with all major commercial EM software packages. Engineers will be able to select from a collection of proprietary pre-optimised antennas designs in order to minimise the risk of exceeding budget and time constraints at early stages of the design process. Custom design capability will be an added feature with the numerical modelling hosted on a cloud-computing platform, where a network of remote servers will be used to distribute, exchange and optimise the customised designs. Modelling of ferroelectric-dielectric composites by knowledge and data fusion, powered by inherent natures of learning abilities of humans and machines. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact not yet 
 
Description Adaptive Communications Transmission Interface (ACTI) 
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Previous work will have elucidated the requirements of the beam-steering antenna for this application and (probably) the shortcomings (e.g. SWAP) of the COTS products we have hitherto used. This work aims to solve these problems by employing novel antenna techniques. The fundamental electromagnetics problem is to create steerable directional beams from a compact antenna package. This is challenging because the frequency of operation is such that the antenna structure is not large in terms of wavelengths. Compromises in bandwidth and aperture efficiency conventionally are needed to reduce size as well as a reduction in directivity. The research programme will investigate novel methods that have the potential to break this rigid paradigm.
Collaborator Contribution Provide financial and technical support on the project. Determine performance of candidate antenna/control/stack hybrids.
Impact The project has just started and more research outcomes will be reported in the next submission. This is a highly interdisciplinary collaboration involving researchers from communities in communications, wireless network, RF & Microwave Devices and antennas.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Adaptive Communications Transmission Interface (ACTI) 
Organisation Plextek
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Previous work will have elucidated the requirements of the beam-steering antenna for this application and (probably) the shortcomings (e.g. SWAP) of the COTS products we have hitherto used. This work aims to solve these problems by employing novel antenna techniques. The fundamental electromagnetics problem is to create steerable directional beams from a compact antenna package. This is challenging because the frequency of operation is such that the antenna structure is not large in terms of wavelengths. Compromises in bandwidth and aperture efficiency conventionally are needed to reduce size as well as a reduction in directivity. The research programme will investigate novel methods that have the potential to break this rigid paradigm.
Collaborator Contribution Provide financial and technical support on the project. Determine performance of candidate antenna/control/stack hybrids.
Impact The project has just started and more research outcomes will be reported in the next submission. This is a highly interdisciplinary collaboration involving researchers from communities in communications, wireless network, RF & Microwave Devices and antennas.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Adaptive Communications Transmission Interface (ACTI) 
Organisation Queen's University Belfast
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Previous work will have elucidated the requirements of the beam-steering antenna for this application and (probably) the shortcomings (e.g. SWAP) of the COTS products we have hitherto used. This work aims to solve these problems by employing novel antenna techniques. The fundamental electromagnetics problem is to create steerable directional beams from a compact antenna package. This is challenging because the frequency of operation is such that the antenna structure is not large in terms of wavelengths. Compromises in bandwidth and aperture efficiency conventionally are needed to reduce size as well as a reduction in directivity. The research programme will investigate novel methods that have the potential to break this rigid paradigm.
Collaborator Contribution Provide financial and technical support on the project. Determine performance of candidate antenna/control/stack hybrids.
Impact The project has just started and more research outcomes will be reported in the next submission. This is a highly interdisciplinary collaboration involving researchers from communities in communications, wireless network, RF & Microwave Devices and antennas.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Adaptive Communications Transmission Interface (ACTI) 
Organisation University of Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Previous work will have elucidated the requirements of the beam-steering antenna for this application and (probably) the shortcomings (e.g. SWAP) of the COTS products we have hitherto used. This work aims to solve these problems by employing novel antenna techniques. The fundamental electromagnetics problem is to create steerable directional beams from a compact antenna package. This is challenging because the frequency of operation is such that the antenna structure is not large in terms of wavelengths. Compromises in bandwidth and aperture efficiency conventionally are needed to reduce size as well as a reduction in directivity. The research programme will investigate novel methods that have the potential to break this rigid paradigm.
Collaborator Contribution Provide financial and technical support on the project. Determine performance of candidate antenna/control/stack hybrids.
Impact The project has just started and more research outcomes will be reported in the next submission. This is a highly interdisciplinary collaboration involving researchers from communities in communications, wireless network, RF & Microwave Devices and antennas.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Compact Rotman Lens for 5G base station antennas 
Organisation Huawei Technologies Sweden AB
Country Sweden 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution A Rotman lens based compact beamforming system has been proposed for some time in terms of developing cost-effective beam-steering antennas. Original designs are often frequency-dependent and they are bulky for RF frequencies, which are targeted, for example, current generations of mobile communication. Conventional techniques for Rotman lens size reduction often result in increased fabrication costs and reduced antenna performance such as beam-scanning. In this proposal, we present two techniques for the miniaturisation of Rotman lens without degrading major antenna radiation performance. The new design is based on several techniques developed at Queen Mary University of London, including artificial dielectrics, metamaterials, transformation optics and advanced manufacturing. We anticipate that all proposed solutions are cost effective and can be scalable based on low cost substrate materials such as FR-4 for industrial applications.
Collaborator Contribution Huawei is funding a PDRA for 6 months for a feasibility study.
Impact The project is still ongoing.
Start Year 2018
 
Description SOFTWARE DEFINED MATERIALS FOR DYNAMIC CONTROL OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES (ANIMATE) 
Organisation Qinetiq
Department QinetiQ (Farnborough)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The ultimate objective of ANIMATE is to remove the traditional boundary between the designs of antennas and RF/microwave electronics as well as materials and devices, so that a generic material platform can be developed that is programmable and flexible for multifunctional applications integrating communication, sensing and computation. Specifically, in this project, we will: 1. Establish a holistic approach of software-defined materials for communication, sensing and computation, by building novel integrated and adaptive antenna technologies. 2. Integrate wireless sensor networks into the design of computer interface and control units for tunable materials to demonstrate and validate the wholly new concept of "networked materials" at subwavelength scales. 3. Exploit challenging applications of proposed antenna and material technologies with our core industrial partners at all stages of development: prototyping, manufacturing, toolbox validation, platform integration and testing. 4. Research novel active and tunable materials and investigate fundamental limits of relevant materials to industrial challenges. 5. Develop simulation tools that span from materials, device and process modeling with intricate complexities that open up the design domain significantly and enable the production of optimal structures with improved performance.
Collaborator Contribution Our industrial partners are a vital part of our impact strategy, keeping our focus on what they need for innovative devices and systems to commercialise. We have recently established a strategic collaboration with Dr Sajad Haq (SH) and his team at QinetiQ (QQ), who have committed strong financial support and co-created the ANIMATE project. Other industrial collaborators include Thales UK, Huawei, BAE Systems, Satellite Application Catapult and UK SMEs including Flann Microwaves and Plextek, et al. We have a long history of collaborations with universities (Oxford, Sheffield, Exeter and Loughborough), some of whom (SYMETA) have provided letters of support for this application.
Impact A news release from Qinetiq can be found from https://www.qinetiq.com/News/2018/06/Queen-Mary-Collaboration As the project just started, there has been no publishable outputs and outcomes.
Start Year 2018
 
Description SOFTWARE DEFINED MATERIALS FOR DYNAMIC CONTROL OF ELECTROMAGNETIC WAVES (ANIMATE) 
Organisation Thales Group
Department Thales UK Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The ultimate objective of ANIMATE is to remove the traditional boundary between the designs of antennas and RF/microwave electronics as well as materials and devices, so that a generic material platform can be developed that is programmable and flexible for multifunctional applications integrating communication, sensing and computation. Specifically, in this project, we will: 1. Establish a holistic approach of software-defined materials for communication, sensing and computation, by building novel integrated and adaptive antenna technologies. 2. Integrate wireless sensor networks into the design of computer interface and control units for tunable materials to demonstrate and validate the wholly new concept of "networked materials" at subwavelength scales. 3. Exploit challenging applications of proposed antenna and material technologies with our core industrial partners at all stages of development: prototyping, manufacturing, toolbox validation, platform integration and testing. 4. Research novel active and tunable materials and investigate fundamental limits of relevant materials to industrial challenges. 5. Develop simulation tools that span from materials, device and process modeling with intricate complexities that open up the design domain significantly and enable the production of optimal structures with improved performance.
Collaborator Contribution Our industrial partners are a vital part of our impact strategy, keeping our focus on what they need for innovative devices and systems to commercialise. We have recently established a strategic collaboration with Dr Sajad Haq (SH) and his team at QinetiQ (QQ), who have committed strong financial support and co-created the ANIMATE project. Other industrial collaborators include Thales UK, Huawei, BAE Systems, Satellite Application Catapult and UK SMEs including Flann Microwaves and Plextek, et al. We have a long history of collaborations with universities (Oxford, Sheffield, Exeter and Loughborough), some of whom (SYMETA) have provided letters of support for this application.
Impact A news release from Qinetiq can be found from https://www.qinetiq.com/News/2018/06/Queen-Mary-Collaboration As the project just started, there has been no publishable outputs and outcomes.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Software Defined Materials for Antenna Applications 
Organisation Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This project is aimed to develop a new paradigm for software defined materials with wireless sensor network at subwavelength scales, in industrial contexts, which can be programmable for current and evolving standards, security requirements and multiple functionalities. It arises from several industrial challenges relevant to the development of future wireless communication, radar and sensor systems, which require frequency agile, broadband and beam-steerable antenna solutions. It is related to topic areas including "materials for antennas" and "novel electromagnetic materials".
Collaborator Contribution The ultimate objective of this PhD project is to remove the traditional boundary between the designs of antennas and RF/microwave electronics as well as materials and devices, so that a generic material platform can be developed that is programmable and flexible for multifunctional applications integrating communication, sensing and computation.
Impact The project is about to start and PhD recruitment is in the process.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaborating with Queen Mary University of London on advanced materials 
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 The news release has drawn attentions within the industry/business on a recent funded EPSRC project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qinetiq.com/News/2018/06/Queen-Mary-Collaboration
 
Description Isotropic Systems Raises $14 Million in Series A Funding Led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures to Advance Space-Based Connectivity 
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 Yang Hao was the board director until 2018 for Isotropic System Limited. The company is still doing well and recently announced a $14 million Series A round of funding led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures, with participation from WML, Space Angels and Space Capital.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.isotropicsystems.com/news/2019/1/15/isotropic-systems-raises-14-million-in-series-a-fund...
 
Description Keynote Speaker at ACEM, Nanjing, August 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This is a keynote delivery for research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Keynote Speaker at ANTEM, Waterloo, Canada, August 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This is a keynote speech on Transformation Optics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote Speaker at RINEM, the 26th Italian National Meeting on Electromagnetics, Cagliari, Italy, September 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This is a keynote delivery on transformation optics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote Speaker at Sigma Symposium 2018: "LED there be light", Nijmegen, Netherland, April 17, 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact This is a talk at workshop organized by students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote Speaker at iWAT, Florida, USA, March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This is a keynote speech on our current research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Next Generation of Antenna Research Secured with £1.2M Grant 
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 New contracts and contacts have been made, a joint lab is in process with several companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.iconnect007.com/index.php/article/113055/next-generation-of-antenna-research-secured-with...
 
Description • Qinetiq new strategic partnership with Queen Mary University of London is set to deepen and enhance our commitment to investing in partnerships with academia and will drive forward innovation in the field of advanced materials. 
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 ANIMATE is an advanced materials programme led by Queen Mary University of London under the leadership of Professor Yang Hao. It is funded by industry and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences. QinetiQ works collaboratively with a range of UK universities on research projects that are funded by the EPSRC.

On this particular project, our involvement will:

Provide the mechanism for transitioning of technology into new products
Help new products to create revenue across the wider UK supply chain
Engage current and future customers from inception of the programme
Provide £300K to fund three PhD studentships in this area

ANIMATE is specifically focusing on synthesising a new class of software-defined smart materials which have properties that can be modified by a software-controlled digital hardware, enabling new functionalities for alternative applications to be added simply by loading or updating new software. In doing this, we will create a generic systems platform that is programmable and flexible for multi-functional applications, enabling integrated communication, sensing and computation. We expect that the first generation products which could be marketed will be in the areas of multi-functional antennas, compressive sensing and imaging.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.qinetiq.com/News/2018/06/Queen-Mary-Collaboration