Underpinning Multi-User Equipment At UCL

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Office of Vice Provost Research

Abstract

This is a UCL-wide bid for investment in state-of-the-art underpinning multi-user equipment which will help us to maintain a cutting-edge in internationally leading research. Each piece of equipment included in this proposal contributes to one or more strategic themes, in which UCL, as well as national and international funders, has invested significantly in recent years: materials fabrication and characterisation; healthcare technologies; and imaging, for both medical and heritage science applications. UCL has considerable strengths in these areas, and we have experienced significant growth in terms of staff and student numbers, and breadth and impact of research activity. This additional investment will therefore provide an ideal platform to ensure the sustained growth of the highest quality research, as well as supporting and training early career researchers.

Each piece of equipment underpins a range of research activities, reaching across department and discipline boundaries, which are of strategic importance for UCL and EPSRC. The UCL equipment items were chosen via a competitive internal selection process, led by Deans and Vice-Deans for Research, with evaluation based on scientific excellence, potential for impact, and alignment to UCL and EPSRC strategies. Each piece of equipment has a Lead Investigator(s) who will be responsible for regular reporting to the Vice-Provost for Research on progress against objectives.

The requested UCL equipment items are: (A) a photoelectron spectrometer; (B) surgical X-ray imaging and robotics for a mock interventional suite; (C) a 3D nanoprinting facility; and (D) a 3D hyperspectral imaging facility for science and engineering in heritage.

Planned Impact

This proposal is for investment in equipment to support research and training in areas where UCL has significant strength and planned growth: materials fabrication and characterisation; healthcare technologies; and imaging, for both medical and heritage science applications. Broadly speaking, therefore, we can divide the impact of this proposal into two types: a "direct" impact (on researchers and students, both at UCL and beyond, and on their research) and an "indirect" impact that will be determined by the research enabled by the equipment.

Impact of the first type will be visible on a shorter time-scale, and can be easily measured in terms of improved research capability and performance. In identifying the items requested in this proposal, priority has been given to items supporting areas of high strategic importance for both EPSRC and UCL, in which there is a high level of internationally leading research activity and where UCL hosts a critical mass of researchers at all stages of their career. One of the most visible and immediate impacts will be on the training and skills upgrade of early career researchers. Training will be provided for all equipment by the UCL units hosting each item, thereby ensuring that all users can benefit fully from their equipment usage. Early career researchers will find this support particularly valuable, and will benefit from the opportunity to develop new skills in the use of novel, state-of-the-art facilities and devices. UCL early career beneficiaries will include around 200 students in three EPSRC CDTs (Molecular Modelling & Materials Science; Science & Engineering in Arts, Heritage & Archaeology; Medical Imaging) with strong alignment to the requested equipment. Other visible benefits to researchers will be development of independent research careers, and enhanced capability for world-leading, transformative research programmes.

The requested equipment will benefit a wide range of UCL's industrial and other partners as well as encouraging new collaborations. Many of the research projects underpinned by the new equipment are collaborations with partners from the UK and abroad, whose R&D activity will thereby benefit from the new techniques and abilities available at UCL. This proposal will therefore enable our research activity to have an impact on UK R&D activity beyond the academic environment.

UCL's research and enterprise strategies both put great emphasis on the importance of ensuring that our research and innovations reach beyond academia and bring benefit to the UK economy and society at large. This type of impact will be longer-term, but given the timeliness and importance of the challenges that will be addressed through usage of the equipment, we are confident that there will be a significant benefit to UK society and economy including (but not limited to) the following:

Research into material characterisation (A) has the potential to impact a wide range of sectors including catalysis and the manufacture of a range of new materials for industry;

Developments in healthcare technology and medical procedures (B) have the potential to improve the health of UK society and benefit the economy (and are in line with the priorities outlined in the EPSRC Healthcare Technologies theme);

3D-nanoprinting (C) is an exciting area of research which will likely have impacts on a diverse range of fields, including, but not limited to, Healthcare, Energy, ICT, Advanced Manufacturing and Physics;

The hyperspectral imaging facility (D) has the potential to benefit cultural heritage institutions in the UK and worldwide, and is expected to lead to impact upon conservation techniques and cultural understanding.

Publications

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Allan M (2018) 3-D Pose Estimation of Articulated Instruments in Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery. in IEEE transactions on medical imaging

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Brandao P (2020) HAPNet: hierarchically aggregated pyramid network for real-time stereo matching in Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering: Imaging & Visualization

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Chaisiwamongkhol K (2018) Singlet Oxygen and the Origin of Oxygen Functionalities on the Surface of Carbon Electrodes. in Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)

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Diez S (2019) Evaluation of Haptic Feedback on Bimanually Teleoperated Laparoscopy for Endometriosis Surgery in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering

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Dimitrakakis E (2021) A Spherical Joint Robotic End-Effector for the Expanded Endoscopic Endonasal Approach in Journal of Medical Robotics Research

 
Description 1) As multi user equipment the XPS has been used for a wide variety of research questions such as analysis of historical paintings, photovoltaic materials, polymer films, medical devices, nanoparticles, electrodes, and many other applications. The XPS equipment has supported a wide range of research from developing new battery materials and photovoltaics to characterising ionic liquids, providing novel insights on the understanding of catalyst nanoparticles and the structure of minerals. The instrument contributes to the national XPS facility and their publications can be found here: http://subsite.harwellxps.uk/publications/. A new XPS online community has been established with the following website https://www.harwellxps.guru/

2) The O-Arm and surgical table have allowed for high-fidelity pre-clinical simulated surgery to evaluate devices under development at the Centre. In a recent example we evaluated a prototype intra-operative ultrasound probe for use in transsphenoidal surgery; we used the O-arm to perform a CT scan on the pre-clinical model allowing for image-guidance, and then used the head clamp and surgical table when carrying out the simulated surgery.

This is a general purpose equipment that generates multiple outputs. The Key findings of collaboration 1 was novel structures with superhydrophobic and optical properties that fit in architecture. The Key findings of collaborations 2 and 3 so, far are associated with better method to characterise the performance of optical coherence tomography systems and novel physiological parameter miniature sensors for minimally invasive operations.

The grant enabled the fabrication of the devices/structures.
Multi-functional, nature-inspired structures were created that have combined hydrophobic and light-focusing properties, which would be of interest for applications in the built environment.

3) The Hyperspectral Imaging System is being used to visualise the distribution of paint, consolidants, conservation treatments and other optically active materials on the surfaces of painted artefacts. This enables the development of conservation treatments, reveals painting techniques or hitherto invisible paint layers. The Hyperspectral Imaging System also provides images of surfaces at diverse wavelengths, some of which are invisible to the naked eye. Through this, we can visualise surface properties that are otherwise invisible, which helps us to better understand surfaces of heritage and art objects, their degradation and how they were made.
Exploitation Route 2) Concerning the X-Ray Imaging and robotics equipment for a mock interventional suite, we are also designing prototypes for use in the built environment (multi-functional wall panels) for applications on earth and in space.

3) Concerning the Hyperspectral Imaging System, we are already engaging through the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science, whish we are developing in collaboration with UK partners and EU partners. We have successfully bid with AHRC to improve the technical capabilities of the imaging system and are in the process of doing so.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Construction,Electronics,Energy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

URL http://subsite.harwellxps.uk/publications/
 
Description 1) Photoelectron spectrometer; More than 50 students have been trained on XPS usage. 2) X-Ray Imaging and robotics equipment for a mock interventional suite; Collaboration 1 There is interest from the reputed architectural firm Foster+Partners in the materials generated via the equipment. Collaborations 2 and 3 The patent of the miniature sensor is licensed through UCLB to Echopoint Medical contributing to the IP portfolio of the company. The design is projected to become commercial product and be tested in-human within the next 5 years. 3) 3D hyperspectral imaging facility; The ISH Hyperspectral Imaging system is being used to image painted art and heritage surfaces and we are actively engaging with world leading institutions, such as the Smithsonian Institution, to develop case studies that evidence how the approach could be useful to end-users such as conservators and curators
Sector Chemicals,Electronics,Energy,Healthcare
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description (IPERION HS) - Integrating Platforms for the European Research Infrastructure ON Heritage Science
Amount € 6,516,248 (EUR)
Funding ID 871034 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2020 
End 03/2023
 
Description Actuated Robotic Imaging Skins
Amount £2,780,000 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2019 
End 09/2029
 
Description EPSRC Early Career Fellowship
Amount £1,239,250 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P012841/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 06/2022
 
Description Early Career Fellowship
Amount £1,239,250 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/P012841/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2022
 
Description EndoMapper: Real-time mapping from endoscopic video
Amount € 3,697,227 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 12/2019 
End 11/2023
 
Description Innovative Training Networks
Amount € 3,938,655 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2017 
End 09/2021
 
Description NIHR i4i - Image-Guided Micro-Precise Flexible Robotic Tools for Retinal Therapeutics Delivery
Amount £1,017,363 (GBP)
Funding ID II-LB-0716-20002 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Department NIHR i4i Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 08/2020
 
Description NIHR i4i Programme - A multi-modality, surgical planning and guidance system to improve the up-take of laparoscopic liver resection
Amount £1,300,000 (GBP)
Funding ID II-LA-1116-20005 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Department NIHR i4i Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 01/2021
 
Description UKRI AI Centre for Doctoral Training in Foundational Artificial Intelligence
Amount £6,443,206 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S021566/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 09/2027
 
Description Wellcome EPSRC Centre for Surgical and Interventional Sciences
Amount £6,565,142 (GBP)
Funding ID NS/A000050/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 04/2022
 
Description i4i
Amount £1,444,811 (GBP)
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description p-Tentacle: Pneumatically Attachable Flexible Rails For Surgical Applications
Amount £99,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R511638/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2020
 
Title Depth from Endoscopy 
Description The database containts a set of paired images from a colonoscopy/endoscopy simulator that generates RGB images and also depth images. The data can be used to train models to infer depth from RGB and extended to infer the motion of the camera and the map of the endoluminal environment. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We are seeing groups world wide beginnging to use the dataset both in academie and in industry (recent Google Health publication). 
URL http://cmic.cs.ucl.ac.uk/ColonoscopyDepth/
 
Description Beehive panel research 
Organisation Clyde Hyperspectral Imaging and Technology Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Using the hyperspectral scanning system at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, we carried out hyperspectral imaging of painted beehive panels for the first time. This contributed to the understanding of pigment distribution, as well as disctribution and composition of consolidation treatments.
Collaborator Contribution Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Conservation Centre, Research Institute; Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana; Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution; Slovene Ethnographic Museum; and the Clyde Hyperspectral Imaging & Technology Limited, Clydebank, UK contributed by supplying the object of research as well as assisting with data analysis.
Impact This was an interdisciplinary piece of research, with conservation, art history, chemistry and physics involved. A scientific paper was published (DOI 10.1186/s40494-020-00468-y).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Beehive panel research 
Organisation Slovene Ethnographic Museum
Country Slovenia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Using the hyperspectral scanning system at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, we carried out hyperspectral imaging of painted beehive panels for the first time. This contributed to the understanding of pigment distribution, as well as disctribution and composition of consolidation treatments.
Collaborator Contribution Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Conservation Centre, Research Institute; Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana; Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution; Slovene Ethnographic Museum; and the Clyde Hyperspectral Imaging & Technology Limited, Clydebank, UK contributed by supplying the object of research as well as assisting with data analysis.
Impact This was an interdisciplinary piece of research, with conservation, art history, chemistry and physics involved. A scientific paper was published (DOI 10.1186/s40494-020-00468-y).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Beehive panel research 
Organisation Smithsonian Institution
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Using the hyperspectral scanning system at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, we carried out hyperspectral imaging of painted beehive panels for the first time. This contributed to the understanding of pigment distribution, as well as disctribution and composition of consolidation treatments.
Collaborator Contribution Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Conservation Centre, Research Institute; Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana; Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution; Slovene Ethnographic Museum; and the Clyde Hyperspectral Imaging & Technology Limited, Clydebank, UK contributed by supplying the object of research as well as assisting with data analysis.
Impact This was an interdisciplinary piece of research, with conservation, art history, chemistry and physics involved. A scientific paper was published (DOI 10.1186/s40494-020-00468-y).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Beehive panel research 
Organisation University of Ljubljana
Country Slovenia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Using the hyperspectral scanning system at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, we carried out hyperspectral imaging of painted beehive panels for the first time. This contributed to the understanding of pigment distribution, as well as disctribution and composition of consolidation treatments.
Collaborator Contribution Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Conservation Centre, Research Institute; Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana; Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution; Slovene Ethnographic Museum; and the Clyde Hyperspectral Imaging & Technology Limited, Clydebank, UK contributed by supplying the object of research as well as assisting with data analysis.
Impact This was an interdisciplinary piece of research, with conservation, art history, chemistry and physics involved. A scientific paper was published (DOI 10.1186/s40494-020-00468-y).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration with Cardiff University and University of Manchester 
Organisation Cardiff University
Department School of Chemistry
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This equipment was used to build a collaboration with Cardiff University and University of Manchester to successfully bid to run the EPSRC National XPS Service, now branded HarwellXPS, a £3.1m investment.
Collaborator Contribution This equipment was used to build a collaboration with Cardiff University and University of Manchester to successfully bid to run the EPSRC National XPS Service, now branded HarwellXPS, a £3.1m investment.
Impact This equipment was used to build a collaboration with Cardiff University and University of Manchester to successfully bid to run the EPSRC National XPS Service, now branded HarwellXPS, a £3.1m investment.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Cardiff University and University of Manchester 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department School of Physics and Astronomy Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This equipment was used to build a collaboration with Cardiff University (Prof Phil Davies) and University of Manchester (Prof. Wendy Flavell) to successfully bid to run the EPSRC National XPS Service, now branded HarwellXPS, a £3.1m investment.
Collaborator Contribution This equipment was used to build a collaboration with Cardiff University (Prof Phil Davies) and University of Manchester (Prof. Wendy Flavell) to successfully bid to run the EPSRC National XPS Service, now branded HarwellXPS, a £3.1m investment.
Impact This equipment was used to build a collaboration with Cardiff University (Prof Phil Davies) and University of Manchester (Prof. Wendy Flavell) to successfully bid to run the EPSRC National XPS Service, now branded HarwellXPS, a £3.1m investment. The collaboration is multi-disciplinary, between UCL Chemistry and University of Manchester Physics & Astronomy
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Odin Vision Ltd 
Organisation Odin Vision
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research and supervision of PhD students to develop novel AI technologies for endoscopy.
Collaborator Contribution Provision of infrastructure for video data processing, storage and labelling to develop AI models. Funding for PhD studentships.
Impact No outputs yet as the collaboration has just begun.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with University of Toronto - Funded by ESRC "Self-guided Microrobotics for Automated Brain Dissection" 
Organisation University of Toronto
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are developing AI systems to study microscopic images and drive micro-scale robot control for cell harvesting
Collaborator Contribution UoT develop the optical system and the harvesting robot capabilities. They are also leading the clinical data management and translational pathway.
Impact Multi-disciplinary between computer science, engineering, chemisty and neuroscience.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Integrated Platform for European Research Infrastructure - Heritage Science 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution In collaboration with 24 partners from 23 countries, we have developed an infrastructure project in order to offer access to research facilities to users across Europe. Our team is involved in the imaging of plastics following irradiation with various types of radiation.
Collaborator Contribution The project as a whole is complex and involves new research as well as funding for access to infrastructure. UCL is involved at the level of the Steering Committee, and managed the Training and engagement Workpackage.
Impact This was an interdisciplinary project, with conservation, art history, chemistry and physics involved. No specific output yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Microgravity Research and Space Microbiology Collaboration with German Aerospace Centre (DLR) 
Organisation German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The collaboration with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) was established to provide microgravity research for the current project. A successful parabolic flight proposal to simulate microgravity was written collaboratively, which will take place at the 35th DLR Parabolic Flight Campaign in June/July 2020. For this, the researcher is in continuous contact with engineers from the parabolic flight company, Novespace, and visited the site in Bordeaux, France, in December 2019. Additionally, the researcher visited the DLR and the European Space Agency (ESA) in April 2019 in Cologne, presented to the 19th Gravimeeting Congress in Erlangen, Germany, in December 2019, and will be an official guest researcher at DLR from 1st April - 31st December 2020, which allows her to access the facilities in Cologne, Germany. There will be another trip to Cologne in April this year for a medical assessment and meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The DLR is funding the parabolic flight, the required medical document, and are contributing towards the travel expenses in Bordeaux. In addition, regular meetings take place vial call and twice face-to face in Cologne.
Impact There will be outputs and outcomes after the parabolic flight. This collaboration is highly multi-disciplinary between Chemical Engineering (the researcher and supervisors from UCL) and Space Microbiology (DLR).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Microgravity Research with European Space Agency (ESA) 
Organisation European Space Agency
Department European Astronaut Centre (EAC)
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA) was established to provide microgravity research for the current project. A successful parabolic flight proposal to simulate microgravity was written collaboratively, which will take place at the 35th DLR Parabolic Flight Campaign in June/July 2020. For this, the researcher is in continuous contact with engineers from the parabolic flight company, Novespace, and visited the site in Bordeaux, France, in December 2019. Additionally, the researcher visited the European Space Agency (ESA) and the DLR in April 2019 in Cologne, presented to the 19th Gravimeeting Congress in Erlangen, Germany, in December 2019, and will be an official guest researcher at DLR from 1st April - 31st December 2020, which allows her to access the facilities in Cologne, Germany. There will be another trip to Cologne in April this year for a medical assessment and meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The European Astronaut Centre (EAC) supports the parabolic flight in a scientific and technical support capacity including two face-to-face meetings in Cologne.
Impact There will be outputs and outcomes after the parabolic flight. This collaboration is highly multi-disciplinary between Chemical Engineering (the researcher and supervisors from UCL) and the European Astronaut Centre (EAC).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Nature inspired microstructures with hydrophobic and optical properties fabricated by two-photon-polymerisation and direct ink writing 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have developed and printed complex microstructures that draw inspiration from cicada wings, human and moth eyes to combine into a unique, multi-functional structures that have versatile optical properties and are hydrophobic. The structures form a prototype for multi-functional wall panels that would work as passive surfaces inside a building, or for possible use where water reclamation is essential, unaided by gravity in, e.g. space applications.
Collaborator Contribution This is a collaboration within the EPSRC "Frontier Engineering" Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering, involving researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering (lead: Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens) and the Bartlett School of Architecture (lead: Professor Marcos Cruz). The multi-disciplinary expertise, augmented by that from Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Professor Ioannis Papakonstantinou) leads to the creation of unique nature-inspired functional materials.
Impact Work is highly multidisciplinary, from chemical engineering to architecture. It has led to interest from several companies, and most notably the architectural firm Foster+Partners. An MPhil transfer thesis has been submitted by Malica Schmidt (PhD student in chemical engineering, with first degree in Architecture from the Bauhaus University, Germany). A first publication is in preparation. There have been several displays, including videos featuring structures made with the Nanoscribe as part of exhibitions at NYU (New York, USA) and in the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France). Work has also been part of a BRE Lunch Briefing by Marc-Olivier Coppens (MOC). There have been several presentations by MOC, including IChemE London & SE Young Chemical Engineers Xmas Lecture 2018; invited presentations in Materials Science & Engineering at Beihang University, at ECUST Shanghai and Zhejiang University (China); plenary presentation at the 8th World Congress for Particle Technology (Florida, USA); Jubilee Lecture for the 50th Anniversary of the Biochemical and Chemical Engineering Department at TU Dortmund (Germany), and many more. Malica Schmidt won the 3-minute thesis presentation at UCL Chemical Engineering, and the Alumni Poster Prize at the Industrial Advisory Board meeting.
Start Year 2017
 
Description da Vinci Research Kit Consortium partnership 
Organisation Intuitive Surgical Inc
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have contributed in the development of computer vision software and algorithms for stereoscopic endoscope video.
Collaborator Contribution Donation of equipment and exchange of knowledge and access to data.
Impact The partnership and consortium have resulted in funding from NIH, multiple papers, knowledge exchange and student engagement as well as dissemination activities.
Start Year 2016
 
Title CADDIE - Computer Aided Detection and Diagnosis for Intelligent Endoscopy 
Description CADDIE - Computer Aided Detection and Diagnosis for Intelligent Endoscopy - is an Innovate UK funded project to put Odin Vision Ltd (spin out from UCL) technology into a clinical trial at UCLH. The company's first product utilises AI to assist the detection and characterisation of polyps during video colonoscopy. 
Type Support Tool - For Medical Intervention
Current Stage Of Development Early clinical assessment
Year Development Stage Completed 2019
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact Similar technology is being developed to support interventions in upper GI endoscopy. 
 
Description 19th German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Biology Gravimeeting in Erlangen, Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact About 100 researcher participated in the Gravimeeting Congress in Erlangen with the common topic on microgravity research. The researcher participated as it was organised by the Biology department from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which funds the parabolic flight campaign in June/July 2020 and gave an interesting multi-disciplinary aspect to the subject area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 26th European Low Gravity Association (ELGRA) & 14th International Two-Phase Systems for Space and Ground Applications (ITTW) Conference in Granada, Spain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The 26th European Low Gravity Association (ELGRA) conference was held jointly with the 14th International Conference on Two-Phase Systems for Space and Ground Applications (ITTW) in Granada, Spain and included more than 200 oral presentations and plenary talks in celebration of ELGRA's 40th anniversary. ELGRA is a non-profit international society devoted to the promotion of scientific research under various gravity conditions in Europe. During the conference, the researcher received 2 awards, first being the announcement of the Best Oral Presentation in physical sciences and the second, the prize for the 2nd best Gravity Related Image "Aquaphile" (see awards section), which increased interest in the related subject.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.elgra2019.com
 
Description Architects Underground, Royal Institute of Brittish Architects (RIBA), London, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Architects Underground is a multi-disciplinary idea of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) with people ranging from architecture, design, art, robotics, and more. This presentation occurred in between one from an Architecture company on Nature inspired Architecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.architecture.com/whats-on/the-architects-underground
 
Description DLR 35th Parabolic Flight Campaign 
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 Malica Schmidt, a PhD candidate in UCL's Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering, undertook over 30 minutes of microgravity research relating to the recycling of water in space aboard a parabolic flight in September 2020. During the flights Malica tested novel Nature-Inspired, Multi-Functional Surfaces (NIMFS) she produced using the new 3D nanoprinting facility.
The event got attention from various news outlets and Malica was interviewed by the Frankfurter Rundschau (article behind paywall).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemical-engineering/news/2020/oct/ucl-cnie-student-undertakes-microgravity-te...
 
Description Exhibitor at RSc Summer Science Exhibition 2019, in collaboration with HarwellXPS the national XPS facility 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated in a major annual public science event (RSc Summer Exhibition) which attracts a large number of people over 1 week duration. Involved a team of >15 academics and students, mostly from UCL with others from Cardiff University.

https://royalsociety.org/science-events-and-lectures/2019/summer-science-exhibition/exhibits/#all-exhibits
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description German Aerospace Centre (DLR), Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Cologne, Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Regular presentations and seminars for the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the European Space Agency (ESA) in Cologne, Germany. They reported increased interest in the subject, which sparked a collaboration (see the section on collaboration) and technically support that continues since then.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020
 
Description Institute for Research in Schools co-event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The XPS facility was used to support school research projects run by IRIS in collaboration with UCL. School students visit the facility to collect data on their samples of ionic liquids that they have produced in an after school club.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.researchinschools.org/projects/ionic_liquids.html
 
Description Interview for Korean national newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr. Danail Stoyanov was interviewed by one of the largest Korean newspapers on the role of robotics in surgery and healthcare.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://mnews.joins.com/article/2200741
 
Description Micron resolution, high-fidelity three-dimensional vascular optical imaging phantoms - talks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International conference in the space of medical devices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nature inspired microstructures - talks 
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 International conferences in chemical engineering and general engineering disciplines. Outreach activities attended by the wider public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
 
Description Nature-Inspired Solutions Special Interest Group Meet Industry Challenges, Knowledge Transfer Network, London, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN - part of Innovate UK) has established a new UK Special Interest Group (SIG), bringing together solution providers, academics and industry partners that could benefit from Nature Inspired Solutions. The event "Nature Inspired Solutions Meet Industry Challenges" sold out within an hour and over 150 people joined the webcast. The webcast was recorded and can be viewed on Youtube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description New Scientist Live (27/09/2017-01/10-2017) 
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 Double arm lightweight robot (Kuka arms) Used in New Scientist Live (27/09/2017-01/10-2017) as non-interactive demo with endoscope attached at end of arm focussed on a model placenta.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at the EPSRC "Frontier Engineering" Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering's yearly Workshop and Advisory Board meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Budding engagement activities, including presentation at the EPSRC "Frontier Engineering" Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering's yearly Workshop and Advisory Board meeting, which generated further industrial and academic interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Public Open Day 
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 Dual arm 6 DoF haptic device used for demonstration in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Public Open Day (22/04/2017)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description UK Falling Walls Lab, Springer Nature, London, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The researcher participated at the Falling Walls Lab hosted by Springer Nature, a platform that enables the next generation of problem solvers and innovators to showcase their ground-breaking research and initiatives on the national and global stage. Important is to present the research in just 3 Minutes to a broad audience. The researcher was chosen among the last 20 in the UK and received a participation certificate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://falling-walls.com/lab/
 
Description Visits to the ISH imaging laboratory at HereEast 
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 Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Groups of ca. 20 researchers visited at a time, and a demonstration of the equipment was held in order to discuss the capabilities and to discuss any potential applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019