Innovation Alliance host Engineering Design Innovation Event

New biomedical devices, building networks on Twitter, estimating the Carbon footprint of travel-to-work journeys and detecting damage to wind turbine blades were some of the research and potential commercial products on display at a unique engineering design innovation forum.

Held under the auspices of the Innovation Alliance and organised by the TCD School of Engineering and the UCD College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, over 80 of the country’s leading engineering and computer science graduates from both universities showcased the very best examples of their research and innovation aimed at tackling pressing national and international issues.

Speaking at the opening of the event, the Minister for Science, Technology, Innovation and Natural Resources, Mr Conor Lenihan T.D. paid tribute to the two university leaders, Dr John Hegarty and Dr Hugh Brady, for the unprecedented levels of cooperation and alignment they had achieved between TCD and UCD through the Innovation Alliance. He said the Alliance was a lasting legacy of their leadership and a model that had caught the imagination of other universities in the state.

Dr Hugh Brady, President UCD, Minister Conor Lenihan and Dr John Hegarty, Provost TCD at the official opening of the Engineering Design Innovation Day held on 27th April 2010.
Dr Hugh Brady, President UCD, Minister Conor Lenihan and Dr John Hegarty, Provost TCD at the official opening of the Engineering Design Innovation Day held on 27th April 2010.

The Minister welcomed the industrial partners who supported the research on display and he encouraged more intense collaboration between research and industry. He noted that part of the remit of the government’s Innovation Task Force, the report of which had recently been published, was to look at ways of supporting the Alliance.

Dr John Hegarty, Provost TCD, in welcoming the Minister, stressed the unprecedented nature of the event and the role the Alliance will play in developing new solutions for the future by better translating the fruits of research into products, wealth and jobs for the nation.

In his opening remarks, UCD President, Dr Hugh Brady emphasised the step change in innovation that the two universities were trying to achieve through the Alliance with the mainstreaming of innovation into university education. A key element being the opportunity for students to work together in dedicated innovation labs on industry defined problems.

Pictured at the TCD-UCD Innovation Alliance Engineering Design Event are (L to R) Interaction Designer Flip van den Berg, Minister Conor Lenihan and Social Science Researcher Chiara Garattini. This TRIL research project, based at UCD, is entitled Building Bridges and explores new ways that communication technology can help reduce risks of loneliness and social isolation in older people.
Pictured at the TCD-UCD Innovation Alliance Engineering Design Event are (L to R) Interaction Designer Flip van den Berg, Minister Conor Lenihan and Social Science Researcher Chiara Garattini. This TRIL research project, based at UCD, is entitled Building Bridges and explores new ways that communication technology can help reduce risks of loneliness and social isolation in older people.

Between them, TCD and UCD have approximately 2,000 advanced science and engineering postgraduate students in training who will be the entrepreneurs and innovators of Ireland's knowledge economy.

The research presented via elevator pitches, poster displays and demonstrations to industry representatives and potential research collaborators focussed on key areas of national importance under four themes; future energy solutions; sustainable infrastructure and environment; information, communication and media technologies; and bioengineering for health. A panel discussion chaired by Dr Chris Horn, President of Engineers Ireland, with industry and academic representatives address the question of furthering university – industry interaction.

Summary information is available on the following research projects, presented at the event by down loading the TCD-UCD Engineering Design Day Innovation Day April 27 2010 booklet.

For further information please contact the event organisers Professor Michael Gilchrist, UCD, michael.gilchrist@ucd.ie or Professor Brian Broderick, TCD, bbrodrck@tcd.ie

 

Table of Contents

Future Energy Needs

  • SFI Strategic Research Clusture in Advanced Biomimetic Materials for Solar Energy Conversion
  • Damage Detection in Wind Turbine Blades Using Time-Frequency Analysis of Vibration Signals
  • The Behaviour of polycrystalline Diamond as a Function of Rate and Temperature
  • Self Healing Structures
  • Micro-Mechanical modeling of Damage and Fracture of Nano-Phase Structural Adhesives using a Finite Volume Based Continuum Damage Approach
  • Examining the Improved Efficiency of Renewable Energy Generation in Ireland
  • The impact of Electrical Vehicles on Low Voltage electrical Distribution Networks
  • An Assessment of the Energy Potential of Rock Oscillating Water Column (OWC) Wave Energy Converters in Ireland
  • Next Generation PCD Tool Design and Performance Evaluation: Combined Experimental – Numerical Investigation
  • Enhanced Jet Impingement Cooling: Introduction of Atomizing Mist and Swirl Effects
  • Distributed Micro-Generation for Africa based on Ultra Low Cost Gasified Cook Stove
  • Fracture of polycrystalline Cubic Boron Nitride Super-hard Cutting Tools

Sustainability, Infrastructure and Environment

  • Turboshaft Engine Exhaust Noise Identification (TEENI)
  • DIRECT_MAT: Dismantling and RECycling Techniques for road MATerials – Sharing Knowledge and Practices
  • New Methods for Modelling Background Air Quality in EIAs
  • Investigation of Dynamic Amplification Factor for Bridges with Various Support Conditions
  • Estimating Carbon Footprint of Travel-to-work Journeys in Ireland
  • Re-Road: End of Life Strategies for Asphalt Pavements
  • GREENprint Postgraduate Research Programme
  • Urban Environment Project
  • BioGrout: Microbially Induced Calcite Precipitation
  • Integrated Modelling Project Ireland – TREMOVE
  • eGMS: Geophysical Monitoring System Software Module (E!4585)
  • Laying the Foundations for Sustainable Energy – the Geotechnical Challenges Facing the Offshore Wind Sector
  • 24 Hour Design Challenge 2009
  • TEAM: Training in European Asset Management
  • Low Carbon Adaptable Homes
  • Novel Constructed Wetland Systems (CWs) for High Strength Wastewater Treatment
  • Universally Designed Built Environments at the Urban Scale (UD-BUS) Network
  • Cybersecurity of the Power Grid Monitoring and Control System
  • Nano Engineering Anti-fouling Surfaces
  • The Use of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Treatments to Enhance the Fracture Toughness of Structural Composite Joints
  • Investigation of the Mechanical properties of Biofilms
  • Rapid Discharge Sintering of Composite Materials
  • A Hierarchy for Land as a Receptor for Organic Wastes

Information, Communications and Media Technology

  • ECG SmartGen
  • Real-time Appliance Recognition and Profiling
  • ReciTell – Interactive Education
  • LogEntries by JLizerd
  • Dry Electrode System for Ambulatory ECG Monitoring
  • Making Sense of the Real Time Web
  • Nonlinear Magnetic Relaxation of Quantum Superparamagnets: Phase-space Description
  • Grammatical Representations for Evolutionary Design
  • AutoCameraman for eLearning Environments
  • Digital Predistortion for RF Power Amplifiers in Wireless Communications
  • HIROP – High Resolution Optical Photogrammetry
  • Sentiment Analysis Tools for the Irish Media
  • Tools for Stero-3D Cinema Postproduction
  • High-Efficiency Switch-mode Power Amplifier Design for Wireless Communications Using In-house Device Characteristics and Model Extraction Tools
  • Design Projects in Undergraduate Engineering
  • Twittomender Twitter Friend Recommender/Recommender Systems

Bioengineering for Health

  • Process Monitoring in Grinding of Biomedical Implants
  • TRIL Wellness and Exercise: A Short Term High Intensity Programme of Physical Exercise to Improve the Fitness Level in Healthy Middle-aged People
  • Development of a Gait Training Device for Children with Cerebral Palsy
  • Implementation of Process Analytical Technology for the Process Control and Monitoring of Mammalian Cell Culture in a Manufacturing Environment
  • Arti-Stent: A Novel Stent System Consisting of Multiple, Independent Stents Delivering from a Single Device
  • Towards Better Understanding and Prediction of Blast Trauma to Human Lungs
  • Medical Devices Designed at the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering
  • Computational Modelling of Neural Activation due to the Electric Field Generated During Deep Brain Stimulation
  • The Development of a Numerical Model of the Hip Joint for Complex

 

Posted 27 April 2010

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