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School seminars

We hold regular seminars in the School to discuss a wide range of exciting and thought-provoking research topics.

Speakers include both members of staff and invited guests. If you are interested in attending one of our seminars, please contact stating the date and title of the event, and why it interests you.

DateEvent Guest speakerTopic
8 June 2022ENGIN Research Seminar Series
Dr Elizabeth Follett
Royal Academy of Engineering-Sêr Cymru Research Fellow
Hydro-environmental Research Centre, Cardiff University, UK
How do logjams slow the flow? Prediction of logjam-generated upstream backwater rise and flow redistribution

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9 March 2022ENGIN Research Seminar SeriesProfessor David Wallis, Institute for Compound Semiconductors, School of Engineering, Cardiff University
Gallium Nitride: A Green Semiconductor

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9 February 2022ENGIN Research Seminar SeriesDr Lorenzo Morini, Applied and Computational Mechanics Research group, School of Engineering, Cardiff UniversityVibration control and wave filtering using quasicrystalline phononic structures

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12 January 2022ENGIN Research Seminar SeriesDr Daniel Zabek, Magnetics and Materials Research Group, School of Engineering, Cardiff UniversityFerroelectric and Ferromagnetic Smart Materials and Fluids

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8 December 2021IROHMSDr Abdullah Alhusin Alkhdur, Cardiff UniversityUsing EEG brain signals to facilitate a collaborative human-robot assembly
17 November 2021ENGIN Research Seminar SeriesDr Ameya Rege Institute of Materials Research, German Aerospace Center Cologne.Computational multiscale modelling of nanostructured porous materials

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21 July 2021IROHMSDr Ze Ji, Cardiff UniversityRobot learning and active sensing
07 July 2021CHFEDr Tommaso Cappello, University of BristolImproving the linearity-efficiency trade-off in RF sub-systems
23 June 2021IROHMSDr Emmanuel Senft, University of Wisconsin-MadisonDesigning robotic technologies for natural interactions with humans
16 June 2021IROHMSProfessor Daniel Polani, University of HertfordshireEmpowerment: Theme and Variations

Shannon information, formerly essentially the domain of communication engineers or, at best, physicists, has, in the last two decades, turned into an indispensable tool to study complex systems, and especially decision-making. Information has been identified as the universal currency which governs the dynamics of such systems. As such, it has become increasingly important to track various forms of information flow through such systems, especially agents, whether natural or artificial. Here we consider one such information flow, empowerment, which is now finding strongly increasing use as a principled form of intrinsic motivation. The present talk will discuss empowerment in more detail and consider lesser-known ramifications and aspects of this concept.
9 June 2021IROHMSDr Jos Elfring, TomTomMapping, localisation, and world modelling in automated driving

During this talk I will first introduce the multinational company TomTom. TomTom is a leading independent location technology specialist with a mission to develop innovative technologies to realize a future with safer roads, free of congestion and emission. Then, I will show examples of problems I have recently worked on, all related to the field of automated driving. The emphasis will be on topics related to mapping, localization, and world modelling.
2 June 2021IROHMSDr Cristian Vergara, KU LeuvenChorrobot: Challenging Operations using Reactive ROBOT control
2 June 2021IROHMSDr Ziad Salem, Joanneum ResearchI4RC (Illumination for Robotic Control):  The potential of visible light communication, positioning and sensing in the robotic domain.
The increasing use of white LEDs for indoor environment provides a significant opportunity for generating functionalities beyond illumination, like Visible Light Communication (VLC), Positioning (VLP) and Sensing (VLS).  This talk will discuss potential application scenarios of VLC, VLP, VLS and an Illumination for Robotic Control (I4RC) approach. It will also explore how VLS accentuates as an alternative option for industrial and home robot monitoring in combination with VLP and optical wireless communication.
26 May 2021IROHMSDr Tom Carlson, University College London (UCL)Shared Control for Assistive Robotics and Brain-Machine Interfaces
The principles of shared control integrate fast, reliable and precise task execution capabilities of automation with the complementary inventive, adaptive and interactive task execution skills of humans. In this talk we explore the progress made in shared control systems applied to assistive robots, such as smart wheelchairs. We also present how we are tackling several ongoing challenges through projects like H2020 CrowdBot project and the EU Interreg FCE ADAPT project.
12 May 2021 Dr Juan D. Hernández Vega, Cardiff School of Engineering Motion Planning for Multipurpose Autonomous Systems
Robots are continuously evolving towards becoming autonomous entities that are capable of operating in changing and unstructured settings. In this talk we will discuss how motion planning is being used to improve the decision-making capabilities of different types of autonomous systems, such as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), autonomous/automated cars and service robots
11 May 2021Cardiff TWSDr Bing Zhang, Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS)Composites delamination suppression and prediction
5 May 2021CHFE Prof George Dimitrakis, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of NottinghamDielectric spectroscopy; a viable tool for process monitoring and optimisation of processes