DORADA Radio Competition!
DORADA organises radio competition: as part of an effort to attract engineers to radio electronics and antennas, DORADA organises a wireless competition where students have to design an antenna that will maximise the range of a given radio system. The competition is open to teams with students from Electrical Engineer from year 1 to year 5 and a final event is planned for 2017!
Antenna Workshop hosted by Catapult
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura was invited to give a talk at the Antenna Workshop hosted by the Catapult (Satellite Applications) in collaboration with the KTN’s Satellite Terminals Working Group (STWG) https://sa.catapult.org.uk/news-events-gallery/events/2nd-antenna-workshop/. Dr. Mateo-Segura discussed the most “Recent developments at Heriot-Watt University in Antenna Technology for future satellite communication systems” highlighting the key findings of several EU and national projects. The workshop aimed to inform delegates on current challenges and share the latest in technological developments. It attracted over 30 satellite operators, terminal manufacturers, antenna suppliers and academics (Delegate list: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/media.sa.catapult/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/11151358/Antenna-Workshop-delegate-list.pdf) and was a great networking opportunity.
Dorada partner attends the Aurora Leadership Development Programme
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura has completed the Aurora Leadership Development Programme 2017 run by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. The programme consisted of 4 development days, 1 action learning day, self-directed learning and a 5 month mentoring partnership. Dr. Mateo-Segura said: “It is being an absolute great experience, very inspirational, a fantastic opportunity for networking and to understand that you are not alone; that your worries are the worries of others, that your challenges are common and that failing is also a way to succeed much faster.” This women's leadership development initiative aims to encourage women in academic and professional roles to think of themselves as leaders and develop leadership skills, and to help institutions maximise the potential of their female staff.
Undergraduates in Electrical Engineering visit Leonardo's
Undergraduates in Electrical Engineering visited Leonardo’s facilities at Crewe Toll in Edinburgh on both 8th and 22nd March 2017 , for a private session which aimed to align their employability skills with the company’s recruitment campaign. As well as learning first-hand information about summer/MEng placements, industrial internships and graduate programmes, students in Electrical Engineering enjoyed a private tour around this modern engineering company, learning where and how Leonardo designs, manufactures and tests their radar and laser products.
“It is very important that our students understand what a career in high frequency engineering involves, the required skills and the prospects for career development. Leonardo is a major corporation in Aerospace, Defence and Security, which is just a stone’s throw away from Heriot-Watt and by working together we can support the development of our future engineers.” Dr Carolina Mateo-Segura, Assistant Professor, Heriot- Watt University
The event took place in parallel to the learning and teaching strategies developed by the RF- and Microwave Engineering group, which aims to involve industry in designing the current curriculum and projects. It also took place in parallel to the learning and teaching strategies developed by the RF- and Microwave Engineering group, which aims to involve industry in designing the current curriculum and projects. Neil Raphael, lead Engineer at Leonardo, hopes to make it an annual event in an effort to accelerate their graduate recruitment process through a plan of action and re-setablishing the collaboration between Leonardo and Heriot-Watt University.
Equate Scotland at Heriot-Watt University
Equate Scotland, Women in Science, Engineering and Technology has been in Heriot-Watt presenting a series of thought-provoking activities and discussions, exploring lawful ways of increasing women’s participation and progression in STEM. The workshop highlighted unconscious bias in a STEM context and the actions required to encourage talented women to join and stay in STEM. Women and girls have the skills and aptitudes needed to thrive in science, technology and engineering, yet remain grossly underrepresented. STEM academia needs these skills, along with the new ideas and problem solving that flourish in diverse workforces. Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura who participated in this programme said “You cannot be what you cannot see; girls need to see the roles of women in engineering careers, the picture that we are projecting does not justify the range of disciplines that engineering embrace. We need to get out there and inspire girls by communicating our own vision with the hope to make a better informed decision and bring diversity to this field.”
DORADA and Big Data
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura attended the clinic “Use of Big Data to Bring About Transformation of the Production Environment” at Leonardo, UK organised by the Centre for Engineering Education & Development. The clinic looked at how Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems Division is currently piloting the exploitation of big data within their manufacturing environment and how this could lead to the transformation of their production environment. Dominic Philpott Head of Industrial Engineering addressed the strategic aims and technology road map to implement Leonardo’s vision for large data management in the future. The event gathered together a community of businesses and academics with expertise, experience and resource in the pursuit of operational excellence. Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura attended the clinic “Use of Big Data to Bring About Transformation of the Production Environment” at Leonardo, UK organised by the Centre for Engineering Education & Development. The clinic looked at how Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems Division is currently piloting the exploitation of big data within their manufacturing environment and how this could lead to the transformation of their production environment. Dominic Philpott Head of Industrial Engineering addressed the strategic aims and technology road map to implement Leonardo’s vision for large data management in the future. The event gathered together a community of businesses and academics with expertise, experience and resource in the pursuit of operational excellence. Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura attended the clinic “Use of Big Data to Bring About Transformation of the Production Environment” at Leonardo, UK organised by the Centre for Engineering Education & Development. The clinic looked at how Leonardo Airborne and Space Systems Division is currently piloting the exploitation of big data within their manufacturing environment and how this could lead to the transformation of their production environment. Dominic Philpott Head of Industrial Engineering addressed the strategic aims and technology road map to implement Leonardo’s vision for large data management in the future. The event gathered together a community of businesses and academics with expertise, experience and resource in the pursuit of operational excellence.
DORADA organises tour for Electrical Engineering Students
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura, Assistant Professor in the RF- and Microwave Group and Ms. Maria Kelly, Lead RF- Safety Specialist at Leonardo, have organised a private tour session for Heriot Watt’s Electrical Engineering students in 2nd and 3rd year to visit Leonardo’s facilities at Crewe Toll in Edinburgh. The students will learn first-hand information about summer/MEng placements, industrial internships and graduate programmes, as well as how Leonardo designs, manufactures and tests their radar and laser products. Dr. Mateo-Segura says, “This initiative aims to provide a nurturing environment where our students can understand what a career in high frequency engineering involves, the required skills and the career options available for them” The visits are scheduled for the 8th and 22nd of March at 13.00 and the school will provide a free bus service. If you are interested to join contact Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura
DORADA at the National Student Space Conference
Dr. Carolina Mateo-Segura attended the “National Student Space Conference” organised by UKSEDS. The conference was a two-day weekend event bringing together industrial and academic experts in the space sector. Delegates are primarily undergraduate and recent graduate engineers and scientists, which makes this event unique. World leading industries from Thales Alenia Space, Airbus, Eumetsat or ESA participated and sponsor the event, all keen to raise awareness of their activities and career opportunities. Dr. Mateo-Segura commented that “The UK space industry is growing by leaps and bounds and the breath of opportunities available is astonishing. You can be working building and operating a spacecraft or developing new technology for use in the next-generation of ground-station systems or upcoming satellite missions”.
Bell Labs Prize Competition
A team that includes DORADA fellow Prof. George Goussetis wins the 3rd place in the 2016 Bell Labs Prize competition. The winners were selected from among seven finalists, who were in turn drawn from a total field of over 250 proposals from 41 countries. According to Bell Labs “prize winners demonstrated game-changing ideas in science, technology, engineering or mathematics with the potential to improve the future of the human experience by ten-fold.” In addition a cash prize of $35K, the team will also be given the opportunity to collaborate with the world-renowned researchers at Nokia Bell Labs on the further development of their ideas.
DORADA Fellow wins prestigious microwave award
DORADA fellow Dr. Symon Podilchak wins the 2016 European Microwave Association Prize for his work on surface wave launchers. The prize recognises the best contributed paper to the European Microwave Conference, Europe’s prime annual event for microwave engineering attended by over 2000 delegates, with a value of €5,000.
DORADA at Edinburgh’s Explorathon
DORADA had a strong presence at Edinburgh’s Explorathon 2016 with a staffed stand at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church. We shared our work on wireless technologies with the general public demonstrating a wireless power miniature car and contactless musical instrument enabled by radio technologies – Theremin. It was great fun for us, the kids and of course, the mums and dads! http://www.explorathon.co.uk/edinburgh
Undergraduate outreach event to encourage engineering careers: On Thursday 29 September Dr. Symon Podilchak, the DORADA fellow seconded from Heriot-Watt University to Space Engineering, delivered a motivational talk to undergraduate students at La Sapienza Univeristy in Latina, a suburb of Rome. The focus of the talk was applied electromagnetic engineering for microwave and millimetre-wave frequency devices with applications to wireless systems, radar, and satellite communications. The basic motivation of the talk was to show 2nd and 3rd year students, who are just being introduced to the physics and mathematics of electromagnetic principles, the practical and applied side of electromagnetic engineering. Basically such that students can appreciate that the basic concepts that they are learning now, can be actually very useful in a multitude of common engineering situations.
DORADA fellow from Scotland reaches out to La Sapienza: On Wednesday 21 September Dr. Symon Podilchak, the DORADA fellow seconded from Heriot-Watt Unviersity to Space Engineering, delivered a research seminar in La Sapienza Univeristy in Rome. The seminar, titled “Recent Developments of Planar Leaky-Wave Antennas Using Surface Waves” highlighted key findings undertaken as part of his involvement in DORADA including his 6-month secondment to Space Engineering. The seminar was well attended by faculty and reseach staff of La Sapienza and initiated collaborative opportunities and was coupled to the 2016 Nanoinnovation event.
DORADA’s test campaign has officially started!
DORADA have calibrated our Q-band receive terminal for the Aldo Paraboni propagation experiment and are now collecting and registering data.
Researchers from Heriot-Watt together with a team from NASA have installed a satellite terminal within the university collecting transmissions from a geostationary satellite to assess the atmospheric absorption of the higher frequency waves. If Q-band communications is to be viable then reliable gateway feeds to transfer data need to be established and this is what the Heriot-Watt installation will help to record. This is the start of an experiment to discover just how reliable the Q-band might be and whether it has a commercially viable future for telecommunications companies to use. Researchers hope that the experiment will result in higher frequencies (40 GHz, also known as Q-band) being used for future higher capacity satellite communication systems. This in turn may eventually release high bandwidth satellite links and improve broadband communication on planes, trains and other fast-moving platforms. For more information you can watch this video: ESA - Space in Videos
Visit by NASA: From 2nd to 4th April 2016 DORADA hosted Dr. James Nessel of NASA Glenn Research Centre for one week. As part of this visit, a Q-band receive terminal for the Aldo Paraboni propagation experiment was installed in the Earl Mountbatten Building of the Edinburgh campus at HWU. The terminal is complemented by a station monitoring the weather. Yes, we are now receiving signals from space!
On 24 February 2016 DORADA signed a formal agreement with NASA! A formal agreement under NASA’s reimbursable act was signed to establish a collaboration on for the measurement of Q-band propagation data in Edinburgh. This will underpin a key technical deliverable of DORADA, namely the establishment of a Q-band receive terminal on Heriot-Watt campus to participate in the Aldo Paraboni propagation experiment. DORADA is all excited!
Mm-wave Satellite Communications Workshop
DORADA hosted an international Mm-wave Satellite Communications Workshop. The event held on 16th November was attended by DORADA fellows, Heriot-Watt research staff as well as international experts in the field of mm-wave satellite communications. Plenary talks were delivered by Prof. Carlo Riva (University of Milano) Prof. Lorenzo Luini (University of Milano) and Dr. James Nessel (NASA Glenn Research Centre). Following the talks, a round the table discussion was organised to discuss future collaborations. A social dinner also took place.
DORADA Workshop: The Edinburgh event was attended by Fellows, all of whom benefited from DORADA and it was a pleasure to host Dr. Nikolas Sidiropoulos who has since moved to new employment. The event was also attended by REA representatives and was part of the DORADA periodic review. Full project management and technical progress was reported on and the attendees spent time networking and relaxing at a social event organised on-campus.
European Researchers' Night (Explorathon 2015)
In our initiative to engage the public with our research, we showcased some of our research activity at the Gran Gallery Hall of the National Museum of Scotland on the 25th September 2015. The drop-in demo theme was 'Wireless Power transfer' and the event brought together academics, school pupils, and the public on the night across Europe to celebrate and present the best innovation and development taking place across the EU.
At our Institute Away Day on 5 September 2015 the DORADA team won the 'Most Inspiring' Oscar on the day for the DORADA Research Video!
The DORADA group were invited to showcase our project at the UK Space Conference which was held in Liverpool on 14 July 2015. The DORADA research group were very honoured to be able to promote our work and showcase our projects and expertise.
The IET and Microwave Technology Network proudly hosted the 4th Technical Enterprise Workshop on RF technology for Aerospace: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities.
The workshop highlighted recent research and innovations as well as challenges and opportunities in this rapidly developing field. The workshops were established with a view to enhance the interaction between industry and academia.
Some images from the workshop are below:
Professor Vincent Fusco (University Belfast) presentation 'Microwave Technology Requirements for Aircraft to Satellite High Speed Data Ka/Ku Band Communicatins Antenna Array' can be viewed on IET.tv
Professor Giuseppe Codispoti (Italian Space Agency) presentation 'Alphasat - Aldo Paraboni Program: new opportunities for scientific and technological developments' can be viewed on IET.tv
Some comments from participants on the day of the Workshop:Very informative and relevant presentations. Some excellent posters. Great event for networking with people from industry and academia.’‘The meeting is above expectation’‘The workshop was well organised, I was really enjoy it .’‘Very interesting and well organised workshop.'
DORADA covered by the BBC
Professor George Goussetis hosts the BBC at Heriot-Watt to showcase DORADA. The BBC came to Heriot-Watt University in July 2014 to meet with Professor George Goussetis and find out more about DORADA. Kenneth McDonald,Scotland Science Correspondent, has covered the visit in his BBC article 'Planes, trains and mobiles: Broadband from space while we're on the move'.Heriot-Watt staff can view the clip that aired on BBC Reporting Scotland on Tuesday 15 July:http://bobnational.net/record/235027/media_id/235916
COO from Space Engineering visits Heriot-Watt
A senior-level DORADA meeting took place on 10 June 2014 in Heriot-Watt. Jean-Marc Villevielle, Chief Operating Officer of Space Engineering – Europe’s largest space company – visited Heriot-Watt to see the research under way. Meetings with the Head of School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Prof. Steve McLaughlin, took place followed by a full day of technical meetings with the DORADA research team. For more information click here.
WiPE COST Event 2014
The inaugural working group and management committee meeting of COST Action ic1301 WiPE
The microwave and antenna engineering research cluster of MISEC Institute of Sensors Signals and Systems in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, was selected to host the inaugural working group and management committee meeting of COST Action ic1301 WiPE: Wireless Power Transmission for Sustainable Electronics. The Action brings together 37 academic institutions and 7 industrial partners from 27 different countries, forming the core of a globally leading EU-based community in the field of wireless power transmission that delivers strategies tailored for battery-less systems, battery-free sensors, passive RFID, Near Field Communications (NFC) and fosters the Internet of Things. The meeting took place in the Edinburgh campus of Heriot-Watt University during 24-25 March. The program and more details can be found here.