Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh welcome the outstanding results of REF2014 for the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE). 94% of our overall research activity is world-leading or internationally excellent. This, combined with the number of academic staff involved, makes Edinburgh the UK powerhouse in Engineering.
Dr Mathini Sellathurai, from ERPE Signals, Sensors and Systems theme, has secured funding from EPSRC (£280,000) to develop signal processing techniques for large scale antenna systems using compact ESPAR antennas.
ERPE academic Harald Haas has been recognised by EPSRC as one of ten RISE Leaders for 2014. The campaign, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering, was launched by the Science Minister, David Willetts in November 2013 to mark the 20th anniversary of EPSRC.
A new £10 million innovation hub, which will bring together Scottish universities, including Heriot-Watt, with industry partners has been launched in Glasgow by Fergus Ewing, MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism.
Prompted by the release of the Control of Vibrations at Work Regulations 2005, our student start-up company Reactec developed an instrument for measuring and thus preventing hand arm vibration (HAV) syndrome. 288,000 UK construction workers were estimated to have contracted vibration white finger and 170,000 had claimed compensation by 2011!
Research in ERPE to measure customer reaction and attitude to communication interfaces in new consumer services has influenced service provision at Bank of Scotland, Halifax and Lloyds Group. The metric and the use methodology have been adopted in several service industry sectors - telephony, retail, travel and financial services.
Our programme of research tackles both theoretical and fundamental communications problems as well as more practical issues of implementing and improving communications systems. Our work addresses a wide range of technologies including wireline, radio frequency and optical communications systems, as well as improving communications interfaces.