A Westminster Hall Parliamentary debate on the UK Photonics Industry took place on 25 January 2017. During the debate there were several mentions related to the CDT in Applied Photonics. The work in Photonics at Heriot-Watt, Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities was mentioned as was the work by CDT AP supervisor Professor Duncan Hand. The work at NPL on counterfeit textiles worked on by our alumni John Molloy was given as an example of photonics technology.
Third year Research Engineer, Dominic Hunter has spent 3 months in Dallas on an internship placement with his sponsor company, Texas Instruments. Dominic shares his experience and the positive impact this has had on his research project.
Undertaking an internship at Texas Instruments has enabled me to test the knowledge and experience I have gained during the CDT programme by developing a benchtop atomic magnetometer that will be utilized in the characterization of existing TI prototypes.
Third year Research Engineer, Calum Hill made it to the Scottish Finals of the Famelab competition.
Calum Writes :-
Famelab is an international competition focused on science communication. It aims to encourage researchers to entertain and share their passion for science. You have 3 minutes to astound an audience by talking about a topic of your choice. I needed no further encouragement.
The first Biennial CDT Summer School was attended by delagates from across the world. Invited speakers were:
First Year Research Engineer Vladimirs Horjkovs has participated in a K'NEX challenge with some of his local primary schools as part of the STEM Ambassadors outreach programme.
Vladimirs writes -
OPTIMA (the CDT based with the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde), and Research Engineers from our CDT will be meeting for a series of networking events. The first of these events took place in February.
Academic Manager, Dawn Beddard writes:
The CDT in Applied Photonics Annual Report for 2015 has been published.
Second year Research Engineer Russell Gordon has attended the Rolls-Royce Engineer Doctoral Conference in Derby.
Russell Writes -
A 'very enjoyable and informative workshop' on intellectual Property was held at Heriot-Watt University on 18th January. The day started with an introduction to Intellectual Property: copyright, trademarks, designs and patents. This was followed by discussions on patents: the anatomy of a patent, patentability, enforcement, patent databases, ownership and software patents.
The workshop was given by Dr. Matthew Critten and Julia Coggins to second year CDT Research Engineers and some IDC Research Engineers who also wanted to participate in the workshop.
Second year Research Engineer, Aneta Lisowska attended the International Conference on Computer Vision in Santiago, Chile.
Aneta Writes -
'The International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV) is one of the top conferences in computer vision and is organised every second year. This December it took place in Santiago, Chile (11-18. 12. 2015). The main conference as well as co-located workshops attracted a large amount of participants from around the world.