Professor Bruce Baker talks about Coventry University's involvement with the Migration Aware project.
Migration Aware is a project funded by the European Union and administered by the United nations development programme that aims to fill the information gap preventing potential irregular migrants in Ibadan, Nigeria from making an informed decision on whether to embark on the migration process based on a sound knowledge and understanding of potential threats to, and exploitation of, the migrant both in transit and in destination countries.
To find out more please visit http://www.coventry.ac.uk/africanstudies
The work carried out in Coventry within the MAESTRO European project on Methods and Advanced Equipment for Simulation and Treatment in Radiation Oncology (MAESTRO) has demonstrated that it is possible to reduce the amount of radiation dose delivered to healthy tissues during radiotherapy treatment by compensating for organ motion using a standard treatment couch. The Coventry team led by Dr Haas, coordinator of the Medical Technology group within CTAC (The Control Theory Applications Centre), has been working in close collaboration with the staff at the Radiotherapy Physics Department within the University Hospital in Coventry for more than 15 years.
In the last 5 years the Coventry team has been working on improving the accuracy of current closed loop control of radiotherapy treatment machines as well as developing algorithms to model and predict organ motion in the thorax and the pelvis. The work involves many branches of engineering and computing including the image processing for the localisation of the cancerous tissue and tracking of surrogate motion, signal processing for the analysis and modelling of organ motion, artificial intelligence for the prediction of the evolution of the organ motion, systems engineering for the modelling of the medical robots used and last but not least control engineering to improve the performance of the medical equipment and robots.
To find out more about the project visit http://www.coventry.ac.uk/maestro
The Intelligent City project has been developed as a way to help manage congestion in Birmingham. It demonstrates how the exploitation of technology can be a cost effective and innovative route to increase the usage of public transport during the morning peak and subsequently reduce levels of congestion.
Coventry University has developed this project with Birmingham City Council, Centro, Microsoft and Shoothill.
The Cogent Computing Applied Research Centre, based at Coventry University, UK, is at the forefront of British research in the field of pervasive sensing. The Centre was established with the aim of becoming the West Midland region's premier facility for research in Pervasive Computing.
In this project Dr James Brusey discusses how Cogent are working on using wireless sensors in bomb suits, in partnership with NP Aerospace.
A collaboration between ergonomists and children’s geographers to understand factors which effect the participation of pupils in the Building Schools for the Future Programme.
The two year AHRC funded project was completed in June 2009. The funding was used to support Coventry and Northampton Universities’ observations of the way and extent to which pupils were involved in the early stages of the design of their schools. The activities of 10 diverse schools in rural and urban areas around the two universities were analysed with a view to understanding and locating best practice.
Dr James Shippen discusses his work that uses biomechanics and motion capture to help prevent injury in dance.
Self-management recognises but seeks to overcome the challenges involved in living with a long-term health condition or caring for someone, young or old, with a long-term health condition (LTHC). This approach to health and well-being is underpinned by the disciplines of health and positive psychology.
This film shows some of the work of the Applied Research Centre in Health and Lifestyle Interventions
The Sonochemistry Centre explores how we can utilise the innate power of sound to benefit the environment, improve healthcare and make manufacturing processes cleaner and greener.
Established in 1994 the Sonochemistry Centre retains its primary aim of securing and maintaining a position of international excellence in a variety of applications of power ultrasound in chemistry and processing technologies.
The Centre is a national and international resource base for topics related to power ultrasound and provides expertise on applications of Sonochemistry to academic institutions, companies and government organisations.
You can find out more about the centre at http://www.coventry.ac.uk/sonochemistry
The Applied Research Centre into Human Security (ARCHS), based at Coventry University, looks at issues such as climate change, terrorism and sustainability and how we need to apply 'systems thinking' to encourage change.
This film shows examples of some of their work.
Mike Blundell is part of a team of engineers and scientists looking at how we can improve safety, and the likelyhood of surviving, in helicopter crashes. Here he talks about the work that the HELISAFE team has been doing