Far more concrete is produced than any other man-made material. Annual production represents one tonne for every person on the planet. It is an incredibly versatile material, and is used in almost all major construction projects. It does, however, have two serious problems which may threaten its use in the future.
In this Professorial Lecture Peter Claisse discusses the issues surrounding concrete production.This is also available to view on CUTV - Coventry University TV.
Professor Mike Blundell, from Coventry University's Faculty of Engineering and Computing, discusses the 'Role of Computer Simulation in Vehicle Dynamics and Safety' and talks about the projects he has been involved in.
Professor Hazel Barrett has spent a number of years researching the aids pandemic in the sub-Saharan countries of Africa. Despite the numerous efforts over the years the AIDS virus continues to grow in the number of people contracting and dying from the infection.
In this talk Hazel discusses some of the many causes influencing the problem of AIDS and HIV in the countries of Africa, arguing that the issues can only partially be solved by medical advancements. She also discusses the socio-economic factors that are influencing the prominence of AIDS throughout this region.
Hazel also discusses the impact that the virus is continuing to have on the UK and the many myths that surround the virus.
Andrée Woodcock is Professor of Educational Ergonomics and Design in Coventry University's School of Art and Design. She is currently director of the Design & Ergonomics Applied Research Group (DEarg).
Her work has covered a range of areas related to putting the 'human' back into the design process. This includes working in areas as diverse as Car Design, inclusivity, gender, building design issues and much more.
In this lecture, Professor Woodcock discusses the importance of championing the user.
Professor Tom Quinn is a leading figure in cardiovascular nursing. He is an adviser to the Department of Health in emergency cardiac care. He is also cardiovascular, stroke and research lead for the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WMAS) and clinical lead for cardiovascular disease, stroke and vascular diseases in the NHS National Library for Health.
Professor Quinn's areas of research focus on improving systems for delivery of rapid emergency cardiac care, both in and out of hospital. He is also involved in shaping policy in the cardiovascular arena.
In this talk entitled 'Saving Time, Saving Lives: improving emergency care of heart attack and stroke', Professor Quinn talks about some of the pioneering research that he has been involved in throughout his professional career.
Pirate Philosophy explores how the development of various forms of so-called internet piracy are affecting ideas of authorship, intellectual property, copyright law, fair use, patent, trademark, content creation and cultural production that were established pre-internet.
Professor Gary Hall looks at a number of ways in which the Arts and Humanities can engage their ideas outside of the traditional field of academic publishing, and how open access has the potential to liberate academia from its many constraints.
This lecture is taken from Professor Morteza Abyaneh's 60th birthday Professorial lecture on 'Physics, Metaphysics and the Big Bang', organised by Coventry University as a celebration of his years of research and endeavour.
The Professor talks about his approach to creation, other dimensions and hyperspace.