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WMG research helps expand Sweatcoin capabilities

Researchers at our Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) have been working, with the health and fitness app Sweatcoin, to develop a new verification process that will now allow indoor steps to be tracked for the first time.

Sweatcoin monitors steps throughout the day, via an app downloaded to a smartphone. Users are rewarded with one Sweatcoin (SWC) per every 1,000 steps. The digital currency can then be redeemed for items including magazines, clothing, music downloads and even televisions.

Previously the app was only capable of tracking outdoor steps - a big disadvantage for those with active jobs indoors or even those using the gym.

The 12-month project, funded by Innovate UK, collected large amounts of data from the sensors built into smartphones in parallel with step-count data recorded using high accuracy activity monitors. Researchers on the project then used this data to create a new step-verification model to work in any environment, not just outdoors.


RESOLVE prototypes shape future of electric urban commuting

RESOLVEThe future of daily urban commuting could be small, lightweight Electric L-category Vehicles (ELVs). A cost effective, energy efficient and comfortable alternative to traditional cars in cities, is at the heart of the €6.92m RESOLVE project, which included WMG at the University of Warwick.

The European project – named ‘Range of Electric Solutions for L-category Vehicles’ – designed and developed two stylish tilting four-wheeler prototype ELVs with leading European manufacturers Piaggio and KTM. These demonstrators were unveiled, and presented to representatives from the European Commission, at an event in Brussels in April 2018.

WMG was one of fourteen partners in the project, which included leading names from industry and research such as Piaggio, KTM, Bosch, Ricardo, the Austrian Institute of Technology, and the University of Florence.


Healthcare technology conference hosted by the Institute of Digital Healthcare

On Thursday 3rd May 2018, the Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) at WMG, University of Warwick, will be hosting the Digital Health & Care and Safety of Connected Health: Improvements & Applications Conference (DICOH’18).

The national conference is being sponsored by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network and NHS Digital.

Professor Maureen Baker CBE, Chair of the Professional Record Standards Body, Dr Cian Hughes Senior Research Scientist, DeepMind and Professor Theo Professor Theo ArvanitisArvanitis, Chair in e-Health Innovation and Head of Research at WMG will be joining other key experts in digital healthcare speaking at the conference.

There will also be a tutorial on clinical IT safety organised jointly by the Institute of Digital Health and the NHS Digital.

You can get more information or register for DICOH’18 here.


WMG students compete at innovation event in Beijing

iCANIn November, a team of WMG students led by Professor Jay Bal, attended The 2017 International Competition on InnovAtion (iCAN) at Peking University in Beijing.

The WMG team ran a stall to promote their innovative marketplace, and presented to a panel of international judges. They won the popular vote prize as well as a 3rd place prize from the judges.

This huge event held over three days welcomed 600 Chinese teams and 40 International teams from industry and academia.

iCAN aims to promote the innovative spirit and entrepreneurship of the younger generation worldwide helping to create a platform of collaboration to create applications in areas including internet of things, intelligent manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

More information on iCAN can be found here.

Wed 21 March 2018, 15:45 | Tags: Education Homepage Article 4

Greg Clark announces £80 million funding for Coventry, Warwickshire and University of Warwick partnership to create new national battery facility

New national battery facilityA partnership between WMG, at the University of Warwick, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and Coventry City Council has been awarded £80 million to establish a new National Battery Manufacturing Development Facility (NBMDF). The announcement was made by The Rt Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, while attending an energy conference on the University of Warwick campus on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

The new national facility will be established in the Coventry and Warwickshire area by WMG, the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP and Coventry City Council and it will enable UK based companies and researchers to come together to build and maintain a world leading position in manufacturing technologies for batteries and their components in vehicles and transportation. It will provide a crucial new strategic link between the research, development and full-scale industrialisation for battery technologies across the UK.

It will enable effective partnerships between manufacturers, researchers, and economic development leaders, while remaining independent from commercial interests and it will be governed with transparency.


Milestone hit in the construction of the National Automotive Innovation Centre

NAIC Milestone Event

The National Automotive Innovation Centre, at the University of Warwick, saw a construction milestone hit, today, with the completion of the external grounds. WMG’s Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Jaguar Land Rover’s Professor Dr Ralf Speth and TMETC’s John O’Connor, along with Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive, and Rosie Drinkwater, University of Warwick marked the milestone with a specially engraved stone.

The Centre, which will open in Summer 2018, will become the driving force behind the future of the UK’s automotive sector. It will be the largest automotive R&D facility in Europe and is a long term commitment between Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, and WMG.

Thu 12 October 2017, 15:52 | Tags: NAIC Partnerships Homepage Article 4

Research finds that UK companies that consider both direct and indirect reshoring of manufacturing gain best performance boosts

A new report launched today by researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick, and Reshoring UK, finds that UK companies that consider both direct and indirect reshoring of manufacturing gain best performance boosts and urges companies to consider both approaches when developing their future strategies.

The report will be launched at WMG Supply Chain Research Group event entitled “Realities of Reshoring: A UK Perspective held tonight, Tuesday 26 September 2017, in the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (IIPSI), WMG, at the University of Warwick.

Tue 26 September 2017, 13:23 | Tags: Supply Chain and Operations Homepage Article 4 Research

WMG Senior Teaching Fellow appointed as Fellow of IMechE

Dr Antony AllenWe are proud to announce that one of our Senior Teaching Fellows, Dr Antony Allen, has been made a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE).

The IMechE is the leading professional engineering body, with divisions dedicated to the specific industries including automotive, aerospace and defence. Its vision is to improve the world by developing and promoting engineering, informing opinion and encouraging innovation.

Fellowship is the highest level of recognition and is awarded to professional engineers who are leaders in their field, working with significant responsibility.

Antony explains: “In 2014 I became a Member of the IMechE and a professional engineer Chartered through the Engineering Council. Since then I have moved from a predominantly technical role in industry onto industry focussed teaching in higher education.

Fri 07 July 2017, 12:01 | Tags: Education Public engagement Homepage Article 4

World's 'first named dinosaur' reveals new teeth with scanning tech

Attached is an artist’s impression of how Victorian palaeontologists thought the Megalosaurus looked (right), compared with how we now understand it to have looked (left). Credit University of Warwick/Mark Garlick.Pioneering technology has shed fresh light on the world’s first scientifically-described dinosaur fossil – over 200 years after it was first discovered - thanks to research by WMG at the University of Warwick and the University of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History.

Professor Mark Williams at WMG has revealed five previously unseen teeth in the jawbone of the Megalosaurus – and that historical repairs on the fossil may have been less extensive than previously thought.

Thu 08 June 2017, 10:38 | Tags: Metrology Homepage Article 4 Mark Williams Research

WMG Professor named as part of award-winning research team

Professor Theo ArvanitisOur Professor Theo Arvanitis, Chair in e-Health Innovation and Head of Research at our Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH), and his colleagues Omar Khan and Sarah Lim-Choi Keung, were part of the winning Warwick Research Team at the annual University of Warwick awards on Friday (12th May) night.

The winning team was made up of colleagues from WMG’s IDH, Warwick Medical School and Warwick Computer Science who are working alongside doctors at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and Tommy’s baby charity on the development of the Tommy’s National Miscarriage Research Centre.

 The work of the Warwick team is internationally recognised as pioneering and has already delivered new treatment options that are currently being tested in clinical trials. The new Tommy’s centre now enables 24,000 women per year to access treatment and support and participate in Tommy’s research studies. Tommy’s #misCOURAGE campaign continues to grow and resonate with women, attracting a UK and global audience. To date the campaign has reached over 16 million women on Facebook with 7 million of them watching the campaign film; 7,000 taking part in a miscarriage survey and over 1,000 women bravely sharing their personal #misCOURAGE story.”Prof Theo Arvanitis Retweeted Warwick InsiteWell done all for excellent work on Tommy's Research in Miscarriage @IDHwarwick we are proud to be part of the team & unit @TheoArvanitis

Mon 15 May 2017, 16:19 | Tags: Theo Arvanitis Homepage Article 4 Research

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