20 Dec 2017

Twitter + Citizen Science + AI = improved flood data collection

Researchers from the University of Dundee are combining Twitter, citizen science and cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to develop an early-warning system for flood-prone communities. Dr Roger Wang and his colleagues from the University’s School of Science and Engineering have shown how AI can be used to extract data from Twitter and crowdsourced information from mobile phone apps to build up hyper-resolution monitoring of urban flooding. They believe this is the first time that Computer Vision has been applied to flooding issues. Urban flooding is difficult to monitor due to comple...

Twitter + Citizen Science + AI = improved flood data collection

19 Dec 2017

Radical prosthetics project goes on display in New York

A University of Dundee project that incorporates everyday materials in the design of prosthetic hands, to better suit disability, has gone on display at a prestigious New York museum. Hands of X, an initiative led by design researchers from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee and University College London, design made-to-order prosthetics that come in a choice of materials including leather, woods, wools and metals. Their work will be on display in ‘Access+Ability’ at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York until the Monday 3rd ...

Radical prosthetics project goes on display in New York

15 Dec 2017

Engineering students take top prize in China

A team of engineering students from the University of Dundee scooped up first place in a prestigious competition held at Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (SIBET) in China this week. More than 100 teams from around the world took part in this year’s biomedical instrumentation innovation competition, which sees teams design new medical devices. This year saw the competition being opened up to international teams for the first time, with the Dundee team won an award with their design for anti-tremor watch for those living with Parkinson’s. The team, consisting of Masters s...

Engineering students take top prize in China

15 Dec 2017

Alumnus establishes bursary to help students

An alumnus of the University of Dundee has set up a bursary to help current students who are following in his footsteps. David Peattie graduated in 1976 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. He is now the Chief Executive of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and has spent his career tackling complex commercial and engineering challenges throughout the world. He has chosen to give back to a student who is studying Mechanical Engineering and wants to ensure that money is not a barrier to accessing the opportunities a university education offers. Recipients will receive £1,000 per ye...

Alumnus establishes bursary to help students

14 Dec 2017

Research to put bite on liver disease NASH

A form of liver disease which threatens to become a modern epidemic due to its association with obesity and type 2 diabetes – both major health issues for modern society – may be stopped in its tracks thanks to a research breakthrough by scientists at the Universities of Dundee, St Andrews and Stony Brook. They found that the liver disease known as NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) could not only be stopped but that the damage it causes, including cirrhosis of the liver, could be reversed. Lifestyle choices within industrialised societies that entail over-consumption of energy-dense food and...

Research to put bite on liver disease NASH