Géotechnique Lecture honour for Dundee academic

Dr Jonathan Knappett Institution of Civil Engineers lecture
| news, 2017

A University of Dundee researcher has been chosen to deliver one of the most prestigious lectures in the field of Civil Engineering in recognition of his work exploring how vegetation can protect transport infrastructure against the damaging effects of natural hazards. Dr Jonathan Knappett, Discipline Lead for Civil Engineering at the University, has been chosen to deliver the 13th Biennial Géotechnique Lecture at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London on Tuesday 14 November. The talk, entitled ‘Use of vegetation in low-carbon Geotechnical Engineering’, will highlight novel cross-d...

The Margaret Harris Lecture 2017 - Martin Pistorius

Martin Pistorius speaks at the Margaret Harris Lecture 2017
| news, 2017

A man who spent 14 years in institutions for people with profound learning and physical disabilities after contracting a brain infection shared the story of how he battled back to health at this year’s Margaret Harris Lecture at the University of Dundee. At the age of 12, Martin Pistorius began developing symptoms that included losing the ability to move by himself. The South African later fell into a vegetative state that lasted four years. By the time he was 19 he had regained full consciousness, but was unable to tell anyone. It was only when a therapist noticed that he was reactive to specific st...

Five-figure sum donation to improve facilities at University of Dundee

Dignity donation to CAHID
| news, 2017

One of the country’s largest funeral providers has given a generous donation to the University of Dundee to help provide world-class teaching facilities in the University’s Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID). Dignity, who run Dundee Crematorium, handed over a cheque for £15,000. Dignity helps the University hold its annual funeral service for relatives and friends of our body donors. Staff at Dignity are instrumental in ensuring the funeral service is carried out in a very respectful manner as befits this very important event in the University calendar. The money wil...

University of Dundee team collaborates with BBC explores how machines can help us argue

Prof Chris Reedan BBC collaboration
| NEWS, 2017

Computing researchers from the University of Dundee are working with the BBC to devise computer software that challenges people to improve their arguing skills. Professor Chris Reed and his colleagues from the Centre for Argument Technology (ARG-tech) have signed an agreement for a suite of technology to be piloted in conjunction with BBC programming. The partnership builds on many years of collaboration between Professor Reed and the makers of the popular Radio 4 live discussion programme, The Moral Maze. The ARG-tech team worked with a team of engineers around the world against the clock to analyse the d...

STAR-Dundee moves to employees ownership

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| news, 2017

A company set up by the University of Dundee's Chair of Spacecraft Electronic Systems, Professor Steve Parkes, is now under employee ownership. STAR-Dundee, which is based in the city, provides the international space agencies and space industry with important equipment. The company was set up by Professor Parkes in 2002 and over the past 15 years has grown from a team compising of the computing academic and a few research students, to now employing 25 people with offices in Dundee and Barcelona. Professor Parkes said: “Having formed STAR-Dundee and forged it over 15 years into a company with a world...