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Anthony Hunt awarded 2021 Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music

Monday 11 October 2021

Anthony Hunt awarded 2021 Rebekah Wilson Prize for Interactive Music for his entry the MIDI Hand.

4G Coverage from the Helikite flying above the West Campus rugby pitch

Tuesday 31 August 2021

The Helikite is able to provide 4G coverage for up to 200 metres.

Department of Electronic Engineering student awarded prestigious Laidlaw Scholarship

Tuesday 27 July 2021

Undergraduate student Thomas Mason will carry out a six-week research project of his choice under the supervision of a leading academic, develop his leadership skills, experience new cultures and create positive change - all fully funded.

New director for £45m robotics research centre at York

Monday 12 July 2021

A director has been appointed to lead a major new £45m research centre at the University of York which aims to place York at the forefront of research into the safe operation of robotics and autonomous systems.

Helikite test flight on the Campus West rugby pitch

Wednesday 16 June 2021

On 28 May 2021 Dr Yi Chu, Professor David Grace and the technical team led by Andy White carried out a test flight of the 21 m3 Helikite with an upgraded inertial measurement unit (IMU) on the Campus West rugby pitch.

Open-source LTE network for mountain search and rescue trial on Campus West rugby pitch

Wednesday 16 June 2021

On 27 May 2021 Dr Yi Chu, Professor David Grace and the technical team led by Andy White carried out a field trial of the open-source LTE network for mountain search and rescue on the University's rugby pitch.

Departments of Electronics and Physics to lead Spintronics research consortium

Monday 10 May 2021

The University of York is to lead a new international network for spintronics with a five-year project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Underwater acoustic communication experiment on Campus East lake

Wednesday 17 March 2021

The first underwater network experiment carried out in Campus East's lake took place on 24 February 2021.

University of York is leading the Cooperative Underwater Surveillance Networks (COUSIN) project

Wednesday 9 December 2020

The COUSIN project aims to investigate and practically demonstrate (at sea) novel joint designs of low-cost underwater acoustic (UWA) networks for enhanced underwater monitoring and surveillance (UMS).

Professor David Grace appointed as a 5G Trailblazer Pioneer by Ericsson

Tuesday 8 December 2020

The recognition comes as his latest innovations in 5G research continue to advance communications across the country.

York research features at the UK Jiangsu World-Class University Consortium

Tuesday 24 November 2020

York researchers took a leading role in the virtual annual general meeting of the UK Jiangsu World-Class University Consortium in November.

This is Engineering Day 2020

Wednesday 4 November 2020

We’re joining forces with the Royal Academy of Engineering to change the image of engineering.

RoboFish project hopes to improve offshore windfarm inspection

Wednesday 14 October 2020

The RoboFish project looks to develop an autonomous marine robot which mimics the full-body movement of an eel or trout, allowing greater mobility compared to current autonomous underwater vehicles.

PhD student awarded second prize in the Doctoral Researcher Awards

Thursday 24 September 2020

Junfei Qiu, one of David Grace's 3rd-Year PhD students, has won the second prize of the Doctoral Researcher Awards (DRA) 2020 in the Engineering Sciences category in September.

Samadhan Patil gives seminar for Nuclear Physics group

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Dr. Samadhan Patil of the Department of Electronic Engineering recently led an interdisciplinary seminar in the Department of Physics about his work at the University of Glasgow.

Department paper on evolutionary design accepted for CEC 2020

Tuesday 28 April 2020

Dr Simon Hickinbotham and Professor Andy Tyrrell have recently had their work on design evolution accepted for the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC) 2020.

New interdisciplinary research to study protein scaffolds for biotechnology

Thursday 12 March 2020

Steve Johnson is co-investigator on a new BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) Tools and Technology grant.

University of York appointed academic partner in Mobile Access North Yorkshire (MANY) project

Tuesday 10 March 2020

The MANY project aims to develop future 5G rural connectivity in North Yorkshire by investigating new technologies, apps and services tailored for rural areas.

Student awarded IET Horizons bursary

Wednesday 15 January 2020

Jake Richardson has been awarded an Institute of Engineering and Technology bursary.

Department welcomes Arkwright Engineering Scholarships winners

Tuesday 3 December 2019

The Department of Electronic Engineering is sponsoring two A level students who have been awarded Arkwright Engineering Scholarships.

Gianluca Tempesti gives keynote talk on the ‘GRACEFUL’ project at ICSTCC 2019

Tuesday 26 November 2019

“Continuous On-Line Adaptation in Many-Core Systems: The GRACEFUL Project" discussed Gianluca's project and its new approaches to multi-processor computing architecture.

This is Engineering Day 2019

Wednesday 6 November 2019

We’re joining forces with the Royal Academy of Engineering to change the image of engineering.

CHAPA hosts second industrial workshop

Tuesday 29 October 2019

The thriving High Altitude Platform (HAP) community reunited at York again to attend the second industry focused workshop hosted by the Centre for High Altitude Platform Applications (CHAPA) on 17 September 2019.

Dr Nils Morozs trials underwater acoustic network in Israel

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Two successful trials showcase new networking protocol.

Bio-inspired technologies group publishes work for detecting signs of antibiotic bacterial resistance

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Steven Johnson, Lisa Miller and Callum Silver of the Bio-inspired technologies group in the Department of Electronic Engineering have published their recent collaborative work in the American Chemical Society (ACS): Applied Materials and Interfaces.

Grow MedTech photo shoot at LIVE lab

Thursday 22 August 2019

The programme is collaborating with Dr Adar Pelah on an upcoming feature, showing support at a recent Electronic Engineering gathering.

Andy White shortlisted for IET award

Wednesday 21 August 2019

Andy White has been nominated for the IET Technician of the Year award.

Popular Science magazine revisits Dr Adar Pelah’s strange treadmill effect

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Research on the treadmill illusion has been re-published in Popular Science Magazine.

PhD student has been accepted to present her work on robotic communication.

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Naomi Gildert, a member of York Robotics Lab, will present her work at the 2019 Automation Science and Engineering conference in Vancouver, Canada.

Virtually breaking the sound barrier

Thursday 23 May 2019

Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive experience which owes as much to sound as it does vision. Our research is now used by some of the internet’s biggest names to provide the most realistic 3D audio.

Fish and microchips

Thursday 23 May 2019

Our researchers are gaining important new insights into the development of Parkinson’s by using the latest digital technology to study the way fish swim. It could take neurodegenerative research analysis to the next level.

University of York researcher named among Nation’s Lifesavers

Friday 17 May 2019

Professor Stephen Smith and his team have been recognised for their research into the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s.

Prof Yongbing Xu has published his recent work in the journal of Science Advances

Thursday 2 May 2019

Prof Yongbing Xu of the Department of Electronic Engineering has published his recent collaborative work in the journal of Science Advances.

Head of Department delivers presentation at international workshop SelPhyS 2019

Monday 29 April 2019

Professor Andy Tyrrell presented work on the use of biology as an inspiration for robotic and computer hardware design.

Students win national bursary for engineering talent

Friday 5 April 2019

Five students awarded Engineering Horizons Bursary of up to £4000

PhD student wins award in Connected Nation Pioneers Competition

Friday 23 November 2018

York's Marc Green has won an award for his research into soundscapes, which aims to improve immersive experiences.

York academics' case study makes the shortlist

Thursday 18 October 2018

The Helikite USRP Testbed case study has been shortlisted for the Engineering Impact Awards.

University of York, Screen Yorkshire and the BFI secure creative cluster funding

Friday 7 September 2018

University of York, Screen Yorkshire and the BFI have secured creative cluster funding to support and grow screen industries in Yorkshire and Humber

Underwater networks

Wednesday 5 September 2018

Dr Nils Morozs demonstrates newly developed technology for underwater communications.

York Electronic Engineering Audio Lab Student Awarded AES Grant

Tuesday 7 August 2018

York student, Marc Green, has received a $5000 grant for his commitment to audio engineering.

NSS results 2018

Thursday 2 August 2018

The Department of Electronic Engineering has come out with high scores in the latest National Student Survey.

Gold award for human-competitive results

Wednesday 25 July 2018

Professor Stephen Smith collected the 15th Annual Gold "Humies" Award, on behalf of colleagues at the Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in Japan.

Department 12th in the UK in Guardian University guide 2019

Monday 11 June 2018

Electronic Engineering, at York, has been ranked 12th in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2019.

University of York student shortlisted for a Future Stars of Tech Award

Thursday 31 May 2018

Eleanor Yong, current BEng student in the Department of Electronic Engineering at York has been shortlisted for a Future Stars of Tech award.

York academics attend ITHET 2018 conference

Monday 14 May 2018

York's Engineering Management Research Group won the Best Paper and Professor Tony Ward was a keynote speaker.

Autonomous Robot Evolution: Cradle to Grave

Thursday 3 May 2018

Staff from the Department of Electronic Engineering to be part of £1.8M EPSRC funded project.

Gender Equality and the Audio Industries

Monday 12 February 2018

Department of Electronic Engineering Senior Lecturer and PhD Student to take part in an expert panel on gender equality and the audio industries.

University of York students win national bursary for engineering talent

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Three students from the University of York have celebrated success after receiving an Engineering Horizons Bursary from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya to be awarded Honorary Degree

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Engineer, educator and government advisor Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya is among eight leading figures from the world of business, performing arts, politics and journalism to receive honorary degrees from the University of York this weekend (19 and 20 January 2018).

York wins Best Collaboration Award with Huawei Wireless

Monday 20 November 2017

Researchers in the Department of Electronic Engineering have received the prestigious Best Collaboration with Huawei Wireless 2016 award.

Dr Dave Chesmore to give talk at the Institute of Physics in Newcastle

Friday 13 October 2017

Dr Dave Chesmore to give talk on the 'Application of Computational Bioacoustics in Ecology and Agriculture' at the Institute of Physics in Newcastle on Friday 20 October 2017.

Dr Dave Chesmore looks at the advances in technology within agriculture

Monday 2 October 2017

Advances in technology, especially electronics, is driving a new revolution in agriculture and horticulture, partly as a response to global challenges such as food shortage, climate changes and increasing population.

Dr Shuhei Miyashita has paper published in Science Robotics

Friday 29 September 2017

Dr Shuhei Miyashita, the head of the Microrobotics Group in the department, and his former colleagues at MIT have published a paper "Robotic Metamorphosis by Origami Exoskeletons" in Science Robotics.

£5M Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funding for photonics

Thursday 10 August 2017

Researchers from the University of St Andrews and the University of York have been awarded over £5M from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to research resonant and shaped photonics which could revolutionise our understanding of the biomedical world.

PhD student awarded best student paper at TAROS conference.

Wednesday 9 August 2017

James O'Keeffe (PhD student in the Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience Research Group) was awarded the best student paper at this year's TAROS Conference (Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems), which was held in Surrey.

Dr Helena Daffern takes part in Radio 3 Proms Interval Panel

Wednesday 9 August 2017

Dr Helena Daffern contributed her knowledge of the science of singing in a heated round table discussion on the use of vibrato in singing on Radio 3 during a Proms interval panel.

PhD student awarded the Beryl Mavis Green Prize

Monday 24 July 2017

PhD student, Rebecca Vos, has been awarded the Beryl Mavis Green Prize by the British Federation of Women Graduates.

Excellent graduate employment statistics

Tuesday 20 June 2017

The Department of Electronic Engineering has the highest proportion of graduates in employment within one year of finishing their studies according to the UK engineering and technology graduates LEO data set, June 2017.

Dr David Chesmore talks to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Dr David Chesmore from the Department of Electronic Engineering has been interviewed by the BBC for the Radio 4 Today programme about using acoustics to detect furniture beetle in furniture in National Trust properties. The interview will be broadcast on Thursday 22 June 2017.

New online system set to reduce hundreds of chemical tests on animals

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Scientists at the University of York and SimOmics Ltd have developed a new online data sharing system which could reduce the need for hundreds of laboratory tests on animals.

Professor Jon Timmis to present at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition

Thursday 15 June 2017

Professor Jon Timmis will be presenting an interactive session on robotics at this year’s Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London, the premier science outreach event of the year.

PhD student thesis accepted for the Springer Series

Thursday 30 March 2017

PhD student, José Juan-Colás, from the Department of Electronic Engineering has recently had his thesis accepted for the Springer Theses series 2017, as recognition for outstanding PhD research.

DNA rotary nanomotor

Friday 24 March 2017

Dr Katherine Dunn, from the Department of Electronic Engineering, has developed a DNA nanomotor that is designed to rotate autonomously. The machine is an artificial device made from chemically synthesized DNA and the underlying technology has potential applications in molecular processing, DNA computing, biomedical sensing and photonics.

A new NUS publication features Dave Chesmore's work on environmental electronics & sustainable engineering

Monday 13 March 2017

Dave Chesmore has had an article about his work on environmental electronics & sustainable engineering published by the NUS as part of an open resource to demonstrate that sustainability can - and should - be embedded into any curriculum.

Engineered proteins for detecting environmental contaminants

Friday 24 February 2017

PhD student Elena Koutsoumpeli has for the first time shown the use of engineered proteins for the detection of small molecule environmental contaminants.

Department of Electronics students recognised as engineering rising stars by IET

Thursday 16 February 2017

Two students from the Department of Electronics are celebrating their success after receiving prestigious bursaries from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Handwriting provides window into health, new documentary reveals

Wednesday 25 January 2017

A new online documentary investigating how the study of handwriting could help improve the lives of people with movement disorders has been launched by a University of York historian, currently working in an interdisciplinary role in the Department of Electronics.

Tackling contaminated waters in Vanuatu

Wednesday 9 November 2016

At present in Vanuatu, over 10% of the population depend on unimproved river, lake or spring water. The situation grew worse following Cyclone Pam (March 2015), when half the population was without clean drinking water for one month after water and sanitation infrastructure was destroyed.

Researchers at the University of York have developed a new sensor that is capable of detecting multiple proteins and enzymes in a small volume of blood, which could significantly speed up diagnostic healthcare processes.

Monday 19 September 2016

Currently tests to detect the presence of infection or disease require a sample of blood from a patient, which is later analysed in a laboratory to detect markers of disease. The presence of particular proteins can give an indication of a health condition and the best course of treatment, but only one type of protein can be identified per sample.

Best Student Paper Award at EMC Europe.

Monday 27 June 2016

PhD student Sarah Parker was awarded the Best Student Paper at the EMC Europe conference in Wroclaw. Sarah is sponsored by York EMC Services and works in the Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory team developing new electromagnetic shielding measurement techniques in collaboration with HUAWEI Technologies. Shown alongside Sarah are her supervisors Dr John Dawson and Prof Andy Marvin, the CEO of York EMC Services Mr Nick Wainwright and one of our HUAWEI collaborators and co-author Dr Ming Ye.

Prof Jon Timmis gave an invited tutorial at the 15th International Conference on Unconventional and Natural Computing Conference in Manchester.

Monday 27 June 2016

Prof Timmis' tutorial was on swarm robotics and covered topics such as designing emergent swarm behaviour, distributed control and the use of evolutionary algorithms to automatically design emergent behaviours in swarms.

Prof Jon Timmis To Give Keynote Lecture at SICSA PhD Conference

Monday 27 June 2016

Prof Jon Timmis is to give a keynote lecture at the SICSA PhD conference in Glasgow. Jon will be talking to PhD students from across Scotland about the pleasures and pitfalls of interdisiplinary work.

Electronics Staff Win Best Poster Award

Thursday 23 June 2016

Gianluca Tempesti and Pedro Campos received the award for Best Poster on the IP Track at the Design Automation Conference, which took place from the 4th to the 9th of June in Austin, Texas.

Dr David Chesmore Appointed as Vice President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers

Thursday 5 May 2016

David was appointed as one of three Vice Presidents of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) at their AGM on the 28 April 2016. The appointment is for three years and David will serve on the Executive Committee. He has been a Fellow of the IAgrE for 15 years and became a Chartered Environmentalist through the institution in 2007.

New EU project launched to investigate new materials for extreme conditions

Monday 11 April 2016

Researchers in the Department of Electronics, led by Prof Atsufumi Hirohata are involved in a new EU funded project, led by Università Politecnica delle Marche in Italy. The project consists of a multidisciplinary team of companies, scientists and technologists, which is composed by a network of 25 Countries across Europe and Israel. The project aims to find an innovative way to overcome the difficulties in the access to Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) that are expected to depress industrial sectors vital to Europe.

How robots are helping more York girls crack coding

Thursday 31 March 2016

PUPILS from schools around York took part in a special event to learn more about coding. The event was set up by City of York Council’s Digital York Team and hosted at the National Railway Museum to teach young people how to code.

Academic to showcase award-winning medical equipment at London show

Friday 18 March 2016

An award-winning piece of medical equipment which can help people with Parkinson’s control their condition is unveiled today at a prestigious technology show.

Japan calls for York student

Friday 18 March 2016

A University of York PhD student has been selected by the British Council Japan for a two month research fellowship with a Japanese university.

Dr. Andy Hunt Featured in the Economist Newspaper

Monday 14 March 2016

Dr. Andy Hunt been featured in the latest Economist issue, as part of a feature on Data Sonification:

Electronics to feature in "Behind the Scenes at The Royal Society"

Monday 14 March 2016

The Department of Electronics is part of the "Behind the Scenes at The Royal Society" this week as part of Science Week.

York engineer takes her research to Parliament

Friday 4 March 2016

Amelia Gully, 27, a PhD student at University of York, hailing from Ryde, Isle of Wight, is attending Parliament to present her engineering research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday 7 March.

York in the world’s top 100 for its international outlook

Thursday 14 January 2016

The Univeristy of York have been ranked as one of the 100 most international universities in the world by Times Higher Education (THE).

Spin-out wins Innovate UK grant to develop ‘virtual’ drug lab

Thursday 14 January 2016

A University of York spin-out backed by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub, has been awarded a £300,000 grant from the UK’s innovation agency Innovate UK, sponsored by NC3Rs, to develop a ‘virtual laboratory’ to establish the environmental impact of drugs earlier in discovery and development.

Dr. James Alfred Walker Elevated to Senior IEEE Membership

Monday 12 October 2015

Dr James Alfred Walker, Research Fellow in the Department of Electronics, has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Dr. Stephen Smith wins Innovation award at the Eleventh Medipex NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase

Monday 12 October 2015

Stephen Smith and clinical collaborators from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust came first in the Medical Devices and Diagnostics category for developing LID-Monitor, a novel device that employs evolutionary algorithms to detect involuntary movements in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The device, commercialised through spin-out company ClearSky Medical Diagnostics, allows home monitoring of patients over a 24 hour period and produces an easy to interpret graph that can be presented to clinicians in order to inform any changes in medication that may benefit the patient.

Professor Andy Hunt has book published via Kindle Direct Publishing

Monday 12 October 2015

Electronics' very own Professor Andy Hunt has published his book, 'Managing Your Project: Achieving Success with Minimal Stress' via Kindle Direct Publishing.

Hearing the Past: St Mary’s Abbey Reconstructed

Friday 25 September 2015

A number of electronics staff are involved in producing a spectacular music and light finale to Yornight on 25 September, bringing the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey in York back to life.

Unfolding the mysteries of DNA origami

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Experiments performed by a University of York physicist have provided new insights into how DNA assembles into nanostructures, paving the way for more precise use in technology and medicine.

New Laboratory to Extend Experimental Research into Biologically-Inspired Technologies

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Researchers in the Department of Electronics have been awarded an EPSRC Experimental Equipment grant that will support and extend research into innovative bio-inspired technologies.

York academics take part in Science Museum Lates

Thursday 25 June 2015

Scientists from the University of York will take part in the Science Museum's 'Lates' event this week.

May 2015 Prof Gusz Eiben has Paper Published in Nature Journal

Friday 29 May 2015

Prof Gusz Eiben, a Visiting Professor in the Department and attached to the Intelligent Systems group is considered to be one of the world-leading authorities on Evolutionary Computation. This week saw the publication of a paper in Nature by Prof Eiben which discusses how theories from biological evolution can be used to inspire the creation of evolutionary algorithms and novel systems design.

Dr Danesh Tarapore Has Paper Published In Nature Journal

Friday 29 May 2015

Dr Danesh Tarapore, from York’s Department of Electronics, has had a paper published in Nature, an international weekly journal of science. The paper is titled “Robots that can adapt like animals”

Watch a video conversation between Prof. Jon Timmis and Alan Winfield - can robots evolve?

Thursday 30 April 2015

Professor Jon Timmis, Director of the York Robotics Laboratory and Co-Director of York Computational Immunology Lab at the University of York recently gave a talk at the Edinburgh International Science Festival titled “Can robots evolve?”

Dr James A. Walker gave an invited keynote talk at DATE Conference

Thursday 30 April 2015

Dr James A. Walker gave an invited keynote talk on "PAnDA: Programmable Analogue and Digital Array" at the Designing with Uncertainty - Opportunities & Challenges workshop, which took place as part of the Design Automation & Test in Europe (DATE) Conference, 9th - 13th March 2015, Grenoble, France.

SWEY Hackathon encourages future engineers

Thursday 9 April 2015

Celebrating its first birthday, the Society for Women in Engineering at York (SWEY) held a successful Hackathon in the Department of Computer Science in February.

Prof. Jon Timmis @ The Edinburgh International Science Festival: Can robots evolve?

Wednesday 11 February 2015

Professor Jon Timmis, Director of the York Robotics Laboratory and Co-Director of York Computational Immunology Lab at the University of York is to talk at the The Edinburgh International Science Festival will explain how biology is now influencing robotics research in a wide variety of ways.

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