Departmental News

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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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.

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on Monday 24 July 2017

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


Top graduate employment ranking

Posted on Tuesday 20 June 2017

The Department of Electronic Engineering has been ranked first in the country when it comes to graduates finding jobs within one year of leaving the university.


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

Posted on 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.


Dr David Chesmore talks to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme

Posted on 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.


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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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.

Posted on 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.

Posted on 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.

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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"

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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?

Posted on 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

Posted on 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

Posted on 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?

Posted on 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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