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26 December 2016

New £2m EPSRC Award
Congratulations to Visakan Kadirkamanathan and George Panoutsos for their roles in securing funding for the EPSRC Future Powder Manufacturing Hub. (Value to ACSE - £2,063,083)
The ACSE work will focus on model-based whole lifecycle part-machine optimisation in powder manufacturing. This is part of EPSRC's new funding mechanism, for manufacturing-specific £10M, 7-year long research hubs in the UK. Due to the nature of the funding mechanism there will be opportunities during the lifetime of the hub to bring in additional projects/researchers from ACSE (as well as other institutions).
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/grant-awards-2016-1.670498

Previous News

Date News Item
16 November 2016 Prestigious Grant Awarded by the Lorentz Center
The University of Sheffield academics Dr Viktor Fedun from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and Dr Gary Verth (SoMaS), in collaboration with their international partners have been awarded a prestigious grant by the Lorentz Center.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/lorentz-center-1.662288
30 June 2016 New Research New Research could lead to restoring vision for sufferers of retinal disorders
New research carried out by ACSE Head of Department Daniel Coca along with other engineers and neuroscientists from University of Sheffield, could lead to restoring vision for sufferers of retinal disorders
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/newresearchinacse-1.587197
6 June 2016 Norwegian Research Council funding award
Dr Hua-Liang Wei for his role in securing funding for the project entitled 'CoDINA'. (Value to ACSE: £4,999)
The Research Council of Norway works to add value to the research system by facilitating research that actors in the system could not successfully achieve working on their own.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/grantawardsuccessinacse-1.581006
6 June 2016 STFC  funding award
Professor Michael Balikhin for securing funding for the project entitled 'Thor Eds.'(Value to ACSE: £80,642)
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation and there goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people- and more broadly the world. Their vision is to maximise the impact of their knowledge, skills, facilities and resources for the benefit of the UK and its people.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/grantawardsuccessinacse-1.581006
9 May 2016 ‘Fruit Fly Observatory’ Wins the 1st Phase of the Open Science Prize
The proposal entitled ‘Fruit Fly Observatory’, put forward by an international team including researchers from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, has been selected out of nearly 100 submissions as a one of the six winners in the first Phase of the Open Science Prize Challenge. The Prize finalists will be announced publicly today at the 7th Health Datapalooza in Washington DC.
As a Phase I winner, the ACSE-led UK team will share the $80,000 prize offered to develop a prototype and compete for the Phase II prize of $230,000.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/fruit_fly_observatory-1.573850
17 December 2015 ACSE Staff Predict the strength of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation
Sheffield team make Predict the strength of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/atlanticmeridional-1.535061
9 December 2015 ACSE Research of the Fly Brain is Featured in the Financial Times
Sheffield researchers launch collaborative project to build first complete fly brain model
Funded jointly by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council UK and the National Science Foundation in US, the £1.2 million project is a partnership between researchers at the University of Sheffield, Columbia University in the City of New York, research laboratories at Stanford, Washington, Oxford and National Tsing Hua Universities, as well as NVIDIA, the company that pioneered GPU computing.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/flybrain-1.532661
15 July 2015 Cluster mission solves long standing equatorial noise scientific mystery
The ESA Cluster mission has revealed for the first time the structure and cause of low frequency "noise" in near-Earth space.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/cluster_equatorial_noise-1.479891
2 March 2015 STFC funding award
Misha Balikhin and Viktor Fedun for their roles in winning an ATST UK Consortium PPRP bid, (ACSE £36,637). Led by Queens University Belfast, the Sheffield team will build cameras for the £344 million revolutionary solar telescope which is to be built in Hawaii.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/grants-1.445339
2 March 2015 STFC funding award
Viktor Fedun and Misha Balikhin for their roles in winning consolidated grant support for the Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre (SP2RC), (ACSE £103,914). The aim of this Consolidated Grant is to advance knowledge on the physics and energy transfer in the whole chain processes from the Sun to geospace, starting from solar surface and down to the radiation belts.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/grants-1.445339
2 March 2015 Horizon 2020 funding award
Misha Balikhin, Leon Wei, Steve Billings and Viktor Fedun for their roles in winning Horizon 2020 funding for ‘PROGRESS’ (value to ACSE: £462,194). The overall aim of the project PROGRESS is to exploit the available spacecraft and ground based data combined with state of art data assimilation methodologies in order to develop an accurate and reliable forecast of space weather hazards. This project will combine efforts of eight world leading groups from UK, USA, Ukraine, Sweden, Russia, Finland and France.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/grants-1.445339
11 February 2015 World’s biggest solar telescope to be launched
The world's biggest solar telescope that could help predict solar storms - which can cause huge disruption to life on Earth - will be launched in 2019
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/telescope-1.439796
13 October 2014 Generator uses heat from volcanic soil as energy source
ACSE has built a Thermo Electric Generator that will act as a means of powering remote scientific instrumentation in extreme volcanic environments.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/volcanic-generator-1.411433
24 July 2014 Peter Heins wins best paper award
We are pleased to announce that PhD student Peter Heins has won an award for best paper at the UKACC (United Kingdom Automatic Control Council) International Conference on Control.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/best-paper-award-1.386274
16 June 2014 ACSE engineers help characterise bottlenecks in stem cell expansion
A time-lapse study of human pluripotent stems cells has identified bottlenecks restricting the formation of colonies, a discovery which could improve their use in regenerative medicine.
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/news/stem-cell-expansion-1.380648
30 April 2013 £4.75m EPSRC Frontier Engineering Award
The Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems based in ACSE is pleased to announce that M J Hounslow, D Lacroix, M Viceconti, S A Billings, V Kadirkamanathan, A Pavic, E McCloskey and T Skerry have been awarded £4.75m from EPSRC for the period 1.07.2013 to 30.06.2018 for “Modelling complex and partially identified engineering problems-Application to the individualised multi-scale simulation of the musculoskeletal system”.
28 April 2013 EU FP7 award of €3,333,275
The Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems based in ACSE is pleased to announce the award of €3,333,275 from EU  FP7 for the period June 2013-June 2016 for "Demonstration of methods and tools for the optimisation of operational reliability of large-scale industrial wind turbines-Optimus" by Z Q Lang, et al.
23 April 2013 £615,105 BBSRC award
Y Zheng, J Berwick, A J Kennerley, S A Billings, D Coca, E Milne, P Regreave have been awarded £615,105 from BBSRC for the period 1.05.2013 to 30.04.2016 for “Understanding neural excitation and inhibition: Implications for the interpretation of extracellular field potentials and  neurovascular coupling”.
5 April 2013 Award from the Royal Society and the National Science Foundation of China
We are pleased to announce the award of £12,000 from Royal Society and RMB 130,000 from National Science Foundation of China for the period 05.04.2013-04.04.2015 for "Structural damage evaluation using nonlinear Lamb wave and frequency analyses" by Z Q Lang
1 April 2013 Award from The Ryder Briggs Charity
The Ryder Briggs Charity has made an award of £8,378 for the period 01.04.2013 to 30.03.2014 for “The thalamic clock and the cortical focus theory in childhood absence epilepsy—an insight with a new approach of quantitative EEG analysis in the time domain: the error reduction ratio method” by P G Sarrigiannis, Y Zhao, H L Wei, F He, S A Billings
1 September 2012 £392k award from TSB
We are pleased to announce the award of £392,695 from TSB for the period 01.09.2012-31.08.2013 for "An integrated wayside condition monitoring system for axle bearing" by Z Q Lang, et al.
30 July 2012 £1.1m EPSRC award
We are pleased to announce the award of £1,175,282 by EPSRC for the period 30.07.2012-30.06.2016 for "Novel Sensing and Network for Intelligent Monitoring - Newton" by Z Q Lang, Gui Yun Tian, Jim Austin, Tony Dodd, Jeff Neasham, Z. Ding
2012 UK-India Partnership UKIERI award
Awarded £20,400 from UK-India Partnership UKIERI for the period 2012 – 2013 for "Integrated sensing monitoring and healing for complex autonomous systems" by V Kadirkamanathan and S Pope
2012 $900k award from Human Frontier Science Program
An award of $900,000 has been made by the Human Frontier Science Program for "Stem Cell Dynamics in Time and Space" by D Coca et al.
November 2011 EPSRC KTA award
Z Q Lang and Y Zhang  have been awarded £74,022 from EPSRC KTA for the period November 2011-September 2012 for "Digital stereo Imaging and signal processing based condition monitoring technology for wind turbine blades"
2011 Unilever Research Grant
R Gross and V Kadirkamanathan have been awarded £62,414 from Unilever Research Grant for the period 2011 – 2012 for "Nonlinear signal processing for time series classification"
2011 €450k  EU-FP7 Grant
We are pleased to announce the award of €452,000 (PI)  from EU-FP7 for the period 2011 – 2012 for "SEMEP: Search for electro-magnetic earthquake precursors" by M Balikhin, V Kadirkamanathan, et al.
2011 BAE Systems Research Grant
A BAE Systems Research Grant of £51,895 has been awarded for "Decision support tool in FLAME GPU" by Paul Richmond, V Kadirkamanathan
02 January 2011 Award from NERC
The Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems based in ACSE is pleased to announce that Professor Bigg, Dr Hanna, Professor Kadirkamanthan and Professor Billings have been awarded £311,959 from NERC for 'A century of variability in Greenland melting and iceberg calving'.
9 August 2010 Award from BBSRC
The Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems based in ACSE is pleased to announce that Dr Coca, Dr Juusola and Professor Billings have been awarded £532,115 from BBSRC for 'Reverse Engineering Drosophila's Retinal Networks'.
30 May 2010 Royal Society award
Z Q Lang has been awarded £11,190 from Royal Society for the period 30.05.2010-31.12.2012 for "Experimental study of beneficial effect of nonlinear damping on vibration control"
4 January 2010 £1.2 million award from EPSRC
The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering is pleased to announce that Professor S A Billings, Professor V Kadirkamanathan, Dr Z Q Lang, Dr D Coca, Professor M Balikhin and Dr H L Wei have been awarded £1.2 million from EPSRC for the renewal of their existing Platform Grant from 2010 to 2015 for the project 'System Identification and Information Processing for Complex Systems'.
The grant will allow a continuation of investigations into system identification and analysis methods for complex systems focussed on applications in stem cell dynamics, Drosophila visual processing, diffuse optical tomography of brain, reaction diffusion and crystal growth processes, and the modelling of solar terrestrial systems.
2 January 2010 £499,542 award from EPSRC
The Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems based in ACSE is pleased to announce the award of £499,542 from EPSRC for the period 2.01.2010 to 1.06.2014  for “Spatio-Temporal Systems Estimation, Modelling, and Analysis” by S A Billings, D Coca.
1 January 2010 UK Northern Wind Innovation Program award
An award of £80,664 has been made by the UK Northern Wind Innovation Program (NWIP) for the period 01.01.2010-31.03.2011 for "Novel Integrated Condition Monitoring System for Wind Turbine Components" by Z Q Lang, Rob Dwyer-Joyce, Matt Mathew
2009 MRC Fellowship award
An award of £109,000 from MRC Fellowship for the period 2009-2010 has been made for “Stem cell dynamics: exploration of the stem cell attractor landscape” by D Coca
2009 Pump-Priming award
D Coca has been awarded £3,800 for "Pump-Priming Project: Synthesis of model based controllers based on learning strategies”
12 August 2008 €1.95 million award from European Research Council
The Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems based in ACSE is pleased to announce that Steve Billings has been awarded Euros 1.95 million for an Advanced Investigator Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for 'Nonlinear System Identification and Analysis in the Time, Frequency, and spatio-Temporal Domains'. This new grant will provide support for four new RA's and 3 new RS's over the five year period 2009-2014. The new award adds to Steve Billings grant capture of £3.7 million since 2005.
More news about the award
25 June 2008 Los Alamos and UCSD visit
Dr Z Q Lang recently visited the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in USA for three weeks. During this visit, in collaboration with the scientists at LANL and UCSD, Dr Lang conducted a wide range of experimental work and studied the application of fault detection and location techniques developed at Sheffield to multi-degree-of-freedom structural systems.
06 May 2008 Most Highly Cited
We are pleased to announce that based on the H-index ranking of the world's most highly cited engineers S A Billings is ranked eleventh in Europe. The H-index measures the importance, significance and impact of a scientist's cumulative research contribution. For more information, and to view the list of the world's most highly cited researchers, follow the link below:
The world's most highly cited researchers' website
2008 BBSRC award
Awarded £135,520 from BBSRC for the period 2008-2011 for “Microbial applications to tissue engineering: an examplar of synthetic biology” by D Coca et al
29 November 2007 Venus Express mission
Sheffield student has unique role in Venus Express mission
3-8 November 2007 Society for Neuroscience
Society for Neuroscience annual meeting 2007, San Diego:
The neural imaging team present their work at the SfN conference.
22 Oct 2007 New grant award
We are pleased to announce the award of a new grant of just under £400K from EPSRC entitled New Generation Damping Technologies by Z Q Lang, S A Billings, G R Tomlinson.
29 June 2007 EPSRC / GSK Grant
The EPSRC / GSK Grant of £245,682 from for the period 2006 – 2010 for "Array design for lead optimisation in pharmaceutical research" by VK, Val Gillet, Peter Willett, Guido Sanguinetti comes to the Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems.
29 June 2007 Announcing the Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems