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Artificial Intelligence
11th June 2018
Student team head to Audi's autonomous driving competition

  Five students from the University of Leicester are one of only ten teams selected from across Europe to compete in the Audi Autonomous Driving Cup 2018 - where the next generation of innovators will demonstrate how they could help to shape the future of autonomous vehicle technology.

17th May 2018
Leicester shows its true mettle

A multi-million pound international industrial innovation centre bringing advanced thinking to metal production is to be established at the University of Leicester. Hong Kong listed company, Fosun International and Chinese state-owned enterprise, Nanjing Iron and Steel Group have a joint venture, NISCO, that involves the manufacturing of ferrous metals and sales of steel materials.

25th April 2018
A giant leap for student-kind

  Three students from the University of Leicester are boldly embarking on a career-making opportunity to work on new space technologies with one of Europe’s space companies, OHB System AG.

Mixed Signal/Analog
24th April 2018
Scientists improve tracking capabilities with signal processing

  Target Detection will receive a vital boost thanks to pioneering signal processing research. A new method for processing signals to find and track difficult-to-detect targets has been developed by a consortium of scientists led by Professor Jonathon Chambers from the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering.

8th September 2017
New ultra-high performance electric sports car in development

The engineers at the University of Leicester have contributed to the development of a new, ultra-high performance, range extended, electric sports car project - HIPERCAR. Standing for High Performance Carbon Reduction, the project is destined for full release in 2019 and production by Ariel Motor Company in 2020 alongside the Atom, Nomad and Ace. 

27th July 2017
The winners of the UniFi Formula 1 aerodynamics championship

Two teams from the University of Leicester have taken the top two places in an international motorsport design and simulation competition. UniFi Racing is a unique project which exposes students to the complete design cycle of a modern open wheel race car. Working in teams, the students are given the opportunity to develop the aerodynamics of the car and optimise the setup of the car using industry standard vehicle dynamics software.

22nd March 2017
University of Leicester teams top the podium in UniFi Motorsport competition

  Two teams from the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering took the top two positions on the podium in the second race of the UniFi Motorsport competition.

1st March 2017
Study brings hope of treatment for asthma sufferers

Improved treatments for people with severe asthma are a 'step closer' after a research team led by the University of Leicester identified a breakthrough in the cause of airway narrowing. Scientists have, for the first time, discovered that an active form of a key protein, HMGB1, is increased and related to narrowing of the airway in people with severe asthma. The finding will now enable drug makers to specifically target the protein in ...

1st March 2017
University of Leicester researchers measure Big Ben’s bong

A team from the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering has, for the first time ever, vibration-mapped the famous London bell Big Ben in order to reveal why it produces its distinct harmonious tone. The group, from the Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre (ASDEC) at the University of Leicester, measured four of Big Ben’s chimes, taking place at 9am, 10am, 11am and 12 noon.

Aerospace & Defence
12th December 2016
Glass plates enable discovery of the birth of black holes

The University of Leicester is providing a type of X-ray mirror to the French space agency, CNES, for the Chinese-French satellite ‘SVOM’ which is designed to discover and study Gamma-Ray Bursts from newly formed black holes. SVOM will be launched into orbit in 2021. The mirror will become part of the X-ray telescope, which is essential in precisely locating these new discoveries.

Aerospace & Defence
1st December 2016
Our 'technosphere' now weighs 30 trillion tonnes

An international team led by University of Leicester geologists has made the first estimate of the sheer size of the physical structure of the planet’s technosphere – suggesting that its mass approximates to an enormous 30 trillion tonnes. The technosphere is comprised of all of the structures that humans have constructed to keep them alive on the planet.

Test & Measurement
10th October 2016
Screening toxic chemicals by mimicking mammal senses

University of Leicester researchers have developed a new approach for analysing toxic chemicals in complex samples that mimics the way mammals smell and taste. The technique could reduce the need for laboratory animals in biomedical research and other areas of chemical testing. In the study a fluorescent assay combines a mixture of environmental-sensitive fluorescent dyes and human skin cells that generate fluorescence spectra patterns ...

Aerospace & Defence
5th August 2016
Autonomous interplanetary travel is closer than you think

An accurate method for spacecraft navigation takes a leap forward today as the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Leicester publish a paper that reveals a spacecraft’s position in space in the direction of a particular pulsar can be calculated autonomously, using a small X-ray telescope on board the craft, to an accuracy of 2km.

1st August 2016
How to generate energy during earthquakes

Physics students from the University of Leicester have explored a feasible way to harness the power of earthquakes during a disaster in order to keep vital systems powered. By using a magnet inside a coil during the shaking of tectonic plates that occurs during an earthquake, the students suggest that the magnetic field created by the shaking could generate a current which could potentially be harnessed.

25th July 2016
Pokémon GO could ease Type 2 diabetes burden

Leading diabetes researchers believe the smartphone craze Pokémon GO could be an 'innovative solution' to rising obesity levels and chronic disease. Millions of people around the world have started to play Pokémon GO, a virtual reality treasure hunt where players must walk to places within the real world and catch, train and battle monsters which appear on their mobile phone screens.

3D Printing
21st July 2016
Engineering students create portable 3D printer

A team of engineering students has produced a functional portable 3D printer which has enabled them to print various objects including a set of cutlery and a set of teeth. Fourth year Mechanical Engineering (MEng) students at the University of Leicester made various mechanical modifications to a functional desktop 3D printer to make it portable - allowing it to collapse into a versatile suitcase featuring a handle and wheels.

16th June 2016
University of Leicester scientists chase colliding black holes

Scientists from the University of Leicester have revealed how they have been involved in the search of the distant universe for the counterpart to a second Gravitational Wave source. This week the advanced LIGO facility in the USA announced that they had detected Gravitational Waves from a merging binary black hole for the second time.

Aerospace & Defence
27th May 2016
Experts discuss unsolved mysteries of Red Planet

Mars will be the closest it has been to Earth since 2005, meaning academics and amateurs alike can get a rare, bright close-up of our dusty red neighbour in the night sky. On Monday, at 9.35pm, the alien world will be just 46,762,695 miles (75,279,709km) from us as it continues its 687-day elliptical orbit around the Sun.

11th May 2016
Portable nanopore DNA sequencers to protect wildlife

A team from the University of Leicester has been awarded a prize for their proposal to crack down on wildlife crime using a portable DNA sequencing device, the MinION - developed by Oxford Nanopore Technologies - to read the ‘barcode genes’ of animals affected by illegal trafficking. The Leicester team will collaborate with organisations working in the field such as the Kenya Wildlife Service and Panthera.

3rd May 2016
Helping to optimise hybrid structures for automotive sector

The University of Leicester’s ASDEC – The Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre –  facility has announced that it is part of a successful winning bid for £1.4m R&D funding from Innovate UK working in a team with other companies to optimise hybrid structures for the automotive sector.

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