Contents

Ingenia - Issue 71, June 2017

Editorial

Engineers make things better

Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng

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Letters

Letters

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Opinion

Robotics and AI – driving the UK’s industrial strategy

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang CBE FREng

Professor Guang-Zhong Yang CBE FREng sets out how investment in robotics and AI could improve innovation in the UK and secure our place as a world leader in the technologies.

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Profile

Thinking about the revolutions

Michael Kenward OBE

Professor Neville Jackson FREng joined Ricardo when he completed university. For more than three decades, he has helped the company to stay at the cutting-edge of engineering technologies.

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Articles

The technology behind The Tempest

Richard Gray, Sarah Ellis, Ben Lumsden and Tawny Schlieski

Motion-capture technology that is usually used on film sets is being employed live on stage to bring elements of Shakespeare’s play to life.

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World record-breaking bridge

Hugh Ferguson, Michael Martin, David Climie and Peter Curran

The Queensferry Crossing is the largest construction project carried out in Scotland so far this century. It will be Britain’s tallest bridge when it opens later this summer.

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An aircraft like no other

Geoff Watts, Chris Daniels and David Burns

The Airlander is the world’s largest aircraft and, when in flight, can stay in the air for weeks at a time if necessary.

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Solving a historical mystery

Sarah Griffiths and Professor Sarah Hainsworth FREng

The discovery of Richard III’s remains underneath a Leicester car park made headlines around the world. Forensic engineering science helped researchers find out how he died.

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MacRobert award 2017

Supported by the worshipful company of Engineers

The 2017 finalists are Darktrace, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Vision RT.

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HOW DOES THAT WORK? - Spectrum

Radio spectrum is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum, a continuous range of wavelengths, that is widely used in modern technology.

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INNOVATION WATCH - Farming straight up

Growing plants without soil is transforming how crops are grown across the world.

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HOW I GOT HERE
Q & A - Dr Sabesan Sithamparanathan

Dr Sabesan Sithamparanathan is Co-founder and CEO of PervasID. His company provides radio-frequency identification (RFID) readers for low-cost, long-distance sensing of passive RFID tags, for use in tracking in retail, security and healthcare.

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Editorial Board

The members of the Ingenia editorial board

Editor-in-Chief Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng
Managing Editor Gemma Hummerston
Editorial Assistant Portia Sale
Editorial Board Professor John Burland CBE FREng FRS
Derek Hanson FREng
Michael Kenward OBE
Professor David Delpy FREng FMedSci FRS
John Loughhead OBE FREng
Dr Ian Nussey OBE FREng
Professor William Stewart FREng
Professor Liz Tanner OBE FREng FRSE
Faith Wainwright MBE FREng
Professor William Webb FREng
Director of Policy and External Affairs Beverley Parkin


Sponsors

The Royal Academy of Engineering acknowledges the generous support by the following organisations for Ingenia: Rolls-Royce plc, BAE Systems, Arup.

The Royal Academy of Engineering acknowledges the generous support by the following organisations for Ingenia:

Rolls-Royce plc

Rolls-Royce Sponsor picture

Rolls-Royce’s vision is to create better power for a changing world via two main business divisions, Aerospace and Land & Sea. These business divisions address markets with two strong technology platforms: gas turbines and reciprocating engines. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 120 countries, comprising of more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.

Annual underlying revenue was £14.6 billion in 2014 and the firm’s announced order book stood at £73.7 billion at the end of 2014. In 2014, Rolls-Royce invested £1.2 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 31 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research. Rolls-Royce employs over 54,000 people in more than 50 countries. Over 15,500 of these are engineers.
[www.rolls-royce.com]

BAE Systems

BAE Systems Sponsor pictureBAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company with approximately 82,500 employees worldwide and operations in countries including the US, UK, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. The company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. In 2015, BAE Systems reported sales of £17.9 billion.
[www.baesystems.com]

Arup

ARUP Sponsor pictureArup is a global firm of designers, engineers and business consultants providing a diverse range of professional services to our clients around the world. Sustainability underpins our work and the firm is the creative force behind many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable buildings, transport and civil engineering projects. Established in 1946, Arup has over 12,800 employees based in 89 offices, working across 146 countries on 14,000 projects in any given year. Arup is a wholly independent firm owned in trust on behalf of our staff. With no external shareholders, this independence enables us to shape our own direction with no outside pressure or influence.
[www.arup.com]

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