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Q&A: Meng Wu

Having studied computer science and AI at university, Meng Wu has applied his skills in a wide range of fields. He’s now a PhD student based in Orkney, applying software and data engineering to help local fishing communities become more sustainable.

  • Civil & structural
  • Technology & robotics
  • Software & computer science
  • Issue 94

3D printing a bridge with a twin

Virtual models of structures could help engineers use less material and save CO2 emissions in future construction projects – like with this 3D-printed bridge in Amsterdam.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Transport
  • Profiles
  • Issue 94

The entrepreneur solving engineering problems with data

Elspeth Finch MBE FREng started her first company in her 20s and is now heading up her second, which is using data to transform supply chain relationships.

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  • Technology & robotics
  • Software & computer science
  • Issue 93

Using data in engineering

In engineering, data is being used in multiple ways to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and reduce unnecessary use of resources.

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  • Technology & robotics
  • Software & computer science
  • Sports & leisure
  • How does that work?
  • Issue 92

Face filters

It started with face swaps, flower crowns and appended dog ears. Now, all manner of transformative sorcery is just a tap away.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Arts & culture
  • How does that work?
  • Issue 91

How do NFTs work?

Love them or hate them, NFTs took the art world by storm in 2021. But even this far into their explosion in popularity, many people still have no idea what they are and how they work.

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  • Electricals & electronics
  • Software & computer science
  • Issue 90

Q&A: Rose Grey

Rose Grey is a higher software engineer at location services startup Focal Point Positioning (FocalPoint). She recently received an award from the Royal Institute of Navigation.

  • Aerospace
  • Electricals & electronics
  • Software & computer science
  • Issue 90

Supercharging GPS precision

With the help of startup FocalPoint (headed up by ‘the real-life Q’), we examine the past, present and near-future of this integral technology.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Technology & robotics
  • Innovation Watch
  • Issue 88

Remote and secure ID verification

Charlette N’Guessan is an Ivorian tech entrepreneur who is passionate about solving local challenges with technology. She used her software engineering background to launch BACE API, a digital identity verification system currently being used in financial services in West Africa.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Technology & robotics
  • How does that work?
  • Issue 86

How do chatbots work?

As human interaction online gradually gives way to automated responses, chatbots must impersonate us without attempting to replicate human empathy or enthusiasm.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Maritime & naval
  • Issue 86

The Mayflower sails again

A fully autonomous vessel is preparing to retrace the 1620 route of the Mayflower ship from Plymouth to New England. Neil Cumins spoke to Andy Stanford-Clark, IBM’s UK and Ireland Chief Technology Officer, about the pioneering technology behind this 21st century mission.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Opinion
  • Issue 82

Our 21st century information superhighway

Vinton G. Cerf, an American internet pioneer, explains how the highspeed transfer of information has become an integral part of our digital society, and touches on the infrastructure initiatives which would make the internet and communications networks accessible across the whole globe.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Innovation Watch
  • Issue 81

Darktrace, an immune system for computers

Darktrace has developed AI software designed to detect and defend against cyber threats from within computer networks – an immune system for computers.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Issue 77

The evolution of Earth observation

Satellite images are used to monitor changes in Earth’s natural and built environments, with applications in areas as diverse as land use, natural disasters and climate change. Developments in technology are making this data more widely accessible and easier to use. Science writer Tereza Pultarova spoke to companies that are using the data to solve problems on Earth and how artificial intelligence is helping them to do that more quickly.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Opinion
  • Issue 76

Supporting the digitally left behind

As vital services are becoming increasingly online, a large community of people are being digitally left behind. IT systems experts Dan Bailey, Dr Maurice Perks and Chris Winter argue that it is up to IT systems engineers, among others, to ensure that everyone can take advantage of, and enjoy, the digital revolution.

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  • Software & computer science
  • Opinion
  • Issue 75

Should we trust connected devices?

Domestic applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) can yield myriad benefits, but they also bring risks. Paul Taylor FREng, Partner, Risk Consulting, at KPMG LLP, asks whether these risks should make us question whether we should trust the devices that connect our homes to the internet.