AHRC/EPSRC: Research and Partnership Development call for the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences

Digifest VR by Jisc CC BY-NC-ND

AHRC and EPSRC have recently announced a call to develop a research programme to bring together organisations within the creative economy with researchers from both the arts and humanities communities and beyond:

Research and Partnership Development call for the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences

“This is not a technology-only research programme, nor one exploring interfaces but a programme to explore the new technology-enabled, multi-sensory, narrative, interpretative, and performance experiences that will drive future creative and commercial value. This will require interdisciplinary working between the Arts and Humanities and other disciplines from Psychology to Engineering, and inter-sector working between researchers, creative practitioners, and businesses.”

They would like proposals addressing this call to focus on:

  • Memory – how can new immersive experiences extend the access, interpretation and reach of memorybased institutions such as museum, galleries, archives and collections?
  • Place – what new experiences can be created by the combination of immersive technology and place based services?
  • Performance – what new creative practices are enabled by immersive technology, what new experiences can be offered to audiences and how can this transform or extend models of performance?

Applications are invited for a total full economic costs of up to £75,000 and lasting between 6 and 9 months. The deadline for proposals is 5th October 2017. Full details are given in the call document.

There are briefing events happening this week and next, and there is a webinar next Friday: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ahrc-and-epsrc-13956090539

Please contact us if you’re interested in applying to this call.


Inclusive technology prize

Nesta are collaborating with Innovate UK, the Office for Disability Issues, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Irwin Mitchell to invite proposals for the inclusive technology prize. Up to £50,000 is available and the aim is to inspire technological innovation from individuals and small businesses to improve or develop assistive living aids, adaptations, products and systems that will make a real difference to the lives of disabled people.

Here’s what Nesta says about the reason for offering the prize:

There are over 12.2 million people with a limiting long term illness or impairments in Great Britain. The prevalence of disability rises with age. Many disabled people rely on assisted living technologies to support them in their everyday lives.

But there is a strong view that the development and manufacture of aids, adaptations and products has not kept pace with the use of new technologies, materials and design and manufacturing processes seen in other areas (sport-related products for disabled people being the notable exception).

Innovations must involve co-creation with disabled people and can relate to any aspect of life including, but not limited to, education, home, leisure, transport and work.

Closing date: 16 Jan 15

Deadline information: Proposals due by 12 noon.

Further information including How to Submit an Idea can be found here.



Consultation for FET Proactive Topics open until 30th June

Any idea by Massimo Barbieri CC BY-SAThe EC’s public consultation on Horizon 2020’s Future and Emerging Technologies Proactive topics has been extended until the 30th June, 2014.

FET is part of Horizon 2020 and funds “visionary and exploratory” research opening up avenues to promising new technologies. The consultation is organised as a series of discussions, in which contributors can suggest ideas for a new FET Proactive initiative or discuss the 9 research topics identified in the previous consultation to determine whether they are still relevant today.

Some of the new ideas proposed so far include “Zero power computers”, “Nanoarchitectronics”, and “ICT Art Connect”, which looks at how we could bring the power of creative art into the domain of computer science.

The ideas identified by the previous consultation include: Bottom-up intelligent construction: how to make objects grow or self-assemble; Knowing, doing and being: how to explore the fundamental concepts of knowledge; and Quantum technologies.

This consultation will inform the 2016-17 work programme, so you are strongly encouraged to take part. Three of the previously identified topics were included in the 2014-15 work programme, so this is your chance to shape the future of Horizon 2020 and visionary science in Europe.

UPDATE: If you’re interested in applying to this round of FET, UKRO, the Knowledge Transfer Network and the UK’s FET National Contact Point are hosting a joint workshop on 8th July at BIS Conference Centre in London. These events usually book out very quickly, so I’d advise you to book quickly in order to guarantee a place.


Assistive, Adaptive, Rehabilitative Technologies Sandpit

Eye_orbit_anatomy_anterior2 by Patrick J. Lynch CC BY 2.5EPSRC has recently announced a call for participants for its Assistive, Adaptive and Rehabilitative Technologies Sandpit, scheduled to take place 1st – 5th September 2014:

“The EPSRC is running a sandpit in the broad area of assistive and rehabilitative devices in order to try to engender a radical change in the research undertaken in this field in the UK.

The sandpit will be focussed on key research challenges within the sphere of intelligent and intentional assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative technologies. The challenges in this field are likely to need highly multidisciplinary solutions, hence we are offering researchers from a wide range of disciplines the opportunity to come together to innovate scientific and technological solutions to identifiable user needs.”

It is expected that up to £5M of EPSRC funding will be made available to fund projects arising from this sandpit. The deadline for the call to attend the sandpit is noon on the 5th June 2014 and the application is submitted online via the EPSRC website, rather than via Je-S: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/2014/Pages/rehabilitativesandpit.aspx

Key challenges participants may be interested in could include (but are not restricted to):

  • New robotic components and solutions for prosthetics and rehabilitative devices (including sensory devices);
  • Bio-mechatronics;
  • New user-device interfacing and integration approaches;
  • Automatic identification of user intention;
  • ‘Learning’ and self-optimising devices;
  • Better understanding and design of the physical fit of a device;
  • New manufacturing approaches for personalised device;
  • Sustainability in terms of both manufacturing and device power and efficiency;
  • Use of new materials for assistive or rehabilitative devices;
  • Integration of evidence of device efficacy into design.

Participants will also be encouraged to consider how their proposed solutions fit into the clinical context “including the measurement and achievement of improved treatment, the importance of acceptability and user perceptions of technology, consideration of the affordability or cost-effectiveness of an innovation, and the extent to which personalisation or user-centred design can improve the efficacy of a device and the level of patient compliance.”

All interested applicants are encouraged to make early contact with their Research Funding and Policy Manager and Research and Innovation Lead to discuss their proposal.


Samsung Global Research Outreach Call Open

Digital drugs binaural beat by digitalbob8The 2014 Samsung Global Research Outreach call is now open. The call is open to all “world-class university researchers” and there are a range of themes relevant to Samsung and its products, see below for a sample and check the website for the full list:

2014 Samsung GRO Program

The deadline for submission of applications is 13th June 2014, 9AM (Korea Standard Time, UTC+9). Awards are usually in the region of $70K-$100K.

Sensor Technology Non-invasive mobile sensor and platform
Mental Healthcare / User Interface by Brain Wave Information
IPS (Indoor Positioning System) Algorithm Technique
Machine Learning & Recognition Cognitive Scene Understanding and Applications
Authentication by User Behavior
Predictive Analysis to Influence Behavioral Change using Biometrics Data
Fast Parallel and Distributed Framework for Deep Learning
Robust Face Recognition Algorithm in Surveillance
Next Generation Computing High-Speed Graphics Modeling&Simulation
Ultra-Low Power Computing Platform for Wearable IoT Devices
Big Data and Networks Massive QAM Scheme for 100Gbps Wireless Communication
Device Centric Data Stream Management for Wearable/IoT Devices
Data Processing Algorithm for Large-Scale Data Visualization
Data Reduction during Network Transfer using New Deduplication/Compression Method
Low Cost Scalable Content Delivery Architecture
Security Secured Media – Seamless D2D/D2S Media Security
Functional Materials 2D Material
Thermal Management Materials
Anti-reflection Coating Technology
Self Healing Materials
Antifouling Coating Materials
Lead-Free Piezoelectric Materials for Actuator Applications
Hexaferrite Particle of Single Magnetic Domain Size
Premold Leadframe Substrates for MEMS Sensor Packaging
Novel Hard coating Materials on Optical Substrate


Music, Mind, Brain, and Way of Life

L0027293 The gyri of the thinker's brain as a maze of choices in biomProfessor Nigel Osborne (MBE, FRCM) and Dr Clarence Adoo (MBE) will be visiting the University to deliver a seminar on Music, Mind, Brain, and Way of Life.

Professor Osborne is a former Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh University and a world authority on music and the brain, and Dr Adoo is an Education Animateur with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Northumbria University. Both will speak about the profound effect music has on humans. They will explore the complexities of music, mind, society and the application of technology in a therapeutic context.

The event takes place on 17th December, 2013 from 3-4.30pm in Rutherford Hall, Ellison Building on the University’s Newcastle city campus. Places are limited, please contact Dr Petia Sice to register and for more information.

This is the first in a series of seminars hosted by the Wellbeing, Complexity and Enterprise research group at Northumbria University on the theme of Science, Music, Art, Resourcefulness and Technology (SMART) in Wellbeing.