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:
“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 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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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);
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.
The 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:
Professor 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.