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CSIC June 2014 Newsletter

Issue 2, June 2014

We have had a number of exciting developments in the last few months, including CSIC’s Smart Tunnel gaining global TV exposure on the BBC’s ‘Click’ programme on Saturday 7th June, and a video featuring CSIC's Dr Kiril Stanilov’s work going viral on YouTube.

I hope you find the highlights below interesting. If you have any comments or would like to get more involved with any of our projects, please get in touch – we are always keen to engage more closely with our industry partners.

Best wishes
Dr Jennifer Schooling, Director CSIC


BBC film crew in smart tunnel

BBC film CSIC's smart tunnel

CSIC’s pioneering project to install innovative monitoring devices in a 40-metre stretch of a 100 year-old disused tunnel deep in London’s underground has attracted the attention of the BBC.

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CSIC goes viral

A video featuring the work of Dr Kiril Stanilov has gone viral on YouTube. The London Evolution Animation (LEA) has attracted more than 250,000 YouTube hits and potentially record-breaking numbers of re-tweets from @guardiancities and @guardian.

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CSIC hosts the 10th Brunel International Lecture Series

The second stop of the prestigious Brunel International Lecture Series, a biennial event delivered to organisations around the world, will be hosted by CSIC.

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Making an impact

CSIC smart tunnel in final for Product Design Innovation Award

CSIC smart tunnel in final for Product Design Innovation Award

CSIC’s sensing technologies operating in a section of London’s Royal Mail Tunnel have been shortlisted for a prestigious British Construction Industry (BCI) Award for Product Design Innovation.

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Giving London an optical fibre nervous system

Dr Mohammed Elshafie’s underground work creates infrastructure for world’s first smart city.

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Robert Mair appears at Hay Festival

CSIC’s Head, Professor Robert Mair, spoke at the Hay Festival, one of the most prestigious literary festivals in the world, as part of the University of Cambridge Series.

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Heba Bevan inspires next generation of engineers

CSIC PhD researcher Heba Bevan returned to the classroom as part of a new joint project, Designing our Tomorrow (DOT), launched by the Department of Engineering and the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge.

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Collaborating with industry

Professor Robert Mair elected to ICE Vice President

Professor Mair CBE, is one of two new Vice Presidents to be elected to the Institution of Civil Engineers professional body.

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CSIC rides the 'Flying Banana'

Team members from CSIC were among a targeted group of specialists invited to ride Network Rail's New Measurement Train (NMT). The centre is working with Network Rail on a number of projects to provide a better analysis of existing big data sets, such as that from the NMT.

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Crowd counting moves from Cambridge corridor to London Bridge station

Making cities function more smoothly is a key challenge for the 21st century and Dr Claudio Martani’s smart crowd sensing technology has now been installed at London Bridge Station.

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Working with Government

Professor Mair to chair DfT's Advisory Council

CSIC Head, Prof Robert Mair has been appointed to chair the Department for Transport’s Science Advisory Council. The Council provides independent, scientific and strategic level advice to make sure the DfT’s work is of the highest standard.

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Infrastructure Futureproofing Workshop attracts senior industry and policy advisors

The Centre’s second workshop on Infrastructure Futureproofing engaged with a range of industry representatives to discuss the integration of futureproofing into asset management practice. Presenters included Keith Waller from Infrastructure UK, and Navil Shetty (Atkins) co-author of PAS55:2008.

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Academic news

CDT invites new applications

The University of Cambridge’s new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment, led by CSIC’s Head, Professor Robert Mair, is now open to PhD and MRes applicants for entry in October 2014.

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CSIC PhD students awarded Schlumberger Foundation Faculty fellowships

Two PhD students, Yi Zhang and Yifei Yu, working under the tutorship of CSIC’s Professor of Civil Engineering, Kenichi Soga, have been awarded Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future fellowships.

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Read more articles including CSIC @ Google and ICE Fellows Lecture by clicking below.

More news from CSIC

Coming up

CSIC launches The Cambridge Conference on Fibre Optic Sensing in Civil Infrastructure

The inaugural Cambridge Conference on Fibre Optic Sensing in Civil Infrastructure will be held at Robinson College on Monday 30th June and Tuesday 1st July.

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CSIC Industry Partner Summer Event

The Centre’s Summer Event will see the CSIC team and industry partners gather on the lawn of Trinity Hall on Tuesday 9th September to enjoy an afternoon of Pecha Kucha-style presentations and displays.

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