Welcome to Engineering Live: Global Solutions for Global Challenges

On 1st - 4th June we’re bringing Aston University closer to you with a programme of online events. You will experience our world-class teaching through this programme of interactive webinars, while exploring the answers to important current questions. The theme of our sessions is looking at global solutions for global challenges, such as converting straw into energy in India, and the effective management of supply chains to ensure a successful dissemination of the Covid-19 vaccine.

View the full programme of events, and view our speakers.

Festival Programme

Tuesday 1st June (all times BST)

09:45 AM -10:45 - From bouncing balls to steering behaviours for vehicles – Dr Tony Beaumont (Senior Lecturer in Computer Science)

Are you interested in programming, and how it can be used to guide objects? This interactive session will introduce you to using the Processing JavaScript environment and basic programming concepts, such as variables, boolean conditions and conditional instructions. 
You will use the P5JS editor to learn how to use these concepts and animate a ball which will move around a canvas. The second half of the session will look at how to define a more general moving object that moves around its world in a "realistic" way, using vectors to represent the location, acceleration, velocity of the moving object, and the forces that act on it (such as wind and gravity). Using an autonomous agent, another interactive activity will then look at steering behaviours that will allow the moving object to seek a target, stay within a defined area, or follow a defined path.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Why study robotics? Programming a line following robot in a simulator – Dr Luis Manso (Lecturer in Computer Science)
In this session, you will learn what robotics is, how our Computer Science Programmes relate to it, and the impact that robotics will have in our everyday lives now and in the next few years. You will also get a taste of what programming a robot feels like using a robotics simulator in an interactive activity, and learn about the research that we do at Aston.


Wednesday 3rd June (all times BST)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - How to take advantage of the career opportunities in data analytics and data science - Emma Mason (Head of Business Insight), Dr Hilary Price (Careers Consultant), Dr Yordan Raykov (Lecturer in Mathematics)
There has never been a time where so much data has been available in conjunction with the tools to make the most of it. These tools constitute the field of data science. There has also never been a time with so many global challenges to tackle, from the shortage of resources and the impact we have on the environment, to the ongoing drive towards automating and optimising a whole variety of systems such as transport, energy, health and communication. There are almost limitless opportunities to use these tools in the various domains and applications for making real impact on industry, society and policy making.

This session will explore the opportunities available in data science and data analytics and the possibilities available for career development. Dr Raykov will explain how Aston’s MSc in Data Analytics has been designed to address this industry need, and Dr Price will share her expertise on what potential applicants need to do in order to capitalise on these opportunities.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - The logistics of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out - the global supply chain challenge of our time? (Panel Session) - Professor Edward Sweeney (Professor of Logistics and Systems and Head of Engineering Systems & Supply Chain Management ), Mr Anshuman Neil Basu (Director of SCM PROGRAMS and the Secretary General of Association of Supply Chain Professionals (ASCP India)), and Dr Richard Gibson (Director of Distribution for EMEA and APAC, Leica Biosystems)
Every product reaches the final consumer through a chain of companies and processes - the supply chain. In this panel discussion, you will learn about supply chains and the logistics operations that are integral to them. The effective management of these supply chains is critical to both economic and societal wellbeing. This session will look specifically at the central role of logistics and supply chain management in the global roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Thursday 3rd June (all times BST)

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - The road to a zero carbon future for transport - Dr Clara Serrano (EBRI Plant Manager), Dr Ahmed Rezk (Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering)

The world is fast moving towards zero carbon roads, which requires engineers equipped with a wide range of cross-disciplinary knowledge in vehicle electrification, hybridization and automation. Aston University’s expertise in this area brings together mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers and computer scientists. This session will give you an overview of our research in related technologies including e-powertrain, fuel cells, waste heat recovery, new engines and alternative fuels, aerodynamics, vehicle-to-grid technologies, vehicle automation and connectivity.
You’ll learn about our award-winning developments in vehicle-to-grid technologies and see our newly-delivered fully autonomous vehicle which will be used in both teaching and research. Finally, we will explain more about Aston’s newly developed MSc Future Vehicle Technologies programme, designed to bridge the knowledge gap related to electrified and autonomized vehicle technologies and allow automotive engineers and engineering graduates to take the lead in the modern automotive industry.

 

Friday 4th June (all times BST)

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Everyday Electronics: Endless possibilities with Arduino microcontrollers - Dr Thomas Thatapudi (Teaching Associate), Dr Elena Turisyna (Senior Lecturer)

In this session, we'll run a virtual version of a practical electronic hardware session using an Arduino microcontroller to show you how easy it is to get started making programmable devices. The session will show you the basics of programming to control LEDs and use switches for user interaction, before looking at more advanced challenges. 
Please note: We will be using the TinkerCad website for virtual programming of electronic devices in this session, so participants of this session should register first (for free) before accessing TinkerCad projects.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM - Energy Harvest: Showcasing an Indian company solving a major social and environmental challenge in India - Sukhmeet Singh and Dr Robert Berry
This session will look at how A2P energy - spun out from an Aston University project 'Energy Harvest' - is solving the problem of paddy straw burning in Northern India. By putting up sustainable projects for converting the straw into useful products like Energy and Soil Conditioners, the aim of the business is to provide value to all stakeholders starting with the farmers.

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There has never been a time where so much data has been available in conjunction with the tools to make the most of it. These tools constitute the field of data science. There has also never been a time with so many global challenges to tackle, from the shortage of resources and the impact we have on the environment, to the ongoing drive towards automating and optimising a whole variety of systems such as transport, energy, health and communication. There are almost limitless opportunities to use these tools in the various domains and applications for making real impact on industry, society and policy making.This session will explore the opportunities available in data science and data analytics and the possibilities available for career development. Dr Raykov will explain how Aston’s MSc in Data Analytics has been designed to address this industry need, and Dr Price will share her expertise on what potential applicants need to do in order to capitalise on these opportunities.
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Anshuman Neil Basu

Director of SCM PROGRAMS and the Secretary General of Association of Supply Chain Professionals (ASCP India)

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Dr Tony Beaumont

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science

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Dr Robert Berry

Professor of Computer Science

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Dr Richard Gibson

Director of Distribution for EMEA and APAC, Leica Biosystems

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Dr Luis Manso

Lecturer in Computer Science

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Emma Mason

Head of Business Insights

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Dr Hilary Price

Careers Consultant

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Dr Yordan Raykov

Lecturer in Mathematics

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Dr Ahmed Rezk

Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

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Dr Clara Serrano

EBRI Plant Manager

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Sukhmeet Singh
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Professor Ed Sweeney

Professor of Logistics and Head of Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management

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Dr Thomas Thatapudi

Teaching Associate

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Dr Elena Turitsyna

Senior Lecturer