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  • 25 May 2007

IngenioUS ideas at University science day


The University of Sussex School of Science and Technology (SciTech) is to open its doors for its first ever showcase on June 13, bringing together industry and researchers for a glimpse of innovations of the future.

The day offers an opportunity for academics, students, business leaders and funding bodies to meet and explore cutting-edge research projects at the University through lectures, exhibitions, demonstrations and tours.

Organiser Julia Harris says: "IngenioUS will offer, through the fascinating projects and research of our academics and students, an unprecedented glimpse into the future."

Guests expected to attend so far include directors from some of the largest blue-chip companies in the UK, careers advisors and leading research council representatives.

Helen Underwood, an electronic design engineer with Sussex-based machinery manufacturer Eurotherm, says: "As a company interested in the involvement of innovations in technology, we are keen to come along and see what is exciting the researchers at the moment. We have also found the University of Sussex a good place to spot new talent."

Exhibitions of exciting research projects from SciTech's innovative departments of Informatics/Computing, Engineering and Design, Physics and Astronomy and Mathematics will cover areas such as robotics, medical monitoring and the future of computing. There will be an opportunity to tour the Rolls Royce-supported experimental unit, where ground-breaking work is being carried out on jet engine technology.

Academics will also be on hand to talk about research projects they are currently working on. Dr Richard Cox, a cognitive scientist at the University, will be reprising his presentation on 'vicarious learning', seen recently at the national Festival of Social Science. He will demonstrate how, through the use of puzzles and computer technology, the principle of learning by watching others learn is now being applied in education.

Dr Robert Prance, from the Department of Engineering and Design, will also give a talk about a new type of heart monitor using new technology developed by his team.

In the afternoon, the final-year Product Design students will be holding their Design US show and publicly exhibiting their degree projects. These include designs for leisure equipment, medical kit and furniture of the future. Design US will be held in the new Creativity Zone, the central facility of InQbate, a major new research project based in SciTech.

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University of Sussex Press office contacts: Maggie Clune or Jacqui Bealing, tel: 01273 678 888 or email

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