Centres of Excellence at the University of Southampton

Researchers across Engineering and Physical Sciences will address global challenges in Centres of Excellence at the University of Southampton. This CDT will work closely with these Centres of Excellence to deliver cutting-edge research in Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities.

The Centre for Re-engineering for Electric Mobility will accelerate the development of sustainable electric transport systems.

Academics across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences will play an integral role in each of the four new cross-disciplinary centres that focus on spearheading sustainable digital technologies.

The new Centres will tap into the University’s diverse strengths to deliver major research programmes in Continuous Digital Chemical Engineering Science, the Future of Human Communication, In-situ and Remote Intelligent Sensing, and Re-engineering for Electric Mobility.

The Centre for Continuous Digital Chemical Engineering Science will develop smarter, greener and more efficient processes for the discovery and manufacture of new chemicals and materials. It aims to reduce the environmental footprint of chemicals and materials manufacture and open up new possibilities for industrial product development and scientific research.

The Centre for the Future of Human Communication is dedicated to developing digital technologies that will help people to communicate better. Its researchers are working on accessible devices and systems to improve the healthcare and wellbeing, and enhance the way we learn, work and consume entertainment and culture.

The Centre for In-situ and Remote Intelligent Sensing is the world’s only research hub dedicated to developing intelligent, connected, self-powered sensing systems. Operating in some of Earth’s most remote, harsh environments, they will provide better understanding of the world around us and help tackle pressing environmental and human challenges.

The Centre for Re-engineering for Electric Mobility will accelerate the development of sustainable, interconnected electric transport systems, re-engineering existing infrastructure and vehicles through advances in energy storage technology, the use of digital tribology to optimise components, and the redesign of the human-machine interface.

Professor Robert Wood, Associate Dean of Faculty (Research), Engineering and Physical Sciences, says:

“Through these connected discipline centres we aim to transform the research landscape, connect to global and national challenges and drive research areas aligned to societal needs.

We are very pleased to have received declarations of interest from dozens of researchers, including our vibrant early career research community, and these hubs will now begin to connect to the University Strategic Research Groups, University institutes and our industrial partners to launch ambitious programmes that will change the world for the better.”

Prof Robert Wood in https://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/news/6623

Full Article Published: 11 February 2020

The Centre of Excellence in Infrastructure (CEI) is led by the University of Southampton and includes fellow Infrastructure experts at the University of Sheffield, University of Nottingham, Heriot Watt University and Loughborough University.

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The Centre hosts collaborative research and development by academic and industry partners. It links the primary railway infrastructure research centres and provides a one-stop shop for industry access to leading facilities around the UK, to accelerate innovation from research into practice. The research partner for a project or programme can be selected after considering location, expertise and capacity.