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A UK wide study in conjunction with the Department of Energy and Climate Change showed that an economic deployment across the UK of second generation THP, followed by drying and pyrolysis, could generate to 2,216GWh or an additional 1,310GWh pa of renewable electricity from sewage sludge. Working with DECC has enabled discussions on the potential for how the generation of renewable energy from sludge in the UK might be further encouraged.
The project included wide-scale communication of the findings of the research to the industry, which is being achieved by setting up a series of annual SludgeTech Conferences.
Nick has been promoted to Head of Wastewater Innovation at Thames Water Utilities Ltd.
Imagine being at the world’s largest museum, but being stopped at the front door and only allowed to see things based on a couple of keywords and a predetermined algorithm. As absurd as this sounds, this is how the current way that we browse the Internet limits our ability to explore the huge amount of content that is available to us.
By contrast, Metadrift uses a unique three-dimensional data visualisation to represent digital content in a way that encourages the user to explore and discover things they would never even think of searching for. It gives the user the ability to see the vast amount of content available to them, whilst providing a richer and more immersive experience of browsing this content.
Metadrift is also being produced as a virtual reality application, taking advantage of this emerging and revolutionary technology. By being able to create a truly immersive searching experience in virtual reality, Metadrift can let users discover content in an entirely new way.
Wai-chuen has spun out Metadrift into a startup company based at the InnovationRCA startup incubator, and is continuing his plan to transform the way people search and discover content online.
Ms Carla Curtis-Tansley Course: Global Innovation Design Royal College of Art Carla’s solo project, GMT: Get More Trade involved creating a mobile platform for independent and small-scale couriers, which allows them to find more deliveries, and to find them faster and easier than is currently possible. GMT provides more personalised jobs searches that are relevant to the courier, which results in increased deliveries and reduced downtime. GMT is a unique way of searching and planning deliveries for couriers that has not been seen before.
For one of her group projects, Spine, Carla helped design a prototype flexible spinal support device which immobilises the spine after an accident to prevent severe injury. Often severe spinal cord injuries are caused by moving injured people immediately after an accident has happened. The device aims to keep the patient still as soon as possible to reduce further injury. The device uses a combination of pressure sensors and ultraviolet non-toxic resin to transform from a completely flexible to a rigid structure in the ten seconds after an accident, supporting the spine to prevent further injury. These pressure sensors can also send signals to the emergency services in the case of an accident, alerting them to the impact location and helping them to determine where the patient might be injured. The system is unique in that it can be worn during activities such as skiing without restricting movement, but hardens within seconds when needed, greatly reducing the chances of more serious spinal injury after an accident.
Carla is now an experience designer with Monetise Create.
Mr Daniel Garrett Course: Global Innovation Design Royal College of Art Dan took part in the first year of the Global Innovation Design Master’s course, split between Keio University in Tokyo, the Pratt Institute in New York, and the RCA in London. Dan worked on two projects of note in his first year – BRUISE, a group project at the RCA, and Tasteworks, a collaboration with fellow GID student Alex Kitching while in Tokyo.
BRUISE is an injury detecting suit for disabled athletes. Developed using analogue pressure sensing technology, BRUISE allows top level sportsmen and women to accurately pinpoint impact injuries where they have no sensation. BRUISE was used and tested by the British Armed Forces wheelchair basketball team and featured on BBC News. After winning further funding from Rio Tinto, the team collaborated with fashion designer Mary Benson on their second version. This won the AXA PPP Health Tech and You award and was exhibited in the Design Museum in London, and is currently on show in the Canadian National Design Museum in Toronto.
While in Tokyo, Dan worked with Alex Kitching on Tasteworks, a sensory manipulation experiment involving immersive Virtual Reality. Together they built a system rendering the user’s hands in real time in VR. They then used a VR headset and accurate spatial mapping to place the user in a virtual environment with real, physical and interactive feedback. With this they ran experiments augmenting the appearance of food and proving the effect this has on the perception of taste. Alex and Dan were invited to the Augmented Human conference in Singapore and took home the judges award for best project. They were also invited to demonstrate Tasteworks at Milan Design Week in the Utopia of Culture Makers exhibition.
(Continued) Dan’s final year group project Farewill dealt with the way we plan for the end of life. Together with fellow GID students Antton Pena and Koraldo Kajanaku, he developed and presented a simple online tool for writing wills. Now having successfully closed two rounds of funding and grown to a team of five, Dan acts as CEO with their product launching in March 2016. Farewill aims to eliminate the complexity, distress and expense from wills, healthcare plans and probate, bringing the humanity back into them.
Mr Ian Goode Course: Innovation Design Engineering Royal College of Art Ian’s group project - Nettoken - focused on the future of digital security and identity. With digital identities growing increasingly complex, a better, more secure method for personally managing them both digitally and in the real world is required. Nettoken invented a new type of contactless card and the necessary protocols for achieving this. The team has since published a patent related to this invention and Ian assisted in the formation and setup of a company to deliver this product.
His solo project - about:Time - explored our personal relationship with clocks, and how we think about our time. The project asks: what if our timepieces could tell us about ourselves? How might this affect our behaviour? In a world where our work follows us into the shower, the successful balancing of work and life is of growing importance. Ian presented a trio of sculptural clocks during the RCA’s graduate show that showed us our own behaviour and invited us to examine how we spend our time.
Ian is now in the early research stage of his next project, looking at how humans can live more sustainably in the growing urban context, somewhere at the intersection of food experiences, community and place-making, with a heavy sprinkling of the ‘dig-for-victory’ sentiment.
Ms Natalie Vanns Course: Advanced Product Design Umeå University Natalie’s degree project, called best start, is a new service to give first time mothers the best start in breastfeeding. In the UK, only 1% of babies are exclusively breastfed to six months: this is one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the developed world. In response, trials have been set up to financially incentivise mothers to breastfeed for longer. However, we also know that 80% of women who stop breastfeeding in the first 1-2 weeks wanted to continue for longer: they are already incentivised to keep going.
This project asks: what if health services invested in promoting breastfeeding more at the start, giving mothers the knowledge, support, and tools they need to continue, instead of incentivising women at the end?
Best start is a concept for a new service that addresses the issues mothers face throughout breastfeeding. The service helps to prepare and educate mothers during pregnancy, assists them through the crucial first weeks of breastfeeding, and supports them to the six-month milestone and beyond. Emphasis is placed on involving and educating the mother’s immediate family support network, and building her local peer support. The best start kit gives every mother the essentials to get started, and provides tangible tools to explain the key educational concepts to boost her knowledge to continue breastfeeding confidently.
Natalie hopes to share her master’s degree project with charities and organisations in the UK who will benefit from the changes the project could make in the future.
Daniel Walklin Course: Innovation Design Engineering Royal College of Art Daniel’s group project involved the design of the DOPA ARC pen, a writing implement specifically intended for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease who have motor control difficulties that affect their handwriting. After researching the positive effects of vibrations for people with Parkinson’s, the team decided to create the ARC pen, which utilizes high-frequency vibration motors, with the aim to facilitate larger and clearer handwriting. The pen was initially trialled on 14 people with micrographia, and it was found to improve writing in 86 percent of cases. This resulted in winning the Age UK award for inclusive design.
Daniel has now started a fitness technology company and is developing an intelligent exercisetracking mat as a continuation of his Solo Project during IDE. Seeing that exercise is becoming harder for people to incorporate into their lifestyles, Daniel wanted to engage more people to be fitter by (Continued) using integrated smart technology in his design. The Matter exercise mat aims to make exercising at home easier and more productive. Working in conjunction with a phone or tablet, it provides live feedback on technique and repetitions, whilst motivating users to achieve their fitness potential and their goals. Matter creates a lasting engaging exercise experience similar to that of a personal trainer and is currently in receipt of the Thomas and Anthea Gibson award.
Design Fellow Dr Joanne Hutchings Project: 3D Printing – A genuine industrial revolution?
Mentor: Dr John Day Joanne’s fellowship involved the use of 3D printing to test design modifications for a novel medical probe which would not otherwise have been possible. Joanne also used 3D printing to make several prototypes of a medical phantom which incorporated spectroscopic features that mimicked disease within the human anatomy (e.g. a precancerous lesion). These features could not be seen by eye but could be detected using an optical probe. This was achieved using novel flexible materials for 3D printing. The aim was to develop a training aid and also a method of testing new optical probes in a realistic phantom. This appears to be the first time 3D printing has been used to create a medical phantom incorporating spectroscopic markers. Joanne’s fellowship also involved exploring the socioand economic impact of 3D printing, concluding that 3D printing is expanding from prototypes into production slowly but surely, that interest in the field is still growing and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.
During the fellowship Joanne was appointed to an honorary Research Fellowship at Bristol University, exhibited her work at The Cell as part of TEDMED, undertook an Institute of Physics Schools Lecture Tour and gave a series of Prince’s Teaching Institute Lectures.
As a result of the fellowship, Joanne has gone from being a Medical Physics Researcher within the NHS to a Manufacturing Solutions Engineer within Plunkett Associates where she specialises in design for 3D printing. She is thoroughly enjoying carrying out research within an industrial setting and finds it rewarding to see results employed in real world situations.
Built Environment Fellow Professor Kelvin Campbell Project: Genetics and the Built Environment Mentor: Mr Alan Baxter ‘The 1851 Built Environment fellowship provided one of those unique moments in life’, notes Kelvin.
It enabled him to take his learnings and experience in the fields of city planning and provide a different perspective to how cities should be viewed: as complex adaptive systems of urban society, rather than mechanistic models of utopian expressions. The outcome of Kelvin’s work is taking the form of advice to governments as to how they could reform their top-down systems to facilitate more bottom-up activity by active citizens. His research project reached its conclusion with one book, ‘The Radical Incrementalist’, completed and another imminent. It included a highly successful crowdfunding campaign with the help of over 35 international volunteers. Kelvin’s work has been presented at numerous conferences worldwide, with articles published widely through all channels.
The fellowship enabled Kelvin to take his work to new levels – advising governments, accepting invitations for visiting professorships and being hosted at the Urban Innovation Centre in London.
The work, as expressed in his Massive Declaration, has been endorsed by many of the thought leaders in his profession and he has built partnerships with numerous leading institutions including the University of London, Royal Society of Arts and Impact Hub.
Kelvin is now hosted by the Government’s Urban Innovation Centre in London working on a further research project called ‘The Invisible Chassis’, which looks at the minimum conditions for top-down systems to release citizen action. He holds a visiting professorship at University College London and has been advising the Western Cape Government in South Africa on their settlement strategy. He expects to take up a visiting professorship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies next year.
A selection of the alumni appointments, publications, honours and awards notified to the Commission. The Commission encourages all alumni to keep their alumni profiles up to date so that their successes can be celebrated.
Dr Joanna Ashbourn (2002 – 2004)
- Established St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics, University of Oxford Dr Simon Bullock (1999 – 2001)
- Elected to membership of EMBO Dr William Cawthorn (2009 – 2012)
- MRC Career Development Award Professor Philip Donoghue (1996 – 1998)