What we’re about
This is a group for anyone in the wider Cambridge area, interested in new technology and engineering developments. The group is supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and is open to anyone interested in engineering and technology and all professional members of the IET. Events and lectures are held during the academic year,usually via Zoom. When the Covid situation eases, physical events will be held at the Cambridge University Engineering Department and other venues. You are most welcome to attend any or all of the advertised events and view recordings of talks on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKqRqghVKrnMhQpbm54PYJQ
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Energy Storage for a Better WorldWolfson Lecture Theatre, Cambridge, AL
Our colleagues from the Cambridge University Energy Technology Society advise that they have a talk arranged for Tuesday 5 December:
Speaker: Cillian Totterdell, Policy Manager (Europe) for FormEnergy will talk on Energy Storage for a Better World.
Open to all and no booking. To be held at the Department of Chemistry on Lensfield Road.
- Driving the Future of Freight: Welch's Sustainable Transport RevolutionLecture Room 0, Cambridge University Engineering Department, CB2 1PZ
There are regular features in the media regarding electric cars but seemingly less interest in trucks and large vehicles.
Welch's Transport Ltd, is a prominent and forward-thinking family owned and operated freight transport company based in Duxford, Cambridgeshire. For nearly 90 years, the company has operated as a traditional logistics provider, focusing primarily on delivering goods efficiently. However, the company has recognised the pressing need for sustainable practices within the transport and logistics industry. This realisation became a catalyst for their transformation and led to them being one of the first operators of a fully electric, Battery Electric (BEV) 19 tonne rigid, in the UK.
In this talk Chris Welch, Commercial & Operations Director at Welch's will explore the company's early adoption of sustainable supply chain models, including the introduction of AI into its fleet optimisation. Chris will also explain how this will help create the UK’s first autonomous traffic office and its ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental footprint in one of the most polluting industries in the UK.
Chris is the fourth-generation family member to take a role as director and he will present a journey through the company’s milestones, talking about their close links to the OEMs and how operating a Renault Truck Service Dealer exposes them to information and experiences few haulage firms get to see.
Welch's Transport Ltd's dedication to sustainability and their early adoption of eco-friendly supply chain models make them an industry leader and an inspiring success story. Their journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of responsible business practices and sets a high standard for the future of freight transport, providing valuable insight into an industry that has to fundamentally change by 2035.
- SuperSharp: Unfolding, Self-Aligning Space Telescopes for High Resolution ImagesDepartment of Engineering, Cambridge
Large space telescopes are needed to tackle some of the pressing questions in earth observation and astronomy. SuperSharp Space Systems is a spin out company from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Astronomy developing unfolding, self aligning space telescopes for Earth Observation and Universe Exploration.
In this talk Dr George Hawker, CTO of Supersharp will explain how they are developing technology that fits a 4x larger telescope in a given satellite volume using robotic deployment and novel autonomous alignment techniques that automatically and continuously position the telescope optics accurately to better than 100th the width of a human hair. He will also talk about use cases and their road map to orbit.
Dr Hawker is a Co-founder of SuperSharp and postdoc at the University of Cambridge, working on high resolution space telescopes for Earth observation. He's an optical engineer and entrepreneur with a background in astronomy, data science and exoplanet research having completed his PhD at the Institute of Astronomy in 2021.
- Pedestrianism Redefined: Paving the Way to Smarter CitiesLecture Room 0, Cambridge University Engineering Department, CB2 1PZ
Starling Technology reduces accidents by bringing dynamic real-time pedestrian safety to crossings and streets. Their technology, tested and verified at a crossing on East Road in Cambridge, uses cameras with AI to identify different types, numbers and behaviour of users so it can learn to predict when people will want to cross the road. Linked smart traffic signals could then automatically adjust, based on the amount of traffic and the number of pedestrians who want to cross at a particular location to keep people moving. In this talk, Andrew Caleya Chetty, co-founder and CEO of Starling Technologies, and Dominik Zisch, Principal Software Engineer, will explain why changes are happening to our towns and cities and how they use AI and Machine Learning to safeguard pedestrians and cyclists to create a more efficient traffic flow. At the same time, Starling's interventions will reduce the impact of pollution and lay the groundwork for the harmonious integration of autonomous vehicles.
Andrew Caleya Chetty is director and partner at Starling Technologies, and over the years, he has founded many cultural, technology and entertainment initiatives for interactive, participatory physical spaces. With two decades of experience in technology deployment and product creation, in particular, working with cities throughout the world, his expertise spans everything from developing robust financial models for cutting-edge technology propositions to managing logistics and production for complex urban technology deployments.
Dominik is Principal Software Engineer at Starling Technologies. He’s a key figure, drawing on extensive knowledge in diverse fields, including architectural technology and theoretical physics to advance software engineering. At UCL, he educates future innovators on the MArch Design for Performance and Interaction course, fostering a learning environment rich in technological advancement. Dominik has a particular interest in distributed systems and AI/ML technologies, seeking new ways to harness their capabilities.