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The Hay Festival is one of the most prestigious cultural and literary events in the world. For the last nine years the University of Cambridge has been partnering with the Festival to deliver The Cambridge Series which gives a taste of the research being conducted at the University.

The Series is part of the University’s public engagement work and draws on the University’s two flagship public engagement events, the Cambridge Science Festival and the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

As a part of the Cambridge Series, Professor Daping Chu, Director of Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors and Director of the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) outlines his work on the car of the future and the use of Head-Up Display technology together with his JLR collaborators. Their talk entitled “The car of the future – with head-up technology” (link1) was at 4pm on Saturday 3 July 2017.

The sound track of the talk is here (link2).”

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The Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) is a Partnership between the University and a small group of global strategic industrial investors, operating across the supply chain of the electronics and photonics industries. Based around world-leading facilities and expertise at the University of Cambridge, CAPE provides a form of joint university-industry research that is leading edge, vertically integrated and commercially relevant.

CAPE has created special funding scheme, the CAPE Acorn Fund, to support innovative research initiatives from young researchers, in parallel with their current research.


CAPE invites engineering postdoc researchers, either individually or in a small team, to submit Blue sky research ideas for a 1-year project on any engineering-related topic. All participating postdocs must have the approval of their supervisors before submission.

The award gives the opportunity for early career researchers to undertake a pilot study in a new research area. Proposals should aim to demonstrate the potential to the CAPE Partners of a new technology, or the potential of an existing technology in a radically different application area. Proposals in research areas not currently covered by the CAPE Partnership or addressing a global issue recognised by the United Nations are particularly encouraged.


There will be up to two awards of maximum £20,000 to support staffing, travel or equipment for postgraduate research.

The winners will present their project results to the CAPE Steering Committee during a CAPE Event in June 2019.


The proposal should be no more than 2 pages of A4, and should be sent to:

Ms Denisa Demko (CAPE Coordinator), CAPE Office, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA

Tel: +44 (0)1223 748343


The deadline for submission is Wednesday 31 August 2017.

Each proposal will be evaluated by the CAPE Technology Focus Groups (TFGs), which include representatives from each CAPE Partner company. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of academic quality, feasibility, adventurousness and long-term relevance to the Partners’ business areas. The final decision will be made by the CAPE Steering Committee, and the winner(s) will be announced by 30 September 2017, ready for a project start in the 2017/18 academic year.

You can download the Call here

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Jaguar Land Rover is running an internship scheme for post-graduate students.

JLR Research and Technology team is developing cutting edge technology for the future of our industry. We need enthusiastic, passionate individuals with drive, motivation and an attention to detail from a wide range of background and disciplines. If you want to make an impact and help us to address real world problems, ten please contact us. This includes (but is not limited to) people studying Engineering (all aspects), Computer Science, Ergonomics/Human Factors, Psychology, etc.

We are currently offering a number of internship opportunities to any current postgraduate student (Masters, PhD or EngD).
The timing for the placement is flexible, we have mutliple positions lasting from 3 to 12 months in duration and you will receive remuneration depending upon your degree/experience. In general the work will be based at the JLR Research offices at Warwick University Campus. Flexible working arrangements can be considered on a case by case basis.

Following link includes the details: Internship

Post Graduate Research Student – Human Machine Interface

An ever-evolving heritage. A truly exciting future. Two of the world’s most iconic brands. Jaguar Land Rover is revered across the globe. Continually pushing the boundaries of innovation and redefining the benchmark for excellence, we set the standards others want to follow. We want to keep it that way too. Which is where you join the journey.

More details are at the following link: PhD in Human Machine Interface

If you are interested please navigate to and search for “PG placements”.

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CAPE Acorn Fund – Call for 4th Year Project Proposals 2017

We are pleased to announce three winners of the 2017/18 CAPE Acorn Part IIB Project Award:

Sam Willis with the project “Lens for AMD vision recovery”

Henry Makings with the project “Multi Plate Wet Clutch Modulation Modelling and Simulation for Off Highway Transmissions”

Aidas Liaudanskas with the project “Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) by employing Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs)”.

This award is supported by the CAPE Partners.

Congratulations to the winners!

“The role of serial entrepreneurs in Cambridge ecosystem.”


This lecture will discuss the role of Cambridge serial entrepreneurs in the incubation of new ventures and how they carry out their entrepreneurial processes in the context of human and social capital. Over several years, we have observed a pattern that is different from entrepreneurial processes described in literature.



Yupar Myint, Head of Entrepreneurship Programme (Impulse), Maxwell Centre

Yupar has more than 10 years of experiences in building up entrepreneurship programmes for tech innovators.  She has a particular interest in understanding the social capital effect of business formation and entrepreneurial cluster development.

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