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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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XR and The Future of Communications: From Silicon to Human Photonics

VR/AR will evolve into XR to become the future interface for Cloud Computing, IoT, Big Data, Prediction, Self-driving Cars, Personalized Medicine, Robots, Drones, Cryptocurrency, Smart Cities, and AI. XR is intelligent and interactive connecting us in new ways to each other and uniting human and machine intelligence in a space shared and understood by both. The convergence of CV and AI is powering this paradigm shift in computing but display technologies still lag behind. New display technologies that operate at the intersection of engineering and perception are essential for the realization of XR. This talk will look at the promise of XR, and the challenge of fitting the puzzle pieces together.

Tish Shute – Bio

Tish is Director, AR/VR, Corporate Technology Strategy, Futurewei (Huawei USA). She is working on new display and sensor technologies, new paradigms for content, and more. Previously, Tish worked with Will Wright (Sims, Sim City, Spore) as part of the Syntertainment Founding Team creating a new generation of augmented mobile social experiences based on innovative approaches to machine learning.

At Stupid Fun Club Tish worked with Will on next generation entertainment – smart toys, augmented reality television, and new paradigms for games.

Tish has taken a leading role in the emergence of augmented and virtual reality into the consumer market. Tish is co-founder of a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR). She also co-founded Augmented Reality Event (ARE) and Augmented World Expo (AWE) now in its 8th year and the world’s largest event focused on AR and VR. Tish is a recognized speaker in the AR/VR industry as well as a sought after advisor for augmented and virtual reality initiatives.

Tish began her career in design and technology doing visual effects for film, television, theme parks and aerospace. Tish’s first company NPlus1 pioneered innovative approaches to automation and robotics in film making and entertainment experiences.

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CAPA 2017 Call

We are pleased to announce the outcome of the CAPE Acorn Fund – Post-graduate Research Award 2017 Call.

This year there are two winning projects of the CAPA Award:

1. Development of multi-sensor platform for realtime air quality monitoring

Tien-Chun Wu

2. Speech-to-braille communicator for deafblind people

Isabella Miele, Oliver Burton

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Congratulations to the winners!

For the fourth year running, the CAPE Acorn Fund seeks to support a range of small projects, with emphasis on promoting research proposed by young student researchers. Undergraduate students who are considering putting forward an industrial based type-(b) project topic for their 4th Year Project are invited to submit a brief proposal, no more than 2 pages of A4, to:

The CAPE Coordinator, CAPE Office, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA

The close date for submission is Friday, 21 April 2017 (extension).

Each proposal will be evaluated by the CAPE office for funding in association with one or more of the CAPE Partner companies. Through the CAPE Office, students who are interested could approach the CAPE Partners of their choice with their project ideas, and then formulate their project before submitting their proposals. The CAPE Office will be able to facilitate appropriate contact with the CAPE Partner companies.

The successful candidates will receive a CAPE 4th Year Project Award, which includes project funding through CAPE at the standard 4th Year Project level (£250) and a £250 cash prize, total award of £500. They will then be invited to present their project results to the CAPE Steering Committee during the CAPE 2-Day Event in June 2018.

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