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For the fifth 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 Monday, 23 April 2018.

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 2019.

Acorn Fund Part IIB Award 2018_poster

Tue 8th May 2018 at 13:30 – Annex Seminar Room, Electrical Engineering, Cambridge

You can view the video recording of the lecture by clicking on this link: Dr Bryan Reimer – Robot in my driveway?

Poster Dr Bryan Reimer - MIT CAPE Lecture 8. May 2018

Abstract: The concept of automating vehicles and removing the driver from direct control of the throttle, brake, and steering wheel was first explored nearly 100 years ago. Over the decades since, automation has infiltrated the automobile. Today, on the heels of the DARPA Urban Challenge and Google’s Self-Driving Car Project, we are closer than ever to realizing aspirations of a century ago, but challenges remain. This talk will center on elements of what is known about our move toward increased vehicle automation. Topics to be considered include the evolution of robo-taxis, observations on the use of production level automated driving features, and the shifting nature of what we do in modern vehicles. How might the intersection of artificial intelligence embodied in one the most complex activities humans perform intersect with society’s demand for economical, efficient and safe mobility? What are key gateways to facilitating robots on the road? How can human factors and psychology research and policy leadership help to accelerate innovations that are changing how we live and move?

Bio: Bryan Reimer, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist in the MIT AgeLab and the Associate Director of The New England University Transportation Center. His work aims to find solutions to the next generation of human factors challenges associated with driver attention management, distraction, automation and the use of advanced driver assistance systems to maximize mobility and safety. He collaborates with industries worldwide and founded and leads the Advanced Human Factors Evaluator for Attentional Demand (AHEAD) consortium, aimed at developing the next generation of driver attention measurement tools and the Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) consortium, focused on developing an understanding of driver use of emerging vehicle technologies including production level automated driving systems.

Dr. Reimer has been honored with an inaugural 2018 Autos2050 Impact Award for his innovative contributions to the automotive industry. He is an author on over 200 technical contributions in transportation and related human factors areas. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, an M.S. in Manufacturing Engineering and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering.

CAPA 2018 Call

We are pleased to announce the outcome of the CAPE Acorn Fund – Post-graduate Research Award 2018 Call.

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

1. Development of Sensorized Phantom Organ for Robotic and Medical Applications

     Josie Hughes & P. Maiolino (supervisor Dr Fumiya Iida, Engineering – Div F)

2. A Smart Metasurface Antenna for Application in Radio Frequency Identification

     Ajeck Ndifon (supervisor Prof. Ian White, Engineering – Div B)

3. Flexible Photodetector for Smart Textile Applications

     Shahab Akhavan (supervisor Prof. Andrea Ferrari, Engineering – Div B)

4. Diversity of Natural Photonic Crystals and their Inspirations for Industry

     Yin Chang (supervisor Dr Michelle Oyen, Engineering – Div C)

Congratulations to the winners!


CAPE is inviting CUED post-graduate students, either individually or in small teams, to participate in the new CAPE Acorn Post-graduate Award 2018 by submitting a research idea on any engineering-related topic addressing a technological or societal need. The £1,000-£2,000 Award includes funding support for a short project of 3 months’ duration to run in parallel with their current research and post-graduate studies. Several projects will be awarded in this year.

All participants must have the approval of their Supervisor.

Closing date for submission: Friday 19 January 2018.
For further details on how to apply, the Call can be downloaded here.

CAPE Office

CAPA 2018 Poster

Poster A Georgiou - Near Eye Displays

Talk Summary

Wearable displays are becoming the next computing platform. The smartphone and tablet markets are taking a large slice from the desktop market. New technology must come and fill the gap of productivity and gaming applications where immersion and ease of use are comparable with desktops. Currently, HoloLens by Microsoft is probably the best “wearable computer” in the market and aims to replace the desktop computer one day. Combining state of the art optics, sensors and software, it gives one of the most immersive experiences to the user. In this talk, we will give an overview of the HoloLens headset and concentrate on some of the details of the optical design.


Andreas Georgiou received his first degree and PhD from the Engineering Department of University of Cambridge in 2001 and 2006 respectively. He started working in Holography in during his Master’s year in 2000 and continued to do so during his PhD where he investigated ways to optimise holographic optical switches for telecoms. After his PhD he continued working in Cambridge in collaboration with Alps Electric where within a team built one of the first colour holographic projectors. In 2008 he moved to the Open University working in the same team as the late Collin Pillinger where he designed the UV-Visible spectrometer of the current ExoMars mission to the red planet. Between 2010 and 2012 he worked at Imperial College, London where he developed optical instruments for minimally invasive surgery. From 2012 onwards, he has been with Microsoft Research, Cambridge looking at novel display and sensing technologies. He is also a fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge.


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