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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.

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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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We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 CAPE Acorn Blue Sky Research Award.

This year’s winning projects is:

Structural supercapacitors using hybrid carbon fibre/carbon nanotube composites

by Dr Wei Tan from Engineering Division C (Mechanics, Materials and Design).

Congratulations to the winner!



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).”

The news link (link1) is at:

and the sound track link (link2) is at: