18
Jun
2015

EPSRC Competition II Announcement

We are delighted to announce two new projects that have been granted funding from Find A Better Way following our recent competition in collaboration with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

24 leading UK institutions made proposals during the competition meaning the panel were able to consider applications from academics at the forefront of their respective fields.  An initial panel meeting narrowed the proposals down to six projects. All six project leads were then invited to a workshop in Birmingham and to attend a trip to Croatia in November 2014 to discuss their ideas and to see application of landmine detection technology in the field.

A second panel meeting further identified the projects with the highest level of impact, and successfully awarded funding to two projects that will begin important research in the near future.

Dr Michael Hippler at The University of Sheffield will be leading the Mid-IR CERPAS for Humanitarian Demining project. The aim of this project is to develop a new generation of optical sensors tailored specifically for landmine detection. The proposed research will lead to the production of a tool that can detect trace levels of explosive compounds, utilising a radically novel approach in spectroscopy developed by Dr Hippler.

Dr John Day at the University of Bristol will be leading the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Landmine Detection project. This project aims to develop a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) capable of surveying potentially mined areas and mapping the location of buried landmines and Explosive Remnants of War. The technology developed by Dr Day has already been successful to measure radiation levels at nuclear sites where it would be unsafe for people to enter, and this project will extend this technology for use in humanitarian landmine detection. The UAV will be fully customised for landmine detection and will be capable of carrying varying sensors and relaying important data in real time.

 We are delighted that these projects will begin important research in the near future and look forward to working in partnership with the The University of Sheffield and the University of Bristol.