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Monitoring of Engineered and Natural Systems Using Sensors

Mensus Showcase welcomes industry

Published: 11 October 2016
Mensus showcase audience

Mensus; Monitoring of Engineered and Natural Systems Using Sensors is a Interdisciplinary Research Group at the University of Southampton.

MENSUS welcomed over 150 people to the University at this showcase event; industry representatives, staff and PhD students on Tuesday 11th October 2016.

The morning session included an introductory address by our Vice president of Research and Enterprise, Mark Spearing and other speakers included representatives from KTN, Lloyds Register Foundation and the EPSRC, amongst others.

Feedback was extremely positive and has engendered new links and positive collaborations between the university and UK- industry in this important area of research.

The full agenda is shown below. Please see here for more photos and the presentations.




0900 - 0955 Arrive and Refreshments, Exhibitions and Poster Viewing

0955 - 1000 Neil White – housekeeping notes and handover to headline

1000 - 1015 Mark Spearing, Vice President of Research and Enterprise, University of Southampton

Welcome and Showcase Opening

1015 - 1030 Nigel Rix, Head of Enabling Technologies, KTN

‘The state of the current sensors community and technology in an increasingly sensed world, strategy and funding opportunities’

1030 -1045 Matt Mowlem, Head of Ocean Technology and Engineering Group

National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton

‘Innovative sensors for harsh aqueous environments: from invention to operation and commercialisation‘

1045 -1100 Richard Clegg, Managing Director, Lloyds Register Foundation

‘Emerging technologies from the perspective of Lloyd’s Register Foundation’

1100 - 1130 Refreshment Break

Exhibition and Poster Viewing

1130 - 1145 Jane Burridge, Professor of Restorative Neuroscience – Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton

‘Sensors embedded in a garment for stroke rehabilitation’

1145 - 1200 Philip Tyler, Enabling Process Technologies Ltd,

‘An SME’s experience in collaborative research using real time sensors’

1200 - 1215 Jakob Sprickerhof, Portfolio Manager, EPSRC

‘Strategic update from EPSRC’

1215 - 1230 Ling Wang, Chair of MENSUS -UoS

“MENSUS – An introduction”


1230 – 1315 Optional Laboratory Tours: (Tours A & B)

(Max 40 per tour*)


Tour A: Clean Room and Optoelectronics Research Centre (led by Chris Holmes)


Tour B: Engineering: Human Factors Laboratory, Testing and Structures Research Laboratory, u-Vis X-Ray CT Centre (led by Janice Barton).

1230 – 1400 Lunch, Exhibition and Poster Viewing


Parallel Session 1:

Challenges for Sensors and Devices

Chaired by Tim Waters and Matt Mowlem

Martin Willett – City Technology

‘Gas Sensors for Portable Applications – Challenges and Opportunities’

Kirk Martinez - University of Southampton – ‘Sensor Networks for the environment’

Andy Morris – Chief Mechanical Engineer, EDF Energy – Coal, Gas and Renewables

‘Pressure systems installation, presenting significant technical challenges in a difficult commercial climate’

Walter Holweger – Senior Key Expert at Schaeffler Technologies

'Attempts for Real Time Sensing in Tribo Contacts - Ways to Digital Tribology’

Parallel Session 2:

Challenges for Big Data and Analytics

Chaired by Honor Powrie and Joerg Fliege

Joerg Fliege - Head of Operational Research within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton. - ‘The mathematics of big data’ 

Mandy Chessel – Distinguished Engineer, IBM – “Managing big data and analytics in multi-system environments”

Zoheir Sabeur – Science Director, at IT Innovation Centre, UoS - ‘Crowd physical motion and behaviour detection during evacuation from confined spaces’

Jo Holbrook – University Hospital, Southampton NHS Foundation Trust - ‘Tailoring bespoke medicine using big genetics and genomics data in the NHS’

1500 – 1530 Panel Discussion Chaired by parallel session leaders

with Parallel Session Speakers

1530 - 1535 Closing Remarks – Mark Spearing

1535 - 1600 Refreshment Break and Exhibition

1600 Depart

* preference given to external visitors 




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