Virtual Futures: Where is Virtual Reality taking us?
Virtual Reality – or VR - has long been the idea of science fiction but now it is happening and the impact on society is potentially huge. The Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol are sponsoring a special track at this year's VR World Congress [Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 April 2017] to encourage debate into what this may mean for everyone.
Black cab trade needs overhaul to compete with Uber, say researchers
London's traditional black cab industry needs regulatory reform to respond to the emergence of Uber, a university study suggests.
Does AI pose a threat to society? Full house for British Academy Debate
Wednesday 1 March, 18.30-20.00, UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre
Alan Winfield, Professor of Robot Ethics at UWE Bristol will call for greater regulation of AI and awareness of safety and ethical concerns at a free event debating the hot topic of whether robots will ever take over from humans.
Report recommends BME led voluntary and community organisations for older people work closely with statutory services
Research funded by Bristol City Council and carried out by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) in collaboration with local groups found that BME (Black and other Minority Ethnic) community leaders are increasingly aware of how dementia affects many people from BME communities. The research found that community led VCSOs (Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations) are open to training and partnership working to enable them to provide better service to their members.
Do lemurs love chocolate? New study to understand primate use of cacao plantations in Madagascar
UWE Bristol conservation biologists have teamed up with Bristol Zoological Society, in a Conservation International (CI) funded study to increase understanding of the interaction between lemurs and cacao farms. The study aims to help scientists and farmers develop agricultural and land-use planning practices that favour the conservation of these important and iconic species.
Shadow Robot Company opens office at Future Space at UWE Bristol
Bristol's newest workspace for the tech/science community welcomes esteemed robotics company.
One of the UK's longest-running robotics companies, Shadow Robot, has opened a new office in Bristol's Future Space which is based at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), adjacent to the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL).
Exclusive view of the Living Brick
Members of the press are invited to an exclusive preview of a prototype 'Living Brick' which could transform the way we live and work.
The blocks, which contain a microbial fuel cell filled with natural -potentially programmable- microorganisms, which will act as a digestive system for buildings, are being designed as part of the €3.2m LIAR (Living Architecture) project.
Bristol Distinguished Address Series: Enriching Britain – through our creativity and heritage
RSA Chairman, Vikki Heywood, will examine the strengths of our creative nation in the new world order post Brexit, at the next lecture in this autumn's Bristol Distinguished Address Series to be held at the University's City Campus at Arnolfini.
Healthcare manufacture brought into our living rooms
Imagine a future where patients are enabled to print tablets designed to their genetic makeup or where bespoke prosthetics could be printed locally on demand.
A research network called 'Redistributed Manufacturing in Healthcare Network' (RiHN) led by the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has won Engineering and Physical Services Research Council (EPSRC) funding to investigate how technology advances could mean manufacturing of healthcare products are brought closer to users; in some cases as close as their own front room.
Prostate Cancer UK awards researchers crucial grant for pioneering prostate cancer study
Researchers from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have received a grant of over £136,000 to develop and test a new potential treatment which could be effective in treating as many as half of men with advanced prostate cancer.
UWE Bristol academic wins national wildlife photography award
Dr Jeanette Sakel, a University of the West of England Linguistics lecturer and National Teaching Fellow, scooped the top prize in the 'Close to Nature' category of this year's British Wildlife Photography Awards, with a photo of tadpoles taken on the University's Frenchay Campus.
Impact of road transport on air quality not given sufficient priority in UK transport planning
UK transport planning is not sufficiently taking into account the environmental impacts of transport choices according to researchers from the Centre for Transport and Society and Air Quality Management Resource Centre at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).
Want free rail travel? New initiative offers complimentary GWR rail journeys to community groups in the West of England
Low income residents from the West of England area are set to enjoy a free day out by train this summer, thanks to a new initiative led by The Centre for Transport and Society at UWE Bristol.
Group day trips by rail to the seaside and many other popular attractions in the West of England will be even more attainable for residents of some of the region's most disadvantaged communities, through to February 2017.
The project, 'Days Out By Train in the West of England', is funded by GWR as part of a £2.2 million communities' improvement fund launched in 2015 to support areas of real social need, and is being delivered in collaboration with the Severnside Community Rail Partnership.
UWE scientist discovers new specimens of 'living fossil', shedding new insights into evolution of scaly-tailed squirrels
A conservation biologist from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has secured three specimens of the very rare and elusive flightless scaly-tailed squirrel (Zenkerella insignis), uniquely found in the forests of Cameroon, Gabon, C.A.R and Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea that has barely evolved for over 30 million years.
Fuel made from recycled plastic could power ship engines
New research will test whether Plaxx™, a fuel made from mixed plastic waste, can be used as an alternative to crude derived fuels in industrial and marine engines.