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Smart Systems Group on Safeguarding Our Systems

As the world comes together to rise to the challenges of the pandemic crisis, society, governments, businesses and individuals are all evaluating how we can improve our resilience to such challenges which have significantly affected our way of life. The Smart Systems Group is dedicated to supporting the resilience of critical services and the communities […]


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SSG Research Work Published in Proceedings of Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2020

Smart Systems Group Researchers Jamie Blanche and Dr Osama Zaki are lead authors of recently published papers in the proceedings of the 2020 Offshore Technology Conference available through https://www.onepetro.org/. The conference organisers decided that despite having to cancel the conference due to the worldwide COVID-19 crisis that the work produced for the conference be published. […]


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A Safety Framework for Critical Systems Utilising Deep Neural Networks

It is our pleasure to announce the publication of “A Safety Framework for Critical Systems Utilising Deep Neural Networks” by Dr. Xingyu Zhao of the Smart Systems Group, in collaboration with partners at the University of Liverpool and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL). This research paper will be published in Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes […]


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AI-driven Maintenance Support for Downhole Tools and Electronics Operated in Dynamic Drilling Environments

Well Done to our PhD students Lucas Kirschbaum and Darius Roman and the co-authorship team in Baker Hughes, Celle for their recent paper acceptance to IEEE Access for publication. This research represents a strong example of how the Smart Systems Group are creating solutions for complex challenges. An international partnership between Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh and […]


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5G Used to Develop New Energy Systems on Orkney

The Smart Systems Group collaborates with the Heriot-Watt Global Research Innovation and Discovery (GRID) team to secure funding for an energy system digital twin for Orkney. Partnering with members of the ReFLEX project, researchers are using 5G communications technology to create a simulator system aimed at inspiring businesses and residents to get involved in the […]


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Dr. Merlinda Andoni of SSG included in special “Women in Energy” list

The Smart Systems Group is proud to congratulate Dr. Merlinda Andoni for the inclusion of her paper “Blockchain technology in the energy sector: A systematic review of challenges and opportunities” in the Women in Energy Special Edition, published by Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. In honour of International Women’s Day, this special edition has been […]


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ReFLEX Orkney at Forefront of Shift to Net Zero World

A £28.5m project on the archipelago is working to combine technology with renewable energy to provide intelligent heat, power and transport services. Orkney ‘is at the forefront of a green energy revolution’ as the world moves towards a carbon-neutral future. The programme aims to create the world’s first large-scale ‘smart local energy system’ by combining […]


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Student emergency support appeal

Heriot-Watt University has launched an emergency appeal to help our students. Students are seeing their studies curtailed, exams postponed, jobs cancelled and internships lost. Many students are now in severe financial hardship and are turning to the university for assistance. Heriot-Watt University has many different ways in which it looks to help students, right now […]


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Automatic Visual Monitoring of Pylons from Aerial Images

A recent collaboration between the Smart Systems Group and Dundee University has led to an exciting conference paper, titled “Towards the Automatic Visual Monitoring of Electricity Pylons from Aerial Images“. The research from SSG allowed Professor David Flynn to contribute to the shared understanding of critical infrastructure and the need to design robust solutions, allowing […]


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UK budget: does it support a transition to a net-zero emissions economy

Dr Sara Walker and Prof David Flynn from the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Innovation analysed what the recent 2020 budget means for the UK energy sector. Their in depth article about the March 2020 budget is available now on the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Innovation website.


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