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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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Not equal

Not Equal is a UKRI funded network that looks to create new collaborations between academics, industry and the third sector. They look to ways in which technology may be used to support social justice and to create a fairer future for everyone through the digital economy. A recent open event looked at ways in which […]


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New PHM book

Prof. David Flynn and Mr Wenshuo Tang of the SSG contributed their research on prognostics and health management of subsea power cables, as a chapter, to the highly successful book: Prognostics and Health Management of Electronics: Fundamentals, Machine Learning and Internet of Things. The book, co-authored by Prof. Michael Pecht of the University of Maryland, has become one […]


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Faults in UK Western HVDC Link Cable Highlights Need for Prognostic Health Management in Critical Infrastructure

The Western HVDC Link is a 262 mile DC power transfer connection between Western Scotland and North Wales designed to transfer up to 2.2GW of Scottish renewable power between the regions. OFGEM, who regulate the UK market for electrical energy, have announced they will be carrying out an investigation into breaches of licence conditions. This […]


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Smart Systems Group Founder Receives Award at 2020 Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards

The founder of Heriot Watt Smart Systems Group Professor David Flynn, was presented with the 2020 award for Knowledge Exchange Champion of the Year at the 5th Annual Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards. Professor Flynn has brought global advocacy for Scotland’s universities, highlighting how they serve society and industry in partnership, not only to bring solutions […]


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ORCA Hub Researchers to present work at the 2020 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston in May

Run-time Safety Compliance and Self-Certification for Robotics. Irrespective of the mission, environment or robotic platform you need Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) operating efficiently and safely – first time and every time. We have developed a transferable framework that integrates infrastructure, robotic and personnel data, to support safety and mission success. Within our framework we […]


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