Symbiotic System Design for Safe and Resilient Autonomous Robotics in Offshore Wind Farms

We are pleased to announce an early release of our research into symbiotic systems. This top-down approach to modelling the complex interactions of industrial autonomous services presents several advancements that will enable a roadmap to trust, resilient autonomous operations and safety compliance. The preprint is available on ArXiv by clicking here. The symbiotic system has […]


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Asset Integrity Monitoring of Wind Turbine Blades with Non-Destructive Radar Sensing -Available on IEEE Xplore Open Access

Global growth in onshore and offshore wind energy has created a forecasted 11.5% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) increase in Wind Turbine (WT) blades throughout 2020-2025. The ability to verify blade condition throughout the asset lifecycle is integral to economic and reliable renewable energy supplies. Currently, commercial inspection of deployed wind turbine blades is predominately […]


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An Evaluation of Millimetre-wave Radar Sensing for Civil Infrastructure – Available on IEEE Xplore Open Access

Critical infrastructure is a dense network of systems that provide vital services such as energy, transport and water. Continuous cycles of monitoring and repair are vital to the economic development and functions of a community. Current detection methods of subsurface fault precursors in civil infrastructure are insufficient for subsurface defect detection. In this paper, “An […]


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PhD opportunity: Digital surrogate of a microwave sensor system

We are pleased to announce an exciting new PhD opportunity, via our EPS scholarships 2021 programme. A microwave sensor system was created to detect the intrinsic and varying properties of materials via non-destructive evaluation. The system is made of a horn antenna and a frequency modulated continuous wave radar system that allows the processing of […]


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HOME Offshore: Advanced Sensing for Offshore Asset Management

We are pleased to share our latest outreach video, hosted on our Smart Systems Group YouTube channel. In this video, we have summarised and demonstrated the latest research outcomes of Heriot-Watt University and the Smart System Group, which innovative fusion prognostics approaches on offshore Asset Management. We utilise advanced sensing technologies, multi-physical models, data-driven and […]


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Developing the Energy Systems of the Future

A new ground-breaking local energy company, ReFLEX Orkney Ltd, has today [1st December] launched a range of new low-carbon transport and power services exclusive to Orkney residents and businesses to further decarbonise the island’s energy system.  This is a major milestone for the £28.5 million ReFLEX Orkney project which is part funded by UK Research […]


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Asset Integrity Monitoring of Wind Turbine Blades with Non-Destructive Radar Sensing

Global growth in onshore and offshore wind energy has created a forecasted 11.5% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) increase in Wind Turbine (WT) blades throughout 2020-2025. The ability to verify blade condition throughout the asset lifecycle is integral to economic and reliable renewable energy supplies. Currently, commercial inspection of deployed wind turbine blades is predominately […]


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An Evaluation of Millimetre-wave Radar Sensing for Civil Infrastructure

Critical infrastructure is a dense network of systems that provide vital services such as energy, transport and water. Continuous cycles of monitoring and repair are vital to the economic development and functions of a community. Current detection methods of subsurface fault precursors in civil infrastructure are insufficient for subsurface defect detection. In this paper we […]


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Upcoming Publications: Preliminary Presentation

The Smart Systems Group would like to congratulate Dr. Jamie Blanche and Mr Daniel Mitchell on their recent publications which are due to be presented at the 11th annual IEEE Information Technology, Electronics and Mobile Communication Conference and will be held virtually between the 4th and 7th of November 2020. Asset Integrity Monitoring of Wind […]


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Technology Exploration for Security Sensing

“Concealed Weapon Detection Using Non-Contact Millimetre-Wave Sensing” lead by Dr. Jamie Blanche A research group based at Heriot-Watt University’s Smart System Group have worked in partnership with Microsense Technologies Ltd to develop a compact sensing technology to help reduce the risks associated with modern day policing. Recent reports published by the BBC News indicate that […]


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