New Publication: Prediction of voltage distribution using deep learning and identified key smart meter locations

The energy landscape for the Low-Voltage (LV) networks is undergoing rapid changes. These changes are driven by the increased penetration of distributed Low Carbon Technologies, both on the generation side (i.e. adoption of micro-renewables) and demand side (i.e. electric vehicle charging). The previously passive ‘fit-and-forget’ approach to LV network management is becoming increasing inefficient to […]


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Podcast: The Role of Robotics in the Future of Offshore Wind and Net Zero

We are thrilled to share details of a recent podcast, featuring Dr. Theo Lim of the Smart Systems Group. This broadcast was episode 24 of the Re-energise Podcast series, hosted by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. “Our clean energy revolution is in full swing, with the UK actively moving from fossil fuels to renewable […]


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Robotic Technologies in Offshore Wind

Published today in Power Technology, written by Yoana Cholteeva “As the need for better capabilities and more predictability in the offshore wind sector is growing, the industry has welcomed its collaboration with robotic technologies. Robotics and AI come as powerful tools to help unlock human potential, providing assistance and support to inform human decision making, often […]


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Robotic Engineering Superhero’s

Wind turbines harness the wind to produce energy, however, they can be quite dangerous to maintain. Offshore engineers are subjected to dangerous conditions which include hazardous weather conditions and environments. Robotic platforms which include robots for air, land and sea, can be used to complete inspection and maintenance missions to reduce the risk and increase […]


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Good Vibrations!

The Smart Systems Group are thrilled to share an online article published in Scottish Construction Now featuring research led by Dr. Daniil Yurchenko. Unused energy trapped within bridges is to be harvested in a major new international project led by Heriot-Watt University. Traffic and wind regularly cause low frequency vibrations to ripple through bridge building materials […]


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How Robots Could Limit the Environmental Impact of Offshore Windfarms

Author: Prof. David Flynn Spending on global offshore renewable energy infrastructure over the next ten years is expected to reach over US$16 billion (£11.3bn). This involves creating an extra 2.5 million kilometres of global submarine cables by 2030. To lay and secure these cables against ocean currents involves ploughing the seabed and dumping rocks and concrete “mattresses” to serve […]


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DIGIT Editor’s Pick | The Challenges and Opportunities of Big Data

Published online by Digit, the Smart Systems Group’s Professor David Flynn explores how industry, society and government extract future value from Big Data. Many businesses, organisations and government departments are increasingly interested in unlocking the value of big data analytics to gain a detailed insight into their stakeholders and market trends. However, this fascination with […]


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New Publication: VPR-Bench: An Open-Source Visual Place Recognition Evaluation Framework with Quantifiable Viewpoint and Appearance Change

An international and multidisciplinary research collaboration between Heriot-Watt University, Queensland University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and the University of Essex, has led to a publication on an open source framework for assessing the performance of VPR techniques. Visual place recognition (VPR) is the process of recognising a previously visited place using visual information, […]


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Internet of Things: A Review on Theory Based Impedance Matching Techniques for Energy Efficient RF Systems

Within an increasingly connected world, the exponential growth in the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) applications presents a significant challenge in power and data transfer optimisation. Currently, the maximization of Radio Frequency (RF) system power gain depends on the design of efficient, commercial chips, and on the integration of these chips by using complex […]


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Autonomy and Me: Symbiotic Partnerships Between People and Systems

Thank you to Clearpath Robotics for highlighting how our research is establishing a pathway for the transition of Trustworthy Autonomous Services into industry. Productive collaboration, Run-Time mission resilience and Safety Compliance was achieved using a digital environment to support the 3C’s (Collaboration, Coordination and Corroboration) across people, infrastructure, the environment, and resident robotics using a hyper-enabled collaborative […]


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