Upcoming Webinar 17th September 2020: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Demand-Side Response

We are pleased to announce an upcoming webinar hosted by IEEE Smart Grid, titled “Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Demand-Side Response” presented by Ioannis Antonopoulos, Benoit Couraud and Valentin Robu of the Smart Systems Group. This event will be held Thursday, September 17, 2020 – 11:00am EDT In the recent years, there has been […]


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New Publication: Assessing Safety-Critical Systems from Operational Testing: A Study on Autonomous Vehicles

The Smart Systems Group congratulate Dr. Xingyu Zhao and his research team from Heriot-Watt University and The Centre for Software Reliability at the University of London, who revisit the problem of using operational testing to demonstrate high reliability in autonomous vehicles in their paper titled, “Assessing safety-critical systems from operational testing: A study on autonomous […]


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Green Energy is Key to Restoring Economy Post-Pandemic

The threat posed to rural economies was starkly highlighted this week when a survey conducted by Orkney businesses, predicted some 3,000 local jobs may be lost, and the amount of money flowing through the local economy could be almost halved, if the worst impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are realised. “Investment in green-energy projects is crucial […]


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AI Set to Deliver Safer Offshore Work Environments

A new artificial intelligence that is set to boost safety standards in the offshore energy industry is in development. A team of engineers from Heriot-Watt University’s, Smart Systems Group (SSG), say their ambitious project will protect lives and help prevent offshore disasters. Part of the Offshore Robotics for the Certification of Assets (ORCA) Hub, a consortium of five universities including Heriot-Watt, […]


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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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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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Smart Systems Group Announced as Network Awards 2020 Finalists

Professor David Flynn will represent the Smart Systems Group and Heriot-Watt University at the Network Awards 2020, as a finalist in the Partner Initiative of the Year in collaboration with Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN). The Network Awards reward individuals and organisations who have demonstrated exceptional performance in the energy networks space. Now in its […]


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