A team of staff and students from the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering are investigating ways to use electromagnetics for a range of inspection applications.
The research involves formulating algorithms to describe the signals received – has a huge range of applications, including revealing the microstructure of a steel component, testing the quality of food, detecting whether a person is carrying a hidden weapon or just a mobile phone and locating buried objects.
The Sensor Imaging and Signal Processing (SISP) research group is fortunately to have good connections with many companies, charities and organisations, who we partner to provide technological solutions for a range of real-world problems.
We also work closely with other Schools in Engineering and Physical Sciences. One recent example is ‘Find A Better Way’; a charity founded by Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton. This charity is dedicated to providing practical, humanitarian solutions to the global problem of landmines.
The University team is working with 'Find a Better Way' to find quicker, effective and safer solutions to the problem of detecting landmines in war torn countries across the world.
It is early days but we have already identified that we can use the technology developed and tested in Manchester to find a solution that will help reduce the huge amount of time spent dealing with metallic clutter rather than landmines by humanitarian clearance teams.
Saving this time will ultimately save lives, as more effort can be focused on the challenge of clearing these devastating weapons.
Recently a team of staff and students ran the Manchester 10k, which is the biggest 10 km race in Europe to raise money for Find a Better Way.