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School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Sensor technologies for security

The sensor technology theme is helping to pioneer new sensor devices, technology and sensor systems to support the 21st century IT revolution and Industry 4.0.

Information has become a vital commodity driving modern society and the IT revolution is fundamentality dependant on a myriad of different sensor devices and systems to provide this information from sensors inside mobile devices to vehicles to homes and factories. New sensor technologies are at the heart of innovation in all fields, creating opportunity by providing data previously not available and driving social and scientific advances.

Research into new sensor systems and their applications is inherent to activities across the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering linking many of the School's themes and clusters. The breadth and scale of the School allows research from new nano-scale sensors to their applications to macro scale applications in major production processes. The research is supported by numerous industrial partnerships reflecting the diversity of the subject. The Sensor Technologies for Security theme focuses on applying electromagnetic inspection techniques to range of applications related to security.

In addition, researchers working in this area:

Further research activity

Non-destructive evaluation

In partnership with the internationally leading Research Centre for Non Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE), Tata Steel and Primetals Technologies, we work to improve the state of the art of electromagnetic NDE especially for in-line processing of materials.

Humanitarian demining

Supported by the charity, Find a Better Way we are researching a new generation of detector technology for humanitarian demining, specifically to address the problem of distinguishing real threats from metal clutter.

Security

Developing new sensing solution to ensure airports, sensitive buildings and public spaces are safe using electromagnetic techniques over a very wide bandwidths from kHz for discriminating metallic targets to microwaves for dielectric obects.

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