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EPSRC Reference: EP/S023879/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Ultrasonic Engineering
Principal Investigator: Cochran, Professor S
Other Investigators:
Lucas, Professor M Mulholland, Professor A Gachagan, Professor A
Windmill, Professor JFC
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Acoustiic Active Needle Technology Ltd Aseptium Ltd
Canon Medical Research Europe Ltd CENSIS CTS Corporation
Dolfi Sonic International Ltd Doosan Power Systems Envision Design Ltd
Hemideina Honeywell Iamus
IMV Imaging Ionix Advanced Technologies Ltd Knowles
Mackie Automatic & Manual Transmissions Meggitt PLC National Physical Laboratory NPL
NERC Grouped NHS Novosound Ltd
OnScale (International) Polytec Ltd (UK) PPS
Precision Acoustics Ltd SINAPSE Sound & Bright
Stryker (International) Thales Ltd The Weir Group plc
Turner Iceni TUV NEL Ltd Ultrahaptics Ltd
Verasonics Inc
Department: School of Engineering
Organisation: University of Glasgow
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 July 2019 Ends: 31 December 2027 Value (£): 6,322,237
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
07 Nov 2018 EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training Interview Panel P – November 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Ultrasonics, the science and technology of sound at frequencies above the audible range, has a huge range of applications in sensing and remote delivery of energy.

In sensing, 20% of medical scans rely on ultrasonics for increasingly diverse procedures. Ultrasonics is pervasive in underwater sensing and communication and a key technology for non-destructive evaluation. Ultrasonic devices are essential components in every mobile phone and are being developed for enhanced biometric security.

Ultrasound is also important in remote delivery of energy. In medical therapy, it is used to treat neural dysfunction and cancer. Many surgical tools are actuated with ultrasound. As the best way to clean surfaces and bond interconnects, ultrasound is pervasive in semiconductor and electronics fabrication; it is also being explored for power delivery to implants and to give a contactless sense of touch.

Such a broad range of applications predicts an exciting future: new materials will emerge into applications; semiconductor circuits will deliver smaller, more convenient instrumentation systems; autonomy and robotics will call for better sensors; and data analysis will benefit from machine learning.

To maintain competitive advantage in this dynamic and multidisciplinary topic, companies worldwide rely on ambitious, innovative engineers to provide their unique knowledge of ultrasonics. As a significant contribution to address this need, Medical & Industrial Ultrasonics at the University of Glasgow and the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering at the University of Strathclyde will combine to form the Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Ultrasonic Engineering (FUSE), the largest academic ultrasonic engineering unit in the world.

Working with more than 30 external organisations, from microcompanies to multinationals, this will, for the first time, enable systematic training of a new generation of leaders in ultrasonics research, engineering and product development. This training will take place in the world-class research environment provided by two of the UK's pre-eminent universities with its partners, creating a training and research powerhouse in ultrasonics that will attract the best students and put them at the global forefront of the field.

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