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SMOOTH Project Midterm Meeting

With the support from RKEO, BU, as the project coordinator, successfully hosted the EU funded SMOOTH project midterm meeting on 28 June 2018. The EC project officer and about 20 researchers from eight project partners attended the meeting.

The meeting is a huge success and the members of the consortium presented their research work produced so far. The EC officer is very impressed by the project scientific and technology achievements and the quality of the work presented by the project partners. The consortium has already produced  many dissemination outputs  based on the work from the project and several of impressive tangible demonstrators. The core project international partners have already successfully completed the EU funded RABOT project.

The SMOOTH project aims to develop a novel robot- assisted decision making system in smart firefighting to perform searching and rescuing practice in the fire ground, and to facilitate the decision makings with higher efficiency based on the Cyber Physical Systems concept. The SMOOTH project is closely related to two of BU2025 strategic areas – assistive technology and animation, simulation & visualisation. The project has potential to generate some real impacts to our society and manufacturing industry which can be used for the future REF impact case.

Manufacturing a Brave New World

Following the success of our inaugural 2017 Conference held at the University of Glasgow, this year’s conference will be hosted at Newcastle University on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 June 2018.

The Conference Organising Committee is delighted to invite submission of abstracts for poster presentations. Please refer to call for abstracts final for abstracts for further information.

Submissions should be made via

Network Plus: Industrial Systems in the Digital Age Conference 2017 – Looking Beyond Industry 4.0

The first EPSRC Industrial Systems in the Digital Age Conference – Looking Beyond Industry 4.0 is taking place on 20 and 21 June 2017, at the University of Glasgow.
The call for papers and conference details can be found at:

Submission of abstracts is invited for both oral and poster presentations. All abstracts must be submitted through Easy Chair. Only one oral and/or one poster abstract may be submitted from an individual participant.

If you are interested in shaping the future of UK’s automation and computing beyond Industry 4.0, you only need to submit a one-page abstract by 28 April at

SKIMA 2016

The 10th International Conference on Software, Knowledge, Information Management and Application (SKIMA 2016) was held from 15 to 17 December 2016 in Chengdu, China. The Conference was organised by the EU Erasmus Mundus FUSION project consortium and was hosted by Chengdu University of Informatics Technology, supported by Chengdu University, Zhongyuan University of Technology and Bourmouth University. The SKIMA organisation committee members, Prof Hongnian Yu (General Chair), Prof Jiliu Zhou (General Co-chair, President of Chengdu University of Informatics Technology), Prof Dongyun Wang (General Co-chair, Vice President of Huanghuai University), Dr Shuang Cang (Programme Chair), Prof Keshav Dahal (UK), Prof Alamgir Hossain (UK), Prof Yun Li (UK), Prof Yacine Ouzrout (France), Prof Rameshwar Rijal (Nepal), Prof Yuson Ou (China), Prof He Jia (China), Prof Luigi Vladareanu (Romania), Dr Shengjun Wen (China), Prof John Mo (Australia), Dr Zoltán Szabó (Hungary), Dr Aihui Wang (China), Dr. Ingrid Rügge (Germany), Dr Leo Chen (China), Prof Teresa Goncalves (Portugal), and about 200 scholars from 14 countries participated the conference.



The conference general chair, Prof Hongnian Yu thanked the local team from Chengdu University of Informatics Technology for their great efforts and supports in making this conference successful. He expressed his sincere appreciate for the support from the EU Erasmus Mundus Programme, IEEE Chengdu Section, Chengdu University, Zhongyuan University of Technology, and Bournemouth University. Prof Yu also introduced the SKIMA 10 years history and wished the SKIMA enhancing the collaboration and exchange between EU and Asia.



The SKIMA 2016 General Co-chair, President of Chengdu University of Informatics Technology, Prof Jiliu Zhou made the welcome speech. Prof Zhou welcomed all the participants to Chengdu, introduced the audiences the developing history of Chengdu University of Informatics Technology, and congratulated the conference achievements.


The SKIMA series was started in an international collaboration context between research professionals in Western and Asian countries in Chiang Mai, Thailand 2006. Subsequently, the next SKIMA conferences were organized in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2008; Fez, Morocco in 2009; Paro, Bhutan in 2010; Benevento, Italy in 2011, Chengdu, China in 2012, Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2013, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal 2015. With the technical co-sponsorship of IEEE  Chengdu Section, all the accepted conference papers will be submitted for acceptance into IEEE Xplore so EI indexed.


The 2nd China‐EU Industry 4.0 Forum on Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship


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The 2nd China‐EU Industry 4.0 Forum on Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship was held at Chengdu University, China on 14 December 2016. The forum was organised by the EU Erasmus Mundus FUSION project consortium and was hosted and sponsored by Chengdu University. Over 30 research scholars from China, France, German, Hungry, Portugal and United Kingdom participated the forum. Prof Hongnian Yu, the FUSION project coordinator, chaired the forum and gave a talk on New Industry Revolution and Innovation.

Prof Qingyuan Wang, the president of Chengdu University, delivered the welcome speech, thanked the FUSION project consortium and pointed out that the forum would strengthen the research exchange in industry 4.0 innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship between the China and EU scholars. Prof Yun Li from Glasgow University, Dr.-Ing. Ingrid Rügge from Bremen University, Dr Zoltán Szabó from Corvinus University of Budapest, Prof Teresa Gonçalves from the University of Évora, Dr Néjib Moalla from Lyon 2 University, Prof Zengguang Hou from Chinese Academy of Science, Dr Shuang Cang from Bournemouth University, Prof Dongyun Wang from Zhongyuan University of Technology, and Prof Yahaya Yusuf from Central Lancashire University delivered the talks on their work related with the forum.

The forum is strengthening and enhancing academic and research collaboration between Chinese and European researchers to lead the global race in Industry 4.0 Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, helping complete the entire Industry 4.0 value chain for smart manufacturing and smart products through life.

EU eight years funding for BU disaster robotics research (from FP7 to Horizon 2020)

Urbanisation and changes in modern infrastructure have introduced new challenges to firefighting practices. The entire direct and indirect cost of fire is about 1% GDP losses in the world annually. For example, in 2013, the USA had over 1.2 million fires which resulted in about 3.4 thousand civilian fatalities, 16 thousand injuries and property losses of about $12.4 billion. In addition, about 100 fire fighters lost their lives and over 65 thousand were injured on the fire ground. UK had over 190 thousand fires responses, about 350 civilian fatalities, over 10 thousand injuries.

BU will be leading, under direction of Prof Hongnian Yu and Dr Shuang Cang, an international consortium on a project receiving €0.9 million in funding to address these challenges. SMart rObOTs for fire-figHting (SMOOTH) is a four-year project awarded under the EU Horizon 2020 MSCA program. It is the further expansion and development of the previous four-year RABOT (real-time adaptive networked control of rescue robots) project funded under FP7-IRSES, led by Dr Cang and Prof Yu.

The RABOT consortium consisted of two EU and three Asia Partners, and made numerous tangible results and activities. Examples are: 1) facilitated 77 mobility visits conducted by 46 researchers and trained 22 ESRs directly and over 250 ESRs through the project workshops, seminars, invited sessions etc. where BU hosted 18 international research visitors under the support of the RABOT project; 2) published over 60 journal and conference papers including the best conference paper awards, fired four patents, and won five international awards; 3) organised three invited sessions (another one to be organised along SKIMA 2016(; 4) organised nine training workshops; 5) produced the workspace and dexterity of the haptic mechanism, deduced the kinematics and kinetics of the haptic device and implemented it with performance evaluation; 6) studied multi-agents’ coordinate control, leader-follower control and consensus control, and based on differential manifold method, simulated the proposed formation control method; 7) investigated and established an interaction model between human and a robot; 8) developed the Damping interface using Dynamic Hybrid Force Position Sensing (DHFPS) methods; 6) developed  the intelligent interface for modelling the platform balance amplitude using DHFPS methods; 7) developed the interface tilt over robot control using DHFPS methods; 8) designed and developed a haptic interface for the rescue walking robots motion in the disaster areas; 9) designed and developed a networked control approach for operating robots remotely; 10) designed and prototyped a wearable robot for supporting a human who works in the disaster areas; 11) designed and prototyped the autonomous legged & wheeled robot; 12) designed and developed a novel hexapod robot.

In addition, the RABOT consortium has received the following funding for further expanding and sustaining the collaboration and research: 1) VIPRO (2014-2017), financed by the Romanian Scientific Research Agency (ANCS), Partnerships Program in priority fields; 2) Mechanism Design of Rescue Robots for Nuclear power plant emergency relief, China 973 Programme; 3) Urban Fire and Rescue Robots, China Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation programme;  4) Adaptive Learning Control of a Cardiovascular Robot using Expert Surgeon Techniques, China NSF and UK Newton Funds; 5) China – Romania intelligent rehabilitation robot joint laboratory, China Science and Technology Programme; and 6) SMOOTH (Horizon 2020).

Those results and activities have made the positive contributions in achieving the BU top 200 most international universities.

The new SMOOTH project aims to innovate a smart robot-assisted firefighting platform to perform searching and rescuing practice in the fire ground, and to facilitate the efficient decision makings. Concerning harsh environments for the complex fire ground (including chemical plants and other venues), the consortium will investigate, study, and innovate information acquisition (sensing and visioning technology), transmission (ultra-remote signal transmission) and processing (multi-sensor fusion technology), instrumentation (actuating technology, robotics thermal protection technology), control (multi-degree of freedom mobile and operating robot control methods, obstacle avoidance and sweeping, Decision Support Systems (DSS)) and communication (Human-Robot (H2R) interaction systems, Machine-to-Machine (M2M)).

The SMOOTH research programme will provide three EU industrial partners (SMEs), one EU university, one EU research institution, two TC universities and one TC research institution the opportunity to move between sectors and countries in order to provide, absorb, implement, share and disseminate new knowledge in a professional industrial-academic environment at the European and global levels. It will be implemented via functional secondments and the organisation of/participation in training courses, workshops, summer schools, seminars, industrial forums, and conferences for sharing knowledge, acquiring new skills and developing careers for Consortium staff members and early stage researchers.  SMOOTH will foster a shared culture, and reward creativity and entrepreneurship.  A distinctive feature of this international consortium is its multidisciplinary nature (combining computer sciences, engineering, technology and business expertise) and its designed interaction between academic researchers and industrial practitioners in order to create an internationally excellent hub centred on advancing firefighting robotics utilisation as part of search and rescue tasks for the benefit of humanity.

Sensor-integrated urometer for measuring real-time urine output (HEIF funded project)

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The project team from the Faculty of Science & Technology has received Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) to undertake a series of activities aimed at encouraging university and the public sector to harness the benefits of advanced assistive technologies. (The HEIF  project started last year and is due to finish at the end of July.)

The nature of HEIF funding encourages knowledge exchange and support to develop a broad range of knowledge based interactions between universities and colleges and the wider word, which result in economic and social benefit to the UK.  In current clinical practices, urinary output measurement and supervision are prevailing medical intervention treatments for patients suffering from critical illness, aging bladder, post-surgery urination difficulties and long-term bedridden. However, the urinary output is still measured and monitored manually by healthcare staff, which is extremely time-consuming and prone to undesirable human errors commonly, arose in these repetitive and monotonous tasks. The project aims to invent an automatic device for remotely monitoring of urinary output, which features real-time remotely wireless catheter fall-off and flow rate monitoring, urinary output minute-by-minute monitoring and real-time states visualization.

The project team is made up of a number of researchers and students from multidisciplinary domains in addition to academics. The team (Prof Hongnian Yu, Mr Arif Reza Anwary; Mr Daniel Craven, Mr Muhammad Akbar, and Mr Pengcheng Liu) has recently presented their three developed prototypes at the collaborator’s site (Royal Bournemouth Hospital). The feedback and comments from the hospital staff are very positive. Dr Simon McLaughlin, the project collaborator from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, said ‘The project looks to have progressed well. The work is excellent and the one of the prototypes is almost ready to deploy.’

The team  hope to continue to consolidate the current developed prototypes and build on top of them to invent the commercially acceptable products.

Erasmus Mundus Fusion Call for the third cohort

Dear All

Would you like to spend a few months in the Asia partner institutions of our Erasmus Mundus FUSION project to further strengthen your education and research capacity and enrich your experiences? If yes, please open the link below.

Fusion Call for the third cohort for EU to Asia Mobility

You will have an opportunity to gain a full scholarship to support you for your mobility study/research to the FUSION Asia partner institutions from the project.

The deadline is 15 March 2016.