Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)

Robotics in our School of Computing, Science and Engineering

The multi-disciplinary Salford Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC) aims to build on its world class research to provide the know-how and expertise in the advancement of the 21st century technology with the resultant impact on business success and economic growth at national and international level.

Based in the School of Computing, Science and Engineering the centre is a dynamic and collaborative unit that currently comprised of 6-internationally known applied and pure research groups.

The centre continues to support business and enterprise in the fields of physics, materials, robotics, engineering, informatics, acoustics and spray and petroleum technology.

SIRC has specialist acoustic facilities under one roof anywhere in the world and works closely with government, military and the construction, motor and audio industries. Our Petroleum and Spray Research Group won the THE 2014 Award for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology for our ground-breaking research into new aerosol spray technology. Our robotics group is leading in developing technology for the food industry and assisting people with dementia. Our research groups in engineering, informatics and materials and physics are world renowned for their cutting edge research.

Contact

Salford Innovation Research Centre
University of Salford
Newton Building
Salford
M5 4NT
United Kingdom

Research Centre Director

Ghasem Nasr
0161 295 5213
g.g.nasr@salford.ac.uk

Research Groups

Acoustics

Acoustics and audio research has been conducted at Salford since before 1965. Research is funded by research councils, national and international government bodies, and industry. Our research has fed into products that companies make and sell worldwide, as well as regulations and standards used in the UK, Europe and internationally.

We currently have 12 research active staff, 7 post-doctoral research fellows and a lively community of PhD students who have authored many prizewinning publications including two major texts on acoustics.

The acoustics laboratories are world class having been completely rebuilt in 2005 at a cost of £2.5M. They include a listening room, reverberation rooms, three anechoic chambers, an accredited calibration laboratory and state of the art equipment and instrumentation. Through the laboratories we are able to bring much of our fundamental research into real life applications.

The Acoustics Research Centre is the primary partner for Acoustics research in the BBC Audio Research Partnership

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), our acoustics research was singled out by the panel for Architecture and Built Environment. Outputs showed ‘particular strengths in acoustics’ and there was ‘outstanding impact in acoustics for the built environment.’ Our REF impact case study on Acoustics was used by EPSRC and the Royal Academy of Engineering to highlight the economic benefits of research.

More information about Acoustics research at the University of Salford.

Contact

Head of Research Group (Acoustics)
Prof Trevor Cox
t.j.cox@salford.ac.uk
Tel: (0044) 0161 295 5474

Enquiries for specific areas of Acoustics research

Acoustics Measurements: Andy Elliott at a.s.elliott@salford.ac.uk.

Architectural and Building Acoustics: Trevor Cox at t.j.cox@salford.ac.uk.

Audio Engineering: Ben Shirley at b.g.shirley@salford.ac.uk.

Computer Modelling of Sound: John Hargreaves at j.a.hargreaves@salford.ac.uk

Environmental Noise and Vibration: David Waddington at d.c.waddington@salford.ac.uk.

Materials for Acoustics: Olga Umnova at o.umnova@salford.ac.uk.

Psychoacoustics: Bill Davies at w.davies@salford.ac.uk.

Public Engagement:  Trevor Cox at t.j.cox@salford.ac.uk.

Vibro-acoustics: Andy Elliott at a.s.elliott@salford.ac.uk.

Autonomous Systems and Robotics

ASAR has internationally recognised research excellence in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence (RAI). It was appointed the home of the National Advanced Robotics Research Centre in 1987 and was the founding member of the Northern Robotics Network, which became the National Robotics Network (NRN). ASAR is a spoke of the EPSRC Future AI & Robotics for Space Hub, a UK national centre of research excellence in space robots and AI funded through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

ASAR is at the forefront of strategic research initiatives funded by the EPSRC, the EU Framework Programmes for R&I, UK Government Departments (BEIS and Defra) and industry.

Our research has been applied in a range of sectors including automotive and aerospace manufacturing, nuclear decommissioning, space exploration, food production, agriculture and in health and social care.

More information about Autonomous Systems and Robotics research at the University of Salford.

Contact

Head of Research Group (ASAR)
Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani
s.nefti-meziani@salford.ac.uk

Tel: (0044) 0161 295 4540

Engineering

The research in Engineering at Salford is diverse and covers a wide range of engineering subjects. We excel in a number of strategic areas of leading edge research in mechanical, electrical, civil and aeronautical engineering. Core members of the group are well known experts in their areas of research both nationally and internationally. Many of the academic members were returned in the REF2014 (research excellence framework) and their research output and impact on society were ranked highly in the assessment.

The Control and Systems Engineering (CASE) brings together a wealth of expertise that covers broad areas of advanced control and system engineering, and the core academic members of staff are internationally recognized researchers. Our philosophy for research is to seek not only theoretical advances in the related subjects, but also to explore innovative concepts and novel ideas for practical applications. Research is well funded, with support from EPSRC, TSB, DoH, MoD, Royal Society, European Commission, as well as excellent links with and direct funding from industry.

Our research excellence means that we have not only the highest calibre academics but also the first class facilities to support the leading edge research projects for both post-graduate studies and post-doctoral research.

More information about Engineering research at the University of Salford.

Contact

Head of Research Group (Engineering)
Professor TX Mei
t.x.mei@salford.ac.uk
Tel: (0044)  0161 295 3715

Informatics

The Informatics Research Centre in the School of Computing, Science and Engineering at the University of Salford builds on the history, success and achievements of the research in Computer Science and Information Systems developed at the University of Salford over the last thirty years.

Evolving around Data and Information in all their types and usages, the Centre covers all phases and processes from data pre-processing to engineering and visualisation. The Centre is developing novel methods and systems for the analysis and recognition of various data sets, learning behaviours and causal models. The techniques and systems developed have a wide range of potential applications including digitisation of historical documents, medical diagnosis, semantic tagging, segmentation of types of viewers and their behaviours, text mining and retrieval and data visualisation.

Forensic computing, digital investigation and Cyber security is another area of expertise supported by the centre both at the theoretical and application levels.

More information about Informatics research at the University of Salford.

Contact

Head of Research Group (Informatics)
Prof Sunil Vadera
s.vadera@salford.ac.uk
Tel: (0044) 0161 295 5262

Materials and Physics

Members of this large and prestigious Research Group are drawn from experimental, computational and theoretical areas of physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics. Our research focuses on applied optics, complexity and nonlinear photonics, hydrogen storage, photovoltaics, functionalization of graphene, semiconductor materials and thin films. Our well-equipped laboratories include various spectroscopy facilities (e.g. Raman, photoluminescence, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, spectrophotometry), chemical vapour deposition, high performance computing facilities, high pressure facilities (up to 2 Kbar high pressure gas facility and diamond anvil cells for experiments up to 1 Mbar), X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy.  We are regular users at national and international facilities such as Diamond Light Source (www.diamond.ac.uk), ISIS (www.isis.stfc.ac.uk) and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (www.esrf.eu).

More information about Materials and Physics research at the University of Salford.

Contact

Head of Research Group (Materials & Physics)
Dr John Proctor
j.e.proctor@salford.ac.uk
Tel: (0044) 0161 295 0176

Spray and Petroleum

The Spray Research Group (SRG) with its long standing international reputation was formed by Professor Ghasem Nasr in mid 1990’s. The Group has collaborated with over 120 multi-national companies on fundamental, applied research, innovation management and enterprise . New domestic aerosol valve spray using inert gases developed with a number of granted patents commercialized. The invention helps to reduce the harmful omissions to the environment that are currently produced through conventional butane led domestic aerosol cans, The Group won in November 2014 the Times Higher Education (THE) Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology”.

More information about Spray and Petroleum research at the University of Salford.

Contact

Head of Research Group (Spray and Petroleum)
Prof Ghasem Nasr
g.g.nasr@salford.ac.uk
Tel: (0044) 0161 295 5213

Human Movement Technologies

The group is led by three Professors, based in the schools of Health Sciences (Granat and Kenney) and Computing, Science and Engineering (Howard) and group members have a broad range of expertise, spanning biomedical engineering, medical instrumentation, biomechanics, gait analysis, activity monitoring, rehabilitation medicine, geriatrics, physiotherapy, public health, prosthetics and orthotics, health sciences, and psychology. Our group includes around ten academic members of staff, six research assistants/fellows and ten PhD students. Our current research is supported by external grants worth well over £2million from NIHR, EPSRC andcharities. Members of the group have well over 200 journal publications and we have been instrumental in setting up the new International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour (www.ismpb.org) and the associated journal . Our group recently hosted the XV International Symposium on 3D Analysis of Human Movement(2018) and will host the Trent International Prosthetics Symposium (2019) – with Newcastle and Greenwich Universities.

More information about Human Movement Technologies research at the University of Salford.

Contact

Professor Malcolm Granat
m.h.granat@salford.ac.uk
+44(0)161 295 2568

Professor David Howard
d.howard@salford.ac.uk
+44 (0)161 295 3584

Professor Laurence Kenney
l.p.j.kenney@Salford.ac.uk
+44 (0)161 295 2289