University of the West of Scotland’s (UWS) contribution to the future of engineering and smart cities has been spotlighted as part of a major campaign launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

The Future of Engineering campaign, which focuses on ‘putting the smart into cities’ and ‘inspiring future engineering’, attempts to explore the world of engineering and the pivotal role it plays in shaping our urban environments.

UWS has been featured within the ‘putting the smart into cities’ element, which includes a powerful documentary, highlighting the work led by Dr James Riordan and Professor Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir at the University, and their teams of researchers.

Both are pioneering ground-breaking technology using artificial intelligence and automation, including the use of autonomous drones to improve city connectivity, and using artificial intelligence and sensing technologies to monitor city environments and predict future issues.

Professor Milan Radosavljevic, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Engagement) at UWS, said: “It is fantastic to see our pioneering research showcased as part of this powerful campaign. At UWS, we are leading globally relevant research and innovation, which is directly supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This particular work, which aligns with SGDs 9 and 11, focuses on the development of a range of groundbreaking solutions for future smart cities. The research truly is at the cutting-edge of these efforts worldwide.”

The ‘Putting the Smart into Cities’ documentary showcases the ideas, innovations and individuals driving the development of sustainable, smart cities across the globe.

UWS’s significant influence on the smart cities agenda is profiled alongside major industry players in this field, including Amey, Avanti, Galliford Try and the University of Nottingham.

The documentary and UWS profile can be viewed here:

Headline photo: City drone

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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