The series of evening meetings and lectures is now complete.
You will find below a list of events from our 2009-10 programme. If you are interested in obtaining any material or lecture notes distributed at the event, please contact us and we will try to help.
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13 April, 2010 – The Practical Challenges of Delivering a Product-Service System
MacMillan Memorial Lecture
Professor T S Baines, Cranfield University
13 April, 2010 - Annual General Meeting
The Institution's AGM at which office bearers for the ensuing session are elected and the Annual Report and Accounts are presented for approval,…
9 March, 2010 – New York's Outer Harbour Gateway - a concept for Flood Surge Defence
New York is one of the world's major cities and is vulnerable to surge flooding. As background to the discussions on this potential risk, the mechanism for surge flooding is described and examples of past floods and their outcomes are presented. The potential risk to the city of New York is examined using historical data and analysis by US federal, state and academic specialists,…
9 February, 2010 – Engineering, Energy and the Environment: the Long View
Professor C McInnes, University of Strathclyde
The growing availability of low cost energy since the industrial revolution has been an overwhelmingly civilising and liberating influence. By largely mechanising food production, replacing carbohydrate fuelled farm labour with hydrocarbon fuelled machines, many of us have been freed from subsistence agriculture to think, innovate and create. This lecture will address three important, but strongly coupled questions for the 21st century engineer: how can we ensure continued technical innovation, how can we expand the production of low cost energy and how can we continually de-couple human needs from the natural environment? It will be argued that the challenges of the 21st century can be met not by regressing to a low energy, low ambition society, but by accelerating technical innovation to deliver a resilient, economically and culturally rich global society of shared prosperity which can flourish into the deep future.
12 January, 2010 – Building the QE2, and other Tales from the Riverbank
I Broadley, formerly John Brown Shipbuilders
British Shipbuilding was an industrial phenomenon on a world scale, during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Quite exceptional within this classification was Shipbuilding on the Clyde, gaining the rare emblem for excellence, "Clyde Built,…
8 December, 2009 – Engineering in the RNLI
Steve Austen, RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution provides a lifeboat service out to 100 miles from the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in all weathers. The charity's volunteer crews operate a range of boats and equipment to cope with the variety of conditions encountered, from soft mud to steep shingle banks and from flooded rivers to fully developed storms. In a highly visual presentation, the RNLI's Head of Engineering Support Steve Austen will describe the construction materials, equipment and evaluation processes used in the selection and development of its prototype fast carriage boat and launching system. He will also highlight other recent technical developments.
10 November, 2009 – Voice Synthesis
Professor D M Howard, University of York
The lecture will describe the physiology and acoustics of normal human voice production for speech and singing with reference to their similarities and differences. It will then focus on the means by which human voice can be synthesized electronically in terms of the underlying models that are applied and their limitations. Reference will be made to historical methods of mechanical and electronic means of voice synthesis as well as a speculative look at tomorrow's systems and their possible impact on society.
6 October, 2009 – Autonomous Robots
The Marlow Lecture
Professor V I Vitanov, Durham University
The lecture will cover the origins and development of autonomous robots providing a general foundation before moving onto cover the state-of-the-art in robots for both civil and military usage. Particular emphasis will be given to the social enablement and mission orientation of autonomous agents as well as the prognosis for market development over the next 25 years.
30 September, 2009 – Immersed Tube Tunnels
The University Lecture
The immersed tube tunnel concept was developed early last century as an alternative method to driven tunnels and has progressed to the present day as a practical and economic method. The form of construction of tunnels has now been adopted for many crossings.
22 September, 2009 – Energy Strategy Update
The purpose of the meeting is to inform members of the activities of the IESIS Energy Working Group and to provide a forum for them to air their own views. It is intended that this will lead to conclusions as to what further actions IESIS should take with regard to the energy situation.