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Supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, City’s engineering academics and postgraduate students are designing and producing an art installation that draws on engineering principles and recent developments in optical electronics.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

City University London’s engineering academics and postgraduate students will be given an opportunity to creatively engage with the public through an innovative new project supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).

A RAEng Ingenious Award has ignited ‘Chain Reaction’, a collaboration between a City engineering team, art partnership Trope and the Kirkaldy Testing Museum at Bankside, London. City engineers are producing an interactive kinetic art installation, inspired by and located at the Kirkaldy Testing Museum which will be showcased to the public during the Merge Festival in September this year.

Dean of the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Professor Roger Crouch said:

Dr Feng Fu, Dr Alfredo Camara and myself are the three academic staff involved in this exciting collaboration. Facilitated by an award from the Royal Academy of Engineering, this is a prestigious art-engineering crossover project, conceived by Trope and the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. This study will enable a team of postgraduate students from City University London to design and put together an art installation drawing on engineering principles and recent developments in optical electronics.”

Definition
Optical Electronics

This is the study and application of electronic devices that source, detect and control light, usually considered a sub-field of photonics. In this context, light often includes invisible forms of radiation such as gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet and infrared, in addition to visible light. Optical electronic devices are electrical-to-optical or optical-to-electrical transducers, or instruments that use such devices in their operation.

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