VIDEO: A Conversation With … Dr Allan Rennie

Dr Allan Rennie from Lancaster University.

Dr Allan Rennie from Lancaster University.

In the latest video from Global Challenges A Conversation With … series, Professor Geoffrey Spinks chats to Dr Allan Rennie.

The Conversation was held in September, when Dr Rennie, a engineering from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, visited the University of Wollongong.

Dr Rennie, an expert in product development, is an external researcher on the Global Challenges project, Re-Energising the Illawarra Through Additive Manufacturing, which explores how the Illawarra can become an emerging hub for new technology. The project is inspired by similar initiatives in Ohio in the United States, and Lancaster in north-west England.

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Adventures in Sweden: fish, fortresses and notes from the field

The view of the wind farm from Älvsborg fortress. Photo credit: Mitchell Just

The view of the wind farm from Älvsborg fortress. Photo credit: Mitchell Just

By Mitchell Just, Global Challenges PhD Scholar

Back in September I had the opportunity to present a paper at the International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT) in Gothenburg, Sweden (or Göteborg, as the Swedes call it).

My paper, A Comparison of Upper Limb Movement Profiles When Reaching to Virtual and Real Targets using the Oculus Rift HMD, outlined a pilot study I performed in a collaboration between the Centre for Intelligent Mechatronics Research (CIMR) and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. I was looking into the effects of Virtual Reality (VR) on movement profiles, and the implications the differences would make on ongoing research into utilising VR for multiple forms of rehabilitation.

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The rise of Europe’s coastal low-carbon economies

By Dr Tavis Potts

Arctic summer sea ice is in decline. Photo credit: iStock

Arctic summer sea ice is in decline. Photo credit: iStock

The emerging impacts of climate change are increasingly felt across the globe.

Examples span both the northern and southern hemispheres, from the diminishing extent of Arctic summer sea ice; the extensive flooding in the south of England across January; or the increasing occurrence and intensity of bushfires in Australia.

No matter the location, the message is clear – the scientific consensus indicates a warming climate driven by human greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that warming of the climate system is unequivocal.

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