Robotic underwater inspection is a growing industry, as many submerged assets require inspection and maintenance in areas that are out of reach for divers. The state of the art is video inspection by a remotely operated vehicle. Because of poor visibility the result is often long, close-up videos that are difficult to interpret. 2G Robotics is pioneering an underwater inspection technology that will automatically build a full-colour CAD model of a submerged asset using only the inspection video.
Proteins play crucial roles in almost every biological process. The function of a protein depends on the specific spatial shape that a protein takes in nature. The Protein Structure Prediction problem is to predict the tertiary structure of a protein from its amino acid sequence. Experimental methods (NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography) are slow and expensive. There is an increasing gap between the number of existing protein sequences and that of the known protein structures. Computational methods have the potential to rapidly and effectively annotate these protein sequences.
The Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment (WindEEE) Dome, the world’s first hexagonal wind tunnel, represents a technological breakthrough in the study of wind-related phenomena as it has the capability of physically simulating high intensity wind systems – including tornados, downbursts, gust fronts or low-level nocturnal currents – that cannot be created in any of the existing wind tunnels.