engineering

#296      27 min 16 sec
Cardiac quest: Insights from simulating the heart’s geometry and function

Prof Edmund Crampin

Computational biologist Prof Edmund Crampin examines the challenges of creating a computational model of the human heart, and discusses what scientists have learned about the actual organ from this enterprise. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#290      27 min 58 sec
Refracted brilliance: How nature’s structures produce color

Prof Ullrich Steiner

Physicist Professor Ullrich Steiner explains how nature generates vibrant colors, as seen in many butterflies and beetles, through the structure of materials, and how these properties can be usefully reproduced. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#285      37 min 25 sec
How green is your cloud?: The energy we consume by staying connected

Dr Kerry Hinton

Telecommunications expert Dr Kerry Hinton explains how the growth in consumer and business cloud computing, and the mobile and wireless technologies that support it, is driving massive increases in power consumption. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#262      36 min 30 sec
Vigor in the ville: Creating cities that promote health and well-being

Prof Billie Giles-Corti

Urban public health expert Billie Giles-Corti discusses how a rigorous, evidence-based approach to urban policy and city planning can help bring long-term benefits for physical and mental health and well-being. Presented by Peter Mares.

#252      32 min 10 sec
Watts fit to print: Developing flexible, organic solar cells

Dr David Jones
Dr Scott Watkins

Polymer chemist Dr David Jones and materials scientist Dr Scott Watkins discuss the latest in flexible electronics -- the printable organic solar cell. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington. 

#249      36 min 37 sec
Tender connections: Fitting prosthetic limbs for comfort and cost

Assoc Prof Peter Lee
Jim Lavranos

Mechanical engineer Peter Lee and prosthetist Jim Lavranos describe the challenges of creating low-cost prosthetic limb technologies in developing countries, and contrast this with how things are done in wealthier economies. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#237      31 min 03 sec
Maps and minds: Making car and mobile navigation systems people friendly

Prof Stephan Winter

Geospatial scientist Professor Stephan Winter explains the intelligence behind car navigation systems and the challenges of digitising map data. Presented by Dr Shane Huntington.

#217      27 min 49 sec
Joint resolution: Interrogating muscle and bone for better surgical outcomes

Prof. Marcus Pandy
Prof. Peter Choong

Biomedical engineer Marcus Pandy and orthopaedic surgeon Peter Choong discuss how modern imaging technology is shedding light on human locomotion, particularly in knees and other joints. They also explain how this new found knowledge is used to improve surgical outcomes for patients. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

#197      30 min 12 sec
Predicting and preventing epileptic seizures with neural implants

Prof. Mark Cook
Assoc. Prof. David Grayden

Prof Mark Cook and Assoc Prof David Grayden discuss new lines of research in neural implants and the associated computational models that allow epilepsy patients to be forewarned of impending seizures. They also discuss nascent technologies that may prevent seizures from occurring. With science host Dr Shane Huntington.

#182      20 min 03 sec
Greener revs: Squeezing more efficiency out of gasoline engines

Assoc. Prof. Chris Manzie

Control engineer Associate Professor Chris Manzie makes the case that there's a lot of life left in the internal combustion engine, and that petrol engine technology will continue to evolve alongside its hybrid and electric counterparts. With host Dr. Shane Huntington.