The University of Bristol has demonstrated its engineering talent in a showcase in its renovated faculty building.

The showcase brings together the latest research in areas such as quantum technology, 5G wireless, autonomous cars, software-defined networking, smart cities, medical sensor and networking and the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) has taken on a new cohort of entrepreneurs working on quantum technologies that range from quantum computing to communications technology. Last year’s course has already spun off three start-up companies.

The new managing director of smart city pioneer Bristol is Open, Julie Snell, was alongside software-defined networking technology startup Zetta Networks and the Smart Internet Lab of the university.

Projects such as FLOURISH are looking to install a network of low-cost, open-source transmitters across Bristol to link to driverless cars and provide vital safety data. The £6m Toucan project is looking at how to combine data from terabit fibre networks with 5G wireless and other networking technologies. All of this has contributed to Bristol being named the leading smart city in the UK, overtaking London.

The SPHERE project is the largest medical devices project in Europe, working with the Bristol Robotics Lab on sensor and wireless technology for the next generation of medical monitoring systems. It is looking at ways to add artificial intelligence to wearable sensors for local analysis of data, says Ian Craddock, director of the project, which taps into the expertise of over 100 academics and researchers around the UK.

Many other projects were on display, from the Bristol Composites Institute which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. The composites it researches are used in the manufacture of aircraft wings, Formula 1 cars, sports equipment and space exploration systems. The Institute is is already leading in the development of composite wind and tidal turbine blades.

Professor Peter Flach and Dr Niall Twomey from the uni are Demystifying Machine Learning on 5 December 2017 at 2pm at the Stephenson Room, Richmond Building, University of Bristol