School of Science and Technology Annual Research Conference 2018

STAR Conference

The School of Science and Technology Annual Research Conference: the STAR Conference is a celebration of research achievements and highlights.

Presentations will be made by staff and PhD students representing all disciplines across the school as well as internationally renowned external speakers.

  • From: Thursday 3 May 2018, 8.30 am
  • To: Friday 4 May 2018, 6 pm
  • Registration: 8.30 am
  • Location: Pavilion building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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Event details

The STAR conference brings together staff and students from all departments to share the diverse and interdisciplinary research that is conducted within the School of Science and Technology. The conference provides PhD students with the opportunity to present the results of their work to a wide audience of peers and academics.

Key international speakers Professors Chris Dainty, Gerry McKenna and Martin McGinnity will speak on topics from latest research to future landscape.

The event will also involve SMEs and industrial sponsors and welcomes academic and students from across the University to share knowledge and interests through networking and to forge interdisciplinary collaborations.


Please find the conference programme below:

Day 1Thursday 3 May 2018
08:30 – 09:00Registration and refreshments, Pavilion building
09:00 – 09:15 Conference Opening and Introduction of Plenary Lecture I
Professor Yvonne Barnett, Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research
09:15 – 10:00Plenary Lecture I: Technology and fundamental limits of mobile phone cameras
Professor Chris Dainty (Professorial Research Associate at University College London)
10:00 – 11:15Session 1
Chaired by Dr Livia Santos and Dr Archontis Giannakidis
10:00 – 10:25Dr Georgina Cosma
Identifying the Presence of Prostate Cancer in Individuals with PSA Levels <20 ng ml−1 Using Computational Data Extraction Analysis of High Dimensional Peripheral Blood Flow Cytometric Phenotyping Data 
10:25 – 10:50Dr Amanda Coutts
The role of JMY in cancer cell survival and motility
10:50 – 11:15Professor Sergio Rutella
Interrogating the immune ecosystem of acute myeloid leukaemias to identify new targets for therapy
11:15 – 11:45Morning coffee, Pavilion building, room 025/026
11:45 – 13:00Session 2
Chaired by Dr Christopher Matthews and Dr Yvonne Reinwald
11:45 – 12:10 Dr David Kilgour
Making the best even better - uses of absorption mode FT-ICR MS for Big Data, Big Pharma and the World's biggest mass spec
12:10 – 12:35Dr Martin Lewis
How simple is too simple? Are torque-driven simulations of human movement limited by an assumption of monoarticularity? 
12:35 – 13:00Carla Silva
Is the "Last Leg" (channel 4) a good idea? The social and cultural impact of media representations of the Paralympic Games
13:00 – 14:15Lunch break and stand/poster viewing, Pavilion building
14:15 – 15:30Session 3
Chaired by Dr Anna Vikulina and Dr Simon Hood
14:15 – 14:40Dr David Chappell
Uncertainty quantification for stochastic evolution operators
14:40 – 15:05Dr Ian Whittaker
Space Weather and the Earth’s environment
15:05 – 15:30Dr Sophie Benjamin
Organometallic Chemistry with the Heavy p-Block: Adventures in Structure, Bonding and Reactivity
15:30 – 16:00Afternoon coffee, Pavilion building, room 025/026
16:00 – 15:30Session 4
Chaired by Deena Gendoo and Ahmet Omurtag
16:00 – 16:25 Professor Neil Mansfield
Design of Vehicles for the Vulnerable
16:25 – 16:50 Professor David Brown
Using technology in the physical and cognitive rehabilitation of users in the real world
16:50 – 17:15Dr Petros Siegkas
Engineering materials against impact
17:20 – 18:00Plenary Lecture II: BREXIT and the Higher Education Sector
Professor Gerry McKenna (Vice President of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), and President Emeritus and Honorary Executive Secretary of HUCBMS (Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences)
18:00 – 18:10 Vote of thanks – Professor Mary O’Neill Dean of School of Science and Technology

Day 2Friday 4 May 2018
08:30 - 08:45Registration, Teaching and Learning building, LT2
08:45 - 08:50Introduction of Plenary Lecture III
Professor Ahmad Lotfi (Postgraduate Tutor)
08:50 - 09:30Plenary Lecture III: Emulating Sensory Processing in the Biological Brain – a fusion of neuroscience, computational intelligence and materials engineering
Professor Martin McGinnity (Professor of Computing and Technology)
09:30 - 11:00Session 5
Chaired by Pedro Baptista Machado
09:30 - 09:42Akhshay Bhadwal
Nematic liquid crystals flow in electric fields
09:43 - 09:55Anahita Bayani
Modelling anti-inflammatory systems – spatial considerations in the resolution of inflammation
09:56 - 10:08Brett Biddulph
Reliability of the use of near infrared spectroscopy in assessing muscle oxygenation with the application of compression tights
10:09 - 10:21Najlaa Almazrouei
Novel food-safe spin-lattice relaxation time calibration samples for use in magnetic resonance sensor development
10:22 - 10:34Gadelhag Mohmed
Human Activities Modelling and Recognition using Clustering Fuzzy Finite State Machine
10:35 - 10:47Michael Collins
Characterisation of bacteria isolated from polymicrobial urine samples of symptomatic and asymptomatic patients : Potential role of Enterococcus faecalis in polymicrobial infection
10:48 - 11:00James Rawlings
Towards an understanding of the formation of physically cross linked clay mineral gels
11:00 - 11.30Morning coffee, Teaching and Learning building, LT2
11:30 - 13:00Session 6
Chaired by Abeer Hamza Alzubaidi
11:30 - 11:42Charlotte Howard
Reactive oxygen species, charting a path into the Neurodegenerative Bermuda Triangle
11:43 - 11:55Bethany Hall
In silico modelling of longevity in Drosophila – a network approach
11:56 - 12:08Johanna Stafford
Development of a low cost, benchtop magnetic particle spectroscopy system
12:09 - 12:21Jordan Callear
Toll-like receptors and intercellular microRNA signalling in asthma
12:22 - 12:34Jonathan Bristow
New Studies of Interactions and Bond Formation in Peri-Naphthalenes
12:35 - 12:47Rachel Malcolm
The Influence of High Intensity Intermittent Exercise in the heat on Neuromuscular and Cognitive Function
12:48 - 13:00Ben Cousins
The Impact of Workloads on Time-Loss Incidence Rates in Elite Rugby Union Players.
13:00 - 14:00Lunch and poster viewing, Pavilion building
14:00 - 15:40Session 7
Chaired by Michael  Cripps
14:00 - 14:12Charlie Jr Lavilla
Enhancement of Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake in Glucolipotoxicity-Induced Insulin Resistance in C2C12 Myotubes by Carnosine: a T2D Treatment Strategy
14:12 - 14:24Anna Di Biase
Generation of monoclonal antibodies against hEPCR and their use in the development of an antibody-based targeting therapy of invasive prostate cancer
14:24 - 14:36Sadegh Salesi Mousaabadi
A Novel Extended Binary Cuckoo Search Algorithm for Feature Selection
14:36 - 14:48Nicholas Weir
Promoting targeted neurite outgrowth using aligned hydrophobic nanostructures
14:49 - 15:01Aneeqa Fayyaz
Towards understanding the role of ‘silicon’ in life
15:02 - 15:14Dario Ortega Anderez
Self-Neglect Behaviour Detection with the Use of Wearable Sensors
15:15 - 15:27Ahmed Al Rawahi
Improve Shared Access to Cloud of Things Resources
15:28 - 15:40Neval Tristan Grazette
Injury Epidemiology in an Elite Football Academy
15:40 - 16:00Afternoon coffee, Teaching and Learning building, LT2
16:00 - 17:30Session 8
Chaired by Adeola Atobatele
16:00 - 16:12Robert Needham
Airway inflammatory dynamics following a eucapnic voluntary hyperpnoea test in individuals with asthma and hyperpnoea-induced bronchoconstriction
16:13 - 16:25Faiza Guerrache
Environment Factors and Heart Health
16:26 - 16:38Odette Pomenya
Epigenetic Regulation of Ulcerative Colitis (UC) Pathogenesis
16:39 - 16:51Daniel Oliver
The importance of fundamental understanding to generate novel biomimetic materials
16:52 - 17:04Nikesh Lama
Induced Learning in 3D In-Vitro Neuronal Cultures Coupled with Multi-Electrode Arrays
17:05 - 17:17Paul Lester
The Effects of HOST-DM059 Prebiotic Supplementation on Gut Bacterial Metabolites, and Markers of Systemic Inflammation in Adults with and without Hyperpnoea-Induced Bronchoconstriction: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Trial
17:18 - 17:30David Adama
Fuzzy transfer learning in human activity recognition
17:30 - 17:45Prize-Giving -  Associate Professor Mike Newton, Professor Ahmad Lotfi
Teaching and Learning building, LT2
17:45 - 18:00Closing words by Professor Barbara Pierscionek
18:00 - 20:00Drinks and Canapés, Teaching and Learning building, LT2

Booking information

This exciting and informative event is free to attend.

Conference Registration
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Location details


Pavilion building


Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS

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