Engineering and Applied Design and Computing

Our research is cross-disciplinary, and covers a broad scope of work in Automotive Engineering, Logistics & Manufacturing Engineering, Applied Computing, Digital Media, Industrial Design and Glass.

Our approach is centred on solving industry-led near-to-market problems that are relevant to regional companies often require innovative design solutions and an environmental management system target.

The work is focussed on the interaction of low energy photons with human tissue. Much of the work has been carried out through collaborative research projects with locally-based international companies in two areas of research.

  • Industrial standard multiphysics applications for stress and fatigue predictions
  • Modelling codes for simulating light-tissue interaction.

More information on Computational modelling of optoelectronic medical devices

The School of Glass has world renowned expertise in waterjet technology has created exciting cross-disciplinary research projects with Manufacturing. For example, one project is concerned with exploring new architectural products using three-dimensional curvilinear bas-relief forms created using 5 axis CNC and waterjet techniques.

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The university is the lead academic partner in the NDT Validation Centre at ECM2 Port Talbot operated by TWI. Funding from the Welsh Assembly Government and from the EPSRC has facilitated the acquisition of state of the art equipment and capacity, including:

  • Ultrasonics
  • Infrared thermography,
  • Computerised photoelastic stress measurement
  • Scanning laser Doppler vibrometry.

In addition to these resources, the university is well equipped with conventional optical microscopy and high speed digital video facilities and is a partner in the pan-Wales ASTUTE  (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies ) programme delivering direct benefits to business. 

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This is a major strength of the Faculty of Applied Design and Engineering, which unusually has both design and engineering disciplines.  Work is based in two research interdisciplinary institutes, both which have excellent knowledge transfer infrastructures, which has had a transformational effect on the community, producing over 168 bespoke design solutions for the disabled. 

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Research focuses on four distinct areas, each of which is strongly focused on applied research outcomes with manufacturers and professionals across computer networks and information systems, the software and computer games industries, the healthcare and medical diagnostics sector and educational technologies.

Research focuses on a range of contemporary issues in the design and application of 3D computer animation, computer games design, multimedia, and music technology.  Key areas of interest include procedural animation, effects of the uncanny valley phenomenon in 3D animation and games design, pedagogical issues in the design and implementation of computer and video games, game design methodology, and the development of new student-assessment and evaluative techniques in emerging disciplines.

  • SAND The  Group organises the annual international conference, Swansea Animation Days (SAND), which promotes collaboration between industry professionals and academics in all areas of digital media. SAND is very much an integral part of the School, consisting of the conference, screenings, professional workshops, seminars, industry recruitment panels and networking parties.  See

Staff Participating in this area of research include:

  • Dr Barry Ip 
  • Paul Hazel 
  • Brian Breeze
  • Martin Capey
  • Institute of Sustainable Design
  • Cerebra Innovation Centre
  • Architectural Glass Centre (AGC)
  • Industrial Design Research Group
  • Commercial Services (available soon)

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