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ISTE Newsletter October 2019

 
This newsletter is the first of the series for 2019-2020. The first item is a reflection on TE2019, held in Tokyo, Kashiwa Campus, Japan. Other items are a new list of keywords for the Call for Papers and for the website, the Proceedings of TE2019, the upcoming conferences TE2020 and TE2021, activities in University of Bath, the non-for-profit status of ISTE, and a call for new members.

 

TE2019


The TE2019 conference in Kashiwa Campus in Tokyo has been very pleasant. With about 80 participants it was not a large, but a qualitatively good conference. The conference title was: “Transdisciplinary Engineering for Complex Socio-technical Systems”. In total 86 papers have been submitted by authors world-wide. The submissions as well as invited talks have been collated into 10 themes.
The location of the conference dinner, Asakusa View Hotel,  provided an excellent view of the centre of Tokyo. The food was delicious! On Friday there were two industry visits to interesting places: Team Lab Tokyo and Tsukuba Science City
We thank the members of the organising team for their hard work as well as the many reviewers who did an excellent job. 


The Proceedings of TE2019 are ready!

We are happy to announce that the Proceedings of the TE2019 conference are available! The Proceedings contain 68 peer-reviewed papers presented at the conference by authors from 17 countries. These papers range from the theoretical, conceptual to strongly pragmatic addressing industrial best practice. The involvement of industry in many of the presented papers gives additional importance to this conference.


The proceedings can be found here.
 

The TE2020 Conference will take place in Warsaw


As announced earlier, the TE2020 Conference will be held in Warsaw University of Technology from 6 - 10 July, 2020. The Call for Papers is ready and can be found on the website of the conference.

There is a new list of keywords with themes for the papers to be submitted. The list has been created by a group of researchers from our community based on keywords extracted from the preliminary proceedings of TE2019 by a researcher in Amy Trappey's team. The CfP contains this new list of keywords to better reflect our transdisciplinary mission.

The TE2021 Conference will take place in Bath, UK


The location of the TE2021 Conference is the University of Bath in the UK. The dates will soon be set and published in the next newsletter as well as on the ISTE site.
 

Transdisciplinary Automotive Centre for Doctoral Training

 

University of Bath Launches new Transdisciplinary Automotive Centre for Doctoral Training

 

October 2019 saw the arrival of first student cohort for the new Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (AAPS) Centre for Doctoral Training (Link).  Funded under a £5m EPSRC award, AAPS will educate the next generation of leaders in the automotive sector.

The Centre has recruited graduates from across Science, Engineering and Social Science disciplines who will work together to deliver transformational research in the sector. The first (MRes) year will allow the students to develop core personal skills and understanding of the context of the automotive sector before they then progress on to a three year PhD research project (see below).



Over the five years from 2019, 86 PhDs research projects will be conducted. These projects, designed in collaboration with our industry partners, will address the current and future challenges of the automotive sector, and ensure the transition towards a more sustainable future.

UK Research Council call for Transdisciplinary approaches within Engineering 


A recent call from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is offering up to £12 million under its Manufacturing the Future Theme, to fund a portfolio of Future Manufacturing Systems research.  Under the ‘Exploratory’ stream it looks to supports interdisciplinary research teams to develop a deeper understanding of a research idea, and push collaboration and fusion of the research approaches towards a transdisciplinary approach (Link).
The EPSRC is one of the seven UK Research Councils which looks to fund world-leading research and postgraduate training across the engineering and physical sciences. Their focus is on building the knowledge and skills base needed to address scientific and technological challenges and provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation.
The EPSRC recognise that tackling research of this nature requires integrating knowledge and methods from different disciplines and viewpoints, using a real synthesis of approaches. To enable long-term, productive collaborations between researchers from engineering and physical science disciplines and beyond, a common understanding of the challenges and their potential solutions needs to be generated.
Building upon the research we have carried out as part of TREND, The University of Bath has submitted a bid for £2.7M, to fund a four year research project.  We will hear whether we have been shortlisted in January 2020.  

Non-for-Profit Status for ISTE!


We are happy to announce that our Society is now a society with an official non-for-profit status since September 2019. 
 

New members for ISTE!


As discussed during the council meeting as well as the AGM in Tokyo, it would be good to extend the member base of ISTE. ISTE members are asked to look around in their network to search for potential members as well as members that have visited our conference before but are not yet in our database. Potential members can use the membership form to subscribe to ISTE.
 
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