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5 October, 2018 - 11:46 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge PhD pushes the driverless boat out

A system that will allow driverless boats to talk with humans through radios to make sure they stay safe has earned its Cambridge inventor an £80,000 industrial fellowship.

The technology is the brainchild of University of Cambridge PhD, Alex Raymond and the award by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 185 will support his work to create the system.

Marta Ferran Marqués, of Sensor Coating Systems and Cranfield University has secured a similar award for a technique of mapping engine insides using temperature sensing coatings to help reduce CO2 emissions and fuel costs.

The Commission was established by Prince Albert following the Great Exhibition in 1851 to help fund British science and technology and bring new inventions to commercialisation.

Each year they award the UK’s best PhDs with industrial fellowships that show the most potential so they can carry out their academic research whilst working in industry. Previous recipients feature 13 Nobel Laureates.

Funding has been awarded to projects that include using microspheres to fire radiotherapy at liver cancer; a ‘photocopier’ of human blood cells; and a computational model that describes how the human mind processes complex choices.

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