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Welcome to the CDT


Dear student,

Welcome to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications. The Sensor CDT is an ambitious venture for the University of Cambridge and we are excited to embark on this journey together with you.

The vision for our Centre grew out of the recognition that sensor technologies have come to define our lives. From sensing single molecules in living cells, to the sensors used in connected mobile devices - we are using technology everywhere and constantly to mimic or augment our own sophisticated sensors, which Nature has evolved so that we can see, hear, and feel the world around us. Cambridge plays a world-leading role in this field: key discoveries have been made here on the fundamental science behind sensory processes. Novel sensor technology has been invented in Cambridge, which powers the products of global companies. And much of the research going on in University Departments is itself based on the application of sophisticated sensor technologies.

The Sensor CDT encompasses all of this and more, giving you access to all the people, expertise and infrastructure that Cambridge has to offer in the sensor field. We  provide a comprehensive training programme during the first year of studentship, which leads to the Master of Research qualification and where through course work and experimental projects you will begin straightaway to engage in the process of sensor innovation. You will see that the experience here differs fundamentally from that of a traditional, single-discipline PhD as you will work across Departments and perform projects both individually and in teams. You will interact with our industrial partners who constantly push the boundaries of sensor innovation, and learn how to achieve radically new solutions to current and future sensor challenges. Most importantly, you will discover new interests and skills in yourself, and be able to perform a research project that is ‘just right’ for you.

Being part of the Sensor CDT will mean a very busy time ahead, but we hope you will find it extremely rewarding!

Prof. Clemens F. Kaminski,

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Addressing civil engineering challenges

Feb 01, 2018

Sensor CDT students teamed up with students and staff from the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction to think collectively about sensor solutions to challenges in the built environment.

Sensors Day 2017

Oct 26, 2017

Molecular sensors, sensing in the Antarctic, robotics...

Sensor CDT away day

Jun 27, 2017

Students from all three Sensor CDT cohorts traveled to Marston Vale to meet up with the MAS CDT for a joint away day aiming to solve research problems together.

Biomaker Challenge - deadline extended to 21 July

Jun 07, 2017

A four-month challenge to build low-cost sensors and instruments for biology

Sensor Team Challenge 2017 has started

May 14, 2017

By combining their scientific and managerial skills, the third cohort of Sensor CDT students will develop low-cost and open-source cell-free molecular diagnostics for biological and chemical sensor applications.

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