Waves are all around us: sound waves, radio waves, visible light waves, water waves, microwaves, seismic waves, stadium waves, and slinky waves are some examples in our daily encounters. Elementary definitions of the term ‘‘wave’’ usually consist of a series of examples of situations which are referred to as waves. To name a few, you are able to read these words because light waves are bouncing off the letters on the (web) page and into your eyes. The sounds of the rustling paper or beeps of your computer reach your ear via compressional waves travelling through the air. Waves race across the surface of our seas and oceans and earthquakes send waves coursing through the fabric of the Earth. As different as they all seem, all of these waves have something in common – they are all oscillations accompanied by a transfer of energy that travels through space or mass. From a research perspective, it would be beneficial to accompany research with a transfer of knowledge from one ‘‘wave front’’ to the other. This often works best when people meet to exchange ideas, sometimes serendipitously, and spot new opportunities.
Wave Engineering Bristol seeks to bring together researchers at different stages of their career, from postgraduate to professor, across the Schools of Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Engineering (including Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic, Civil, and Aerospace). The aim is to facilitate networking between colleagues from different disciplines in order to identify areas of common interest, stimulate new ideas for interdisciplinary research projects and public engagement, and provide a platform from which groups of researchers with shared interests can develop external funding bids.
We understand ‘‘wave engineering’’ to concern the theory and practice of the manipulation and exploitation of waves in different physical contexts to achieve useful ends. Wave engineering also embraces the broad field of modelling, analysis, design, development and testing of engineering systems with the aim of manufacturing, installing and operating systems which exhibit wave-type behaviour.