Monthly Archives: February 2021

Ali H. Nayfeh Awards in NODYCON 2021

The second year PhD student of ADCE, Jiyuan Tian, at the University of Exeter, has been awarded the Ali H. Nayfeh Award at the Second International Nonlinear Dynamics Conference held in 16-19 February 2021. His paper title is “Finite Element Modelling of a Vibro-Impact Capsule Moving in the Small Intestine”

The paper aims to study a finite element (FE) model to depict the nonlinear dynamics of a vibro-impact capsule moving in the small intestine for controllable capsule endoscopy. FE results were compared with the simulation results calculated using non-smooth differential equations and experimental results conducted at the ADCE lab. It was found that the FE model can provide a more realistic prediction of the system in the complex intestinal environment in terms of capsule’s tilted motion and asymmetric distribution of capsule-intestine contact pressure.

Success in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships


1,630 funded out of 11,573 applications of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowships (IF) 2020.

Dr Liu has been awarded €212,933 as PI for the MSCA-IF grant (101018793) named “OMEGA: On the ModElling of micro-robots in the Gut: a non-smooth dynamics Approach”.

A highly experienced fellow with background in applied dynamics and control will work on this 24 month project to develop the sensing capability of CapScope (see the figures below) to aid the detection of hard-to-visualise bowel lesions. The outcomes of this fellowship will potentially contribute to improving the wellbeing of European society by developing state-of-the-art cancer diagnostic tools, enhancing the conventional GI diagnostic procedures, and advancing early cancer diagnosis.