The HEADS project, an Innovation Training Network funded under the European Commission’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie Programme, aims to reach a new level of understanding of head injury and how it can be prevented, with applicable results to European industry. The project consists of 13 Individual Research Projects (PhD projects), one for each Early Stage Researcher (ESR), within 3 research topics:
Our 6 partners, 3 industry and 3 academic, across 5 countries, are already involved in EU COST Actions and CEN, ASTM and ISO Standards activities in working towards new helmet standards:
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Michael Gilchrist, PhD, DEng, FIEI, is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. He is co-lead PI of the HEADS ITN Project. His research concerns the dynamic mechanical behaviour of non-linear materials, including both biological tissue and polymer materials. This has applications relevant to:
Dr. Aisling Ní Annaidh is Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering Design in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at UCD and Programme Director of the MEngSc in Engineering Management as well as co-lead investigator on the HEADS ITN project. After graduating with a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007, Aisling spend time at Rice University where she worked on Computational Fluid Dynamics. After returning to Ireland, she completed a joint PhD (co-tutelle) at UCD and Université Sorbonne (UPMC) in the area of Biomechanics. Upon completing her PhD, Dr. Ní Annaidh worked for a leading multinational medical devices firm. She is currently Principal Investigator of the Tissue Biomechanics group at UCD and her research interests include Tissue Biomechanics, Medical Device Design and Assistive Technologies