Working with industry
The School of Computer Science and Informatics actively works with industry across the entire spectrum of our academic expertise. Our research groups not only excel in theoretical research but also are very strong in the applicability of our work.
These aspects are driven by the focus that we give to our activities and are enhanced and further guided with the feedback from our industrial activities. This in turn forms a positive feedback loop, which makes our department highly valuable to our industrial partners.
Industrial Liaison Committee
Chair: Prof Bill O'Neill.
· Dr Graham Buckberry, Unify (formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications).
· Dr Ros Graves, Medilink East Midlands
· Mr Joe Harris, Abel Alarm Company Ltd.
· Mr Paul Hutchinson, Thinking Focus
· Mr Scott McLaren, NetReady.
· Mr David Mulvey, CGI.
· Prof Bill O'Neill, The BON Consultancy.
· Mr Rowland Sandys, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust.
· Mr Byron Williams, Figroll
· Mr Colin Williams, SBL.
· Mr Geoffrey Taylor, SAS.
There are various ways in which the department gets involved with industry, below are just a few examples:
- With consultancy activities, we help our industry partners to enhance their products or processes offering excellent value for money. A consultancy project team will always involve at least on academic with expertise in the particular field, working directly in the project.
- With knowledge transfer (KT) activities we help industry to update the skill sets of their staff to the latest technologies and methodologies. Our academics lead the knowledge transfer process, which includes not only the direct transfer of skills but also guidance in the first steps of applying this newly acquired knowledge. Alternatively to KT projects, we can also tailor and deliver specialised training courses for one or a group of companies.
- Contract research enables industries to get excellent value for money in taking their new ideas to practice. This is achieved by contracting the expertise of our academics and groups to perform the research and then transfer the results and IP generated to the industrial partner. A contract research activity can lead to a follow up knowledge transfer project and finally consultancy.
- Collaboration in various types of externally funded projects is one of the most common ways in which we work with industry. The main source of funding for these collaborations is the TSB, but we have had other varied number of such collaborations with different funding schemes. This significant involvement with industry is critical to keep our state of the art research relevant to real world problems. At the same time enables us to help our partners to make the most out of the knowledge our department produces.