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Industrial Engagement and Accessing Funding




This event is now fully booked. We have overbooked to allow for dropouts so will not be holding a waiting list.

We have a set of keynote speakers from industry experts and Innovate UK, covering gov.UK grand challenges of:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Ageing Society
  • Clean Growth
  • Future of Mobility

There will be an opportunity to:

  • Find out more about the UK Industrial Strategy
  • Learn how to access Industrial Strategy Challenge Funding (ISCF)
  • Network with existing and new academic, government and industrial partners

In addition to the keynote lectures, there will be:

  • Talks led by City experts on local areas of excellence
  • Laboratory Visits to ‘show and tell’ the School's capabilities
  • The opportunity to meet industrial colleagues over lunch


09:00Registration and arrival refreshments
09:30 Welcome to City, University of London Professor Rajkumar Roy
10:00 UK Industrial Strategy – today and tomorrow Chris White, King’s College London
10:15 Future Cities and AI/Data Science Rob Whitehead, Connected Places Catapult
10:30 Clean Growth Steve McKechnie, Arup
10:45 Accessing ISCF Funding Roger McKinlay, UKRI
11:00 Q&A
11:15 Coffee
11:30 Lab Tours: Computer Science and Engineering
13:00 Lunch, Networking & Exhibition
14:00 Examples of Excellence in SMCSE Research Professor Panicos Kyriacou
14:15 Machine Learning Dr. Eduardo Alonso
14:30 Photonics Professor Tong Sun
14:45 Cyber in SMCSE Professor Raj Muttukrishnan
15:00 Digital – Through-life Eng. Services Andy Harrison, Rolls-Royce
15:15 Smart Transportation via Self-Sensing Rail Electrification Matt Askill, Brecknell Willis
15:30 Challenges and Opportunities in AI and Data Greg Slabaugh, Huawei
15:45 Business 2.0 in an Ageing Society Jim Fairbairn, Megger
16:00 Q&A
16:15 Networking and Refreshments
17:00 Close

Speaker Biographies

Chris White, Kings College London

Chris White is the Director of Institute for Industrial Strategy, King’s College London, and former MP for Warwick and Leamington between 2010-17.;In 2017 Chris was appointed to the inaugural role of President of WCG, a strategic appointment introduced to support the ambitious agenda and delivery plan for WCG over the next five years.

In his role of Director at The Institute, Chris will drive forward a programme that will appraise the ‘Modern Industrial Strategy’, and explore ways to challenge and enhance current thinking, examining how the UK will develop the skills base, infrastructure and innovation which will match the demands of an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

Rob Whitehead, Connected Places Catapult

Rob is Director of Knowledge at Connected Places Catapult, a government backed innovation agency, and the result of the merger of Future Cities and Transport Systems Catapults.  Previously he was Chief of Strategic Planning at the International Trade Centre - a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation, as well as co-Chair of the United Nations Strategic Planning Network.  Previous roles include co-founding Centre for London, a thinktank, and leading the research programme there,  and Head of Strategy and Planning at the London Development Agency.   In the mists of time before all that he helped lead teams in small tech firms.

Steve McKechnie, Arup

Steve is a structural engineer and an associate director at Arup. He has spent the last 28 years designing buildings of all shapes and sizes in the UK and around the world, ranging in scale from Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and the HSBC tower at Canary Wharf to the penguin enclosure at Bristol Zoo. Steve now leads a team in Arup’s London office specialising in the design of tall buildings. His current projects include a new headquarters building for Ziraat Bank in Turkey and two London towers, ‘The Scalpel’ and The Pinnacle.

Roger McKinlay, UKRI

Mr McKinlay, a Quantum Technology Strategic Advisory Board member, will oversee the £20 million pioneer challenge for Quantum Technologies which aims to engage researchers to translate quantum science into quantum engineering, and engage manufacturers who can use this work to develop new quantum-enabled devices and products. These technologies could transform whole sectors of the economy, from automotive and telecommunications to healthcare, infrastructure and cyber security.

Andrew Harrison, Rolls-Royce

Andrew Harrison is an Engineering Associate Fellow for Life Cycle Engineering, a professional aerospace engineer with more than three decades experience in both technical and managerial roles spanning the entire product life cycle of a jet engine from capability generation through to in-service support.

He graduated from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pure and Applied Physics (1986), and a Master degree in Business Administration (2001).

Matt Askill, Brecknell Willis

Matt Askill is a System Assurance Project Engineer at Brecknell Willis, specialising in establishment of requirements for Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety and their delivery for Pantograph power collection equipment.

Among other distinctions in his field, in 2017 Matt was granted sole responsibility for customer maintenance training for Brecknell Willis equipment worldwide and in 2018 he was twice awarded the ‘Kaizan of the month’ for his continuous improvement initiatives.

Such knowledge and intuition makes Matt the ideal candidate to co-ordinate the Innovate UK Self-Sensing Pantograph projects, in partnership with Sengenia Ltd and City University of London, developing the smart electrification technology required to increase reliability and capacity while reducing carbon emissions of the UK’s rail network.

Greg Slabaugh, Huawei

Dr Greg Slabaugh is Chief Scientist in Computer Vision (Europe) for Huawei Technologies Research and Development, based in Huawei’s London AI Research Center. He earned a PhD (highest honours) in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. Previous appointments include positions in academia and industry, including City, University of London, Medicsight, and Siemens. He holds 36 granted patents and has over 125 scientific publications in computer vision.

Jim Fairbairn, Megger

Jim joined Megger in November 2017 as CEO and has executive responsibility for the Global Group. Megger is a leading electrical test and measurement organisation with industry leading brands and presence in over 40 countries of the world.

The company has gone through a full strategic review in 2018 and completed its first acquisition in 7 years with the addition of the motor test company, Baker Instrument, based in Colorado.

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When and where

9.30am - 5.00pmWednesday 17th April 2019

B200 University Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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City Events Team

+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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