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City explores UK grand challenges with Industrial Engagement Day

The event brought together academics from the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering (SMCSE) and notable science, technology, engineering and mathematics industry (STEM) industry leaders.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Addressing some of the grand challenges facing the UK, the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering (SMCSE) hosted its Industrial Engagement Day on April 17th.

Organised by SMCSE and the Research & Enterprise Office, the event brought together notable science, technology, engineering and mathematics industry (STEM) industry leaders and City academics to discuss some of the grand challenges facing the UK such as Clean Growth, the Future of Mobility, an Ageing Society and Artificial Intelligence.

It was an opportunity for academics to learn how to access Industrial Strategy Challenge Funding and network with new existing UK Government and industrial partners; for the STEM industry attendees, it was an opportunity to meet City academics and become acquainted with their research and City’s engineering and human-computer interaction design (HCID) laboratory facilities.

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The Industrial Engagement Day took place in B200 (University Building) and featured addresses from Chris White (King's College London), Roger McKinlay (UKRI), Rob Whitehead (Future Cities Catapult), Andy Harrison (Rolls Royce), Steve McKechnie (Arup), Matt Askill (Brecknell Willis), Dr Greg Slabaugh (Huawei), and Jim Fairbairn (Megger).

There were presentations from Professor Panicos Kyriacou (Examples of Excellence in SMCSE Research); Dr Eduardo Alonso (Machine Learning and the newly launched Data Science Institute); Professor Tong Sun (Photonics); and Professor Muttukrishnan Rajarajan (Cybersecurity Research).


Commenting on the event, SMCSE Dean, Professor Rajkumar Roy, said:

We are delighted to have hosted a successful Industrial Engagement Day devoted to exploring the mutually beneficial and crucial role of universities such as ours with the STEM industry. We are pleased to have provided a platform for our academics to interact with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); showcase our research and highly-equipped labs; demonstrate our existing partnerships with industry; and begin new relationships with others.

He added:

"Given our unique location in the heart of one of the world's most important cities, our event also allowed us to discuss ways in which City's research strengths can address some of the UK's Grand Challenges”.

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