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City engineering researcher awarded iCURe enterprise funding

Dr Miodrag Vidakovic will be working on advanced photonic sensors and an appropriate software package to help railway asset owners reduce maintenance costs, increase passenger safety and ensure the reliability of electrified train operations.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

After a rigorous selection process involving pitch presentations to several investors, Dr Miodrag Vidakovic and his team have been awarded funding from the Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research (iCURe) programme, valued at £15k (with an exclusive opportunity to apply for an additional £300k from Innovate UK).

531510The team is producing advanced photonic sensors and an appropriate software package to help railway asset owners reduce maintenance costs, increase passenger safety, and ensure the reliability of electrified train operations.

This additional funding will assist in developing their business model and getting their product ready for market through a successful City spinout company.

The (ICURe) Programme is a collaboration between SETsquared, NorthbyNorthwest Partnership, Midlands Partnership, Innovate UK, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is designed to move ideas and innovation out of universities and into the marketplace where they will have the greatest impact.

Dr Vidakovic completed his MSc in Telecommunications and Networks at City by way of an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. After successfully completing his master’s degree, he took up a City studentship and went on to  finish a PhD in Measurement and Instrumentation in 2017, under the supervision of Professors Tong Sun and Kenneth Grattan.

Dr Vidakovic has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and became a co-inventor of the patent related to the Intelligent Railway Pantograph.

He has worked on several City technologies by conducting due diligence for IP commercialisation.

Earlier this year, Dr Vidakovic was the recipient of an RAEng Enterprise Fellowship.

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