The partnership was facilitated by CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems - one of eight Innovation Centres backed by the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Government to foster closer collaboration between academic researchers and industry.
As a result of the project, UWS has been able to build a remarkable 20-strong international academic team, providing the UK economy with artificial intelligence-driven business solutions, such as remote emergency medicine services for the Irish Ambulance Service, smart street lighting solutions for Romania and the leadership of two 20-partner European projects to develop 5G network management solutions to a value of €15 million.
The project also benefited from other collaborations, notably with National Air Traffic Services, whose partnership with UWS on a number of drone-related industry projects, such as a €5 million Horizon 2020 project, helped inform their use in this one.
This project demonstrates the benefits of AI and machine learning in saving people’s lives. We have previously been part of a CENSIS/UWS project and this current project has strengthened our links and enabled us to work with other academics. Collaborations like these enable Thales to develop new capabilities and improved product functionality.
Dr Barry Connor, Technology and Innovation Lead at Thales
The winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on 26 November.