University hosts AIMday

Innovators converge for research advice

M Squared LasersCompanies looking to forge links with world class technology experts will get a chance to share ideas at the next AIMday in Edinburgh.

The Academic Industry Meeting Day is organised by Edinburgh Research & Innovation (ERI), which provides a “gateway” for companies to engage with the University of Edinburgh’s research and expertise.

The AIMday Sensor Signal Processing & Imaging workshop event on 21 September will focus on a sector with a wide variety of applications across many sectors.

The AIMday is a one-day event that allows companies to submit a question or commercial challenge around any element of sensor, signal processing & imaging application. Academics from across the University, will select those questions they believe their research could add the most value to during the company discussion.

Each participating company will meet with the academics in a one-hour face to face, closed workshop, to discuss possible pathways and novel approaches to a solution, with the emphasis being on generating innovative ideas to meet today’s challenges using a multi-disciplinary approach.

This event is being organised in partnership with the University Defence Research Collaboration, an EPSRC-funded consortium of seven leading universities developing research in signal processing for security.

Ian Sharp, ERI’s head of marketing and engagement, said: “The AIMday provides an effective and focussed way for industry to meet with relevant, world leading experts and find answers to challenges and opportunities.

“At the same time, AIMday is also a powerful way of developing new and productive links between industry and academia.

“We have run the AIMday program for several years now and it has been very successful in delivering innovation and new approaches.  For example, we have seen how robotics and AI can be used to support the construction industry, how design modelling can improve brewing, and have developed new and productive partnerships between academics and the financial industry.”

In 2014, The University of Edinburgh became the first higher academic institute outside Scandinavia to be approved as hosts for AIMday – a unique collaborative knowledge exchange initiative that began life at Uppsala University in Sweden.

This is the ninth AIMday that Edinburgh Research & Innovation has organised and it will take place at the Surgeons’ Hall Quincentenary Conference Centre in Edinburgh.

Companies can register and submit their questions or challenges until 22 August.

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