Industry Meets Academia To Develop Next Generation Of Sensor Systems

Edinburgh Research & Innovation (ERI), the gateway to engaging with the University of Edinburgh’s world class research and expertise, has announced a new AIMday® (Academic Industry Meeting day) for companies looking to find expertise and innovative solutions to the technical challenges, needs and opportunities faced by industry.

The AIMday Sensor Signal Processing & Imaging workshop event on 21st September will tackle individual questions and challenges posed by companies looking to harness the latest research outputs and expertise in signal processing & imaging.

The chosen technology area has a wide variety of applications across many market sectors, such as Security, Manufacturing, Automotive, Rail and Transport, Aerospace and Healthcare as well as the Food and Drink industry.

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. This is an ideal opportunity to benefit from the transfer of the expertise and outputs from this programme to other industry sectors to develop new business opportunities and address technical challenges through the application of sensor, signal processing and imaging expertise.

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.

Ian Sharp, ERI’s Head of Marketing and Engagement

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 at the University of Edinburgh, and the initiative is proving successful in establishing useful contacts and collaborations, as well as identifying possible new solutions to challenges facing organisations today.

This latest AIMday will be held on 21st September 2016 at the Surgeons’ Hall Quincentenary Conference Centre in Edinburgh.

Companies can register and submit their questions or challenges until 22nd August 2016 at which point academics will be able to select those questions their research is most closely aligned to.

Interested companies can find out more at

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