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The launch

The University of Southampton, a world-leading research environment, is leading the way following the creation of the Impactech hub during September 2016 in partnership with NMI – the champion for the UK electronic systems and technology industry.

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Professor Michael Butler, Dr. Ghaithaa Manla (Impactech Manager), Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, Derek Boyed (Chief Executive at NMI), Dr. Alastair McGibbon (CTO at NMI).

About Impactech

The general trend of an increasing gap between the world of academia and the world of business, has led to demand for a system to bridge this void.

Applied research provides great potential to promote the impact of research and drives new innovation.

Having a healthy relationship between industry and academia turns research ideas into products and services that can grow the economy and create jobs. 

The hub's mission is to support collaboration between industry and University of Southampton researchers and educators, helping the UK to retain its leading positon in electronic systems and technology industry. 

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Our aim

“We are here to forge and develop a connected academic and industrial community that will deliver a portfolio of collaborative research projects aimed at pulling through academic knowhow into the industrial market.”

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Solid reputation

The UK has an outstanding reputation for academic research capability, and in the domain of Engineering and Physical Science, is strongly supported by EPSRC’s £3.3B investment portfolio. Building stronger engagement between industry and academia to leverage research capability is a well-recognised challenge. As part of a response to this, the hub will operate as a facility that pulls together experts and businesses from across a wide range of domains, including autonomous systems, nanotechnology, smart sensing, communications, electronics and data & security, allowing collaboration and acceleration of innovative solutions.

A main focus of the hub will be to hold regular networking events, which will provide opportunities to hear about the latest challenges and development in key areas of university research, as well as from companies working in those fields. With over 80% of the industrial base being SMEs, the ultimate goal of the hub is to increase their visibility and market penetration, and provide support with technical development.

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Get in touch

Impactech manager Dr. Ghaithaa Manla is currently Enterprise Research Fellow for the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

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Dr. Manla's role is to enhance the relationship between industry and academia to maximize the impact of research on our society and, thus, the economy. She firmly believes that having a healthy and strong relationship between these separate worlds will ensure that scientific discoveries and technological developments are accessible to end users who can then further exploit the technology into new products and services.

A recent Impactech event

Events schedule

Our calendar of events provide a great opportunity to network, build relationships and gain access to the cutting-edge research developed by our researchers and academics.

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Previous events:

Innovation in Autonomous Systems focusing on sensing and machine control for localised autonomy

Impactech team would like to thank Roke Manor Research for hosting the event. The event provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to identify collaboration and exploitation opportunities. Other funding bodies including the Solent LEP were also participating. This unique style of networking in such specialised area provided the right atmosphere for both researchers and industry to showcase their autonomous systems works and expertise.

General overview of the event:

Developing Autonomous Systems involves combining different disciplines and subsystems, which must work seamlessly together to provide the required functionality. It is a challenging task since several technological and commercial obstacles and risks must be overcome. The event focused on addressing two main areas regarding autonomous vehicles in the air, land and water domains: Multi-sensor System Integration and Intelligent Control Systems. The presentations placed emphasis on the use of sensing technology to extract data from the vehicle's surroundings, allowing the vehicle to make decisions based on the observed data and equipping it with the ability to take control in uncertain and dynamic environments.

Impactech Introduction

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Professor Eric Rogers: Stabilization and Control of Fleets of Autonomous Vehicles

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Simon Willmore: Autonomous Sensor Platforms and the Impact on Future Naval Operations

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Paul Caseley: Assurance Challenges

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Dr David Toal: Automated Design & Autonomous Systems within the Computational Engineering & Design Group

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Nick Tudor: Assurance of Decision Making Using Automated Formal Methods

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Stuart Baker: Transforming Solent and the Role of Innovation?

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Mike Hook: Artificial Intelligence for Autonomous Real-Time Collision-Free Route Planning

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Chang Liu, Dr Stephen Prior, Prof James Scanlan: Visual SLAM Based UAV in GPS-denied Environments

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Toby Wilkinson, Michael Butler: Verification of Safe Movement of Autonomous Systems

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Matt Mowlem: Biogeochemical Sensor Enabled Autonomous Systems

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The Impact of Internet of Things on our Lives

The rapid development of technology, especially in the areas of sensors, sensor-integrated systems and faster and more intelligent wireless networks, has inspired the industry as a whole to find new ways to generate revenue and embrace the end users.

Putting sensors in almost all of our everyday devices such as coffee machines, fridges and washing machines allows the manufactures to capture live data about our behaviour. By understanding consumer trends, the Internet of Things (IoT) will be able to increase connectivity and shape the way we interact with technology.

Healthcare is a clear example of how the IoT can be beneficial to patients - by sharing their information with medical practitioners and helping them to be more informed on how and when to take their medications. Wearable health and fitness monitors are another example which help monitoring performance and provide their wearers with the optimal dietary and training regime.

Having smarter city infrastructure, self-driving cars, connected appliances and even smart lighting raise an important question… Who is in charge and how can we take control of our technology before it takes control of our lives?

Some of the biggest challenges that face IoT are around data privacy & security, cost of implementation and establishing a sense of control and trust within the system. Standards and having a common platform is another issue that needs to be addressed in order to make it easier for end users and consumers to adopt the IoT.

This event offers technical presentations and it will be a great opportunity for you to meet and engage with IoT experts from across academia and industry, where innovative technology in this exciting and rapidly developing field can be exploited and challenged.


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