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Complex Systems

Technology, innovation and globalisation have transformed the world in we live in. The systems we have created to supply the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the homes we live in are truly marvellous and complex; however, these systems are sometimes fragile, and can be a source of pollution.

The role of our Complex Systems team is to explore further solutions to mitigate their effects, supporting the development of a circular economy.

The team focuses on mission-oriented innovation and embraces a systems thinking approach, focusing on:

Space applications and geospatial data to support UK’s Net Zero ambitions

Advanced Robotics to increase food quality and security

Intelligent Systems to support the global effort to clean and recycle plastics

Ethical AI to increase business productivity, advanced Security systems to keep families safe at work, rest or play

Industrial Maths to help reduce food waste and food poverty.

 

Click here to see open funding opportunities in the above sectors.

Our current focus

Industrial Maths

This team within KTN harnesses the power of mathematics to meet business needs and help a wide range of industries express problems in an accessible way. We also facilitate new partnerships with an extensive network of mathematical scientists and institutions across the UK.

Robotics & AI

From Healthcare to Legaltech, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence are significant globalised technologies that can be applied in many sectors. The extensive industrial and academic research base in the UK can support both the national and global markets in addressing key challenges impacting societies today.

Space

Space is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, with the ambition to capture 10% of the world market by 2030. Currently, the UK manufactures over 20% of the satellites in orbit and has established a path towards launching satellites from UK soil by 2021.

Security & Defence

The UK is committed to spending a minimum 2% of GDP on defence over the next decade, and at least 20% of that spending on equipment. This commitment represents spending some £186 billion on defence equipment and support in the ten years from 2018/19. In addition, the UK is the second largest defence exporter, winning defence orders worth £14 billion (2018).

Geospatial

The world is powered by data; turning data into information helps us make decisions across all sectors of the economy. KTN hosts an innovation network (otherwise known as special interest group) that focuses on connecting the data holders and data processors with the people that can benefit from the insight geospatial data can provide.

Intelligent Systems

The Intelligent Systems Team applies their deep expertise to create a better, fairer and more resilient economy, utilising the capabilities of machines to perceive and respond to the world around them. This includes anything from surgical robots in healthcare, to drones flying over fields with AI enabled cameras to analyse images and implement solutions in near-real time.

Funding Opportunities

Supercharging the MOD’s Power Quality Management

Market exploration request: from grid stability to dynamic power networks, help the Ministry of Defence understand the impact of poor power quality on its estates and ships, and how the market can supercharge power efficiency.

Opens: 12/07/2021 Closes: 19/08/2021

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UK Space Agency National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) and Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) funding call

This NSTP/SST Call aims to develop the capability of the UK space sector by providing funding to advance research into Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) and debris removal underlying technologies or data. Industrial co-funding may be required for the selected projects.

Opens: 19/07/2021 Closes: 25/08/2021

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Analysis for Innovators (A4I) Round 6

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £3m to resolve productivity issues by working with the best scientists and research facilities. Your proposal must describe a measurement or analysis problem that will help improve your business’s productivity or competitiveness, and an estimate of the value to your business of solving it.

Opens: 29/07/2021 Closes: 18/08/2021

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Events

Wed
11
Nov
2020

Can maths help support businesses in plastic reuse?

14.00 - 15.30 | Online

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Thu
26
Nov
2020

Mathematical Modelling for Next Generation Formulated Products: Food & Drink

12.00 - 14.00 | Online

Recording coming soon

Mon
24
May
2021

Trusted Research for Industry Series – Emerging and Enabling, Complex Systems

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

Recording coming soon

News

29.01.2021

What is the Electromagnetic Spectrum and why should you care?  

As technologies progress, we are becoming increasingly reliant on spectrum use, from how we get our information and are entertained, to ensuring national security. So, if anything was to go wrong, it could have significant implications on how we live our life.

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19.05.2021

CyberASAP Alumnus, MaCRA, scoops top prize in the CyberDen at CYBERUK, the UK government’s flagship cyber security event

Maritime cyber security innovation gets the Dragons’ vote: MaCRA, a graduate from the Cybersecurity Academic Startup Accelerator Programme (CyberASAP) in 2020/21 has won the top prize in the Cyber Den at this year’s CYBERUK 2021.

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