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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.

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.

Funding Opportunities

Call for expression of interest to join the Space2Waves Internationalisation Programme

Are you a European SME developing innovative products or services using Earth Observation applied to marine and maritime domains? Join the SpaceWave Alliance internationalisation programme! 30 SMEs will be selected to go global in Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates. Deadline extended to 16th Dec.

Opens: 01/10/2020 Closes: 16/12/2020

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Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Hub – Digital Supply Chain: Expression of Interest

UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for up to £10 million from ISCF to set up and run a digital supply chain innovation hub.

Opens: 23/11/2020 Closes: 13/01/2021

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Manufacturing Made Smarter Innovation Hub – Smart Factory: Expression of Interest

UK registered businesses and research organisations can apply for up to £20 million from ISCF to set up and run a smart factory innovation hub.

Opens: 23/11/2020 Closes: 13/01/2021

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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

Wed
25
Nov
2020

Mathematical Modelling for Next Generation Formulated Products: Pharmaceutical

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

Recording coming soon

News

08.09.2020

Complex Systems funding round-up

To make it easier to navigate the funding landscape KTN have pulled together the latest open relevant funding calls for the Complex Systems sector into one place. Last updated 25th November 2020.

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10.09.2020

BAE Systems Software Development Kit available from 16 September

The INTeACT Software Development Kit (SDK) will be available to download from 16 September. This provides warship crews with all the information they need to track, analyse and respond to threats, as well as the ability to coordinate resources in other operations such as intelligence gathering and humanitarian assistance. Get creative and think about how the SDK could help you further your application development plans.

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