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.
Our current focus
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.
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 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.
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).
The world is powered by data; turning data into information helps us make decisions across all sectors of the economy. Innovate UK KTN hosts an innovation network that focuses on connecting the data holders and data processors with the people that can benefit from the insight geospatial data can provide.
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.
Current Complex Systems funding opportunities
High Altitude Intelligence: Cross Sector Innovation Challenge
Opens: 18/07/2022 Closes: 02/09/2022
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £4 million for projects up to £2 million in size to develop payloads and solutions for data processing, evaluation and dissemination to complement ongoing High Altitude Pseudo Satellites. Your proposal must show utility in…
iX Challenge: Magnetic Measurements for a Fusion Power Plant
Opens: 08/08/2022 Closes: 09/09/2022
UKAEA is searching for innovators who have expertise in magnetic measurement systems that can operate in harsh environments in a fusion reactor, accelerating the development of a prototype fusion reactor plant and the UK’s transition to net zero.
iX Challenge: Novel Sensor Payloads for Asset Inspection Drones
Opens: 05/08/2022 Closes: 30/09/2022
The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside Futureworx to find novel sensors and/or data processing techniques that can be deployed in scenarios offering relatively low Size-Weight-Power-Cooling (SWAPC) budgets. These will initially be aimed at demanding industrial environments, such as t
Related Events and Recordings
Can maths help support businesses in plastic reuse?
14.00 - 15.30 | Online
Mathematical Modelling for Next Generation Formulated Products: Food & Drink
12.00 - 14.00 | Online
Recording coming soon
Trusted Research for Industry Series – Emerging and Enabling, Complex Systems
12.00 - 13.30 | Online
Knowledge Transfer Manager - Artificial Intelligence
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Security and Ethics of Human Augmentation workshop | Report
Organised by Innovate UK KTN’s Neurotechnology Innovation Network in collaboration with national security and defence partners, the Security and Ethics of Human Augmentation workshop held on 18 November 2021 brought together a group of experts in human augmentation technology to consider the medium-term impacts in a range of scenarios.
Announcement of UK SHORE - £206m available to accelerate the development of clean maritime technologies
The Department for Transport has announced the highly anticipated launch of UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE). This new unit will be housed within the Department for Transport, and will oversee a multiyear programme of interventions aimed at making the UK maritime sector a global leader in clean and smart maritime technologies.