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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

Helping the military shrink its cyber attack surface

The defence sector is full of legacy systems vulnerable to cyber attack. Do you have the technology to reduce defence exposure to cyber effects?

Opens: 16/08/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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Autonomous Resilient Cyber Defence – Intelligent Agents

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a new Innovation Focus Area (IFA) called Autonomous Resilient Cyber Defence , which aims to develop self-defending cyber security systems for military operational platforms and technologies.

Opens: 16/08/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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Building responsible neurotechnology research capability

Apply for funding to develop a research network for neurotechnology. The full economic cost of your network can be up to £7.5 million. EPSRC and MRC will fund 80% of the full economic cost, up to £6 million. Expressions of interest must be submitted by 8th October 2021.

Opens: 06/09/2021 Closes: 25/11/2021

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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

26.08.2021

Covid-19 safety in large events: supporting the events industry through mathematical sciences

The events industry has been particularly impacted by the pandemic. KTN recently advised several large event operators on how transmission risk can be understood and managed as large event gatherings reopen.

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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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