We offer expertise in digital technologies so research is translated into real world benefits.
We have the goal of driving the impact of Newcastle's research. This includes instigating and managing large research programmes that explore how digital technologies can tackle key issues in society such as social exclusion. Another main role is to catalyse collaboration and knowledge exchange with external organisations.
In 2014, working with Newcastle City Council, we set up a Cloud Innovation Centre to help realise the opportunity for cloud computing and data analytics to transform regional organisations and drive economy growth. The Centre runs events, training and consultancy: over 1000 external people attended activities in the first 9 months. The success of this work was acknowledged by the region¹s digital industry with the Collaborator of the Year award at Dynamites15.
Our many research collaborations have led to the development of a data analytics tool e-Science Central that is widely used within academia and more recently in industry where mission critical deployment is supported by a spin-out company (Inkspot).
The reach of our industrial engagement is also extended through our leadership on the Dynamo board, an industry-led initiative focusing on growing the tech sector in the North East. Also through our sponsorship of Thinking Digital - the premier tech conference in the North East aimed at fostering a community of innovators.
Our desire to build a centre of expertise around digital technologies and creating value from data has led us to 'grow our own' data science talent through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data. The Centre will educate over 60 PhD students as data scientists over an eight year period. This will create a wealth of expertise for the region in a discipline that is emerging as the most sought after skill set in IT.