What we do
We have many modes of partnership that we can undertake, with a wide range and flexibility:
- flagship industry funded centres
- fundamental research
- spin out companies
- pre-competitive knowledge
- academic chairs and professorships
- tech foresight
- tech insights
- Imperial Business Partners
- sector enabling knowledge
- capital projects
Examples of our collaborations
Big data challenges in finance and law
The Data Science Institute, Imperial College London and Thomson Reuters are working together to bring data science expertise from both corporate and academic worlds to bear on global big data challenges impacting financial and legal professionals. The initiative aims to drive faster innovation in FinTech and RegTech industries through collaborative research projects.
The projects bring together academics from across Imperial to do cutting edge research informed by real industry problems. The collaboration will utilise the KPMG Data Observatory to visualise data, enabling novel exploration of data and unearthing fresh insights.
This partnership will create a global ecosystem whereby academics, financial markets institutions, and technology firms can collaborate to tackle FinTech issues such as supply chain risk, financial risk management, real-time data analysis and RegTech issues such as the impact of regulation.
Improving sports tracking software
Imperial has been working with the rapidly expanding US software company Hudl to improve its sports tracking technology.
The software, which is used by thousands of professional and amateur sports teams globally, uses video recording to track the movement of players at games or training sessions, enabling coaches to document vital statistics. Coaches can then interactively annotate the footage and forward it to players to use to perfect their performance or create a showcase of their skills.
To help improve the accuracy of these products researchers in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering have been working with the company to develop new algorithms and computer software, and overcome technical challenges such as gaps between observations, dynamic appearance changes of players (e.g. due to different viewpoints and light conditions) and limited resolution of images.
The project was completed by the Computer Vision and Learning Lab, led by researcher Dr. Rigas Kouskouridas and the laboratory's head, Dr. Tae-Kyun Kim.
Developing next generation robots
Since 2014 The Dyson Robotics Lab at Imperial College has developed computer vision programmes that enable robots to move beyond traditionally controlled environments and successfully navigate the real world.
Developing robots that can process visual information in real-time could lead to a new range of handy and helpful robots for around the home and in industry.
The collaboration, which fits with Dyson's plans to develop new robotic technology, comes at a time when other major technology companies such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft are buying up artificial intelligence and robotics companies in an effort to move toward the next generation of intelligent computing for the home and work.
Together with Dyson, Imperial continues to push the state-of-the-art forward.
Tomorrow's technology for today's students
In 2012, following investment from ABB and a long term maintenance commitment, the Department of Chemical Engineering opened a £2million carbon capture pilot plant, believed to be one of the most sophisticated facilities of its kind in the world.
The pilot plant gives undergraduates the chance to learn key operational skills. As a result, students graduate from Imperial with an unrivalled expertise, making them more employable in an increasingly competitive sector.
For ABB, this is an investment which ensures that the company will have ready access to a stream of suitably qualified engineers, who are well aware of the benefits of a career in control and instrumentation engineering when they graduate.
In addition, ABB has access to the plant and control room for its own use and uses the facility for customer demonstrations and training, staff learning, and hands on experience for its apprentices and graduate engineers, as well as for product testing.
Shell and Qatar petroleum
A collaborative approach
The Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC) was set up to investigate some of the most important challenges in the exploitation of carbonate reservoirs; cleaner methods for the production and use of oil and gas, as well as more efficient recovery, for example.
Research in these areas is crucial to the reduction of the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and to the mitigation of climate change.
As part of the QCCSRC programme, academics are exploring how to store carbon dioxide deep underground in layers of permeable rock.
To do this, multi-scale x-ray CT technology - more commonly used in hospitals to visualise internal structures of the body - is being used to look at carbonate rock formations on the microscopic scale, in order to better understand the way carbon dioxide interacts with, and flows within, these materials.
Some of our corporate funders