National Physical Laboratory: collaboration with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematics of Planet Earth

logoThe National Physical Laboratory's (NPL) partnership with the Mathematics for Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training (MPE CDT)  allows the combined expertise related mathematical science, environmental science and measurement science to come together under the NPL-MPE CDT collaborative umbrella. mpe cdt logoAlong with NPL's ongoing engagement with the MPE CDT towards joint studentship projects and joint events etc., there is an opportunity to further explore a closer training link.


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Key activities within the collaboration are as follows:

  • NPL is co-funding PhD studentships within the CDT.  Joshua Prettyman of the 2014 cohort holds an NPL-MPE CDT studentship and is working on “Tipping point analysis of geophysical variables”. Joshua is studying the so-called Essential Climate Variables, in particular, land surface humidity and sea-surface temperature, in order to understand natural- and anthropogenic-driven climate change.

  • Internships: during July-August 2015, Francesco Ferrulli of the 2014 cohort worked alongside NPL’s Strategic Research Fellow Dr Ivan Rungger. Francesco worked on a mathematical model for graphene. Graphene is a new carbon based compound with a large number of applications that includes efficient renewable energy storage.

  • Panel discussion: in May 2016, the Grantham Institute and MPE CDT organised a joint event where experts discussed how mathematics can combat environmental problems, and their impact on society and business. Prof Alistair Forbes (NPL) was a member of the panel of experts that led the discussion. View a video recording of the panel discussion.

  • At the MPE CDT's 'Sandpit' event:  a new NPL-MPE CDT studentship was agreed. The proposed project will be on “Bayesian Inference with application to air quality monitoring”. Find out more about this project.

  • NPL scientist Dr Valerie Livina attended the MPE CDT Jamboree in 2014 and was impressed by the knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise of the MPE CDT students and staff members. Subsequently, through a series of meetings, Dr Valerie Livina and Dr Tobias Kuna (MPE CDT staff member) developed a PhD project that was taken up by one of the MPE CDT students, Joshua Prettyman.

Airbus Group Innovations: collaboration to develop and deploy the underpinning technology for Laminar Flow Control

imageThe Laminar Flow Control UK (LFC-UK) programme investigated the theoretical, computational and experimental fluid dynamics of flows past/around aeroplane wings and engines.  textThe overall objective was to reduce drag on aeroplane wings, and Airbus Group Innovations was a key partner in the programme.

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Key activities within the collaboration are as follows:

  • Airbus Group Innovations (AGI) supported the project with attendance at regular review meetings and active participation in steering the broad directions of the research.

  • AGI made available 50% of the time of a Research Specialist on Flow Control to be made available over the duration of the project to work directly on project activities and to support technology pull-through to industry.  In addition, AGI made a substantial direct financial contribution to the project as part of its involvement in the 'Smart Active Wing of the Future' Programme.

  • Several PhD students and postdocs undertook secondments at AGI and Airbus Operations hosted periodic workshops to facilitate knowledge exchange.  The most successful of these was implemented in 2013, when a total of ~70 participants attended a 2 day event at Airbus’s premises in Bristol.


Multiwave Technologies AG: collaboration to speed up the design of metamaterials

logoResearchers in the Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics section are pairing with Swiss company Multiwave Technologies AG to work on algorithms that will accelerate the design phase of metamaterials and bring them to market quicker.

imageFaculty of Natural Sciences (FoNS) Corporate Partnerships team was heavily involved in developing the collaboration between Multiwave Technologies AG and Imperial College London.  Read more about the Multiwave collaboration here. 

The Alan Turing Institute: collaboration on a major initiative in data-centric engineering

ATI logoThe next decade will see step changes in data-driven technology, impacting all aspects of engineering and industry. Researchers in the Statistics Section are collaborating on a major new initiative in data-centric engineering, which is led by the Image of bridges overheadAlan Turing Institute and funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. The programme directly addresses the challenges in improving resilience in infrastructure and safety in society, and will develop scientific advances that will have international impact for years to come. Read more about the programme here.