Future Vision and Imperial Business in the City speaker series'

Imperial Business in the City

Imperial Business in the City aims to showcase the best research Imperial College London has to offer and to engage with our alumni and collaborators. Attendees can expect a thought provoking lecture followed by a Q&A session and drinks reception.

Find more information about the events being held this year on our Imperial Business in the City events page or follow the series on Social Media using #ImperialintheCity.

Future Vision

The Future Vision speaker series exposes our Executive MBA participants to important science and technology issues with the aim of teaching them how to think about the business implications of technology developments.

Eminent Imperial College scientists will present to the class on a technically-related speciality that has implications for business in the future. Professor George Yip, Associate Dean for the Executive MBA, will help direct open discussions after each talk.

Future Vision talks organised for our Executive MBA students have included:

Professor Eric Yeatman
Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Eric Yeatman’s research focuses on developing micro-technologies that can enable intelligence, such as wireless sensing, in a wide variety of objects and environments. A particular emphasis has been on developing power sources that harvest energy from the ambient environment. This makes adding intelligence feasible in applications where battery replacement or recharging is impractical or overly burdensome, particularly in the Internet of Things.

Professor Chris Hankin
Co-Director of Institute for Security Science & Technology

Hyperconnectivity and Big Data have profound implications for personal identities. This session explores some of these, building on the work on Future Identities conducted by the UK’s Government Office for Science in 2013. A range of techniques for extracting information from data will also be considered and brought together in a case study. The economic potential of Big Data will be discussed; the vision will only be realised if we can address a significant skills gap — the session will finish with an assessment of the issue and outlining the new skills that might be needed.

Professor Esther Rodriguez Villegas
Professor in Low Power Electronics

The market of wearable technologies has been estimated to increase by five-fold over the next 10 years, from $14 billion to over $70 billion. However, whereas it is clear that wearables have a number of applications as well as a market as consumers devices, it is much more unclear how many of these technologies will ever become medical devices. Current medical devices directives impose strict constraints in functionality which the vast majority of these so called “wearable devices” are far from ready to provide. This, combined with the specific needs associated to the targeted healthcare applications pose significant, and unsolved, technical as well as clinical challenges, which will still require very significant and multidisciplinary research efforts.

This talk will analyse the limitations of currently existing technologies to monitor and interpret breathing, describe the technical challenges that need to be overcome to make these technologies truly wearable whilst simultaneously clinically reliable, and introduce a novel miniature technology, the AcuPebble, that has proven to solve many of these challenges.

Professor Nilay Shah
Head of Department of Chemical Engineering

The Manufacturing Futures Lab at Imperial provides a focus for the fundamental science and engineering research that will form the basis of tomorrow’s manufacturing industries.

Research topics range from the bio-based economy and synthetic biology, through low temperature and solution processed electronics to sustainable chemistry and therapeutic products manufacture and also include product design based around new materials and advanced computing technologies that underpinning manufacture.

The Lab involves researchers from the fields of chemistry, physics, materials engineering, composites, membrane technologies, control engineering, bioengineering, process systems engineering, synthetic biology, microelectronics design and management, who collectively are supported by over £100m of externally sponsored research.

Nilay Shah will describe how some of the future manufacturing technologies are being developed and what some of the potential future applications of novel science and engineering related to manufacturing might be.