Connected Smart Objects and Robotics Networking Events


As part of the Horizon 2020 ICT calls, Innovate UK are organising two networking events, aiming to give opportunity to find out more about the different calls, gain key insight into current EU positions and have opportunity to discuss current and future projects in each field.

Internet of Things and Platforms for Connected Smart Objects:

The Horizon 2020 ICT 30 call has opened, with €51M available for large projects and coordination action in Internet of Things and Platforms for Connected Smart Objects. ICT 30 cuts across several LEIT-ICT technological areas (smart systems integration, cyber-physical systems, smart networks, big data) and brings together different generic ICT technologies and their stakeholder constituencies to develop technological platforms which will have a strong influence on the way in which we live and work.

This networking event will offer insight into how the H2020 process works, provide key details of the call, allow you to meet representatives of the PPPs and have the opportunity to flag your interest by presenting your credentials and/or outline project proposals.

Date: Thursday 27th November 2014
Time: 09:30 to 17:00
Location: Congress House, WC1B 3LS

To find out more – Click here
To register – Click here

Robotics and Autonomous Systems:

ICT call 2 in Horizon 2020 will provide an €83 million opportunity for funding of Robotics and Autonomous Systems and by attending this briefing and networking event, you will get the opportunity to:

— Hear directly from the European Commission on their priorities for RAS and where they are looking to fund proposals
— Understand the UK Government’s perspective on RAS in Horizon 2020 from the Minister for Universities and Science, Greg Clark MP
— Familiarise yourself with euRobotics AISBL, the RAS Public Private Partnerships and how they interact with the EU Commission to deliver activity in Horizon 2020
— Learn from the experience of past projects that have been through previous EU funding schemes
— Discover possible new collaboration opportunities through a series of ‘current issues’ presentations from relevant organisations with a RAS concern

Date: Tuesday 25th November 2014
Time: 09:00 to 17:00
Location: BIS Conference Centre, SW1H 0ET

To find out more – Click here
To register – Click here

Innovate UK – Interaction Between People and Machines KTP Call


Innovate UK (formerly TSB) is to invest up to £1m in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) in the area of user experience (UX). The aim is to encourage new, enhanced forms of interaction between computing systems and the people who use them. Proposals may address technologies that contribute to these new forms, such as sensing information about the user, or those that improve specific types of experience, such as mobile and wearable devices. This requested innovation could be in underlying technologies, in combining emerging technologies, or in employing tools to improve the user experience.

Examples of such innovations include, but are not limited to:

  • Sensors and Interactions
  • Wearable Technology
  • Mobile User Experience
  • Multiple Device User Experience
  • Brain Controlled Computing
  • Combinations of Emerging Technologies

A Briefing event is being held for this competition:
Location: Victoria, London OR Online Webinar
Date: 14th November 2014
Time: 09:30(10:00 for Webinar) until 13:30

To find out more – Click here
To sign up for either the London event or the Webinar – Click here

The deadline for EOI submissions is the 11th February 2015 – so please let Patrick and Kelly, the Research Facilitation team, know as soon as possible if you wish to apply.

Early Career Academic Outreach Training Programme

The Oxford Early Career Academic Outreach Network aims to connect early career academics (D.Phil. students, postdocs or fixed-term lecturers) with opportunities to do outreach in Oxford and further afield, as well as to provide them with appropriate training opportunities and recognition for their work at an institutional level. By signing up to their database, you become eligible for training sessions, as well as have further potential for contact with professionals University wide who may wish to collaborate on outreach projects and activities.

This Network has organised a training programme covering various aspects of academic outreach, followed by a post-session drinks and networking opportunities. The agenda for the day is as follows:

4.30pm – Coffee and registration

5pm – Parallel sessions (choose between)
1) Introduction to Oxford outreach with schools (For new members of the network, or relative beginners to outreach)
2) Age-appropriate academic taster sessions: best practice sharing (For network members with some experience of outreach)

5.30pmUNIQ Summer Schools (all levels) – University’s flagship residential summer school access programme

6.00pm Out on the road for Oxford outreach: getting involved with the Student and Teachers’ Conferences

6.30pm Networking drinks at the Royal Oak –  After the session, participants are warmly invited to The Royal Oak on Woodstock Road to network with each other and outreach staff from around the collegiate University.

Date: Thursday 13th November 2014
Time: 16:30-18:30 (18:30-20:00 Networking Drinks)
Location: Margaret Thatcher Centre, Somerville College

To sign up to the Early Career Academic Outreach Network database – Click here
To view the detailed agenda and book a place on the training programme – Click here


CDE Innovation Network event


The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) (Part of DSTL) is holding a networking event for science and technology providers. Here, head of CDE, Andy Nicholson, will introduce CDE and give an overview of proof-of-concept research funding opportunities for innovative science and technology providers, followed by Bruce Hardie, Technology Manager, discussing how to create an effective proposal for CDE funding. In addition Military Advisers from the DSTL will give an overview of areas of innovative research ideas for CDE’s ongoing enduring challenge competition, and there is opportunity to book face-to-face meetings with CDE, DSTL and Military experts to discuss potential proposals. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet other potential bidders and current DSTL suppliers, as well as be able to see examples of successful CDE projects.

Midway through the day there will be a briefing on a new themed competition from CDE regarding “affordable space-based capability” – which seeks proof-of-concept research proposals for novel technologies that could lead to a step change in UK military space-based capability or substantially reduce the cost of the systems. This competition will fund exploratory studies and demonstrations to develop concepts and technologies required for delivering a UK space-based military capability.

Date: 18th November 2014
Time: 9:30-16:00
Location: London at De Vere Canary Wharf

To register for this event, view the agenda, and find out more – Click here (Registration closes on Friday 14 November 2014 at 12:30pm.)
To find out more on CDE “affordable space-based capability” competition – Click here

£5m EPSRC “Making Sense of Data” and “User Interaction with ICT” calls


EPSRC have announced calls on the topics of  “Making Sense of Data” and “User Interaction with ICT”, as part of the “Towards an Intelligent Information Infrastructure” programme. Funds of up to £5 million are available in each, which is expected to support between four to six research projects, and proposals can be multi-institutional.

  • Making Sense of Data
    Proposals should, simply put, explore how to make sense from data. The better we can interpret the data we have, the more efficiently we can handle and communicate it. Projects are welcomed that explore how to make sense from data, by addressing high impact challenges such as:

    • How to convert the vast amounts of data produced into understandable, actionable information
    • How to efficiently and intelligently extract knowledge from heterogeneous, distributed data while retaining the context necessary for its interpretation
    • How to ensure new techniques are realistic, compatible and scalable with real-world services and hardware systems
  • User Interaction with ICT
    Proposals should address future information infrastructure and environment which will involve areas such as wearable devices, autonomous systems and an internet of things. Proposals that target the below areas, as well as new ideas, are welcomed:

    • Extending interaction – The development and evaluation of new techniques of interaction and use, including new modalities of input and output, and new sensors and devices.
    • Building – The development and evaluation of platforms, architectures or component technologies that underpin the interaction between humans and ICT systems.
    • Understanding users – Studies of different target groups and settings to inform the invention and design of new technologies.
    • Evaluation – The use of experiments, studies, envisionment workshops and other forms of user engagement to understand or evaluate proposed designs or prototype technologies.

This is a 2-stage application, with the “outline” deadline for both being Tuesday 6th January 2015. Due to Christmas closures, outline applications should reach Research Services no later than Thursday, 18 December 2014.

For more information about “Making Sense of Data” – Click here
For more information about “User Interaction with ICT” Click here

Please contact Patrick and Kelly as soon as possible if you intend to apply or have any questions.