Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Funding Opportunities for Innovation Available

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Funding Opportunities for Innovation Available

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ANEW EU-funded initiative at Newcastle University provides a unique opportunity for technology businesses in the North East to fund innovation activities in collaboration with the university's computing experts.

The Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering Labs (CPSE labs) programme helps engineering and technology businesses access expert support and facilities at six leading laboratories across Europe, including the Cyber-Physical Systems lab (CPS lab) in Newcastle University's School of Computing Science.

The Newcastle lab is open now, but will ultimately be based at Science Central - Newcastle's PS250m flagship project bringing together academia, the public sector, communities, business and industry to create a global centre for urban innovation.

The university's researchers are encouraging companies in the North East to apply now to the CPSE Labs programme for support.

Our CPS lab specialises in model-based design that breaks down the barriers between computer science and other engineering disciplines. Cyber-physical systems bring together digital devices, software, communications technology and sensors that interact with the real world. There are cyber-physical systems in a vast array of different commercial areas including transport, energy and security. Many of them involve the 'internet of things' in which the devices that people interact with are interconnected and 'talk to each other'. Professor John Fitzgerald, who is leading the CPS lab at Newcastle University says: "At our Newcastle CPS lab we've come up with design techniques that integrate the digital and physical worlds which are so often separated in traditional engineering. This allows companies to model possible future products in the round - not just the software alone, not just the physical design, but both together. The CPS lab gives them the advantage of exploring different designs and to model the optimum solution prior to building a physical demonstrator."

An extra benefit of the CPS lab is that it brings together the expertise necessary to bridge any knowledge gaps: the team will be offering free training and funding support to companies interested in trying new design tools, transferring knowledge from one domain to another, or developing completely new types of product. …

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