Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities - Annual Report 2012 - 2013

ICRI Annual Review 2012

Who We Work With

UCL works in a variety of partnerships with large multinational companies in energy and resources, ICT, telecommunications, transport, construction, banking and insurance, as well as with smaller companies specialising in art, advertising, communication, imaging and entertainment. Each partnership is distinctive and long-term, and is tailored to a company's strategic direction, market sector and research and development needs.

A selection of our partnerships, showing the range and diversity of engagement, is below:

ARUP

Arup

In April 2012, UCL and Arup renewed their partnership, established in 2009.  Arup hopes to boost its collaboration and training activities with the university in fields which range from sustainable development through engineering to behavioural sciences.  UCL and Arup will collaborate in joint research projects, which will include eco-city planning and infrastructure, urban sustainability & resilience and virtual environments. In 2010, Arup was awarded the UCL Enterprise Corporate Partner of the Year Award.

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Atkins

Atkins

In 2012, Atkins and UCL signed an agreement to deliver the MSc in Rail Integrated Design Management (UCL Civil Engineering) and a project report on Future Proofing Cities (UCL Development Planning Unit) in collaboration with the Department for International Development. The company has continued to expand its interests in Urban Resilience across the Faculties of the Built Environment and Engineering Sciences.

BHP Billiton

BHP Billiton

This innovative dual-hemisphere partnership, signed in June 2011, has established an Institute for Sustainable Resources in London, UK and an International Energy Policy Institute in Adelaide, Australia.

The two new institutes are driving research into the complex economic, legal, environmental, technological and cultural issues faced by the resources sector and provide a framework within which expertise from the northern and southern hemispheres can be shared and innovative responses developed.

Under the terms of the agreement, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, a charity established by BHP Billiton as part of its community investment program, will provide UCL with US$10 million over a five year period to establish the institutes and fund academic research, fellowships and scholarships, as well as the appointment of a new Chair in Sustainable Global Resources and a Chair in International Energy Policy.

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Cisco

Cisco

This innovative 'Future Cities Centre' innovation partnership between Cisco, UCL and Imperial will focus on London's Shoreditch, where businesses, academics and start-ups can openly collaborate.  The Cisco collaboration space will be part of London's emerging 'Tech City' , which is the fastest growing technology cluster in Europe, and  will seek to bring a world-leading research presence and collaborative working to the emerging Tech City ecosystem.

The Future Cities Centre will focus on the thematic areas of Future Cities and Mobility, Smart Energy Systems, the Internet of Things and Business Model Innovation. It will form a major node of Cisco’s National Virtual Incubator, which is a sustainable public technology network that promises to stimulate entrepreneurship by connecting physical sites through IT infrastructure.

Cisco, DC Thomson and UCL Innovation Centre in Shoreditch:

Prime Minister David Cameron today announced IDEALondon in London’s Tech City, an innovation ‘hot-house’ established by UCL and partners Cisco and DC Thomson as the Innovation and Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEA). 

UCL and Cisco are also building a programme of innovative and high-value US student internships:

The 2013-2014 UCL-Cisco Visiting Speaker Programme features Cisco CTOs, Fellows and Distinguished Engineers. Please contact Tim Bodley-Scott, UCL Engineering, for further details about the programme.

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Dyson

Dyson

In April 2013, UCL and Dyson signed their first collaborative agreement in the fields of technology and design innovation, research and training activities.

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EDF

EDF

Established in 2007, the partnership with EDF has allowed the UCL Energy Institute to develop strong links with EDF UK and with the EDF Research Network ECLEER in Europe.  The relationship has centred on collaborative research funding from the government Energy Technology Institute (ETI), with additional specific research and Doctoral Training. In 2011, EDF was awarded the UCL Enterprise Corporate Partner of the Year Award.

Vincent de Rivz, CEO of EDF commented on the partnership:”UCL has been at the front edge of sustainability. They have been very good at helping us to understand the importance of decarbonisation. For me, UCL is a pioneer of enlightenment – the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. I think they feel that they have a social responsibility, that has been at the heart of the UCL mantra from the beginning. This social responsibility is also very much at the heart of what I want for my business. That’s why I think there is a very good cultural fit, behind common values, between UCL and EDF."

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Elsevier

elsevier

In December 2013, Elsevier signed an agreement with UCL to establish the UCL Big Data Institute. This new partnership aims to explore innovative ways to better serve needs of researchers through the exploration of new technologies and analytics as applied to scholarly content and data.

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ICANN

ICANN

UCL signed an agreement with ICANN in 2012 to provide expertise to enable internet users to create full web addresses using non-Latin script names. ICANN – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which coordinates the Internet’s addressing system – has initiated the change which will open up an entirely new way of using the Internet. UCL is working with ICANN to evaluate applications for new generic Top Level Domain addresses. As a result of the New generic Top Level Domain Program there will be new addresses in non-Latin script based scripts such as Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese and Russian.

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Intel

Intel

The Intel partnership is a successful triple-helix partnership, with high-level academic, corporate and government commitment.  Following an initial signing at Downing Street in January 2012,  UCL, Imperial College London and Intel launched the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities in May 2012.

The May launch of the centre was unveiled at an event in 10 Downing Street, presided over by Chancellor George Osborne, which brought together key decision makers and influencers from academia, industry and government.

The new London-based institute will be Intel’s first research centre and global hub dedicated to exploring how technology can support and sustain the social and economic development of cities worldwide. It will aim to address the social, economic, and environmental challenges of city life with computing technology, helping to provide practical solutions to problems ranging from droughts and long commute times to wasteful use of energy. Using London as a test bed, researchers will explore technologies to make cities more aware by harnessing real-time user and city infrastructure data.

As a result of the partnership, UCL has been invited to participate in high-value annual Intel programmes, which provide academics with support in early career development; and help high-performing students to reach their potential.

Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities

ICRI Cities has completed its first year, with several collaborative projects now finished, with additional projects still ongoing across London. An annual report was delivered to the Board of Advisors meeting in March 2014. The ICRI Cities Annual Review 2012 - 2013 is now available to view here.

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Lotus

Lotus

UCL has maintained a close relationship with Group Lotus, which was founded by a UCL alumnus Colin Chapman in 1952, and with Lotus Engineering, which has sponsored significant research in UCL Mechanical Engineering.

In 2009, UCL, Group Lotus, Lotus Engineering and the Chapman family celebrated the relationship in a prestigious partnership Engineering Innovation event. This brought together on campus an impressive exhibition of the best classic Lotus cars, organised by Clive Chapman, Head of Classic Team Lotus, son of Colin Chapman - and alumnus of UCL. Guests included Chairmen and Chief Executives of the automotive industry in the UK and in Germany, famous Lotus racing car drivers and designers including Sterling Moss, Damon Hill and Ron Hickman, members of the Chapman family, Lotus engineers and numerous enthusiastic UCL academics, students and alumni.

In 2011, Group Lotus, Lotus Engineering and the Chapman family sponsored the Colin Chapman Lotus Engineering Masters Scholarship.

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Philips

Philips

Philips has recently expanded its engagement with UCL beyond Life Sciences to other faculties, signing its first agreements in 2014 with the Faculties of the Built Environment and Engineering Sciences.

Siemens

Siemens

Following discussions in April 2013 with UCL Vice-Provost (Enterprise), Professor Stephen Caddick and the Vice-Provost (Research), Professor David Price, Siemens expressed an interest in working with UCL to develop a more strategic, long-term partnership.  

UCL and Siemens have now mapped existing collaborations and studentships, and are committed to the development of new cross-disciplinary research projects with longer-term (ten-year) horizons.

In 2014, the company signed a research collaboration with Professor Sandro Olivo, and put in place a framework agreement for forthcoming cross-faculty research collaboration.

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Professor Oliver Heid, Head of Siemens Healthcare, Technology & Concept (left), and Professor Sandro Olivo, UCL Professor of Applied Physics in UCL's Medical Physics & Bioengineering Laboratory, 2014