First Knowledge Transfer Account Project has begun

Following the launch of the University of Bath's Knowledge Transfer Account on 1 October 2009, a number of Knowledge Transfer Awards have been made.

The University was one of just 12 in the country to be chosen to receive a Knowledge Transfer grant from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of its Knowledge Transfer Accounts (KTA).  

Knowledge transfer is the mechanism for maximising the impact from EPSRC research at the University.

Among those to receive the award so far is Dr Eamonn O'Neill in the Department of Computer Science, who was awarded a six-month Knowledge Transfer Fellowship project with Vodafone. The project will investigate how to adopt the research outputs (know-how and novel techniques) from the 'Cityware project' in relation to methods for determining when mobile phone users are in proximity to each other.

Vodafone is investigating the potential to adopt the research outputs in order to develop new web services that intelligently sense and adapt to the user's environment. Dr James Mitchell, a post doctoral researcher who worked on the EPSRC Cityware project, will be seconded to Vodafone for six months to translate and embed the research outputs through experimental development.

Dr Jon Hunt, Project Director for the Knowledge Transfer Account, said: "I am very pleased that this project has been funded. It has high impact potential and is likely to lead to the adoption of EPSRC-funded research outputs by Vodaphone."

This award is the first of many from a strong portfolio of potential KTA projects, ranging from translational research & development with an emphasis on development, to the co-development of continuous professional development modules with and for businesses."

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