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Professor Gary Hawley, Katja Haferburg and Professor Peter Johnson
Professor Gary Hawley, Katja Haferburg and Professor Peter Johnson

Internal News - 12 December 2007

Project aimed at bridging gap between engineering, computing and maths holds important event

The first major event of a UK programme to bridge the gap between researchers in engineering, computer science and mathematics will take place tomorrow at the University of Bath, with representatives of 10 universities attending.

The “Bridging the Gaps” programme is funded by the EPSRC to establish new research collaborations to work on significant research problems that cut across discipline boundaries. The University of Bath’s part in this - called the “Interactive Ideas Factory” project - is at the forefront of the EPSRC project.

This has already brought researchers from the departments of Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering at Bath together and new partnerships with Mathematical Sciences and other engineering disciplines are also forming.

Regular networking activities and the introduction of funding schemes have increased the level of research collaboration among members of these departments. Two PhD-studentships for working on research problems that cross discipline boundaries and an ‘Ideas Factory’ wiki have been set up.

On Thursday academics from the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh Heriot-Watt, Keele, Nottingham, Sheffield, Strathclyde, York, and University College London, as well as staff from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will meet in Bath. This is the first UK meeting of all the universities funded under the EPSRC programme.

This event is organised by the Bath investigators Professor Gary Hawley, of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Professor Peter Johnson, of the Department of Computer Science, as well as Katja Haferburg, the project’s research co-ordinator.

“Next year we will further develop our activities at Bath by bringing together researchers from different departments in a number of research themes,” said Ms Haferburg. “The aim is to identify routes to solutions to significant research problems, with the best winning some pump-priming money.”

More information on the project website see Related Links.

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