We launched on 1st April 2014 with sponsorship of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which recognised our contribution to the key strategic areas of research and development in the UK for the next 10 years. Furthermore, Horizon 2020 explicitly spells out ICT and Manufacturing as key industrial technologies. Our first cohort started in Autumn 2014.
Our Centre's remit has an impact on industrial sectors as diverse as logistics, metrology, food, automotive, oil & gas, chemistry, or robotics. In addition, our world (homes, transport, workplaces, supplies of food, utilities, leisure or healthcare) is constantly seeking for interactive technologies and enhanced functionalities, and we will rely on individuals who can translate technologies for the end-user.
Loughborough University host the Centre, building on the strong track-record in electronics design and manufacturing, systems integration and services. They are partnered by Heriot-Watt University, providing know-how in sensor design and specification and information management. More than 20 industrial partners support the Centre and there are opportunities to establish new collaborations.
The uniqueness of the CDT-EI resides on the capability to innovatively address a myriad of Embedded Intelligence challenges posed by technical needs ranging from the EI supply chain: the design stage, through manufacturing of embedded or on-bedded devices, to the software behind data collection, as well as integrative technologies, to finally the requirements from end-users.
Our cores areas of expertise and interests are; autonomous products, functional materials with high performance connected systems, data-to-knowledge solutions, and engineering for industry, life and health.