Business meeting

Science @ Strathclyde Business Breakfast

  • Thurs

    Data Analytics for Manufacturing


    Time: 8:15am

    Venue: Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde,  Inchinnan  

    Hear from industry experts and other manufacturing businesses on how data analysis can drive quality improvement and productivity gains. Share experiences, challenges and aspirations while networking with like-minded people.

    A breakfast workshop with the University of Strathclyde's Faculty of Science and Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and high performance computing experts, OCF Data. 

    Programme includes presentations by:

    • Paul Jose, Operational Excellence Manager, Scottish Leather Group Ltd
    • Professor Cliff Brereton, Director of OCF Data Ltd
    • Professor Michael Ward, Technical Director at AFRC
    • Dr Andrew Parrott, Research Associate at Centre for Process Analytics and Control Technology (CPACT).


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  • Thurs

    Physics Business Breakfast - Knowledge Transfer: A Physics Perspective

    The University of Strathclyde’s Department of Physics hosted a very successful Business Breakfast on 20th June. The Department is home to Scotland’s second oldest University spin-out company IBH, now part of the world brand of the Horiba Group. Many further successful spin-outs have followed. At the event they showcased different options and pathways for Knowledge Transfer.

    We welcomed 3 partners who presented at the event:

    Dr Derek Peden, Innovations Manager at Design LED Products.

    Design LED is an internationally regarded LED lighting technology SME based in Livingston. Design LED holds 63 granted and 13 pending patents across 14 families, covering 12 territories including US, EU, Taiwan and China and owns 6 registered designs in Europe. Derek leads the delivery of the company's R&D and Innovation projects, he also manages the company's IP development and coordinates IPR protection. Derek joined Design LED in 2009 in Applications Engineering. He was 7 years in Honeywell¹s Sensing and Control division in Product Engineering roles in the UK and Germany and he was a Higher Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Derek is an Innovation Champion at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and is on the Board of Stakeholders of the Photonics21 PPP. He has a PhD in Applied Physics and BSc in Laser Physics and Optoelectronics, both from the University of Strathclyde.

    Andrew Kinnear, Business Development Officer at the West of Scotland KTP Centre.

    KTPs are a UK-wide programme that have been helping businesses for the past 40 years to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. A KTP serves to meet a core strategic need and identify innovative solutions to help that business grow. As Business Development Officer, it is Andrew's role to help companies and knowledge bases come together to collaborate and build successful partnerships through KTP.

    Richard Patrick, Head of Business Development at TMD Technologies Ltd.

    With over 30 years experience in the field of high power microwave amplifiers, high reliability electronics and vacuum devices, Richard is a graduate engineering scientist from Reading University and has been closely involved in developing TMD's Transmitter business from its inception. Richard became TMD’s Equipment Division Manager in 1998, a post he held for 10 years growing the business from a turnover of less than £5m to over £20m. During this period TMD won two Queen’s Awards for products developed under Richard’s leadership. Richard’s work has also recently included winning over £2m in Innovate UK Grants for work to develop novel Quantum products and securing two Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects for the company with two different universities.

    Presentations are available to download:


  • Tue

    Computer & Information Sciences Business Breakfast - Machine Learning in Digital Health : Realising the Hype

    This event was hosted by Professor George Crooks OBE, CEO of the Digital Health & Care InstituteProfessor Crawford Revie of the Department of Computer & Information Sciences introduced the speakers who were:

    Dr David Lowe, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Co Director of EmQuire the QEUH ED Research Group. He leads a portfolio of projects centred on unscheduled care and specifically data, devices and decisions. His research focuses on decision-making within acute care and the interface between data, the clinician and the patient. He is co-developing novel app based solutions in range of conditions including trauma, COPD and chest pain to support and enhance clinical decision-making and operational efficiency. Machine Learning work includes hospital flow management, imaging and risk stratification funded by InnovateUK, ScotGov and Industry.

    David Spurway is the primary evangelist and CTO for IBM Power Systems in the UK and Ireland. As a member of the IBM Systems Channel Team and Technical Consultancy Group, David works with customers at all levels to resolve their challenges. David has been working in the IT industry for 23 years, in a range of different roles and positions. He regularly presents at events, discussing all things to do with IBM Power Systems, including AI, Cloud, Modern Data Platform, AIX, IBM i, Linux and more. With the occasional unexpected LEGO element and/or superhero turning up as needed! Title of his talk was... “What do Google and my Daughter Use for Machine Learning? POWER9!

    Remember when the IBM Watson cluster beat Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter at Jeopardy? Good, because explaining Jeopardy is hard! What you might not know is that Google were in the audience watching, and came to IBM afterwards with a proposition. From there, the OpenPOWER Foundation was formed, which started as a partnership between IBM, Google, NVIDIA, Mellanox and Tyan and now has over 330 members. David discussed what Google have done since then.  But, what has this got to do with my daughter, Elizabeth and her love of dogs? Using some of the solution components that have come from the OpenPOWER Foundation, she was able to expand on an existing Machine Learning model and teach an IBM Power System to identify a Dachshund. 

    Presentations are available to download: