Sensor and imaging systems R&D centre for University of Glasgow

April 23, 2013 // By Paul Buckley
The University of Glasgow has received funding to create a leading-edge sensor and imaging systems centre; the Scottish Funding Council has pledged £10m to support the Innovation Centre – Sensor and Imaging Systems (IC-SIS).

The funding will be available for the next five years and IC-SIS will engage in industrially collaborative projects to develop new technologies and form links with industry to bring innovative products to market. Eleven other Scottish universities and 22 industry partners are supporting IC-SIS from the outset.

The IC-SIS is one of three newly-announced Innovation Centres  - the others are the University of Glasgow’s Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre and the University of Edinburgh’s Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre.

IC-SIS will deliver 150 collaborative research and development projects and bring new products to market over the course of its initial funding period.  Economic projections suggest an investment of £10m from SFC will encourage industry to invest in innovation; the work of the Centre could add between £374m and £596m to the Scottish economy.

IC-SIS will build on the University of Glasgow’s existing expertise in the field, and will advance the successful work of the Scottish Sensor Systems Centre (S3C), a collaborative programme funded by SFC and led by the Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen, to support small scale collaborative projects between academia and industry in sensors and sensor systems.

IC-SIS has received industrial support from large multinationals including Freescale, Texas Instruments, IBM, SELEX ES, ST Microelectronics, Thales Optronics, BAE Systems, BP, and FMC Technologies. Other confirmed industry partners include Scottish and Southern Energy, and Scottish Water, as well as globally leading companies Optos and Toshiba Medical, and high-technology Scottish SMEs Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd.

IC-SIS will employ 12 staff by the end of year one of its operation, reaching 27 after five years, excluding academic staff.

Collaborating on the IC-SIS project with the University of Glasgow are the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Highlands and Islands, Stirling, Strathclyde, West of Scotland, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot Watt, and Robert Gordon Universities.

Other organisations lending their support include the British Geological Survey and a number of Scottish Research