Westminster is an active participant in a range of EU funded initiatives, including:
DATASET2050: DDATA driven approach for a Seamless Efficient Travelling in 2050 analyses how the European transport supply profile (capacity, connections, business models, regulations, intermodality, processes, infrastructure) could adapt to the evolution of the demand profile (customers, demographics, passenger expectations, requirements). (Horizon 2020 Mobility for Growth)
Smart Eco Project is part of an EU-China collaborative research programme on the green economy. Researchers from the International Eco-Cities Initiative are participating in the three-year project (2015–18), benefiting from €1.1 million in funding from the ESRC on Smart Eco-Cities for a Green Economy: a Comparative Study of Europe and China. King’s College London are coordinating the project, in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the following institutions:
- University of Westminster, University of Plymouth, Cardiff University (UK)
- The Netherlands: TU Delft, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
- National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), University of Toulouse (France)
- Freiburg University (Germany)
- Renmin University of China, University of Nottingham in China (China)
ADAPT-r: Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training is training new researchers, increasing supervisory capacity, and creating partnerships with SMEs to provide real-world testing of the research and real-world training. (Marie Curie Initial Training Network)
Development of e-learning and distance learning in biomedical sciences in Southern Caucasus, which secured Westminster the International Collaboration of the Year Award from the Times Higher Education journal in 2012. (Tempus)
Monsoon Assemblages: A five-year interdisciplinary research project investigating the impacts of changing monsoon climates in three of South Asia’s rapidly growing cities, Chennai, Delhi and Dhaka. The project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
SESAR is the technological pillar of Europe’s ambitious Single European Sky initiative, coordinating most European R&D activities in air traffic management. It is one of the most innovative infrastructure projects launched by the EU, developing and deploying new technologies to meet the expected growth of aviation by 2035 and beyond, building Europe’s intelligent transport system, and connecting cities and citizens, whilst increasing safety and reducing the climate change impact of aviation. A key focus is better integration of industrial and exploratory research, as a ‘push-pull’ process.
Advanced Secure Cloud Encrypted Platform for Internationally Orchestrated Solutions is Healthcare (ASCLEPIOS) is an international collaboration to discover how the security of cloud-based healthcare services can be improved by developing mechanisms for protecting corporate and personal sensitive data. The project will receive a total sum of €4.8 million from the European Commission during the next three years. It brings together eleven corporate and academic partners from nine European countries, including Tampere University of Technology, Finland, University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany, and Institute of Communications and Computer Systems, Greece. The hospitals involved are University Hospital North Norway, Charité University Hospital Berlin and Academic Medical Centre of the University of Amsterdam, while the collaborating software and security partners include Greek company Ubitech and Cypriot company Suite5 Data Intelligence Solutions Limited.
POLYBIOSKIN is an international and interdisciplinary three-year research and development effort aiming to broaden the use of biopolymers in biomedical, cosmetic, and sanitary skin-contact applications. The project is coordinated by IRIS with 11 partners including Westminster. Harnessing the extraordinary antimicrobial, antioxidant, absorbency, and skin compatibility features of biopolymers and decoupling the production of exemplary high-volume products from the depletion of fossil resources by utilising primary as well as food waste biomass, the project aims to provide functionally improved, significantly more sustainable, and price-competitive everyday products, namely baby diapers, facial beauty masks, and non-woven tissue to be used in wound dressings. In addition, tailored biodegradability properties will make alternative end-of-life options such as organic recycling feasible for and drive the implementation of circular economy thinking in entire multi-billion euro product segments.
‘Cloudifacturing’, is an €8.7 million project, which will run until 2021. The platform will bring and progress advanced information and communications technology in the field of cloud-based modelling and simulation, data analytics for online factory data, and real-time support to European manufacturing SMEs. The project will aim at contributing to European and UK manufacturing SMEs’s competitiveness and resource efficiency via optimising production processes and productibility. The project will involve up to 60 European manufacturing SMEs and will develop over 20 cross-national application experiments based on the innovative technology it creates. The Westminster team has been led by Dr Tamas Kiss, with major contributions from Professor Gabor Terstyanszky, Dr Gabriele Pierantoni, Dr Antonis Michalas and Huseyin Dagdeviren from the Department of Computer Science in Westminster’s Faculty of Science and Technology.
The KnoWood Erasmus+ project aims to fulfil future demands in higher education including entrepreneurial approaches to teaching and learning, innovation, sustainability, transnational and trans-disciplinary understanding in sustainable high-rise timber buildings. The aim is to increase sustainable growing forestry, increase employment in the building and construction industry by the increase of sustainable timber components, reduce greenhouse gasses, create new innovative sustainable knowledge and courses in academia as well as creating worldwide affordable homes.
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