Edge Hill University computing scholars win £180,000 grant

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Submitted by Edge Hill University

Edge Hill University IT scholars have secured over £180,000 in government-backed funding to boost new product development and business performance at a leading enterprise IT solutions provider.

The university’s computer science department has partnered with Preston-based Synergy Technology to use artificial intelligence to improve order specification and quoting software in manufacturing operations and supply chains. very complex supplies.

The partnership received a grant of £188,525 through Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme.

The data-driven technology development project will create and embed new cutting-edge artificial intelligence machine learning insights and capabilities within the company, which will significantly improve the performance of the technology products they produce. .

The partnership will also employ a new IT graduate associate who will work for Synergy during the 30-month project.

The new full-time graduate KTP Associate will play a critical role in supporting the development of the new cloud-based application and its successful implementation within the organization.

Professor Marcello Trovati

Computer science professor Marcello Trovati is the knowledge base supervisor on the project:

“This is a highly innovative project focused on cutting-edge cloud technology, data science and artificial intelligence. Its implications will be significant, not only for Synergy and the University, but also for the research communities. national and international markets. We will work together to introduce new technology and business value, as well as to create new shareable knowledge.

Synergy first engaged with the University’s Center for SME Productivity and Innovation to assess the technological feasibility and commercial viability of the product, in the context of the company’s growth strategy.

Professor Simon Bolton

Professor Simon Bolton, Associate Dean and Director of SME PIC at the University, said:

“We are delighted to continue supporting Synergy in its scaling strategy through the KTP program. The grant will not only enrich the company’s technical expertise and capabilities, but will develop a product that will lead to a significant competitive advantage. Valuable insights from the project will also inform the University’s research and teaching priorities.

Managing Director, Tony Poole

Synergy Managing Director Tony Poole began working with the University in 2021 when the company entered into the main Innovation Sprint program of the SME Productivity & Innovation Center (PIC).

The KTP is a continuation of the execution of the scaling strategy developed during the program.

Tony said:

“The KTP with Edge Hill is a vital partnership to help support the strategic growth of our business. Along with new areas of technological innovation, the KTP will provide us with the opportunity to develop our people, create highly skilled jobs and open up new routes to market. Working alongside the academic team in the Department of Computer Science, we look forward to beginning the next phase of our scaling journey. »

The project must begin as soon as the partnership associate is appointed.

Details of the new Technical Associate opportunity and how to apply are now available on the website here.

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