Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) at The University of Essex is a national scheme, part-funding a collaboration between businesses and the University, designed to improve competitiveness, productivity and performance.
KTPs can address a specific strategic issue in your business, including the development of a new product or improving a business process. The scheme works by the University of Essex working closely with a business to identify the right team for the project. Then the University and the business will recruit a high-calibre postgraduate to be based at the company as a research associate to manage the project.
The scheme is sponsored by Innovate UK, research councils and a number of other bodies. It is hoped by 2018 that Essex researchers will reach the top 3 for number of KTPs in the UK.
The University of Essex recently celebrated being in the top five in the UK for developing technology-driven business partnerships at a special event at Wivenhoe House, attended by innovative companies in Essex, Suffolk and London.
The companies attending included leading global businesses BT, Flt Woods, LPA Connection Systems and Leonardo, alongside technology-driven SMEs like Above Surveying, Objective IT, Profusion and Aber Electronics.
Data scientist Robert Komara, based at software development company Objective IT in Chelmsford, was named Best KTP Associate at the event.
Head of Analytics Robert Komara said: Objective IT and I created a growing analytics team, delivering bespoke machine-learning driven solutions and state-of-the-art reporting for all of our clients.
The partnership with the University of Essex is an outstanding example of how KTPd can further innovation.
Dr Spyros Samothrakis, from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, won the award for Best KTP Academic for his work on multiple projects and on artificial intelligence (AI). Dr Samothrakis is helping to apply AI in projects, ranging from financial technology and healthcare to marketing. He is also the academic supporting Komara at Objective IT.
KTP projects can last between 12 and 36 months and is part-funded by a grant from Innovate UK. For more information about KTPs in Essex, please click here.
Objective IT is a leading software development company based in Chelmsford, Essex and serving clients throughout the UK. Specialising in building forward-thinking bespoke software, cross-platform mobile and tablet apps, Objective has remained a respected Microsoft Partner since 1992.
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