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Professional development at the heart of Semi-Conductor cluster’s future growth.

Posted on 8 April 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

As the UK prepares for its gradual emergence from the pandemic, evidence suggests tech will continue to boom. The global emerging markets for 5G connectivity, electric vehicles, healthcare technologies, robotics and Artificial Intelligence are expected to drive demand for semiconductors to 2025 and beyond. Cardiff University is home to innovation in Compound Semiconductors (CS) –
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Breaking boundaries, building bridges

Posted on 22 March 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

A creative ‘toolbox’ for social science research and innovation is taking shape in the heart of Cardiff. Over the next few weeks, new labs are being fitted out inside Cardiff University’s £60m sbarc building. The future home of innovation will eventually host up to 400 academics and their collaborators. Here, Professor Chris Taylor, Director of SPARK – the world’s first Social Science Research Park – outlines why pooling expertise in bespoke places can shape society after Covid-19.   “We’re about to do something that’s never been done before. Bringing
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A New Innovation Agenda for Wales

Posted on 10 March 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

This has been a busy time for UK innovation policy with the latest announcement confirming plans for the creation of the Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA). The new £800 million scientific research agency draws its inspiration from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It is designed to be unbureaucratic, to “embrace failure” and
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Stacks of innovation 

Posted on 8 March 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Another milestone has been reached on Cardiff Innovation Campus with the installation of the final aluminium flue stacks on the roof of the Central Utility Building (CUB).  Part of the Translational Research Hub (TRH), the CUB contains plant rooms that will drive innovation across labs inside the building.  TRH will be home to two centres for world-leading science –
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Transforming eyecare services in Wales

Posted on 2 March 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

An innovative partnership to bring critical eyecare appointments closer to patient’s homes has helped to transform services in Wales. In December 2019, nearly 115,000 patients at risk of irreversible sight loss were waiting for a hospital eye appointment in Wales. Here, Cardiff University optometrist Sharon Beatty explains how High Street optometrists, clinicians and Welsh Government plan to reduce the burden on hospitals. “When an ageing population combines with the
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Investing in post-pandemic recovery

Posted on 19 February 2021 by Heath Jeffries

Cardiff’s Innovation Campus will be a magnet for post-pandemic recovery. Social science researchers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, professional advisers, academics and students will eventually create, test and incubate new initiatives and nurture partnerships in the sbarc | spark building. It will be home to SPARK – the world’s first Social Science Research Park – where specialists
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Illuminating breakthroughs   

Posted on 11 February 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

The trials of 2020 spurred scientists worldwide to overcome challenges. Despite restricted operating restrictions, experts at Cardiff University’s Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) ended the year by successfully demonstrating their ability to process multiple 6” compound semiconductor wafers on specification, and on time, to a customer. Here, ICS Director, Professor Peter Smowton, outlines the achievement.  “It’s a year that will live long in the memory. Bringing disruption and an adjustment to working patterns, the 2020 pandemic led to full closure of the ERDF-funded ICS from the end of March until July.  We gradually re-opened the
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Banking on innovation

Posted on 18 January 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

The Development Bank of Wales works with Cardiff University to turn research into products and processes that drive prosperity. Together, we share knowhow to nurture home-grown businesses. Here, Dr Nick Bourne, Cardiff University’s Head of Commercial Development and Dr Phil Barnes, Investment Executive in the Development Bank’s technology venture investments team, examine a long-standing partnership.
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Are you a future leader in AI and Robotics?

Posted on 11 January 2021 by Peter Rawlinson

Humans and Robots, Human-Like AI, Ethical and Explainable AI, Human-centred Technologies and Society… just a few of the futuristic themes on the menu at this year’s first annual conference event for the Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems (IROHMS). Here, its Director, Professor Rossi Setchi, outlines the exciting programme ahead. “The Future Leaders
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Rising to the challenge of 2020

Posted on 16 December 2020 by Peter Rawlinson

Despite the stark trials of 2020, innovation at Cardiff maintained continuity. Partnerships thrived, talented people secured funding and future innovation places headed skywards towards completion.   HEFCW’s Research Wales Innovation Fund provided welcome additional resources to support our spin-out pipeline and enterprise ecosystem, aligned to a refreshed strategy, The Way Forward – a guide to help the University play an active part in Wales’ post-COVID-19 renewal.  More students than ever before made enquiries about 1-2-1 business mentoring in 2020. SPARK – the Social
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