PN04:00 05 April 2000
£40 million to help information technology improve our lives
Have you ever despaired at the growing volume of information pouring in through your e-mail, or been frustrated at having to sit in front of that grey box on your desk? Then help may soon be at hand. Five new Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations (IRCs) are being established, with funding of over £40 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). All five centres intend to carry out research that will mean we can all benefit from rapid advances in information technology- whether in hospitals, in businesses or in our own homes.
Four of the new IRCs, funded in full by EPSRC, will tackle issues such as embedding computers into everyday objects and environments; improving knowledge management to prevent information overload; developing ultra fast communications using optical technology; and improving the safety, security and reliability of complex systems that involve computers, people and organisations.
The fifth, led by Professor Mike Brady at the University of Oxford, and jointly funded by EPSRC and MRC, will examine how to transform medical images and data into useable clinical information.
The new IRCs will bring together respected researchers from different scientific and technical backgrounds to undertake major, six-year, IT-based research programmes in collaboration with industry. Twenty universities and around 45 companies are involved in the new IRCs.
Notes for Editors
- Advanced knowledge management
Professor Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton Tel: 023 8059 2388
- Dependability of computer-based systems
Professor Cliff Jones, University of Newcastle, Tel: 0191 222 8183
- Equator Technological innovation in physical and digital life
Professor Tom Rodden, University of Lancaster, Tel: 01524 593823
- Ultra fast photonics for data communications above terabit speeds
Professor Wilson Sibbett, University of St Andrews, Tel: 01334 463100
- From medical images and signals to clinical information
Professor Mike Brady, University of Oxford, Tel: 01865 273158
For further information:
Nigel Birch, Associate Programme Manager, Technology, EPSRC on
01793-444030; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rosalind Darby, Communication Manager, EPSRC on 01793 444313; Email: email@example.com