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  • Catalyst Inc to lead out new Advanced Manufacturing centre in Derry

    The SEUPB has announced that funding of €8.5 million from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme has been offered to Catalyst Inc for the creation of a new cross-border ‘super cluster’ within the Health & Life Sciences business sector. The project is called the ‘North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing’, and [...]

  • CSIT Secures Major R & D Investment from Invest NI

    Invest Northern Ireland has announced major investment in The Centre for Secure Information technologies (CSIT) which will generate further growth of the cyber security sector in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is the number one location in the world for cyber security inward investment (FT fDI Markets 2013-16) and the number one global destination [...]

  • CBRE puts Belfast in Top 25 Creative Regions

    Belfast is a major tech and creative talent city and a leading UK creative talent market, according to a report by CBRE. "Creative Regions" is a new CBRE report, showcasing the Top 25 Regional Creative locations in the UK [outside of London]. The ranking was calculated through a weighted analysis [...]

  • BBC Northern Ireland signs new innovation and collaboration agreement with local Universities

    A new agreement between BBC Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University aims to support the latest research and stimulate innovation for cutting edge broadcasting. A number of joint projects are planned which will help enhance and develop media technologies through applied research. They will enable new concepts and techniques to [...]

  • Ulster University’s connected health research recognised at global competition

    Ulster University, in collaboration with leading international medical companies including Intelesens, has been recognised at a global competition designed to uncover an innovative technological solution to diagnose some of the world’s most pressing health problems. The $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition, which took place over three and a half years, [...]

  • ICE Northern Ireland explores digital transformation of the built environment

    The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has formed a group of industry leaders to digitally transform the built environment in Northern Ireland. The group will focus on the themes of the Digital Catapult, focusing on new ways to work with personal data, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cyber security and immersive [...]

MATRIX, the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, is a business led expert panel, formed primarily to advise government, industry and academia on the commercial exploitation of R&D and science and technology in Northern Ireland.

We produce regular, in depth reports which outline the work, findings and recommendations of our specialist panels. These reports are an invaluable resource for anyone interested in how new technologies and market opportunities can be developed within the Northern Ireland economy and beyond.

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Our role

We advise government, industry and academia on the potential for commercial exploitation of R&D and science & technology for the Northern Ireland economy.

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Our recommendations have influenced the development of key strategies such as the Programme for Government and the Northern Ireland Innovation Strategy.

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We work in partnership with a wide range of professional organisations, all working together to help build a sustainable economy in Northern Ireland.

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We first highlighted the importance of innovation, research and development in Northern Ireland’s STEM industries in 2008 and we’ve been promoting it ever since.

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The latest publication of the Northern Ireland Innovation Dashboard

A summary of Northern Ireland’s innovation performance....

....across six key innovation indicators.

The most up to date statistics...

...showing progress against the four goals of the Northern Ireland Innovation Strategy.

The Northern Ireland Executive has set an ambitious target.....

They want us to be in the top four of the 12 UK regions by 2025.

Increasing our R&D Spend....

Doubling our baseline figure of £616m in 2012 to £1.2bn in 2025.

Increasing the number of jobs in the Knowledge Economy....

....from 35,777 to 58,000 by the year 2025.

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We have a main panel of twelve business and academic leaders, supported by a small secretariat team based in the Department for the Economy. The panel is chaired by Brian Keating, Managing Partner of CIP Partnership and visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Ulster, while the Deputy Chairs are Norman Apsley, Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Science Park and Dr. Rob Hardeman. Other panel members include Professor Jim McLaughlin OBE, Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact) at Ulster University and Bombardier’s Gavin Campbell.

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MATRIX has a robust programme of work in place, from our main Horizon panel reports to smaller reports and ‘thought pieces’ for government and strategic bodies. We are currently working on two Horizon reports and developing a library of reports that we have produced and others that the panel and secretariat have selected from other bodies.

The 2016 AMME Report

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Creative Technology

Creative Technology

Matrix is about to embark on a short study into the interface between technology and creativity, following one of the supporting recommendations from the 2016 Digital ICT report.

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AMME 2016 Report

Our Advanced Manufacturing, Materials & Engineering (AMME) report was launched on the 29th November and represents our most comprehensive report on AMME in NI to date.

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Catalyst Inc to lead out new Advanced Manufacturing centre in Derry

May 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

The SEUPB has announced that funding of €8.5 million from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme has been offered to Catalyst Inc for the creation of a new cross-border ‘super cluster’ within the Health & Life [...]

CSIT Secures Major R & D Investment from Invest NI

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Invest Northern Ireland has announced major investment in The Centre for Secure Information technologies (CSIT) which will generate further growth of the cyber security sector in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is the number one location in the world [...]

CBRE puts Belfast in Top 25 Creative Regions

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Belfast is a major tech and creative talent city and a leading UK creative talent market, according to a report by CBRE. "Creative Regions" is a new CBRE report, showcasing the Top 25 Regional Creative [...]

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The Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) connects public sector challenges with innovative ideas from industry, supporting companies to generate economic growth and enabling improvement in achieving government objectives.

SBRI provides innovative solutions to challenges faced by the public sector and generates new business opportunities for companies, providing SMEs with a route to market for their ideas and bridging the seed funding gap experienced by many early stage companies. It supports economic growth and enables the development of innovative products and services through the public procurement of research and development (R&D).

All of the current and forthcoming funding competitions run by Innovate UK are published on the GOV.UK website.

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Upcoming events

Jun
3
Sat
Hack the Pain @ Queens University Computer Science Building
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Hack the Pain @ Queens University Computer Science Building | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom

Developing a condition with chronic pain is life changing. It affects people’s ability to work, their home life, and their ability to take part in leisure activities. It is estimated that 1 in 5 or 400,000 people could be affected by long term pain in Northern Ireland. Many people struggle to get effective diagnosis and many treatments aren’t effective. People with chronic pain want to manage their condition themselves but they cite a key barrier as a lack of information and advice after initial diagnosis.

The Innovation Lab in the Department of Finance and the Department for the Economy are organising a hack to develop new solutions to this challenge. How can we help people manage their long term pain using digital platforms? How can we make sure that people know about the best treatments and services for their pain? How can information be personalised so that individuals are getting the best advice? We’re looking to connect people experiencing pain, service providers, and the technology community.

The winning solution will be hosted and made available to the public on NI Direct.

The hack will take place at Queen’s University in Belfast on the 3rd June, with prizes for the winning solution on the day.

If a solution isn’t finished the aim is to form a group of interested developers and take the opportunity to develop it further in Farset Labs in the following weeks. The desire of this hack is to develop a solution under an open source license that can then be developed upon by volunteers. As it stands the team or individual that may way the prize can walk away at the end of Saturday if they wish – there is no long term commitment. We are specifically encouraging the use of a BSD license so that if people wish to fork and productise their project they are free to do so.

This is an opportunity to create a new solution for a social need in Northern Ireland. It’s the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.

Jun
13
Tue
Seagate Pitstop – Digital Manufacturing @ Seagate
Jun 13 – Jun 14 all-day
Seagate Pitstop - Digital Manufacturing @ Seagate | Northern Ireland | United Kingdom

Applications are now open for small and medium sized companies, academics and experts interested in developing innovative solutions to assist with digital manufacturing. Applications close 05 May 2017.

The Pit Stop will take place 13th June 18 12:00-19:00 and 14th June 09:00-17:00 at the Seagate Technology (Ireland) Springtown Facility and City Hotel in Derry, Northern Ireland.

Background

The Pit Stop is a highly focused open innovation activity designed to accelerate the growth of new ideas – the Seagate Pit Stop focuses specifically on digital manufacturing. This Pit Stop will be of value to companies working with a range of technologies including Artificial Intelligence; IoT; data visualisation, data infrastructure; and modelling and simulation. You’ll get the chance to explore specific challenges within the Seagate manufacturing process and discuss potential solutions with Seagate and industry experts.

Watch a video here to find out about previous Pit Stops.

Seagate Technology (Ireland) Pit Stop: Digital Manufacturing  

The aim of the Seagate Pit Stop is to identify challenges and opportunities for optimising tooling performance, process efficiency and product quality in the context of Seagate’s HDD ‘read/write’ head manufacturing.

The Seagate atomic scale read/write head manufacturing processes require high value tooling to perform over 1500 unique process steps involving critical dimensions 1/1000th the size of a grain of salt.

Seagate collects a comprehensive amount of manufacturing data, including Terrabytes of tool sensor and process data totalling over 1.5PB stored at the facility and archived for up to 7 years. A major challenge has been trying to understand the performance of their fleet of 500+ tools in terms of comparative performance and impact on downstream product quality.

Examples of tool performance challenges that impact Seagate business metrics include:

  • Yield – Challenges in detecting and controling processes critical to end product quality results in scrap of end products
  • Quality – Inability to measure product quality throughout manufacturing processes results in risk to scrap of end products
  • Cycletime – Impact of tool performance issues on production schedules
  • Capital Utilization – Limited understanding of the causes leading to differences in tool performance prevents a more proactive approach to Predictive Maintenance

What to expect

Pit Stop participants will collaborate with Seagate, experts and other innovators to:

  • Develop a common understanding of Seagate challenges within the context of Digital Manufacturing
  • Identify areas where solutions could positively impact manufacturing tooling performance, process efficiencies or end product quality
  • Explore how solutions could be integrated into Seagate manufacturing operations

Successful proposals submitted after the Pit Stop may lead to direct procurement or collaborative applications with Seagate for development funding via Invest Northern Ireland or Innovate UK.

Who should apply?

Innovators experienced in developing solutions, with expertise in all or some the following areas:

  • Advanced multi-variate anomaly detection
  • Real time asset condition monitoring and predictive maintenance
  • Modelling and simulation of processes and asset behaviour
  • Data visualisation
  • Data infrastructure
  • IoT enabled data generation

If you are working within these areas and think you can contribute to the development of scaleable Digital Manufacturing solutions for Seagate, please apply for the Pit Stop at https://www.digitalcatapultcentre.org.uk/open-calls/seagate-pitstop/

Date, times and location

The closing date to apply for this Pit Stop is midnight on Friday 05 May 2017.

Those interested to take part must complete the short application form below. Places will be allocated to those with the most appropriate skills, expertise, services and products in line with the Open Call. The aim is to respond to all applications within 14 days of the Open Call closing.

The Pit Stop will take place 13th June 18 12:00-19:00 and 14th June 09:00-17:00 at the Seagate Technology (Ireland) Springtown Facility and City Hotel in Derry, Northern Ireland.

About Seagate Technology PLC

Seagate PLC is the global leader in data storage solutions and the Springown, Northern Ireland facility sits at the heart of the US$25B worldwide data storage industry.

This high tech nanotechnology manufacturing facility, one of only 5 such facilities of it’s type in the world, focuses on the manufacturing of read/write heads, a key hardware component of the Hard Disc Drive (HDD).

Provisional Agenda

Tuesday 13th June

1200 – Seagate Facility Tour (Optional)

1500 – Registration Starts

1900 – Close

Wednesday 14th June

0900- Arrivals

0915 – Start

1600 – Sessions Finish

1800 – Networking Close