The MATRIX website is home to the latest Northern Ireland science & technology news, the most relevant reports and of course our own studies on Northern Ireland’s tech sectors and how best to grow them.

LIOPA secures Innovate UK funding to develop AI communications aid

May 1st, 2019|Comments Off on LIOPA secures Innovate UK funding to develop AI communications aid

Belfast AI spin out LIOPA has secured Innovate UK Funding, along with partners Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Queen’s University of Belfast. They will deploy a communications aid for tracheostomy patients, aimed at improving patient engagement and autonomy. Liopa, a spin out of the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) has announced that [...]



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The MATRIX panel commissions research, analysis and studies, to help DfE build the evidence base for future science and R&D policies within wider innovation policy.

The MATRIX panel advises in three main areas:

  • Key R&D and science & technology issues affecting business innovation

  • The emerging strategic technology priorities impacting on Northern Ireland’s economy

  • The promotion of a culture of innovation and the importance of R&D and science & technology in the future, particularly with business and in regard to commercial exploitation activities.

Find out more about what MATRIX does


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 interim Chair is Dr. Rob Grundy. Other panel members include Gavin Campbell, Professor Jim McLaughlin OBE, Cathy Gormley-Heenan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact) at Ulster University and Bombardier’s Gavin Campbell.

Find out more about the panel


This library is a collection of MATRIX reports and documents that the MATRIX panel and secretariat have used in their research. The most recent additions to the library are here – if you want to see the full collection, arranged by topic, please visit the library section.


A compendium of innovation methods

This compendium brings together some of Nesta's innovation experience over the years. Each section gives a simple introduction to the method and describes Nesta’s work in relation to it. In each case they have also provided a link to further relevant resources and inspiration on their website.


The Four Futures of Work

The Four Futures of Work Most studies on the future of work have focussed on the impact of technology on job [...]


Data science, artificial intelligence and the futures of work

This document presents a review of existing literature on the future of work. This review has been commissioned by The Alan Turing Institute to inform the Turing research strategy aiming to further data science and artificial intelligence (AI) research to address real-world problems.



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.


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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