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CENSIS sensor innovation centre makes itself at home in Scotland

Dave Clark - CENSIS Interim CEO

Dave Clark, CENSIS Interim CEO

Scotland will be the home for a new Sensor Systems Innovation Centre, dubbed CENSIS.

Sited in Glasgow, the new £10 million “innovation hub” was launched last week by Fergus Ewing, MSP Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism. It will aim to bring together Scottish universities with industry partners, encouraging large-scale collaboration.

Heriot Wat, one of the universities involved, reports:

CENSIS will exploit the commercial potential of Sensor and Imaging Systems (SIS) technology and support the generation of future significant economic growth for Scotland in this technology area. There are already around 140 companies working in SIS in Scotland, contributing around £2.5 billion per year to the Scottish economy.

CENSIS was developed following the principle of Scottish Enterprise’s ‘Sensor Systems Framework for Action’, launched at the same event. CENSIS is the first major initiative in the sensors area between universities, companies and their customers during early stages of new product development. This SE initiative highlights many areas where the public and private sectors can work together to strengthen and grow the company and research base in Scotland.

The university says CENSIS is expected to deliver 150 collaborative research and development projects, and bring new products to market, within its initial 5-year funding period.

The full list of universities involved is:

  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Robert Gordon University
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Strathclyde
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Heriot Watt University
  • University of St. Andrews

“SFC’s £10 million investment in innovation for sensor and imaging technology will help solve technological challenges in medical diagnostics, drug discovery, intelligent transport systems, environmental monitoring and superfast broadband,” said Laurence Howells, Interim Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council.

“The innovation created by universities and industry working together will create new high-tech jobs in Scotland and help transform our economy.”

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