Defence firms win gold star for design

Defence firms win gold star for design
Roy Rubenstein More effective ways of designing products is one example of eight defence and aerospace partnerships that has won accreditation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). While there is no direct funding from the DTI, gaining future funding for the winners is likely to be made easier. “The accreditation indicates that we have worked successfully in a team with industrial partners and could be used in future when applying for UK or European funding,” said Ken Wallage of the University of Cambridge. “It is almost a kite mark.” Cambridge is working on the product design project with the Universities of Sheffield and Southampton as well as British Aerospace (BAe) and Rolls-Royce. “At Cambridge we are finding ways of retaining knowledge and experience,” said Wallage. Sheffield’s contribution is developing ways for more effective team working using work psychology, while Southampton is looking at technology to solve a particular aerospace problem. Funding has come from the industrial partners who have together put up ?1.5m. Among the other winners are a partnership for research into high integrity real time systems, lead by the University of York with BAe, GEC, Rolls-Royce and DERA. Another is lead by BAe and is looking into data and sensor fusion


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