The Open University and e2v, a leading developer and manufacturer of specialised components and sub-systems have announced a collaboration to open the e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI) at The Open University’s Milton Keynes campus.
The centre will be dedicated to the research and development of advanced technologies for electronic image sensing and provide knowledge exchange between the UK technology industry and the academic world.
The collaboration will see The Open University and e2v investing £3m in the UK knowledge economy over five years in new research activity through the e2v CEI.
e2v is a world leader in the design and supply of image sensors to organisations such as NASA (e.g. for the 2009 upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope), whilst The Open University’s Planetary and Space Science Research Institute (PSSRI) is a world leader in the development of instrumentation for Space Science, (e.g. lead the Beagle-2 lander and lead group for the Surface Science package on the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe). The joint research centre (CEI) will focus on the development of technology opportunities in space and terrestrial imaging, with plans to extend to the scope to health and environmental applications.
Professor Brigid Heywood, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise said “The Open University is a world leader in using innovative technologies to deliver high quality education, and educational research. We embrace the opportunity to work with organisations like e2v who are world leaders and committed to advancements in technology and knowledge exchange.”
Andrew Holland, Professor of Electro-Optics with The Open University says the collaboration will provide long-term benefits to science, training and the creation of world leading intellectual property. “Both academic research and the development of industrial technology require highly skilled researchers with a thorough understanding of the needs of industry. The e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging will provide an avenue for doctoral students and research staff to explore routes to industrial advancements for business sustainability, and technological break throughs in science and medicine,” Holland said.
Trevor Cross, Chief Technology Officer at e2v said “We are very excited about this collaboration with The Open University. This new phase in the development of the e2v CEI, originally located at Brunel University, will see it take a significant step forward in supporting research to benefit knowledge exchange and industry advancement”.
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