Research centre in CITE

A centre designed to help east Midlands companies exploit cutting-edge intelligent systems and pervasive computing research has been launched at Nottingham Trent University.

The Centre for Innovation and Technology Exploitation (CITE) will give access to prototype technology developed at the university to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the region, which could go on to develop and use it.

CITE was supported by Nottingham Science City, and made possible with more than £340,000 funding from East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and Nottingham Trent University. The aim is for academics and companies to work together to see how research can be tailored and developed for organisations’ individual needs.

Researchers are working on a variety of projects, including voice recognition systems capable of identifying and understanding a person’s speech pattern over a wireless computer network or mobile phone link, and eye gaze technology which allows computers to automatically sense where on a PC screen a person is looking. They are also looking at developing robust biometric recognition systems as well as incorporating location-aware GPS technology into personal digital assistants.

Dr Tony Allen, CITE manager, within the school of science and technology, said the research going on within the centre could be put to a multitude of uses which could hugely benefit SMEs across the east Midlands.

Supported by the university’s business, innovation and creation unit, Allen identified the need for the new centre as part of his Medici Fellowship, a Midlands-based two year programme designed to foster a climate of entrepreneurship in universities. The Medici Fellowship aims to help deliver a cultural change that will boost commercial awareness, create a more enterprising culture, and support technology transfer within institutions.