University strengthens partnership with computing innovation centre

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The FINANCIAL — The University of Liverpool has launched a partnership with computing innovation centre, Hartree, to continue to build on research with Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC).

The Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), which is based in Daresbury, was established with a remit to support the Northwest aerospace sector and wider industry by providing a focal point for leading and emergent virtual engineering technology, research and expertise.

One of VEC’s main industry partners is the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre which collaborates with industrial clients and research partners on projects that enable them to produce better outcomes, products and services, according to the University of Liverpool.

Optimistic celebration

Whilst visiting the VEC the Vice Chancellor signed an MOU, which aims to broaden the scope of the collaboration with the Hartree Centre, and creates a framework for achieving this.

The event was chaired by Professor Susan Smith, Head of STFC Daresbury Laboratory, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Professor Beer.

This was the Vice-Chancellor’s first visit to the VEC, the aim of which was for the centre to highlight its work with partners such as Bentley Motors, Thales UK, BAE Systems, Unilever and Hitachi Rail who were also in attendance.

The event highlighted the successes of bringing together the excellence of the academic research base with the scientific infrastructure of the region.

Outstanding researchers

Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Professor Ken Badcock, said: “The event was a fitting and optimistic celebration of the importance and achievements of the partnership between the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre and the Hartree Centre.

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“The innovation that our outstanding researchers, in fields such as autonomous systems and human factors, have brought to companies such as BAE Systems and Bentley Motors was illustrated.

“I look forward to the influence of this key partnership growing for the benefit of the University’s research, the impact of the Hartree Centre and the practices of industry in the North West and beyond.’


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