Category Archives: Business & Academic Collaborations

Why maths helps solve tomorrow’s big challenges

Mathematics

By Angela Mathis, Chief Executive, ThinkTank Maths Limited.

Angela Mathis

The challenges humanity faces, of which many are due to the ever-increasing population on the planet and our relentless demands on natural resources – energy, water, food, or our desire in greater numbers to travel faster and further, means we must find solutions urgently that address the vast levels of complexity they pose. Continue reading

Cereal innovators grow Hebridean barley

Isle of Raasay Distillery

Isle of Raasay Distillery

By Rhiannon Merritt, Business Engagement Executive, Interface

No two days are the same in my job; last month I found myself standing in a field of barley on the picturesque island of Raasay – in the torrential rain – wearing a dress and blazer! Continue reading

How refining data cracks hydrocarbon problems

Ball
John McCall, Professor of Computing Science and Director of the Smart Data Technologies Centre, Robert Gordon University

Writing as someone who has spent his academic career studying problem-solving techniques, it is always interesting and rewarding to have real-world problems to solve. A recent project with Intertek is a nice example. Intertek provide a range of chemometric and analytic testing services to the hydrocarbon processing industry. This means they frequently look at large datasets from complex processes, like refineries, and so need appropriate tools to analyse them. Continue reading

Summer’s here!

By Siobhán Jordan, Director, Interface

As I write this, the rain drips down incessantly and peering at the grey sky fails to give me any hope of a ray of sunshine today.  Slugs and snails are enjoying tasty feasts in my garden and my attempts at improving my golf are on hold for another few weeks.
But it is not all despair for the Scottish summer – there are lots of positive signs around! Continue reading

From clothes to digital, call the connectors!

Aberdeen beach
Gillian HambleyBy Gillian Hambley, Business Engagement Executive, Aberdeenshire

Scotland is an innovative and creative country and I am delighted through my role with Interface (based in Aberdeen), I can support local companies on their innovation journeys by connecting them into universities to help them solve their challenges and grow their business. Continue reading

The sky’s the limit

Prof Andrew RaeBy Professor Andrew Rae
Professor of Engineering at the University of the Highlands and Islands

When I was about eight years old, I came to understand that being Batman was not an achievable career choice. It was a sad day for me, but this ‘Road to Damascus’ moment (or perhaps, more properly, this ‘Road to Gotham’ moment) had a silver lining. I was (and still am) a complete aviation anorak so I settled on the thought that I’d like to design aeroplanes for a living. (When I was eight, Batman was not the dark knight of the modern blockbusters, but the somewhat more cringe-worthy “Biff!”, “Bam!” and “Kapow!” of the recently departed Adam West, so I think I made the right choice.)  Continue reading