KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

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A step towards an intelligent information infrastructure

Adventurous, cross disciplinary work is called for to enable solutions for an intelligent information structure, which is robust, powerful and adaptive enough to deal with the data deluge and ubiquitous nature of computing. 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is offering £5m in funding for proposals that could resolve some of the challenges in this area: smarter computing architectures, sustainable networks, secure, low power, high speed storage solutions and efficient content management.  Such considerations span many areas of ICT from Networks to Mobile Computing, Artificial Intelligence to RF Devices and from Information Systems to Image and Vision Computing.

A workshop at the end of last year identified key areas for action: the telecoms bottleneck, the deluge of data and the necessity to deliver understanding from information. These areas have high impact for individuals and future society and span application areas and societal challenges such as Healthcare, Cybersecurity, the Digital Economy, cloud computing and ethics.

To encourage interdisciplinary activity and a focus on highly adventurous work, the following ‘sub’ challenges have been identified and successful proposals would need to address at least two of the categories below:

Protocols for a 21st Century Internet. The internet has changed and continues to do so. The future will demand new and potentially intelligent protocols to deal with the increased complexity and volume of data and information that needs to be communicated and stored.

Energy Efficient Communication and Data Systems. The growth in IT infrastructure has led to it becoming one of the largest consumers of energy in the world. Information and Communication systems need to become energy efficient to remain sustainable.

Building Context and Content Aware networks. Future network hardware and software will need to meet the demands of an ever changing economy. We have moved from voice to text to streamed video, what will the future bring? A joined up approach will be required to build the communications networks of the future.

Extracting Understanding from Data. The need to communicate and store ever increasing amounts of data is putting a massive and ever increasing load on our Information and Communication systems infrastructure. The better we can understand and extract understanding from the data we have the more efficiently we can handle and communicate it.

Seamless mode adaptive communications. Communications systems are becoming ever more complicated and with the beginnings of the emergence of the cloud and the internet of things the future holds the promise of ever more complicated networks. In order for these complex systems of communication to operate effectively the links between its many parts will need to be seamless, adaptive.

More details of call, which opens on 7 May 2013, can be found here: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/open/Pages/intelligentinformationinfrastructure.aspx

The workshop report can be found here: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/publications/reports/TI3WorkshopReport.pdf

Closing date for outline proposals:18 June 2013

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