Technology Partnering Event: Big Data - Business Analytics


The ability of software and the hardware that supports it to process high volume, high velocity and high variability data is allowing unprecedented levels of customisation of products and services. This is of great interest to large corporations – and small – focused on making the most of their relationships with their customers and a fascinating industry is growing up to support this activity.


Details of an interesting event in this area are posted here. 

Featured case study

Our featured case study this month is 'Water run-off in fuel systems", a collaboration between Airbus and the University of Manchester. To see all of our published case studies, please see our Project Portfolio pages.

Featured case study

Our featured case study this month is 'In-silico kinetic model of axillary (underarm) malodour", a collaboration between Unilever and the University of Nottingham. To see all of our published case studies, please see our Project Portfolio pages.


Knowledge Transfer through Partnership


Free Knowledge Transfer through Partnership

Annual Conference

Tuesday 20 March 2012 10.00am – 5.00pmHilton Glasgow Grosvenor hotel


The HealthTech and Medicines KTN are proud to announce the third Knowledge Transfer through Partnership Annual Conference. With only 4 weeks to go to the KTN would like to highlight this great opportunity for members to attend this free conference, on Tuesday 20th March, 10am - 5.00pm, at the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel.  The conference is being held jointly with the University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow and the British Heart Foundation.  The conference will be followed by ad KTN Networking Reception at The British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre, Glasgow, from 5.30pm - 8pm.  This drink reception is kindly being supported by the Highlands and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.


Please click here to find out more.


Bench-to-Boardroom 2012, March 6th.


Location: Rowley Mile, Newmarket Racecourse



HealthTech and Medicines KTN members can register at the discounted rate of £50 + VAT for a Full Event Pass by emailing



One Nucleus is offering academics the opportunity to submit a Scientific Poster FREE of charge to feature in the Poster Display.


Bench-to-Boardroom was established in 2006. It is a 1 day event which includes a major exhibition, leading industry speakers, workshops and large scale Technology Showcases. The event will provide communication, education and networking opportunities for scientists engaged in drug discovery whether in academia or the life science industry.  The event typically attracts over 500 visitors where delegates attend to meet suppliers with the best technology as well as to network with one another.


Please see here for more information. 


PhD internship opportunity: Measuring propensity to buy for UK business

In an increasingly networked world, driven by the need for greater efficiencies and a more sustainable planet, the use of data to make intelligent decisions has become a global priority.


The objective is to build a propensity model that provides UK business users with dynamic, relevant insight into their target markets and allows them to make informed decisions on a potential client’s propensity to buy


The project will further the understanding of how buyers and sellers will behave in markets that become more transparent and where needs can be more easily identified.


This will be achieved by building models to harvest specific information from unstructured sources that are then mapped into a semantic repository of companies that incorporate the entire UK economy. The model will enable extraction and presentation of information with the aim of identifying the semantic relations and queries that will determine an organisations ‘propensity to buy’ given a ‘sales proposition’. Innovations also investigated will look at semantic annotation of the provenance of the content, allowing the combining of information artefacts from different sources and creating algorithms that measure degrees of confidence for any data point.


An ideal candidate will have a strong background in time series analysis, and statistics. Experience of Semantic Web, specifically OWL and RIF and python or JAVA is essential.


Other experiences that are not essential but highly useful are; marketing, economics, NLP, SOLR, Nutch, and GATE.


Some knowledge of firmographic data is desirable but training will be provided if necessary.


Duration of the project:

6 months


Company location:



Application process:

To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter to Lorcan Mac Manus,

Harnessing large and diverse sources of data

The Technology Strategy Board is running a two day event today and tomorrow in central London looking at the challenges raised by large data sets, across a range of industries.


On Day 1 (September 9th) there will be presentations outlining data challenges in Health, Transport and Financial Services. Day 2 will focus on relevant technologies and business models in commercialising open data.


There will be ample networking opportunities on both days.



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