The participants in the JRI have extensive external links and partnership arrangements which the JRI will be able to build upon. Dundee’s existing collaborators include BT, Calico Jack Ltd, Department of Health, European Space Agency, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline, Japanese Space Agency, Microsoft, NASA, NCR, Scottish Executive and Scottish Power; Aberdeen has established links with BT, IBM, Rolls Royce, WNI Oceanroutes. Intelligent Applications Ltd, Aerospace & Marine International, the Macaulay Institute, and the Simpson Maternity Hospital (Edinburgh); Robert Gordon University has relationships with GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, BP, Reuters, BT, BAE Systems, Agilent Technologies, and the NHS. One of the key challenges for the JRI is to engage with these existing collaborators to secure their participation in its activities, and to ensure that pathways exist for commercialisation of research outputs.
The University of Dundee component of the JRI already has experience creating successful spin-out companies; specific examples being: Calico Jack Ltd, (incorporated in 2002 and currently employing 4 staff) and Star Dundee Ltd, (also incorporated in 2002 and employing 7 part-time staff). Applied Computing also accommodates a pre-incubator, the Greenhouse, jointly funded by Scottish Enterprise Tayside and the University of Dundee, which provides fully equipped offices and support services for staff and students who wish to explore establishing a company. This experience will be invaluable to the proposed JRI, and it is anticipated that awareness raising sessions on commercialisation opportunities will be held for all academic participants in the JRI; these are likely to include site visits and presentations from individuals with responsibility for commercial activities within the Dundee spin-outs. Participants within the JRI also have experience of other forms of knowledge transfer; for example, Applied Computing at UoD has a 3 year KTP funded contract in collaboration with NCR, while RGU has one involving Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel. There are also several examples of patents arising out of the research activities of JRI staff.
Between them, the three institutional groups within the JRI have strong contacts with other research organisations, at national, European and international levels. Participation in European networks is especially strong, with membership in recent years of the following: MONET, KDNet, OntoWeb, AgentLink. Involvement with international standards bodies is another important activity which the proposed JRI will seek to develop further; current links include: W3C (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, RuleML, Rule Interchange Format, Semantic Web Best Practice & Deployment) and ETSI – European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
To facilitate knowledge transfer and commercialisation activities, the proposed JRI will establish an industry forum to communicate the activities of its research themes and to identify future strategic opportunities.
Patrik Holt, RGU
Manuel Trucco, UoD
Tim Norman, UoA