The VEC and IBM Research shortlisted for ‘Partnership of the Year’
Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
The VEC and IBM Research are shortlisted for this year’s University of Liverpool Staff Awards. The award highlights and recognises the unique collaboration between the two organisations who signed an agreement enabling joint working across multiple sectors.
The partnership ward looks to recognise and celebrate those who bring fresh perspectives and ideas to areas including teaching and research, helping the University of Liverpool to achieve their global reach and influence.
The joint agreement between the VEC and IBM strengthens the University of Liverpool’s Digital Theme and has enabled joint working across multiple disciplines and faculties within the University. The agreement also enables access to IBM resources for teaching and research as well as access to IBM infrastructure, facilities and expertise.
Current collaborative activities include direct input by IBM Research into a CDT application led by Prof Simon Maskell, the development and sponsorship of PhD research projects, and the joint development of a postgraduate module between IBM Research, Computer Science and the School of Law and Social Justice entitled AI and Law, led by Prof Katie Atkinson.
IBM will also be sponsoring interdisciplinary student projects between the University of Liverpool Management School and Computer Science which awards a prize for the winning project entry. Access to a comprehensive range of IBM software also forms part of the Joint Study Agreement across High-Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and is currently being evaluated for inclusion in a range of existing teaching and learning provisions. Collaborative industry-focused research has also been reinforced by the agreement exemplified by a current project with Airbus Operations Ltd.
Andy Levers, Executive Director for the Institute of Digital Engineering and Autonomous Systems (IDEAS) commented:
“We are thrilled to learn that our relationship with IBM Research has been recognised. This partnership is not only beneficial for both organisations, it provides significant opportunities for both students and academics as well as the regional economy.”
Future plans include the potential for a co-laboratory with IBM Research within The Digital Innovation Facility (DIF) set to open in 2020.