Past Events 2017

Over 11,200 people have attended the 160 plus events we have run for local businesses and innovators, with around 100 people attending each event.

The following is a selection of events that we have delivered in 2017, covering themes from innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise. You can view more information and presentations from each event.

This session explored the relationship between availability of funding, regulations and the practicalities of building carbon neutral homes.

Date: 21 November 2017
Chair: Professor Phil Jones, Chair of Architectural Science, Cardiff University

  • Julie Ann Haines, Principality Building Society - Funding Carbon Neutral Homes
  • Francois Samuel, Welsh Government - Developing Regulatory Framework for Carbon Neutral Homes.
  • Gareth Nutt, Corporate Director of Environment, Neath Port Talbot Council - Building Carbon Neutral Homes In Practice

This event introduced CS Connected and explored the opportunities this major investment brings for organisations. Speakers included key figures from each of the components making up the cluster.

Date: 18 October 2017
Chair: Professor Roger Whitaker, College Dean of Research, Cardiff University

  • Professor Karen Holford, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University
  • John Davies, Wales Cyber Security Cluster & Pervade Software
  • Key Figure from NCSC (National Centre for Cyber Security)
  • Dr Kevin Jones, Head of Cyber Security Architecture, Innovation and Scouting, Airbus
  • Dr Pete Burnap, Reader in Data Science & Cyber Analytics, Cardiff University

View a recording of the session, including presenters' slides.

Please note: the session has been edited to remove any footage of the speaker from NCSC. The question and answer session and closing remarks have therefore also been removed.

Date: 6 September 2017
Chair: Professor Rick Delbridge, Academic Lead for SPARK and University Dean of Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Professor of Organizational Analysis, Cardiff University

  • Mark Shorrock, CEO Tidal Lagoon Power

The session gave an update on the development of the Swansea and Cardiff tidal lagoon projects and the potential opportunities.

Compound semiconductors are driving future technologies.

From the connected world, the Internet of Things to robotics, autonomous vehicles and healthcare technologies, compound semiconductors are and will continue to impact the way we live, work and spend our leisure time. Compound semiconductors (CS) are the enabling technology for 21st century life.

With around £200m of investment committed to date, the United Kingdom Government, the devolved Welsh Government, the EPSRC, IQE and Cardiff University have come together to establish the world's first compound semiconductor cluster, CS Connected.

This event introduced CS Connected and explored the opportunities this major investment brings for organisations. Speakers included key figures from each of the components making up the cluster.

Date: 5 July 2017
Chair: Professor Karen Holford, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University

  • Chris Meadows, Head of Open Innovation, IQE
  • Professor Diana Huffaker, Director, Institute for Compound Semiconductors
  • Dr Wyn Meredith, Director, Compound Semiconductor Centre
  • Professor Peter Smowton, Director, EPSRC Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Hub
  • Dr Andy Sellars, Chief Business Development Officer, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult

View a recording of the session, including presenters' slides.

This session was part of the Turing Lecture Series 2017 organised by IET/BCS. The Turing Lecture Series is a world leading event, presenting a topic from current research in computer science and given by an acknowledged expert in the field.

Date: 21 February 2017
Speaker: Dr Guru Banavar, Vice President & Chief Science Officer, Cognitive Computing, IBM Research

In the last decade, the availability of massive amounts of new data, the development of new machine learning technologies, and the availability of scalable computing infrastructure, have given rise to a new class of computing systems.

These 'cognitive systems' learn from data, reason from models, and interact naturally with us, to perform complex tasks better than either humans or machines can do by themselves. These tasks range from answering questions conversationally to extracting knowledge for discovering insights to evaluating options for difficult decisions. These cognitive systems are designed to create new partnerships between people and machines to augment and scale human expertise in every industry, from healthcare to financial services to education.

This talk provided an overview of cognitive computing, the technology breakthroughs that are enabling this trend, practical applications for the real-world, and ethical considerations guiding the development and deployment of the technology for the benefit of humankind. The talk is designed to inspire the next generation of IT professionals and will explore the cognitive computing revolution.

View the London session recording.

This session looked at some of the mechanisms for engagement between businesses, academia and public sector, including funded schemes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), KESS2 and SMARTExpertise.

Date: 25 January 2017
Chair: Professor Kevin Morgan, Dean of Engagement, Cardiff University

  • John White, Brick Fabrication
  • Katherine Shelton, Cardiff University
  • Howard Nicholls, Innovate UK
  • Tony Guile, Welsh Government.

Successfully transferring the knowledge from academia into products and services for commercial and social applications is essential for economic growth. Companies and organisations that can leverage the research from Universities into real world business applications can gain a real advantage.

This event covered a range of programmes available to support collaboration between Universities, businesses and public sector organisations and look at what ingredients make for successful projects including:

  • how can businesses and organisations work effectively with Universities
  • the various mechanisms for supporting mutually beneficial collaborations between universities, businesses and the public sector.

Listen to this session and view the slides