Two departments at the University of Reading (Computer Science and the KTC) have recently teamed up to complete an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership with High Wycombe-based tech company Optimal Monitoring.
Optimal Monitoring provide energy management advice to companies and through their recent Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Centre, have developed a unique AI Energy Management Solution which not only helps businesses identify abnormal and anomalous energy and utility consumption but also suggests solutions to fix the issues. This exciting technology, known as ‘EMMA’, will particularly be of interest to large multi-site companies (such as retail chains) where it’s not worth paying a consultant to analyse the data for each site but an automatic tool can prove very cost effective.
Optimal Monitoring and their product have earned their position as finalists in the Wright Commission Awards for 2019, and possess the only energy management software which has made it through to the final. This award nomination has already generated media coverage, and we wish Optimal every success in taking home the trophy.
The first collaboration was so successful that we are extremely excited to announce a second Knowledge Transfer Partnership to continue developing the software, and maintain our excellent working relationship with such an exciting and innovative company.
Are you a talented Data Scientist looking for an exciting new opportunity? As part of this new partnership between UoR and Optimal Monitoring we are hiring a KTP Associate which you can apply for here.
This partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme. KTP aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. This successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK, is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.
As an ever-expanding department, we are excited to welcome our newest member of the team; Chrissy Boulton.
Chrissy has joined us as a Graduate Scheme Development Coordinator, supporting the development of an innovative new graduate programme scheme being piloted by the University of Reading, which will be aimed at supporting companies within Reading and the Thames Valley. The scheme is being developed and delivered in collaboration with our partners at Hireserve, a locally based SME and a company we have formerly collaborated with in the Knowledge Transfer Centre.
Chrissy will play an essential role in supporting development of the pilot, and is a very welcome new member to the KTC family.
We are currently looking for a talented Business Relationship Manager to join our fast-paced professional team supporting collaborations with external partners.
The Knowledge Transfer Centre at the University of Reading is a highly successful centre with a focus on exceptional levels of service. We establish and manage collaborations with companies and external partners on behalf of the University, working with academic partners to support a variety of income generating initiatives.
ABOUT THE ROLE:
Within the KTC, the Business Relationship Managers are responsible for managing a portfolio of relationships and developing new collaborations that expand and diversify the economic and societal impact of our research. In addition to managing your own portfolio, each Business Relationship Manager leads on a specific area of the KTC’s activities.
You will have the ability to develop and maintain relationships, generate leads, and manage funding applications, with a clear understanding of the current funding landscape for collaborative projects. You will provide excellent levels of service, and work closely with the Senior Business Relationship Manager.