Networks with International Centres of Excellence are an efficient means of advancing knowledge, especially in the multidisciplinary field of sensor research. The pooling of complementary expertise, and the associated mobility of researchers, impacts strongly on the research and training environment of the centre.
The NCSR has established strategic research and education collaborations with nationally and internationally recognised centres in identified key areas of R&D:
Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, USA
Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia
The Marine Institute
Environmental Protection Agency
Tyndall National Institute
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
The Centre for ASsured, SafE and Traceable food (ASSET) at Queen’s University, Belfast
VTT Electronics, Oulu, Finland
Sensors Research Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
The purpose of these alliances is to:
- Encourage and support exchange visits of research personnel at all levels.
- Facilitate mutual access to research facilities and equipment.
- Actively pursue mechanisms for funding of joint research projects.
Negotiations are on-going with the development of further international strategic alliances that will impact on undergraduate and postgraduate learning, and also on development of collaborative research programmes.