Strathclyde enters partnership with world-leading sensor company


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Strathclyde enters partnership with world-leading sensor company

A world-leading sensor design and manufacturing company has announced a major investment in a research partnership with the University of Strathclyde. Pressure Profile Systems, Inc (PPS), which develops tactile sensors to capture pressure distribution as research tools, will be making the investment, worth in the region of £300,000, over five years to support the partnership and to advance academic research at Strathclyde.

During the first 12-month phase of the partnership, three co-funded PhD/EngD students will be recruited to work on sensor-based projects, jointly with PPS and Strathclyde research. The second phase will expand the partnership into other research fields, including Biomedical Engineering, Design Manufacture & Engineering Management and Materials Research.

Dr. Jae Son, founder and CEO of PPS, said: “We are thrilled about our new relationship with the University of Strathclyde. We envision this as the first step in a much stronger partnership where we plan to establish a talented team of researchers to investigate technology transfer opportunities from our joint research and enable the commercialisation of new, cutting-edge, PPS-tactile sensing based products that make positive impact on the world." 

The partnership will be managed by the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, which is part of the Institute for Sensors, Signals and Communications in Strathclyde’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.  

The Centre’s Director, Professor Anthony Gachagan, said: “Our collaboration with PPS empowers the University of Strathclyde to offer some of its brightest researchers exposure to cutting-edge innovation, knowledge exchange and internationalisation opportunities, while PPS will takes advantage of collaborating with a high-calibre, industrially-focused research university.” 

Partnership leader at Strathclyde Dr Gordon Dobie, an expert in robotic and embedded systems, said:  “The Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering has more than 20 years of experience of novel sensor design and I look forward to applying CUE’s resource and expertise to the development of the next generation of tactile sensor solutions.”

The research will be carried out at the University’s £89 million Technology and Innovation Centre. Centre Director Steve Graham said: “Working on research projects with high technology and innovative international companies such as PPS in our new high-specification laboratories and collaborative working environment is exciting academically, but also an excellent opportunity for engaging with the company.”

PPS and the University of Strathclyde intend to commercialise the research from the partnership into new products through UKRC, Innovate UK, EU and Scottish Government grant schemes. 

PPS has, in the past decade, founded two medical device companies - Sierra Scientific Instruments and Medical Tactile - in which its sensor technology has formed the backbone of the companies’ products; both received millions of dollars in government grants and private investment and SSI was recently acquired by NASDAQ-listed company Given Imaging Ltd for $35 million.

Notes to Editors:

1. The University of Strathclyde is recognised as one of the UK's leading international technological universities, and prides itself on partnership with the public and private sectors. This vision is being realized through the University's £89million Technology and Innovation Centre, which is transforming the way academics, industry and the business community work together to solve global challenges. Strathclyde made a strong showing in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering placed third in the UK based on research impact, quality, environment and volume.  Seven of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering’s Departments at Strathclyde appeared in the top 10 for their Unit of Assessment areas. Strathclyde was also awarded the highest possible rating from its Quality Assurance Agency  (QAA) Enhancement Led Institutional Review of teaching quality. QAA reviewers also judged that the University has excellent arrangements for the management of academic standards and the enhancement of student experience. 

2. Pressure Profile Systems develops tactile sensors to capture pressure distribution as research tools and enable the "sense of touch" for original equipment manufacturer products in order to help companies create innovative and successful products.  Specifically, PPS helps companies develop innovative products that harness the sense of touch for medical devices, robotics, ergonomic automotive applications, industrial and consumer electronics products. 

Our customers include world leaders such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, J&J, RedBull and many other Fortune 500 companies.

Source: Pressure Profile 

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