Research team short-listed in four areas for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Awards


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The Cyber Academy research team within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University has been short-listed for four awards for the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards [here].

Innovation of the Year

The short-listed work involves on-goring collaborations with  Payfont and CM2000. The collaborative work with CM2000, which includes Adrian Smales, involves the development of innovative technology that detects the early signs of illness.

With Payfont the work, with Dr Lu Fan, has involved the development of an innovative cryptography solution towards creating a 100% secure Cloud infrastructure.

Both projects integrate directly into current research work within the group in the areas of e-Health and in Cyber Security.

Sustained partnerships

This collaboration involves on-going developments with Bright Red Publishing within the Digital Zone [here], and has created one of the most extensive academic infrastructures within Scotland. The focus is on the Curriculum of Excellence (CfE), and includes 19 N5 subjects, and 11 Higher subjects, along with Advanced Higher subjects. The developed architecture provides the company with a infrastructure which automatically processes published book, and integrates into a supportive on-line environment, using speech processors, integrated calculators, and many other innovative features.

More details on the details of the collaboration are here.

Each of the projects were supported by Dr Aileen Wood.

Supporting innovation and enterprise

Within The Cyber Academy, the team continue to innovate and work with a wide range of companies, and have developed a strong track record in supporting SMEs within innovative areas. Previous work has involved two highly successful spin-outs (Zonefox and Symphonic Trust), and a new spin-out around Digital Forensics in May 2016.

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Associated people

William Buchanan
Director of CDCS
+44 131 455 2759
Adrian Smales
Research Fellow
+44 131 455
Lu Fan
Senior Research Fellow
+44 131 455 2438
Aileen Wood
Innovation Manager / Project Manager
+44 131 455 6283
Electronic information now plays a vital role in almost every aspect of our daily lives. So the need for a secure and trustworthy online infrastructure is more important than ever. without it, not only the growth of the internet but our personal interactions and the economy itself could be at risk.