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Royal Mail Group chooses WMG to develop aspiring technology leaders of the future

WMG, at the University of Warwick, has launched a new Master’s programme with Royal Mail Group which is designed to develop leadership talent in technology based industries. A wide range of Royal Mail Group staff, from all levels of management, are the first participants in this new programme.

Twenty five Royal Mail Group staff enrolled with WMG in September 2018 in a three year development programme which will enable the participants to gain a Leadership and Management focussed MSc from the University of Warwick. The programme is aligned to the Level 7 Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship standard.

The three-year part-time programme combines workplace learning with block release study at WMG in eight one-week study modules, each followed by a work-based assignment plus a work-based project. The programme is made up of core and elective modules, giving participants the opportunity to develop specialisations of particular relevance to their current role and future career aspirations. It will lead to a University of Warwick MSc and a Degree Apprenticeship.


WMG report reveals digital supply chain concerns

A report by WMG Supply Chain researchers, and JDA Software Inc, has revealed that manufacturers are still struggling to effectively integrate and analyse supply chain data, with many still only in the very early stages of digital supply chain adoption.

The report, ‘Delivering the Digital Dividend,’ benchmarked the digital supply chain readiness of 179 European manufacturers, revealing that only 13 per cent currently have a ‘prescriptive’ supply chain (categorised as level 3, out of a scale of 1-4, with 4 being a self-learning autonomous supply chain).

However, crucially, the report does reveal that manufacturers are keen to digitally transform their supply chains, with almost one third (31 per cent) predicting they will have a prescriptive supply chain in place by 2023.

Wed 05 December 2018, 17:24 | Tags: Supply Chain and Operations Partnerships Jan Godsell Research

WMG Chairman delivers keynote at prestigious Zienkiewicz Lecture

Professor Lord BhattacharyyaOur Professor Lord Bhattacharyya was honoured to deliver the keynote speech at the prestigious Zienkiewicz Lecture, at Swansea University’s College of Engineering, on Wednesday (28th November).

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya delivered a lecture entitled: ‘The mobility revolution: How innovation in automotive energy systems, intelligent vehicles and service customisation will transform how we travel,’ before being presented with a commemorative medal from Professor Roger Owen. Zienkiewicz Lecture

This has led to the exciting new EPSRC Tata Steel Prosperity Partnership flagship investment in long-term use-inspired fundamental research, where Swansea University and WMG come together to create a new ‘virtual factory’ for rapid alloy prototyping.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya began his career as graduate apprentice at Lucas; subsequently gaining an MSc in Engineering Production and Management, and PhD in Engineering Production at the University of Birmingham.

Fri 30 November 2018, 12:49 | Tags: Homepage Article 2 Lord Bhattacharyya

Autonomous Vehicle's testing simulator wins gold

RNational Instruments Engineering Impact Awardesearchers from WMG at the University of Warwick have won gold at National Instruments Engineering Impact Awards 2018 for the WMG 3xD Simulator project. WMG’s 3xD Simulator is a world’s first-of-its-kind facility that enables autonomous vehicles to drive around in a virtual environment– accelerating testing before they are road ready.

Chief Engineer Gunny Dhadyalla, accompanied by colleague Dr Jakobus Groenewald, accepted the award for the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles category at the National Instruments Awards 2018 for the WMG 3xD Simulator Project on the 6 November 2018. This was topped off by more success as WMG then picked up the award for the overall Engineering Impact Awards winners.

The WMG 3xD Simulator Project was one of two finalists for an award in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicles category. As winners of this category they faced stiff competition to beat the winners of other categories, who represented innovations from across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, to win the overall Engineering Impact award.

Thu 29 November 2018, 10:56 | Tags: Intelligent Vehicles Homepage Article 3 Research

WMG Professor crowned Real Impact award winner  

Professor Jan GodsellWe are pleased to announce that our Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy, Jan Godsell, has been recognised as the first ever winner of the Real Impact Awards ‘Individual’ category.

Professor Godsell, who was nominated for the award by our Chairman Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, impressed the judges with the way that she puts practitioners, policy makers and the public at the heart of her scholarship, and her innovative approach to building impact through storytelling, poems, physical artwork and the media.

The Real Impact Awards celebrate the commitment to impact by the research community across the globe, honour the change-makers, and bring together key stakeholders in the impact debate.

The awards aim to raise the profile of individuals, teams and institutions that have placed real impact at the top of their agenda; recognise innovative approaches to impact; celebrate interdisciplinary research; bridge the gap between research and practice; and tell real impact success stories and showcase those driving the debate.

Wed 28 November 2018, 13:52 | Tags: Supply Chain and Operations Jan Godsell

WMG to lead new £11 million programme partnering with Highways England to evaluate connected and autonomous vehicles

WMG, at the University of Warwick, is leading a new £11 million programme to evaluate connected and autonomous vehicles which will work with a range of partners including Highways England. It further establishes Coventry, Warwickshire and the West Midlands as the heart of connected and autonomous vehicles research and development in the UK.

The £11 million Meridian 3 programme is funded by Innovate UK and brings together Highways England with Midlands Future Mobility, which is led by WMG at the University of Warwick.

This addition to the Midlands Future Mobility project will enable connected and autonomous vehicle technologies, that have been developed using simulation and test tracks, to then be evaluated on roads in real-world driving situations, providing invaluable additional learning that will enable them to become a commercially viable and desirable means of road-transport.


New Project Professionals Programme supported by APM

The first cohort for our new Project Professionals Programme joined us this week at WMG. Accredited by the Association of Project Management, the two week course provides the key tools and frameworks needed for successful Project, Programme and Portfolio management.

Participants are fully prepared for their APM Project Professional Qualification exam, and upon successfully completing the course will also gain a Postgraduate Award in P3M that recognises their professional capabilities.

Jayne Redfern, Associate Professor and course leader said:

The course is the first of its kind to be offered by any University, and is being supported by the Association for Project Management who recognise our expertise in this area.”

You can find out more about the programme here

Fri 16 November 2018, 17:31 | Tags: Education

New multi-million-pound ‘Smart City Mobility Centre’ announced for Warwickshire and West Midlands

Smart City Mobility CentreA new multi-million-pound ‘Smart City Mobility Centre', to be established in Warwickshire and the West Midlands was announced last night (Monday 12th November 2018) at the Coventry and Warwickshire Automotive Dinner in Warwickshire’s Coombe Abbey Hotel.

WMG Chairman Professor Lord Bhattacharyya announced that Europe’s first multi-million-pound Smart City Mobility Centre will be based at the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus, with driverless capable vehicle testing on the University of Warwick’s campus in Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Centre brings together WMG’s research expertise and Jaguar Land Rover’s leading research and engineering capabilities.

Tue 13 November 2018, 09:27 | Tags: Intelligent Vehicles Partnerships Lord Bhattacharyya

£20 million for West Midlands to enable WMG at the University of Warwick to create a UK Mobility Data Institute

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced that the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will receive up to £20 million, subject to approval of a satisfactory business case, to enable WMG, at the University of Warwick to create the UK Mobility Data Institute, a focussed research centre to collect, process and analyse transport data generated by the advent of new mobility technologies such as autonomous vehicles and smart charging of electrified vehicles. The announcement was made in the publication of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s full budget following his Budget 2018 speech on Monday 29th October.

Data aggregation and analysis will underpin the future of all transport systems and how they are built, regulated and used. At the heart of the UK’s first 5G urban connected area and the home of future mobility innovation WMG, working in partnership with WMCA, will create the new data institute. It will provide the computing, technical and connectivity capacity and expertise to bring together and exploit, for economic, productivity, social and environmental gain, the huge amount of data generated in many transport programmes.

Thu 01 November 2018, 12:34 | Tags: Intelligent Vehicles Lord Bhattacharyya

New £2.7m research programme will use Artificial Intelligence powered pedestrians and other road users to test autonomous vehicles

SIMWMG at the University of Warwick have just begun work with a consortium of 11 organisations led by Latent Logic in Oxford on a £2.7 million UK government funded project to create a highly accurate virtual reality simulator environment, including artificial intelligence (AI) trained models of pedestrians and road users, to test connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).

OmniCAV, which was awarded funding as part of a competition run by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Innovate UK, will be fed by highly detailed scans of real roads, traffic camera data, accident data and near-miss analyses. These inputs will be used to create a high-fidelity model of real-world roads, which will be populated with realistic artificial intelligence (AI) based road users. This model will used to create an extensive open-access library of VR simulator scenarios to test connected and autonomous vehicles.

OmniCAV will lay the foundations for the development of a comprehensive, robust and secure simulator, aimed at providing a certification tool for CAVs that can be used by regulatory and accreditation bodies, insurers and manufacturers to accelerate the safe development of CAVs.”

 

Tue 23 October 2018, 08:54 | Tags: Intelligent Vehicles Paul Jennings Partnerships Research

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