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University of Warwick and Carnegie Mellon University take first step to $10 million partnership

MOU signing between the University of Warwick, Carnegie Mellon University and WMG. L-R Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya Chairman of WMG, Professsor Subra Suresh President CMU, and University of Warwick Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel ThriftThe University of Warwick and Carnegie Mellon University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a $10 million research and education collaboration.

The two universities intend to work together on research and teaching in data acquisition, analysis and processing for next generation applications. This will bring together Warwick’s expertise in manufacturing and digitally enabled healthcare – including: cybersecurity, energy storage, materials and surfaces and robotics with CMU’s expertise in: autonomous systems, cybersecurity, digital healthcare, machine learning and sensing and data processing. Activities will underpin strategic initiatives at the two universities, including Warwick’s Global Research Priorities and CMU’s Brain initiative, City 21 and Traffic 21 initiatives.

They will also look at collaboration in the fields of: energy, innovative manufacturing, materials, science, and technology for health and sustainable cities.

Each institution plans to support and fund the work of staff and students on joint projects and exchanges between those staff and students. The funding will also be used to create facilities for cyber-learning and virtual class rooms.

Professor Subra Suresh (President of CMU) recieves his honorary degree from the University of Warwick , pictured (on right) with WMG Chairman Professor Lord Bhattacharyya the orator for the ceremonyDr Subra Suresh, the President of Carnegie Mellon University, signed the Memorandum of Understanding while visiting the University of Warwick on Tuesday 15th July to receive an honorary doctorate (Honorary Doctor of Science - DSc) from Warwick during its Summer Degree ceremonies.

WMG’s Chairman Professor Lord Bhattacharyya gave the oration preceding the award of the honorary doctorate to Dr Subra Suresh in which he said:

“Dr Subra Suresh is one of the world’s top materials scientists, a highly cited scholar who is one of the few living Americans to be elected a member of all three branches of the United States National Academies, in recognition of his pioneering contributions to engineering, sciences and medicine. His research, into the properties of engineered and biological materials and their connections to human diseases, has been published in more than 300 research articles, over 20 patents, and three books.”

For further for information for media please contact:

Peter Dunn, Director of Press and Policy, University of Warwick,
UK Tel: 024 76 523708 Mobile 07767 655860 email: p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk

Or Lisa Barwick, WMG, University of Warwick Tel: 024 76 524721 or 07824 540845 L.Barwick@warwick.ac.uk

PR204 PJD 16th July 2014