Professor Eyad Elyan from Robert Gordon University (RGU), specializing in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, has been awarded the title of Academic of the Year at the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Awards 2023. His achievement is attributed to his pivotal role in leading a groundbreaking KTP project with Aberdeen-based inspection specialists AISUS Offshore.
RGU, in collaboration with AISUS, has revolutionized the conventional method of assessing the structural integrity of offshore assets, traditionally relying on remotely operated vehicles and engineers. Through this partnership, they have digitally transformed this practice by incorporating state-of-the-art machine learning and deep learning techniques to enhance operations significantly.
Exemplary skills and commitment
The Academic of the Year award recognizes individuals who have showcased exceptional skills and dedication in knowledge transfer, leadership, team building, and mentoring. Professor Elyan’s exceptional contributions extend beyond this project, spanning numerous KTP initiatives he has been involved in.
RGU’s commitment to knowledge exchange
Donella Beaton, Vice Principal for Economic Development at RGU, emphasized the university’s commitment to supporting organizations in achieving success through knowledge exchange. She highlighted the positive impact of knowledge exchange on businesses, research, and innovation within the university.
Professor Elyan’s reaction
Professor Eyad Elyan expressed his immense joy at being selected as a finalist and the subsequent award. He described the collaboration with AISUS Offshore as a prime example of innovation, knowledge exchange, and associate development. He led the project, served as the academic supervisor, and lauded the team’s dedication to delivering a state-of-the-art AI-driven solution to enhance remote inspection procedures within the company. Professor Elyan also acknowledged the indispensable support received from the North of Scotland KTP Centre and RGU colleagues.
Recognition of academic-industry collaboration
Kelly Fraser, KTP Centre Manager for the North of Scotland, emphasized the award’s significance for Professor Elyan and the entire KTP project. The recognition underscores the advantages of companies partnering with academic institutions to develop innovative solutions rooted in specialized expertise and knowledge.
The various ways in which businesses can engage in knowledge exchange activities with universities. It particularly mentions Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, a program spanning almost 50 years dedicated to helping businesses enhance competitiveness and productivity by leveraging knowledge, technology, and skills within the UK academic sector.
KTPs deliver substantial benefits to business partners, including increased profitability through improved quality and operations, enhanced sales, and access to new markets.
The Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership Awards 2023 ceremony occurred in Cardiff on October 18. It highlights some of the key speakers and hosts at the event.