January 13, 2009--The Open University (Milton Keynes, England), whose Planetary and Space Science Department is a world leader in the development of instrumentation for Space Science (led the Beagle-2 lander and lead group for the Surface Science package on ESA's Huygens probe) and imaging company e2v (Chelmsford, England), announced a collaboration to open the e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI) at The Open University's Milton Keynes campus.
The Centre will be dedicated to the research and development of advanced technologies for electronic image sensing and provide knowledge exchange between the U.K. technology industry and the academic world. The collaboration has The Open University and e2v investing $4.4 million dollars in the U.K. knowledge economy over five years in new research activity through the e2v CEI.
e2v is a world leader in the design and supply of image sensors to organizations such as NASA (for the 2009 upgrade of the Hubble Space Telescope, for example). The joint research centre (CEI) will focus on the development of technology opportunities in space and terrestrial imaging, with plans to extend to the scope to health and environmental applications.
Andrew Holland, professor of electro-optics with The Open University says the collaboration will provide long-term benefits to science, training, and the creation of world-leading intellectual property. "Both academic research and the development of industrial technology require highly skilled researchers with a thorough understanding of the needs of industry. The e2v Centre for Electronic Imaging will provide an avenue for doctoral students and research staff to explore routes to industrial advancements for business sustainability, and technological breakthroughs in science and medicine," Holland said.
For more information, go to www.e2v.com.
--Posted by Gail Overton, [email protected].
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