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Annual Review 2017/18: Development

There is no better time to be involved with the University of Derby. With a growing reputation for teaching and research excellence, a strong student base and superb industry connections, our future is looking bright.

By The Corporate Communications Team - 6 October 2018

A newly created three-year Research Chair in Intelligent Systems Engineering at the University has been made possible thanks to a generous donation by Derby businessman and owner of Derby County Football Club Mel Morris, which gives the University a unique opportunity to develop new approaches to artificial intelligence.

Professor Paul Stewart, the University's Director of Innovation, and Research Chair in Intelligent Systems Engineering, has been working with Mel, who has funded research activity in the field of healthcare and machine learning. The pair have created the Intelligent Technologies for Renal Dialysis (iTrend) programme, which addresses a fundamental problem with kidney dialysis: while the process keeps patients alive, it also stresses major organs leading to premature failure.

The iTrend programme has now been running for a year and the team has already developed a novel non-invasive method of measuring blood pressure, and the first iteration of a mechanical 'human' cardiovascular system (called 'Dave') on which the first-ever dialysis treatment on a 'robot' was recently performed.

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The Corporate Communications Team manage the University's Press and PR, putting forward academics, support staff and student representatives for 'expert comment' on different topics to local and national broadcast media. The team is highly experienced in communications and journalism - locally, regionally and nationally - as well as in-house and agency public relations.