National Physical Laboratory

Maximising research

NPL helps University of Surrey realise the commercial potential of its research.

Background

NPL and University of Surrey helped Framestore produce realistic human faces through animation (Image courtesy of University of Surrey / Framestore)
NPL and University of Surrey helped Framestore
produce realistic human faces through animation
(image courtesy of University of Surrey / Framestore)

The University of Surrey already had good third stream funding income with highly successful spin-outs such as Surrey Aqua Technology Ltd and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL).

The Challenge

But they wanted to make sure they were effectively exploiting all of the commercial opportunities within their research portfolio.

With support from the EPSRC-funded Knowledge Transfer Account (or KTA), the University contracted NPL to identify and prioritise the truly exploitable opportunities and then support its academics to realise their full commercial potential.

The Solution

NPL monitored Surrey's research exploitation effectiveness through impact assessment techniques. We also helped them build lasting relationships with businesses by applying effective network management tools.

An example of a project supported by the KTA with Surrey is some work done in collaboration with the award-winning film visual effects company Framestore, based in London. NPL and Surrey worked with Framestore's animators to exploit Surrey's research into producing realistic human faces through animation.

The Impact

This work was facilitated by NPL's knowledge services team and united Surrey's research expertise and Framestore's industrial application.

It gives Framestore a real competitive edge in the worldwide film industry, and will enable its animators to be even more creative.

Martin Preston, Head of Research at Framestore explained:

"The KTA programme has enabled us to begin the process of adapting research to a production environment, and to evaluate how the state of the art in vision-based facial capture can help us improve the quality of our digital doubles."

Find out more about the Knowledge Transfer Account operated by NPL and the University of Surrey.

Contact Tim Prior to find out how NPL's knowledge services can help you.

Last Updated: 23 Apr 2014
Created: 25 Jan 2011

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