MSCA FIRE: Fellows with Industrial Research Enhancement

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 665992.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) FIRE programme is an integrated 4 year Doctoral Training programme, bringing together two Centres for Doctoral Training: the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) and the Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE).

The objective is to increase the international aspects of these successful intersectoral and inter-disciplinary programmes and to develop the elements of transnational mobility and career development.

Objectives of the programme:

  • Offer FIRE Fellows the benefits of two established national Doctoral Training Centres, as they expand their international company placement activities.
  • Bring Fellows the benefits of the cross-sectoral reach of both Centre, with vibrant industries.
  • Enhance interdisciplinarity and offer added-value training practices beyond their specialised research area, to all fellows.
  • Use these synergies to fire-up the fellows to become autonomous, creative, highly-skilled and fully ready for careers in international industries.

The programme aims to deliver 20 autonomous, creative, highly-skilled scientists and engineers fully ready for careers in international industries, and a model for intersectoral, interdisciplinary doctoral training in an international environment.

List of all fellows and their PhD projects

Felix Abeln

Developing a food-grade high value palm oil substitute from the yeast M. pulcherrima with Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Daniel Henk; Industrial Partners: Croda and AB Agri.

Youssef Alami Mejjati

Multitask learning for heterogeneous data with Professor Mike Tipping and Dr Kwang In Kim.

Tobias Bertel

Light field synthesis from existing imagery with Dr Neill Campbell and Dr Christian Richardt; Industrial Partner: The Foundry.

Soumya Chinnachamy Barathi

Adaptive Exergaming with Dr Christof Lutteroth and Professor Eamonn O’ Neill; Industrial Partner: eLearning Studios.

Vicky De Groof

Anaerobic mixed culture processes for bio-waste valorization with Dr Ana Lanham, Dr Tom Arnot, Professor David Leak and Dr Marta Coma; Industrial Partners: Wessex Water and GENeco

Oriol Escursell

The fractionation and concentration of whey protein and casein streams from skimmed milk with Dr Michael Bird, Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Dr John Chew and Dr Jannis Wenk.

Tayfun Esenkaya

Spatially enhancing sensory substitution devices and virtual reality experiences with Dr Michael Proulx and Professor Eamonn O’Neill; Industrial Partner: Atkins.

Stefanie Federle

Bio-based monomers for high performance materials with Professor Matthew Davidson, Dr Janet Scott and Professor Richard Trask.

Muhammad Kamran

FDCA as a building block for bio-based polymeric materials with Professor Matthew Davidson and Dr Bahar Yeniad.

Feeza Khan Khanzada

Understanding humans and non-human agents in emerging multi-agent systems with Professor Eamonn O’Neill.

Andrew Lawrence

Learning 3D Models of Deformable/Non-Rigid Bodies with Dr Neill Campbell and Dr Darren Cosker.

Jinghui Liang

Tackling carbon catabolite repression and sporulation in Parageobacillus spp. with Professor David Leak and Dr Albert Bolhuis.

Carlos Lopez

Rapid on-site colourimetric determination of drinking water safety in the developing world with Dr Simon Lewis, Professor Tony James and Dr Jannis Wenk.

Jan Malte Lichtenberg

Bounded rationality in machine learning with Professor Mike Tipping and Dr Özgür Şimşek; Industrial Partner: Max Planck Institute.

Maryam Naghizade

A new method for human/animal retargeting using machine learning with Dr Darren Cosker and Dr Neill Campbell.

Thu Nguyen Phuoc

Interactive fabrication-aware architectural modelling with Dr Yongliang Yang and Professor Eamonn O’Neill. Industrial Partner: Lambda Labs.

Jessica Pinheiro de Lucena-Thomas

Organoid expansion bioreactor development with Dr Marianne Ellis, Dr Paul de Bank and Dr Kim Luetchford.

Isabella Poli

Exploiting perovskites for the generation of solar fuels with Dr Petra Cameron and Dr Salvador Eslava; Industrial Partner: SPECIFIC

Yassir Saquil

Machine learning for semantic-level data generation and exploration with Professor Peter Hall and Dr Kwang In Kim.

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