MSCA FIRE: Fellows with Industrial Research Enhancement
This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 665992.
The FIRE programme was an integrated 4-year Doctoral Training programme, bringing together two national Centres for Doctoral Training: the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) and the Centre for Digital Entertainment CDE). The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) FIRE programme delivered 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. Industrial partners ensured that research carried out was relevant and enhanced the employability of graduates, both in Europe and globally.
All the projects have now been completed. The 18 fellows carried out the following PhD projects:
Developing a food-grade high-value palm oil substitute from the yeast M. pulcherrima with Professor Chris Chuck and Dr Daniel Henk; Industrial Partners: Croda and AB Agri.
Youssef Alami Mejjati
Creative editing and synthesis of objects in photographs using generative adversarial networks with Professor Darren Cosker and Dr Wenbin Li.
Image-based rendering of real environments for virtual reality with Dr Christian Richardt, Dr Neill Campbell and Professor Darren Cosker; Industrial partner: Technical University of Brunswick.
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.
The fractionation and concentration of whey protein and casein streams from skimmed milk with Dr Michael Bird, Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Professor John Chew and Dr Jannis Wenk. Industrial partner: Tetra Pak.
One Is All, All Is One: Cross-Modal Displays for Inclusive Design and Technology with Dr Michael Proulx and Professor Eamonn O’Neill; Industrial Partner: Atkins.
Bio-based monomers for high-performance materials with Professor Matthew Davidson and Professor Janet Scott.
FDCA as a building block for bio-based polymeric materials with Professor Matthew Davidson and Dr Bahar Yeniad. Industrial partner: Corbion.
Using Bayesian Non-Parametrics to Learn Multivariate Dependency Structures with Dr Neill Campbell and Professor Darren Cosker.
Tackling carbon catabolite repression and sporulation in Parageobacillus spp. with Professor David Leak and Dr Albert Bolhuis. Industrial partner: Corbion.
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 Özgür Şimşek; Industrial Partner: Max Planck Institute.
Multi-Character Motion Retargeting for Large Scale Changes with Professor Darren Cosker and Dr Neill Campbell.
Thu Nguyen Phuoc
Neural rendering and inverse rendering using physical inductive biases 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. Industrial partner: Cellesce.
Exploiting perovskites for the generation of solar fuels with Dr Petra Cameron and Dr Salvador Eslava. Industrial Partner: SPECIFIC.
Machine learning for semantic-level data generation and exploration with Dr Yongliang Yang and Professor Peter Hall.