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:

Felix Abeln

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.

Fellowship completed.

Youssef Alami Mejjati

Creative editing and synthesis of objects in photographs using generative adversarial networks with Professor Darren Cosker and Dr Wenbin Li.

Fellowship completed.

Tobias Bertel

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.

Fellowship completed.

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.

Fellowship completed.

Oriol Escursell

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.

Fellowship completed.

Tayfun Esenkaya

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.

Fellowship completed.

Stefanie Federle

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

Fellowship completed.

Muhammad Kamran

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

Fellowship completed.

Andrew Lawrence

Using Bayesian Non-Parametrics to Learn Multivariate Dependency Structures with Dr Neill Campbell and Professor Darren Cosker.

Fellowship completed.

Jinghui Liang

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

Fellowship completed.

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.

Fellowship completed.

Jan Malte Lichtenberg

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

Maryam Naghizade

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.

Fellowship completed.

Isabella Poli

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

Fellowship completed.

Yassir Saquil

Machine learning for semantic-level data generation and exploration with Dr Yongliang Yang and Professor Peter Hall.

Fellowship completed.

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