GLOBAL - QM-CHINA

Lead Research Organisation: Queen Mary, University of London
Department Name: Sch of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Abstract

The context of the research

As China is set to be the major source of global economic growth for the next decades, it is clearly essential that the UK is linked into and can benefit both from the excellent research that is being fostered in China (China's engineering research is already in the world top three for impact, for example, and second in Physics, with nearly 20% of world papers), and from the potential for the exploitation and implementation of that research.
Queen Mary has an outstanding track record of working in collaboration with Chinese partners. Our ability to collaborate successfully with China HEI's is best evidenced in our long-term award-winning partnership with China in teaching providing IET-accredited joint (dual) degree programmes in telecommunications with BUPT, but also through institutional partnerships and research centres, and through numerous individual research collaborations. Our track record of working with industrial partners in China builds on the Innovation China UK (ICUK) programme which was the first UK-China collaboration to promote joint innovation and knowledge transfer. Launched in 2007, the £4.9 million HEFCE and BIS-funded initiative, was led by Queen Mary and with the end of the original funding ICUK has been embedded into Queen Mary's business development unit.

Projects aims and objectives

The overarching aim of the project is to develop sustainable research collaborations with key and significant Chinese partners. We will build on the strengths of both traditions and of the partner organisations to ensure long-term sustainability through appropriate funding streams, while recognising the significant barriers (both cultural and operational) that exist on both sides.

The project has two major strands:

The expansion of strong existing links with the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) into significant research collaborations on wireless, Internet of Things (IoT), sensors, software-defined netwrking, content-aware network infrastructures, and social media, leading to a sustainable laboratory with legal status capable of participating in mainstream Chinese research.

The development of significant, long-term collaborations in Materials with China, centred on a Sino-British Materials Research Institute to be established in 2012 with Sichuan University (SCU), initially focussing on functional materials, including organic electronics and spintronic materials, computational physics, polymer science, materials chemistry and biomaterials.

Key features of our strategy for long-term engagement with Chinese partners are:

1) a focus on the next generation of research leaders in China, through engagement with postgraduate Chinese researchers;
2) close engagement of end users, technology community and policy makers in China for developing industry focused applications and influencing technology strategy development for UK;
3) developing understanding of academic culture and practice in both UK and China for the Chinese and UK academic participants, respectively


Projects potential applications and benefits

We believe that there will be very significant benefits to both academic and non-academic communities (detailed in the 'academic beneficiaries' and 'impact' summaries) in:

1) developing sustainable models for research collaboration with Chinese universities;
2) developing a deeper understanding of, and solutions to, the cultural and operational barriers to such research collaborations;
3) significant new outputs in the general areas of telecommunications and materials research;
4) developing and promoting knowledge transfer opportunities for Queen Mary's and UK research in China.

We fully expect to apply the approaches we develop through this project to further our collaborations with other key and high quality HEI partners in China.

Planned Impact

This proposal aims to foster, and demonstrate, UK-China excellence in collaboration with the research community, with policy makers in China and with industry. Specifically, we will fast-forward QM collaborations in two areas with great potential for Chinese investment, international knowledge transfer and strong economic impact: in the fast-growing technology hotspot of IoT, and in research-intensive physics and materials areas.

The key beneficiaries of the collaborations include:
1) UK and Chinese academic researchers, HEIs, and funding agencies, enabling the sharing of knowledge and access each other's expertise, funding and facilities. Through carefully chosen, long-term links, and embedded systems learning, QM will ensure sustainability of collaborations focusing on raising research quality, accessing sustainable funding and exploiting collaboration outputs. QM will build 2 new joint research centres in Wuxi and Chengdu through which 30 UK/Chinese researchers and 50 students will participate staff exchange and research workshops for developing joint funding proposals, joint publications, and to be trained in understanding each other's innovation systems.

2) UK policy-makers wishing to further the bilateral relationship in S&T collaboration. China is ahead of many developed countries in supporting application development and industry clusters. Policy engagement with local governments in Wuxi and Sichuan for technology strategy and standard development in new sectors such as IoT and advanced materials will increase the visibility of UK innovation and create opportunities for wider, longer-term sustainable collaborations. Over 20 Chinese policy-makers and senior executives will attend our strategy development and executive training workshops held by ICUK with FCO-SIN and TSB KTN in Wuxi and Chengdu.

3) UK and Chinese technology-based companies who are keen to work with UK institutes in exploiting their technology and intellectual properties in China's exponential market. Technology commercialisation facilitated by ICUK, a BIS 'Focal Points for Innovation', will accelerate the research cycle for UK innovation and leverage Chinese development capacity, maximising economic impact for the UK. Licensing and contract research will also bring incomes to the China-based QM institutes. Working with Chinese local S&T authorises, our research and commercial engagement events in Beijing, Wuxi and Chengdu will attract over 100 UK/Chinese institutes and companies for knowledge exchange and technology exploitation.

4) The global energy and low-carbon agenda advocated by the UK government. Knowledge exchange, joint R&D in IoT and advanced materials as well as widespread applications of new technologies particularly in rapidly urbanising China, is the key to achieve global sustainability goals. Energy-saving and carbon reduction applications for environmental monitoring and the IoT smart cities that are part of QM's collaborations will be instrumental.

5) The UK economy: through recruitment of highly-skilled researchers and students to QM. It is widely recognised in the world's most innovative countries that success in educating and attracting highly-skilled people is the key to winning the global competition in economic development. QM will pilot joint/sandwich PhD programmes supported by CSC. Our partner institutions will diversify our reliance on individual recruitment and plugs us into students' China networks as well as future employers. Such collaborations will ensure the sustainability of the UK's access to the best minds, as these individuals become increasingly mobile throughout their careers. 12 joint PhDs will be recruited in 2012, increasing to 35 per annum in 3 years.

Publications

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Coutinho J (2015) Field-induced single-ion magnetic behaviour in a highly luminescent Er3+ complex in Materials Chemistry and Physics

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G Li (Author) (2013) Effect of Fe Substitution on Thermoelectric Properties of FexIn4-xSe3 Compounds in Journal of Electronic Materials. 42(4) 675-678. (2013).

 
Description This project supported the expansion of strong existing links between Queen Mary, University of London with the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) into significant research collaborations on wireless, Internet of Things (IoT), sensors, software-defined networking, content-aware network infrastructures, and social media, and the establishment of significant, long-term collaborations in Materials with China, centred on a Sino-British Materials Research Institute established in June 2012 with Sichuan University (SCU), initially focussing on functional materials, including organic electronics and spintronic materials, computational physics, polymer science, materials chemistry and biomaterials.
Exploitation Route Experience of partnering with China and fostering strong long-term relationships there (primarily in teaching and research), and understanding of potential routes into the Chinese market for the outputs of research (via QM's ICUK: Innovation China-UK) The project involved establishment of a legal entity in China which will allow QM to employ staff in China, and charge research consultancy and contract income in China that might develop from the research collaborations. A number of events were held in China to link researchers with industry partners and potential government and other public funders who might fund outputs of the research (eg for application in China's 'smart-city' pilot cities.) Joint laboratories in China will allow QM researchers to develop research close to the Chinese market, and moves to jointly supervise PhD students will allow us to continue to work closely together on joint research projects, allowing the UK to capitalise on significant Chinese investment in R&D.
Sectors Chemicals,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment

URL http://www.qmul.ac.uk
 
Description Developing experience of partnering with China and fostering strong long-term relationships there (primarily in teaching and research), and understanding of potential routes into the Chinese market for the outputs of research (via QM's ICUK: Innovation China-UK). - The project involved establishment of a legal entity in China which will allow QM to employ staff in China, and charge research consultancy and contract income in China that might develop from the research collaborations.
Sector Chemicals,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Healthcare
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Chinese funding
Amount £16,667 (GBP)
Organisation Sichuan University 
Sector Academic/University
Country China
Start 01/2013 
End 01/2014
 
Description Chinese funding
Amount £16,667 (GBP)
Organisation Government of China 
Department Sichuan Provincial Department of Science and Technology
Sector Public
Country China
Start 05/2013 
End 08/2014
 
Description Development of THz antennas
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country China
Start 08/2012 
End 11/2013
 
Description Development of THz antennas
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country China
Start 08/2012 
End 11/2013
 
Description Joint Research & Postgraduate Workshop 
Organisation Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution A platform that brought together academics from both institutions to present to each other, and to potential PhD students, state-of-the-art research topics and technologies, fostering high quality research, and interdisciplinary research, with the idea that those participating might in future co-supervise PhD students. Technical presentations from academics of BUPT and QMUL on the key research challenges of Wireless Networks & Communications, Future Network Infrastructure & Technologies, Internet Measurements & Content Delivery and Multimedia Sensor Networks. Participants judged a student poster competition. Prof Andrea Cavallaro, Prof Steve Uhlig, Dr Yue Chen, Dr Miles Hansard, Dr Yizhe Song, Dr Michael Chai, Miss June Liu, Prof Yuxiao Li(BUPT), Prof Jie Yang (BUPT), Prof Weidong Wang (BUPT), Prof Honggang Zhang (BUPT), Dr Xing Zhang (BUPT), Dr Tiankui Zhang (BUPT), Dr Yuan Yao (BUPT), 31st Oct 2012
Start Year 2012
 
Description Joint internships 
Organisation Juniper R&D
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Juniper R&D internships
Start Year 2012
 
Description Organic Spintronics workshop 
Organisation Sichuan University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Anglo-Chinese workshop on organic spintonics at QMUL in Sept 2012. 12 visitors from 5 Chinese Universities (Fudan, Peking, Nanjing, Sichuan and Jilin) and representatives from Chinese Embassy in London. Prof William Gillin, Dr Theo Kreouzis, Dr Alan Drew, Dr Sijie Zhang. A follow up workshop has been agreed to be held in Fudan University in 2014.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Research visits to QM by Chinese partners 
Organisation Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Visits of 6 BUPT academics, exchange & learning, investigtation of, and conduct of, collaborative research. QM hosted short and longer-term research visits from partners at BUPT to further collaborations. Each of these gave talks to the EECS Networks research group during their visits: Introducing the research of the I&ET Lab in BUPT?, Dr Chaowei Wang (BUPT), 21st Nov 2012 ?Secrecy Broadcast Transmission Capacity for Heterogeneous Correlated Wireless Ad Hoc Networks?, Prof Changchuan Yin (BUPT), 30th Jan 2013 ?Future Green Wireless Networks: Trends and Challenges?, Dr Tiankui Zhang (BUPT) , 30th Jan 2013 ?Candidate Techniques for B4G/5G Networks?, Prof Weidong Wang (BUPT), 6th Feb 2013 ?Cognitive and Cooperative Communications and Energy-Efficient Design for Wireless Networks?, Dr Xing Zhang (BUPT), 20th Feb 2013 ?TD-LTE eNodeB Prototype Based on GPP Platform?, Dr Zhiqiang He (BUPT), 13th March 2013
Start Year 2012
 
Description Sichuan University ? QMUL Workshop on Biomaterials 
Organisation Sichuan University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Sichuan University ? QMUL Workshop on Biomaterials at SCU in Dec 2012. 10 visitors from QMUL Dr. Julien Gautrot, Dr. Himadri S. Gupta, Prof. David Lee, Prof. Ton Peijs, Dr. Marina Resmini, Prof. Julia Shelton, Prof. GJeb Sukhorukov, Prof. Wen Wang, Ms. Miao Lin, Ms. Manyi Cristofoli (Director, Innovation China UK). 14 local academics. A second workshop will be held in QMUL in Sept 2013.
Start Year 2012
 
Description The UK Nuclear Fusion Engagement project. 
Organisation Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Department British Consulate-General Chongqing
Country China 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The UK Nuclear Fusion Engagement project. Dr Kostya Trachenko (QMUL) joined this project in December 2012 to develop collaborations between UK and China in Nuclear Fusion research. UK visitors included Prof Steve Cowley and Tom Todd (Culham). It was organised by the British Consulate in Chongqing.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Workshop Enabling Smart Cities Technologies 
Organisation Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This workshop provided a medium to discuss new ideas, recent advances and open challenges on the growing opportunities in enabling smart cities technologies, and also identify possible calls that the participants can collaboratively work together. Dr Yue Chen, Dr Michael Chai, Dr Felipe Pinto, Dr Jesus Alonso, Dr Jonathan Loo, Mr Matthias Budde, Prof Changchuan Yin (BUPT), Prof Weidong Wang (BUPT), Dr Tiankui Zhang (BUPT) 5th and 6th March 2013
Start Year 2012
 
Description Workshops on Joint R&D and Industrial Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact 8th Jan. 2013: Introducing QM EECS IoT research capability to Wuxi Economic and Information Technology Commission. Manyi Cristofoli, Prof Laurie Cuthbert, Dr Yue Chen, Dr Eliane Bodanese, Dr Michael Chai, Dr Vindya Wijeratne, Dr Yasir Alfadhl and Wuxi Municipal Economic and Information Technology Commission (WXETC) delegates.

21-22 March 2013: Follow-up workshops in Beijing and Wuxi, to Chinese audiences of 70+, QMUL researchers meeting representatives of the key IoT enterprises to discuss collaborations focusing on IoT applications for industrial energy-saving, environmental protection and intelligent living. Sumi Wang (ICUK), Dr Yue Chen, Dr Michael Chai, Dr Stefan Poslad, Dr Vindya Wijeratne, Dr Yasir Alfadhl, Dr Frank Gao, WXETC delegates

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013