London Met and Filisia awarded Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Innovative project will harness the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence to help develop bespoke interventions for people with additional needs.

Date: 15 December 2022

A transformational service which aims to revolutionise care for children and adults with additional needs has been ‘supercharged’ following the award of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funding to London Met and its partner Filisia Interfaces Ltd from Innovate UK. 

The KTP project will help develop Filisia’s first product, Cosmo, a platform of interactive internet of things devices, iPad applications and data analytics tools used in education and elderly care settings. Powered by machine learning and artificial intelligence, the system will detect and treat performance outliers, providing insights on users' cognitive and physical abilities - enabling tailored treatment and reducing time/costs. 

Filisia – award-winning partners 

Filisia, who will contribute £65,000 to create a total project fund of £195,000, are a multi-award-winning company that reimagines play and therapy for early years learners and people with additional needs.  

Filisia CEO, Damian Woodward said: “This partnership will enable us to deliver an important part of our vision and help to support even more people with additional needs. The data management expertise offered by London Met, will effectively supercharge our ability to get this transformational service to market. 

“We've already enjoyed tremendous support from the University through our relationship with the Accelerator. The creation of this KTP will deepen that partnership and bring a great deal of value for both sides.” 

Graduate opportunity 

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships aim to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology, and skills within the UK knowledge base. They are 3-way collaborations between a business, a skilled graduate (known as a KTP Associate) and a university (known as the Knowledge Base) to deliver a strategic, transformational innovation project in a business. 

Following the award, London Met and Filisia be looking to complete the Partnership by appointing a graduate as a KTP Associate for the project. They will manage and implement strategic development in the company and transferring knowledge between Filiisa and London Met and vice versa. The KTP Associate for this project will be supervised by Associate Professor (Enterprise) Qicheng Yu, who will also ensure delivery and commercialisation of the product. 

Professor Christos Kalantaridis, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Exchange, commented: “I am delighted that London Met and Filisia have been awarded this Knowledge Transfer Partnership. The fact that our partner business is also one being supported by our Accelerator makes it even more exciting. 

“This KTP brings together an innovative business with an academic team that are at the forefront of the latest research in computer science and applied computing.” 

The project will last for two years and be led by Karim Ouazzane, Professor of Computing and Knowledge Exchange in London Met’s School of Computing and Digital Media. 

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