Heriot-Watt University has a rich heritage of driving industry through pioneering education and developing research excellence since 1821.
The latest milestone for the University is a new facility focussed on global research, innovation and discovery (GRID).
GRID at Heriot-Watt has been designed to create cohesion between academic research, business enterprise, students and entrepreneurial talent, as part of an ecosystem where innovation thrives.
The facility contains a Business and Enterprise Hub which serves as an incubator for start-ups and entrepreneurs to co-locate and commercialise creative ideas.
“GRID at Heriot-Watt is both a new facility and a concept for the University to commercialise applied research innovation, accelerate enterprise and form strategic partnerships with industry”.
GRID at Heriot-Watt will drive the University’s capabilities within immersive technology, artificial intelligence, cyber security and 3D visualisation.
Capabilities in artificial intelligence and intelligent sensors will also play a significant role in the development of the UK’s first National Robotarium in 2021 – a £35m joint venture between Heriot-Watt and the University of Edinburgh, as part of a Data-Driven Innovation initiative from the Edinburgh and South-East City Deal.