Cross-disciplinary initiatives and centers [P2.S2]
AIM: Develop large collaborative high-impact applied research initiatives and centers that are internationally competitive and are working on global impact concerns in the fields of health, sustainability, information, and technology (engineering) for scientific discovery, where the new engineering will play a pivotal role. These Key Research Initiatives (KRI) will be focused on these four areas but crossed by other enabling technologies such as low cost sensors, complex systems of systems, high-performance computing, big data, and uncertainty quantification to mention some.
An important driver to accelerate the creation of these interdisciplinary initiatives is the development of a critical mass of researchers in each of them and a basic academic supra department structure (division or multi Faculty department) that enables them to operate well within the university and in a compatible manner with the current structure of Faculties and Departments. This new structure is considered in this alliance and in the development plans of the two school of engineering; one example is the new biomedical engineering division. In addition, this program will focus on applied research of high global impact and accelerate the transfer of solutions at a very early stage.
• Development of a critical mass in high impact discovery and innovation
• Fostering research and innovation capabilities
• Lab-to-market accelerator