This is a Queen’s University led cross-disciplinary digital innovation hub that builds on the momentum of the world-class ECIT (Institute of Electronics, Communications & Information Technology) facility that has already succeeded in putting Belfast on the map in terms of digital innovation.
It will draw together the leading-edge skill-sets of three of Queen’s University’s internationally recognised Global Research Institutes: The Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), The Institute of Health Sciences (IHS) and The Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS), to anchor and support the creation of a Global Innovation Quarter in Belfast, comprising a community of businesses linked by a common digital innovation thread. A new peta-scale AI supercomputer housed in the Institute and implementing a best-in-class real-time ‘AI Cloud’ will catalyse and accelerate an innovation agenda based on research strengths in priority growth sectors for the region: Health and Life Sciences, and Agri-food.
The project will be distinguished by its focus on providing customised, domain-specific solutions to innovation barriers in the selected sectors, co-designed with business. It will benefit from the unique combination of expertise contributed by ECIT, which enables a holistic approach to digital innovation, encompassing hardware, software, networks, data processing and AI services. The Global Innovation Institute will enable co-location of research expertise within an established innovation community at Catalyst Inc with high potential for growth.
The capabilities delivered by the GII underpin and enable other BRCD innovation projects including The Institute for Research Excellence in Advanced Clinical Healthcare (i-REACH), The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) and The Screen and Media Innovation Lab.