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Carol Fletcher
BT's Head of Academic and Research Partnerships
The future starts now - it's already driven by data, controlled by AIs and hyper-connected - so where do we go next?

This stuff matters - seriously. We're living connected, digital lives in a world that's been radically changed by our use of technology. Many of devices, applications and services we rely on today, and the technologies that underpin them, were inconceivable to previous generations. What happens next will be driven by the next generation of researchers coming out of universities. I need this new generation of research leaders to understand the ICT industry they will be inheriting - because they will be shaping our world from now on, and we all need them to get it right!

I run the Tommy Flowers Network (TFNetwork) (formally the Tommy Flowers Institute) to bring together the ICT industry with the new generation of our universities' postgraduate researchers to understand the biggest challenges we're facing. For me, this is an incredibly exciting opportunity. Sure, so academics publish papers, companies serve customers, the government implements public policy - but if we pulled together, just imagine the amazing things we could do!

TFNetwork is making this happen.

Let's get together and nurture the next generation of researchers, because this stuff matters - seriously.

The Tommy Flowers Network

The network aims to:

Delivering world-class ICT research in the future will require a new breed of researcher. We need researchers who can collaborate confidently across multiple academic disciplines - and work seamlessly between academia and industry.

That's why we in BT, along with our partners from across the ICT sector, have launched the Tommy Flowers Network. The network brings the ICT industry and UK academia together to produce the research leaders of the future. These researchers will be equipped to take on the complex challenges facing the ICT sector and help our nation to enrich its world-leading knowledge economy.

BT is a big company but we're not as big as the whole industry and that's why TFN isn't about any one company or any one university, it's about getting together for our common good. The whole thing is hosted at Adastral Park, for free, because this is the natural centre-of-gravity for industrial telecoms research in the country, so it's a no-brainer.

We have named the network after the GPO (General Post Office) engineer Tommy Flowers who worked on the code breaking machines at Bletchley Park during the war and built Colossus. It was an academic/industrial collaboration that delivered real impact: Cambridge graduate Bill Tutte deciphered the Lorenz code, Professor Max Newman saw the potential for mechanisation, and Tommy Flowers created the working machine. We are building on this legacy, developing researchers from all over the country, from both universities and industry to tackle contemporary challenges.

If you want to make the most from collaborative technological research and really understand the ICT industry's challenges then you need look no further than the Tommy Flowers Network. Join us and make amazing things happen.

"Healthy Longevity" conference
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Data Science – The beating heart of AI

12th - 14th October 2021

Find out more and register for our free TFNetworkAutumn21 conference, broadcast from the Adastral Park Hybrid Studio.

Data is the raw material for the type of machine learning that has been so successful in creating ever more AI applications. Data Science is at the heart of it. It sits at the cross-roads of statistics and machine learning. Data Science turns data into insights which can be cast into models through machine learning. Over three days we will explore the state of the art in Data Science and how it leads to applications in industry.

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Past conferences

The Tommy Flowers Network is a cross-industry initiative to develop ICT post-graduates to become better research leaders (both for industry and academia) by exposing them to industrialists and their real-world research challenges. We do this is with a conference series, pulling in over 120 attendees each time, including postgrads, academics, SMEs, vendors, BT, local and national government.

See the Tommy Flowers Network conferences overview page for post-event information...
Other conference briefings, slide decks and videos from previous events can be downloaded from the blog.
Highlights video: Summer 2021 - "Smart Connected Manufacturing – Making it happen!"
Highlights video: Spring 2021 - "Creating Value for Economies: Collaborate, Innovate, Educate"
How to join the Tommy Flowers Network

Follow our blog for the latest updates via Google or email by using the widgets on the blog side bar.

Are you interested in publishing on our blog? Whether it's a whitepaper or a poster, or are you interested in hosting a Thought Leadership event? Please fill in the publication request form.

Become a TFNetwork member by completing the subscription form. You can unsubscribe at any time. For enquiries please send us an email.

Join us on social media through LinkedIn and Twitter (@TommyFlowersNet).

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