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Appointment to help develop joint digital engineering capability
Published:  05 May, 2020

The Bristol-based Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering, has announced the appointment of Dr James Gopsill to develop a joint digital engineering capability between CFMS and the University of Bristol.

The five-year, co-funded role forms part of a strategic partnership between the two organisations to develop new digital tools, methods and models that address challenges posed by the Industrial Strategy, of which digital transformation is at the heart.

Dr Gopsill, who joins CFMS as a Research Fellow in digital engineering, will build a team which reinforces and extends the West of England’s capability in high-value design (HVD) and supports the much-awaited DETI project. DETI is a research, innovation and skills initiative that will develop and accelerate digital engineering across multiple industry sectors.

Working with Guy Johns, Lead Technologist at CFMS, Dr Gopsill will develop innovative digital technologies including design tools for machine learning and artificial intelligence, digital twins and model-based systems engineering, amongst others.

Prof. Ian Risk, Chief Technology Officer at CFMS, said: “As two organisations passionate about finding solutions to the global civic challenge, especially pertinent in the wake of Covid-19, James’s appointment couldn’t come at a better time. Managing and recovering from the coronavirus crisis could be the catalyst for a long-term digitally driven partnership between academia, industry and government so we’re delighted to be working with the University of Bristol and James to advance the region’s digital capabilities and support its economic recovery.”

Dr Gopsill, who has just finished a two-year UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Researcher-in-Residence role at the National Composite Centre (NCC), will split his time between CFMS and the University of Bristol.

Funding for the role has been taken from the £725 million Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), which is being delivered by UKRI.

The ISCF provides funding and support to UK business and researchers and aims to develop new technologies, innovations and processes to improve productivity, performance and skills in the UK.

The partnership between CFMS and the University of Bristol is one of a number of strategic partnerships between the University and industry and complements other joint and co-funded projects with organisations including NCC, Airbus and Rolls Royce.

The partnership also supports major investments like DETI, which will provide another mechanism to coalesce and provide capability in the region. CFMS is a key strategic partner in the DETI programme, which is being led by the NCC.