CSols Ltd is a software company based in Cheshire offering solutions for improving efficiency in analytical laboratories. Over the last 8 years, they’ve been working with University of Liverpool academics within the Department of Computer Sciences through two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). The projects form part of a multi-decade strategy to better define and re-purpose the ‘hidden’ data created by networked laboratory analysis equipment and improve laboratory efficiency.
Building on the first KTP project, Improving Laboratory Efficiency, which developed software wrappers allowing analytical machines to interact seamlessly with LabApps regardless of machine type or manufacturer, Dr Valentina Tamma and Professor Frans Coenen have been working on the latest KTP (read more here: Strategic Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with CSols Ltd is driving the development of effective laboratory software and data handling). Their aim has been to find a model and process for accessing the analytical data, and providing context and a framework for the information to be used by any audience, providing customers with a complete understanding of their data. The ‘ontology-first’ approach they have developed will allow CSols Ltd to have a better understanding and improve their software optimisation process moving forwards.
The use of ontological knowledge adds value to data, and is vital for improving efficiency and solving problems within large analytical laboratories. By undertaking the research through a KTP, CSols Ltd have completed a high-level academic process that would otherwise be too expensive for an SME. As a consequence, the University of Liverpool has seen new projects and partnerships becoming established based on this novel approach.
Phil Goddard, CEO of CSols Ltd, outlined why the KTP research has been key for their company. “The most important thing to come out of this work in the future will be the updating and optimisation of software through deep, systematic refactoring that is guided by the ontology in steps that are operationally manageable.”
KTP enables Higher Education Institutions to apply their wealth of knowledge and expertise to important business problems, facilitate collaborations that lead to measurable research impact, and provide an employment opportunity for high-calibre graduates.
The scheme allow academics to partner with innovative businesses looking to expand their research and development capabilities, and for those academics with existing links to such companies, provide an attractive funding opportunity for further research & development projects.
The KTP Office, located in Research, Partnerships and Innovation, offers a full range of services to support you and the company from your initial enquiry through to the end of the partnership. Contact the team today.