APSU, headquartered in South Cerney, Cirencester, has been awarded government funds of almost £100K for a two-year partnership with Oxford Brookes University, which will see them develop state-of-the-art secure management systems for the computers that power some of Britain’s biggest businesses.
Experts in artificial intelligence and machine learning from the university will work closely with the company’s data centre operators to capture their exceptional knowledge of correcting faults in IBM mid-range computer systems. They will then devise ‘autonomic’ methods that will allow automatic fault correction by software-based control agents. This will speed up response times and permit existing operators to manage more systems.
Key to this ‘Knowledge Transfer Partnership’ project will be the ‘KTP Associate’ who the partners are now seeking. This will be a recently qualified, Master’s level graduate in computing, who will work in the company under supervision from the university, combining the latest academic theory with industry-leading operations to produce a world-beating system.
As a technology pioneer, APSU is an IBM Premier Partner with board representation on IBM’s Worldwide Advisory Councils. The company provides managed IT services and software to major corporate clients in the areas of business continuity, managed cloud computing, managed IT services and system management software.
Dr Faye Mitchell is leading the project for Oxford Brookes. Says Faye, ‘we’re delighted to be involved in this partnership. It will apply our research in artificial intelligence (AI) and agent-based systems to the kind of complex, dynamic environment that’s typical of major business platforms. It will also provide an exciting opportunity for a computing graduate that could set them up for a very rewarding career.’ Anyone interested in joining the project should watch out for the advertisement at www.brookes.ac.uk/vacancies.
Paul Wade, APSU’s Director of Software Engineering, confirmed this was a strategic initiative for APSU. ‘Oxford Brookes brings a new dimension to the design of IBM i system management tools, further developing our Maximise application to harness the extensive knowledge of our IBM I operations team to manage system errors or tasks by an autonomic reflex using AI. Every company, and there are over 150,000 worldwide, that has a Power i (IBM Power Systems running IBM i) will want to use our application to improve efficiency and save costs.’
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) is a programme funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. Companies can get funding of up to 67% for a strategic partnership with a university that will bring new technologies and capabilities for business growth. For more information, contact John Corlett, KTP Manager at Oxford Brookes on 01865 484204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.