Live-stream: Lord Kelvin Lecture - Purposeful Innovation

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Live-stream of the Lord Kelvin Lecture: Purposeful Innovation by Professor Timothy Whitley, Managing Director Research and Innovation, BT, taking place at Lloyd's Register in London.


In a world where commercial success is ever more dependent on innovation, but where ‘patient money’ is ever more scarce, Prof Tim Whitley presents his perspective on ‘purposeful innovation’ where the pursuit of scientific breakthrough is married with practical engineering not only to power BT but to transform the world. Based on the long history of innovation in BT, Tim will provide an update on the research that it is undertaking today that balances the excitement of leading science, engineering prowess and commercial value. Tim will then illustrate these principles by exploring some recent research developments in BT’s core networks, including a recent demonstration of the most efficient transmission of information over optical fibre ever achieved, assuring us that there will be no network capacity crunch in the next 10 years. Finally, Tim will show how the work of some of the world’s greatest minds is still influencing modern research and innovation.

About the Speaker

Professor Timothy Whitley is a BT Distinguished Engineer and serves as MD Research and Innovation for BT and MD of BT’s R&D Campus ‘Adastral Park’ in Suffolk, England. He is accountable for all aspects of BT’s Global Research and Innovation activities, which includes applied research, technology scouting and partnerships with world leading universities. From 2007 to 2011 he was BT Group Strategy Director. Tim holds a BSc in Physics, a PhD in Optical Fibre Systems, is a Policy Fellow with the Centre for Science & Policy, University of Cambridge, England and is a Board member for the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. Tim is BT visiting Professor with the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex. He is also the BT senior manager on the Equality of Access Board (EAB), the independent body established in 2006 to verify that BT is adhering to the regulatory undertakings established around the creation of Openreach. In December 2016, Professor Whitley was appointed as a member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) by the UK Government.

History of the IMarEST Lord Kelvin Lecture Series

In memory of Lord Kelvin's presidency of the Institute, the IMarEST has established a series of lectures to reflect upon his achievements and vision. Lord Kelvin achieved world-wide fame in the sphere of pure science, and was equally successful in the application of his knowledge of physics to practical uses. Among his numerous inventions, those by which he will be chiefly remembered by the maritime community are his patent ship's compass and sea-sounding apparatus, now universally adopted. He was one of the Institute's first presidents, during session 1892-3. The IMarEST Lord Kelvin Lectures will be given by distinguished members of the maritime community taking Lord Kelvin's foresight and applying it to the development of future technologies.

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