About the Institute

Technology Futures Institute

The Technology Futures Institute is an international leader in key areas of research and innovation related to engineering sustainability, manufacturing and process engineering and analytical instrumentation, measurement and control engineering. In REF 2014, 59% of our research in general engineering was recognised as world-leading and internationally excellent with 90% of the impact submission rated as outstanding/very considerable.

Technology Futures Institute
Clean room

For more information contact:
Professor Nashwan Dawood
E: n.n.dawood@tees.ac.uk

Research themes

Research within TFI is organised into three main interrelated themes:

  • Engineering sustainability - focuses on the sustainability of the built environment with particular emphasis on the use of information and communication technology for building information management and modelling and for visualisation of construction processes.
  • Manufacturing and process engineering there are two key elements - firstly, development of bespoke, advanced and functional materials for specific industrial applications and secondly, the use of micro and nanomanufacturing to create devices that have high density and enhanced functionality.
  • Measurement and control systems - activity centres on the applications of intelligent algorithms in systems control, advanced chemical analysis technologies, and process flow measurement in challenging environments.

Collaboration

The Institute's vision and strategy is to develop internationally leading applications focused research. We have a long tradition of applied, collaborative research working with industrial partners. The Tees Valley is a major centre for the chemical and process industries, with an innovative industrial base and companies are actively involved in developing future technologies such as clean manufacture, biotechnology, biofuels, hydrogen technologies and printable electronics. The Institute has strong, active research links with ABB, SABIC, Johnson Matthey and Lucite International, members of one of the EU’s largest manufacturing hubs based in the Tees Valley.

As well as developing applications-focused new knowledge and technologies, the Institute provides a wide range of services through its strong, long-standing relationships with public and private sector organisations. Collaborators and partners include some of the world’s leading companies and research organisations such as Rolls-Royce, IBM, Qatar Project Management, HOCHTIEF-Vicon and Ramboll and universities and research institutes such as Sheffield, Manchester, Oxford, VTT Finland, Tokyo.

The Institute has been particularly successful in exploiting knowledge and technology transfer mechanisms, including knowledge transfer partnerships and supporting start up and spin out companies as a route to securing impact.