Alignment to Aston University’s research priorities
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Aston Digital Futures Institute (ADFI) is aligned with the strategic research priorities of the University and is one of the enablers of our 2030 strategy. It represents a long-term commitment by the University to growing this area, stretching beyond the next expected REF in 2028 and well into the 2030s.
How ADFI links to Aston University’s existing research strengths
A key aim of AIDF will be to link its research with other areas of focus at the University, across our three Colleges (Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Health Sciences and Business and Social Sciences).
Aston University’s flagships research areas are the University Research Institutes, which together account for half of the University’s research awards. They all interface with the digital research agenda to varying degrees:
Aston Institute of Health and Neurodevelopment (AIHN) uses advanced technology to explore brains, development and healthy behaviours, with a focus on paediatrics. AIHN is co-directed by Professor Jacqueline Blissett and Professor Gavin Woodhall
A number of other existing and new research centres will also link in with ADFI:
The College of Health and Life Sciences (HLS) has recently appointed world-leading expert in bio-informatics, Professor Ian Wong, as its new Regius Professor of Pharmacy. Professor Wong will join Aston University from UCL in spring 2023.
Together with the College of Business and Social Sciences (BSS), the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) has launched a new Cyber Security Innovation Research Centre aligned with ADFI.
EPS is also developing new research centres in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, as well as in Medical Informatics, aligned with ADFI.
The School of Social Sciences and Humanities within BSS hosts the Digital Humanities Research Group.
Businesses and public sector organisations
ADFI will partner with businesses and public sector organisations, including global digital tech companies.
Aston University already has in place numerous strategic partnerships, including with NHS Trusts in the region and is a member of Birmingham Health Partners.