Written by Dr Carmen Torres-Sánchez, Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
‘Innovation insights for the digital workforce of tomorrow‘ was the 4-day event organised by the EPSRC CDT in Embedded Intelligence in partnership with the Digital Economy Network and attended by the UK community of practice in Digital Manufacturing, Robotics, Big Data, Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things.
A much-provoking Panel discussion addressed the digital skills gap and the role PhD students play in the knowledge economy: ‘Aligning skills to jobs for the digital future of the knowledge society’. Chaired by Dr S Barr, head of The Manufacturer, it brought together industrialists and entrepreneurs (the MTC, HSSMI, Block Solutions), postgraduate educators (Loughborough University) and funding bodies (EPRSC). For the bulk of the programme, seminars, workshops and practicals were facilitated by world-class innovators and practitioners who brought to us the latest in Cybersecurity, Robotics, Computational Thinking, Data visualisation, Film making, and fostering of Creative thinking through Serious Games. Attending to the ethos of a Transition Zone activity, there was time for the honing of effective communication skills focusing on personal brand.
Image above is from one of the speakers for the Data Visualisation session, who has done a study on Twitter presence.