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Research projects

The Centre is undertaking a number of ongoing research projects funded by a broad range of institutions.

Duration of award- start-finish date (or application submission date)

Awarding body, amount and R-code

Project title

PI and co-applicants

09/2020 – 08/2025

ESRC, (£15,794,117.02 with 8% for DCSRC – 4% for Jian-Bo Yang and 4% for Richard Allmendinger)

UKRI Productivity Institute

Jian-Bo Yang (CI, 10% FTE, Academic Leader for Productivity Lab), Richard Allmendinger (CI, Business Engagement for the Institute, 10% FTE)

01/2021 – 12/2025

Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, ¥3,000,000 ≈ £333,333)

The Methodologies of Traceability and Profit Allocation for Agri-food Supply Chain based on Internet of Things and Blockchain

Xiangpei Hu of Zhejiang University, China (PI), Jian-Bo Yang (C-PI),

01/2020 – 12/2021

UK Technology Strategy Board - CR&D, £318,625

AI Claims Handler

Jian-Bo Yang (PI, 10% FTE), Dong-Ling Xu (CI, 10 FTE)

01/2018 – 12/2021

NSFC and Zhejiang Province Joint Fund,
¥2,000,000 ≈ £222,222

Information fusion methods for condition monitoring and fault diagnosis of marine electric propulsion systems

Xiaobin Xu of Hangzhou Dianzi University, China (PI), Jian-Bo Yang (C-PI)

01/2021 – 12/2022

National Key Research and Development Project of China, ¥1,620,000 ≈ £178,200

Condition Monitoring and Risk Control Technology of Shaftless Propeller for Emergency Rescue Underwater Vehicles

Ouyang Wo of Wuhan University of Technology (PI), Dong-Ling-Xu (CI)

05/2019 – 04/2023

EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions project,

ReMESH: research network on emergency resources supply chain

Dong-Ling Xu (PI, 20% FTE), Jian-Bo Yang (CI, 12% FTE) and Nadia Papamich (CI, 8% FTE)

09/2018 - 08/2021

Alliance Manchester
Business School
£70 000

Quantitative Models of Realistic Human Decision-Makers
for Data Analytics and Optimisation

Manuel López-Ibáñez (PI)


Innovate UK, KTP.
Partner is Connect Childcare

Connect Software Solutions

Yu-Wang Chen (PI), Richard Allmendinger (CI)


Innovate UK, KTP. Partner is Forensic Testing Services Ltd, £190K.

Explainable AI for drug usage prediction

Richard Allmendinger (PI), Yu-wang Chen (CI)


Innovate UK, KTP. Partner is Forensic Testing Services Ltd, £270K (DCSRC received).

Characterisation of new drugs

University of Liverpool (PI), Richard Allmendinger (CI, 1%)


EPSRC-IBM iCASE PhD studentship £110K

Bayesian optimization for problems with dynamic resource constraints

Richard Allmendinger (PI)


UMRI - Pump Priming.

Innovation Lab on Industry 4.0

Richard Allmendinger (PI), Nikolay Mehandjiev (CI), Paulo Bartolo (FSE, CI), John Ainsworth (FBMH, CI)

12/2019 – 05/2022

Innovate UK, KTP.
Partner is Pilot Group Ltd

Advanced control strategies and machine learning for application in whole-building optimised energy control and management

Alessandra Parisio (PI), Xiao-Jun Zeng (CI)


EU EPPKA2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (€97,645 ≈ )

Erasmus+ programme – Training on IoT

Xiao-Jun Zeng (PI), John Keane (CI)