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Looking forward to digital futures

STAMINA was showcased at the launch of Brunel University London’s new Institute of Digital Futures at a virtual event that heralded the importance of digital research and innovation for tackling many of the grand challenges faced by society. 

Held over Zoom on 29 October 2020, and convened by the Institute’s Director, Prof Abdul Sadka, the event attracted academics and support staff from across the University, together with partners from local and national industry. 

Brunel’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Prof Julia Buckingham CBE, set the scene by remarking how our lives have been turned upside down by the global pandemic, but that rapid digital progress has come to the rescue of the University and society more widely. “Looking forward, I suspect that we, locally, nationally and globally, are only in the foothills of the digital revolution,” she said. “I don’t think there could be any doubt that the work of digital scientists and engineers will transform our lives in ways that we can’t imagine in the next 20 or so years. 

The event included breakout room discussions and concluded with a specially designed virtual showcase of Brunel’s existing digital research projects, including a presentation of STAMINA. This platform enabled participants to view 32 stands of recent research, network with each other and enjoy the 360° 3D projection dome in virtual reality. 

Find out more about the project and its launch event on the Brunel University website here.