Working together, IBM Research and STFC’s goal is to develop new technologies in high-performance analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) that will improve the competitiveness and growth rate of the UK economy.
The 30-strong research team based within the Hartree Centre were the first people employed by IBM Research in the UK, a fact which Martyn Spink, programme director at IBM Research, believes is a big statement from the company.
He said: “Our presence at Sci-Tech Daresbury is a real win-win. IBM’s job is to help organisations achieve their business goals using the right technology, and the fact that Sci-Tech Daresbury is a community of innovation-based organisations means that it’s an environment that offers great collaboration opportunities.
“As a location, we’re placed in striking distance to a lot of our collaborators. We’re almost equidistant between Liverpool and Manchester and have built successful partnerships with their universities. So geographically, it was a very deliberate move to base our operations at Sci-Tech Daresbury.”