We're home to a highly collaborative ecosystem, uniting people from diverse backgrounds and drawing on different areas of expertise, with R&D, academia, industry and the public sector working together. The region is home to a number of R&D centres including Oracle’s Cloud Development, HP Labs, and the University of Bristol Smart Lab team which in 2018 staged the world’s first public trial of 5G.
The region's four universities play a central role in strengthening the region’s digital and tech sector, from establishing SETsquared (Global #1 University Incubator) to the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus. Our universities collaborate closely with businesses in life sciences, cyber security, quantum and robotics including several autonomous vehicle projects. The universities also produce a constant stream of highly-skilled graduates with one of the highest graduate retention rates in the country.
Bristol has built a name for itself as the UK's 'home of science, media and innovation', and has both a wealth of locally-grown talent and the power to attract new skilled workers to the region.
Creating the ‘Hero Arm’, which is the world’s first 3D-printed prosthetic arm for children.
Addressing the gender pay gap by combining data science with economics and psychology to improve decision-making in HR.
The world’s first quantum photonics chip was developed in Bristol, and the region is the first 5GUK Test Network to become fully secured by quantum key distribution, extending from the University of Bristol to Bath.
QTIC has all the right ingredients that enable us to use their network and build new links. The labs and equipment are fantastic – there is nothing comparable for quantum and quantum service companies in the UK.
The region features an internationally-leading robotics subsector, including:
Bristol & Bath has many innovators in cloud technology, including:
The University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab is one of the UK's most renowned ICT research centres. The lab’s research addresses major societal and industrial challenges and around 200 experts work there to push technological boundaries.
These experts specialise in research and innovation in the areas of 5G radio/wireless and optical communications, and work in fields like AI, smart cities, machine learning, and network softwarisation. Their unique offerings in optical, wireless, and cloud technologies bring together end-to-end network design for regional, national, and global ICT innovations.
Bristol is Open (BiO) was set up by Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol to develop a ‘test-bed’ programmable, digital infrastructure, that launched in April 2015.
The programme’s research areas included:
In collaboration with Toshiba Research Labs, South Gloucestershire is building a 5G testbed in the north of Bristol. It will be an open 5G network connecting the Science Park, the NCC, UWE, and the IAAPS.