Purposeful Innovation
  • Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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In a world where commercial success is ever more dependent on innovation, but where 'patient money' is ever more scarce, Dr Tim Whitley presents his perspective on 'BT's purposeful innovation' where the pursuit of scientific breakthrough is married with practical engineering not only to power BT but to transform the world. 

Tim will trace the history of innovation in BT, and provide an update on the research that we are undertaking today that balances the excitement of leading science, engineering prowess and commercial value. He will then illustrate this by exploring some recent research developments in BT’s core and access networks and describe BT Labs recent demonstration of the most efficient transmission of information over optical fibre ever achieved, assuring us that there will be no network capacity crunch in the next ten years. Tim will also describe a rich new vein of research that is breathing new life into the potential of the many millions of kilometres of copper cable installed across the planet. Briefly, he will examine how the fusion of quantum physics and optical engineering excellence is on the cusp of providing the ultimate in security for optical fibre systems.

Tim will then reflect upon his personal experiences from his long career in BT, from joining as an apprentice to becoming a BT Distinguished Engineer and head of BT’s Research & Innovation. Finally, he will describe the skills and competencies that BT is looking for in graduate recruits in order to develop the next generation of business leaders.

Speaker biography

Dr Timothy Whitley is a BT Distinguished Engineer and serves as MD Research and Innovation for BT and MD of BT's R&D Campus 'Adastral Park' in Suffolk, England. He is accountable for all aspects of BT's Global Research and Innovation activities, which includes applied research, technology scouting and partnerships with world leading universities. He is also accountable for BT's patent licensing activity.

The talk is open to Plymouth University staff and students and will start at 2pm.

Limited seating available. Please reserve your place via the above link.

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