De Montfort University is committed to undertaking exciting, innovative and rigorous research, and promoting knowledge exchange activities of benefit to the economy and society.

We continue to engage pro-actively with users of research in order to maximise the impact of our work locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

We are home to renowned researchers and our reputation for collaborative ‘real world’ research with impact is growing around the world. The reach of the university is now substantial, ranging from the work undertaken with Airbus Group to protect critical national infrastructure from cyber-attacks, to research that boosts productivity for one the world’s biggest steel companies, Tata Steel.

Airbus Group
The enhanced Knowledge Transfer Partnership (eKTP) research programme with Airbus Group is developing a new digital forensic capability for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) industrial control systems that underpin the UK’s critical national infrastructure.

SCADA systems are prime targets for cyber-attacks. Attacks on systems of this size and importance are categorised as a Tier 1 threat to national security. However, current cyber forensic technologies for SCADA systems do not provide investigators scientific evidence about a cyber-attack on these critical systems.

This research programme, aimed at developing new methods and tools to support these investigations, will significantly improve the response from the UK’s critical national infrastructure to cyber-attacks and help bring cyber criminals to justice.

Tata Steel
Computer technology developed by De Montfort University (DMU) is helping to improve production for one of the world’s largest steel companies.

Researchers have helped to develop Autoplan, an automatic scheduling system trialled by Tata Steel at its heat treatment facilities in Stocksbridge, Sheffield.

The company was looking for a solution to the problem of ensuring that furnaces were kept at optimum temperature in order for batches to be processed energy efficiently, while still meeting delivery and furnace utilisation requirements.

Dr Parminder Kang, a research fellow in DMU’s Faculty of Technology is working on the collaborative project, which has received funding from Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board).

Led by Preactor International, the project aimed to develop and test the ability of the autonomous scheduling system to help manufacturers.

Tata Speciality Steels is focused on offering carbon, alloy and stainless steels, designed to meet the needs of some of the world’s most demanding applications, in markets ranging from aerospace to oil and gas, power generation and heavy goods vehicles.