There’s a Revolution coming…..

Are you ready to seize the opportunities it presents? Or are you going to miss the boat, bus, lorry, car, train, plane, bike, drone……?

Through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) the government has identified 4 grand challenges

  • Future Mobility
  • Clean Growth
  • Data
  • Ageing Society

Connected Autonomous Transport (CAT) covers all of these 4 grand challenges. Innovate UK estimate that by 2025 the global value of this new mobility will be £900 billion. Through the ISCF, the government has identified that we need to develop and demonstrate safe, efficient, integrated and interoperable connected and autonomous transports systems for movement of people and goods from the UK and abroad by 2023. There is nowhere in the UK where this is more important or urgent than here in Northern Ireland. To achieve this Government has set a target to increase GVA by £4bn in the UK by 2025. To enable this they are likely to support the development and deployment of these interconnected technologies and solutions through the ISCF.

Although this is a very speculative approach, we need to be asking the questions now:

  • What’s the vision for Northern Ireland?
  • What are our challenges?
  • What are the opportunities?
  • How do we achieve our vision?
  • Do we need a demonstration site?
  • Research – what’s needed, how is it funded?
  • Innovation – what do we need, how is it funded?
  • How is it delivered and how are solutions brought to market quickly?
  • Network – Collaboration, partnering what’s needed?

This workshop aims to facilitate and assist businesses in Northern Ireland have those conversations. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss potential solutions to these questions and identify partners that they might be able to work with to deliver this complete, interconnected and secure system for our transportation, trade, energy and society.  


12:30 Registration and Networking Lunch
13:00 Welcome & Introduction: Joanne Coyle, Invest NI
13:10 Background to the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF): Richard Pelan, Invest NI
13:20 Challenges & Opportunities: Pat Doyle, Invest NI
13:40 Road Infrastructure Challenges: David Strain, Department for Infrastructure
13:50 Connecting multi modes of transportation: Brian Elliot, Translink
14:05 Autonomous Sailing Vessel: Professor Mark Gillan, Artemis Technologies Ltd
14:15 Energy Balance, Load, Sources and Supply: Sam Knox, Invest NI
14:35 Data Security, Connectivity and Intelligent Usage: Gavin McWilliams, CSIT
14:45 Tea/Coffee Break
15:00 Setting the scene for Connected Autonomous Transport, the barriers and opportunities: Adrian Jones, Transport Systems Catapult
15:15 Workshop
  • Session one: Discussion groups to develop a vision (15 minutes)Session two: What do they need to achieve the vision? (40 minutes)
  • What’s the vision for Northern Ireland?
  • What are our challenges?
  • What are the opportunities?
  • What's the vision for Northern Ireland?
15:35 Present visions (10 minutes)
  • How do we achieve our vision?
  • Delivery - Demonstrators, data centre, equipment and infrastructure
  • Network - How do we share learning, develop supply chains and solutions to exploit this technology?
  • Research and Innovation - what's needed and how is it funded?
16:30 Present what we need to do findings (10 minutes)
16:40 Summary and agree next steps
17:00 Close


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xInvest NI HQ, Bedford Street, Belfast

1 Bedford Square,


United Kingdom