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We work with businesses, small and large, and with public administrations, artists, and local charities to help solve their challenges with cutting-edge research and education. Engagements can take many forms, from bespoke consultancy projects to address timely specific questions, build proof-of-concept’s, and run feasibility studies to sponsored student projects to strategic partnerships realising bold longer-term science and educational goals.

There are also opportunities to apply for joint funding to resource a new collaboration, including internal seed funding, Innovate UK smart grants or knowledge technology partnerships, and Horizon Europe large collaborative bids.

You can discover our research by reviewing the work we’re doing, particularly the research hubs which focus on external challenges drawing on expertise from across the Department to explore new collaborations within and outside King’s, with the view of developing a strong impact culture.

The Department is home to CUSP London (Centre for Urban Science and Progress London), an interdisciplinary research and education centre bringing together expertise from across King’s and the University of Warwick to apply quantitative and computational approaches to urban challenges, with extensive collaboration with public sector city authorities and other external bodies to ensure strong social impact.

Department of Informatics enterprise

Professor Elena Simperl



We worked with London-based OpenCorporates, the world’s largest open database of companies. As part of the EU-funded research programme TheyBuyForYou, Professor Elena Simperl and Dr Eddy Maddalena built a tool that improves incomplete company records using online crowdsourcing. This was a complex project that required insight into micro-task design and strategies for recognising accurate answers, as well as a sound understanding of what motivates people to complete tasks effectively and according to specifications. Above all, the solution must be designed so that the service remains cost-effective and affordable for large amounts of company data. Better company data in the public domain means more transparency and a level playing field.

Alan Buxton, CTO OpenCorporates said: "The software tool that KCL had built and the expertise they provided really helped us in getting our entity matching service up and running – we couldn’t have delivered the project in this timescale without that."

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Working with the Westminster City Council on the Strand/Aldwych data springboard

We are working with Westminster City Council, the local government entity responsible for the Strand-Aldwych redevelopment, to explore ways to innovate with data for the area. We assess participatory data stewardship and governance formats that would serve as a platform for bottom-up engagements, decisions, and innovations. The Data Springboard project engages public and private stakeholders and the general public in a range of workshops. In these, we discuss the key questions around the Data Springboard, including how stakeholders could benefit from data sharing, what challenges we should focus on, and how we should approach questions of data ethics. Our goal is to create a pilot for the Data Springboard that can deliver innovative solutions with local data that benefit those who are part of or affected by it, and educating them about the benefits of data sharing.

"This area of work is a key council priority for the local authority which aligns with short and long-term ambitions of the transformation scheme and is foundational to our wider management model which involves various stakeholders and communities in the area." - Kirsten Zeller, Westminster City Council





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