CoSTAR National Lab - AHRC

The CoSTAR National Lab will bring together world leaders in applied technology research and story. It is led by Royal Holloway University of London with partners:

  • Pinewood Studios
  • BT
  • University of Surrey
  • Abertay University
  • disguise
  • National Film and Television School
  • Surrey County Council

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The CoSTAR National Lab will enable small and medium businesses (SMEs) and wider industry to do what they could not do alone by:

  • building, commissioning, testing and demonstrating the facilities of the CoSTAR National Lab in Applied Research, enabling early stage research to experimental prototyping
  • placing applied research side-by-side with live commercial productions, with a network of industry leaders offering routes to commercialisation and markets beyond most SME networks
  • providing unique access to world-leading creative businesses and talent to stimulate feedback between creative technology research and development (R&D) and commercial and creative exploitation
  • fusing R&D with production expertise and industry via the UK’s National Film and Television School, the world’s leading film school, coupled with research-in-action PhD programmes

The National Lab will also deliver a Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation Function and a Pilots, Demonstrators and Trials programme on behalf of the CoSTAR network.

The National Lab will include dedicated stage and studio space, featuring advanced creative computing technologies, a large-scale virtual production system, a 5G-6G private network, a motion capture rig, and a state-of-the-art creative artificial intelligence (AI) compute facility accessible across the UK. Its networked facilities will provide access to the nationwide CoSTAR infrastructure.

Last updated: 22 November 2023

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