The Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, paid his first visit to the University’s campus expansion at Heslington East. The Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Cantor, briefed the Minister on the progress of the development before accompanying him on a visit to University spin-out company Cybula Ltd, based in the Department of Computer Science.
Cybula specialises in high performance pattern recognition software and Mr Willetts met the company’s Commercial Director, John McAvoy, Technical Project Manager Julian Young, and Steve Hobson, Software Engineer. They demonstrated Cybula’s advanced face recognition technology, derived from pattern recognition technology created in the York Computer Science research group. Mr Willetts also saw a commercial application of Cybula’s data mining and pattern recognition technology, as well as the company’s YouShare Cloud Platform for the management and analysis of medical data.
The Minister also visited companies in the Springboard micro-business facilities in the Ron Cooke Hub. He visited The Distance, a creative digital agency focusing on ecommerce and mobile app development, and met one of its founders of The Distance, Anthony Main. Mr Willetts also saw a presentation in the 3Sixty demonstration space by Matthew Freckelton, the founder and managing director of Yatterbox, a political monitoring and news tool.