Matt Polaine joined BAS in June 2016 as Innovation Manager for the Aurora Innovation Centre at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, UK.
An Industrial Design Engineer with his own freelance business (Polaine Product Design) early in his career with a client base that grew to include optical fibre manifold and splice tray design for British Telecommunications plc (BT). Other client work was shown on the BBC television program Tomorrow’s World and presented at the NEC Motor Show. His work on fibre splice tray design helped increase BT’s fibre splice tray capacity in the field and in rack systems by a third within the same sized enclosure, now used across the UK.
Later employed by the Advanced Perception Labs at BT’s Martlesham Heath Research site in Ipswich, UK, he worked on advanced virtual reality concept development which included presenting at Tomorrow’s World Live at the NEC and running the largest CAD 3D animation render farm in East Anglia at the time.
During a start up business period (Rocking Frog) Matt was one of a select few user interface designers to work with Nokia UI staff, and was involved in the development of mobile personalisation applications many years ahead of the market.
From 2012 to 2015 Matt played a key innovation role at BT plc in the recovery of BT’s Home Hub 2 routers as they neared the end of their support life through a change in the design of the replacement Home Hub 3 (Alloy Design agency) which tripled return rates and condition quality. This prevented 1,755 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from unnecessary manufacturing, stopped 85 tonnes of electronics entering the UK waste stream and saved £2.8m in manufacturing and logistics costs in six months. By challenging BT’s suppliers to adopt circular economy principles through BT’s Better Future Supplier Forum, BT’s suppliers saved over 250,000 tonnes of GHG emissions in 2014 alone.
He is currently helping drive the development of the Innovation Centre at BAS – a space with excellent conference and meeting facilities and open-plan office space for collaborators. The Innovation Centre aims to create a vibrant niche in the Cambridge ecosystem for excellent research and entrepreneurial activity in the areas of climate change, environmental stewardship and technologies for challenging environments.
A keen cyclist, he still has a British Cycling racing licence, has in the past raced at National Masters level in MTB Enduro events and currently races in UCI Gran Fondo World Series Championships Masters Level. He is also a member of Club Des Cinglés du Mont-Ventoux , and completed the 2017 1,448km London-Edinburgh-London Audax in 122hrs, riding for 68hrs. He is married with two children and lives in Cambridge.
1997 – 2015
Lead Researcher, The Circular Economy
British Telecommunications Plc
2000 – 2002
Head of Brand and User Interface Design
Rocking Frog (Start-up business at Adastral Park Innovation Centre Brightstar)
1992 – 1997
Freelance Industrial Design Engineer
Polaine Product Design
1990 – 1994
Industrial Design Engineer
Minima Design Ltd
Industrial Design Engineer
Industrial Design Engineer
ATP Industries Group Ltd
Ford, Polaine (2015) The Impact of Using Recycled Materials on Corporate Sustainability Initiatives: Using 100% Recycled Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene in Consumer Products. Onsustainability.com. 11th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Copenhagen. Conference presentation (Ford) 23rd January, p.61.
Jain, Polaine, Morrow, Parr (2011) Multi-level power and performance tradeoffs across the access networks to customer premises equipment. Green Computing Conference and Workshops (IGCC) 2011 International.
Walker, Bowskill, Hollier, McGrath, Polaine (2000) Telepresence: Understanding People as Content.
MIT Press Journal April 2000 but published on line March 2006.
Walker, Benford, Greenhalgh, Brown, Regan, Rea, Morphett, Wyver, Gower, Sheat, Polaine (1997) The Mirror: Reflections on Inhabited TV. IEEE.
Crabtree, Bowskill, Loffler, Titmus, Polaine, O’Donoghue (2009) Information Provider US 7512678 B2.
Crabtree, Bowskill, Loffler, Titmus, Polaine, O’Donoghue (2004) Method of Updating Interests US 7493372 B2.
Crabtree, Bowskill, Loffler, Titmus, Polaine, O’Donoghue (2004) Information Provider US 2004044658 A1.
Crabtree, Bowskill, Loffler, Titmus, Polaine, O’Donoghue (2004) Method of Updating Interests EU G06F17/30W1F.
Crabtree, Bowskill, Loffler, Titmus, Polaine, O’Donoghue (2004) Method of Updating Interests US 2004039814. US version of EU Patent: The invention is concerned with a method of changing a profile representing subject matter of interest to a user, where the profile includes a plurality of sets of subject-related data. The method of the invention includes the steps of suggesting a change to the profile to the user, which suggestion includes one or more selection choices representative of the suggested change, receiving one or more selection choices from the user, modifying the user profile in accordance with the or each selection choice, monitoring user action in respect of the modification, and, if the user action satisfies predetermined criteria, permanently changing the profile in accordance with the or each selection choice.
Bowskill, Loffler, Polaine, Patmore (2001) Personal Communications Device EU WO2000GB03970 20001016. A human computer interface device is provided in which the operation of the user interface depends upon detected physical and location attributes of the user. If a user is moving the user interface switches to auditory output only. Detected location attributes are also used to modify the operation of the user interface. Also provided is a mobile conferencing device incorporating such a human computer interface device. In this case the ring-tone or a visual display can be tailored according to the detected location.
Polaine, Benton, Stockman, (1998) Optical Fibre Manifold US 5774617. US version of EU Patent granted.
Polaine, Benton, Stockman (1994) An Optical Fibre Manifold EU WO1994GB00938 19940426. A manifold for breaking out optical fibres from a multifibre bundle has at least one input channel and several output channels. The channels are initially laterally open so that fibres can be laid in the channels without having to thread a fibre end through an aperture, and can then be closed once the fibre has been laid in, to retain the fibre.
Waste Management and Recycling
Event 24 June, 2019
Aurora Innovation Centre
Panel speaker at Circular Advantage Business Forum (June 2015), The Innovation Forum, London.
Panel speaker at Portcullis House, (March 2015) London chaired by Joan Walley MP, then Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, organised by the Aldersgate Group for the launch of their March 2015 report ‘Resource efficient business models: the roadmap to resilience and prosperity.’
Guest Speaker at Design Management International (2015) Lucerne, Switzerland.
Panel speaker at Resource 2015 (March 2015), ExCel, London.
Panel speaker at North West Sustainable Business Quarterly (2014), Manchester.
Panel speaker at NESTA Smart Resources event (2014), London.
Key innovation role at BT plc (2012 – 2015) in the recovery of BT’s Home Hub 2 routers as they neared the end of their support life. “A change in the design of the replacement Home Hub 3 tripled return rates and condition quality”, which prevented 1,755 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from unnecessary manufacturing, stopped 85 tonnes of electronics entering the UK waste stream and saved £2.8m in six months. By challenging BT’s suppliers to adopt circular economy principles through BT’s Better Future Supplier Forum, BT’s suppliers saved over 250,000 tonnes of GHG emissions in 2014 alone.