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Innovation and infrastructure

Trailblazing Training Adds to Chemistry’s Attraction

By | Advanced materials, Bioscience and medicine, Innovation and infrastructure, Just Added | No Comments
When designing new molecules for pharmaceutical and other uses, the key is to combine the right elements in the right way. The same is true of the training vital to nurturing the skills needed to make it happen.     A perfect example has seen Southampton University join forces with Oxford and Bristol to establish an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) integrating two vital aspects of chemistry in a powerful new way. With strong links to industry ensuring its work feeds into the real economy, the Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences (TMCS) CDT is producing tomorrow’s research leaders and equipping...
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A Safe Haven for Data

By | Innovation and infrastructure, Just Added, The Data Revolution | No Comments
In today’s high-powered, hyper-connected world, the vast potential to use data to generate insight and understanding is matched only by the need to keep it safe and secure. The first facility of its kind at a European university, the £1M Jill Dando Institute Research Laboratory (JDIRL) at UCL combines state-of-the-art storage for sensitive datasets with the ability to use them to shed light on anything from consumer behaviour to crime patterns. With rigorous protocols and processes ensuring both digital and physical security, this unique facility offers exciting possibilities in research, enabling academic, commercial and public sector organisations to transform hard...
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Meeting the Needs of a Wireless World

By | Bioscience and medicine, Cities and supporting life, Innovation and infrastructure, Technology and interconnectivity | No Comments
It’s hard to deny how much we depend on wireless communications – and one pace-setting spinout company is helping to make it possible through patented technology developed at UCL and Cambridge University. From schools, hospitals, airports and shopping malls, to sports stadia, music arenas, power stations and corporate HQs, Zinwave delivers unique optical-fibre solutions that allow high-quality wireless coverage to reach every part of a building or complex – however big it is, however tall it is and however far it extends underground. Zinwave’s success demonstrates not just how collaboration between academic institutions can lead to remarkable technical breakthroughs, but...
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Emerald Gives Green Light to Oilfield Breakthrough

By | Energy and climate change, Innovation and infrastructure | No Comments
Pioneering software designed to help the oil and gas industry boost production and profits has been developed with crucial input from Emerald, the UK’s most powerful supercomputer of its kind. The brainchild of Oxfordshire start-up Ridgeway Kite Software, the new tool is set to deliver a big leap forward in the ability to simulate oil and gas reservoirs – benefiting engineers facing key decisions on how many wells to drill and exactly where to locate them. Harnessing Emerald, a cutting-edge facility developed by three SES members, has helped enable rapid development at affordable cost and confirmed the software’s suitability for use...
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Dr. Peter Vincent – Computational Fluid Dynamics for Industry and Manufacturing. Part Three

By | Advanced materials, Innovation and infrastructure, The Data Revolution | No Comments
We sat down with Dr. Peter Vincent to gain some insight into his research at Vincent Lab. Dr. Vincent has been a key user of SES machine Emerald, and discusses applications of CFS and his research in various sectors, as well as his collaborations with key businesses and industry members, translating academic research into commercially viable products and resources. To find out more about his research, please read the case study. Don't forget to watch part two.
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Creating Future Masters in Heritage Science

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The way we understand, preserve and present the past – and the cultural, educational, social and economic value we derive from heritage and from the arts more widely – is receiving a big boost from a ground-breaking Doctoral Training Centre launched in 2014. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) Centre is a joint initiative by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, the University of Oxford and the University of Brighton. Aiming not just to aid conservation but also to build skills that illuminate our heritage and advance...
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Why Use High Performance Computing with Dr. Vincent

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We sat down with Dr. Peter Vincent to gain some insight into his research at Vincent Lab (www.imperial.ac.uk/aeronautics/research/vincentlab/). Dr. Vincent has been a key user of SES machine Emerald, and discusses here the use of HPC in his research and why Emerald (an SES machine) has been a unique and necessary facility. If you missed part one, catch it here, and stay tuned for part three!

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Computer Code Solves a Quantum Mechanical Problem

By | Innovation and infrastructure, Just Added, Technology and interconnectivity, Uncategorised | No Comments
Focusing on the strange and surprising quantum world, a unique computer code that can model systems comprising thousands of atoms is driving fresh discoveries in areas as diverse as new materials, clean energy, nanotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Called ONETEP (Order-N Electronic Total Energy Package), the code plugs the critical gap between what can be achieved by state-of-the-art experiments and by conventional quantum-level computer modelling & simulation of just a few hundred atoms at a time. This is a classic story of how multi-institution, multidisciplinary co-operation – in this case including SES members Cambridge and Southampton Universities and Imperial College London – can...
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What is CFD with Dr. Peter Vincent

By | Bioscience and medicine, Energy and climate change, Innovation and infrastructure, Technology and interconnectivity, Uncategorised | No Comments

We sat down with Dr. Peter Vincent to gain some insight into his research at Vincent Lab (www.imperial.ac.uk/aeronautics/research/vincentlab/). Dr. Vincent has been a key user of SES machine Emerald, and discusses here the impacts of CFD research, from medical applications to renewable energy and Aeronautical Engineering. To find out more about his research, read the case study. Stay tuned for Part two, and don’t forget to subscribe.

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Solving unsteady fluid flows with Hyperflux

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An Innovate UK- and EPSRC-funded project called Hyperflux is bringing together industry and academia to tackle the problem of modeling unsteady fluid flow. Peter Vincent, Senior Lecturer and EPSRC Fellow in the department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, heads up the academic side of this project. His team is working with engineers at CFD company Zenotech and CFMS, an independent centre for modelling and simulation based at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, to create a commercial product called Hyperflux, which will help industry to model these unsteady flows. As of early 2015, the team has already managed the development and rolling...
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