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Queen Mary University of London Joins SES

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One of London’s largest institutions and a leader in scientific research, Queen Mary University of London joins SES in early 2017, joining other consortia members including King’s College London, The University of Southampton, University College London, The University of Oxford, and Imperial College London. Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, has recently joined the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES). Part of the Russell International Excellence Group (of which all SES institutions are members), QMUL brings to SES a strategic commitment to the highest quality of research. A major centre for medical teaching and...
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Reassessing Asthma: Biomarkers, Business and Big Data

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Affecting millions and costing billions worldwide every year, asthma needs to be better understood to enable better treatment and management of this frequently distressing, sometimes fatal family of respiratory diseases. With SES members Southampton University and Imperial College London at the heart of its conception and execution, the multi-million-Euro U-BIOPRED project – the world’s biggest collaboration in severe asthma – is driving discoveries that will improve targeting of drugs and equip pharma businesses to develop potentially game-changing new ones. Above all, in pinpointing key ‘biomarkers’ – molecules revealing the precise type of asthma present in patients – U-BIOPRED has produced...
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Fresh Thought on Forensic Science

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From enabling the dramatic arrest of Dr Crippen in 1910 to the quest to bring the killers of teenager Stephen Lawrence to justice, science has long established itself in the frontline of the fight against crime. But could it achieve even more? Under the energetic directorship of Dr Ruth Morgan, the UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences is rethinking how evidence is collected, analysed, interpreted and presented, while challenging assumptions that shape the search for the truth. Rooted in cutting-edge research and a unique teaching programme, the Centre harnesses skills from across UCL, collaborates with SES members and other universities,...
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Guest Post: a final word on At War with Data

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Mark Roeling studied psychology (BSc), behaviour genetics (MSc) and genetic epidemiology (MSc) and worked as a junior researcher in the Erasmus MC Rotterdam (Netherlands). He worked as data scientist for Capgemini, where he focused on detecting fraud in e-channels in the banking sector. Now at the University of Oxford, his work has been strongly statistical and  he aims to use his background to test the applicability of methods and models from (genetic) epidemiology to improve the detection of fraud and cybercrime in big data.  As part of my DPhil in Cyber Security at the University of Oxford, I focus on...
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Guest Post: Information Disclosure

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Mark Warner is a PhD researcher based at the Institute of Digital Health at University College London. As part of Privacy&Us, a network of 13 researchers across the EU, he is exploring usable privacy within the healthcare domain. His research is in better understanding and supporting users decision-making around healthcare data disclosures, taking into account both the cost and benefits of disclosure to both the individual and wider society. I am a PhD researcher at UCL’s Institute of Digital Health, exploring the landscape of healthcare data and how technology can be used to better support users making decisions around their...
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A Safe Haven for Data

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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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£12 Million Awarded to SES Institutions to Deliver University HPC

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Researchers across the Science and Engineering South Consortium (SES) and the wider UK research community will soon benefit from an influx of funding to support scientific work on computational systems, crucial to the development of the UK economy and with high impact in areas such as the environment, technology, and health. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research council (EPSRC) has awarded £12 million to SES institutions towards developing university Tier 2, High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities with a diversity of architectures that are designed to provide a boost to research and innovation and fill a gap where computational needs have...
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Tunnel Vision Looks to Make Flying and Sailing Greener

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An iconic wind tunnel once used to develop the Spitfire is now aiding 21st century efforts to help aircraft fly and ships sail more fuel-efficiently. Located at the University of Southampton, the R.J. Mitchell Wind Tunnel is being harnessed by Professor Bharath Ganapathisubramani’s team on an EPSRC and Airbus-backed project to deliver fresh insights into aerodynamic ‘drag’, and on research revealing how to cut fuel use and emissions in the shipping sector. The tunnel also forms part of the National Wind Tunnel Facility (NWTF) – an imaginative new equipment-sharing initiative launched by SES members Imperial College London, Cambridge, Oxford and...
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How to Improve Your Image

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From screening unborn babies to combating cancer, the need to make medical imaging ever more effective goes to the heart of the never-ending drive to pioneer new possibilities in healthcare. At King’s College London (KCL), the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, led by Professor Reza Razavi, is dedicated to the development and rapid application of imaging and computational modelling techniques capable of delivering advances in this field. To this end, the Division relentlessly reaches out to fellow SES members and to industry, healthcare providers and academic institutions to forge powerful collaborations that create new capabilities – boosting clinical...
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Computer Code Solves a Quantum Mechanical Problem

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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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