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Computing’s Key to Vital Gains in Brain Research

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Often cited as the most complex structure in the Universe, the human brain is only just beginning to surrender some of its best-kept, deepest-held secrets. SES members the University of Oxford and University College London (UCL) are making a major contribution to this breakthrough era in brain research – developing and deploying cutting-edge modelling & simulation, medical imaging and image computing, as well as other computer-based tools, to help reveal how and why injury and illness can compromise the brain’s ability to function. These new insights aren’t just of academic interest; they also offer huge potential to underpin much-needed advances...
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Deep in Thought: How ‘Brainy’ Computers Are Changing Our Lives

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here – and together with technologies such as robotics and quantum computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the heart of this awesome new age of progress and possibilities. Deep learning is a great example. Harnessing computer algorithms inspired by how the brain works, this fast-growing field of AI makes it possible to analyse vast amounts of data and detect patterns and features there – generating insights that can improve and protect lives in areas as diverse as medicine, transport and anti-terrorism. UCL is just one of the SES members currently working at deep learning’s cutting...
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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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Material Progress – and How to Achieve It

By | Advanced materials, Bioscience and medicine, Energy and climate change, Popular | No Comments
In every sense, we live in a material world and the drive to develop smarter, lighter, more versatile and resilient materials shows no sign of decelerating. Whether designed to withstand brutal operating environments, save energy or bring life-saving medical advances within reach, there’s a constant thirst for the next generation of game-changers – and the UCL Institute for Materials Discovery (IMD) is delivering the innovation, imagination and inspiration needed to succeed. Under its Director, Professor Kwang-Leong Choy, and with a growing network of collaborators – including other SES members plus partners worldwide – the IMD is already an established institute...
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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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How HPC is Boosting Cutting-Edge Biology

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High Performance Computing (HPC) is adding momentum to the evolution of biological science and a revolution in our understanding of how biological systems function – as pioneering research at UCL is clearly demonstrating. To drive their work forward, Dr Chris Barnes and his Computational Systems and Synthetic Biology Group make extensive use of large HPC systems, especially Emerald, the SES GPU-accelerated supercomputer, established using funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) . The group is at the leading edge of the fast-developing field of quantitative biology, a discipline that uses measurable data and mathematical modelling to reveal...
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