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New cutting-edge robotic techniques in development to assist nuclear waste clean-up

New cutting-edge robotic techniques in development to assist nuclear waste clean-up
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A collaborative EU Horizon 2020 project including the University of Birmingham, National Nuclear Laboratories (NNL) and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) will commence in May 2015 to develop cutting edge new robotics techniques to assist the future clean-up of legacy nuclear waste.

Using waste matter to make important nanostructured carbon

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Biomass, particularly agricultural, industrial and food waste, is an attractive resource as it is often of zero or even negative value to the producer. For a materials chemist, it is a treasure trove of complex biological chemicals such as cellulose and lignin. In our research, we discover ways to convert these biological materials into materials for a wide range of potential applications, such as water treatment or batteries.

Mapping biological sequences or tracking tweets: computer scientists find new, unique approaches to data analysis

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Classification models are of overall importance in a variety of data analysis tasks, like classifying patient data to diseases or images to categories. If the training data for these models are vectorial and expected to be fully labeled, effective classifiers are readily available. In the modern world where data are generated much quicker than we are able to analyze it, the labeling of data becomes very costly and is often partially missing.

Funding boost for next generation of synthetic biology research at Birmingham

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The University of Birmingham will form part of a consortium of universities investigating ways in which high-throughput DNA synthesis methodologies can be optimised, as part of a nationwide strategy to improve the capacity of DNA synthesis. The consortium will benefit from the award of a £2.2M grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), entitled 'Next Generation DNA Synthesis'.

Appointment of RSSB Executive Director, Anson Jack to Director of the Birmingham International Railway Academy

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The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) are pleased to announce the appointment of Anson Jack to Director of the Birmingham International Railway Academy (BIRA) and Professor of International Railway Benchmarking.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - February 2015

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From energy storage to the the next biological revolution...

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - January 2015

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From loading dishwashers to the Large Hadron Collider and more...

Engineering and Physical Sciences in the media - December 2014

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Alan Turing's legacy is even bigger than we realise
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