The latest news from the School of Science.
Revolutionary forensic fingerprint technique could help fight against fraud
Forensic examiners can now determine whether a fingerprint was placed on a piece of paper before or after any text was printed on it. The revolutionary technique could help resolve cases of fraud, for example where the defendant claims to have no knowledge of the document but does admit to handling the sheet of paper it was printed on whilst it was blank.
Could computer programs match the abilities of our brains?
The human brain is one of the most intricate systems in nature. Recreating its behaviour using computer programs is no easy task, but it can be done – by using artificial intelligence hardware that mimics the deeply complex networks of neuron cells in our brains. Dr Pavel Borisov and Professor Sergey Saveliev, at Loughborough University are exploring how new advances in technology can help to create an artificial brain.
Loughborough researchers securing a sustainable future through low-dimensional catalysis
What would a world without fossil fuels look like? To visualise this, a group of Loughborough University researchers have compiled a gallery of images revealing the surprising items we use every day that are sourced from fossil fuels - and the alternatives we might replace them with.
Dr Kinga Morsanyi stars in Cuppa with a Scientist podcast to highlight the issue of maths anxiety
Dr Kinga Morsanyi, Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Cognition, features in the latest episode of the University's Cuppa with a Scientist podcast to discuss the issue of maths anxiety and why it's important those affected understand it doesn't mean they're bad at maths.
Newton's apple tree continues to bloom on campus two years after planting
Just over two years ago the Department of Mathematical Sciences celebrated the planting of a direct descendant from Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree. Two years on, thanks to the dedication of the campus Gardens team, the tree is blooming and growing well.
New Loughborough research will use Artificial Intelligence to help reduce maternal harm amongst mothers from black ethnic groups
Researchers from Loughborough University are to develop a machine learning system capable of identifying factors that contribute to harm during pregnancy and birth for mothers from black ethnic groups.
Graphene research sounds out new possibilities for electronic technologies
Loughborough physicist Dr Mark Greenaway is part of a team of researchers that have revealed that sonic boom and Doppler-shifted sound waves can be created in a graphene transistor, giving new insights into this world-famous material and its potential for use in nanoscale electronic technologies.
New AI system predicts building energy rates in less than a second
Computer scientists at Loughborough University have teamed up with multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy Cundall to create an artificial intelligence system that can predict building emissions rates (BER) – an important value used to calculate building energy performance – of non-domestic buildings.
Ancient meteorite could reveal the origins of life on Earth
Scientists at Loughborough University are analysing a small charcoal-coloured space rock discovered by a local resident to determine its structure and composition in a bid to answer questions about the early solar system and possibly our own origins.
Video Q&A: Curious about COVID-19? Expert panel answer questions on vaccines, wellbeing and more
Are you immune to COVID-19 if you’ve had the vaccine? Is there going to be a ‘third wave’? How accurate are lateral flow tests? Will the coronavirus ever fully disappear? Ponder no more as we have asked your COVID-19 questions to a panel of #LboroExperts from a range of research backgrounds.
Distinguished Loughborough Alumnus to give careers Q&A
One of Loughborough’s most successful graduates, Dipesh Patel, will be sharing his career insights and work in leadership, tech, AI and internet of things in this one-off online Careers Q&A which is open to all students and staff to attend on Thursday 25 February, 5.00pm-5.45pm.
Professor Robin Hudson passed away on 12th January 2021
It is with great sadness we have to inform that Professor Robin Hudson passed away at home on 12th January 2021 after a long illness. Professor Hudson had been with the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University from 2005, first as a part-time Professor, and then as a Visiting Professor.
Stem cell AI: Loughborough part of £3m ‘brain on a chip’ project that aims to revolutionise computing power
Loughborough University scientists have started work on a project that will see human brain stem cells used to power artificial intelligence (AI) devices and bring about a revolution in computing.
PhD student awarded grant to fund project looking at the significant loss of Black individuals in Chemistry after graduate level
Loughborough Chemistry researcher Naomi Howard has been awarded a grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) Inclusion and Diversity Fund to conduct an 18-month project to investigate why there is such a small number of Black individuals in the field of chemistry after undergraduate level.
Corals, wound infection detection, and theoretical physics...exploring how Loughborough academics are tackling major issues related to biofilms
Biofilms are central to our most important global challenges – from antimicrobial resistance and food safety, to water security – and they have a significant economic, social, and environmental impact.
New theory for how snowflakes grow
Scientists have discovered what drives the delicate and complex microcosm of tiny terraces, pyramids and craters found on the surface of ice. These miniature structures, hidden beneath a thin premelting layer of water, develop and evolve because of a dynamic interplay between the gas, liquid and solid phases – which exist simultaneously.
Loughborough research leads to potential Covid-19 diagnosis with a non-invasive breath test that provides almost instant results
Initial findings from a new study led by Loughborough University – published by The Lancet – have shown how Covid-19 can be detected via a non-invasive breath test, providing almost instant results.
Loughborough University in the top three UK universities on StudentCrowd
Loughborough has been announced as one of the top three universities in the UK, as voted for by students on StudentCrowd, a website that enables students to give feedback on their university experience and provide information for prospective students.
New forensic technique for identifying semen in sexual assault cases could revolutionise rape investigations
A pioneering new technique for detecting semen on evidence from the scenes of sexual attacks will make evidence gathering faster and more reliable for police as well as less stressful for victims.
Girls into STEM residential goes online
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Loughborough's annual Girls Into STEM event was moved online and opened out nationally to Year 9, 10 and 11 students interested in learning more about STEM subjects. It aimed to demonstrate where STEM careers can lead, provide information about university life and give participants advice on choosing their future options. 400 students took part.
AI technology developed at Loughborough University could reveal the next big names in football as it takes player performance analysis to a new dimension
Computer scientists at Loughborough University have developed novel artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that are set to transform the way football clubs analyse team and individual players’ performances on the pitch.
Apply now – new courses in artificial intelligence and data science
The Office for Students (OfS) has today launched a campaign to fill 2,500 new places on postgraduate artificial intelligence and data science conversion courses. Loughborough University has launched its MSc in Data Science this year.
Loughborough University awarded OfS funding to develop AI and data science conversion courses
Loughborough University has been named as one of eighteen successful recipients of funding from the Office for Students (OfS) to launch conversion courses specialising in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science. The new programme is set to launch in Autumn 2020.
Researchers to teach robots how to differentiate between sandwich ingredients so they can make your favourite BLT
Loughborough University computer scientists have teamed up with a food production automation company for a project that looks to teach AI robots how to differentiate between food items so they can make sandwiches in real-world factory environments.