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April 2021

Professor George Skiadopoulos

What Specialties Do Banks Require?

14 April 2021

Professor George Skiadopoulos, Professor of Finance in the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London, has featured in the Greek newspaper, Kathimerini on the banking industry in the digital era. George said: "The Greek banking industry is being transformed, having entered the era of digital transformation. ... [more]

Professor Kaspar Althoefer

Advancements in Soft Interventional Robotics: What's new since STIFF-FLOP?

12 April 2021

The RoboSoft 2021 workshop, held today, on "Advancements in Soft Interventional Robotics: What's new since STIFF-FLOP?" will provide a review of current technology used in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. The workshop is co-organised by Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Professor of Robotics Engineering, Head of Queen Mary's Centre for Advanced Robotics and Queen ... [more]

Professor Christian Beck

Statistical Characterization of Airplane Delays

12 April 2021

The phenomenon of delays in flight arrivals, in the aviation industry, has been an active field of research for a long time. In recent work, a research team, led by Professor Christian Beck, Professor of Applied Mathematics at School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, studied the statistical ... [more]

Dr Peter Waggett, Director, IBM Research, UK

IBM Seminar at Queen Mary's Faculty of Science and Engineering

9 April 2021

Please join us on Thursday 22 April, 10-11.30 am for Science and Engineering's Seminar with IBM. Dr Peter Waggett, Director, IBM Research, UK will deliver a presentation on IBM's 5 year vision for research topics important to IBM. Dr Peter Waggett is IBM UK's Director of Research. He leads teams of researchers ... [more]

Professor Ginestra Bianconi

"Networks of networks in Biology: Concepts, Tools and Applications" by Professor Ginestra Bianconi

9 April 2021

Professor Ginestra Bianconi, Queen Mary Turing Fellow and Professor of Applied Mathematics at School of Mathematical Sciences, has recently contributed to editing the book: "Networks of networks in Biology: Concepts, Tools and Applications". Book description: Biological systems are extremely complex and have emergent properties that cannot be explained or even ... [more]

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Applications for the September 2021 Programme in Data-Centric Engineering NOW OPEN!

6 April 2021

Queen Mary has been awarded £1.6m by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to run a pilot doctorate programme in data-centric engineering designed to provide those with industrial experience with a way into postgraduate research. Funded positions are now available for students who have been out of academia ... [more]

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UK Parliament for Researchers: Two New Online Training Sessions

6 April 2021

Parliament for Researchers: free online training sessions from UK Parliament UK Parliament's Knowledge Exchange Unit offers free online training sessions for academic researchers and knowledge mobilisers. Dates and details for two new sessions in May 2021 can be found below – book your place now! All our online training sessions have captions ... [more]

March 2021

Queen Mary University of London Whitechapel Campus (Aerial View)

Queen Mary ranks highly in Research England's first Knowledge Exchange Framework results

31 March 2021

Queen Mary University of London has ranked highly in three areas of Research England's inaugural Knowledge Exchange Framework, placing it in the top 10 per cent of institutions for research partnerships and public and community engagement, and the top 20 per cent for IP and commercialisation. Knowledge exchange involves the sharing of ... [more]

Professor Kaspar Althoefer

Robotics Responds to the COVID-19 Outbreak

29 March 2021

Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Professor of Robotics Engineering and Head of Centre for Advanced Robotics (ARQ) at Queen Mary University of London has recently co-written a summary article "Robotics Responds to the COVID-19 Outbreak" to the recent Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Robotics and Automation Society magazine (March 2021 edition). ... [more]

Turing's Research Programmes Showcase: Public Policy

Turing's Research Programmes Showcase Events in April 2021

26 March 2021

The final two Turing's Research Programme Showcase events are taking place in April (Public Policy and Finance and Economics). Research programmes showcase: final dates announced Thank you to everyone who has so far attended sessions in our Research Programmes Showcase event series. We're pleased to say that the final sessions ... [more]

Professor Pedro Cutillas

Researchers use machine learning to rank cancer drugs in order of efficacy

26 March 2021

Researchers from Barts Cancer Institute (BCI), Queen Mary University of London, have developed a machine learning algorithm that ranks drugs based on their efficacy in reducing cancer cell growth. The approach may have the potential to advance personalised therapies in the future by allowing oncologists to select the best drugs ... [more]

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Nominations now open for Queen Mary's Engagement and Impact Awards 2021!

25 March 2021

Nominations are now open for QMUL's Engagement and Impact Awards 2021! The awards recognise and reward excellence in public engagement and impact activities happening at Queen Mary. Deadline for nominations 28 April. The Engagement and Impact Awards recognise and reward excellence in public engagement and impact activities happening at Queen Mary. The ... [more]

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Turing's AI for Arts and Humanities

22 March 2021

The Turing's "Data Science for Science and Humanities" programme is keen to engage with academic researchers in arts and humanities across the Turing University network. This is an active and growing area of research at the Turing, and we would love to get more people involved. We have several special ... [more]

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Accenture Turing Strategic Partnership: Expression of interest (Data sharing): Apply Now!

19 March 2021

The Finance and Economics programme at The Turing brings together leading experts in data science, machine learning, finance and the social sciences, from both academia and industry to tackle the most challenging questions by producing world-leading research with significant impact. We inform public policy and enable trusted, research-led thought leadership. ... [more]

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New Community Connections Grant Scheme

18 March 2021

New Community Connections Grant Scheme - open now! Would you like to run an activity to connect with your neighbours, local residents in your street or estate, or with community organisations? Apply for up to £500 as part of the Queen Mary Community Connections grant scheme. For more details and to ... [more]

#QMConversations, 9-16 April 2021

IADS members take part in Queen Mary's Arts and Culture Conversations Week

17 March 2021

Queen Mary University of London is set to hold a week-long celebration of the art of conversation which will run from 9 to 16 April. In 2020, Arts and Culture at Queen Mary University of London invited UK-based artists to converse with academics from across the university, using its Higher Education Innovation Fund. ... [more]

Dr Magda Osman

Subsidies most effective way to encourage sustainable food choices

17 March 2021

Subsidising low carbon emission meals could encourage more people to choose them, according to new research., led by Dr Magda Osman, Reader in Experimental Psychology at School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and Turing Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. The study investigated the impact of different interventions on ... [more]

ICWSM 2021 Mediate Workshop

Call for Papers: Mediate Workshop, International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM) 2021

12 March 2021

The second Mediate workshop will be held virtually on June 7th, 2021, as part of the International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM). The main goal of the workshop is to bring together media practitioners and technologists to discuss new opportunities and obstacles that arise in the modern era ... [more]

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Second IADS sandpit event on Artificial Intelligence for Humanities and Social Sciences a success!

11 March 2021

Queen Mary's Institute of Applied Data Science delivered its second sandpit event this academic year on Thursday, 11 March 2021. IADS sandpit events are a new initiative, started in academic year 2020/21 and led by Professor Adrian Bevan, Deputy Director of IADS and Head of Particle Physics Research Centre at Queen Mary's School ... [more]

Professor Sandra Eldridge

Why promising results from a large clinical trial into vitamin D and COVID-19 may not be all that they seem

10 March 2021

Sandra Eldridge is Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. In this blog post, Professor Eldridge discusses the recent excitement around some promising clinical trial results that suggest that vitamin D ... [more]

Professor Steffen Petersen

Having an unhealthy heart could lead to a higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19

9 March 2021

People with unhealthy heart structures and poorer functioning hearts have a significantly higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19 infection, according to research by Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (The University of Southampton). The researchers made use of the comprehensive ... [more]

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Call for Proposals: Truth and Trust Online Conference 2021

9 March 2021

Conference for Truth and Trust Online, Oct 7-8 2021 (virtual), invites submissions of technical papers and talk proposals. We welcome technical papers of the following types: surveys, methods, reproduction papers, resource papers, case studies. Talk proposals from all interested parties and stakeholders on online media, including academics, startups and large industry, ... [more]

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IADS Artificial Intelligence for Humanities and Social Sciences Sandpit Event

8 March 2021

Queen Mary's Institute of Applied Data Science is organising a sandpit event this Thursday for academics and researchers to discuss new ideas for cross-disciplinary research within the areas of artificial intelligence / data science / humanities and social sciences. The IADS AI for Humanities and Social Sciences sandpit event is scheduled for ... [more]

Professor Johanna Gibson

Could The Simpsons replace its voice actors with AI deepfakes?

8 March 2021

This was as covered in Wired Professor Johanna Gibson Johanna Gibson, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary has been featured in the Wired on the law around advances in computing power and how Deepfake technology could mean that shows like The Simpsons could replace its voice cast with ... [more]

Dr Lucas Lacasa

Contact-tracing apps help reduce COVID infections, data suggest

8 March 2021

This article was originally published in Nature on 22 February 2021. Evaluations find apps are useful, but would benefit from better integration into health-care systems. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, dozens of countries have deployed digital apps that attempt to identify people exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and stop onward ... [more]

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Women in Science and Engineering WISE@QMUL International Women's Day 2021 Virtual Conference

8 March 2021

Women in Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London (WISE@QMUL) was originally set up in 2009 as an informal student group for discussion of female participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). This year, we aim to strengthen our existing networks and form new collaborations outside of ... [more]

Computer-generated virtual unfolding of the sealed letter

Secrets of sealed 17th century letters revealed by dental X-ray scanners

2 March 2021

In a world first, an international team of researchers has read an unopened letter from Renaissance Europe – without breaking its seal or damaging it in any way. The research, published in Nature Communications, describes how an X-ray scanner used in dental research and 'virtual unfolding' allowed the interdisciplinary team to ... [more]

February 2021

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Book your place at The Turing presents: AI UK

26 February 2021

The Alan Turing Institute is delighted to announce that registration has opened for The Alan Turing Institute's landmark event, AI UK. The Institute's highly anticipated two-day online showcase of the very best of UK academic work in artificial intelligence and machine learning will bring together leading thinkers, innovative businesses and ... [more]

Dr Gareth Tyson

New tool reveals security and privacy issues with contact tracing apps

26 February 2021

Researchers have developed a tool to identify security and privacy risks associated with Covid-19 contact tracing apps. COVIDGuardian, the first automated security and privacy assessment tool, tests contact tracing apps for potential threats such as malware, embedded trackers and private information leakage. Using the COVIDGuardian tool, cybersecurity experts assessed 40 Covid-19 ... [more]

Professor Greg Slabaugh

Fostering Collaborations in Digital and Data Science

25 February 2021

This blog post was originally published in The National Centre for Universities and Business on 23 February 2021. By Greg Slabaugh, Professor of Computer Vision and AI at Queen Mary University of London Universities and businesses can achieve large mutual benefits by working together. Universities are keen to show real-world impact by ... [more]

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Turing Data Study Group April 2021 Programme

18 February 2021

Apply to attend The Turing next Data Study Group (12-30 April 2021)! The Alan Turing Institute is inviting applications for the next Turing Data Study Group taking place in April. Data Study Groups are intensive, collaborative hackathons which bring together organisations from industry, government, and the third sector, with talented multi-disciplinary ... [more]

Professor Greg Slabaugh

Expression of Interest call: NEtwork for Medical Image Computing

17 February 2021

Queen Mary Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI) is organising a new cross-university network, called the NEtwork for Medical Image Computing (NEMIC). NEMIC aims to unite researchers (academics, postdocs and PhD students) across the University who are performing (or interested) in research relating to medical image computing and related healthcare applications – ... [more]

Dr Elena Doldor

New study shows that men receive more actionable feedback than women in the workplace

16 February 2021

A new study led by an academic from Queen Mary University of London has shed new light on the way in which women's advancement into senior leadership roles remains slower than men's. Published in the Harvard Business Review, the study explored differences in the developmental feedback received by men and ... [more]

Oishi Deb

Celebrating Queen Mary Women in Science

11 February 2021

The UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science (11 February) aims to recognise the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities. On this day, Queen Mary University of London is celebrating some of our students, staff and alumni from across the Faculty of Science and ... [more]

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Applications welcome for Queen Mary DeepMind PhD Studentship in AI or Machine Learning

9 February 2021

Queen Mary University of London is inviting applications for the DeepMind PhD Studentship for September 2021. The DeepMind PhD Studentship programme is established at Queen Mary University of London in partnership with leading British AI company, DeepMind. The PhD Studentship supports and encourages under-represented groups, namely female and Black researchers, to ... [more]

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Turing Internship Network Spring 2021 scheme is now Open!

9 February 2021

The Alan Turing Institute is delighted to share with you the details of a new round of the Turing Internship Network, a programme which is designed in collaboration with our business partners and in the aim of enhancing our training offering for doctoral students. Internships are aimed at PhD students. ... [more]

Professor Trevor Graham

AI technology could transform cancer treatment

8 February 2021

A transformational cancer treatment is on the horizon after researchers developed a potentially "game-changing" technique for suppressing tumours. For the first time, scientists have found a way to successfully predict and control the way that cancer cells mutate – manipulating them in ways that make them weaker and easier to treat ... [more]

Professor Claude Chelala

SNPnexus: A valuable tool in the fight against COVID-19

8 February 2021

Researchers from Barts Cancer Institute (BCI), Queen Mary University of London, have released a web-based tool called SNPnexus COVID ( to streamline the analysis of host genetic sequencing data and allow for the identification and prioritisation of genetic variants that may impact an individual's susceptibility ... [more]

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Find an Expert tool - do not forget to update your profile

8 February 2021

It is important to update your online staff profile, or those of the academics you work with, as soon as possible so they are easily searchable using the new Find an Expert tool on the Queen Mary website. If you would like to update a staff profile yourself but do ... [more]

Professor Yang Hao

Scientists propose new way to detect emotions using wireless signals

3 February 2021

A novel artificial intelligence (AI) approach based on wireless signals could help to reveal our inner emotions, according to new research from Queen Mary University of London. The study, led by Professor Yang Hao, Dean for Research (Science and Engineering) and IADS Member of Governance Board, and published in the ... [more]

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IADS PhD Student Forum kicks off today!

2 February 2021

The IADS PhD Student Forum initiative had its kick-off event today! This event was led and organised by 3 PhD students from across Queen Mary University of London: Saeid Ghafouri, PhD Student in Cloud Computing and Machine Learning, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Midori Lucille Calmon, PhD student in ... [more]

January 2021

Dr Magda Osman

How making time for a 'power hour' every day can help you achieve your 2021 goals

28 January 2021

Dr Magda Osman, Reader in Experimental Psychology at School of Biological and Chemical Sciences and Turing Fellow at Queen Mary spoke to The Stylist about how setting realistic expectations for how we spend our time could be the key to success. Magda said: "If you see making time for yourself ... [more]

Dr Gareth Tyson

IADS Researchers Recognised at the annual Faculty of Science and Engineering Celebration Evening

28 January 2021

On Wednesday 20 January the Queen Mary University of London Faculty of Science and Engineering came together to celebrate staff success at this year's Faculty Celebration Evening. Over 300 staff joined the meeting to reflect on the achievements and challenges faced throughout last year and congratulate colleagues on their individual and collective ... [more]

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Commuting patterns could explain higher incidence of Covid-19 in Black Americans

28 January 2021

The disproportionately high Covid-19 infection rates observed in Black Americans could be linked to their daily commuting patterns, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The research found that increased exposure to other ethnic groups, for example as a result of an individual's ... [more]

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Study provides first real-world evidence of Covid-19 contact tracing app effectiveness

27 January 2021

An international research collaboration, involving scientists from the UK, US and Spain, has shed new light on the usefulness of digital contact tracing (DCT) to control the spread of Covid-19. The study, published in Nature Communications, assessed the effectiveness of the Spanish DCT app, Radar COVID, following a 4-week experiment ... [more]

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Queen Mary institutes receive funding for state-of-the-art high performance computing facility

20 January 2021

The Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI) and the William Harvey Research Institute (WHRI) have been successful in their joint application for internal funds to create a High Performance Computing facility at Queen Mary. High Performance Computing (HPC), refers to computer systems with extremely high computational power that are designed to ... [more]

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IADS PhD Student Forum - Launch

19 January 2021

We are launching the IADS PhD Student Forum initiative today. The IADS PhD Student Forum is the PhD student branch of IADS. It is organized by PhD students for PhD students, spanning all faculties at QMUL. The current advancements of AI and machine learning have changed the way we tackle ... [more]

Professor Nick Bryan-Kinns

The hidden genius of Blob Opera – and how it could get even smarter

14 January 2021

Professor Nick Bryan-Kinns, Professor of Interactive Design, and Dr Marcus Pearce, Senior Lecturer in Music Perception and Cognition, have recently contributed to the Science Focus article: "The hidden genius of Blob Opera – and how it could get even smarter." Blob Opera the machine learning experiment, developed by Google and AI ... [more]

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Scientists publish open resource to help design 'greener' energy systems

12 January 2021

Researchers have created a database of measurements from existing global power grid systems that will help develop new power systems capable of meeting changing demands, such as the move towards renewable energy sources. For the study, the researchers collected power grid data from 17 locations across three continents and covering 12 synchronous ... [more]

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Call for projects for Queen Mary Impact Fund is now OPEN!

12 January 2021

IADS researchers are now encouraged to apply for the Queen Mary Impact Fund programme. Queen Mary Impact Fund programme is our new, harmonised approach to allocating Queen Mary internal impact funds. Queen Mary Impact Fund offers financial support for Queen Mary researchers carrying out impact-enabling projects with a focus on ... [more]

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Turing Research Programmes Showcase Series

11 January 2021

We wish to attract your attention to new interesting event series organised by Turing. It is a series of showcase seminars presenting activities, achievements and plans of all 8 programmes currently supported by the Alan Turing Institute. Research Programmes Showcase: Data Science for Science, 12 Jan 2021, 10.30-12.00 Research Programmes Showcase: Health and ... [more]

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Evolutionary Dynamics of Higher-Order Interactions in Social Networks

11 January 2021

We live and cooperate in networks. However, links in networks only allow for pairwise interactions, thus making the framework suitable for dyadic games, but not for games that are played in larger groups. This research paper, led by Professor Vito Latora, Professor of Applied Mathematics, Chair of Complex Systems and ... [more]

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Call for Applications for the Turing Enrichment Scheme now Open!

8 January 2021

The Turing Enrichment Scheme is now open for applications in 21/22 to PhD students. The scheme supports PhD student placements at the Turing Institute. This could be an excellent opportunity for PhD students whose Research ties in with AI and Data Science. Note that is no 'typical' Enrichment student, and we ... [more]

Professor Conrad Bessant

Investigating mental and physical disorders associated with COVID-19 in online health forums

7 January 2021

Queen Mary Turing Fellows: Dr Fabrizio Smeraldi from School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science and Professor Conrad Bessant from School of Biological and Chemical Sciences have recently published an article on their study investigating the mental and physical disorder associated with COVID-19 in online health forums. The study, co-led ... [more]

Professor Claude Chelala

£6.7M investment to harness the power of NHS patient data and develop targeted care

7 January 2021

Barts Life Sciences – a partnership between Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust – has been awarded £6.7m by Barts Charity to research new ways to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases. The diseases that will be studied include COVID-19, cancer, heart disease ... [more]

Dr Magda Osman

Could a wristband or certificate allow you out of lockdown after a negative coronavirus test?

6 January 2021

Dr Magda Osman, Reader in Experimental Psychology and Turing Fellow at Queen Mary has written an opinion piece for The Conversation discussing whether freedom passes based on negative test results could offer a way to avoid placing restrictions on everyone. This approach was recently adopted in Slovakia, where the government ... [more]