View the latest news from departments within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine below.
Prof. Graham Cormode of the Department of Computer Science has been
named among the 2020 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Fellows,
for contributions to computer science. The ACM is the world's leading
learned society for computer science.
Prof. Cormode is recognized for his contributions to data summarization
and privacy enabling data management and analysis. His work on data
streams and sketching has been widely implemented in many high tech
companies and organizations.
Dr Richard Everitt has recently been awarded funding from NERC for a project on inference for complex process-based decision making for UK land asset use
The Statistics Department has recently been awarded funding from NERC for the project "Statistical inference and uncertainty quantification for complex process-based models using multiple data sets". Principal Investigator Richard Everitt, will collaborate on the project with other members of the Department (Rito Dutta, Christian Robert and Martyn Plummer), the Ecology group at the University of Reading, and with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.
Making responsible decisions about landscapes is facilitated by the use of complex models able to represent multiple competing demands on land use. Decisions about land use require that trade-offs between competing demands be identified, and their consequences through time be characterised. Models consisting of stochastic computer simulations are increasingly used to make realistic predictions about real world processes from socio-ecological systems involving land use. dels attempt to simulate all relevant aspects of a real physical system, they may involve many parameters, some of which will be difficult to set correctly. The final objective of these models is to assess the possible consequences of management decisions, such as the placement of wind turbines, thus it is crucially important that the uncertainty introduced by calibrating parameter values be understood.
In order to make informed decisions, one needs to be able to consider the effects of a number of complex interacting temporal and spatial processes (e.g. hydrological, ecological, agricultural, economic, climate). The project will develop new techniques in Approximate Bayesian Computation to enable parameter estimation for models for these processes, taking into account the impact of model misspecification. This project is part of the Strategic Priorities Fund on Landscape Decisions. https://landscapedecisions.org/
Three PhD students from the class of 2019 have been awarded prestigious prizes for their outstanding doctoral theses. George King was awarded the Winton Prize for Astrophysics, while Ben Chapman and Connor Mosley won the Faculty of Science Thesis Prize. Connor also obtained the Springer Thesis Prize, and his thesis will be published by Springer. Congratulations to all! Full story
Starving Tuberculosis (TB) of sugars may be a new way to fight it
Tuberculosis is a devastating disease that claims over 1.5 million lives each year. The increase in TB cases that are resistant to the current antibiotics means that novel drugs to kill Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) are urgently needed. Dr Elizabeth Fullam and colleagues have successfully discovered how Mycobacterium tuberculosis uses an essential sugar called trehalose, which provides a platform to design new and improved TB drugs and diagnostic agents.
Press Release (15 April 2021)
Warwick Engineering researchers have been inspired by the unique movement of trembling aspen leaves, to devise an energy harvesting mechanism that could power weather sensors in hostile environments and could even be a back-up energy supply that could save and extend the life of future Mars rovers
February 2021: Congratulations to our Maths Bloggers
Congratulations to Susie Gabriel (UG, 1st year), Nilusha Perera (UG, 2nd year) and Moh Huda (PGR, PhD) for their new roles as our official maths bloggers on OurWarwick. They will be sharing their experiences as Warwick maths students with prospective and current students through monthly blogs and vlogs. Please visit:
Susie’s blogs: https://our.warwick.ac.uk/profile/susiegabriel/
Nilusha’s blogs: https://our.warwick.ac.uk/profile/nilushaperera/
Moh’s blogs: https://our.warwick.ac.uk/profile/mohhuda/
They will be working alongside our veteran blogger Laeticia Junanto.
Laeticia’s blogs: https://our.warwick.ac.uk/profile/laeticiajunanto/