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18th February 2020
Detect cyber attacks on smart devices in the home

A novel system capable of detecting and classifying cyber attacks on smart devices around our homes has been developed by experts at Cardiff University. The system can distinguish between malicious or benign activity and detect attacks on devices such as the Amazon Echo Dot and Apple TV with a 90% accuracy.

Artificial Intelligence
14th October 2019
AI developed to help police support victims of hate crime

An increase in hate speech on social media leads to more crimes against minorities in the physical world, a study shows. Academics from Cardiff University’s HateLab project collected Twitter and police recorded crime data from London over an eight-month period to analyse whether a significant association existed.

16th August 2019
High-tech scanner spots people inside freight trucks

A UK trial of the technology undertaken by Sequestim has shown how people can be clearly identified behind the curtains of freight trucks when they are travelling even at speeds up to 100 mph, providing a quick and non-intrusive way of screening potential security threats. The camera can also locate people hidden inside crates within these vehicles and can warn if people are carrying weapons.

Artificial Intelligence
6th August 2019
Academics using cutting-edge algorithms to monitor online hate

Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used to tackle anti-Polish hate crime in the run up to Brexit. Researchers at HateLab, based at Cardiff University, are working with Samurai Labs, a Polish Artificial Intelligence laboratory, to monitor aggressive social media content and pinpoint any connections to offline events. The year following the Brexit vote saw the largest spike in police recorded hate crime – up 57% on the previous year.&...

16th April 2019
Universal pattern in the way we surf our smartphones

Humans are unknowingly adhering to a universal pattern when they flick between apps on their smartphones, scientists have discovered. Experts from Cardiff University have shown that although we spend a varying amount of time glued to our screens, the way in which we specifically switch between our different apps is remarkably similar. 

20th March 2019
UK gets new £5 million climate change research centre

Cardiff University has been selected as the main hub for a £5m research centre to explore how we can live differently to help understand and achieve the society-wide transformations urgently required to bring about a sustainable, low-carbon future. A collaboration between Cardiff, Manchester, York and East Anglia Universities, and charity Climate Outreach, the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST) will work closel...

Artificial Intelligence
29th January 2019
Could AI improve patient care in the NHS?

The adoption of artificial intelligence in the diagnosis and prognosis of disease could help to extend people’s lives whilst providing significant savings for the NHS. This is according to researchers from Cardiff University who have provided compelling evidence showing the benefits that techniques can bring to risk assessments in patients.

Artificial Intelligence
20th December 2018
Scientists develop lie detector for written text

Scientists have developed a computer tool that can spot if somebody has filed a fake police statement based purely on the text included in the document. Using a combination of automatic text analysis and advanced machine learning techniques, the tool has been able to successfully identify false robbery reports with over 80% accuracy.

Artificial Intelligence
19th December 2018
Automated facial recognition tech in major policing operations

Academics at Cardiff University have conducted the first independent academic evaluation of Automated Facial Recognition (AFR) technology across a variety of major policing operations. The project by the Universities’ Police Science Institute evaluated South Wales Police’s deployment of Automated Facial Recognition across several major sporting and entertainment events in Cardiff city over more than a year, including the UEFA Cha...

19th September 2018
Mathematicians calculate the safest way home for pedestrians

  Researchers at Cardiff University have developed algorithms to successfully predict the likelihood of road accidents, opening up the possibility of a mobile app to guide pedestrians along the safest instead of quickest route.

12th September 2018
Wealthy countries less concerned about energy security

An international team led by researchers from Cardiff University has revealed that across Europe, social and economic factors play a key role in how people feel about the security of their energy sources. Countries such as Iceland, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland have been shown to have generally lower energy security concerns, whereas Portugal, Spain, Russia, France and Belgium have higher levels of concern.

Artificial Intelligence
7th September 2018
Could AI robots develop prejudice on their own?

Showing prejudice towards others does not require a high level of cognitive ability and could easily be exhibited by artificially intelligent machines, new research has suggested. Computer science and psychology experts from Cardiff University and MIT have shown that groups of autonomous machines could demonstrate prejudice by simply identifying, copying and learning this behaviour from one another.

Cyber Security
22nd August 2018
Wales awarded first cyber security centre of excellence

Cardiff University has joined a prestigious list of academic institutions helping to make the UK the safest place to live and work online. As a Centre of Excellence the University will nurture more young talent and foster a pipeline of the next generation of cyber security professionals.

Component Management
9th March 2018
Bacteria helps develop self-healing masonry

Scientists are exploiting the unique properties of bacteria to help develop a self-healing system for buildings and historic structures. Based at Cardiff University, the team have set out to produce a system that can be simply applied to building stone and masonry to give it self-healing properties. Once applied, the team state that any sort of damage to the stone will trigger the release of bacteria and a range of ‘helper’ chemi...

21st November 2017
Genome editing improves T-cells to attack cancer

Researchers at Cardiff University have found a way to boost the cancer-destroying ability of the immune system’s T-cells, offering new hope in the fight against a wide range of cancers. Using CRISPR genome editing, the team took the genetic engineering of killer T-cells one step further by removing their non-cancer specific receptors and replacing them with ones that would recognise specific cancer cells and destroy them.

30th May 2017
University launches Institute for Compound Semiconductors

In order to take research findings out of the lab and put them into the hands of those who can best exploit them, Cardiff University has launched the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS). The aim is to bridge the exploitation gap, or 'valley of death'. The ICS aims to position South East Wales as the European leader in compound semiconductors, providing facilities that help researchers and industry work together to meet consumer deman...

26th May 2017
EU funded project develops future offshore DC grids

Having made some important advances towards future offshore DC grids, a European Union-funded project that has trained the next-gen of offshore wind experts has just concluded. ‘MEDOW’ was an ‘Initial Training Network’ funded by the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme. It aimed to provide a ‘training through research’ approach to the exciting new field of multi-terminal DC grids for o...

21st July 2016
Hydrogen could be derived from grass

  Garden grass could become a source of cheap and clean renewable energy, scientists have claimed. A team of UK researchers, including experts from Cardiff University's Cardiff Catalysis Institute, have shown that significant amounts of hydrogen can be unlocked from fescue grass with the help of sunlight and a cheap catalyst.

8th March 2016
Latest practical silicon-based laser has been created

A group of researchers from the UK, including academics from Cardiff University, has demonstrated the first practical laser that has been grown directly on a silicon substrate. It is believed the breakthrough could lead to ultra-fast communication between computer chips and electronic systems and therefore transform a wide variety of sectors, from communications and healthcare to energy generation.

22nd September 2015
Cardiff University partners with Huawei

Huawei has announced two research and development projects that it is undertaking with Cardiff University.

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