Models and Mathematics in LifE and Social Sciences (MILES).

Lead Research Organisation: University of Surrey
Department Name: Mathematics

Abstract

Mathematical contributors to the social and life sciences typically aim to provide insight by building a model and solving it using ingenious techniques and computer programmes whose details can be inaccessible to researchers in the host discipline. Mathematicians equally can be surprised to discover that these disciplines themselves use quite different kinds of models, in unfamiliar ways to seemingly perplexing ends. Revolutionary progress comes when researchers from all the relevant disciplines create new kinds of models together, owned and exploited by them all. We plan a programme of networking, idea-generation and collaboration activities focused on modelling approaches to the life and social sciences, their synergies and dissonances. We shall explore the different types of model used in different disciplines, the extent to which the models themselves, modelling methods (ways in which models are created and validated), methodologies (the philosophy of science behind modelling) and ways of using models (e.g. for understanding or prediction) can be transferred between disciplines, and when and how to create entirely new modelling frameworks. We shall emphasise three themes of particular interest to research groups in the university, where different disciplines have distinct perspectives: 1) sustainability, 2) the 'in silico' cell, 3) mathematical and computational techniques in social science and biology. Our programme will, however, include activities across the wide span of life and social science modelling, with further occasional events on modelling in the broadest sense, to examine the opportunities for dialogue with other disciplines in the University (e.g. English, Drama, Music, Film, Psychology, Management).The University hosts several highly successful multidisciplinary centres, such as the Centre for Environmental Strategy, the Advanced Technology Institute and the Surrey Space Centre and projects including the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Value and Environment and the EngD programme in Environmental Technology. We see the potential for similar successful interaction between Mathematics, Computing, and the social and life sciences. To achieve it, we must create the circumstances that encourage individuals to take part in multidisciplinary projects, by suggesting to them that to approach another discipline with curiosity but no immediate solutions is of great value, by providing opportunities to meet people from other disciplines and time to learn in detail about their perspectives, issues and interests and to develop a common language, and by offering incentives to embark on risky research adventures.Our three-year programme of activities to stimulate new collaborations in life and social science modelling will be coordinated by a dedicated full-time facilitator, and include: externally facilitated annual sandpits with research pump-priming fund prizes; discipline hopping funding for mathematicians, computer and physical scientists and engineers to spend time in life/social science departments; a monthly Caf Scientifique; multidisciplinary workshops and networking events; a visiting scholar programme; funding for feasibility studies; a virtual forum and wiki for online discussion and collaboration.Research projects conceived and developed during the programme will lead to follow-on grant applications. Owing to the strength of the contributing research groups, we expect the consequent impact on the UK cross-disciplinary research profile to be significant. Our ultimate aim is to create a sense of excitement about stepping beyond traditional subject boundaries and thinking creatively about working with a wide range of potential collaborators, so that the cultural changes initiated by this programme will be sustainable in the longer term, and cross-disciplinary research will continue to flourish at the University into the future.

Planned Impact

MILES is intended to foster new collaborations with seedcorn funding, and so we expect that the resulting research projects will be in the early stages during the lifetime of the programme. Economic impact is likely to be achieved after successful projects have obtained follow-on funding, on a time horizon of 5 to 10 years upwards, in many fields. All of society stands to benefit from research to achieve sustainable living. Specific beneficiaries might be those whose health, homes and livelihoods are threatened by climate change. In addition, economic benefit could accrue to companies in the renewable energy industry through research into microbial fuel cells, in the food industry through research into food security, and in a broad range of sectors through research into industrial symbiosis. Developers and manufacturers of safe water systems could benefit from research into safe water technologies. We will aim to involve past and present sponsors of our EngD programme in Environmental Technology in MILES through participation in workshops and research projects in order to enhance its potential economic impact. Policymakers in all sectors - local, regional and central government, voluntary agencies, charities, non-governmental organisations, trade associations, individual businesses - and in all areas from the carbon economy to health, stand to benefit from advances in complexity science that provide insight and tools to support evidence-based decision making. We have contacts with the National Industrial Symbiosis Project and Link2Energy and we will target policymakers in other areas to involve in our programme via Surrey's London Technology Network (LTN) Business Fellows. Pharmaceutical companies want to use in silico methods for more efficient drug discovery, as they are faster, more flexible, safer and cheaper than laboratory testing. Companies with whom we already have relationships (mostly UK) may benefit directly through participation in MILES events. Innovation in drug discovery will improve the efficiency of the pharmaceutical industry, and ultimately lead to improvements in public health. We shall use the LTN fellows to target key innovators in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors for participation in networking events and workshops. Modelling for medical research will yield insight into the origin of medical problems and identify targets for therapeutic intervention. Patients will benefit in the long term from improved treatments for the associated clinical conditions, as will the National Health Service that bears the cost of managing them. We shall aim to involve our contacts within hospitals, either directly in collaborative research projects, or to disseminate research findings within the clinical community. Other beneficiaries would be health economists and managers, who predict financial strategies within the healthcare sector. Research into biomimetics could lead to exploitable technologies, e.g. through Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. The Computing department's KTP partner companies in neural networks and digital ecosystems, and their international partners, could benefit from involvement of the KTP associate in MILES. The general public will be welcome as full participants in the debate at the Cafs Scientifiques. Industrial contacts and the general public will be made aware of programme outputs by direct participation in events and through our website. Industrial partners can also be involved directly in research projects. 'Study group' workshops often lead to long-term collaboration between academics and partners in the commercial sector. Training of the programme facilitator in research programme management, scientific communication and event facilitation will provide a highly skilled professional to the UK economy. Training of the programme participants in multidisciplinary scientific research will provide a valuable resource in an area of strategic importance to UK science.

Publications

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Abásolo D (2015) Lempel-Ziv complexity of cortical activity during sleep and waking in rats. in Journal of neurophysiology

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Al-Khalili JS (2013) Nature's Quantum Subways in Physics World

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Al-Khalili JS (2013) Change: The Only Constant in Chemistry World

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Chen X (2013) Acoustic Vector Sensor Based Speech Source Separation with Mixed Gaussian-Laplacian Distributions in 18th International Conference on Digital Signal Processing (DSP 2013)

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Hoyle RB (2013) Legitimising Creativity in N/A

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McFadden J (2013) A Quantum Leap in The Biologist

 
Title Albumleaves for trumpet and string quartet 
Description Albumleaves was composed for the trumpeter, Simon Desbruslais, and the Ligeti String Quartet. It is an open work structured in 12 pages that can be performed in any order and ordered independently by the ensemble and the soloist. 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Albumleaves was premiered in the chapel of Kings College London in November 2013 and recorded for release on Signum Classics in August 2014. 
URL https://www.academia.edu/8823302/Notation_in_Albumleaves_Interpretation_Freedom_and_Collaboration
 
Title SOLID SENSES: Laban's Geometry of Dance 
Description Rudolf Laban's unpublished drawings and his graphic representation of his icosahedral model in dance were used to create a performance-based and artistic response. This 30 minute choreography explored Laban's visual model of the icosahedron as the ideal Platonic solid within which to inscribe the harmonic and formal movement patterns or trace-forms of the dancing body. The piece developed a choreographic interpretation of Laban's unique vision, which combines visual art, dance and geometry in a unique understanding of bodily movement and patterning in relation to three-dimensional space. Laban also acknowledged in some of his drawings that geometric modelling not only corresponds to the formalisation of movement within a kinesphere, or the outer sphere within which a dancer moves, but that this geometric shape is also contained inside the body- thus linking macroscopic and microscopic space. Laban sketched patterns of human movement evolving from icosahedral shapes contained in what he called embryonic dance form, which is why our response will develop visual and choreographic analogies between Laban's icosahedral model in kinespheric space, and the appearance of icosahedral shaped organisms, such as icosahedral viruses, at a microscopic level of the human body. The dancers interacted simultaneously with a geometric shape within and without its own corporeality. Music was also composed for the performance with inspiration taken from icosahedral symmetry. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2011 
Impact Researchers and members of the public attended the performance and became aware of the potential connections between dance and geometry. In discussion afterwards, members of the audience responded very positively to the experience. 
 
Title The Light Bridge 
Description Light bridge is an interactive and playable installation. The bridge is a visual beacon and aims to bring attention to interdisciplinary research by visualising it and to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration through an interactive game. Interdisciplinary teams compete to light the bridge in team colours, using points won through interdisciplinary research interactions. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The bridge is highly visible on campus and has been wel-received by the university community. The interactive aspect aims to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaboration. 
URL http://www.miles.surrey.ac.uk/Light_bridge
 
Description MILES was a project designed to stimulate and foster new interdisciplinary research collaborations across the University of Surrey through a programme of events and funding opportunities.

MILES funded projects:

31 Feasibility Studies:

Looking for Electrical Signatures of Cellular Circadian Rhythms; Blue Light Response: Investigation of the Physiological Response to Blue Light; Com-Note: The Composer's Notebook; Mathematical Modelling of Circadian Processes; Vehicle Convoy Analysis; The Use of Computational Molecular Modelling in a Virtual Screen to Identify Inhibitors of a DNA Repair Enzyme; Mathematical Modelling of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Apolipoprotein A1 (apoA1) in Males and Females; Mathematical Modelling of Biofilm Formation in the Upper Respiratory Tract; Audio-Visual Cues Based Attention Switching for Machine Listening; Non-Linear Analysis of Signal Complexity in Epileptic Neurones and Neuronal Networks; Investigating Brain Activity During Waking and Sleep with Non-Linear Analysis of Electroencephalograms and Cortical Spike Trains; Performance Evaluation of Co-Operative, Smart, Self-Deploying Sensor Probes using Multi-Agent Modelling; The Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics to Swimming Pool Design; Beyond the Visual: Augmented Reality in Spaces of Exhibition; Non-invasive Detection of Clinical Disease-related Behaviour for the Early Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases; i_Mamm:Rapid Mammographic Screening using RSVP; Meta-Modelling Approach to Fast Multi-Scale Cancer Simulation; Genetic Algorithms and Fuzziness: From Biology to Aerospace; Dairy Produce Consumption Amongst Mothers of Preterm Infants: A One Year Longitudinal Study; The use of Probabilistic Modelling in Drinking Water Standards; Novel Quantitation Space Representations for Proteomic Data Analysis; Preterm Infants: Maternal Nutritional Intake During and After Breastfeeding; Non Invasive Sleep Monitoring; Proof-of-Principle for Resolving Controversies in Mineral Transport; Predictive Modelling of the Social Networks Influencing Obesity; Modelling Menstrual Hormones and Behaviour; Prediction of Episodic Memory Formation in Multiple Sclerosis Patients based on a Neural Network Model of the Hippocampus; Ockham's Razor, Systems Biology and Bayesian Statistics; Footmiles - A Step Towards Sustainability; Community Microbes; Modelling Sustainable Household Consumption: An Agent Based Approach

13 Discipline Hops:

Towards Identifying Perceived Risks and Benefits of Swimming Pool Use; Cognitive Modelling in 3D Laparoscopic Surgery; Novel Approaches to Engineering Microbial Communities; Exploring the Physiological Response of Humans to Natural and Artificial Light, in particular Exploring the Influence on Sleep; Investigating Brain Activity During the 24-Hour Sleep-Wake Cycle with Advanced Signal Processing of the Electroencephalogram; Can Ballet help us age better? (3 discipline hoppers); Grounding Models of Cognition through Perception-Action Learning; Modelling Robust Microbial Communities; Mathematical Modelling of the Repair Dynamics of Alkylation Damage to DNA in Mammalian Cells; Modelling the Sleep-Wake Cycle (2 discipline hoppers)

4 Workshops:

Movement at Surrey; Corporeal Computing; Mathematical Modelling of the DNA Damage Response; Quantum Biology

5 Visiting Scholars:

Resilience of Systems - Modelling for Policy Support and Theory Development; Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Biophysics; An Interdisciplinary Team to Investigate the Role of Mycolactone in Complex Community Biofilms (3 visitors)

In total we supported around 100 collaborators across all four faculties of the university.

We also designed and organised 8 Networking Events, 20 Cafe Scientifique-inspired Collaboration Cafe events, 12 Behind the Scenes Tours of labs, research centres and workshops, 2 Interdisciplinarity in Practice events, 2 Creative Collaboration workshops, 2 sandpit-inspired Ideas Exchange events, an Industry and Stakeholder Day, 6 Showcase Events presenting the MILES funded projects, a Meet the Architect event creating connections with local experts and professionals and 'Halfway MILES', a celebration and sharing at the midway point of the MILES programme. MILES concluded with a final event 'Collaboration Surrey: the MILES we've come' that presented the work of the MILES funded projects to the university's research community and launched Collaboration Surrey, the internally funded successor to the MILES programme.

The primary outcome of the MILES programme is a cultural legacy of increased interdisciplinary research collaboration at the University of Surrey between mathematics, computer science, engineering and the physical sciences on the one hand and the life and social sciences, humanities and arts on the other. There is a greater enthusiasm among our community of researchers for interdisciplinary interaction and a greater awareness of the range of research being carried out in other disciplines.

The key findings of the MILES funded projects are described, where possible, in the many individual outcomes listed for this grant. Our final report on our MILES and BtG funded activities can be downloaded here: http://www.miles.surrey.ac.uk/celebrate
Exploitation Route Many of the MILES funded projects have the potential for use in non-academic contexts. Where appropriate, more information can be found in the individual outcomes listed. The exploitation routes for the MILES funded projects vary according to the project. More information on exploitation to date can be found in the individual outcomes listed.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Electronics,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Other

URL http://www.miles.surrey.ac.uk/
 
Description Summary of the impact of the MILES programme to date. MILES has had a transformative effect upon interdisciplinary research at Surrey, as demonstrated through the creation of 31 new research projects, the funding of 10 discipline hops, 5 visiting scholars and 5 interdisciplinary workshops. We supported around 100 collaborators across all four faculties of the university. Academic impact beyond Surrey has come about through workshops and interaction with visiting scholars. For example, we part-funded an international academic workshop on quantum biology, bringing together biologists and physicists around a theme with the potential for truly transformative research. So far, the demonstrable external impact of MILES has mainly been through public engagement: we have held public dance performances, such as `Solid Senses', whose choreography was inspired by icosahedral symmetry and its appearance in virus structure and there have been engagement events directly related to MILES funded research projects, including Jim Al-Khalili's Royal Institution lecture 'Quantum Life: How Can Physics Revolutionise Biology?' which has been viewed by over 150,000 people on You Tube. One of our most successful projects 'Beyond the Visual: Augmented Reality in Spaces of Exhibition' held a public dissemination event at Watts Gallery to demonstrate its technology to potential museum and gallery partners and to the media, while 'Community Microbes' engaged members of the public and schoolchildren in running 'kitchen sink' microbiology experiments. Another of our projects has formed an ongoing collaboration with Surrey Police. MILES has focused on supporting early stage interdisciplinary research collaborations and so we expect demonstrable research outcomes to continue to emerge over the next few years as the projects that we initiated mature. Beneficiaries: Public and academic audiences Contribution Method: MILES has had a transformative impact on interdisciplinary research at Surrey and through its funded projects, discipline hops, visiting scholars and workshops on research more widely, as described in the impact summary and in the individual project outcomes reported.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Policy & public services

 
Description BBSRC Responsive mode
Amount £299,663 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/M021556/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2015 
End 06/2017
 
Description Bridging the Gaps (2011-12)
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/J501566/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2011 
End 06/2012
 
Description Bridging the Gaps (2012-13)
Amount £96,668 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K503605/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 03/2013
 
Description Collaboration Grant
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description Collaboration Surrey
Amount £57,724 (GBP)
Funding ID Collaboration Surrey 
Organisation University of Surrey 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2014 
End 01/2017
 
Description Collaborative R&D Competition 'Data exploration - creating new insight and value'
Amount £149,349 (GBP)
Funding ID 41698-293424 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 03/2016
 
Description Doctoral Training Partnership Award (CP)
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M506655/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 09/2014
 
Description Doctoral Training Partnership Award (YH)
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/M506655/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 09/2014
 
Description Doctoral Training Programme in Food Security
Amount £40,718 (GBP)
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2018
 
Description Doctoral Training Programme in Food Security (Surrey Contribution)
Amount £40,718 (GBP)
Organisation University of Surrey 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2018
 
Description EPSRC Vacation Bursary 2014
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 08/2014
 
Description Enhancing speech quality using lip tracking
Amount £58,000 (GBP)
Organisation Samsung 
Sector Private
Country Global
Start 10/2013 
End 03/2014
 
Description IAS Workshop (Mathematical Modelling of the DNA Damage Response)
Amount £9,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Surrey 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2013 
End 07/2013
 
Description IAS Workshop competition (Future Light Technology and Health)
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Surrey 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2015 
End 08/2016
 
Description Impact Acceleration Account
Amount £19,971 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K503939/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2013 
End 06/2014
 
Description Impact Accelerator Account - 2nd award Beyond the Visual - Product Deployment
Amount £19,841 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K503939/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2014 
End 12/2014
 
Description Lorentz Center workshop
Amount € 13,000 (EUR)
Organisation Lorentz Centre 
Sector Academic/University
Country Netherlands
Start 06/2015 
End 07/2015
 
Description Nesta Research+
Amount £42,858 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2014 
End 12/2014
 
Description PhD Studentship
Amount £140,000 (GBP)
Organisation Oman - Ministry of Higher Education 
Sector Public
Country Oman
Start 10/2013 
End 10/2017
 
Description Research Grant
Amount £12,244 (GBP)
Funding ID RG140689 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description Vacation Bursary (Analysis of a Mathematical Model of Iron uptake in the Human Body)
Amount £2,200 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K503186/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2013 
End 08/2013
 
Title Mathematical modelling of apolipoprotein A1-containing lipoproteins in males and females 
Description Two versions of the model were developed: one version monitors the total amount of HDL apoA1 and the other distinguishes between two subclasses of HDL ApoA1. An excel calculator has been developed that allows one to change the value of various parameters and see their effect on the HDL dynamics as predicted by the model. 
Type Of Material Model of mechanisms or symptoms - human 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This type of research is not possible without mathematical modelling and physiologists rely on collaborations with mathematicians to develop models to interpret the data they generate. In the past the Diabetes and Metabolic Medicine group have collaborated with mathematicians outside the University. This project has enabled the group to develop a collaboration within the University which we aim to build on. The development of an excel calculator has provided a tool which the physiologist can use to explore the impact of the model parameters on the model fit giving them an insight into the model design. Although the original model was the simplest possible based on known data, other models now have to be explored. Finding a model that fits the data may provide a greater understanding of HDL metabolism. Its only with improved understanding that it becomes possible to develop treatments which can raise HDL levels and reduce CVD risk. 
 
Title Minimal samples 
Description The system developed has provided the means of analysing human and animal blood samples from finger/tail pricks. For humans, this means that human blood sample collection is less invasive. For animal studies, this is signficant as the amount of sample required will mean less animals would be sacrificed . This sort of sampling would be ideal for animal ultradian studies, as the same animal could be looked at for the entire study without being sacrificed at the end. Further funding will be sought from NC3Rs as a result of this. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The most notable impact is that of animal studies. The tail prick sampling has proved to be sufficient to provide sufficient electrophysiological data. This will mean that animals would need to be sacrificed to achieve complete sets of data, especially for ultradian studies. 
 
Title Small molecule 'hit' inhibitor of DNA repair enzyme AAG 
Description A small molecule (molecular weight < 350) was discovered which inhibits the DNA repair enzyme AAG with an IC50 of ~75 uM. 
Type Of Material Technology assay or reagent 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The availability of this hit molecule validates AAG as a target which can be inhibited with a small molecule. We have now initiated an optimisation programme to turn this weak, hit inhibitor into a potent, selective, cell permeable tool inhibitor for future biological investigations and potential use as a drug lead. 
 
Title non-linear analysis of complexity 
Description We employed the non-linear Lempel-Ziv (LZ) complexity analysis (Lempel and Ziv, 1976) to quantify firing rhythmicity in epileptiform potentials 
Type Of Material Model of mechanisms or symptoms - in vitro 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We found that GABAB receptor activation suppresses epileptiform activity in the dentate gyrus by decreasing firing rhythmicity, revealing a novel antiepileptic action for GABAB receptor agonists. 
URL http://www.pa2online.org/abstract/abstract.jsp?abid=31271&author=chen&cat=-1&period=55
 
Title Biofilm formation model 
Description Partial Differential Equation model describing biofilm formation and development. The model includes active biomass, inactive biomass, and substrate diffusion. The numerical solution of the model is obtained by a finite element method implemented by using the open-source platform FEniCS. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
 
Title Dairy produce consumption amongst mothers of preterm infants 
Description SPSS data file for the project 'Dairy produce consumption amongst mothers of preterm infants: a 1 year longitudinal study'. This file is for University of Surrey use only. It has not yet been used in a publication. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Statistically, significant changes in consumption of fully skimmed milk and of eggs were found. However, these were not considered by the nutritionists to be of any clinical importance. 
 
Title Nutrition in mothers of preterm infants 
Description SPSS data file for the project 'Preterm Infants: Maternal Nutritional Intake During and After Breastfeeding'. This database is for University of Surrey use only. It has not yet been used in a publication. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact None 
 
Title SmartDetectives 
Description An audio-visual dataset recorded for subtle emotion detection. One of the actors who participated in the video shots were concerned with the share of his video images with others. Therefore, the database is not supposed to be shared publicly with other researchers, and it was only used for this project. More details for the scripts used in the video shots, together with raw video data can be found from the link below: http://personal.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/W.Wang/data/SmartDetectives/ 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact N/A 
URL http://personal.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/W.Wang/data/SmartDetectives/
 
Title Virtual Screen AAG 
Description Predicted energy and mode of binding of 2 million molecules to the DNA repair enzyme AAG. Molecular modelling software MOE was used with the published crystal structure of AAG (3UBY) to carry out a virtual screen of 2 million molecules from the ZINC 'lead like, available now' database. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The predicted top 49 AAG-binding molecules were purchased and tested in a bioassay to reveal the first (to the best of our knowledge) real small molecule inhibitor of AAG (IC50 ~ 75 uM). This has led to an inhibitor optimisation project being carried out by a PhD student. 
 
Title hippocampal slice in vitro 
Description We employed the non-linear Lempel-Ziv (LZ) complexity analysis (Lempel and Ziv, 1976) to quantify firing rhythmicity in epileptiform potentials, hypothesizing that higher rhythmicity of spiking will yield a lower LZ complexity value. Control and epileptiform population spikes (PSs) were elicited in granule cells of the dentate gyrus in mouse (male Balb/c mice 1-3 month-old) hippocampal slices in the absence and presence of the GABAA receptors using the antagonist, bicuculline (10 µM), respectively (Foster et al., 2013). Due to reduced synaptic inhibition, the epileptiform PSs displayed 2-3 additional spikes and significantly increased PS area-under-the-curve (Foster et al., 2013). However, the LZ complexity was significantly reduced from 0.184±0.065 for control PS to 0.077±0.056 for epileptiform PS (n = 6, P < 0.01, One-way ANOVA followed by Tukey's multiple comparisons), demonstrating that the epileptiform PSs display a high firing rhythmicity. Applying the GABAB receptor agonist baclofen (10 µM) in the presence of bicuculline significantly increased LZ complexity to 0.159±0.070 (P < 0.05, n = 6), a value similar to that of the control PS, although the additional epileptiform spikes were not abolished. Furthermore, the baclofen-induced effects were inhibited by the selective GABAB receptors antagonist CGP55845 (1 µM) (P < 0.01). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact this novel approach of using LZ complexity analysis may be further explored to discover new antiepileptic targets. 
URL http://www.surrey.ac.uk/mes/people/daniel_abasolo/#research-tab
 
Description Collaboration between the University of Surrey and University College London 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration between the University of Surrey and University College London resulted from a MILES funded workshop entitled 'Quantum Biology'. Being able to run the computer codes for Density Functiional Theory that the UCL group has expertise in is a crucial part of PhD student Adam Godbeer's research work and pivotal to the research programme on quantum biology at the University of Surrey.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Collaboration with George Abbott School, Guildford 
Organisation George Abbot School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution FOOTMILES is an interdisciplinary project that aims to explore the potential of using visual recognition technology on mobile phones to encourage sustainable local tourism and travel by young adolescents (12-14 years old). George Abbott School in Guildford hosted focus groups to explore the potential for FOOTMILES. The collaboration aimed to establish a user engagement study with the projected key audience of the Footmiles scheme - young adolescents. The collaboration consisted of two focus groups, whereby the preferences, potential usage patterns and incentive requirements of the target audience were established.The Footmiles team also agreed future research collaborations with the school, e.g. for testing a Footmiles prototype.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Internal Collaboration with Dr Melanie Bailey for Development of Mass Spectrometry-Based AAG Bioassay 
Organisation University of Surrey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are developing a novel use of the high resolution mass spectrometry facility funded by the EPSRC (EP/P001440/1). This involves quantification of the product of the DNA repair enzyme Alkyladenine Glycosylase (AAG) and hence, determination of its activity in the presence of novel inhibitors which could become drug leads for chemotherapy protective agents.
Collaborator Contribution The Bailey group is providing mass spectrometry expertise and performing limit of detection and quantification experiments to assess activity of our target enzyme.
Impact A publication is envisaged in the near future. Multidisciplinary: chemistry and biochemistry
Start Year 2016
 
Description MILES: Looking for electrical signatures in red blood cells 
Organisation University College London
Department MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology (LMCB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We found that there are significant electrophysiological changes in red blood cells at different times of the day. The results demonstrated that circadian electrophysiological activity does take place in red blood cells.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have provided valuable contributions into the potential underlying cellular mechanisms that are responsible for the changes in electrophysiological activity. The collaboration has resulted in a BBSRC bid that we have submitted in September 2014
Impact The team comprises a team of scientists from the areas of biophysics (Surrey), cell biology (Surrey, MRC LMB and cambridge), molecular biology (Surrey, MRC LMB and Camridge) and neurosciences (Cambridge). This multi-disciplinary collaboration resulted in a BBSRC bid that was submitted in September 2014, with a BBSRC reference number is BB/M021556/1. The results of this work is currently being prepared for submission to the journal: Cell.
Start Year 2014
 
Description MILES: Looking for electrical signatures in red blood cells 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We found that there are significant electrophysiological changes in red blood cells at different times of the day. The results demonstrated that circadian electrophysiological activity does take place in red blood cells.
Collaborator Contribution The partners have provided valuable contributions into the potential underlying cellular mechanisms that are responsible for the changes in electrophysiological activity. The collaboration has resulted in a BBSRC bid that we have submitted in September 2014
Impact The team comprises a team of scientists from the areas of biophysics (Surrey), cell biology (Surrey, MRC LMB and cambridge), molecular biology (Surrey, MRC LMB and Camridge) and neurosciences (Cambridge). This multi-disciplinary collaboration resulted in a BBSRC bid that was submitted in September 2014, with a BBSRC reference number is BB/M021556/1. The results of this work is currently being prepared for submission to the journal: Cell.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Surrey Police 
Organisation Surrey Police
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The University of Surrey team was leading the development of the algorithm and a prototype software written in MATLAB and web interface. A Co-I and an RA from Psychology were involved to conduct a literature review on the human analysis part and analyse real cases of vehicle convoys extracted from ANPR data.
Collaborator Contribution Surrey Police was the source of the research problem, and was providing ANPR data and other support by e.g. attending project meetings and providing real cases for further analysis.
Impact Further funding from the Technology Strategy Board. The collaboration is multidisciplinary involving computing, psychology and the Surrey Police.
Start Year 2013
 
Title Com-Note 
Description A composer's notebook that helps coordinate editing, playback, recording and discussion around the music composition process. The app helps capture the spontaneous, distributed and collaborative nature of composition, providing the user with a musical sketchbook rather than a mixing desk. Com-Note produces audiovisual slideshows that can be shared with other Com-Note users via Dropbox permitting group editing and co-creation of documentation involved in creating a new musical piece. The app helps to reveal and demystify the creative process of musical composition. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact The app was used in the creation of a new work for trumpet and string quartet - Albumleaves. Composer, Tom Armstrong, and trumpeter, Simon Desbruslais, were able to share developing ideas via Com-Note. Albumleaves was recorded for release on Signum Classics during 2015. Simon and Tom will be using the data they collected via Com-Note in order to write a paper for publication in the Journal of New Music Research. 
URL http://www.dwrc.surrey.ac.uk/com-note.shtml
 
Title FootMiles - Prototype (Android App and Website) 
Description FootMILES is an incentive scheme that encourages walking, much as AirMiles are a loyalty scheme that rewards air travel. FootMILES was a development aimed at eventual deployment to groups of school children, encouraging them to walk to school and during days out with their families. FootMILES tracks walking using a novel Android based mobile app that recognizes landmarks, such as buildings, encountered on walks. Children might in the future photograph the building to earn FootMILES points. The Android image recognition app and server backend were fully developed during this funded subproject and demonstrated with a small group of Year 7 children at the George Abbot school Guildford in a focus group, generating a follow-up report containing feedback on FootMiles. A supporting website enabling children to discover nearby walks was subsequently prototyped in response to this feedback but not fully implemented due to constraints on the scope of the project funding and duration. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2012 
Impact Early follow-up discussions with 2x SMEs keen to licence the mobile image recognition App. 
URL http://www.footmiles.org
 
Title Handy Urban Solutions 
Description A prototype platform for modelling consumption 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact Not known. 
URL http://www.handyurbansolutions.com
 
Title Lempel-Ziv complexity analysis 
Description The LZ complexity algorithm involves converting the original time series into a discrete sequence of a finite num-ber of symbols. In this study the median was used as the threshold Td in the sequence conversion, given that the me-dian is robust to outliers [Na02]. A sequence P = s(1), s(2),?, s(n) is created by comparison the original signal with the threshold, with s(i) given by: (1) Once this coarse-grained sequence has been created from the original signal, P is scanned from left to right and the complexity counter c(n) is increased by one unit every time a new subsequence of consecutive characters is encountered. A detailed description of the complexity algorithm can be found in [Zh01]. The complexity algorithm is dependent on the sequence length. For this reason, c(n) should be normalized. For a sequence of length n and an alphabet of ? symbols, the upper bound of c(n) is given by [LZ76]: (2) where ?n is a small quantity and ?n ? 0 (n ? ?). In general, (3) Therefore, c(n) can be normalized via b(n): (4) C(n) is then the normalized LZ complexity. Greater C(n) values correspond to more complexity in the data. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2013 
Impact allowed rhythmicity analysis of epileptiform activity 
URL http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-00846-2_142#page-1
 
Title Let's explore prototype 
Description Let's explore is a web based system that allows organisations to put in content and then to be able to use the content to generate digital exhibitions. The system then creates a mobile application that runs on an Android mobile phone. The novel element of the platform is that organisations can take control and edit/update the content themselves which aims to improve the ability of organisations to consider a digital offering to support exhibitions etc. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Interest from many regional organisations in its use including The Lightbox, Watts Gallery and Visit Surrey. 
URL http://www.lets-explore.com
 
Description "community microbes" sessions at Corfe Hills Scool, Dorset (practical microbiology workshops focussing on soil microbiology) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Approx 25 year 10-11 pupils attended 3 after school science club sessions run by researchers in which they learned about soil microbial ecosystems and how they are affected by environmental conditions, developed hypotheses on particular locations which might have different community compositions, took samples and using basic microbiology techniques cultured and then classified species composition of soil communities.

6 students wrote up and submitted the work for a CREST silver award, a pupil reported on the activity for the school newsletter, members of the club expressed increased interest to us in careers in microbiology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.corfe-hills.dorset.sch.uk/media/chs%20newsletter%20easter%202014.pdf
 
Description "community microbes" sessions at Bishop Bell School, Eastbourne (practical microbiology workshops focussing on soil microbiology) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Approx 25 year 10-11 pupils attended 3 after school science club sessions run by researchers in which they learned about soil microbial ecosystems and how they are affected by environmental conditions, developed hypotheses on particular locations which might have different community compositions, took samples and using basic microbiology techniques cultured and then classified species composition of soil communities.

Pupils expressed increased interest in soil ecology and sustainability questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description "community microbes" sessions at for adult learners in suatainable design and horticulture, Stanmer, Sussex (practical microbiology workshops focussing on soil microbiology) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Approx 20 adult learners on a sustainable design and horticulture course, mostly without formal science training, attended 2 weekend sessions run by researchers in which they learned about soil microbial ecosystems and how they are affected by environmental conditions, developed hypotheses on particular locations which might have different community compositions, took samples and using basic microbiology techniques cultured and then classified species composition of soil communities. This was repeated on two subsequent years. The activities provoked a great deal of discussion and debate plus interest in taking scientific study further.

Students expressed interest in following up scientific studies and expressed that the activities had made science seem more accessible to them and relevant to their concerns.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013
 
Description AES conference Salt Lake City 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The session sparked questions and discussion around problems encountered in the research area. The outcomes included troubleshooting, workshops and awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description BBC Surrey: Augmented Reality in Spaces of Exhibition. BBC Radio Surrey, James Breakfast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio Interview Broadcast

Awareness raised of research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Biofilm Formation in the Upper Respiratory Tract 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A short presentation was given of the 'Biofilm Formation in the Upper Respiratory Tract' project at the MILES Research Showcase Event 'MODELLING FOR HEALTH & MEDICINE'.

Migrated from ROS - info not available
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Bright Club Guildford Training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Bright Club is a novel public engagement event in the form of a comedy night where most of the performers are academics who do stand-up sets about their work. The MILES Programme contributed to the establishment of Bright Club Guildford through providing Bright Club training to University of Surrey academics. Bright Club Guildford began in January 2012 and has run events roughly once every three months, nearly all of which have sold out, plus a Christmas Special event in December 2012.

Bright Club Guildford is ongoing, so there is no end date.

Bright Club makes research and researchers more accessible to non-traditional audiences. Our performances have been very well-received on the night, and we believe they have raised awareness of research in the wider community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.youtube.com/user/BrightClubGuildford?feature=watch
 
Description Can Ballet Help Us Age Better? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Info not available
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Community Microbes TEDx talk, TEDx University of Southampton 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Audience of approx 200 attended talk, asked numerous questions and participated in debate afterwards. Talk has since had over 1000 additional views on youtube.

Increase in awareness of microbial communities, evidenced by YouTube viewings of talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv2Ubt6clD8
 
Description Footmiles Pecha Kucha talk at the Halfway MILES event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A talk on interim results of the Footmiles project delivered at the Halfway MILES event to internal MILES network and some external companys invited. The format was a Pecha Kucha talk.

FOOTMILES is an interdisciplinary project exploring the potential of using visual recognition technology on mobile phones to encourage sustainable local tourism and travel by young adolescents (ages 12-14).

Migrated from ROS - info not available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Halfway MILES Presentation of 'Non-Invasive Sleep Monitoring' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was a Pecha Kucha-style talk given at the Halfway Miles event.

Migrated from ROS - info not available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Hot Topic Talks to Undergraduate Student Applicants 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 10-30 sixth-formers (or equivalent) attended each of four (to date) 'hot topic' talks aimed at demonstrating to undergraduate student applicants the kind of research that takes place at the University of Surrey. Several questions were posed and answered at the end of each talk.

No specific impacts to date but the talks were enjoyed and most likely enhanced the students' understanding of the topic and interest in the University of Surrey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
URL http://www.surrey.ac.uk/chemistry/study/undergraduate/Application%20Process/
 
Description Invited AES 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invited presentation that sparked a number of questions and interest in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited Seminar Session at Association of Independent Museum Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The activity discussed the benefits of the use of digital technologies in museums and the barriers for adoption in regional museums.

Workshop resulted in providing advice to several regional organisations on their digital offering.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.aim-museums.co.uk/content/annual_conference/
 
Description Is Life Quantum Mechanical? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 1,700 people have watched the film of the talk on You Tube.

From evidence of blogs and social media, the lecture has had a significant impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0kwsvCBE0s
 
Description MILES Showcase Presentation of 'Ockaham's Razor, Systems Biology and Bayesian Statistics' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was a short talk about the use of statistical form Ockham's razor in systems biology.

Migrated from ROS - info not available
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description MILES Showcase Presentation of 'Proof of Principle for Resolving Controversies in Mineral Transport' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was a presentation to show how the project was progressing. No key outcomes were presented but the methods we intend to use were presented and the future steps were outlined.

The project at the time of this presentation was still at a reasonably early stage. The mathematical model was fairly well developed, but due to experimental problems, the experimenatal data had only recently been obtained. The next stage of the project is to try to fit the model to this data.

Migrated from ROS - info not available
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description MILES Showcase Presentation of 'i-Mamm' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A short talk given at MILES Event with David Windridge, Chris Hope and Prem Elangovan.

Migrated from ROS - info not available
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Mathematical Modelling of the Repair Dynamics of Alkylation Damage to DNA in Mammalian Cells: MILES Showcase Event Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was a short talk given on the work done in the 'Mathematical Modelling of the Repair Dynamics of Alkylation Damage to DNA in Mammalian Cells' Project at one of a series of MILES Showcase Events.

The researchers gave a brief presentation on their work on the repair dynamics of DNA that has had alkylation damage. A model of water flowing through several containers at different rates illustrated the multi-stage process of DNA repair. The talk was given to a group of academics and postgraduate students at the University of Surrey as part of a series of MILES Showcase Events.

Migrated from ROS - info not available
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Mathematical Modelling of the Repair Dynamics of Alkylation Damage to DNA in Mammalian Cells: Pecha Kucha Talk at the Halfway Miles Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was a Pechu-Kucha style presentation given on the work done in the project 'Mathematical Modelling of the Repair Dynamics of Alkylation Damage to DNA in Mammalian Cells'.

The presenters gave a brief presentation on their work on the repair dynamics of DNA that has had alkylation damage to a group of academics and postgraduate students as part of the MILES Halfway Event, which was showcasing the projects supported by MILES.

Migrated from ROS - info not available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Mathematics of the sleep-wake cycle 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was a pecha kucha style talk given to an interdisciplinary audience. The talk gave a brief description of the fundamental processes that drive the sleep-wake cycle and presented the results from our MILES funded project.

The project looks at how mathematical models can be used to model the sleep-wake cycle, focussing on whether mathematical models could bring some insight into changes in the sleep/wake cycle occurring with age. For example, when young we tend to want to go to bed and get up late. When older, we tend to go to bed and wake up early, and experience shorter, more fragmented sleep. We show that all of these changes can be explained by varying just one "ageing" parameter in the model.

Migrated from ROS - info not available
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description News article (BBC Surrey) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Increased awareness of research project.

Increased public awareness.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-24067859
 
Description Novel Methods for Engineering Microbial Communities Talk on panel at Transfusion and Transformation: the Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange, Durham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact work presented as part of the "Mathematics and modelling in the life sciences, social sciences and arts" panel at Transfusion and Transformation: the Creative Potential of Interdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University. Produced several new avenues for collaboration

Contacts made with individuals from both UK and US universities are being developed into collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/resources/ias/events/07_July_Revised_TransfusionandTransformation_ConferencePr...
 
Description Oral presenation, Medical Imaging Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation at SPIE Medical Imaging Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Poster presentation at 17th Tetrahedron Symposium (28th Jun - 1st Jul, 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A poster on research which led on from the MILES award was presented at this international conference in Sitges (near Barcelona), Spain to an audience of several hundred industrialists, academics and postgraduate students from the area of biological and medicinal chemistry. Discussion around the poster led to further ideas for the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.journals.elsevier.com/bioorganic-and-medicinal-chemistry/news/17th-tetrahedron-symposium
 
Description Poster presentation at Oxford Summer Synthesis Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact An organic synthesis-based conference organised by postgraduate students at the University of Oxford at which postgraduate students from the whole of the UK presented their research alongside with well known academics from all over the world. Several hundred participants viewed and asked questions about posters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.oxfordsynthesiscdt.ox.ac.uk/conference/
 
Description Poster presentation at RSC Chemical Biology and Bio-organic Group Forum (14th Sep. 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A poster on research initiated by the MILES grant was presented at this national conference run by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The poster garnered interest from the participants who were all practicing researchers in the field of chemical biology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/22815/chemical-biology-and-bio-organic-group-forum
 
Description Poster: RSC Chemical Biology and Bio-Organic Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Poster presentation at the Royal Society of Chemistry Chemical Biology and Bio-Organic Chemistry Postgraduate Symposium at the University of Bristol. Over 100 delegates attended and engaged in discussion about the research presented in the group's two posters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/17572/rsc-chemical-biology-and-bio-organic-chemistry-postgraduate-s...
 
Description Presentation 'Back to Reality' (British Museum, London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Stimulated discussion and debate.

Increased awareness of relevant research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.museumsassociation.org/download?id=1021093
 
Description Presentation (Watts Gallery, Surrey) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussion and networking.

Continued collaboration with Watts Gallery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation given at MILES Research Showcase - Modelling for Health and Medicine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact An 8-minute talk was given by Fariba Shojaee-Moradie (Nutritional Sciences) and Neville Boon (Mathematics) as part of the MILES Research Showcase event.

Fariba gave a nice description of the problem being studied and the methods used to get experimental results, and Neville explained the mathematical approaches being used to analyse the data and showed some preliminary results.

Migrated from ROS - info not available
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation of the 'Forensic Vehicle Convoy Analysis' project at the MILES Research Showcase Event: HUMAN BEHAVIOUR, PERCEPTION, COGNITION & LEARNING 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was a short presentation to a general audience from different units of the University. This presentation communicated what, why and how about the project to the attendants. We received a number of questions from the audience on various aspects of the project including user privacy and other co-funding and commercialisability which showed that the audience did find our project interesting and can potentially have an impact in the real world.

Migrated from ROS - info not supplied.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Quantum Biology event Cheltenham Science Festival, 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event sparked questions, discussion and debate.

Awareness raised and thinking stimulated about this emerging scientific field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science/whats-on/2013/quantum-biology/
 
Description Quantum Life: How Physics Can Revolutionise Biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The audience discussed this emerging theory.

The film of the talk has been watched by over 150,000 people on You Tube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.richannel.org/jim-al-khalili--quantum-life-how-physics-can-revolutionise-biology
 
Description SOLID SENSES: Laban's Geometry of Dance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Rudolf Laban's unpublished drawings and his graphic representation of his icosahedral model in dance were used to create a performance-based and artistic response. This 30 minute choreography explored Laban's visual model of the icosahedron as the ideal Platonic solid within which to inscribe the harmonic and formal movement patterns or trace-forms of the dancing body. The piece developed a choreographic interpretation of Laban's unique vision, which combines visual art, dance and geometry in a unique understanding of bodily movement and patterning in relation to three-dimensional space. Laban also acknowledged in some of his drawings that geometric modelling not only corresponds to the formalisation of movement within a kinesphere, or the outer sphere within which a dancer moves, but that this geometric shape is also contained inside the body- thus linking macroscopic and microscopic space. Laban sketched patterns of human movement evolving from icosahedral shapes contained in what he called embryonic dance form, which is why our response will develop visual and choreographic analogies between Laban's icosahedral model in kinespheric space, and the appearance of icosahedral shaped organisms, such as icosahedral viruses, at a microscopic level of the human body. The dancers interacted simultaneously with a geometric shape within and without its own corporeality.

The performance was followed by a specialist panel with presentations from a mathematician and a biologist on aspects of icosahedral symmetry relevant to their research interests, and then a Q and A.

Researchers and members of the public attended the performance and became aware of the potential connections between dance and geometry. In discussion afterwards, members of the audience responded very positively to the experience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.miles.surrey.ac.uk/solidsensevideo
 
Description Showcase Event Presentation of 'Grounding Models of Cognition Through Perception-Action Learning' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This was a short talk, part of a MILES research showcase on Human Beahavior, Perception, Cognition & Learning.

Migrated from ROS - info not available
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Stand at UK Museum Association Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Promoted the let's explore museum platform with museum curators, learning managers.

A number of contacts made and asked after the event to follow up discussions on the appropriate nature of our let's explore museum platform at the contact's organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.museumsassociation.org/conference
 
Description Surrey Postgraduate Conference presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A multidisciplinary audience of academics and postgraduate students from the entire University visited posters, presented by PhD students, designed to engage non-specialists and help them understand the diverse types of research that are undertaken at Surrey.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015
URL http://www.surrey.ac.uk/pgrconference/about/index.htm
 
Description The Science and Secrets of Sleep (Natural History Museum - London) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Museum visitors engaged with sleep researchers and entered into discussions.

Interest on social media including Pinterest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://personal.maths.surrey.ac.uk/st/A.Skeldon/sleep.html
 
Description The Science and Secrets of Sleep (Teachers conference) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Info not available
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Transforming the Visitor Experience with Augmented Reality 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Awareness raised about research and the potential applications of the technology.

Over 800 views on You Tube and four 'likes'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krkScvvDXR8