Innovation Return on Research (IROR) | Case studies
31 Jan 2020
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Innovation Return on Research (IROR) is a collaborative programme with IBM Research that aims to solve industrial problems and create economic and societal impact. The programme has developed a suite of digital assets which have been applied across industry sectors including: Chemistry & MaterialsLife SciencesEngineering & Manufacturing and Enabling Technologies​.​ Read more about our success stories below:

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Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with hydrographic survey company Bibby Hydromap, using computational deep learning techniques to automate​ ​the process of labelling boulders in sonar images.

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Usi​ng image recognition to identify vortices for vehicle design​
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre are working with TotalSim – an aerodynamics and CFD company – to understand vortex formation in Formula One cars and improve aerodynamic performance.
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Machine learning in whisky identification and verification
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with the Scotch Whisky Research Institute (SWRI) using data analytics to tackle counterfeiting across the sector.
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Using data analytics to understand our gut microbiome

Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with the Quadram Institute – a food and health research centre – to design and optimise bioinformatics tools for understanding large genetic datasets.

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Understanding drug toxicity through gene expression​
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with agricultural and biotechnology company, Syngenta to design bioinformatics tools for high throughput screening of candidate compounds.
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Unde​​rstanding soil health through the lens of its microbiome

​By analysing large microbiome data sets, researchers at STFC Hartree® Centre are working with Rothamsted Research – to understand how soil microbiomes can shape soil health.

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Designing novel antimicrobial peptides

Ingenza is working with the STFC Hartree® Centre on molecular simulation techniques with the potential to reduce the time and costs associated with bringing new drug designs to market.

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GPU acceleration at scale with OpenPower platforms

We are working to optimise Code_Saturne, an open-source software package developed by EDF for complex CFD simulations to run on next-generation architectures.



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