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:

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.​​
Simulation and machine learning for future medicine
Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre worked with AstraZeneca to accelerate lead optimisation by providing insights on a new class of drugs with the potential to reduce costs and increase productivity. 
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Developing visualisation and AI tools for engineering production

Researchers based at the STFC Hartree® Centre and the Virtual Engineering Centre, University of Liverpool are working with Airbus to apply artificial intelligence (AI) and data visualisation to their production process.

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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.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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.