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Impact case studies

The Oxford Impacts series celebrates the range of impacts the University has on the world of policy, health, business and culture. All of this is enabled by the world-leading research of Oxford academics. This set of case studies showcases academic research, across a range of subjects, that has had an impact on the world.

If you know of some impact from Oxford research which we should showcase please contact the Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team.

Professor Paul Newman

Creating vehicles that drive themselves

From 2005 to 2017 Paul Newman led the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) within the Dept. of Engineering Science. In 2017 MRG become the Oxford Robotics Institute. During this time he led the development of a suite of technology that enabled autonomous vehicles to navigate with zero dependence on infrastructure at scale. It is a foundation technology.

GDm-healthTM

GDm-HealthTM: real-time management of gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) affects 5%-16% of all pregnancies in the UK and can lead to complications for the mother and baby if blood glucose (BG) is not tightly controlled. Women require hospital visits every 1-2 weeks. The cost and burden of GDM for both the NHS and the patient are high.

Dr Phil Grunewald

Interdisciplinary Study of Energy use and Activities

Understanding the timing of energy demand is becoming ever more important. The uptake of renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar, is accelerating and systems have to accommodate their sometimes volatile outputs.

Professor Aditi Lahiri

FLEX-SR (A FLEXible new approach to automatic Speech Recognition)

A key principle of the Featurally Underspecified Lexicon (FUL) model, built within the framework of linguistics, is that “phonological features” (the articulatory and acoustic properties that make one sound crucially contrast with another) should have rigorous definitions and a finite set should adequately cover all the distinctive sounds across the languages of the world.

filling bags

Special Economic Zones for Refugee Employment

Most refugees flee to neighbouring haven countries where jobs are scarce. The governments of these havens consequently deny them the right to work. Refugees pass years dependent on aid in camps, or take clandestine work in which they are highly vulnerable.

Miss Melissa Skorka

21st Century Terrorist Political Adaptation to Western Policy

This project has created new synergies between academia and public institutions, while promoting Oxford’s Changing Character of War Programme as a world-leader in policy-relevant research-led innovation.

Solar observatory

Global Jet Watch for Social Change

The creation of the Global Jet Watch observatories has led to real impact on communities spanning four continents, which work together to track Galactic black holes and exploding stars in the night sky.

Sourav Mondal

Mitigation of arsenic mass poisoning: a unified experimental and theoretical approach

The Ganges–Brahmaputra Delta is a global hotspot for arsenic groundwater contamination. Naturally occurring arsenic concentrates in water drawn from deep wells, creating a major public health issue in West Bengal and Bangladesh, which has been described as the largest mass poisoning of a population in history.

Ms Alice Purkiss

Trusted Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Trusted Source was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the University of Oxford and the National Trust which responded to the challenge of creating resilient and long term relationships between the heritage sector and academia.

medical equipment

LAB282

There is currently a lack of funding and industrial expertise available to help translate innovative, world class, biomedical discoveries at Oxford University into next generation drug discovery programmes that can be commercialised for patient benefit.

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