Featured stories: the impact of our research

Heathrow pods - a new form of personal rapid transit 19 February 2015 A new form of fast, reliable and low-cost driverless personal transport developed at the University of Bristol is now being used by thousands of passengers every day at Heathrow Airport.
  • Stress measurement 12 March 2015 Faculty of Engineering researchers and their spin-out company Veqter have developed a unique laboratory or on-site service that measures hidden stresses inside mission-critical industrial components.
  • MoSSaiC: reducing the risk of urban landslides in developing countries 12 March 2015 People living below the poverty line in developing countries are often pushed to urban fringes and into unplanned settlements. Their houses are typically built on land where there is no municipal infrastructure and which may be prone to hazards such as landslides. At the very least, those landslides cause damage to livelihoods, homes and possessions. In the worst-case scenarios, they cost lives.
  • A clearer picture - spotting trends in noisy data 12 March 2015 Bristol statisticians have developed statistical methods that enable users to spot trends and patterns in noisy data, from inflation trends in New Zealand to wear patterns on fabrics.
  • Animal magic - Bristol’s pattern recognition systems for animal identification 12 March 2015 With the help of Dr Tilo Burghardt and his colleagues, zoologists can get support from computers to identify individual great white sharks and African penguins without tagging, and children can use this innovative application of computer vision to photograph and identify their favourite gila monster lizards.
  • Held by light 12 March 2015 A device that holds airborne particles - aerosols - for extended periods of time has been jointly developed by a team at the University of Bristol and Portishead-based firm Biral.
  • The right chemistry 12 March 2015 Research at Bristol’s School of Chemistry that underpins climate change science is also transforming the quality and impact of chemistry teaching in the UK and overseas – with more students choosing to study the subject as a result.
  • Two into one does go 12 March 2015 Researchers have managed to combine an electronic imaging technology with optical chemical analysis to create an innovative laboratory system that can image samples with a resolution of 1nm and perform chemical analysis using Raman spectroscopy. This novel system was commercialised by UK company Renishaw which continues to sell several systems per year, mainly for export.
  • Heathrow pods - a new form of personal rapid transit 19 February 2015 A new form of fast, reliable and low-cost driverless personal transport developed at the University of Bristol is now being used by thousands of passengers every day at Heathrow Airport.
  • Wireless HDTV, anywhere in the home 19 February 2015 Innovations in wireless video transmission yield major benefits for media companies and consumers.
  • Averting avalanches 19 February 2015 Communities around the world are now protected from the devastation of avalanches thanks to research by mathematicians at the University of Bristol.

About our impact stories

Research at the University of Bristol contributes to the University's international reputation, it informs our teaching and it is the basis of our economic and societal role in the region and of our collaborations across the world.

The stories here celebrate the range and depth of this research undertaken at the University and how it impacts on society, on a local, national and international level.

These stories reflect our sustained and evolving research activity, focusing on key projects that are currently active or have recently been completed from each of the University .

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