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                                                        New University Chair
                                                         sponsored by Aviva
                                                        Technology used by
                                                  BAFTA-nominated initiative
                                                    InCrops initiative boosts
                                                       low carbon economy
Endless opportunities • Issue 02 Spring 2009
02 New University Chair • BAFTA nominated initiative uses the University’s technology




New University Chair
is sponsored by Aviva
Norwich Union, soon to become                          As well as benefiting the insurance company,           and business people to work together. This
                                                       analysis is also being undertaken to benefit the       exciting partnership will ensure that we stay
Aviva, and the University of East                      paying customer, particularly those coming up          at the cutting edge of statistical development
Anglia has announced that there                        to retirement. The analysis is being used to           allowing us and the University to mutually benefit
will be a new Chair within the                         examine how annuities are affected by external         from the development and implementation of
                                                       factors such as a customer’s health, lifestyle         leading edge statistical techniques.”
University’s School of Computing                       and where they live.
                                                                                                              Professor Vic Rayward-Smith, Head of the
Sciences. The appointment,                             Clive Bolton, Aviva’s Director of Annuity Business     University’s School of Computing Sciences,
sponsored by the company,                              and Pricing says: “By its very nature, insurance       says: “We are delighted to receive this
will be the Aviva Chair in                             is founded on risk, so staying at the forefront of     sponsorship. Statistical techniques are a
                                                       statistical developments is essential to the future    major research area within the School and
Insurance Statistics.                                  of the business. This arrangement with one of          for many years, we have worked with Aviva
Statistical analysis is at the core of calculating     the country’s foremost academic institutions will      helping them to analyse their own customer
an individual customer’s insurance premium,            help ensure that this objective is achieved.”          databases and to develop accurate pricing
for example determining the flood risk attached                                                               and marketing strategies.”
                                                       The new arrangement, initially for three years, will
to homes or the theft risk of a car. Therefore,        further strengthen the relationship between two        Aviva has also taken a keen interest in the
exploring in depth the statistical nature of risk is   of Norwich’s most important organisations, and         University’s new undergraduate degree in
fundamental to the profitability of the insurance      will help to advance the statistical capability        Actuarial Science and the new Chair will join
business and the analytical expertise provided         within the business.                                   academics in computing sciences, mathematics
by the University will give Aviva a real                                                                      and business to provide a research-led and
competitive advantage.                                 Dan Pickens, Aviva’s Personal Lines Director
                                                                                                              appropriate degree programme for the actuary
                                                       adds: “This is a great opportunity for academics
                                                                                                              of the 21st Century.




BAFTA
nominated
initiative
uses the
University’s
technology                                                                                                    ‘Performing Hands’ – an interactive educational resource

A project using innovative                             activities and stories created to help deaf children   SYS Consulting Ltd working with the Shoreditch
                                                       build grammatical sentences and create stories         Consortium led by Gamelab London for the BBC.
technology developed within the                        in both British Sign Language (BSL) and written
School of Computing Sciences                                                                                  Professor John Glauert, Executive Director of
                                                       English. The on-screen child-friendly virtual
                                                                                                              SYS Consulting Ltd said: “It is very exciting to
was nominated for a BAFTA                              humans have been programmed to
                                                                                                              see cutting-edge animation research from the
                                                       communicate in sign language as well as
Children’s Award.                                      English, which were developed by a research
                                                                                                              University of East Anglia being applied for the
                                                                                                              benefit of the deaf community.”
‘Performing Hands’ is a fun, engaging and              group specialising in virtual humans.
interactive educational resource designed to                                                                  Martyn Wright, a producer at Gamelab London,
                                                       The technology was adapted for ‘Performing
encourage literacy among deaf children in the                                                                 said: “It was great working with University on this
                                                       Hands’ under a substantial contract through
UK. It is a resource packed full of games,                                                                    project. Their avatar technology has added real
                                                       University of East Anglia spin-out company
                                                                                                              magic to the project.”
Endless opportunities • Issue 02 Spring 2009
03 InCrops initiative boosts low carbon economy




InCrops initiative boosts
low carbon economy
A new multi-million pound scheme based at the                                   The project will use the region’s scientific expertise to create new
                                                                                plant-based products such as bio-plastics and packaging. Carbon and
University of East Anglia will develop novel uses for                           climate-friendly hemp for car parts are one of the types of innovative
crops to reduce our dependency on man-made                                      methods that will be supported by the new scheme which is designed
products in a bid to tackle climate change.                                     to boost eco-businesses and create jobs. Norfolk-based Lotus Cars are
                                                                                currently piloting the use of locally-produced hemp in fibreglass panels.
Innovation in Crops (InCrops) has received more than £2 million from the
East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the European Union to             The scheme is also good news for farmers as new markets for novel
develop and implement, over the next five years, an enterprise hub linking      crops will be created, using plants which can thrive in a changing climate.
the region’s world-class researchers with businesses looking to develop         Demand for post-harvest waste is also set to increase as new uses are
new products. The scheme is aiming to create 140 jobs, support 120 new          found, such as biomass fuel.
low carbon products or services and achieve a significant reduction in          Dr John French, InCrops Director, said: “There has been a good deal of
carbon emissions.                                                               controversy in recent months about the cultivation of crops for fuel that
InCrops is based at the University, with partners across the region including   could be used for food. But it’s not necessarily a question of cultivating
Cambridge University School of Plant Science, Rothamsted Research,              crops either for food or for other uses. We need to maximise our use of
Building Research Establishment, John Innes Centre, Essex University            crops and reduce waste. We also need to investigate the future crops
and Renewables East, the regional agency for renewable energy.                  we should be growing as climate change starts to affect the land and
                                                                                agriculture of this region. These crops can be used for fibre, high-value
                                                                                chemicals and extracts, protein and starch.”
Endless opportunities • Issue 02 Spring 2009
04 Environmental expertise on tackling climate change • A new tool to help identify criminals




University offers environmental
expertise on tackling climate change
                                                        A new report ‘Climate Change:                        for us to plan to adapt to climate change as
                                                                                                             well as to attempt to mitigate the change.
                                                        Adapting to the Inevitable’
                                                        published by the Institute of                        IMechE warns that if CO2 emissions are not
                                                                                                             slashed, then within 30 years temperatures are
                                                        Mechanical Engineers (IMechE),                       predicted to rise by 2 degrees – by which time,
                                                        in partnership with Arup and                         the report says, it will be too little, too late.
                                                        the University of East Anglia,                       The report seeks to highlight the potentially
                                                        suggests that the effects of                         devastating consequences that climate change
                                                                                                             will create if we fail to ‘adapt’ to a new world
                                                        climate change are unstoppable                       with a series of engineering solutions. IMechE
                                                        and CO2 reduction treaties are                       recommends strategic action plans are created
                                                                                                             and implemented with urgency across the
                                                        near useless.                                        following areas: energy, water, built environment
                                                        The report shows the UK is suffering from            and transport.
                                                        increased flooding, volatile storms, droughts and
                                                                                                             The report’s recommendations include heavily
                                                        intense heat and areas including London and the
                                                                                                             investing in planning and resources for our future
                                                        Norfolk Broads could eventually, literally, be
                                                                                                             settlements, critical national assets (power
                                                        wiped off the map.
                                                                                                             stations and ports) and transport routes whilst
                                                        Whilst not being against attempts to reduce          also urging the UK to lead the industrialised
                                                        emissions, the reports’ authors call for             world to help vulnerable nations cope with
                                                        government to be more realistic about what           impending climate change events.
                                                        we can achieve through this method and calls




Developing a
new tool to help
identify criminals
The University’s research team, led by Professor David Russell, has
established that fingerprints can reveal far more than just identity.

Currently a fingerprint is only good to identify        To test the technique, Professor Russell received    conditions all produce specific chemicals
a criminal if there already is a fingerprint on file.   prints from volunteer drug users at a local clinic   secreted in sweat and oil.
However, the new technique could be used to             and detected the drug use. So far five different
                                                                                                             By establishing any medical conditions attached
reveal a person’s drug habit and potentially even       drugs can be detected: THC (marijuana),
                                                                                                             to criminals could help police track down a
his or her medical history; giving police new tools     cocaine, nicotine, methadone and a derivative
                                                                                                             suspect by, for example, watching the local
to help discover identity.                              of methadone. Other drugs, particularly opium-
                                                                                                             kidney dialysis clinic if the suspect has kidney
                                                        based drugs like heroine or morphine, should
The new technique attaches iron oxide particles                                                              failure. Not only will this technique help the
                                                        also be detectable, since antibodies already
to antibodies and suspends them both in a liquid                                                             police, it could equally be used to help keep
                                                        exist for them as well.
solution, which is then drizzled over a fingerprint.                                                         the accused out of jail. If the fingerprint has the
If the chemical that a specific antibody targets is     The next stage of the research will concentrate      antibody for a condition the accused does not
present, the molecules latch onto it and glow.          on the detection of medical conditions. Cancer,      have, it could raise doubts about the
                                                        diabetes, heart disease and other medical            prosecutor’s case.
Endless opportunities • Issue 02 Spring 2009
05 UK universities outperform the US • Expertise widely quoted within report




UK universities outperform the US
in commercialisation activity
Paul Wellings, Vice Chancellor of              The report, which contains Welling’s personal        formed. UK universities produced more than
                                               perspective, dispels the myth that UK institutions   three times the number of start-ups per $100
Lancaster University and author                are lagging far behind there counterparts in         million in research expense compared with US
of a recent report on the state                moving research out of universities into the         institutions, but the data did reveal that there was
of university commercialisation                marketplace. In actual fact, between 2000 and        a significant differential in the dollar value of the
                                               2004, UK institutions produced significantly         UK deals. Despite the higher number of licences,
activity, came across a surprising             better results.                                      the total income generated pales in comparison
set of benchmarks comparing                    With the UK’s $100 million investment in
                                                                                                    to the US.
UK university technology transfer              research, the UK outperformed the US in the          Within his report, Welling’s offered several
activity against Australia, Canada             number of License and Option Agreements,             recommendations for UK universities to improve
                                               the number of these Agreements that generate         their existing Intellectual Property management
and the US.                                    income and the number of start-up companies          policies and practices.




University
expertise
widely quoted
within report


Professor Neil Ward, Dean of                   Prof Ward, who was widely quoted within its          The report calls on Defra to improve its approach
                                               report, said: “This is a timely report with a set    to developing the rural economy and to work
Social Sciences who was formally               of very well-targeted recommendations for            more effectively with regional development
the Director of the Centre for                 government. The potential of England's rural         agencies and local authorities.
Rural Economy in Newcastle,                    economies has not been given the attention it
                                                                                                    It also states that the Regional Development
                                               deserves over recent years, but the Committee's
has welcomed a report from the                 report sets out the steps to put this right.”
                                                                                                    Agencies need to review and better
                                                                                                    communicate what they are doing to promote
Environment, Food and Rural                    Many of the recommendations that he made             rural economic development and that the
Affairs Committee on the potential             have been taken on board in the report, which        government should focus on economic
of England’s rural economy.                    concludes that the government has not given the      development across all rural areas, and not just
                                               economic potential of rural areas the attention      target its interventions in the most economically
                                               it deserves.                                         lagging areas.



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Endless Opportunities Iss02

  • 1. Endless opportunities Commercial news and opportunities from the University of East Anglia Issue 02 Spring 2009 New University Chair sponsored by Aviva Technology used by BAFTA-nominated initiative InCrops initiative boosts low carbon economy
  • 2. Endless opportunities • Issue 02 Spring 2009 02 New University Chair • BAFTA nominated initiative uses the University’s technology New University Chair is sponsored by Aviva Norwich Union, soon to become As well as benefiting the insurance company, and business people to work together. This analysis is also being undertaken to benefit the exciting partnership will ensure that we stay Aviva, and the University of East paying customer, particularly those coming up at the cutting edge of statistical development Anglia has announced that there to retirement. The analysis is being used to allowing us and the University to mutually benefit will be a new Chair within the examine how annuities are affected by external from the development and implementation of factors such as a customer’s health, lifestyle leading edge statistical techniques.” University’s School of Computing and where they live. Professor Vic Rayward-Smith, Head of the Sciences. The appointment, Clive Bolton, Aviva’s Director of Annuity Business University’s School of Computing Sciences, sponsored by the company, and Pricing says: “By its very nature, insurance says: “We are delighted to receive this will be the Aviva Chair in is founded on risk, so staying at the forefront of sponsorship. Statistical techniques are a statistical developments is essential to the future major research area within the School and Insurance Statistics. of the business. This arrangement with one of for many years, we have worked with Aviva Statistical analysis is at the core of calculating the country’s foremost academic institutions will helping them to analyse their own customer an individual customer’s insurance premium, help ensure that this objective is achieved.” databases and to develop accurate pricing for example determining the flood risk attached and marketing strategies.” The new arrangement, initially for three years, will to homes or the theft risk of a car. Therefore, further strengthen the relationship between two Aviva has also taken a keen interest in the exploring in depth the statistical nature of risk is of Norwich’s most important organisations, and University’s new undergraduate degree in fundamental to the profitability of the insurance will help to advance the statistical capability Actuarial Science and the new Chair will join business and the analytical expertise provided within the business. academics in computing sciences, mathematics by the University will give Aviva a real and business to provide a research-led and competitive advantage. Dan Pickens, Aviva’s Personal Lines Director appropriate degree programme for the actuary adds: “This is a great opportunity for academics of the 21st Century. BAFTA nominated initiative uses the University’s technology ‘Performing Hands’ – an interactive educational resource A project using innovative activities and stories created to help deaf children SYS Consulting Ltd working with the Shoreditch build grammatical sentences and create stories Consortium led by Gamelab London for the BBC. technology developed within the in both British Sign Language (BSL) and written School of Computing Sciences Professor John Glauert, Executive Director of English. The on-screen child-friendly virtual SYS Consulting Ltd said: “It is very exciting to was nominated for a BAFTA humans have been programmed to see cutting-edge animation research from the communicate in sign language as well as Children’s Award. English, which were developed by a research University of East Anglia being applied for the benefit of the deaf community.” ‘Performing Hands’ is a fun, engaging and group specialising in virtual humans. interactive educational resource designed to Martyn Wright, a producer at Gamelab London, The technology was adapted for ‘Performing encourage literacy among deaf children in the said: “It was great working with University on this Hands’ under a substantial contract through UK. It is a resource packed full of games, project. Their avatar technology has added real University of East Anglia spin-out company magic to the project.”
  • 3. Endless opportunities • Issue 02 Spring 2009 03 InCrops initiative boosts low carbon economy InCrops initiative boosts low carbon economy A new multi-million pound scheme based at the The project will use the region’s scientific expertise to create new plant-based products such as bio-plastics and packaging. Carbon and University of East Anglia will develop novel uses for climate-friendly hemp for car parts are one of the types of innovative crops to reduce our dependency on man-made methods that will be supported by the new scheme which is designed products in a bid to tackle climate change. to boost eco-businesses and create jobs. Norfolk-based Lotus Cars are currently piloting the use of locally-produced hemp in fibreglass panels. Innovation in Crops (InCrops) has received more than £2 million from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) and the European Union to The scheme is also good news for farmers as new markets for novel develop and implement, over the next five years, an enterprise hub linking crops will be created, using plants which can thrive in a changing climate. the region’s world-class researchers with businesses looking to develop Demand for post-harvest waste is also set to increase as new uses are new products. The scheme is aiming to create 140 jobs, support 120 new found, such as biomass fuel. low carbon products or services and achieve a significant reduction in Dr John French, InCrops Director, said: “There has been a good deal of carbon emissions. controversy in recent months about the cultivation of crops for fuel that InCrops is based at the University, with partners across the region including could be used for food. But it’s not necessarily a question of cultivating Cambridge University School of Plant Science, Rothamsted Research, crops either for food or for other uses. We need to maximise our use of Building Research Establishment, John Innes Centre, Essex University crops and reduce waste. We also need to investigate the future crops and Renewables East, the regional agency for renewable energy. we should be growing as climate change starts to affect the land and agriculture of this region. These crops can be used for fibre, high-value chemicals and extracts, protein and starch.”
  • 4. Endless opportunities • Issue 02 Spring 2009 04 Environmental expertise on tackling climate change • A new tool to help identify criminals University offers environmental expertise on tackling climate change A new report ‘Climate Change: for us to plan to adapt to climate change as well as to attempt to mitigate the change. Adapting to the Inevitable’ published by the Institute of IMechE warns that if CO2 emissions are not slashed, then within 30 years temperatures are Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), predicted to rise by 2 degrees – by which time, in partnership with Arup and the report says, it will be too little, too late. the University of East Anglia, The report seeks to highlight the potentially suggests that the effects of devastating consequences that climate change will create if we fail to ‘adapt’ to a new world climate change are unstoppable with a series of engineering solutions. IMechE and CO2 reduction treaties are recommends strategic action plans are created and implemented with urgency across the near useless. following areas: energy, water, built environment The report shows the UK is suffering from and transport. increased flooding, volatile storms, droughts and The report’s recommendations include heavily intense heat and areas including London and the investing in planning and resources for our future Norfolk Broads could eventually, literally, be settlements, critical national assets (power wiped off the map. stations and ports) and transport routes whilst Whilst not being against attempts to reduce also urging the UK to lead the industrialised emissions, the reports’ authors call for world to help vulnerable nations cope with government to be more realistic about what impending climate change events. we can achieve through this method and calls Developing a new tool to help identify criminals The University’s research team, led by Professor David Russell, has established that fingerprints can reveal far more than just identity. Currently a fingerprint is only good to identify To test the technique, Professor Russell received conditions all produce specific chemicals a criminal if there already is a fingerprint on file. prints from volunteer drug users at a local clinic secreted in sweat and oil. However, the new technique could be used to and detected the drug use. So far five different By establishing any medical conditions attached reveal a person’s drug habit and potentially even drugs can be detected: THC (marijuana), to criminals could help police track down a his or her medical history; giving police new tools cocaine, nicotine, methadone and a derivative suspect by, for example, watching the local to help discover identity. of methadone. Other drugs, particularly opium- kidney dialysis clinic if the suspect has kidney based drugs like heroine or morphine, should The new technique attaches iron oxide particles failure. Not only will this technique help the also be detectable, since antibodies already to antibodies and suspends them both in a liquid police, it could equally be used to help keep exist for them as well. solution, which is then drizzled over a fingerprint. the accused out of jail. If the fingerprint has the If the chemical that a specific antibody targets is The next stage of the research will concentrate antibody for a condition the accused does not present, the molecules latch onto it and glow. on the detection of medical conditions. Cancer, have, it could raise doubts about the diabetes, heart disease and other medical prosecutor’s case.
  • 5. Endless opportunities • Issue 02 Spring 2009 05 UK universities outperform the US • Expertise widely quoted within report UK universities outperform the US in commercialisation activity Paul Wellings, Vice Chancellor of The report, which contains Welling’s personal formed. UK universities produced more than perspective, dispels the myth that UK institutions three times the number of start-ups per $100 Lancaster University and author are lagging far behind there counterparts in million in research expense compared with US of a recent report on the state moving research out of universities into the institutions, but the data did reveal that there was of university commercialisation marketplace. In actual fact, between 2000 and a significant differential in the dollar value of the 2004, UK institutions produced significantly UK deals. Despite the higher number of licences, activity, came across a surprising better results. the total income generated pales in comparison set of benchmarks comparing With the UK’s $100 million investment in to the US. UK university technology transfer research, the UK outperformed the US in the Within his report, Welling’s offered several activity against Australia, Canada number of License and Option Agreements, recommendations for UK universities to improve the number of these Agreements that generate their existing Intellectual Property management and the US. income and the number of start-up companies policies and practices. University expertise widely quoted within report Professor Neil Ward, Dean of Prof Ward, who was widely quoted within its The report calls on Defra to improve its approach report, said: “This is a timely report with a set to developing the rural economy and to work Social Sciences who was formally of very well-targeted recommendations for more effectively with regional development the Director of the Centre for government. The potential of England's rural agencies and local authorities. Rural Economy in Newcastle, economies has not been given the attention it It also states that the Regional Development deserves over recent years, but the Committee's has welcomed a report from the report sets out the steps to put this right.” Agencies need to review and better communicate what they are doing to promote Environment, Food and Rural Many of the recommendations that he made rural economic development and that the Affairs Committee on the potential have been taken on board in the report, which government should focus on economic of England’s rural economy. concludes that the government has not given the development across all rural areas, and not just economic potential of rural areas the attention target its interventions in the most economically it deserves. lagging areas. If you are interested in learning more about working with us Research Collaborations Technology Consultancy then get in touch: University of East Anglia Norwich NR4 7TJ Tel +44 (0)800 633 5645 Email endlessopportunities@uea.ac.uk Web www.uea.ac.uk/endlessopportunities Designed by creativesponge.co.uk 01603 622766