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A Reflection on the AI Safety Summit in the UK 

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By Ifeanyi Chukwu, Research Software Technician The past few years have witnessed a tremendous surge in the influence of artificial intelligence (AI), driven by the widespread availability of high-performance computing machines that empower the development of robust AI models and tools. In fact, in 2023, it comes as no surprise that AI, has been named...

From Trash to Treasure: The Art of Recycling Household Technology

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By Volodymyr (Vlad) Chapman What is the LIDA Upcycle / Recycle initiative? The initiative is a local take on Community Repair Cafes - fixing broken technology, repurposing old / unneeded tech and raising money for community causes. Motivation An accidental hobby of mine is self-sufficiency. Accidental because, previously, I would have happily paid full price for...

Driving diversity on digital courses

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The University of Leeds is working with businesses to help even more students achieve their dreams of a career in data science and AI. As part of its commitment to widening access to under-represented groups through the Access and Student Success strategy, earlier this year the University won funding from the Office for Students to...

Leeds defibrillator research used in parliamentary Bill

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Research co-authored by a University of Leeds academic into the inequalities in access to life saving community defibrillators was used in parliament during the first reading of a Bill. The paper, co-authored by Chris Gale, LIDA Co-Director and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine in the School of Medicine, found that in the most deprived areas of...

Leeds Digital Festival – The Data Analytics Team top picks

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Leeds Digital Festival is back this month with some of the most exciting tech and data organisations in the region delivering talks, demonstrations, workshops and networking opportunities. One of those talks is our very own Data Analytics Team showing us their prized LASER platform, a trusted research environment here at the University of Leeds. While...

Half as many AF patients dying of heart attacks and strokes

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Patients living with one of the UK’s most common heart rhythm conditions are 50% less likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than they were at the start of the millennium, new research has found. Analysis of the health records of more than 70,000 patients newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF) showed that...

New LASER dashboard now live

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Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA) is delighted to announce that the new LASER dashboard is now live and operational. The dashboard is a suite of Power BI reports that can help researchers monitor and manage their activity, usage and costs within LASER. The Leeds Analytics Secure Environment for Research (LASER) is a cutting-edge cloud...

Inspiring the next generation of data scientists

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Excited pupils explored virtual landscapes and learned new digital skills when they visited state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Leeds. The immersive experience, using virtual reality (VR) headsets alongside the UK’s only Omnideck – a 360-degree treadmill – was part of a project aimed at inspiring children from diverse backgrounds to pursue a career in...

AI as a Developing Data Scientist

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By Jian Feng/Franks, Data Scientist, LIDA Introduction One of the great perks included in our training on the Data Scientist Development Programme (DSDP) is that we get a budget to attend national and international conferences. So I was delighted to attend The Alan Turing Institute’s AI UK conference in March. It’s the first time the conference has...

Inclusive Leadership and the 100 Black Women Professors NOW programme

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LIDA affiliates Dr Jon Ward and Dr Marlous Hall recently took part in a multi-institutional Inclusive Leadership Workshop at the University of Manchester as part of their roles in the 100 Black Women Professors NOW Programme – aiming to increase the number of Black women in the academic pipeline. Of around 24,000 professors in the...