Research projects

LIDA is co-producing research and innovation between the academic, commercial, government and third sector communities. Below are examples of projects conducted by researchers from LIDA and our partners.

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Data helps pig industry bring home the bacon

  The PigSustain project, received £2 million to create a model to support the UK pig industry to respond to future challenges posed by the intensification of production, fluctuations in consumer demand, climate change, global production levels and international trade. PigSustain is part of the UK’s cross-government...

Bringing pathology practice up to date

  Digital pathology is by no means a new practice; pathologists have had the ability to scan and digitise an entire pathology glass slide for over twenty years. The proffered advantages of digital pathology are many; allowing for a more efficient and collaborative diagnosis and yet hospitals haven’t made the switch...

Could loyalty cards improve our public health?

  The use of supermarket loyalty cards and mobile phone apps tracking diet or exercise are increasingly pervasive. Not only do they provide a useful service for the user but they also gather information about the habits of individuals. What if all that data could also be used to feed into public health research that...

Finding the bigger picture behind heart attacks

  The number of people surviving heart attacks has improved enormously in recent decades – but little is known about what happens to patients afterwards. Helping healthcare professionals, patients and researchers understand what other diseases heart attack survivors may have, or might go on to develop, could lead to...

Using data science to fight crime

  We expect our police forces to deal with an increasingly diverse number of problems – from tackling burglary and violent crime to safeguarding vulnerable communities and responding to critical incidents. While the nature of crime is changing, the tools and datasets we have for understanding and combatting it are...

Understanding the city through the individual

  Only two joint fellowships between the Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC) and The Alan Turing Institute were awarded in their first year, and LIDA’s Professor Alison Heppenstall holds one of them. The fellowships were established to bridge the gap between the social sciences and big data and...

Interpreting spatial flow data; Visualization and insight

  Jodie England, Nik Lomax and Layik Hama - The University of Leeds Big data is high volume and high velocity, as new datasets of increasing size are rapidly generated each year. New forms of processing are therefore required for more optimised analytics and better insight discovery. Analytics of big data...

Synergy PRIME Multi-level modelling, simulation and visualisation

  Stelios Theophanous, Prof Richard Romano, Prof Nick Malleson and Dr Nik Lomax - The University of Leeds Synergy PRIME is a proof of concept for integrating population growth projections, agent-based modelling and interactive traffic simulation with the aim of assisting the development of future intelligent...

Spatio-temporal prediction of wind behaviour about the Bristol microclimate for use in an early warning system

  Robert Clay, Nikolaos Nikitas, Antonio Abellan - University of Leeds This project aims to predict and warn dangerous wind around key infrastructure to increase public safety and wellbeing. Critical transport infrastructure, such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Severn Crossings, are essential...

Probabilistic programming and data assimilation for next generation city simulation

Luke Archer, Prof. Nick Malleson, Dr. Jon Ward - University of Leeds The field of social simulation is dominated by Agent-Based Models (ABMs). Individual ‘agents’ are given simple rules, and the complex phenomena they produce downstream, termed emergence, can then be studied in detail. However, a major limitation of ABMs...