Testing Gastrointestinal Disease Outbreaks with Statistical Modelling

We are at risk of gastrointestinal illness from a range of pathogens entering our bodies every day. Looking at the seasonal profiles, geographic patterns and risk factors for infection, these agents differ dramatically. Extending the knowledge of how various gastrointestinal pathogens spread within a population could help to enhance outbreak management.

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No space left in space? The case for stronger space surveillance

With the aim of creating a safer space environment, researchers from the Risk Institute at the University of Liverpool are collaborating with UCL and Dstl to develop advanced statistical methods to track and predict the movements of objects in space.

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Seismic Risk Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Bridges with Ageing Effects

Exposure to aggressive environments is one of the main causes of reinforced concrete (RC) civil infrastructure degradation and damage, which can become critical if such structures are unprotected, as in the case of bridges, and even more crucial if subjected to seismic loading. Particularly, post-earthquake surveys have shown that the losses generated by the failure of bridges can be relevant and the limitation for the transitability of important highways can erode the resilience of large communities.

It is thus deemed necessary to provide an efficient and reliable tool to analysize the earthquake performance of RC bridges and to quantify their seismic risk, considering also the ageing effects, especially for the concrete and the steel reinforcement bars.

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Vascular lakes and where to find them

Vascular Lakes are pools of blood which appear in Uveal Melanoma (UM) tumours, very little is known about them or their contribution towards the tumour’s progression. This project will explore whether Vascular lakes have any prognosis indicators, provide any nutrients to the tumours or provide a pathway for the tumour to escape. But before getting into the nitty-gritty details of vascular lakes, it’s best we have a brief overview of what UM is!

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How to win at eBay, according to neuroscience

In the UK, as of 2017, more items are now purchased online than in brick and mortar shops. With the “death of the high street”, a common theme in news headlines, and the ecommerce market increasingly growing, most auction houses have now moved online. No platform is as synonymous with auctions as the retail giant eBay: with £16.7 billion gross merchandise value reported for eBay marketplace for the third quarter of 2018, and over 1 billion listings live at any one time, eBay is the third biggest online retailer in the UK. To put this in perspective, a video game is purchased on eBay every 6 seconds, an appliance every 5 seconds, and a car part every 2 seconds.

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Verification and Validation of Aerodynamic Devices

Aircraft shape did not change so much from the 50s, but the innovations applied in all its parts during these decades changed completely the efficiency, maintenance and passengers comfort.

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Jim Hall Lecture: System-of-Systems methodology for national infrastructure assessment

In Febuary Professor Jim Hall (Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks in the School of Geography and the Environment, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering Science and fellow of Linacre College) gave a talk at the Risk Institute as part of the Open Lecture Series. The talk was titled System-of-systems methodology for national infrastructure assessment.

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Freetown, the home of the free: Research scoping trip to Sierra Leone

In Febuary Silvia Tolo (lecturer in the Risk Institute) and I were delighted to visit Freetown, Sierra Leone, to meet with a number of stakeholders to identify collaboration opportunities, targeting the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and Official Development Assistance (ODA). The moment you step out of the airport your greeted with the bustling activity, and welcoming locals that would become the enduring character of the whole trip.

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Understanding dog bites and how to prevent them

Thousands of dogs, regardless of their behaviour, have been unnecessarily killed as a result of misguided UK legislation introduced in 1991. Although this sad state of affairs has been known of by campaigners for many years, only now have MPs recognised the issue in a recent statement on the Breed Specific Legislation, which aims to protect the public from dangerous dogs.

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Risk Institute Away Day

Kicking off the new Academic year, the Institute for Risk & Uncertainty hosted their first official away day at Hollywood House in Derbyshire. The trip was the perfect ice-breaker for the CDT’s new cohort of PhD students and was a great opportunity for existing lecturers and students get to know their peers, brainstorm ideas and apply the stochastic methods we’ve learnt over the year.

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What becomes of the brokenheated: The Global Inequality of Pension Provisions

Jimmy Ruffin once asked 'What becomes of the brokenhearted', now the Risk institute is trying to answer that very question in developing nations.

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Research on the glaciers draining into Nuup Kangerlua (Godthåbsfjord), SW Greenland

This project brings together researchers at the University of Liverpool, UK and Asiaq Greenland Survey to investigate changes in the past, present and potential future iceberg calving behaviour of the glaciers near to Nuuk, and what the consequences of this are for those who live and work in the area.

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REC2018 - Hosted by the Liverpool Institute for Risk and Uncertainty

REC2018 was the eighth biennial meeting in the Reliable Engineering Computing series. Hosted by the Liverpool Institute for Risk and Uncertainty, the theme was "Computing with Confidence", bringing together engineers and scientists of all kinds from across industrial, academic and governmental institutions.

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The Risk Institute at Liverpool Pint of Science

Pint of Science returned to Liverpool for a second year, as part of an international, three-day festival that will see thousands of scientists simultaneously standing up and telling the public about their research in over 100 cities across 12 countries.

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YouTube videos help researchers study dog bites

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have turned to the popular video-sharing site YouTube to study the complex issue of dog bites.

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Smarter Mobility conference in Florianopolis, Brazil

A multidisciplinary collaboration of engineers and scientists from government, industry and academia in Brazil with their colleagues in the United Kingdom to discuss the topic of smarter mobility.