Research Portal

Research Portal profiles world leading research excellence
at the Queen's University of Belfast

  • Queen’s researchers in bid to develop world’s fastest super computers 25 Feb, 2015 Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast are creating ground-breaking computer software which has the potential to develop some of the world’s fastest super computers. The software, developed by researchers in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen’s, will increase the ability of supercomputers to process masses of data at higher speeds than ever before. The breakthrough, which comes as part of a major research project between the University of Manchester and the STFC Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire, has the potential to combat major global issues including climate change and life threatening diseases by simulating detailed models of natural events and then processing new levels of data at greater speed than ever before. By simulating detailed models of natural phenomena such as...)
  • Queen’s spin-out Titan IC named among UK’s most exciting start-ups 25 Feb, 2015 A pioneering cyber security business developed as a spin-out from Queen’s University Belfast has been named as one of the UK’s 12 "most exciting" technology start-ups and has pitched their business at Number 10 Downing Street. Titan IC Systems – a spin-out business of Queen’s University’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) – is a world leader in developing silicon technology for faster and safer internet data processing. Titan was selected to take part in Pitch 10, which launched last year as an initiative “to shine a spotlight on the breadth of innovation in the UK” and to help connect early-stage growth businesses with prospective partners.  The companies chosen for this year’s Pitch 10, produced in association with Tech City UK and Tech N...)
  • Queen's University helping Japan counter cyber security attacks 17 Feb, 2015 Queen's University Belfast is partnering with a top Japanese research institute to help reduce the threat of cyber-attacks. The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) at Queen’s, a UK Cyber Security Academic Centre of Excellence, has signed a ‘Memoranda of Understanding’ with the Network Security Laboratory of the Japanese National Institute of Communications and Technology (NICT). The agreement will see the institutions work in partnership on ground-breaking ideas and technologies to protect computers and data from cyber-attacks. The partnership between Queen’s, Lancaster University, Imperial College London, and the NICT, the sole Japanese national laboratory dedicated to information and communications technology research, was brokered through the Science and Innovation Network (SIN). Commenting on...)
  • Queen’s Vice-Chancellor receives prestigious accolade 13 Feb, 2015 Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Patrick Johnston, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RSCI). Founded in 1784, the RSCI is a world renowned medical institution, providing extensive education and training in the healthcare professions for students in Ireland. The award, the highest distinction the RSCI bestows, was presented to Professor Johnston in recognition of his contribution to cancer research. A globally-recognised cancer specialist over the last 20 years, Professor Johnston, from Derry, has also led the development of a world-leading Institute of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. His research has resulted in a number of prestigious landmark publications, over 20 patents and almost £100 million in grants being secured from research and phi...)
  • Get a taste for science at Queen’s as part of first ever NI Science Festival 12 Feb, 2015 Queen’s University is hosting a range of vibrant and educational science events as part of this year’s first ever NI Science Festival programme. The inaugural 11-day Science Festival starts on 19 February and will offer a range of workshops, talks and activities for young people, parents and schools focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A number of academics and staff from Queen’s are involved in the Science Festival and lots of venues across the Queen’s campus and in Belfast will be used for a diverse range of events including:   Celebrating Science at Queen’s When: Thursday 19 February Where: Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road An open day giving visitors a taste of the world-leading scientific research we carry out here at Queen’s, from nanotechnology and aerospa...)
  • Queen’s University Belfast plays leading role in construction of the world’s biggest solar telescope 10 Feb, 2015 Queen’s University Belfast and Belfast business Andor Technology are playing a leading role in the construction of the world’s biggest and most revolutionary solar telescope. Queen’s University is leading a consortium of eight UK universities and associated businesses to build the cameras for the $344 million super-telescope, which will be situated in Hawaii. The Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), which will be launched in 2019, is being constructed by the US National Solar Observatory on Haleakala mountain in Maui, Hawaii. With a four-metre diameter primary mirror, the telescope will be able to pick up unprecedented detail on the surface of the Sun – the equivalent of being able to examine a £1 coin from 100 kms away. It is hoped that DKIST will address fundamental questions at the core of contemporary ...)
  • Northern Ireland MEPs praise impact of cancer research at Queen’s 06 Feb, 2015 Northern Ireland MEPs, Diane Dodds and Jim Nicholson, were at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queen’s University today to see first-hand the ground-breaking research taking place and hear how it is improving patient care. The visit was organised one year after an initiative led by Queen’s resulted in the signing of the European Cancer Patient’s Bill of Rights in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The Bill was signed by all three Northern Ireland MEPs, including Martina Anderson. The three Northern Ireland MEPs have pledged to work together with researchers from Queen’s to maximise opportunities to advance cancer research and cancer care at European level. Professor Patrick Johnston, Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, said: “We are delighted to welcome our Europ...)
  • Community impact made by NI students celebrated at Queen’s 30 Jan, 2015 University students who are making a positive impact on their communities are being celebrated at Queen’s University today. The Science Shop, which is now in its 26th year, is celebrating the community impact of university students from Queen’s and Ulster University who link their knowledge and skills to the needs of their communities. Students have the opportunity to use the knowledge they have gained during their degrees to carry out a research project for a community group which can help the group improve their services, boost the lives of local people and support the wider community. In return the students have the chance to gain experience and help make a positive change. Every year Queen’s and Ulster University each make a prize fund of £1,000 available to share among the students who complete projects wi...)
  • Three-quarters of prostate cancer survivors suffer long-term side-effects according to Queen’s researchers 29 Jan, 2015 Three quarters of prostate cancer survivors suffer long-term side-effects including impotence, according to a new study led by Queen’s University Belfast. In the biggest study of its kind, which took four years to complete, 3,348 men from across Ireland were surveyed. The survey found that over half (57 per cent) were left with chronic impotence while 16 per cent were living with urinary incontinence after treatment had ended. The men interviewed were of all ages and had been diagnosed between two and 18 years ago. Results revealed different trends depending on the type of treatment: Impotence was highest (76 per cent) following radical prostatectomy (surgical removal of all or part of the prostate gland) while urinary incontinence was also highest (28 per cent) in this category. While 42 per cent of brachytherapy (a type of interna...)
  • Queen’s engineers develop world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch bridge 22 Jan, 2015 Civil Engineers at Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with pre-cast concrete specialists Macrete Ireland have developed the world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch bridge.   Based on the ‘FlexiArch’ system, the bridge is unique in that it will be transported to site in flat-pack form but when lifted, will transform under gravity into an arch.    The bridge is due to be installed near Portsmouth in coming months and will span 16 metres (53 feet) over the Wallington River in Waterlooville, Hampshire. Made up of 17 units (1m wide) of pre-cast concrete, each weighing 16 tons, the bridge will take less than a day to install using a 200-300 ton crane in association with a lifting beam also designed and built in Northern Ireland.   If the alternative of a conventional arch had been utilis...)