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  • Communicating over the internet: voice-over-IP, videoconferencing and instant messaging

    Pioneering UCL research into multimedia communications over the internet led to the development of techniques central to many of today’s multimedia communications, including voice-over-IP, videoconferencing and instant messaging.

  • Treating waste with carbon dioxide

    A new recycling process that turns a by-product from waste incineration into lightweight, carbon-negative aggregate is helping companies meet environmental and sustainability targets and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Forecasting the time and place of crime hotspots

    UCL researchers worked directly with police forces to spearhead the use of crime mapping and forecasting methods to prevent crime. In areas of implementation crimes such as burglary fell by 20–66%.

  • New approaches to reducing crime

    Crime prevention research at UCL has helped to shape policy and policing practice in the UK and internationally. We provide evidence, expertise and advice to support particular crime prevention initiatives and approaches to crime prevention.

  • Increased efficiency in turbomachinery design, manufacturing and performance

    Software that uses an innovative method for 3D turbomachinery design is helping manufacturers to develop more efficient equipment. A UCL spinout company, Advanced Design Technology, is a global leader in advanced turbomachinery design software.

  • An integrated decision-making framework for improving European air traffic management

    A framework developed for Eurocontrol was instrumental in reaching agreement on how to integrate Europe’s air traffic management.

  • Fast, cheap and reliable banking: automated verification of over-the counter derivatives trading

    An automated system for validating over-the-counter derivatives trading has reduced the risks facing financial institutions making such transactions, by cutting the time required to confirm a trade from 10 days to just one day.

  • Effective computer security: the human-centred approach

    The human-centred approach to computer security developed at UCL has transformed the delivery of effective security by UK government and industry, forming the cornerstone of security practices in corporations around the world.

  • New photo and special effects processing for photographers

    Two photo manipulation and processing methods developed at UCL have been used to improve photographic tools, including Adobe software.

  • Visualising the brain’s communications networks

    Brain surgeons are using open-source software to help them avoid damaging major pathways in the brain during neurosurgery, greatly reducing the risk of patients experiencing permanent cognitive damage, for example in visual, verbal or motor skills.

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