The University of Surrey has established the International Guitar
Research Centre, led by Prof. Steve Goss and Dr. Milton Mermikides, a
central strand of which experiments with the innovative use of acoustic
Practice-based research outcomes (compositions) have created impact as
artworks, having been recorded on Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Telarc, Naxos,
and Virgin Classics. CD sales emerging from the project are in excess of
200,000. The compositions have been performed internationally by the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.
The new techniques developed at Surrey are utilised by renowned
musicians, such as John Williams, Xuefei Yang, Andrew Lloyd Webber, David
Russell, and Miloš Karadaglić.
The University of Surrey has developed a set of tools that is enabling us
to develop innovative web-based information systems with much lower
resources than has formerly been possible.
These tools and techniques are being exploited by a University of Surrey
The underlying platform has now been used to develop eight distinct
business systems. A key feature of our approach is that it enables the
business domain to be modelled in structured natural language (using the
Object Management Group (OMG) supported standard SBVR [for Semantics of
Business Vocabularies and Rules]). The server side functionality is then
generated from the business model. Rulemotion is the first
organisation to offer such extensive support of SBVR. This is a key fusion
of the Business Analysis (Business Rules) and Information Technology
domains — the gulf between these two communities has been an area of
tension for the past 30 years.
The University of Surrey created the first international satellite
constellation dedicated to monitoring natural and man-made disasters
worldwide. The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) comprises 6
advanced small Earth Observation satellites built at Surrey Satellite
Technology Limited (SSTL) for China, Algeria, Nigeria, Turkey, Spain and
the UK that can image worldwide within 24 hours to provide critical and
timely information to international disaster assessment and relief
agencies. The DMC has responded to over 200 major disasters and, the UN
estimates, aided over 250,000 disaster victims. SSTL's subsidiary company,
DMCii, has created commercial applications and services generating sales
of over £130M and ~100 high-technology jobs.
Corruption research in the University of Surrey, has focused on analysing
the gaps in anti-corruption
strategies and suggestions for improvements have impacted in two ways:
(1) a contribution to discussions at the policy-making level of
international organisations (the OECD
and the UN) resulting in recommendations for changes, and
(2) the transfer of the experience and expertise gained in survey
methodology adopted in the
Surrey `Corruption in International Business' project to the questionnaire
design and content of
three projects — Bribery in the UK, National Integrity Survey and
Integrity in the Defence Sector —
conducted by the UK chapter of Transparency International (TI), the
globally influential anti-corruption
policy-influencing Civil Society Organisation.
Since surveys play a central role in informing and driving policy making
to combat corruption, they
need to be founded on a robust methodology.
Meningococcal meningitis is a life-threatening acute disease affecting
1.2 million people every year. Accurate and rapid diagnosis is essential
for optimal patient response; however, bacterial culture tests are slow
and undermined by the immediate administration of antibiotics, resulting
in sterile cultures.
The Surrey team developed a rapid, non-culture-based diagnostic test for
meningitis and septicaemia: this test is now routinely used for diagnosis
of meningococcal disease worldwide, and was also instrumental in the
implementation and monitoring of control measures for the disease, such as
life-saving vaccination campaigns. Together these have contributed to the
halving of adult mortality rates from meningitis worldwide.
The condition of aging cast iron infrastructure is a major challenge for
the water industry. Our research has improved understanding of the
deterioration, residual strength and failure mechanisms of buried cast
iron pipes. Thames Water Utilities Ltd (TWUL) have used Surrey's findings
for small diameter (distribution) mains, to support their case with the
regulator for increased funding for pipe lining and replacement programmes
resulting in more than 100 M£ of additional investment being made
available. Surrey's work on large diameter (trunk) main is being used by
TWUL to shape new approaches to the assessment and management of water
networks both within their own area and at a national level through UKWIR.
Research in biometrics carried out at Surrey since 1995 has generated IP
relating to a number of
aspects of automatic face recognition, which resulted in significant
rendering this biometric technology commercially exploitable.
The advances made at Surrey include illumination invariant imaging, face
using robust correlation, innovative face skin texture representation
using a multiscale local binary
pattern descriptor, a patented (and exceptionally compact) person specific
facial component based matching, and patented multi-algorithmic fusion.
Through an IP agreement, these innovations have been commercially
exploited by the University
spinout company OmniPerception, which has developed products for various
The association between incomes across generations is known as
Knowledge of this is important for understanding the extent of inequality
within society and can
measure equality of opportunity. Improving such mobility has been central
to current (and
previous) Government policy.
Research carried out at Surrey, along with the Centre for Economic
Performance (CEP), has
contributed significantly to policy and public debate on the extent and
drivers of intergenerational
mobility in Britain. It has featured in UK Government and OECD outputs;
and contributed directly to
Government policy on intergenerational mobility.
Related policies directly influenced by the research include Family Nurse
£17.5m), free nursery provision for disadvantaged 2-year olds (costing
£760m by 2014-15) and the
funding of a new 2012 cohort study (£33.5m). The research has also
national media attention.
Developing sustainable consumption and production policies and practices
in industry requires
analysis of technical, environmental, economic and social performance of
supply chains delivering
goods and services. In a programme covering the 20 years since its
foundation, the University of
Surrey's Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES) has played a major role
in developing a
systematic "whole system" approach to assessing and managing supply
chains, starting from Life
Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Management (LCM) and progressing to
This approach underpins current national and international standards and
policy and is embodied
in the corporate strategies of a number of major companies (for example
Unilever and M&S); the
approach is also starting to be adopted in guiding the development of new
Lyme borrelliosis (LB) is on the increase with over 3000 clinically or
cases/pa in the UK. Alerting the public to LB risk has to be balanced
against encouraging or
undermining countryside use for health and recreational benefits.
The reach and significance of impact was initially built into the
research with end-user stakeholders
involved in the study design, interpretation and application of the
results to change public and
organisations' risk communication practices.
End-user impact has been acknowledged in an independent Economic and
Council (ESRC) evaluation as well as a local authority tick awareness