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Mathematical Sciences

Our impact

The broad range of Mathematical Sciences at Southampton gives us a unique ability to contribute to the scientific and social challenges facing society and business. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 100% of our research impact and research environment was specifically rated as of internationally excellent or world-leading quality. This page includes a selection of the high-impact projects we are working on within Mathematical Sciences.

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Changing survery design or procedure can affect the outcome of a survey

Adjusting for discontinuities resulting from improvements and efficiencies in major government surveys

Changes in survey design or procedure, such as improvements in methodology or technology, can systematically affect the outcome of a survey. We have developed techniques to improve the availability and accuracy of the information we can gather about such effects, and have applied these to major national surveys.

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Research from Mathematical Sciences has been used to develop English Life tables by the Office for National Statistics

How Long Do We Live? Developing the English Life Tables

Our research into estimating mortality has been used by the Office for National Statistics in developing the latest decennial life tables, the English Life Tables.

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Lung system

How the power of mathematics can help assess lung function

Researchers at the University of Southampton have developed a new computational way of analysing X-ray images of lungs, which could herald a breakthrough in the diagnosis and assessment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other lung diseases, including those of viral origin.

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Device to measure liquid crystal properties
SoPHT

Improving liquid crystal measurements

Industry and research laboratories can now measure liquid crystal properties more accurately and more efficiently using a device designed by a team of mathematicians and physicists at the University of Southampton.

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Traditional census data collection suffers from selective non-response by participants

Improving population censuses around the world

Our statistical techniques have informed the design of recent population censuses in the UK, Netherlands, Ireland and New Zealand, resulting in significant cost savings and political impact.

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Optimising baggage operations at London Heathrow Airport

Optimising baggage operations at London Heathrow Airport

Our novel data-driven optimisation tools have improved performance of baggage reclaim at Heathrow, leading to increased passenger satisfaction and huge cost savings for the airport and its airlines.

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Human trafficking
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Population size estimation of human trafficking

We have developed new methods to improve the accuracy of national and international estimates of the extent of human trafficking, with substantial implications for the policies of the United Nations and national governments.

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Statistical methodologies have refined a diagnostic biomarker test to detect growth hormone misuse in sport

Statistical Methodology for Growth Hormone Misuse in Competing Athletes

Our research has refined a diagnostic biomarker test to detect growth hormone misuse in sport, increasing confidence in accurate detection of doping by athletes.

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