Forecasting demand using Big Data

By: Patrick McSharry, University of Oxford As we walk, cycle or drive around Oxford, make telephone calls, send texts or emails and do our shopping, many of us are unaware of exactly how much data is being generated by our activities. “Big data” is a catch-phrase for describing the overwhelming volume, velocity and variety of … Continue reading “Forecasting demand using Big Data”

Being There: exploring issues of privacy and digital personhood in public spaces

Research teams at the University of Oxford and other centres will explore issues of privacy and the challenges of being able to appear in public in proxy form, in particular the challenge of having robot proxies in public places. This will involve the capacity to track micro-contacts between multiple individuals in real time, and at … Continue reading “Being There: exploring issues of privacy and digital personhood in public spaces”

EmerGent : Mining social media in large-scale emergencies

By: John Boyle, Oxford Computer Consultants One of the biggest sources of Big Data is social media. This represents a continuous feed of unstructured, unvalidated near real-time information about citizens’ experience. When a big city undergoes a crisis, such as a flood, earthquake or riots, masses of valuable information pours into social media sites such … Continue reading “EmerGent : Mining social media in large-scale emergencies”

Oxford plans innovative Wireless Electric Bus project

By: Oxfordshire County Council Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford City Council are excited to announce a commitment to work on a joint study for an innovative Wireless Electric Bus project. Working in partnership with Oxford Bus Company, MBK Arup Sustainable Projects (MASP), and sister company eFleet Integrated Service (eFIS), the plan is to trial the … Continue reading “Oxford plans innovative Wireless Electric Bus project”

8 things you might not know about Oxford’s driverless tech

By: Pete Wilton, University of Oxford Today, at an event in London, the government has revealed the outcome of a review of UK regulations for driverless cars as well as the launch of trial projects in three locations. Today is also the first chance to see prototype driverless LUTZ Pathfinder pods built for one of … Continue reading “8 things you might not know about Oxford’s driverless tech”

Digital Oxford

Digital Oxford is an independent organisation that sets out to make Oxford and Oxfordshire a global destination for digital business. The digital industry in Oxfordshire is already worth an estimated £500m or more, which comes from the 40% of the 3,000+ businesses in the county who are are digital. (Source: Oxford Inspires). Oxford and Oxfordshire … Continue reading “Digital Oxford”

At the forefront of autonomous vehicle research in the UK

The Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (MRG) at Oxford University’s Department of Engineering Science has been at the forefront of autonomous vehicle research in the UK for over a decade. The group’s technology is at the heart of the driverless LUTZ pods, currently on trial in Milton Keynes. It enables the pods to navigate and understand … Continue reading “At the forefront of autonomous vehicle research in the UK”