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University Research

Across the University, cutting-edge research and enterprise takes place throughout City University London's seven Schools. Here we take a brief look at some of the ground-breaking work being undertaken.

Understanding the Dynamics of Leadership in Professional
Service Firms

School: Sir John Cass Business School

Academic: Professor Laura Empson

Leadership in professional service firms (such as accounting and law firms) is often neglected.

Professor Empson examines the composition of leadership, key stakeholders and how the processes and structures (both formal and informal) link together to form underlying dynamics.

Efficiency of Visual Statistics

School: School of Community and Health Sciences

Academic: Dr Joshua Solomon

A theoretical study into the efficiency of the visual system and how we infer information from pictures by statistical summary.

The study considers how much information we need in order to determine a solution – such as how many trees ‘off vertical’ are needed to estimate a camera angle – and the efficiency of vision if the onlooker does not look directly at an object. It also investigates claims of greater efficiency in noticing differences in humanoid images.

Street Lighting Glare - A Study Using Measurement of Light
Scatter and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

School: School of Community and Health Sciences

Researcher: Professor John Barbur

It has been shown that good road lighting can reduce vehicle accidents by 30%, and that lighting is needed not only to provide a road which is safe but which is also perceived to be safe.

In collaboration with University College London this project considers the effect of street lighting and how the eye and visual system operates at mesopic (night time) light levels.

Mirror Integrated Project

School: Informatics

Academic: Professor Neil Maiden

The Mirror project aims to help employees to increase their level and breadth of work-related experiences based on collaboration about the experiences of other employees.

The project will deliver a set of integrated smart applications that will support employees to record, share, learn from previous work experiences and solve new problems creatively within a learning oriented environment.

Gesture Recognition in Aphasia

School: Informatics

Academic: Stephanie Wilson in conjunction with Dr Jane Marshall

People affected by Aphasia, a language disorder usually caused by stroke, might use gestures to communicate. Face-to-face therapy, currently used to improve gesture communications provides encouraging results but is resource intensive.

This project investigates a computer-based gesture therapy package that can be used at home – such as the technology found in some home computer game systems.

Uncertainty and Confidence

School: Informatics

Academic: Professor Lorenzo Strigini with Professor Peter Ayton

High-risk decision making (such as those involving nuclear energy or piloting of aircraft) involve statistical and regulatory information (provided by software) mixed with the informal, human processes.

This study seeks to improve the ability to make high pressure, high-risk decisions by optimising the human decision-making process with software reliability.

South-East European Power Networks

School: School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Academic: Dr Panos Liatisis

This is a City co-ordinated project providing tools and systems to harmonise the energy systems of South-East European markets with power networks across the rest of Europe.

European Social Survey

School: Social Sciences

Academic: Professor Sir Roger Jowell

This European-wide social study examines and compares attitudes towards social and political issues.

The longevity of the study enables continuing analysis that tracks and compares attitudes over time.