Interdisciplinary Research Projects

Interdisciplinary Research Projects

This searchable database contains details of pump-primed cross-discipline research projects taking place at the University of Aberdeen.

One of the main strands of our Aberdeen 2040 plan is to address urgent and wide-ranging challenges in the interdisciplinary areas of Energy Transition, Social Inclusion and Cultural Diversity, Environment and Biodiversity, Data and Artificial Intelligence, and Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing.

The wide range of projects on display here is a demonstration of some of the early-stage research being funded in these critical areas as well as the University's commitment to addressing the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all."

Projects undertaken in 2021 were funded by the University of Aberdeen's Scottish Funding Council allocation.

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Using the rapid regenerative response of the beadlet anemone (Actinia equina) as model system for human wound healing

Faster healing can reduce scarring, infection and the need for amputation. By investigating certain sea creatures we hope to provide insight into tissue regeneration and advance the field of wound healing.

Autism, theology and church – identifying and establishing critical frameworks for interdisciplinary research

The Centre for Autism and Theology, launched in 2018, is playing a pioneering role in the emerging field of autism and theology. The Centre organised a conference in December 2021 to expand upon this expertise.

Sub-liquid and Atmospheric Measurement (SAM)

The SAM project is a pilot study of a space instrument concept, the Aquatic Systems Habitability Analyser, designed to investigate the habitability of the ocean worlds of our Solar System, such as Saturn’s moons Titan and Enceladus and Jupiter’s moon Europa.

Visual processing in humans and machines

Neuroscientists have argued that machine vision techniques have significant similarities to the human visual system, which has immense implications for technological advancements and our understanding of the human brain. But is this actually the case? By building simple artificial neural networks we aim to find out.

Autonomous robotic sampling of bio-aerosols for real-time DNA sequencing using MinION sequencer

Bioaerosols are tiny airborne particles originating from plants or animals, and human exposure to them comes with potentially serious health risks. We propose using a portable sequencer to determine their source and composition in order to control and regulate potentially dangerous emissions.

Satellite meeting of UK Rice Research Consortium annual conference

In November 2021 Aberdeen hosted the 2021 annual meeting of the UK Rice Research Consortium, on the theme of Rice and Climate Change, bringing experts from the UK to form a consortium to prepare a grant proposal on Alternative Wetting and Drying.

Assessing the impact of 3D terrain data resolution on thermomechanical modelling of ice avalanches

In February 2021, an ice-rock avalanche-triggered flash flood in India killed over 200 people and destroyed two hydroelectric plants. We studied the impact of terrain data quality on the thermomechanical modelling of avalanches and discovered the reason for the event’s magnitude, with implications for future data use.

Understanding the consequences of microbial ecophysiology for soil carbon sequestration: development of a new experimental and analytical approach

Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing atmospheric carbon dioxide and may be a key element in the fight against climate change. However, the role of soil microbes in this process is poorly understood. We test the theory that improved soil conditions may lead to higher carbon sequestration.

Generation of personalised dietary recommendations for individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus to better control glucose levels using artificial intelligence and natural language generation

We need to find new ways of developing and communicating dietary recommendations, especially in target groups, like those diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. This project brings together unique expertise on dietary assessment and personalised nutrition with the goal of creating an app encouraging a healthier diet.

Verifying the Compliance of Argumentation Principles with Human Reasoning

Over the years, the theory of computational argumentation has drawn the attention of scholars in many fields. It is also used in many AI technologies to justify decisions to end-users. But do defined argumentation principles really align with human reasoning, and if so, what are the implications for their trust in AI applications?
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