Major research results – University of Copenhagen

Major research results

Læge undersøger barn med stetoskopSupercomputers solve the riddle of congenital heart disease

Genetic inheritance and environment both play a role in congenital heart defects. Until now, the ways in which different risk factors affect the development of the heart during pregnancy have, however, remained a mystery. Now, an interdisciplinary research team of geneticists, cardiologists and experts in bioinformatics from universities, hospitals and industry, is using supercomputers to identify how a wide range of risk factors – e.g. malfunctioning genes – affects molecular-biology processes during the formation of the heart. The research will improve the chances of preventing, diagnosing and curing heart disease.

Eksempler på sætninger fra oversættelesværktøjet PhrasalPhrasal – a quantum leap for machine translation technology

 In version 1.0 of machine translation technology, applications such as Google Translate were only able to translate one word at a time and only in sentence-based segments, which led to all sorts of unintentional and hilarious mistakes. Research conducted at the University of Copenhagen has helped Stanford University programme a new machine translation system (Phrasal) that handles complex sentence structures and significantly reduces the type of errors that were so prevalent in earlier systems.

Overfladebølger på en vandoverfladeNew method of simulating movements of liquids

What does a yogurt look like over time? The food industry will soon know the answer thanks to a new liquid simulation tool developed by the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen as part of a wide-ranging partnership with other research institutions. This represents an epoch-making shift in the way we simulate physical reality.

New report documents the major differences between local authorities’ responses to climate change

When it comes to reactions to climate change, the level of ambition displayed by Danish local authorities varies greatly. A new study shows that many of them do not even have a climate action plan. The study was conducted by CIDEA, a research project that includes the development of new IT-based solutions for local authorities to inform, motivate and activate citizens to take action, especially to save energy and cut down on car use.