The grants cover projects across the spectrum of science from fundamental particle physics to allocating resources at airports.
The capital grants include funding for ultra-bright lasers, electron microscopes and X-ray imaging.
‘Put simply, investment in world-class projects, equipment and people makes the UK the best place in the world to research, discover and innovate,’ said Prof Philip Nelson, EPSRC chief executive. ‘This £70m package will fuel the UK’s technological progress, help address thechallenges of today and tomorrow, and contribute to a strong economy.’
New projects announced as part of the package include SeeBiByte, a £4.5m project at Oxford University to develop computer vision methods to analyse, describe and search images and video, with a particular emphasis on image analytics — extracting useful information from large amounts of image data. This, the team said, could have applications in medicine, environmental monitoring, and defence surveillance; elsewhere at Oxford, a £5m effort to develop mobile robotics as ‘a pervasive technology of the future’ is to begin. Lancaster University is launching a £2.3m maths project called Or-Master, which will develop new ways to allocate airport resources
At Cambridge, meanwhile, a £5.1m project is to look at control of sub-atomic particle behaviour in organic and hybrid organic/inorganic semiconductors, which could have implications for digital memory; a £6.4m project at Surrey University will look at methods for making and using new optical semiconductor devices.