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Cyber security centre of excellence to open at Cardiff University

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A new research centre to research into cyber security has been launched by Cardiff University and Airbus.

The Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics will be in Cardiff University’s School of Computer Science and Informatics and is said to be the first of its kind in Europe.

Researchers will carry out studies into machine learning, data analytics, and artificial intelligence for cyber-attack detection. The research aims to protect corporate IT networks, intellectual property, and critical national infrastructure.

Cyber security analytics is about improving our resilience to cyber-attacks through data modelling to detect and block malicious behaviour before it causes its full impact; but also about understanding what motivates the behaviour, what its likely impact will be, and how to communicate security alerts among decision and policy-makers.

– Dr Pete Burnap, Cardiff University

Substance misuse and binge drinking 'higher in young people in foster care'

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A Cardiff University study of secondary school students (11-16 years) in Wales looked at the issues affecting youngsters and their relationship with caregivers, teachers and friends.

Those in foster care reported almost 8 times the rates of weekly smoking compared to young people living with both parents, and almost 4 times higher than among those living with a single mother.

Young people living in foster care experience significantly worse outcomes than young people not in care, likely due to a range of care and pre-care factors, which can impact adversely on the formation of positive and healthy social relationships.

Our research highlights a real need for the development and evaluation of interventions to improve wellbeing, and reduce substance use among young people in foster care by supporting looked after young people in the development of healthy interpersonal relationships.

– Dr Sara Long, Cardiff University

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Go ahead for £50m Centre for Student Life

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Cardiff Council has granted planning permission for Cardiff University to begin construction on a £50m building at its Cathays Campus.

The Centre for Student Life is said to be part of the biggest campus upgrade in a generation.

The University says the new building will create a central hub for student support services as well as offering social learning spaces and a 550-seat lecture theatre.

This is a major investment in our students and their learning experience. Our students expect world-leading facilities and the Centre for Student Life will meet those high expectations. Our students and staff are not the only beneficiaries because this will be a landmark building for the people and city of Cardiff.

– Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor

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Low birth weight 'linked to higher death rates'

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Researchers at Cardiff University say babies born with a low birth weight are at an increased risk of death in infancy through to adolescence compared to babies born at a normal birth weight.

A team from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, led by Professor Sailesh Kotecha, examined official death rates in low birth weight babies among over 12m births in England and Wales.

The study reaffirms the need to tackle important factors such as maternal smoking and deprivation which are well known to contribute to low birth weight.

By better understanding and ameliorating influences that lead to low birth weight, deaths in infancy and beyond could be cut.

– Professor Sailesh Kotecha, Cardiff University

Cardiff's violence reduction scheme is exported

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A pioneering scheme developed in Cardiff to reduce violence from alcohol is to be rolled out in Australia.

The so-called Cardiff model uses data from hospital emergency departments to identify and target violence ‘hotspots’, significantly reducing cases of violence.

Now its being trialled in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.

Details from hospitals such as the precise violence location, time, days and weapons will be shared with police, helping them to build a monthly ‘hotspot map’ of the nature, timing and characteristics of violence showing where their presence is most needed.

– Professor Jonathan Shepherd, Cardiff University
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