Dr Matthew C Levy has been awarded funding by the highly-competitive University Challenge Seed Fund/Oxford Invention Fund.
Dr Levy is a Royal Society Newton Fellow and Wolfson College Junior Research Fellow and Elected Member of Governing Body. The University Challenge Seed Fund is a scheme designed to "assist university researchers successfully transform good research into good business".
The award recognises the commercial potential of patent-pending innovations stemming from Dr Levy's research into high-power laser illumination of dense matter. Dr Levy has been developing machine learning algorithms to visualize energy flow through complex systems of plasma particles, using techniques which could have broader commercial applications. Working together with Isis Innovation and the Technology Transfer Office of the University of Oxford, Dr Levy has also secured interest in his prototype technology from a large industrial partner.
Dr Levy and his team plan to use the award to develop this technology further in the hope it will lead to commercial licensing and spinout possibilities.