Two Research Seminars coming up on Tuesday (28th) and Thursday (30th)

L-CAS and LIAT are jointly organising two research seminars by visiting academics, open to anyone interested.

Dr Mario Gianni (U Plymouth): Urban Search And Rescue Robotics: An In-Field Experience

Date/Time: Tue, 28/8/2018, 11:00

Room: DCB1103

Abstract

Dr Mario Gianni

On June 2012, at Mirandola, a city of Northern Italy, hit by a tremendous earthquake, I supported the deployment of a team of humans and robots to assess damage to historical buildings and cultural artefacts located therein.

On September 1, 2016, I worked in a team which deployed two ground and three aerial robots in Amatrice, Italy, to assist the response after the 6.2-magnitude earthquake, which hit and devastated the town on August 24 2016, killing 234 people.

From these two in-field experiences, I learnt that robots have really the potentials to assist responders in searching for survivors, in rescuing victims, in providing the responders with situation awareness, in creating references of the destroyed environment, in sampling suspicious substances from sites, in reaching areas that are inaccessible for humans.

In this talk, I’m going to present the research work carried out aiming at achieving these goals.

In particular, I’ll discuss the challenges and present the proposed solutions concerning building and maintaining a persistent representation of the environment, planning safe motions and controlling multi-degree-of-freedom mobile robots.

These capabilities are paramount to prevent rescue robots to get stuck in rubble-filled environments.

Florian Lier (U Bielefeld): Tackling Reproducibility in Robotics

Date/Time: Thu, 30/8/2018, 11:00

Room: DCB1103

Florian Lier
Florian Lier

Florian will be talking about his recent works on ensuring reproducibility in robotics research, the infrastructure and systems he has developed to facilitate this. He will share some experience from building robotic systems, including his recent RoboCup@Home Pepper robot system, the winner of this year’s RoboCup@Home WorldCup in Montreal.

University of Lincoln Awarded EPSRC funding to Improve Equality, Diversity and Inclusion within the Research Sector

The University of Lincoln has been awarded £509,901 funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to improve equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within engineering and physical sciences.

The project forms part of a broader programme of eleven projects within EPSRC’s Inclusion Matters initiative, launched as part of the collective approach by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to promote EDI.

The Advanced Strategic Platform for Inclusive Research Environments (ASPIRE) project will take place at the University of Lincoln’s Eleanor Glanville Centre, a dedicated EDI unit. It will offer an innovative approach to improving EDI within the sector, with a primary focus on long term behavioural and cultural change.

The project will draw together expertise from academics from across the University’s Schools of Chemistry, Social and Political Sciences, Computer Science and the Research and Enterprise Office. It will develop an evidence-based online toolkit to connect best practice with improved ways to measure, monitor and implement EDI initiatives for maximum impact.

The project is being run by the University of Lincoln in collaboration with Vitae, Oxford Brookes University, the Lisbon Council, Emerald Publishing, University of Sheffield, University of Kent University of Trento, Aston University, Coventry University and Towards Vision.

Professor Belinda Colston, ASPIRE Programme Director, said: The research sector has been striving for fully inclusive environments in science and engineering related disciplines for over 30 years. Despite substantial investment, however, broad under-representation and inequalities are still widespread. Reasons for this are complex and often system-wide, but ultimately reflect deep-rooted cultures and attitudes in the workplace.

“ASPIRE will develop a new and more comprehensive impact framework to extend simple metrics-based evaluation and measure genuine and meaningful changes in ED&I attitude and behaviour.”

Vicky Williams, CEO of Emerald Publishing, added: “We are excited to play a role in this project, both from the perspective of Emerald’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity in the workplace as well as our role as a publisher participating and communicating the results of international research collaborations.

“We established an internal group, called STRIDE, in 2015 to create positive change in the inclusivity and diverse leadership of the company. We will be using STRIDE to pilot the ASPIRE platform and really embed change. This tangible action is in line with our mission to support the real impact of research.”

Speaking of the wider Inclusion Matters initiative, Professor Jennifer Rubin, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Executive Champion for equality, diversity and inclusion, said: “UK Research and Innovation is committed to furthering equality, diversity and inclusion for both our staff and for the research and innovation sector more widely.

“The Inclusion Matters initiative illustrates the ambitious, evidence-based approach that we will take across UKRI to strengthen equality, diversity and inclusion across the sector.”

The ASPIRE project will begin in late 2018 and runs for three years.

New App Brings Lincolnshire’s Iconic Vulcan Back to the Skies

Bomber County’s iconic Vulcan Bomber will return to the skies over Lincolnshire this weekend (11th– 12th August) in an augmented reality app as part of the city of Lincoln’s RAF100 celebrations.

In addition to the various activities taking place, which will include aviation displays and a fireworks display on the Brayford, those celebrating the RAF’s centenary will now also be able to witness the legendary aircraft in action wherever they are using the newly launched RAF100Flypast app.

The Vulcan is the latest aircraft to be added to the app which allows users to create their own flypasts, capture and collect aircraft, view them in scaled augmented reality, and learn more about their technical specifications and history. The Buccaneer, Canberra and Lightning F1 are also being added.

The RAF created the free to download app in a military first this summer, working in partnership with the University of Lincoln’s School of Design, School of Computer Science and Lincoln International Business School to bring the realistic 3D planes to life.

Working collaboratively, academics from across the schools came together to develop the concept, game mechanics and design. They were supported by students from the schools who gained valuable experience in helping to come up with ideas, developing prototypes for user experiences and collating historical information.

Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, Julian Free, said: “The iconic Vulcan has long been associated with Bomber County and it’s wonderful that this app will now allow people to enjoy seeing it in the skies once more.

Image credit: RAF MOD
Image credit: RAF MOD

“The team at Lincoln has combined their respective expertise to deliver a first class product for the RAF, and the project demonstrates the University’s commitment to its Student as Producer ethos, engaging students in real-world briefs.

“The app has been a fantastic collaborative project between the University of Lincoln, the RAF, and Harmony Studios, driven by the ideas and creative designs of our academics and students as part of their courses. It is a great example of how younger audiences can be engaged with through the use of digital heritage, augmented reality and hand-held devices.”
Lydia Rusling, Chief Executive of Visit Lincoln, said: “RAF100 Weekend is one of the biggest events for the region this summer. Visitors will experience an unforgettable programme of events, with activities in 13 different parts of Lincoln from the Cathedral down to the Brayford Waterfront. Lincoln’s uphill will be transformed for the popular 1940s weekend, re-enactments will be taking place across the city, along with music, markets and plenty to see and do for the family. To have the addition of University’s augmented reality app, alongside flypasts over the weekend, is the icing on the cake and will be an exciting and innovative addition.”

Air Commodore Chris Jones added: “The RAF100Flypast app allows users to experience the wonders of RAF aircraft in augmented reality, which is really exciting. The app is a fun way to showcase how the RAF has grown through innovation and technology, and we hope it will inspire the next generation of aerospace pioneers. Users are able to collect planes and find out about their history through the app, as well as being able to create their own flypasts. With the Vulcan now added to the app alongside the Red Arrows, Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Sentry, we hope there are plenty of favourites to get the young and old of Lincolnshire excited.”

The RAF100Flypast app is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

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Research Seminar Series: Orchard Robotics 28/06/18 4pm

Orchard Robotics

  • Place: DCB1102
  • Date/Time: 28/06/2018 16:00-17:00

 

 

The Lincoln School of Computer Science and the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems are hosting a team of agricultural roboticists from New Zealand.

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Prof Bruce MacDonald

The group will be represented by Prof. Bruce MacDonald and Dr Pau Medrano-Gràcia from The University of Auckland and Prof. Mike Duke from the University of Waikato. The seminar will summarize their research partnership to create robotics technology for kiwifruit and apple orchards, with the Universities of Auckland and Waikato, New Zealand’s Plant and Food Research Institute, and New Zealand company Robotics Plus. This includes an autonomous mobile robot, a targeted pollination system for kiwifruit flowers, a four-arm harvester for kiwifruit, and a prototype apple harvester.

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