SoCS student papers presented at two key European conferences

School of Computer Science students Carl Gowan, Jack Laurel and Scott Ringham now have two publications to add to their CVs following their participation in last year’s SoCS undergraduate research opportunities scheme.

The students worked alongside SoCS staff Bruce Hargrave, Dr Kevin Jacques and Dr David Cobham to carry out research into the benefits of setting up on-campus student enterprises. The research focused on a previous project where a group of students from across the University participated in a structured hackathon event called “Appfest”. After the hackathon event had taken place a number of those who had taken part were invited to form a student enterprise to develop apps for clients both inside the University and from further afield.

Scott, Jack and Carl’s research was into the effectiveness of using hackathons to set up high tech student businesses. Their first paper was accepted at the 11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference and the three travelled to Valencia (pictured here with Dean for Transnational Education Dr David Cobham) to present their findings. A second paper was then written focussing on the successfulness of the student enterprise created, one year on from the original hackathon. This has been accepted and will be presented at the 9th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Barcelona next week.

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What is the SoCS undergraduate research opportunities scheme?

Each year a number of students successfully apply to take up paid employment through the month of July working on a range of research projects in the School. As well as contributing to the Schools research outputs the scheme is an excellent opportunity to bring staff and students together to work on research projects and for students to hone their technical and research skills. All students are encouraged to write up their findings and, with the help of the academic members of staff involved, to submit the paper to a conference or a journal. Where these are accepted the School undertakes to cover the cost of travel and attendance at the conference. Previous students have presented at conferences not only in the UK and Europe but also as far afield as Canada, the United States, China and Taiwan.

Prestigious summer school explores the future of computer vision

Some of the brightest young minds in computer vision will meet at a prestigious summer school this July to hear from international researchers in the field.

Hosted at the University of Lincoln, UK, the BMVA Computer Vision Summer School 2017 will welcome PhD students and early career researchers from across the UK and abroad. The summer school is an annual event led by the British Machine Vision Association (BMVA), which provides a national forum for individuals and organisations involved in advanced machine vision, image processing, and pattern recognition.

The event is being held in Lincoln this year for the first time, in the new £28million Isaac Newton Building which is a hub of teaching and learning, pioneering research, and industry collaboration. It is home to the University’s Schools of Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics and Physics, and incorporates specialist robotics facilities alongside scientific laboratories and workshops.

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The 22nd BMVA Computer Vision Summer School is being led by Dr Nicola Bellotto, who specialises in advanced artificial intelligence, robotics and computer vision, Dr Thryphon Lambrou, an expert in medical imaging, and Dr Michael Mangan, whose primary research focuses on computational modelling of the navigational behaviour of insects, all from the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science. They are working together with colleagues from the University of East Anglia (UEA) to host the summer school, and the organisational team will collaborate again next year when the annual event will be held at UEA in Norwich.

Dr Nicola Bellotto will present at the summer school and will be joined by other leading lights of computer vision who will deliver a host of seminars, lectures and workshops for the delegates.

Other speakers include Robotics System Architect at Dyson, Robert Deaves, who will speak on Machine vision in practice, Research Engineer for the Microsoft Hololens, Federica Bogo, who will present on Human body modelling, and Davide Scaramuzza from the University of Zurich, who will discuss Robot vision and event cameras. Speakers will also travel from Durham University, Imperial College London, the University of Manchester, and a host of other institutions across the UK.

“We are delighted to host the BMVA Computer Vision Summer School 2017 along with our colleagues from UEA,” Dr Nicola Bellotto said. “It represents a fantastic opportunity for PhD researchers to learn from the best in the field and to network with their peers, all of whom represent the future of computer vision. With so many new research projects and advancements in AI and computer vision, it is a very exciting time for the sector and we very much look forward to seeing what the future holds.”

The summer school, which will consist of an intensive week of lectures and lab sessions covering a wide range of topics in computer vision, runs from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July 2017. More information is available online:  http://cvss.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/

Students visit RAF Coningsby to learn from BAE Systems

The University of Lincoln Careers and Employability Service and 9 students from the Schools of Maths & Physics, Engineering and Computer Science recently visited RAF Coningsby to spend a day with BAE Systems.

The visit provided an overview of the Military Air & Information sector of the business which operates the Typhoon Total Availability Enterprise (TyTAN) contract, supporting the RAF Typhoon fleet. Students were able to experience  BAE Systems training systems which are delivered to RAF staff using advanced simulators in a state of the art facility.

Students were also granted access to the Typhoon Maintenance Facility and witnessed a variety of aircraft in different states of repair.

Lizzie Rundle of Careers and Employment pictured with the student visitors.
Lizzie Rundle of Careers and Employment pictured with the student visitors.

Overall, the trip provided students a first hand opportunity to see their studies and skills learnt at the University of Lincoln could be translated into real industry problems within BAE Systems and the RAF.

Student feedback was that they enjoyed experiencing some of the world’s most advanced technology within the defence sector and they found it was both awe inspiring and provided some excellent ideas for their future projects.

Find out about the work BAE Systems provides at RAF Coningsby, learn about the Typhoon jet and further BAE Systems opportunities worldwide.

School of Computer Science wins SU School of the Year 2016/17!

The School of Computer Science has won the the Lincoln Student Union ‘School of the Year’ award, and was selected from a shortlist of Schools across the University of Lincoln.

College Officers and School Reps deliberated over which of the many deserving Schools should receive the award and decided on Computer Science!

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Quotes and feedback from nominees illustrate why the School achieved this award:

“…there is a good sense of team between all of the Reps, and they work well with staff in the School to achieve things for students. They have developed good ways of raising issues and having them resolved in a timely manner.”

 “This nomination is mostly due to our phenomenal School Representative, who always goes out of his way to do things for others, whether that’s organising social events or organising meetings with academic teachers to ensure that the course is being taught in the best possible way.”

 “Many of the issues raised by students have been dealt with incredibly quickly and the overall atmosphere of the school is overwhelmingly positive!”

 “This is due to the fact that we have an amazing School Rep who goes above and beyond to help the Course Reps in any way that he can. We also worked incredibly hard as a team to get everyone involved in the module evaluation which have just taken place where the participation response had risen by 1.73% more than last year, which is a good improvement for the school.”

 “I would like to nominate the School of Computer Science for school of the month. This is due to the fact that we have an amazing School Rep who goes above and beyond to help the course reps in any way that he can. We also worked incredibly hard as a team to get everyone involved in the module evaluation which have just taken place where the participation response had risen by 1.73% more than last year, which is a good improvement for the school.”

 “Reps in the school are always enthusiastic and solution focused – which is fantastic to see. They have effective subject committee and have developed informal routes for raising feedback along with staff.”

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