Simplify travelling round Lincoln with Lincoln Bus

Travelling on a bus in Lincoln just got easier thanks to a website created by a University of Lincoln student.

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Lincoln Bus has been created by third year Computer Science student Jacob Ellis and is an all-in-one bus timetable viewer for travelling around Lincoln. The website hopes to help people check all bus services, routes and departure and arrival times.

Jacob Ellis said: “Lincoln Bus does the work for you, select your bus service and your current location and then it will show you an estimated time for your next bus, plus all other bus departures from your location throughout the day.

“Bus timetables can often be confusing especially with long haul journeys or services where departures are at different times on different days of the week.”

Jacob built the site using the programming skills he’d learnt during his Computer Science degree and says it’s helped him to set up the bus timetable database and website.

“There’s a lot of programming in Computer Science and as such the course has taught me how to teach myself other programming languages.” He said.

Lincoln Bus is predominantly programmed in PHP for web browsers, but I hope to release an Android app later. The database was made using SQL and the data is displayed to the user using SQL queries buried in PHP code.”

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The website gives you the option to find bus routes depending on your location and you can choose whether you’re travelling from Lincoln or to the city.

The Lincoln Bus logo, created by Fine Art and Illustration student Bryony Loveridge, features the Lincoln skyline including the Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and other city landmarks.

The site gives you a variety of bus routes all in one place, and clicking on this with your location will give you the next bus time and the rest of the services for that day.

Jacob added: “My website recognises days of the week. So, for example if it is a Sunday, the estimated time box will display only the Sunday service timings throughout the day with the code ‘S’ to remind users that this journey is applicable only on a Sunday.

“Sometimes a bus service doesn’t run its full route. For example, the Service 1 Lincoln to Grantham at every other iteration goes as far as Wellingore, sometimes only Waddington if it’s a Sunday. In cases like this, Lincoln Bus will display a message such as WADDINGTON ONLY to show users that their next bus is not a full service.”

The website is currently in beta testing stage, but all Lincoln bus services will be added over the next few months along with new features users are to look forward too.

“The Journey Planner feature would allow the user to see their bus services and departures timings for multiple locations. For bus users new to the bus services in Lincoln, I am planning to add a feature whereby they select their location and the website displays which bus service they need as currently the user will need to know their bus service to make use of the website. This will be added as part of the Journey Planner.”

Jacob even hopes to include traffic information from Google to improve the estimated arrival and departure times in case of Lincoln congestion.

Great work Jacob – check out the site here and catch your bus with Lincolnbus.co.uk  

Presenting the future of proton therapy

A leading scientist making major strides in medical imaging, which could make proton therapy a viable treatment for many more cancer sufferers, will present his latest findings – including a new type of proton imaging – at a prestigious conference next month.

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Professor Nigel Allinson MBE, Distinguished Professor of Image Engineering at the University of Lincoln, UK, will appear among other world-leading experts at the Proton Therapy Congress in London this September.

Proton therapy is a form of radiation treatment that uses protons rather than x-rays to treat cancer. It has several benefits, including less radiation damage to the normal healthy tissues around the tumour and potential to deliver a higher radiation dose to the tumour (increasing the chances of destroying tumour cells). Proton therapy is particularly important in treating children.

The Congress will bring together researchers, clinicians, manufacturers and many more in the proton therapy sector to examine the future of proton therapy. It will take place in London on 20th-21st September 2016.

Nigel AllinsonProfessor Allinson, based in the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln, leads the groundbreaking PRaVDA (Proton Radiotherapy Verification and Dosimetry Applications) project. He and his multinational team are developing one of the most complex medical instruments ever imagined to improve the delivery of proton therapy.

The PRaVDA instrument is being designed to produce detailed 3D images of a patient’s anatomy using protons rather than x-rays, which has never been done before. To produce these Proton CT images, the world-first technology will use the same high energy particles that are used to destroy a tumour during proton therapy treatment.

Using protons to form an image of the patient will greatly improve the accuracy of the treatment. Using current methods, there could be a discrepancy of up to 1cm in terms of where the protons release most of their energy after passing through 20cm of healthy tissue. By using Proton CT, this margin for error can be reduced to just a one or two millimetres.

The PRaVDA researchers believe that Proton CT will soon be used as part of the planning process for cancer patients, as well as during and after treatment.

Click here to read the full article

More information on the PRaVDA presentation and the wider Proton Therapy Congress is available online.

Robots emerging as agricultural co-workers

fig1Advanced engineering could be the solution for the sustainable intensification of agriculture, as technology for producing service robots reaches maturity. An expert in robotics from the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln, UK, will discuss the latest developments in the sector during Agri-Tech East’s ‘Pollinator’ event on 11th October 2016.

Professor Duckett, who leads the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems, will present at the event – Robo-Cropping – The Potential for Precision Robotics in Agriculture – alongside Dr Andre Rosendo from the University of Cambridge and Professor Simon Blackmore from Harper Adams University.

Professor Duckett says that agricultural robotics bring benefits of reduced labour costs, economic sustainability, less waste and better use of natural resources. The technology has the potential to be deployed at any time of day and impact positively on the productivity and life quality of agricultural workers.

His Lincoln team, part of the University’s Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology, has been working on multiple projects in this area including 3D mapping techniques for improving the precision of agricultural sprayers and a new project in 3D imaging for broccoli harvesting, which is producing strong results and attracting interest from end users such as the Brassica Growers Association.

Professor Duckett said: “Already we can envisage agricultural robots that could perform multiple tasks, for example, inter-changeable tools would allow switching between tasks such as seeding, tillage, spraying and harvesting. You could also have robots for agriculture and food production that would perform other useful tasks at the same time such as surveillance, keeping a watchful eye on crops, livestock and expensive farm machinery, while carrying out their primary duties on the farm or in the factory.”

A number of machinery companies are investing in the technology and a project in 3D imaging for robotic weeding is currently being carried out with a local company, Garford Farm Machinery, world leaders in automated weeding equipment.

Professor Duckett believes that the underpinning technologies for robotic perception, learning and action are already reaching the required level of maturity to leave research laboratories. So what steps need to be taken to transition from lab to work on the farm or in the factory?

“The big challenge now is how to cross the so called ‘Valley of Death’ between the development of useful prototypes by researchers and the mass production of agricultural robots which are available to the farmer, “ he said. “We need investors to come forward and believe in what we are doing. There is also a need to convince farmers that we can produce robust and effective machines that can really do the job.”

Rather than full automation, Professor Duckett sees a future of environmentally friendly ‘robot helpers’: “Robot helpers will increase the productivity and life quality of agricultural workers and help to deliver the sustainable intensification of agriculture that will be needed to help feed a growing population while minimising the impact on the environment. Smart robots that run on battery power rather than fossil fuels could also be part of the solution for a cleaner, greener future.”

Professor Duckett, Dr Rosendo and Professor Simon Blackmore of Harper Adams University are scheduled to speak at NIAB Park Farm, Cambridgeshire for the Agri-Tech East ‘Pollinator’ event on 11 October 2016: ‘Robo-Cropping – The Potential for Precision Robotics in Agriculture’.

Fully funded MSc by Research in Computer Science – Apply now

Get a fully-funded MSc by Research in Computer Science at the University of Lincoln.

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Two scholarships are on offer for this one year course in collaboration between the University of Lincoln and Samsung Electronics. Funding will cover your tuition fees and a salary of £14,400 p/yr. 

Your research project will be part of a larger industry-academia project that will develop a state-of-the-art spoken dialogue system using machine learning techniques—deep learning in particular.

The candidates should posses excellent programming skills in the most popular programming languages, good background of mathematics, and knowledge (experience desirable) of machine learning with special focus on supervised and reinforcement learning.

You will be responsible for contributing to the development of the targeted machine learning framework, to its application for speech-based information-seeking systems, and to system evaluation in both simulation and realistic environments.

The MSc students will be supervised by Dr Heriberto Cuayáhuitl at the School of Computer Science, with potential co-supervision from the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems. Positions will be based at the University of Lincoln with the opportunity to spend a short time at Samsung Electronics in Seoul, South Korea.

While these positions are open to overseas applicants, funding will only be available up to the UK/EU fee rates. Overseas students will be responsible for self-funding for the remainder tuition fees.

Applications close 4th August 2016 (or until the position is filled) Interview Notifications on 5th August and interviews are to be held on the 8th August.

Requirements

  • You must have a high standard undergraduate degree at UK 1st class or 2:1 level (or international equivalent)
  • You must be fluent in spoken and written English; Non-native speakers of English who did not study in an English speaking country will be required to have IELTS 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.
  • You must have excellent communication skills and be able to organise your own work and prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Strong academic track record and practical software skills are desired

    How to apply

    If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Heriberto Cuayahuitl . All applications must be sent to PGR Mailbox with the subject field: “[Msc-2016-Lincoln-Deep-Learning]” Applications must include the following:

  • Full CV, with a list of any significant course projects and/or industrial experience
  • A 2-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues

    relating to the above MSc topic description and why your expertise is relevant

  • Academic transcripts/grades

    Applications will be assessed as they arrive. Selected applicants will then be encouraged to submit a formal application online via the relevant website.

     

     

     

     

    For further information about the School of Computer Science, please visit: www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/socs/

    For information about the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) research activities, please visit: https://lcas.lincoln.ac.uk/wp/

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