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Students to showcase work

Computer Science students will be exhibiting their projects during a two-day event on Wednesday, 6th May to Thursday, 7th May, 2015.

All students, staff and visitors are welcome to the event which will include presentations from Postgraduate by Research students and final year undergraduates.

The event runs from 9.30am to 5pm on both days and will take place across the third floor of the MHT building on the University’s Brayford Campus.

The School is always open for companies and potential employers to get in touch and participate.

For more information contact Dr Ahmed at

Student Showcase 2014

Student Showcase 2014

Student Showcase 2014

Student Showcase 2014

Student Showcase 2014

Student Showcase 2014

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Video: The Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury

Technology expert and The Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury revealed the technological advances which most inspire him when he delivered his inaugural lecture at the University of Lincoln, UK.

Here’s what Jason has to say about becoming one of our newest Visiting Lecturers.


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Floor washing robots – revolutionising cleaning for big businesses

Floor washing robots could soon be used to clean large industrial and commercial premises, following a European research collaboration totalling 4.2 million Euros.

FLOor washing roBOT, or FLOBOT, will be a large-scale, autonomous floor washing machine, for washing the floors of supermarkets, airports and other big areas that have to be cleaned regularly.

Although it can be manually started, programmed and monitored by people, there will be no need to physically move it around making the process more efficient.

FLOBOT is being developed by a multi-disciplinary team, including the University of Lincoln, UK, which specialises in the software required to operate the robot.

Dr Nicola Bellotto, Principal Investigator from the University of Lincoln and member of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research works in mobile robotics and computer vision and has detailed knowledge on people tracking with robots.

Dr Bellotto said: “Our key aim is to program FLOBOT to detect and track people moving around so as to avoid them, and also be able to estimate typical human trajectories in the premises where it operates. We can then predict where it is likely to be most dirty, by analysing those trajectories and the general use of the environment.

“We will be modifying existing scrubbing machines, making them autonomous by adding new electronics and sensors, including a laser range finder and a 3D camera for detecting people. We are advancing technologies already developed at Lincoln and a prototype will be tested and validated throughout this project.”

Floor washing tasks have many demanding aspects, including autonomy of operation, navigation and path optimization, safety with regards to humans and goods, interaction with human personnel, easy set-up and reprogramming.

FLOBOT addresses these problems by integrating existing and new solutions to produce a professional floor washing robot for wide areas.

The work that will be carried out on production prototypes will ensure the actual system is completed and ready for real-world use.

Professor Tom Duckett, also from the University of Lincoln, works in autonomous robotics and sensor systems, and is Director of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research.

Professor Duckett said: “The general idea is to create professional service robots that will work in our everyday environments, providing assistance and helping to carry out tasks that are currently very time – and labour – intensive for human workers. Participating in this Innovation Action project is really exciting, because it means that many of the underpinning research concepts and technologies we have been developing at the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems now have the potential to leave the laboratory and become part of real products like cleaning robots, which could impact on the everyday lives of people everywhere.”

The project is funded by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.
Project partners include CyRIC – Cyprus Research and Innovation Centre (coordinator), Fimap SpA (Italy) – an international leader in the production of professional scrubbing machines, Robosoft Service Robots (France), Vienna University of Technology, Carrefour Italia, Manutencoop Facility Management (Italy), Ridgeback S.A.S. (Italy) and GSF SAS (France).



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Celebration of Lincoln’s engineering expertise

An exhibit detailing the University of Lincoln’s revolutionary research into cancer treatment will be one of many exciting and thought-provoking attractions as Spark Engineering Festival returns to Lincoln.

The University of Lincoln is working with City of Lincoln Council, Lincoln University Technical College, Lincoln College and a range of the region’s engineering firms to provide opportunities for people to learn about the city’s cutting-edge engineering and manufacturing sector; and to inspire the next generation to consider a career in the industry.

A three-day celebration of the city’s engineering past, present and future, the Spark Engineering Festival is free and will run from Friday, 17th April until Sunday, 19th April 2015.

The University’s input will focus on current engineering research projects, detailing the Lincoln School of Engineering’s work on power generation, systems control, automotive dynamics and manufacturing technologies for the food industry. The displays will highlight how this ongoing research impacts on the city and wider society.

Professor Nigel Allinson, MBE, from the School of Computer Science, will be showcasing the PRaVDA consortium’s revolutionary work into cancer treatment revealing the new technology they are developing for the treatment of cancer using proton therapy. PRaVDA (Proton Radiotherapy Verification and Dosimetry Applications) – one of the most complex medical instruments ever conceived – will let clinicians see in 3D how the protons interact with a tumour. Proton therapy has the ability to deliver high doses of radiation directly to a tumour site with little radiation being absorbed into healthy tissue.

PRaVDA is supported by a multi-million pound grant from The Wellcome Trust, and Lincoln-led consortium consists of six universities, four NHS Trusts and South Africa’s National Research Laboratories.

Dr Colin Dowding, Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering at the University of Lincoln, has also created a number of hands-on activities that will show young people the fundamental physical relationships that affect our everyday lives.

Dr Dowding said: “The Spark Engineering Festival has been developed to showcase the engineering expertise in Lincolnshire and to inspire the next generation to pursue a career in the engineering sector, contributing to finding solutions to many of the challenges we face as a society.

“The engineering courses offered by the University of Lincoln are unique in that the electrical and mechanical disciplines are not segregated. Graduates achieve a distinct degree qualification with emphasis on their chosen discipline but each student is constantly exposed to key elements of the alternate discipline. In this way Lincoln graduates are grounded in the core engineering sciences, ensuring that they are prepared for the modern team-based approach to problem solving. The School of Engineering offers a wide breadth of expertise and the University continues to build an academic community to help inform industry and develop new avenues of research.”

Alongside a giant pendulum hanging from the cathedral roof, other displays will include racing cars, a steam engine, model tank and 3D printing.

Aspiring engineers can take part in a Scaletrix challenge, build wind turbines using K’Nex and test propellers in a wind tunnel.

And be sure to see the engineering timeline – a 50ft long display of the history of engineering, how it has impacted the world and how Lincoln has played a vital part in its heritage.

From Formula One cars to jumbo jets, products made in Lincoln and Lincolnshire are used in planes, trains and automobiles around the world, with companies including Siemens, Dynex and Micrometric choosing to base their operations in the city.

Admission to the festival is free.



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The Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury’s inaugural lecture to students

Technology expert and The Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury revealed the technological advances which most inspire him when he delivered his inaugural lecture at the University of Lincoln, UK.

As a visiting lecturer Jason will be sharing his industry insights with undergraduate students from the University’s Product Design and Computer Science degree courses on two unique modules over the next academic year. His first teaching session took place on Monday 9th March 2015 when he gave his inaugural lecture.

Taking as its starting point Moore’s Law – that improvement in technology is exponential –the lecture examined how tech is transforming our lives, highlighting the innovations that promise to cross into mainstream culture over the coming years.

Jason also delivered briefings for second year students from both degree programmes, setting out challenges to devise new products, developments or technical solutions. He will return throughout the next academic year to assess and steer students’ progress in a series of classes collectively dubbed the ‘BradLab’.

Jason said: “As a former Lincoln student myself, I’m hugely looking forward to spending time with students at the University. My aim is to encourage them to really think about the potential of new technology – whether it’s as a programmer or a designer – and to come up with genuinely innovative ideas that we can develop together over the next year. I hope my inaugural lecture served up plenty of food for thought to fuel the creative process – I threw in a few surprise interactive elements too such as sending a telepresent robot of myself in to start the lecture!”

Jason Bradbury is a television presenter and children’s author, best known for his expertise in new technology and as presenter of Channel 5’s The Gadget Show. He is holder of seven Guinness World Records, including the world’s fastest jet powered luge. He is known for his exotic DIY gadget builds, which have included a DIY hoverboard, the world’s first ‘phone glove’, and he is currently converting his vintage DeLorean into the car from Back to the Future. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Lincoln.

Members of the public and schools also enjoyed an adapted version of Jason’s talk on new technologies during a free public guest lecture.

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