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EMESP Masters Prize 2013

On Thursday, 19th June 2013, Olivier Szymanezyk, a PhD games computing student at the Lincoln School of Computer Science travelled to Leicester to represent the University of Lincoln at the East Midlands Engineering and Science Professionals (EMESP) Masters Prize.

It was most honourable to have been appointed by a panel of University of Lincoln academics as the representative of the University of Lincoln for the EMESP Masters Prize Event”, says Olivier, “This was a fantastic opportunity to show my work – I highly enjoy talking about my interdisciplinary crowd simulation research, and this was a great opportunity to do so. Furthermore, this was a most well organised event to see research presentations from other EMESP Masters Prize candidates from a wide array of research fields.

Olivier was awarded the prize as the University’s representative, for his project and presentation, which, in the view of the EMESP Masters Prize 2013 judges and the evidence of its content, was of a high standard and has the potential to make commercial impact. Pictures of the award can be seen below – more pictures of the event will follow shortly.

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As described on their homepage, the EMESP provides a voice for the engineering and science profession in the East Midlands. It aims to make people aware and appreciative of the contributions of engineering and science to the economy, prosperity and quality of life. The yearly EMESP Masters Prize aims to link research with industry, allowing prosperous candidates to show their research, ideas and innovations in front of a well-chosen panel of industry experts and academics.

Upon his arrival, Olivier was warmly welcomed by the EMESP Chairman, Ian Treacy, who introduced him to other Masters Prize University representatives. This was shortly followed by a twenty minute presentation of each candidate of their ongoing work. Presentations were most interesting and included talks about blood clotting countermeasures, climate change dwelling adaptations, big data visualisations and novel approaches to the control of quad-rotor helicopters. Olivier talked about his games computing related work on the verification and validation process of simulated crowds for serious applications and video-game environments.

 

The Annual Showcase Event – Well done everyone.

The Annual Showcase Event was successfully held on Friday, 3rd May 2013. This was the end of a week long showing the Undergraduate Projects work, with live and Interactive demos. Students, Staff and Visitors gathered in Comp Lab ‘C’ in the School of Computer Science, where the event was officially opened by the Head of the School, Dr David Cobham.

Local and National companies, like Rockstar Games, Artsgraphica, Software-Europe, and Google UK  participated in the event and the judging panel. The event included Posters around the lab and live interactive demos including; Websites, Mobile Apps, Automated Registry system (RFID, Raspberry Pi), Autonomous Robots, Computer Vision, Human Detection and many Games.

 

Showcase Openning by the Head of School
Showcase Openning by the Head of School
Demos of students' Games
Demos of students’ Games
Demos of students' Games
Demos of students’ Games
Robot football - Rovio scoring a goal!
Robot football – Rovio scoring a goal!
Robot football - Rovio scoring a goal!
Robot football – Rovio scoring a goal!
Detecting humans using kinect and Thermal camera
Detecting humans using kinect and Thermal camera
Detecting humans using kinect and Thermal camera
Detecting humans using kinect and Thermal camera
MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App) live demo
MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App) live demo
MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App) live demo
MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App) live demo
Panel memebers trying the MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App)
Panel memebers trying the MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App)
Auto. Registration System (CS6)
Auto. Registration System (CS6)
App to motivate behaviour....
App to motivate behaviour….
Monitoring passing cars/pedestrian, FG/BG.
Monitoring passing cars/pedestrian, FG/BG.
Kinect Full-body interaction game
Kinect Full-body interaction game
Face detection for automatic lock/login computer, when users leave/return back to their seat.
Face detection for automatic lock/login computer, when users leave/return back to their seat.
Panel discussing the winners
Panel discussing the winners

Students were very pleased to participate and enjoyed presenting and talking to all visitors (especially with the companies’ representatives).

The panel members were really pleased with the demonstrated projects and commented on the quality and benefits of those projects. Given that, the panel decided to award 6 prizes for the best 6 presented projects. Congratulations to all the Winners and well done to everyone.

 

Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Companies receiving their "Thank You" Certificates.
Companies receiving their “Thank You” Certificates.
Companies receiving their "Thank You" Certificates.
Companies receiving their “Thank You” Certificates.

Companies’ representatives and visitors praised the event and commented that this is the way forward, and students need to get used to this kind of event, presenting their work more and more to potential employers.

The School is always open for companies and potential employers to get in touch and participate. This could be the source for recruiting your next potential intern or placement student, if not new employee.

Thank you for all involved in the organisation and setup, especially the Technical and Admin teams and the students volunteered.

Well done everyone.

All the best
Amr

LSoCS was well represented in the “Annual Vision & Language (V&L) Network workshop”

Two Presentations and Posters delivered by members of the Lincoln School of Computer Science (LSoCS), and the DCAPI research group, while attending the Annual Vision & Language (V&L) Network Workshop, 13-14th Dec. 2012 in Sheffield, UK.

Amr Ahmed, Amjad Al-tadmri and Deema AbdalHafeth attended the event, where  2 oral presentations and 2 posters were delivered and presented about their research work:

1. VisualNet: Semantic Commonsense Knowledgebase for Visual Applications
2. Investigating text analysis of user-generated contents for health related applications

Abstracts are available on ( http://www.vlnet.org.uk/VLW12/VLW-2012-Accepted-Abstracts.html)

Congratulations for all involved.

Amjad Altadmri and Amr Ahmed around their poster at the Vision & Language Net workshop, 13-14th Dec 2012, Sheffield, UK.
Amjad Altadmri and Amr Ahmed around their poster at the Vision & Language Net workshop, 13-14th Dec 2012, Sheffield, UK.
Deema AbdalHafeth and Amr Ahmed at the Vision & Language Net workshop, 13-14th Dec 2012, Sheffield, UK.
Deema AbdalHafeth and Amr Ahmed at the Vision & Language Net workshop, 13-14th Dec 2012, Sheffield, UK.

The event included tutorial sessions (Vision for language people, and language for vision people) and key-note speakers from organisers of popular challenges (e.g. TRECVID and ImageNet).

We had even better presence this year. Last year, we had a good presence in the last year’s workshop (http://amrahmed.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2011/09/19/vl-network-workshop-brighton/), had good discussions and useful feedback on the presented work.

Thanks and well done for all involved.

Showcasing Event for Undergraduate projects. A Successful Event that is coming to be Annual…

Friday, 27th April 2012, marked the end of the Showcasing week for the Undergraduate Projects work, with an Interactive demos sessions. Students, Staff and Visitors gathered in Comp Lab ‘B’ in the School of Computer Science, where the event was officially opened by the Head of the School, Dr David Cobham.

Local companies, like Rockstar Games and Artsgraphica, participated in the event and the judging panel. The event included Posters around the lab and interactive demos including; Websites, Gesture-controlled Robots, Retinal Analysis, Map analysis for navigation, Healthy Eating through receipt analysis, and analysing Cheating in Games.

Interactive Demo: Gesture-Controlled Rovio robot
Simple game for analysing "Cheating in Games"
Encouraging Healthy Eating, through analysis of shopping reciepts!
Enhancement of Retinal Images, for better analysis and diagnosis of Retina and related diseases
Interactive Demo: Map analysis and Topological Path Finding Application

Students were very pleased to participate and enjoyed presenting and talking to all visitors (especially with the companies’ representatives).

The panel found the demonstrated projects challenging and interesting. It was a bit of challenge to agree on the winners. Hence, the panel decided to have extra prizes for some Honorary positions. The “Best Poster” and the “Best Demo” (as well as their corresponding honorary positions) were announced at the end of the event, by the industrial panel.  Congratulations for the Winners, but well done for everyone.

Companies’ representatives and visitors praised the event and commented that this is the way forward, and students need to get used to this kind of event, presenting their work more and more to potential employers. They are looking forward to an even bigger event next year.

This event is going to be an annual event, and students are looking forward for it next year.

The School is always open for companies and potential employers to get in touch and participate. This could be the source for recruiting your next potential intern or placement student, if not new employee.

Thank you for all involved in the organisation and setup, especially the Technical and Admin teams.

A special thank you to Tom Feltwell (LSoCS Technician) for his excellent support and dedication.

Well done everyone.

All the best
Amr