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intLab Members Attend 2018 ACM Interaction Design and Children Conference, Trondheim

intLab members, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Dr Elisa Rubegni and PhD student, Grace Ataguba, attended the 2018 ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference hosted at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

The annual conference provides a fantastic opportunity for research and addresses the design, development and use of interactive technologies for children.
Dr Rubegni is a well established member of this community and was paper chair of the conference. She presented her research on children as authors of digital storytelling and how to increase their awareness on gender issues.
Grace also presented a work in progress paper on how to maintain long-distance relationships with children by exploring autobiographical designs and life-logging.
The best paper of the conference will be published in the Elsevier International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.

Call for Participants in New Retinal Imaging Study

Principal Investigator, Dr Bashir Al-Diri and colleagues at the School of Computer Science are conducting a research project to collect 2D fundus images and 3D Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) images using a fully automated user-friendly retinal-imaging camera (3D OCT-1 Maestro).

This study, titled ‘Automated Retinal Imaging Lab (ARIAL), will look towards finding and analysing new signs in the retinal vascular system photographed at the back of the eye, which might be changed due to disease. These signs can then be monitored and measured over time to detect signify disease progression.

OCT images are the most common techniques used for detecting eye diseases affecting the macula; OCT images are using in routine clinical practice and for diagnosis and monitoring diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure as well as other systemic diseases.

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All images will be reviewed and stratified by a Consultant Ophthalmologist Surgeon. Any abnormality will be reported directly to you and your registered GP with clear advice on further action if needed.

For this study, we welcome everyone with or without any known eye disease or diagnosed with any chronic systemic diseases. OCT images and lifestyle data will be captured and collected every 6 months for the duration that you are available; each visit will take no longer than 30 minutes.

There has been no such dataset available for the research community in the past, so this project will be of great scientific interest.

Further information can be found here. To participate, please contact Dr Bashir Al-Diri: 

T. 01522 837111 / E. baldiri@lincoln.ac.uk 

Gregory Epps to Demonstrate DogBot at Research Seminar

The Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) and Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT) will welcome CEO of React AI, Gregory Epps, and ‘DogBot'; a quadruped robot.

Gregory will discuss the exciting new robotic platform and the research behind it as well as providing a live demonstration of DogBot.

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The seminar will be on Friday 18th May 2018, 11:00am, in AAD0W25.

Everybody is welcome to join!

DogBot is a quadruped robot built for AI research, built by AI and robotics experts with an eye on the future. It breaks free from the need for heavy, slow and rigid limbs by utilising ultra-light carbon fibre and 3D printed parts to complement powerful torque controlled motors. The robot uses real-time AI control, resulting in lifelike control and motion.
React Robotics will provide a platform for academic researchers to test their control algorithms in the real world. We are introducing the DogBot to the market at just £19,995+VAT, and we encourage you sign up to be notified when the DogBot will be available for pre-order.

School of Computer Science Student Showcase 2018

The School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, UK, are holding their annual Student Showcase event on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

The showcase will take place from 9:30am – 4:30pm in the ground floor atrium of the Isaac Newton Building and students and colleagues from across the University are invited to attend throughout the course of the day.

Also in attendance will be approximately forty visitors from commercial companies and the public sector, which will provide delegates with a networking opportunity.

School of Computer Science Annual Showcase 2017. Image: Electric Egg
School of Computer Science Annual Showcase 2017. Image: Electric Egg

This event does not form part of any student assessment and all student exhibitors will be attending because they have created a project that they are justifiably proud of – and they want to show it to the widest possible audience.

This year, there will be over thirty exhibits from first, second, third and fourth year undergraduates, as well as exhibits from our MSc students.  Some of our second year Group Project module students have also been working with final year Product Design students from the College of Arts to help make their designs into reality.  This is the second year in a row that this interdisciplinary collaboration has taken place and BA Product Design students will also be at the Showcase supporting the group that they have worked with.

To mention the themes of just a few of the student exhibits, these will include:

  • Stem cell tracking and segmentation.
  • Using medical imaging for enhanced probability of cancer detection.
  • Patient zero – a zombie game produced by a group of first year undergraduates during a 48 hour Game Jam.
  • An investigation into the viability of an automated news-driven algorithmic share trading system.
  • RaptorProtector – using social media to raise awareness of wildlife crime density in the vicinity of driven grouse moors.  A number of students have been mentored on this subject by TV wildlife expert Chris Packham during their final year project.  Officers from the Lincolnshire Police Wildlife Crimes Unit are among the confirmed guests attending the event.

For more details, please contact Bruce Hargrave: bhargrave@lincoln.ac.uk