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

New AI Research to Develop Self-Learning Robots for Nuclear Sites

Researchers have secured £1.1 million in grant funding to develop artificial intelligence systems to enable self-learning robots to be deployed in place of humans to hazardous nuclear sites.

It is estimated that up to £200 billion will be spent on the clean-up and decommissioning of nuclear waste over the next 100 years. Now, a team of computer scientists from the University of Lincoln will create machine learning algorithms to increase capabilities in several crucial areas of nuclear robotics, including waste handling, cell decommissioning and site monitoring with mobile robots.

Machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence (AI) which enables systems to collect data and use it to inform automated decision-making and make improvements based on experience without being explicitly programmed.


The Lincoln team will create algorithms for vision-guided robot grasping, manipulation and cutting, mobile robot navigation, and outdoor mapping and navigation. The aim is to build systems which can use machine learning to adapt to the unique conditions of nuclear sites, including locations contaminated by radiation.

A dedicated bimanual robot arm which will be mounted on a mobile platform is being developed. It will be operated using shared autonomy – where the machine is able to operate autonomously while still having humans as key decision makers – or via remote control. The team will also investigate the potential of augmented reality in the field of nuclear robotics.

The project, funded with £1.1 million from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is being led by Professor Gerhard Neumann with coinvestigator Dr Marc Hanheide, both from the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science.

Professor Neumann said: “Clean-up and decommissioning of nuclear waste is one of the biggest challenges for our generation and the next, and the predicted costs are enormous: up to £200 billion over the next 100 years.

“Recent disaster situations such as Fukushima have shown the crucial importance of robotics technology for monitoring and intervention, which is missing up to date, making our work even more vital.”

The Lincoln project is part of the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR), a multi-disciplinary EPSRC RAI (Robotics and Artificial Intelligence) Hub led by the University of Birmingham, and also involves Queen Mary University of London, the University of West England, University of Bristol, University of Edinburgh, and Lancaster University.

Through the NCNR, more than 40 postdoctoral researchers and PhD researchers form a team to develop cutting edge scientific solutions for nuclear robotics, ranging from sensor and manipulator design, computer vision, robotic grasping and manipulation, mobile robotics, intuitive user interfaces and shared autonomy.

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Prof Malizia to discuss Natural User Interfaces at School of Computer Science

On 23rd May 2018, the School of Computer Science will welcome Professor Alessio Malizia (University of Hertfordshire) as guest speaker.

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Alessio is a Professor of User Experience Design at University of Hertfordshire and a distinguished speaker of the ACM (the international Association for Computer Machinery). His talk will be from 2.30pm -4.00 pm in AAD0W25 lecture theatre and all staff / students are welcome to attend!

Image credit: Prof Malizia
Image credit: Prof Malizia

 

Details of his talk are below. 

Title: User Experience: a step towards Natural User Interfaces.
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Abstract:
The road to natural interfaces is still long and we are now witnessing an artificial naturality.
These interfaces are natural, in the sense they employ hand gestures, but they are also artificial, because the system designer
imposes the set of gestures. In this lecture we will explore together the benefits and issues of Natural User Interfaces.
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Brief bio (in his own words):
Alessio Malizia is a Professor of UX Design at the University of Hertfordshire and a distinguished speaker of the ACM (the international Association for Computer Machinery); he lives in London but is a “global soul” and has been living in Italy, Spain and US. He is the son of a blacksmith, but thereafter all pretensions of manual skills end. Prof Malizia began his career as a bearded computer scientist at Sapienza – University of Rome and then, after an industrial experience in IBM and Silicon Graphics, moved on with a career in research. He was visiting researcher at the Xerox PARC where he was appreciated for his skills in neural networks (Multilayer Perceptrons) and as peanut butter and chocolate biscuits eater. He worked as Senior Lecturer at Brunel University London and as Associate Professor (and Spanish tapas aficionado) at the University Carlos III of Madrid. Prof Malizia’s research and teaching interests focus on Human-Centred Systems.
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He is interested in the design of Ubiquitous Interactive Systems with a special focus on the End-User Development community. He is particularly interested in systems where the physical and digital become seamlessly intertwined producing a new hybrid landscape and the study of problems arising from designing such complex hybrid environments involving collaboration of various disciplines and stakeholders. In his role at the School of Creative Arts at University of Hertfordshire, he is keen to develop novel approaches and attract funding for improving methods to design almost invisible interfaces embedded in a physical environment naturally exploited by users’ innate interaction modalities.
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