Student showcases VR work at EduLearn 2017

School of Computer Science student, Andrew Cardwell, was given the opportunity to present his work at EduLearn 2017, Barcelona. 

BSc (Hons) Games Computing student Andrew (pictured, far right) demonstrated his work on the use of virtual reality in education through a case study of Crime Scene Investigation at the Virtual Reality Experience session which he chaired.

Andrew said: “It was a great experience as I got to share my work with other researchers and professors using Virtual Reality from all around the globe and was also able to learn from their work.”

Andrew’s CSI work provides the user with the ability to step into a virtual crime scene with pre-loaded set ups aimed at developing various skills. The VR programme also works dynamically and can be programmed to change in real-time as the user moves through different crime scenes.

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Andrew’s case study was co-authored with academics from the School of Computer Science and Dr Ruth Croxton, Forensic Science Programme Leader, School of Chemistry, University of Lincoln. You can read the paper here.

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Students receive personal invitation to RAF Metheringham

Alex Curtis and Raymond Kirk, students at the School of Computer Science, were delighted to receive an invite to visit RAF Metheringham in Lincolnshire.

Alex was contacted by RAF Metheringham after delegates had seen his Lancaster simulation game at the School of  Computer Science showcase event in May 2017.

Find out what Alex said about his experience: 

The attendees from RAF Metheringham were intrigued by my project as Metheringham was the home of 106 Squadron, primarily a Lancaster base. Furthermore, 59 Lancaster Bombers were lost from RAF Metheringham and there is a poignant exhibit in the wartime gymnasium to commemorate those aircraft and crews lost.

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

They had been interested in creating an interactive exhibit, which demonstrates how to perform each of the crew roles: Pilots; Navigator; Flight Engineer; Mid Gunner; Rear Gunner; Bomber Aim and Wireless Operator to educate the public, especially the younger generation. With the aid of an interactive exhibit the education of topics such as Morse keys and RAF crew, roles will become more engaging and interesting for the users.

Myself and fellow student, Raymond Kirk, are currently completing an interactive mirror project for display at the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC). This initially started as a summer project which the School’s Bruce Hargrave facilitated, subsequently introducing us to the IBCC curators. Bruce also helped provide support throughout the project. Since we are close to finishing the IBCC project, we decided to collaborate on new exhibits at Metheringham as we enjoy working together. The skills we’ve learnt whilst studying the Computer Science and Games Computing programmes at the University of Lincoln really complement one another.

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When visiting RAF Metheringham, we were shown around the vast array of artefacts and exhibits the site had to offer. We especially enjoyed going inside a Dakota plane and learnt what the plane’s role was during the war and learning how it was made and functioned. We showed Metheringham the prototype mirror we had created for the IBCC and the Lancaster simulation game. They really liked the demonstrations and this was important for us to show, as it allowed Metheringham to see the type of exhibits we can create. 

Myself and Raymond are looking at setting up a business to aid our future projects and have been in touch with careers to start the process.”

Find out more about RAF Metheringham online.

SoCS student papers presented at two key European conferences

School of Computer Science students Carl Gowan, Jack Laurel and Scott Ringham now have two publications to add to their CVs following their participation in last year’s SoCS undergraduate research opportunities scheme.

The students worked alongside SoCS staff Bruce Hargrave, Dr Kevin Jacques and Dr David Cobham to carry out research into the benefits of setting up on-campus student enterprises. The research focused on a previous project where a group of students from across the University participated in a structured hackathon event called “Appfest”. After the hackathon event had taken place a number of those who had taken part were invited to form a student enterprise to develop apps for clients both inside the University and from further afield.

Scott, Jack and Carl’s research was into the effectiveness of using hackathons to set up high tech student businesses. Their first paper was accepted at the 11th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference and the three travelled to Valencia (pictured here with Dean for Transnational Education Dr David Cobham) to present their findings. A second paper was then written focussing on the successfulness of the student enterprise created, one year on from the original hackathon. This has been accepted and will be presented at the 9th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Barcelona next week.

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What is the SoCS undergraduate research opportunities scheme?

Each year a number of students successfully apply to take up paid employment through the month of July working on a range of research projects in the School. As well as contributing to the Schools research outputs the scheme is an excellent opportunity to bring staff and students together to work on research projects and for students to hone their technical and research skills. All students are encouraged to write up their findings and, with the help of the academic members of staff involved, to submit the paper to a conference or a journal. Where these are accepted the School undertakes to cover the cost of travel and attendance at the conference. Previous students have presented at conferences not only in the UK and Europe but also as far afield as Canada, the United States, China and Taiwan.

Prestigious summer school explores the future of computer vision

Some of the brightest young minds in computer vision will meet at a prestigious summer school this July to hear from international researchers in the field.

Hosted at the University of Lincoln, UK, the BMVA Computer Vision Summer School 2017 will welcome PhD students and early career researchers from across the UK and abroad. The summer school is an annual event led by the British Machine Vision Association (BMVA), which provides a national forum for individuals and organisations involved in advanced machine vision, image processing, and pattern recognition.

The event is being held in Lincoln this year for the first time, in the new £28million Isaac Newton Building which is a hub of teaching and learning, pioneering research, and industry collaboration. It is home to the University’s Schools of Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics and Physics, and incorporates specialist robotics facilities alongside scientific laboratories and workshops.

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The 22nd BMVA Computer Vision Summer School is being led by Dr Nicola Bellotto, who specialises in advanced artificial intelligence, robotics and computer vision, Dr Thryphon Lambrou, an expert in medical imaging, and Dr Michael Mangan, whose primary research focuses on computational modelling of the navigational behaviour of insects, all from the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science. They are working together with colleagues from the University of East Anglia (UEA) to host the summer school, and the organisational team will collaborate again next year when the annual event will be held at UEA in Norwich.

Dr Nicola Bellotto will present at the summer school and will be joined by other leading lights of computer vision who will deliver a host of seminars, lectures and workshops for the delegates.

Other speakers include Robotics System Architect at Dyson, Robert Deaves, who will speak on Machine vision in practice, Research Engineer for the Microsoft Hololens, Federica Bogo, who will present on Human body modelling, and Davide Scaramuzza from the University of Zurich, who will discuss Robot vision and event cameras. Speakers will also travel from Durham University, Imperial College London, the University of Manchester, and a host of other institutions across the UK.

“We are delighted to host the BMVA Computer Vision Summer School 2017 along with our colleagues from UEA,” Dr Nicola Bellotto said. “It represents a fantastic opportunity for PhD researchers to learn from the best in the field and to network with their peers, all of whom represent the future of computer vision. With so many new research projects and advancements in AI and computer vision, it is a very exciting time for the sector and we very much look forward to seeing what the future holds.”

The summer school, which will consist of an intensive week of lectures and lab sessions covering a wide range of topics in computer vision, runs from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July 2017. More information is available online:  http://cvss.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/

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