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.


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.
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.
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.
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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Research Seminar: Robot Learning with an Unknown Reward Function

We are pleased to announce an exciting seminar by Robert Pinsler (Cambridge University).  He will visit us on Wednesday, 11/4/2018 and give a talk at 2pm in INB3102.

Robot Learning with an Unknown Reward Function

Robert PinslerWhile reinforcement learning has led to promising results in robotics, defining an informative reward function often remains challenging. In this talk, I will give an overview about different reward learning approaches and how they can be used for learning robotics policies in practice. In particular, I will present an efficient hierarchical reinforcement learning approach for learning how to grasp objects from preferences. Furthermore, I will show how inverse reinforcement learning can be used to learn flocking behavior of birds, which could potentially be used for apprenticeship learning of robot swarms.

School of Computer Science celebrates International Women’s Day 2018!

Today is International Women’s Day. In celebration of this yearly event, we met with some of our female students to find out the projects they’re undertaking as part of their studies at the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln UK.

After being recognised for its commitment to advancing women’s careers in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine), the University of Lincoln achieved a Bronze Award in 2014 as part of the Athena SWAN Charter.

In addition, the women in science, engineering and technology group (WiSE@Lincoln) was set up at the University in 2012 to coordinate and deliver sustained support, guidance, training and inspiration for the Lincoln women in science, engineering and technology. The WiSE group is headed up by the Eleanor Glanville Centre, an interdisciplinary centre for inclusion, diversity and equality at the University of Lincoln.

You can find out more about some of our female students’ research below!

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International Women’s Day ​​(March 8th) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.​ ​International Women’s Day​ (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD run by the Suffragettes in 1911.​ IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.

Join in the discussion on Twitter using #IWD2018

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