PRaVDA project highly commended in British Engineering Excellence Awards

On 5th October, the annual British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAS) were held in the Honourable Artillery Company, London.

In attendance were industry leaders, all with the hope of winning a prize for their contribution to engineering. The event itself, launched in 2009, demonstrates the breadth and vitality of the UK’s engineering and innovation capabilities.

Prof Allinson pictured, far left, along with fellow prize winners.
Prof Allinson pictured, far left, along with fellow prize winners.

The University of Lincoln came second in winning the ‘Best Design Team’ award for their PRaVDA project, led by the University of Lincoln’s Prof Nigel Allinson, MBE, School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln.

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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.


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.

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