Great success for MSc Computer Science Graduate at Lincoln

Mark Pastuszka, student at the School of Computer Science received his Master’s degree qualification and was also presented with a School Award, at the University of Lincoln’s Graduation in January 2018.

Mark originally joined the University of Lincoln, enrolling on the BSc Computer Science programme. After his successful graduation,  he decided to continue his education with the University, studying the MSc Computer Science course. Both programmes are currently accredited by the British Computer Society.

As well as receiving his Master’s level qualification, Mark was also presented with Award for Most Significant Contribution to the School of Computer Science – a well deserved accolade, Mark undertook a dedicated role as Student Ambassador for the School, along with many other supporting roles throughout his time at Lincoln.

Delighted to have been singled out for success, Mark said, “Now I’ve finished my courses, I’ve recently started as a Software Developer at Impero Software in Nottingham.
I know it sounds a bit cliché but, honestly, the past four years at the University of Lincoln have been the best years of my life so far- Lincoln has helped make me who I am today. It was a life changing experience, I learnt so much, found a career path that I love, and made life long friends.”

A huge congratulations to Mark and we will enjoy keeping in touch with him as his career progresses!

Our Computer Science Undergraduate and MSc programmes are currently accredited by the British Computer Society, and the University of Lincoln is also affiliated with the Institution of Analysts and Programmers – find out more here.

University of Lincoln joins network of leading UK robotics research centres

The University of Lincoln has been added to a growing national network of the UK’s leading robotics research centres.

The Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems Research has joined the UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network). The network was established in 2015 by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to provide academic leadership in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS), expand collaboration with industry and integrate and coordinate activities between research centres.

The UK Government has identified robotics and autonomous systems as a priority area which can help drive international competitiveness, productivity and economic growth.

The UK-RAS Network organises a wide range of activities including UK Robotics Week, networking events, focused workshops, public engagement and exhibitions. Other network member universities include Imperial College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester.

The Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) is based in the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln. Its researchers participate in a range of collaborative research projects with other academic and industry partners. The centre specialises in technologies for perception, learning, decision-making, control and interaction in autonomous systems, especially mobile robots and robotic manipulators, and the integration of these capabilities in sectors such as agri-food, healthcare, intelligent transportation and logistics.

Thorvald, the Agri-Food robot.
Thorvald, the Agri-Food robot.

Professor Tom Duckett, Director of L-CAS at the University of Lincoln, said: “We are very pleased to have joined the UK-RAS Network, which brings together the UK’s leading academic research centres for robotics and autonomous systems. We believe the University brings some unique specialisms to the network through our particular expertise, facilities and approach to working with industry. By nature robotics research tends to be collaborative and inter-disciplinary in scope, so the network can only help the UK emerge as a world leader in developing and exploiting these technologies.”

Major L-CAS research projects include ENRICHME, which is developing next-generation mobile service robots to help elderly people to stay independent and active for longer, and ILIAD, which will introduce fleets of autonomous ‘self-optimising’ forklift trucks which can operate safely and efficiently in warehouses alongside human co-workers. The centre also contributes to the inter-disciplinary research of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology and the Lincoln Institute for Health.

Research facilities include dedicated robotics research labs in the University’s new Isaac Newton Building, a demonstration farm at the Riseholme Campus, and an experimental food factory at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach.

Teams also have access to a fleet of diverse mobile and social robots, advanced compliant robotic manipulators, a swarm of micro robots, and state-of-the-art agricultural robots, including the Thorvald platform.

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VR blacksmith project wins at East Midlands Heritage Awards 2017

On Friday 9th November 2017, Dr John Murray of the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, attended the East Midlands Heritage Awards 2017, where he received an award for his virtual reality blacksmith project.
Dr Murray and his team, Andrew Cardwell and Liam Wilson, students in Games Computing at the University, received a Heritage Lottery Fund for a Virtual Reality blacksmith project, which aimed to revive the process of traditional blacksmith crafting techniques and craftsmanship for a new generation.
The project was shortlisted for an innovation award (and won), in partnership with the Blacksmith museum Friends of Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding, Lincolnshire.
A short clip from the blacksmith simulator can be seen below.

Heritage crafts played an important role for the local community, but many, including blacksmithing, have been in decline since the early 20th century. The project will hopefully pass on the knowledge and skills that were held by blacksmiths to help conserve the craft.
Geoff Taylor, from Chain Bridge Forge, said: “We aim to allow people to try blacksmithing for themselves without the need to use dangerous and heavy equipment, or indeed without many years training as an apprentice. This project will allow schools to bring back exposure of these crafts to pupils in a new, modern and safe way.”
Find out more about the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln.

Luke’s Graduate Scheme success

School of Computer Science graduate, Luke Thompson, recently attended the Find Your Feet Careers Fair at the University of Lincoln.

We were delighted to see Luke back on Campus and caught up with him about his new role on the IT Leadership Programme (Graduate Scheme) at Dunelm.

Luke at the Find Your Feet Careers Fair, 1st Nov 2017
Luke at the Find Your Feet Careers Fair, 1st Nov 2017

Read on to find out how Luke’s experience at Lincoln helped prepare him for the world of work!

“I am currently on a 2 year rotational programme with Dunelm. The scheme is designed to encourage future leaders of the business and expose us to all areas of what is a very interesting and diverse, yet still relatively small business.

The first part of the scheme, which I have recently completed, was a placement in store as part of the management team in one of our 160+ retail stores. Not what you would expect for an IT grad, however, as a business we put the customer first and understanding all of the differing technologies that enable our stores to sell efficiently is integral. This experience will form my first report to the directors board who take an active role in the development of all the graduates.

From there, I moved to a project that has been working on the onboarding a recent acquisition of an online business, including 3 brands. Once I have completed this rotation, I will move onto specific IT rotations across IT Programmes, IT Services, Online services and Architecture and security. It’s likely I will be working on some of these integrations as well as upgrades to ensure that the customers, in store or online, have new and inspiring ways to shop.

My time at the University of Lincoln was amazing, but not without challenge and hard work. Having recently been back at Lincoln to attend the Find your Feet Careers Fair, I remember the position I was in only a year ago applying for jobs and pretending my final year project didn’t exist- it did and that deadline will come however much you put it off! However, I can honestly say the hard work was worth it and I was in the lucky position to be able to choose from graduate offers to get the right role for me. I look at the facilities now and I am amazed at how things have come along and what a great position students of the School of Computer Science are in today to be employable when they reach the end of level three / four.

However far away that seems, try and spend some time applying and practicing for interviews, show off your skills and work on your weaknesses, there is so much support available in the University, you just have to access it!”

It’s great to see Luke is applying his skills and knowledge learnt during his time at Lincoln and we wish him the very best in his future career!

You can find out more about the School of Computer Science online.

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