Games Computing commended in the Student Union Awards 2013

We are pleased to announce that Games Computing were commended in the Student Union Awards 2013 for the Best Course Award.

The recent upgrade of  facilities for this course has been greatly appreciated by students. The exemplary use of blackboard as a timely communication tool particularly stood out to the panel as a leading example of how virtual learning spaces can be used effectively.

Computer Science hosts visiting Professor from India

DSC04579Professor Atul Donsai visited the University of Lincoln sponsored by UKIERI: The UK-India Education and Research Initiative. Professor Atul lectures in Computer Science at Saurashtra University, Rajkot, India

Professor Atul used the visit as an opportunity to progress a number of collaborative research initiatives and to help build a stronger partnership between the University of Lincoln and Universities in his region. He made a number of good new friends and enjoyed exploring the vibrant and historic City of Lincoln.

Professor Atul said: Lincoln is an excellent place to study, with the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of Computer Science, whilst also enjoying a traditional English lifestyle.”

Twitter garden wins Gold at Chelsea

A unique digital garden created by the University of Lincoln has won Gold at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Fresh garden Digital Capabilities responds to live Twitter activity, enabling the public to directly influence how the garden appears at any one time.

Created by academics at the University of Lincoln, UK, and designers Harfleet & Harfleet, the garden has been awarded Gold in the Fresh Garden: Scape Design category.

The project is a cross-disciplinary collaboration between academics from the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science, School of Psychology and School of Architecture who were all involved in the development of the installation.

Head of Psychology at the University of Lincoln, Professor Harriet Gross, said: “We are absolutely thrilled and the students involved are ecstatic. It is a real testament to what can be achieved when such a talented team comes together to work in collaboration.”

Dr Duncan Rowland, Reader in the School of Computer Science, added: “This is fantastic news for the University of Lincoln. The project has been terrific fun to work on and has brought my own research into cultural computing, together with other computer scientists, psychologists, architects and students to create this award-winning garden. I’m delighted it has received this recognition, a testimony to the skill of the garden designers and the cross-disciplinary collaborative spirit fostered at the University.”

The garden is divided diagonally by an autonomous-panelled screen which separates the planting of two distinct zones.

A tapestry of familiar plants and foliage then greets visitors, with the partially obscured exotic planting behind the partition providing a dramatic contrast. The panelled screen responds in real-time to the ‘buzz’ of excitement about RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as measured by activity on Twitter using the #rhschelsea tag, with the inner depths of the garden only being seen when public excitement is at its peaks.

Davina McCall and Jack Dee were just two of the celebrities spotted interacting with the garden during the first day of the show.

Shaun Lawson, Professor of Social Computing at the University’s School of Computer Science, said: “One of the things we’re trying to do through our research is to understand how digital media can be made to meaningfully intersect with the physical world. The garden is an opportunity to explore aspects of how we can interweave social media data with real space, as well as how it is possible to make sense of this data by creating thought-provoking visualisations. When people tweet, the screen activates by opening various panels and permitting selected views of the ‘concealed’ garden. The planting inside represents the exotic or unknown immaterial world of the internet, moderated and revealed by our desire for knowledge and interaction.”

The impressive structure was constructed by a team of staff and students from the School of Architecture led by Senior Lecturers Richard Wright and Barbara Griffin.

Commissioned to provide the overall design was award-winning design duo Harfleet & Harfleet. Brothers Tom and Paul Harfleet share an interest in modern architecture and design innovation. Their first collaboration won an RHS Gold Medal and ‘Best Conceptual Garden’ at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010.

Designers Harfleet & Harfleet said: “The enthusiasm of staff and students at the University of Lincoln to realise this ambitious project has been inspiring. The whole process has been challenging and rewarding and has evolved into a beautiful conceptual garden that represents the innovation in design that we are fascinated in.”

Go to the project’s website at www.digitalcapabilities.com to find out more, follow the garden on Twitter @digcapabilities or tweet using #rhschelsea to get involved.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs until 25th May 2013.

The Annual Showcase Event – Well done everyone.

The Annual Showcase Event was successfully held on Friday, 3rd May 2013. This was the end of a week long showing the Undergraduate Projects work, with live and Interactive demos. Students, Staff and Visitors gathered in Comp Lab ‘C’ in the School of Computer Science, where the event was officially opened by the Head of the School, Dr David Cobham.

Local and National companies, like Rockstar Games, Artsgraphica, Software-Europe, and Google UK  participated in the event and the judging panel. The event included Posters around the lab and live interactive demos including; Websites, Mobile Apps, Automated Registry system (RFID, Raspberry Pi), Autonomous Robots, Computer Vision, Human Detection and many Games.

 

Showcase Openning by the Head of School
Showcase Openning by the Head of School
Demos of students' Games
Demos of students’ Games
Demos of students' Games
Demos of students’ Games
Robot football - Rovio scoring a goal!
Robot football – Rovio scoring a goal!
Robot football - Rovio scoring a goal!
Robot football – Rovio scoring a goal!
Detecting humans using kinect and Thermal camera
Detecting humans using kinect and Thermal camera
Detecting humans using kinect and Thermal camera
Detecting humans using kinect and Thermal camera
MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App) live demo
MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App) live demo
MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App) live demo
MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App) live demo
Panel memebers trying the MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App)
Panel memebers trying the MyCampus App (Campus Navigation App)
Auto. Registration System (CS6)
Auto. Registration System (CS6)
App to motivate behaviour....
App to motivate behaviour….
Monitoring passing cars/pedestrian, FG/BG.
Monitoring passing cars/pedestrian, FG/BG.
Kinect Full-body interaction game
Kinect Full-body interaction game
Face detection for automatic lock/login computer, when users leave/return back to their seat.
Face detection for automatic lock/login computer, when users leave/return back to their seat.
Panel discussing the winners
Panel discussing the winners

Students were very pleased to participate and enjoyed presenting and talking to all visitors (especially with the companies’ representatives).

The panel members were really pleased with the demonstrated projects and commented on the quality and benefits of those projects. Given that, the panel decided to award 6 prizes for the best 6 presented projects. Congratulations to all the Winners and well done to everyone.

 

Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Winners receiving their Certificates
Companies receiving their "Thank You" Certificates.
Companies receiving their “Thank You” Certificates.
Companies receiving their "Thank You" Certificates.
Companies receiving their “Thank You” Certificates.

Companies’ representatives and visitors praised the event and commented that this is the way forward, and students need to get used to this kind of event, presenting their work more and more to potential employers.

The School is always open for companies and potential employers to get in touch and participate. This could be the source for recruiting your next potential intern or placement student, if not new employee.

Thank you for all involved in the organisation and setup, especially the Technical and Admin teams and the students volunteered.

Well done everyone.

All the best
Amr

University of Lincoln, UK