A party of staff and students representing the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science were the guests of RAF Waddington last week. The invitation to tour the base came in response to the School’s donation of £1000 to RAFA, the RAF Association. Highlights of the tour included a visit to the control tower with its panoramic views across Lincolnshire and watching the air traffic controllers landing aircraft and guiding aircraft through the airspace above the base. The party were treated to a rare, close-up inspection inside the E-3D (the Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft, or AWAC, pictured here). The AWAC fleet is based at Waddington and when not on service, AWACs can often be seen circling above Lincoln.
The School has recently launched an MSc in Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Management offered jointly with RAF Waddington for serving officers. Along with the now regular stand at the Waddington Air Show, this further cements the partnership with our local air base.
We all want the machines we use to ‘last’. The $64,000 question is for how long?
“Inevitably, most customers accept that ‘time-expired’ parts will ultimately fail in service but the problems start when components fail ‘early’. A sudden spate of warranty claims can be a nightmare for manufacturers and customers alike, and dealing with them is an expensive and time-consuming business. Obviously, the answer is to make sure it doesn’t fail prematurely by ensuring the highest quality levels. But isn’t there a limit to how much companies can, or should spend on product quality?”
These are the opening lines from an article in Generating Insight, the Cummins Generator Technologies magazine. It discusses the findings from a recent research project funded by Cummins Generator Technologies and undertaken by a Masters student from the School of Computer Science. The student not only presented his research at a top international conference in Thailand, but even won the conference’s “Outstanding Paper Award” for his findings.
Sebastian Olejnik, a Masters student supervised by Dr Bashir Al-Diri of the School of Computer Science at the University of Lincoln investigated the material and part selection process and its effects on customer satisfaction and business profit. The authors showed that customer objectives are to get a product that at least satisfies their functional requirements and to have a high Quality Price Ratio; meanwhile, business objectives are to earn maximum possible profits and provide a product that at least satisfies customer requirements. All these objectives were combined for an optimal part selection process which needs to start with a reliability analysis to exclude parts and materials below minimum customer reliability standards.
Head of School Dr David Cobham said “The work is an example of the University’s concept of ‘student as producer’ where the students apply the theory they have learned and are encouraged develop ideas of their own. Students of the School of Computer Science have previously succeeded in getting their papers accepted at academic conferences in places as far afield as China and the USA and they have all been funded to travel and present their work. Sebastian was delighted to discover on arriving at the prestigious International Conference on Quality and Reliability in Bangkok that he had won the award which was presented to him at the Conference Dinner.”
A coach with an engaged group of our computing students today took off for a visit to one of UK’s fastest growing communication providers: Timico, based in Newark, Lincs. It was a great opportunity to meet and chat with experts in the industry of Data Networks, IP Telephony and Mobile Services. Timico’s CTO Trefor Davies and his team shared their first-hands knowledge and experiences about state-of-the-art data centres, network technology, and cloud computing on the large scale. After interesting presentations by the Timico experts a tour of their recently opened new Data Centre and Network Operation Centre concluded an informative and exciting day out.
Friday, 27th April 2012, marked the end of the Showcasing week for the Undergraduate Projects work, with an Interactive demos sessions. Students, Staff and Visitors gathered in Comp Lab ‘B’ in the School of Computer Science, where the event was officially opened by the Head of the School, Dr David Cobham.
Local companies, like Rockstar Games and Artsgraphica, participated in the event and the judging panel. The event included Posters around the lab and interactive demos including; Websites, Gesture-controlled Robots, Retinal Analysis, Map analysis for navigation, Healthy Eating through receipt analysis, and analysing Cheating in Games.
Students were very pleased to participate and enjoyed presenting and talking to all visitors (especially with the companies’ representatives).
The panel found the demonstrated projects challenging and interesting. It was a bit of challenge to agree on the winners. Hence, the panel decided to have extra prizes for some Honorary positions. The “Best Poster” and the “Best Demo” (as well as their corresponding honorary positions) were announced at the end of the event, by the industrial panel. Congratulations for the Winners, but well done for everyone.
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. They are looking forward to an even bigger event next year.
This event is going to be an annual event, and students are looking forward for it next year.
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.
A special thank you to Tom Feltwell (LSoCS Technician) for his excellent support and dedication.