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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.

24 Hour Virtual Reality Hackathon

Students and staff alike enjoyed a 24 hour Virtual Reality Hack which took place at 12pm on Saturday 11th February.

The aim of the event was for students to create and develop software systems as well as being given the chance to test and try out state-of-the-art VR equipment.

The Hackathon started with the theme announcement, “Revolution with modifiers including: no hands, second person perspective , 360 and non-human.”

Attendees from MASS and Siemens came to present a ‘Choice’ award to students along with prizes, which included Amazon vouchers, a Virtual Reality headset and a drone.

The award winners:

Most Technical Award” – Andrew Cardwell and Marlon Gillium

“Most Polished Award” - Saif Al-Atrash

Best Use of Theme Award” – Team ‘Wii tried’

Most Complete Game” – Team ‘Glorious Russian Hackers’

“The Siemens Choice Award” – Liam Mason

The MASS Choice Award” – Saif Al-Atrash

“The Mass Choice Award” – Andrew Cardwell and Marlon Gillium

Thank you to all students, staff and our guests from MASS and Siemens for making it such an enjoyable event.

Lincoln computer science research papers accepted

Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) submitted research papers to SAC 2017 and HRI 2017, and have been accepted.

The first paper to be presented at SAC 2017 is joint work with Dr Marc Hanheide‘s PhD student Peter Lightbody and Dr Tomas Krajnik on “A Versatile High-Performance Visual Fiducial Marker Detection System with Scalable Identity Encoding”.

Fiducial markers have a wide field of applications in robotics, ranging from external localisation of single robots or robotic swarms, over self-localisation in marker-augmented environments, to simplifying perception by tagging objects in a robot’s surrounding.

We propose a new family of circular markers allowing for a computationally efficient detection, identification and full 3D position estimation. A key concept of our system is the separation of the detection and identification steps, where the first step is based on a computationally efficient circular marker detection, and the identification step is based on an open-ended `necklace code’, which allows for a theoretically infinite number of individually identifiable markers.

The experimental evaluation of the system on a real robot indicates that while the proposed algorithm achieves similar accuracy to other state-of-the-art methods, it is faster by two orders of magnitude and it can detect markers from longer distances.

The second paper that has been accepted at HRI 2017, which has an acceptance rate of only 24%, is co-authored by Marc Hanheide, Denise Hebesberger, and Tomas Krajnik:
“The When, Where, and How: An Adaptive Robotic Info-Terminal for Care Home Residents – a long-term study”

Adapting to users’ intentions is a key requirement for autonomous robots in general, and in-care settings in particular. In this paper, a comprehensive long-term study of a mobile robot providing information services to residents, visitors, and staff of a care home is presented with a focus on adapting to the when and where the robot should be offering its services to best accommodate the users’ needs.

Rather than providing a fixed schedule, the presented system takes the opportunity of long-term deployment to explore the space of possibilities of interaction while concurrently exploiting the model learned to provide better services. But in order to provide effective services to users in a care home, not only the when and where are relevant, but also the way the information is provided and accessed. Hence, also the usability of the deployed system is studied specifically, in order to provide a most comprehensive overall assessment of a robotic info-terminal implementation in a care setting.

Our results back our hypotheses, (i) that learning a spatiotemporal model of users’ intentions improves efficiency and usefulness of the system, and (ii) that the specific information sought after is indeed dependent on the location the info-terminal is offered.

This is a great achievement for our PhD students and researchers, and you can keep up to date with our L-CAS research here: https://lcas.lincoln.ac.uk/wp/ 

 

App developer part-time job opportunity in Lincoln – Apply Now

Are you looking for flexible part time work whilst you are studying? Do you think you could create an app? If so have a look at the role below. It will allow you to work from home but with contact with the team on Greetwell Road, at the end of Monks Road, Lincoln.

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Rilmac Scaffolding provides commercial and industrial & domestic scaffolding, combining traditional methods with imaginative solutions to complex access problems. The Company has invested heavily over the years and operates with high-quality equipment along with making full use of modern technology.

Rilmac Scaffolding is looking for a bright, initiative and highly motivated individual who can think outside the box when solving problems. What we are hoping to accomplish is an easy way to communicate with our staff and provide them with up-to-date information and then provide us with real-time information from their respective job sites.

How are we looking to achieve this?

We would like the right individual to assist Rilmac in the design of the Rilmac App. The App will have a number of functions:

  • Homepage – to navigate to forms, notice board, job sites and site survey
  • Forms page – two tabs, one to form templates and the other to signed forms (form template to show a number of forms, each with signature completion and option to save as a PDF for viewing offline)
  • Signed forms – forms with an option to view or email
  • Notice board – information from head office/news board
  • Job sites – list of current site. Manager login with the option to edit/add notes
  • QR capability (to be able to read barcodes for inspection of plant and equipment).

The App needs to be compatible with IOS, Android and desktop computers.

The Person

To succeed in the role you will need to be a knowledgeable and experienced individual within the subject matter, have excellent communication skills, a team player and to adapt to changing situations.

This opportunity would be on a part-time basis, as well as being a challenging and exciting role for the chosen candidate with a competitive salary.

Please forward a cv and cover letter to ccampbell@rilmac.co.uk

CV’s will be considered when sent. Apply as soon as possible