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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.

rilmac logo

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

Upcoming Computer Science events for your diary!

Lincoln’s School of Computer Science announces FIVE upcoming events you’ll not want to miss.

hackathon

From a range of 24hr to 48hr hackathons, to a short four hour long event in collaboration with Google, this is a great opportunity for students of any experience to get involved, learn and have fun.

November 12th/13th – SoCS 24h Game Jam (12:00 Saturday to 12:00 Sunday +presentations & judging)

January 20th/21st/22nd48h Global Game Jam (17:00 Friday to 17:00 Sunday +presentations & judging)

February 11th/12th – SoCS Comp Sci based hackathon (12:00 Saturday to 12:00 Sunday +presentations & judging)

February 23rdGoogle Hash Code 4h hackathon (Thursday 17:30 to 21:30)

March 18th/19th – CanJam 24h Game Jam (12:00 Saturday to 12:00 Sunday +presentations & judging)

The School of Computer Science hosted events are free and open to all students and staff. Just turn up on the days and get involved.

The events with links are ticket-based via the websites. Book early to avoid disappointment.

We will be inviting external companies to our hackathon’s, if you want to get involved or know someone who does, get in touch on the email below.

Any further info is available via socstechnicians@lincoln.ac.uk

From 3D-printed blacksmith artefacts to proton therapy

LiGHTS Nights is coming to Lincoln and the School of Computer Science is putting on a variety of workshops and lectures you don’t want to miss.

Produce real blacksmith artefacts with the latest 3D-printer technology, find out how Lincoln research is improving proton therapy for cancer sufferers, and get up close and personal with our all-seeing robots, all for LiGHTS Nights on September 30th.

Computer Science does Lights Nights
Computer Science to showcase 3D printing, robotics and proton therapy research
More than 40 scientific workshops, talks and exhibitions will take place as part of the action-packed LiGHTS Nights (Lincoln – Get Hold of Tech and Science) event, which will invite people of all ages to learn more about research projects that are changing the world we live in today.
LiGHTS Nights – a celebration of how science and technology impacts on our daily lives –will take place on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus and in venues across the city.
Visitors to LiGHTS Nights will be introduced to Lincoln’s ensemble cast of robots – the focus of exciting studies into artificial intelligence – and invited to experience the latest developments in Virtual Reality, the technology trend taking the world by storm.
Get 3D-printing real blacksmith artefacts from 12-6pm in the Minerva Building, Atrium with Dr John Murray.
A workshop called ‘See Humans Through a Robot’s Eyes’ will run at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm throughout the day in the LLMC Lecture Theatre, David Chiddick Building with Dr Marc Hanheide.
Professor Nigel Allinson will give an insightful talk into his Proton Therapy research: ‘A positive beam of hope for cancer treatments’ at 3pm in the Stephen Langton Lecture Theatre (Emmtec).
LiGHTS Nights is free to attend but bookings for individual sessions should be made in advance. More more information is available and bookings can be made online.

European Researchers’ Night is an annual Europe-wide initiative that takes place on the last Friday of September. The Lincoln showcase is one of more than 250 events occurring simultaneously in major cities across the continent this year, each inviting members of the public to meet ‘heroes of science’; the researchers from different disciplines whose work has the potential to change our world.

LiGHTS Nights will see academics from the University’s Colleges of Science, Arts and Social Science present their pioneering studies and invite visitors to become scientists for the day by participating in a range of different activities and experiments.

The programme of events, which features exhibitions, tours, public lectures, workshops, screenings and performances, begins at 11am and runs until 10pm. Visitors are encouraged to attend several events and make the most of the variety of activities on offer.

Read the full article here