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Take the next step with a postgraduate masterclass

The University of Lincoln is offering a series of free masterclasses in more than 20 different subject areas, giving visitors the chance to get a flavour of postgraduate study.

If you have ever considered undertaking a Master’s level qualification to enhance your skills, build your knowledge or to boost your career, the event on Saturday, 8th March is an excellent opportunity to find out more.

The series of free taster workshops and seminars will span subjects across the arts, sciences and social sciences.

Claire Mann, University of Lincoln Postgraduate Recruitment Officer, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for people to come and see what the University of Lincoln offers in terms of postgraduate study, and how it could progress their career. Postgraduate learning is the next step in education and is open to anyone whatever their age.”

The full list of workshops and seminars cover the following subject areas: Computer Science, Animal Behaviour, Biotechnology,  Engineering, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Science, Architecture, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurial Design, Graphic Design, Historical Studies, Journalism, Medieval Studies, Photography, Playwriting, Business, Child Psychology, Finance, Forensic Psychology, Global Human Rights, Social Research, Social Work, Sport Science.

The masterclass run from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 8th March at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus.

For more information go to www.lincoln.ac.uk/pgevents

To book your place, call 01522 886644 or email pgevents@lincoln.ac.uk with your name, mobile telephone number and which subject session you would like to attend.

Bringing video games into the real world

Video games are slowly moving out of the monitor and into the real world. And this next stage of development in the world of gaming will be shared with Computer Science students during a special workshop.

‘Real-world’ or Mixed Reality gaming is fast becoming the next big thing in computer games advancement.

Students will be learning how to create games set in real environments during a special two-week workshop led by Richard Wetzel, a PhD student from the University of Nottingham.

Richard said: “These Mixed Reality location-based games are interesting because, unlike when you play traditional video games, you are moving around using your whole body and senses to explore the real-world environment. For example, they give people the opportunity to see the city they live in through new eyes.

“The main difficulty when designing games like this, which also is an advantage, is that you cannot completely control the real world. You obviously have other people and situations, such as the weather, that will change what is happening. Although you cannot foresee these complications, this is what makes the game a much richer experience. The serendipity of the real world influences players’ actions. I will be teaching the students about these problems and how to overcome them.”

The workshop at the University of Lincoln runs from Sunday, 27th October to Saturday, 9th November and involves students from all year groups.

For an example of Richard’s previous work in this area go to http://youtu.be/WjjHMqSGPpE

Get up to speed

Flying quadrocopters, robotic arms and a 3D printer will all be demonstrated at an event aimed at showcasing the engineering and manufacturing sector.

Get up to Speed is one of the headline events of the 2012 Global Manufacturing Festival in Sheffield. It aims to inspire the next generation of engineering talent by bringing education and business closer together.

The University of Lincoln has been invited to exhibit at the interactive event which last year attracted more than 2,000 young people, families and teachers.

Dr John Murray, from the University’s School of Computer Science, said: “This is a great opportunity for the University to showcase its work and I’m delighted to be going along. It’s a fantastic event which will be sure to get children interested in and wanting to study Computer Science, Engineering and other related subjects required for a career in manufacturing industries.”

Dr Murray will be attending the Festival on Wednesday, April 17, along with a group of students from the University who will be operating a host of interactive robots.

Visitors will be able to see quadrocopters in action, a printer that can create 3D objects and robots that can be controlled through an Xbox.

Dr Murray said: “The robots we’ll be taking along can mimic people and this technology can be used in situations such as search and rescue operations where sending in humans would be too dangerous. It’s this sort of information we’ll be looking to explain to visitors. A lot of people think Computer Science is just about being sat at a desk programming, but that isn’t the case at all.”

Get up to Speed is the chance to see some of the fastest vehicles, innovations and people all in one place. As well as being able to participate in a number of interactive activities and simulations, visitors will be able to talk to apprentices, find out what it’s like to work in the sector and one day play a part in helping to achieve some future world records.

More than 30 local engineering and manufacturing companies will be exhibiting alongside the University of Lincoln at the event which runs from 10am to 6.30pm at The Blue Shed in Brightside Lane, Sheffield. To find out more and book places at the event visit http://www.be-sy.co.uk/news/get-up-to-speed.html

LSoCS was well represented in the “Annual Vision & Language (V&L) Network workshop”

Two Presentations and Posters delivered by members of the Lincoln School of Computer Science (LSoCS), and the DCAPI research group, while attending the Annual Vision & Language (V&L) Network Workshop, 13-14th Dec. 2012 in Sheffield, UK.

Amr Ahmed, Amjad Al-tadmri and Deema AbdalHafeth attended the event, where  2 oral presentations and 2 posters were delivered and presented about their research work:

1. VisualNet: Semantic Commonsense Knowledgebase for Visual Applications
2. Investigating text analysis of user-generated contents for health related applications

Abstracts are available on ( http://www.vlnet.org.uk/VLW12/VLW-2012-Accepted-Abstracts.html)

Congratulations for all involved.

Amjad Altadmri and Amr Ahmed around their poster at the Vision & Language Net workshop, 13-14th Dec 2012, Sheffield, UK.
Amjad Altadmri and Amr Ahmed around their poster at the Vision & Language Net workshop, 13-14th Dec 2012, Sheffield, UK.
Deema AbdalHafeth and Amr Ahmed at the Vision & Language Net workshop, 13-14th Dec 2012, Sheffield, UK.
Deema AbdalHafeth and Amr Ahmed at the Vision & Language Net workshop, 13-14th Dec 2012, Sheffield, UK.

The event included tutorial sessions (Vision for language people, and language for vision people) and key-note speakers from organisers of popular challenges (e.g. TRECVID and ImageNet).

We had even better presence this year. Last year, we had a good presence in the last year’s workshop (http://amrahmed.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/2011/09/19/vl-network-workshop-brighton/), had good discussions and useful feedback on the presented work.

Thanks and well done for all involved.