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Fully funded MSc by Research in Computer Science – Apply now

Get a fully-funded MSc by Research in Computer Science at the University of Lincoln.

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Two scholarships are on offer for this one year course in collaboration between the University of Lincoln and Samsung Electronics. Funding will cover your tuition fees and a salary of £14,400 p/yr. 

Your research project will be part of a larger industry-academia project that will develop a state-of-the-art spoken dialogue system using machine learning techniques—deep learning in particular.

The candidates should posses excellent programming skills in the most popular programming languages, good background of mathematics, and knowledge (experience desirable) of machine learning with special focus on supervised and reinforcement learning.

You will be responsible for contributing to the development of the targeted machine learning framework, to its application for speech-based information-seeking systems, and to system evaluation in both simulation and realistic environments.

The MSc students will be supervised by Dr Heriberto Cuayáhuitl at the School of Computer Science, with potential co-supervision from the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems. Positions will be based at the University of Lincoln with the opportunity to spend a short time at Samsung Electronics in Seoul, South Korea.

While these positions are open to overseas applicants, funding will only be available up to the UK/EU fee rates. Overseas students will be responsible for self-funding for the remainder tuition fees.

Applications close 4th August 2016 (or until the position is filled) Interview Notifications on 5th August and interviews are to be held on the 8th August.

Requirements

  • You must have a high standard undergraduate degree at UK 1st class or 2:1 level (or international equivalent)
  • You must be fluent in spoken and written English; Non-native speakers of English who did not study in an English speaking country will be required to have IELTS 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.
  • You must have excellent communication skills and be able to organise your own work and prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Strong academic track record and practical software skills are desired

    How to apply

    If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Heriberto Cuayahuitl . All applications must be sent to PGR Mailbox with the subject field: “[Msc-2016-Lincoln-Deep-Learning]” Applications must include the following:

  • Full CV, with a list of any significant course projects and/or industrial experience
  • A 2-page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues

    relating to the above MSc topic description and why your expertise is relevant

  • Academic transcripts/grades

    Applications will be assessed as they arrive. Selected applicants will then be encouraged to submit a formal application online via the relevant website.

     

     

     

     

    For further information about the School of Computer Science, please visit: www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/socs/

    For information about the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS) research activities, please visit: https://lcas.lincoln.ac.uk/wp/

Socially interactive robots to support autistic children

Technology is supporting and aiding a variety of people and disabilities every single day, enriching their lives as much as possible. Autistic children can now get communication support from robots.

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Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

In our latest School of Computer Science Research Seminar we look at the ‘Socially Interactive Robotic Framework for Communication Training for Children with Autism’ and how robotic communication can aid their skills and behaviour.

Come along on 4th July at 1pm in MC3108 to hear Dr Xiaofeng Liu give an insightful FREE talk on this very interesting and topical subject.

Abstract:

Social robots are often employed to assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for communication, education and therapeutic training. Many studies have shown that the intervention of social robots can promote educational or therapeutic outcomes.

In this study, we record gaze-based child-robot interaction to evaluate the engagement of children, which enable us to design the specific educational or therapeutic items for each child. The platform is built up by a NAO humanoid robot, and a depth camera that captures child’s actions and detect their gaze. The pilot tests have shown that our framework is helpful for therapist to design appropriate and personalised training courses for each child.

Bio:

XIAOFENG LIU received a Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, in 2006. From 2008 to 2011, he held a post-doctoral position with the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Xi’an Jiaotong University. From 2011, he has been with the College of IoT Engineering, Hohai University, Changzhou, where he is currently a full-time Professor and the Vice Director of the Changzhou Key Laboratory of Robotics and Intelligent Technology.  From 2013 to 2014 He was a visiting professor at University College London, UK. His current research interests focus on the study of nature-inspired navigation, human robot interaction, and neural information processing.

 All are welcome.

Microsoft is coming to Lincoln!

The Lincoln Social Computing Research Centre is hosting a Windows Phone 7 (WP7) workshop with Microsoft on Wednesday March 7th @1pm-5pm – by registering and coming along you could be in with a chance to win a brand new Nokia Lumia 800 on the day! The event will take place in the Lincoln School of Computer Science in room MC3204 (Comp Lab B), and will include presentations by Microsoft on WP7 followed by a coding session then finishing the day off with pizza.  If you are interested then it would be helpful to familiarise yourself with developing for WP7 using Visual Studio 2010 and the WP7 ‘Mango’ SDK, by doing so you will get more out of the workshop. All machines in room MC3204 are installed with the prerequisite tools if you want to get a head start!

WP7 is Microsoft’s brand new mobile operating system, built from the ground up to compete in today’s smartphone market. It features the innovative new ‘Metro’ interface which is also heavily present in the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Metro applications are built using Silverlight and XAML, an interface mark-up language, with C# or VB.NET behind code. By learning to build WP7 apps using XAML you will be able to use the same programming skills to build Windows 8 Metro applications.

 

If you have any questions regarding the event then do get in touch either through email @ defoster@lincoln.ac.uk or Twitter @ derekfoster. For more info and registration please follow this link: http://lincolnphonecamp.eventbrite.com , places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Derek