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Feel the force of technological innovation at Future Fest 2016

Future Fest will return to the city of Lincoln next month with an extraordinary showcase of space-age technology, pioneering research and futuristic fun.

Jason Bradbury (University of Lincoln)

Tech guru, TV presenter and Visiting Lecturer Jason Bradbury will be the special guest at the University of Lincoln’s annual sci-fi themed festival, which this year takes place on Thursday 10th November 2016.

Inspired by the epic film franchise Star Wars, Future Fest 2016 will offer visitors the chance to immerse themselves in futuristic virtual reality worlds, discover the latest advances in consumer technology, and meet the University’s growing ensemble of cutting-edge robots.

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The event will feature a number of exciting interactive zones. The Robot Zone will demonstrate the very latest in cutting-edge robotics – from 3D-printed humanoids and mind-controlled androids, to tech that will see visitors immersing themselves in extraordinary virtual reality worlds and building their own robots that can compete in a purpose-built arena.

In the Gaming Zone, visitors can head to ‘a galaxy far far away’ with a variety of Star Wars computer games. In the Space Zone they can learn about the technologies which help us understand what is going on 380,000 feet above our heads, and the Movie Maker Zone will reveal how films are brought to life – from concept to screen. The Stage Combat Zone will see visitors unleash their inner Luke Skywalker and learn how the best battles are fought with lightsabers.

Jason Bradbury, best known as presenter of TV’s The Gadget Show and a Visiting Lecturer on Computer Science and Product Design courses at the University of Lincoln, said: “I am so excited to be involved in Future Fest again this year after the great fun we had at last year’s inaugural event. Bringing all this expertise and technology together provides a wonderful opportunity to appreciate just how much scientific innovation has transformed the way we live in a relatively short time, and to examine some of the innovative research which could shape our future.

“Staff and students at Lincoln are working on projects that we could never have imagined 20 years ago, and that is why I am thrilled to be involved. We’re creating the future, right here, right now.”

Future Fest takes place on Thursday 10th November 2016 at the Engine Shed on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool Campus. The event runs from 10am – 4pm. It is free to attend but places must be booked in advance via the University of Lincoln website.

Computer Science Showcase Success

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School of Computer Science students show off their final projects to industry leaders and fellow classmates in an exciting annual showcase event.

A Smart Mirror, a ‘Swords of Turing’ fighting game and chess lessons with a twist played a big part of the day-long event with undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Minerva Building, Atrium.

Senior Lecturer Bruce Hargrave said: “The event was a huge success. We had some great student projects on show throughout the day including postgraduate research, presentations and demo’s and it was great to see some local industry leaders getting involved in the day and giving advice to students too.”

Students created chatbots, games and other artefacts intended to ‘pass’ the Turing Test, under the title ‘Man or Machine? Can You Tell The Difference?’

Computer Science student Keiran Lowe said: “It’s been a really good experience and really valuable, because even though our project is in development, people who try the game have given us responses we might not have thought about. And because we have to programme each response in, we can add their responses to increase the knowledge base.

“It’s been a good event to showcase our project at, but also to test it on what people think.”

Watch Keiran’s project here:

Even Gadget Show presenter and University of Lincoln guest lecturer Jason Bradbury came along to see the projects in action. Jason helped students with ideas, encouraging projects to go further and promoting team work from start to finish.

Organiser Dr Amr Ahmed said: “This is another success and expansion over the last 4 years events. More guests and interests, better projects and demos, all made public in the Atrium for internal and external visitors.

“We are proud of our students achievements and annually organise such events to make opportunities for them to interact with employers and visitors to show their work. The panel find it more and more difficult to choose the winners at the end of the event. And they are looking forward for the next year’s event already. Some job vacancies have already been sent to us, from guests and employers.”

University Vice Chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart enjoyed the day too, adding: “What a wonderful event and so good to see all the work.

Calling all aspiring pilots. This is for you

AIRPORTccaviaYou are invited to an airline pilot careers Drop In event at our Crew Training Centre – Bournemouth this Good Friday 25 March 2016.

For any aspiring pilots amongst our students or for those who simply want to discover more about the career, this free event will give you and your families an exciting opportunity to visit airside facilities in the heart of an international airport, view the latest-generation training aircraft and simulators.

The pilot careers advice team will be on hand to help visitors discover the next steps to take to pursue an airline pilot career. You’ll also have the opportunity to speak to those currently in training and our graduates, currently ‘flying the line’ with our Airline Partners such as easyJet, British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Flybe, Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

We’re also launching iFly!

CTCAviation partnered with the Air League, British Gliding Association and Lasham Gliding club to help aspiring young pilots aged 16-18 into a career in aviation. iFly will use gliding as an affordable tool to not only help young people get in the air sooner, but also to give their CV a real boost when it comes to progressing an application for a pilot training programme in the future!

Following a one week intensive gliding course with Lasham Gliding club in Hampshire, the programme will continue until the iFly member turns 18, and aims to get aspiring pilots gliding solo by the end of their first year. More details of the full iFly programme will be launched at the event – meet with aviators from The Air League, Lasham Gliding Club and the British Gliding Association.

Register in advanced here to avoid disappointment- https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ctc-aviation-airline-pilot-careers-drop-in-25-march-2016-tickets-21026994306

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get it touch: 

We hope to see some of your aspiring aviators at the event

Digital technology and autism: collusion or communication

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Bringing together the School of Computer Science and the School of Psychology Seminar on a seminar on ‘Digital worlds and autism: collusion or communication?’

The talk given by Dr Sarah Parsons (Southampton Education School, University of Southampton) will take place today at 4 – 5pm, Co-op Lecture Theatre, Minerva Building. Refreshments from 3.45pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Recent media headlines have raised concerns about children’s use of personal technologies. Similar concerns were raised when researchers started to investigate the educational potential of technologies for children with autism, suggesting that there was a danger for children to become addicted and reluctant to re-enter the real world. 

Thus, the accusation – then and now – is that technologies create ‘digital bubbles’ that surround the user, such that the child is then less engaged with the ‘real world’, with potentially detrimental effects.

For children on the autism spectrum, who are diagnosed according to the existence of social and communication difficulties, the implied accusation is even stronger: that by using technologies for supporting learning we are somehow colluding with children’s disability.

This talk will take a critical look at this argument and present evidence that suggests a more positive role for technology in the lives of people with autism.

Robot MARC opens new lab at The Priory Academy LSST

P1020640A 3D-printed robot has performed the official opening ceremony of a new robotics lab at The Priory Academy LSST in Lincoln.

MARC (Multi-Actuated Robotic Companion) from the University of Lincoln was the VIP guest who cut the ribbon – literally – on the school’s £110,000 facility.

MARC was created by Computer Science lecturer Dr John Murray for research into Human-Robot interaction.

Year 7 student Hannah Hemlin activated a pre-set computer programme and the obliging android did the rest, to the applause of pupils, staff and scientists from the university.

The robotics lab has been part-funded by a grant from the Wolfson Foundation, a charity which supports excellence in science and education. The new room boasts 15 high-spec computers, a 3D printer and a laser printer and will be used by Sixth Form engineering students at the academy.

Mr Robin Jones, Head of Technology at The Priory, said: “The new lab will be a fantastic asset for the school. The interest and excitement among students has been phenomenal and it’s wonderful to be able to offer these opportunities in the very latest technology.”

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Guests of honour Dr David Cobham, Head of the School of Computer Science at the university, and Professor Tom Duckett, who leads its robotics research centre, answered questions at a Year 8 assembly before also taking part in a workshop with Sixth Formers.

Dr Cobham said: “We are delighted to be opening the new robotics laboratory at The Priory Academy LSST. The computing and robotics industries are developing at an extremely rapid pace, so it is wonderful to see that school pupils in Lincolnshire have access to such important facilities to support their education.”

Professor Duckett added: “The research carried out by students and academics from the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science is ground-breaking. From medical imaging to social computing and companion robots, our research specialisms are focussed on improving people’s quality of life, and we enjoy giving students the opportunity to take part in this exciting work.”

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