The aim of the project is to study and develop a lightweight and easy to use product & service which facilities:
USE ON THE GO: no restrictions on who, when and where.
PROVIDING RICH INFORMATION: Multi-dimensional data are collected with minimum/no users’ intervention.
CUSTOMISED REAL TIME ANALYSIS AND FEEDBACKS: Automatic unusual patterns and vital signs detection and their associated causalities are provided to the end users so they will be aware of their potential health problems and take actions accordingly.
REAL TIME DATA SHARING: Based on users’ consent, their health data can be shared in real time with their relatives, health care parties, friends and more.
Professor Svein-Olaf Hvasshovd from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondeim visited UCLan as a result of PhD Student Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas work with Animal Computer Interaction Design (ACID) technology, an emerging HCI research area exploring how animals can interact with technology. He presented his work on sheep monitoring, protection, health and gathering in Norway. With an average of 20-30% of sheep being lost related to illness and death, and a large amount of time spent locating and gathering sheep his work presents a technology solution to give the position of the sheep(s), the development of a collar to deter predators, inform the farmer of the attack and identify the predatory animal attacking. Alongside this project, a system is also being undertaken to program drones to automatically gather sheep along a set path. This will be done by using inferred cameras to identify the sheep and then in sheep-dog behaviour herd them back into the farm in the fall. For more information about this project, you can read a brief overview at Ilyena’s ACID site or email Ilyena or Svien-Olaf.
Computing @ UCLan ran two activities at the UCLan Science festival, both conceived and created by Dan Fitton. The first provoked players to think about novel interaction methods by racing robots round a track controlled by a Dance Mat or Drum Kit, the other showcased maker technologies and physical games through a ‘digital egg and spoon’ race. Both activities proved hugely popular with large queues to take part throughout all three days of the event. The activities were made possible through the hard work of many members of the computing team – Brendan Cassidy, Matt Horton, Janet Read, Lorna McKnight, Vinh Thong, and Andra Balta.
The international ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference will be organised by the ChiCI Research Group from UCLan and run in Manchester in 2016. Further details will be confirmed very soon and the web site can be found at http://idc2016.org.
The annual ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference was held this year at Tuffts University in Boston, USA. Prof Janet Read was part of the expert panel that opened the conference, a short paper by Dr Dan Fitton (Exploring children’s designs for maker technologies) was presented during the conference, and both Janet and Dan were involved in the conference closing and handover.
JoFish Kaye (Research Scientist, Flickr and Yahoo! Labs) visited UCLan in June as part of the Distinguished Visitor Programme this year and gave a talk titled Sharing Feelings, Photos & Passwords. The video footage from this is now online at https://vls.uclan.ac.uk/Play/11428.
Today we had a visit from South Craven School in North Yorkshire. We were asked to prepare a session so that students who were interested in Computing could come along and do an activity with us. To this end, we decided to let them create robots and have it out in the battlefield.
If you are not familiar with it, Robocode is a great fun introduction to programming. It’s an open source educational programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks in Java or .NET. The robot battles are running in real-time and on-screen. You can also run it on any system that has Java pre-installed, and there’s lots of support online if you wish to have a go in your own time!
Dan gave a quick introductory talk about what we expected them to do and how they could get started…
We then let the kids run wild with their robots and make changes to the code. They were very bright and were thinking up ways were they could optimise their strategies. Of course Dan, Lorna and I were on hand to give advice…
All it all it was a very successful session and they seemed to have a good time, mission accomplished!
For 2015 the Lancashire Science Festival is EVOLVING!
This coming June on 25, 26 and 27, UCLan will once again be hosting the Lancashire Science Festival.
Some of our Computing staff will be involved in the proceedings, so do come along and see what cool stuff we are getting up to.
This year’s 3 day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths is going to be even bigger and better than ever! Have a look at the official website to see what sessions are running and to bag yourself a FREE ticket.