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 had one of the most successful Open Days to-date with packed out rooms and lots of interesting conversations with prospective students and parents!
Two second year Software Engineering students completed UCLan URIS internships over the summer developing mobile health apps. Both projects were collaborations between Computing and the Allied Health Professions Research Unit. The apps were based on current research by Prof James Selfe, Dr Jessie Janssen and Dr Ambreen Chohan, the projects were lead by Dr Dan Fitton from Computing.