26–28 June 2019, at the University of Salford, MediaCityUK Campus, United Kingdom

Our student Melanie Zimmer attended this year’s NLDB2019 conference held at the University of Salford. The conference was first established in 1995 and gives the community interested in applications of Natural Language in the field of Information Systems a platform to come together. The conference covered topics such as information search and topic extraction, classification and sentiment analysis across the various fields of medicine, e-commerce, and social media. In addition to the presentation of the accepted papers, two talks of invited speakers were given: Robert Stevens from the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester shared his experience in bio-ontologies, and Vijayan Sugumaran from the Department of Decision and Information Sciences at Oakland University talked about detecting different states of emergency events using Web resources to help social groups and first responders handle these events effectively.

The proceedings of the conference can be accessed here:

https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-23281-8

 

More information can be found here:

https://www.salford.ac.uk/conferencing-at-salford/conference-management/current-conference/nldb-conference-2019

 

 

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On the 30th July 2020, our Cohort 5 student Tony Adole was able to attend a virtual conference during the lockdown.

This was an international conference on Pattern Recognition and Intelligent systems (PRIS) which was meant to be held in Greece but due to the pandemic, was moved to an online conference.

The conference aims to present the latest research related to pattern recognition, intelligent systems and other related topics. Participants at the online conference were able to exchange ideas by the using oral presentation and poster presentation so they could establish a professional relationship that could enable future collaborations.

At the online conference, attendees were informed that all registered and presented papers would be included into the volume of ACM international conference Proceeding series and it would be submitted to EI Compendex, Thomson Reuters (WoS) and other databases for review and indexing. 

For the conference, Tony presented his research on Faster RCNN Inception resnet v2 on Kanji handwriting characters. Due to the nature of his presented research and virtual presentation using a poster medium , his research direction was easily understood which provided him the opportunity to win the best Poster award. 

Many Congratulations Tony!

 

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Pris 2020 Poster Award

 

The Committee of the UK-RAS Network met during the 2020 UK Robotics Week (https://www.ukras.org/robotics-week/) to discuss, amongst other items on collaboration, partnerships and digital infrastructure, the activity ongoing at a National and International level on Robotics and Autonomous Systems this year that is showcased during the Robotics Week. This year the Covid-19 disruption has moved all activities online but this was a good opportunity to learn more about and celebrate the successes of the Network this past year (link to video: https://youtu.be/Uou_RHj8EvA)

The UK-RAS Network committee wished everybody a Happy Robotics Week! (https://twitter.com/UKRobotics/status/1276806236709756930)

 

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The Network brings together the UK’s core academic capabilities in robotics innovation under national coordination and encourages academic and industry collaboration to accelerate the development and adoption of RAS.

The EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Network (https://www.ukras.org/) was established in March 2015 with the mission to provide academic leadership in RAS, expand collaboration with industry and integrate and coordinate activities at eight Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded RAS capital facilities, four Centres of Doctoral Training (CDTs) of which the CDT in Embedded Intelligence is one of them, and with 30 partner universities across the UK.

Our paper entitled ‘A Doctorate That Works: Non-traditional Populations Served on Both Sides of the Atlantic’ was presented on the 25th June 2020 at the Online and Professional Graduate Programs session of this year’s ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition.

This paper is a collaboration between the EPSRC CDT in Embedded Intelligence and American universities such as Purdue University and Texas A&M University who offer PhD programmes tailored for students with an entrepreneurial spirit, eager to conduct industry-inspired projects with industrial collaborators, and with an impactful agenda in mind for the student’s PhD research.

Details about this collaborative work can be found here: https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/172/papers/30121/view.%20 The paper will shortly be found here: https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/172/papers/30121/view

Asee 2020

The day event organised by the UKTech Cluster Group (https://uktechclustergroup.com/) was aimed to discuss how to tackle the issues stemming from the Covid-19 disruption and what practical plans the public sector should put in place by utilising the tech & the startup communities across the UK.

The event was split into different sessions which can be found here.

https://uktechclustergroup.com/the-recovery-roadmap-summit/

One of the afternoon sessions was dedicated to understanding international recovery programmes and to learn from best practices. The Executive Director of the EPSRC CDT in Embedded Intelligence, Dr Carmen Torres-Sanchez, was invited to contribute to the ‘Tech for smart manufacturing’ Panel facilitated by David Hardman MBE, iCentrum Managing Director, in the Supporting the Entire Economy session. Other speakers of that panel included: Julia Sutcliffe (Chief Technologist and Director Air Labs at BAE Systems), Nick Wright (Head of Manufacturing Industries, Digital Catapult), and Sophie Hallet-Jones (CEO of Protean Advanced).

 

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The topics discussed in the session were:

• Why is now the right time to be making investments in the 4th industrial revolution?

• What should the regions be doing to develop capability to drive the 4th industrial revolution in the UK?

• What are the challenges and potential solutions to developing more digital tech capability for the manufacturing sector and are there existing initiatives that people should be aware of and can benefit from?

• How could we make the most of what we’ve got to address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as a reset- point; a pivot-point or just a catalyst for change that was already underway.

The discussion between the speakers and the questions from the audience showed a significant interest around SMEs and the ecosystem they form.

 

In October 2019, our Cohort 5 student, Yang Zhou attended the Robot & Research Equipment Training (RRET) based in Italy.

RRET aims at delivering the fundamental understandings of the underwater robots’ manipulation, application programming interfaces (APIs) and embedded system algorithms training. The event was conducted by an underwater robotics technology company, attended by many researchers who are also working on the embedded intelligence area.

Yang found attendance at this event highly useful to his research as he explains below:

During this training, we were divided into groups, working on the underwater robots. Therefore, I learnt how to effectively communicate with researchers in science. Moreover, the training deepened my insights of underwater robotics. As my PhD research is Curiosity-driven Underwater Robot Navigation, it provided a good opportunity to play with the equipment and to further think about the PhD project. Furthermore, I learnt the big gap of transformation of lab research algorithms and industrial applications.

The reason I chose to attend the events is this event is relevance to my PhD research, from which I could have the opportunity to learn how the underwater robot works and how I could develop as well as deploy my algorithms on it.

Youssef Hamid (Cohort 3) attended the 21st Electronic Packaging Technology Conference (EPTC 2019) held in Singapore from the 4th to 6th December 2019.

This is a major conference of the Asian chapter of the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society (EPS). With several academics, engineers, researcher gathering, the event was important networking opportunity focused on the specific areas of MEMS packaging, Microelectronic manufacturing and homogeneous integration.

During this event, Youssef presented his second conference paper on “Packaging Effects on MEMS Pressure Sensor Hysteresis”. This had led to further conversations with Prof Chris Baily from Greenwich University, Dr Karsten Meier from Dresden University, Germany about the use of ANSYS as a simulation tool for MEMS packaging.

Throughout the 3 conference days, Youssef learned about using Raman spectroscopy to measure stress in Silicon MEMS devices as a means for evaluation residual packaging effects from Pf Xuejun Fan from Lamar University, USA; a technique present at Loughborough university a was investigate during the research project. Interesting conversation with STMicroelectronics engineer Dr Roseanna Duca revolving packaging techniques for microphones also occurred.

EPTC was the second international opportunity to present to MEMS packaging experts.

 

Our Cohort 3 student, Orange Gao attended ICIP (IEEE International Conference on Image Processing) from September 22-25 2019 in Taiwan.

ICIP is the world's largest and most comprehensive technical conference focused on image and video processing and computer vision, the conference features world-class speakers, tutorials, exhibits and innovative programs that include grand challenges, prominent industry talks, showcases, etc.

Orange's paper "Image Super-Resolution Using CNN Optimised By Self-Feature Loss" was accepted here as a poster presentation. The presentation was successful and attracted a lot of interest from the conference peers and received positive feedback.

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