Our Cohort 4 student, Matt Smith, attended the 37th Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) which took place from the 4th-9th May 2019 in Glasgow.

CHI is possibly the largest academic conference in its field with nearly 3000 submissionsHuman Factors In Computing 2019 and over 3100 attendees. This was the first time the conference had come to the UK. The conference is world renown and a personal publishing target. The conference is sponsored by huge industry names such as Google and Microsoft.  Matt provided us with a write up about his experience at the conference.

What I did:

I took part in a workshop that explored how technology can misused/ used for evil means. The paper can be found here:

https://chi4evil.wordpress.com/accepted-workshop-papers/

Furthermore, I attended many of the huge number of tracks including:

  • Dimensions of Interaction
  • Designing for Public Spaces
  • UX Methods

Finally, I took part in two training courses:

  • Design for Wellbeing - Tools for Research, Practice and Ethics
  • Intro to the Human Body: Wearability and Human Factors of Wearable Systems

Who I met:

I met several leading academics, such as Professor Mark Blythe, Professor Rafael Calvo, Dorian Peters, Assistant Professor Audrey Desjardins and, briefly, Professor Hiroshi Ishii (head of the MIT Media Lab), as well as many PhD students.

Other activities:

The conference also included a diversity lunch, a Birds of a Feather group lunch, a number of networking parties and meals, a trip to the Glasgow Science Centre and chance to try out technology demos.

Our cohort 2 student, Melanie Zimmer, attended the joint IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS2019) and IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems (MFI2019) at the beginning Icps 2019of May to present part of her research work.

Melanie says:

“The conference was held over a total of four days and provided a nice balance between academia and industry. One of the main focuses of the conference was on how industrial cyber-physical systems and services can be designed and deployed by industry.

The event started with the IEEE International Industrial Summit on Robot Operating System (ROS) 2.0. During this summit, different keynote speakers from companies such as ADLINK Technology, NVIDIA, Microsoft and academic representatives from the National Taiwan University or Fraunhofer IPA covered aspects ranging from the future developments of ROS to industrial applications. One interesting announcement was the support for ROS on Windows and Visual Studio that has been officially released as this will open further possibilities for ROS developers. For the second and third day, additional industry-focused events had been organised for the first half of the respective day, discussing the topics of “AIOT and Robotics Activating Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems on Intelligent Manufacturing New Biz” and “Engineering Systems of Cyber-Physical Systems”. The remaining afternoon sessions on both days and the whole of Thursday were filled with conference presentations.

When presenting my own work, it was very encouraging to receive positive feedback from attendees, and importantly, to get told that the work I am currently focusing on is seen as having great potential to help operators on the shop floor with their processes.”

Hazel Carlin, on of our cohort 5 research students, attended the The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Conference on Digitalising Manufacturing 2018 was held  at the MTC at Anstey Park, Coventry on the 29th-30th October 2018.  Hazel provided a write on her experience:

First of all, we gathered in the lecture theatre and heardStands At The Mtc various short presentations on Asset Utilisation and Future Business Models. Then we had the choice of different ‘technology presentations’ held in separate rooms upstairs.

Firstly I went to the Outsystems session. This is a company that provides ‘low-code’ which enables a user to create programs and apps without coding. Being relatively inexperienced in programming, I thought this looked like a good idea.

Then there were formal presentations on topics such as Meggitt’s Intelligent Workbench and the Digital Readiness Level tool. Before lunch there was another choice of technology sessions, so I attended the one by ATS Bus. This showed me the practicalities of how the Internet of Things can join different hardware items together.

Following lunch there was a choice of interactive workshops where industry leaders discussed their projects and we could ask questions. I chose the ‘Asset Utilisation’ strand, where Network Rail was represented, amongst others. There was a final wrap-up session before everyone departed.

I found it a really interesting conference that sparked my interest in various Internet of Things topics.

The 126th edition of the Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education took place in Tampa, Florida from 16th to 19th June 2019.

The CDT-EI executive team was invited to attend and participate in the panel 'Non-traditional PhDs', a session dedicated to novel formulas and upcoming new ways of running PhDs, in particular with a strong industry-facing flavour. Other participants in the panel, moderated by Prof M Dyrenfurth, were academic leads of graduates programmes, were from Purdue U, John Hopkins U and Texas A&M U.

The CDT-EI Executive Director Dr Carmen Torres-Sánchez presented the Transition Zone ethos, which scaffolds the training component of the PhD done under the CDT-EI umbrella. The full paper can be found here:
https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/140/papers/27849/view

As an academic-led industry-informed PhD programme, the colleagues in the States found interesting the emphasis we put on preparing industry-ready graduates and the 'T-shape' approach to a scholarly piece of research coupled with the exposure to other disciplines so the PhD researchers are conversant with other disciplines other than their PhD topic, including business.

We look forward to continuing discussing with our colleagues on the other side of the Atlantic ideas and initiatives to shape the PhD degree of the future.

Rhys Comissiong (Cohort 2) and Shaun Smith (Cohort 4) recently participated in SAE International World Congress Experience which was held from April 9th-11th at the Cobo Centre in Detroit, Michigan. The conference consists of a wide variety of technical sessions, keynote talks, leadership summits, seminars, networking opportunities and an exhibition where industry leaders such as Ford Nissan and Honda showcased their latest innovations.

 

Society Of Automative Engineers

From left to right – Rhys Comissiong, Shaun Smith, Dr Dezong Zhao & Dr James Knowles at Cobo Centre

Rhys presented in the Sensor Fusion technical session on “An Assessment of a Sensor Network Using Bayesian Analysis demonstrated on an Inlet Manifold”. The paper was co-authored with Dr Thomas Steffen (supervisor) and Dr Leo Shead, Technical Lead on the project from Caterpillar Inc. The work consisted of using Bayesian statistics to analyse sensor information to understand how different sensor configurations affect variable estimation. The methods were applied to charge mass flow estimation on an internal combustion engine but can be used on to help control engineers design sensor configurations for a range of applications including autonomous vehicles.


Shaun presented “A Bifurcation Analysis of an Open Loop Internal Combustion Engine”, co-authored by Dr James Knowles and Dr Byron Mason. The talk focused on how tools from nonlinear science could be applied to engine modelling to complement any analysis. The technique provides additional insight to the system by qualitatively describing the systems behavior for many possible inputs in an efficient way. The work is interdisciplinary, so having presented a similar version of talk to a mathematical audience at a previous conference on nonlinear science, SAE WCX provided an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the work to attendees from the automotive industry.


In addition to providing their talks, the pair took advantage of the several opportunities available. Rhys engaged with industry experts at the exhibition showing the latest technological developments, as well as attending talks in connected vehicles and machine learning. Shaun attended various technical talks on vehicle dynamics & stability, areas directly relevant to his research interests.


For more information on SAE WCX visit: https://www.sae.org/attend/wcx


For more information about Rhys’s paper;
https://www.sae.org/publications/technical-papers/content/2019-01-0121/


For more information about Shaun’s paper;
https://www.sae.org/publications/technical-papers/content/2019-01-0194/

 

Rhys presented in the Sensor Fusion technical session on “An Assessment of a Sensor Network Using Bayesian Analysis demonstrated on an Inlet Manifold”. The paper was co-authored with Dr Thomas Steffen (supervisor) and Dr Leo Shead, Technical Lead on the project from Caterpillar Inc. The work consisted of using Bayesian statistics to analyse sensor information to understand how different sensor configurations affect variable estimation. The methods were applied to charge mass flow estimation on an internal combustion engine but can be used on to help control engineers design sensor configurations for a range of applications including autonomous vehicles.

 

Shaun presented “A Bifurcation Analysis of an Open Loop Internal Combustion Engine”, co-authored by Dr James Knowles and Dr Byron Mason. The talk focused on how tools from nonlinear science could be applied to engine modelling to complement any analysis. The technique provides additional insight to the system by qualitatively describing the systems behavior for many possible inputs in an efficient way. The work is interdisciplinary, so having presented a similar version of talk to a mathematical audience at a previous conference on nonlinear science, SAE WCX provided an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the work to attendees from the automotive industry.

 

In addition to providing their talks, the pair took advantage of the several opportunities available. Rhys engaged with industry experts at the exhibition showing the latest technological developments, as well as attending talks in connected vehicles and machine learning.Shaun attended various technical talks on vehicle dynamics & stability, areas directly relevant to his research interests.

 

For more information on SAE WCX visit: https://www.sae.org/attend/wcx

 

For more information about Rhys’s paper;

 

https://www.sae.org/publications/technical-papers/content/2019-01-0121/

 

For more information about Shaun’s paper;

 

https://www.sae.org/publications/technical-papers/content/2019-01-01

On 22nd May Prof Awais Rashid, from Bristol U, visited us to deliver the 2019 CDT-EI Annual Foresight Lecture. This year the selected topic was cybersecurity, a very relevant and timely topic when it comes to protecting infrastructure and industrial resources, activities that rely heavily on automation and ICT. To a 100+ audience he discussed issues related to security decision-making, awareness raising, and human psicology when it comes to inform or predict behavioural patterns both of security experts as well as cyber attackers.

20190522 Lecture

At the start of the Lecture the atendees visited the exhibition area where the most recent activity undertaken by our PhD students was displayed. The visitors could interact with our students to find out more about what our CDT PhD students do in the different areas of research in Embedded Intelligence.

20190522 Exhibition

The 126th edition of the Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) will be a platform to present our PhD training programme, the Transition Zone™. Our Executive Director and Director of Training, Dr Torres-Sánchez, has been invited to participate in the session on 'Non-traditional Doctoral Programs' which will take place on June 19th in Tampa, Florida. A round table with representatives from Texas A&M University, John Hopkins University, Purdue University, Purdue Polytechnic Institute and the CDT-EI will discuss how industry-ready graduates can be produced by designing training schemes that promote professional management while doing a PhD. This round table will be preceeded by a presentation of the CDT-EI Transition Zone training ethos, which is our bespoke training programme to support transitions through different stages in a researcher’s career:

(1) into doctoral studies as a high performing researcher,

(2) through doctoral studies to make the most out of their doctorate and associated training and, (3) on exiting, to empower and equip them as highly employable graduates.

Information about our paper can be seen here: https://www.asee.org/public/conferences/140/papers/27849/view 

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