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Women in Engineering

Construction Courses at UoB and Encouraging Diversity in the Industry

Construction student Jade Catchpole talks about her career ambitions and an upcoming work placement, which was developed through a collaboration between the University of Bedfordshire construction teaching team and construction contractor JJ Rhatigan.

For the full story please see www.beds.ac.uk/news/2021

RadioLAB Interview with Construction Students & Staff

Building site from above

Work Placements & Industrial Collaboration

Construction student Ciprian Cretu and lecturer Dr James Bishop discuss the benefits of industrial work experience and the importance of close collaboration with industry.

ACE- 2021 Workshop

The 5th International Workshop on Applications of AI, Cyber Security and Economics Big Data (ACE-2021)

To be held in conjunction with

The 6th IEEE Int’l Congress on Cyber Science and Technology (CyberSciTech 2021) Athabasca University,Calgary, Canada, 25-28, October 2021

For further details please see: ACE-2021 Workshop

Summit-XL Mobile Robot

Institute for Research in Applicable Computing (IRAC) is in the process of purchasing the SUMMIT-XL mobile robot platform for research and student projects.

SUMMIT-XL is a highly versatile 5G capable mobile robot platform which can carry loads up to 65kg and can navigate autonomously or be teleoperated by means of a PanTilt-Zoom camera that transmits video in real time. SUMMIT-XL uses the ROS open architecture. More information on the SUMMIT-XL

Creative Technologies PhD Student Completion

Congratulations to Marwah Ibrahim, supervised by Dr Jim Wood and Professor Amar Aggoun who passed her PhD on the topic of, ‘The Design Of An Innovative Automatic Computational Method For Generating Geometric Islamic Visual Art With Aesthetic Beauty’, (subject to confirmation at May RDC).

Game Releases

Congratulations to Creative Technologies Students on their Game Releases!
Recent Games Development graduate, Jacob Campbell released his first publicly available solo project, “Sonpai”. Sonpai is a puzzle game about finding an optimal path. Sonpai - Available here

PhD student Lionel Jayaraj released his game, “Chase VR Cricket”. A game where you have to defeat alien robots at cricket. The game also features the option to use full body motion capture. Chase VR Cricket - Available here

Creative Technologies Guest Speakers

Dr Marcia Gibson organised a series of talks and workshops from industry speakers for students from BSc Computer Games Development and BSc Computer Animation and VFX.

  • Computer Games Development alumni Jacob Campbell, Sylvester Yeboa and Vlad Vizeteu talked about their jobs and experiences
    working as programmers and 3D modellers at Sodalite Creative.
  • Computer Graphics and Animation alumni Cara Gifford-Pitcher talked about the application and interview processes at large organisations such as Sega and Discovery+, the initial few weeks at a new job and her general experiences moving gradually from games into the mobile app industry.
  • Chris Filip of Game Anglia gave a series of lectures on pitching, product marketing and networking for games and animation.
  • Jabez David Director of Yaali Comics, talked about pitching and finding investment for, and production of, motion comic, “Dr Green”.
  • Jason Howard Art director of Payload Studios discussed his lengthy career in games, how his process of candidate selection works and how to put together a portfolio for employers.
  • Adam Coburn Artist and Game Developer at Hollow Ponds gave a talk on non-linear careers, wellbeing and mental health in games development and the production of “I am Dead”.
  • Oliver Walker of Ubisoft gave a series of talks and workshops on level design.
  • Cian McNabola of Fortitude games gave a series of talks and workshops on game UI and UX.


We are grateful to all our speakers, especially those who volunteered. The series was greatly received by all students, alumni and staff attending.

We hope these valuable insights will enhance student employability

Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE)

Construction courses accredited by the Chartered Association of Building EngineersDavid Jazani

The construction teaching team are very pleased to confirm that the FdSc Construction Management and BSc (hons) Construction Management (Top-up) degrees have been awarded accreditation from the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). In addition Dr James Bishop and David Jazani have been awarded Chartered Fellow status with CABE.

John Barfoot commented:

The panel were really impressed with the presentation provided by the University, the passion and enthusiasm shown by the course team, and the wide range of background of studen ts enlisted on your courses; a really inclusive admissions policy which aligns with CABE values. We very much look forward to continuing to grow our relationship over the coming years and welcoming your students to membership, and from a professional body perspective we hope this is the start of developing a great partnership with you

James said:

James Bishop

As an academic team, we are focused on delivering courses that support the development of “industry-ready” graduates. Working closely with industrial partners and professional bodies is a central aspect of achieving this, and the accreditation of courses by CABE provides them with an important quality benchmark in terms of industrial-relevance.

Chartered Association of Building Engineers

The construction team have continued with their exciting programme of guest speakers this year with two more live virtual seminar presentations over the last few weeks.

Monday 26th April 2021

The first of these was on the 26th April and was delivered by John Barfoot from the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). John is CABE’s Learning, Education and Academic Director, and provided the students with an overview of CABE and professional bodies more generally.

John also gave an insight into the current focus of the industry on fire, and the building regulations covering fire protection/prevention/compartmentation within buildings following the Grenfell disaster, which has already, and will continue to have over the coming years, a huge impact on the industry.

Luton Airport DART

Friday 30th April 2021

DART

Following-on from John’s presentation, on the 30th April the teaching team were very pleased to welcome the Luton Airport DART (Direct Air – Rail Transport) project team from Kier/VolkerFitzpatrick (main contractors on the project) to speak with the students virtually about this large, extremely interesting and complex project. The presentation was given by Olivia Perkins (Project Manager), Chrissy Haine (Section Engineer – Parkway Station) and Tom Gothard (Section Engineer - Central Station).

The DART will provide a rail link between Luton Airport Parkway station and the main airport terminal, and as a result will make Luton Airport one of the fastest airport terminals to access from central London. The project faced some huge challenges, not least the topography of the site itself, but also the Covid pandemic.

The team provided a fantastic glimpse of the project, solutions and approaches taken by the team. The construction course team also collaborated with their contemporaries for CST’s Mechanical Engineering course, to provide an opportunity for the engineering students to also benefit from the talk, and deliver a cross-disciplinary learning session.

Following the presentation session, Chrissy said:

Presenting to the group was a great way to engage with students from the local area - it was fascinating to hear their opinions on sustainability within the industry, especially in the area of social sustainability, and their suggestions on how the industry can improve. It was a rewarding experience, allowing us to contribute towards the teaching and learning at the University and developing the next generation of Construction Managers and Engineers

For further information on the DART project, please follow this link:

www.kier.co.uk/our-projects/luton-dart/

Computer Science and Forensics MSc Student

University of Bedfordshire MSc Student aims for the stars.

Mooneesah Fatimah, a University of Bedfordshire Computer Science and Forensics MSc Student, achieves third place in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition.Mooneesah Fatimah

Apart from pursuing my career in the field of Cyber Security, I also have interest in the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics. I recently participated in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition (IAAC) and came 3rd place internationally.

Mooneesah Fatimah is a Majan student, studying in Majan University College, a partner institution of the University of Bedfordshire.

Bridging the Gap Workshop

Bridging the Gap - 19th March 2021

Dr Haiming Liu

On 19th March 2021 Dr Haiming Liu co-organised a workshop called Bridging the Gap between Information Science, Information Retrieval and Data Science (BIRDS 2021) at the 6th ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR 2021).

For further details please see: BIRDS2021

Representatives of Industry-Leading Organisations

The construction team have continued to develop opportunities for students on their courses to hear from leading professionals, with two more Live seminar sessions this month from representatives of industry-leading organisations.

Tuesday 9th March 2021

Linked specifically to the Human Resource Management and Career Development unit, the students enjoyed an excellent presentation from Nigel Barnes on Project Leadership. Nigel is Head of Life Science (Europe Middle East and Africa) for Linesight, and has previously been Vice President Engineering for one of the world’s top pharmaceutical companies, as well as Head of Industry for one of the UK’s leading engineering construction consultancies.

Nigel Barnes

Nigel gave a fantastic insight into the key considerations around leadership, teamwork and culture, and the significance of this in terms of delivering successful construction projects. After the session with the students, Nigel commented:

With the experience I have gained over 30 years of capital project delivery around the world, it is always refreshing to meet a group of students who are interested to learn from the experiences.

I have been lucky enough to gain, as they look to develop their own skills and are open to learn from others. I really enjoyed the discussion with the students and thought their enthusiasm and engagement was encouraging for the future of our industry.

Tuesday 16th March 2021

In addition, this month the team were also very pleased to welcome Suzanne Bingham and Rebecca Dempsey from Engie to collaborate on the Construction Management degree courses. With Suzanne’s experience as Learning and Development Officer and Rebecca’s as HR Assistant, they were able to deliver a fantastic live seminar session on “Recruitment and Selection in Construction”. The session gave the students an insight into what the industry is currently focused on and looking for in terms of graduate employees, and also presented a range of opportunities that exist for career development across the sector. Following-up with Suzanne after the session, she stated:

It was great spending time with Construction Management students earlier this week, discussing Recruitment and Career Development themes within the industry. Working for ENGIE, a main contractor provides a range of resourcing and professional development opportunities which we were happy to share and discuss. It was interesting hearing the students’ thoughts on recruitment challenges, and to talk about the widening focus from technical skills to a broader, transferable skillset. The collaboration with Bedfordshire University Construction Department is very welcome and we embrace future talent within ENGIE through partnerships such as this. Thank you James Bishop for the invitation!

Rebecca Dempsey

Rebecca Dempsey

Suzanne Bingham

Suzanne Bingham

Sustainable Drainage Systems

Friday 12th February 2021

The construction teaching team were pleased to welcome Alys Bishop to the University in February 2021, to deliver a virtual seminar on sustainable drainage systems for the construction management students.

Alys is the Principal Drainage Engineer and Flood Risk Team Leader for Central Bedfordshire Council, and gave an overview of best practice and cutting edge approaches.Alys Bishop

Following the session, Alys said:

It’s great to engage with the University and with the construction students on practical issues around sustainable construction. Thank you to the academic team for the opportunity to come and talk to the students, and to take part in some interesting discussions around sustainable drainage systems. Hopefully it’s given the students some new ideas, which they can apply in practice on their projects in industry now or in the future.

International Women’s Day

Monday 8th March 2021Tahmina Ajmal

International Women's Day is a world-wide day that celebrates the achievements of women.

This day has been celebrated by the National Environment Research Council (NERC).

Senior Lecturer Dr Tahmina Ajmal has been recognised and included in their celebrations.

To read the full story please see:

engage.nerc.ac.uk/2021/03/08/celebrating-international-womens-day

IRAC Seminar

IRAC Seminar Wednesday 27th January 2021

  • Speaker: Tristan Bacon, Zenzic
  • Online: MS Teams
  • Date & Time: Wednesday 27th January, 11.00
  • Title: The UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap to 2030: CAM Creators Update

Tristan Bacon

About Tristan Bacon

Tristan Bacon is a Research Associate at Zenzic having joined in 2019. He has a MEng in General Engineering, Electronics, from Durham University, where he undertook a research project in connected vehicle communication technologies. Since joining Zenzic, Tristan has worked on multiple technical projects, with a primary focus on roadmapping the UK’s development and deployment of connected and automated mobility (CAM).

Tristan Bacon spoke in the IRAC Research Seminar series on activities his company is championing in order to set a national UK roadmap for developing the technologies needed for automated vehicle transportation until 2030. In this interesting talk, Tristan reported on recent developments of the CAM Roadmap that includes a number of partners from industry and academia and that is also supported by the Government. Various channels are open for interested parties to join the collaborative work and find their own avenues within the CAM Roadmap in order to contribute to this exciting field that is expected to fundamentally change our future experience in traffic of both people and goods.

The UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap Gallery

 

Unlink the link between Covid-19 and 5G Networks

IEEE Publication

Dr Ghazanfar Safdar, Senior Lecturer in Computer Networking, co-authored a paper, titled ‘Unlink
the link between Covid-19 and 5G Networks: an NLP and SNA based Approach’ which has been published in IEEE Access. For the paper please see here

Dr Safdar is also a guest editor on a special issue flyer of Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks
which focusses on Internet of Humans (IoH) in the Perspective of the Next Generation of the Internet (NGI). NGI will involve all sorts of new protocols, to the point where it might entirely reshape the stack and existenceof the dominant TCP/IP stack.

Banner - Journal of Sensor and Actuator Networks

For futher details please see: www.mdpi.com/journal/jsan/special_issues/IoH_NGI

The fifth (5th) generation, while leveraging from the benefits of SARC, will allow humans to communicate with each other as part of the Internet of Humans (IoH). IoH is indeed imminent and undeniably a prominent and essential part of NGI.

H2020 MSCA Exchange Programme “MNR4SCell” Extended to 2021

The MSCA (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) enable research-focused organisations (universities, research centres, and companies) to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide.

MSCA RISE LogoMNR4SCell (Micro/Nano Robotics for Single Cancer Cells) is a MSCA Research and Innovation Staff Exchange project lead by the University of Warwick and participated by the school of Computer Science and Technology, University of Bedfordshire.

It focuses on building blocks of the micro/nano robotics and biomedical applications; and developing methodologies that improve understanding of the disease condition and progression.

The MSCA has awarded to Dr Renxi Qiu and Prof Dayou Li of Computer Science and Technology a €153K grant to extend the project until December 2021.

H2020 MSCA Exchange Programme “MNR4SCell”

The H2020 MSCA Exchange Programme “MNR4SCell” Extended to 2021. The H2020 MSCA Exchange Programme enables research-focused organisations to host talented international researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide.

The MNR4SCell Overview

The MNR4SCell Overview

Diagram

MNR4SCell (Micro/Nano Robotics for Single Cancer Cells) is a MSCA project led by the University of Warwick and participated by 11 universities, research centres, and companies across the world. Dr Renxi Qiu and Professor Dayou Li are local coordinators of the project in Bedfordshire. They have received a €153K grant to extend the project until December 2021. The project is focused on building blocks of the micro/nano robotics and biomedical applications; and developing methodologies that improve understanding of the disease condition and progression.

For further information please see: warwick.ac.uk

5G-ERA

H2020 Research Grant Award, entitled “5G-ERA”

Horizon 2020 Logo

A £6 million H2020 project with 13 partners from 7 different countries to study 5G enhanced robot autonomy. The EU Research and Innovation programme - H2020, has awarded to Dr Renxi Qiu, Prof Dayou Li and Dr Enjie Liu from the School of Computer Science and Technology, University of Bedfordshire, a €700K grant as part of a 6 million research project entitled “5G-ERA”. Robot autonomy is essential for many 5G vertical sectors and can provide multiple benefits in automated mobility, Industry 4.0 and healthcare.

The project will accelerate the ongoing convergence of robotics, AI & cloud computing; and to unlock a next level of autonomy through 5G based learning in general. The 5G-ERA project is led by RobotNik Automation SLL who is a leading provider of service robots in Europe.

Dr Renxi Qiu from the Univerisity of Bedfordshire is the scientific coordinator of the 5G-ERA project.

H2020 Research Grant

5G-ERA

H2020 Research Grant Award, entitled “5G-ERA”

 

A £6 million H2020 project with 13 partners from 7 different countries to study 5G enhanced robot autonomy.

The EU Research and Innovation programme - H2020, has awarded to Dr Renxi Qiu, Professor Dayou Li and Dr Enjie Liu from the School of Computer Science and Technology, University of Bedfordshire, a €700K grant as part of a 6 million research project entitled “5G-ERA”.

Dr Renxi Qiu is also the scientific co-ordinator of the entire 5G-ERA project. The project is oriented towards a user-centric paradigm of integrating Robot Autonomy into the existing standardised 5G testing framework under cloud native architecture to improve Quality of Experience (QoE). 

Robot autonomy can provide multiple benefits in automated mobility, Industry 4.0 and healthcare and 5G technology has the great potential to enhance robot autonomy. It is 3-years project, starting from January 2021.


International Symposium on Water Ecology and Environment

Tools for Precision Aquaculture

Dr Tahmina Ajmal was invited to present her research at the International Symposium on Water Ecology and Environment www.confiswee.com/#/aboutIsweeKeynoteSpeakers on 8th December 2020. Her talk entitled ‘Tools for Precision Aquaculture’ was based on her ongoing research projects in aquaculture.

Tools for Precision Aquaculture

1st Year BSc Computer Games Develpment Student Wins Design Award

Congratulations to James Arnold on winning the “Humanity” award for his short game, “Reasons” which was developed as part of the Games Jobs Live Game Parade Jam. James Arnold

The game jam took place over one week in October, giving students a chance to showcase their talents directly to companies hiring in the gaming sector. This year’s topic was “seize the day”. James’ game highlighted struggles that people with depression can face in daily activities.

The game involves controlling an unnamed character during their morning routine. Difficult challenges become easier when the player gives the character “reasons” for carrying out the tasks. 'Reasons' can be downloaded for free here

Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Cem Ekin SunalWelcome to Cem Ekin Sunal who has joined our team as KTP Associate to work on a KTP project with Deckpro Pumps /Uptime Systems from October 2020. Cem will be working on development and implementation of machine learning algorithms that will predict and classify failures of electric pump motors
based on readings of electric current in real-time.

The project topic is tightly coupled with the concept of Internet-of-Things (IoT) and with the popular deep learning paradigm. The expected project outcomes will greatly improve efficiency and quality of service and maintenance delivered by our industrial partner and will enable them to open a whole new palette of products with a potential step into other markets, such as monitoring and failure prediction of electric vehicles.

The project will last for 2 years with a total value of £160k and is led by Dr Vladan Velisavljevic and Dr Vladimir Dyo from School CST & IRAC. Congratulations to Cem on a successful start of the project.

ACE-2020 Workshop

The 4th International Workshop on Applications of AI, Cyber Security and Economics Big Data (ACE-2020)

Held in conjunction with The 5th IEEE Int’l Congress on Cyber Science and Technology (CyberSciTech 2020)

Hosted in Calgary, Canada, 22-26 June 2020

cyber-science.org/2020

This international workshop provides a platform for IT experts and young researchers to present their cyber-related original research discoveries.

This international workshop provides a platform for IT experts and young researchers to present their cyber-related original research discoveries.

The 4th International Workshop on Applications of AI, Cyber Security and Economics Big Data (ACE-2020) was hosted by Athabasca University in Calgary, Canada, from the 22-26 June 2020.

Due to the global pandemic, the event was held online and in an asynchronous format via Slack - an online workspace app that allows users to connect with presenters and other conference attendees to discuss the presentations.

The conference provided its attendees with enlightenment, information, and connectivity. There were excellent papers and presentations from global sources and authorities in the field of cyber science and technology.

I presented a paper on “Smart Signs and Road Surface Marks for Smart Cities” as part of my contribution. The event also provided me with the insight and direction on how to improve my research work and the opportunities I seek going forward.

Most of the conference’s presentations were those that seek to push the boundaries of current knowledge through research, exploration, and innovation.

Through the event, I have learnt that the COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a great interest in and appreciation of the field of cyber science and technology and its future potential as the world needs it now, more than ever before

For further details please see:

www.beds.ac.uk/irac/workshop

BCS Search Solutions Event

Haiming Liu and Ingo Frommholz co-organised the annual BCS Search Solutions event held by the Information Retrieval Specialist Group of the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).

Search Solutions is the premier UK forum for the presentation of the latest innovations in search and information retrieval. The programme includes presentations, panels and keynote talks by influential industry leaders on novel and emerging applications in search and information retrieval. Traditionally, Search Solutions consists of a tutorial day and the main conference. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Search Solutions was held online this year with the opportunity to be more geographically inclusive.

Search Solutions 2020 attracted students (also from UoB), academics and practitioners from different time zones as speakers and delegates. The first day saw a well-received tutorial about Reinforcement Learning and Information Retrieval by tutors from Blue Prism AI Labs.

The main event was attended by 74 delegates at peak time and saw talks by speakers from different world-leading and prestigious institutes and companies on different topics such as user-centric search, machine learning/artificial intelligence and bias in search. All in all, two very successful events that will hopefully take place in person again next year.

Smart Food Factory Online Conference

Dr Tahmina Ajmal senior lecturer in Engineering was invited as speaker and chair of a panel discussion on the ‘The Food factory of the Future, Smart & Collaborative’ at the Smart Food Factory Online Conference & Exhibition on 10th of September 2020

Tahmina's talk was on: 'Using digital Technology in Reducing Food Waste' and relates to her Interreg project REAMIT.

REAMIT is an NW Europe Interreg project and stands for Improving Resources Efficiency of Agribusiness supply chains by Minimising waste using Internet of Things sensors (IoT).

REAMIT capitalises on the power of IoT sensors and Big Data technologies for reducing food waste in the agri supply chains. It focusses on fresh produce (fruits, vegetables, fish and meat).

For further information please see: www.reamit.eu

Online conference screenshot of delegates

From left to right, top row: Tahmina Ajmal, Senior Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire, Mike Wilson, Chief Automation Officer, Technology Strategy, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Liverpool, Daniel Perez Martins, Postdoctoral Researcher, Mobile Ecosystem & Pervasive Sensing, TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. Lower row: Ed Keenan, Head of Process, Integrated Food Projects Ltd, Derbyshire, Ankur Jain, Founder & CEO, Udyogyantra, India.

Celebrating Cisco Networking Academy Instructor Rebecca Harrop on International Teachers Day

Rebecca Harrop thanked by Cisco Networking AcademyRebecca Harrop: Photo credit Mark Phillips

Senior lecturer in Cybersecurity - Rebecca Harrop - from the school of Computer Science and Technology has been recognised and thanked for work in Networking and Cybersecurity by the Cisco Networking Academy.

The Cisco Networking Academy commemorated Rebecca's twenty years as an academy instructor with a special blog for International Teacher's Day.

Read more about Rebecca's work, and make a comment on the blog congratulating her

You can also read more and listen to an interview with Rebecca by Andrew Smith from the Open University.

European Cybersecurity Month 2020: Recognising Rebecca's Contribution

Rebecca's contribution is also recognised by the European Cyber Security Month

For more details please see: Teaching Digital

Lockdown Labs

Beds Computing Students Take to Remote Methods to Learn Practical Employability Skills from Home.

One of the advantages of being a Cisco Local Academy meant that University of Bedfordshire computing students already had access to high-quality distance-learning materials in place from the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Cisco packet tracer

Our lecturers immediately took to conducting online lectures, as a replacement for seminars, and for practical classes learners have been able to continue their studies in Computer Networking, Wireless Technologies, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity using online resources and network simulation tools - like Packet Tracer – so learners are still gaining valuable practical employability skills (such as configuring and securing network devices) even from their own home.

Students report that although they miss the classroom computing lab, they are delighted to be able to continue learning and engaging in practical training remotely.

Rebecca Harrop, Senior Lecturer

University of Bedfordshire’s instructors were able to quickly convert to online teaching and keep everyone on-track, using the Cisco Academy materials as support.Our Regional Academy Support Centre reports that the Beds Uni dashboard has suddenly ‘lit up’ with numbers showing a significant increase of about 700%.

Next week, many of our first and second-year students will sit their final assessments in these subjects.

British Science Week - March 2020

As part of British Science week, the School of CST took part in setting up a stall in the Luton Mall on Tuesday March 10th, 2020. We participated in hosting some live workshops demonstrating the following technologies:

Science week stall in the Luton shopping mall

  • Lego Mindstorms Robot Kits,
  • Arduino Robots and VR (Virtual Reality) Technologies.

During the Schools Event on Wednesday 11th March, 2020 the following workshops were held to accommodate the visitors from the various schools and colleges:

  • 3D Printing Workshop (D009)
  • Computer Networking Workshop
  • Lego Mindstorms Robots
  • Forensics Session Autocad Workshop
  • Arduino Workshop

Also, a Software Development, Robocode workshop. Robocode is a 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 onscreen.

Thursday 12 March, 2020

Dr Paul Sant presented a lecture on the subject: ‘What does Artificial Intelligence hold for our future?’

Dr Sant discussed the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the commercial and research world and looked at how computer systems can perform tasks that normally require human intelligence.

University of Bedfordshire Formula Student – Luton Gears© Team - 2020

Formula Student is a student engineering competition organised by IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) annually, with aim to (1) develop students’ knowledge on vehicle technology, design and development and (2) enhance students’ skills of project management, team working, business development, racing car driving and competition. Through the project, a team need to design and build a small Formula style racing car which can be thermal, electrical or autonomous then to compete with other teams from other universities around the world.

Since February 2020, UoB FS team of fourteen (14) students, as shown in Figure 1 below, was formed to start the University of Bedfordshire Formula Student project. The team, named as “Luton Gears©” is entirely managed by the students with the support of Mechanical, Automotive and Electronics Engineering staff and the School.

Formula student team

Figure 1: Presentation of the University of Bedfordshire Formula Student team (2019/2020)

The team is composed of five working groups for which each member works on a specific task to achieve the expected goal. The working groups are as shown in the table below.

Working Group

Engine

  • Styliano Antemi
  • Taha Khan
  • Abdelwahab Elaagib

Chassis

  • Bicheng Zheng
  • Qiming Yang
  • Yongjun He

Body

  • Milap Amin
  • Bhargav Parbatbhai
  • Hardikkumar Patel

Steering System and Brakes

  • Vladut-Costel Botezatu
  • Joshua Ogunbiyi

Electronics

  • Suman Naz
  • Jude Ekechukwu

Sponsorship

Sponsorship is sought and always welcomed to support the students’ work. The team has defined five different donation packages. The sponsorship can be either financial, material, discount or service donations. The different donation packages a company or individual can make are:

  • The Bronze donation (equivalent of £1,000 or less)

  • The Silver donation (between £1,000 and £2,000)

  • The Gold donation (between £2,000 and £5,000)

  • The Diamond donation (between £5,000 and £10,000)

  • The Supreme donation (above £10,000)

In return of a company sponsorship and depending on the donation package, the team develops various communication support to extend the company’s advertisement through allocated space logo on the built car, space logo on the team’s banner displayed in the lab and on the campus, presentation of the company in the team’s progress newsletters, space logo on the team’s printed T-shirts and clothes and also a recognition in the team social media networks.

The Luton Gears© are mainly characterised by their high motivation and enthusiasm for the Formula Student competition. No doubt they have done such a considerable progress in a short amount of time. You can start following them on Instagram, please look for “lutongears”.

Catalyst Partnership - 2020

The University of Bedfordshire has been working closely with Catalyst, one of the country’s largest housing associations, to develop a sector-leading research initiative to help solve key issues faced by housing associations. Two members of the Catalyst team will complete Masters by Research projects, which will be supervised by Dr James Bishop, Senior Lecturer, at the University in Construction Management and Building Technology and Dr Andrew Clements, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology.

Catalyst’s Policy and Insight Manager, Zoe Cox, will be researching the viability of housing associations generating their own energy through renewable and sustainable sources to help benefit residents living with fuel poverty. Katie Prowse, Project Manager at Catalyst, will be investigating the level of preparation that registered providers have in place to meet tough government targets on carbon emissions.

Ian McDermott, Chief Executive of Catalyst, said: “Catalyst is delighted to partner with the University of Bedfordshire to deliver this exciting opportunity for colleagues. Innovation is increasingly at the core of excellent organisations and it is right that we continue to find new ways to solve problems being faced in the housing sector. It shows how Catalyst is leading the way when it comes to innovation and creative thinking.”

The full press release can be found here

Katie, James and Zoe

From left to right; Katie Prowse, James Bishop and Zoe Cox.

Visit to Majan University March 2020

The School of Computer Science and Technology Visit Majan University

Majan 2020

From left to right; Ray Brown, Jon Hitchcock, Paul Sant, Tess Crosbie, Khaled El-Husseine and Enjie Liu. Just over Khaled’s left shoulder, with a horizontal red light, is the new PG Centre at Majan College which was only formally occupied last week.

Another successful Computer Science and Technology School visit took place at Majan University College in Oman, just ahead of the University of Bedfordshire's coronavirus travel ban.

Students at Majan undertake three post graduate units over five computer science schools. The first of these is delivered over four intense days by University of Bedfordshire staff and the remainder are taught by the Majan staff. University of Bedfordshire staff additionally provide two 'BREO Collaborate' sessions.

One Thames City Project in Central London.

Event Hosted by Yuanda Europe and R&F Properties Group

R&F 9

Construction Management degree students on a recent site visit to the One Thames City proR&F 8ject in Central London. This 5.5 acre mixed use residential scheme forms a key part of the Nine Elms Regeneration masterplan in Vauxhall. On completion the scheme will provide in the region of 1500 high quality apartments and retail units located around a large centralised park. The visit was hosted by Yuanda Europe and R&F Properties Group and was focused particularly on the cladding system being used for one of high rise apartment buildings, which is a key aspect of the students’ coursework assignments. The visit included presentations from senior professionals from both Yuanda Europe and R&F Properties Group.

Research on Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining Helps Marketing Managers

To be competitive, businesses need to attract customers with new products and services by using an efficient marketing campaign. There are many products for marketing management, developed in recent years by using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Mining (DM) technologies.

Businesses are interested in understanding and modelling customers’ behaviour patterns which could bring new insights into the marketing campaign. AI and DM technologies help the campaign manager to discover the interesting patterns in data, required for improving the accuracy of predicting the customers’ behaviour.

Researchers, including Duke TJ Ludera, together with Torubein Fawei (pictured), have been engaged by the unit coordinator Dr Schetinin to extend a decision model so as to use customers’ behavioural data stored in previous campaigns. In computational experiments they showed that the AI-based decision models improve the accuracy of customer’s predictions in the case of a real bank marketing dataset including thousands of customers’ profiles.

The extended work has been accepted for publication in Springer series “Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing” and will be presented at the International Conference held at Amsterdam in September 2020.

From left to right; Torubein Fawei and Duke TJ Ludera

At ICIM 2020, London - Online March 2020

Modelling User Interaction for Image Search using Information Foraging Theory and a bit of Quantum Theory

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Dr Haiming Liu gave a keynote speech at ICIM 2020 on 29th March 2020 (http://www.icim.org/keynote.html). Haiming talked about her research and the H2020 ITN project called QUARTZ (http://www.quartz-itn.eu/) that she is working on. This is a dissemination event for both UoB and QUARTZ.

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Computer Science and Technology Careers Event at Bedford Academy

Careers team

The School of Computer Science and Technology presented an IT careers event in the Bedford Academy, Bedford on Thursday 5th March. The event included Bedford Academy school children from Year 7 to Year 13.

Dr Carlos Jacome Fernandez, Dr Marc Conrad and Dr Tahmina Ajmal of
The School of Computer Science and Technology represented the University, where they answered student queries and showed them interesting artefacts.

The organisers at Bedford Academy applauded the table presentation; they appreciated our enthusiastic participation, as it was very useful to the children in making career choices in STEM subjects.

From left to right; Tahmina Ajmal, Marc Conrad and Carlos Jacome.

Construction Site Visits 2019 - 2020

Construction Management Students

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From left to right: Project Director, Andy Fox and James Bishop

SinceSite visit - group of students the start of their new academic term, our construction management students have had the opportunity to visit a range of construction sites both locally and further afield. The projects have ranged in size from smaller residential projects through to huge commercial projects worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The visits have generally included presentations from project directors, site managers and planners, with the students able to pick their brains on the approaches to construction and the project challenges.

The course team have worked with some of these construction companies to plan a series of visits over course of the academic year, so that the students can see the development of those pSite visitrojects over an extended period of time. Working with these companies with this approach has also led to a number of placement opportunities with them for our students over the summer.

The images show our construction management students on a recent site project hostedby Toureen Group at one of their large commercial projects in the heart of London. We were able to visit this project twice during the year, giving students from different cohorts the benefit of seeing and hearing from leading construction professionals working on this type of large complex project.

Below are the CST News stories from previous years!


Master the Mainframe

We are proud to announce the University of Bedfordshire came 3rd in the Master The Mainframe 2019 competition with 38 registrations. This included 13 students who completed Part 1, 2 completed Part 2, and 1 completed part 3.

Two students who were Part 2 and Part 3 finishers are listed in the Hall of Fame 2019 (among the 33 entries) - go to mtm2019.mybluemix.net click on the UK map, then search for Bedfordshire.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to all our students who took part and to Daniel Serbanescu and Radu Popescu for their success in the hall of fame! 

December 2019

Cybersecurity Club@UoB

  • Presentation on Wednesday 4 December 2019
  • Presenters: Dr Ali Mansour, Duke Ludera, Vincent Goldman, and Graham Winchester

A large group of enthusiastic students and members of the Cybersecurity Club@UoB from the School of Computer Science and Technology attended this Major League Hacking (MLH) hands-on workshop in collaboration with the Cybersecurity Club@UoB in the new STEM building on 4 December 2019.

Cybersecurity Club members

From left to right: Dr Ali Mansour, Duke Ludera, Vincent Goldman, and Graham Winchester

Students learned about IBM Z, the powerful enterprise-computing platform that 71% of Fortune 500 companies depend on for their success. This workshop focused on z/OS, the operating system favoured by businesses with high requirements for availability, accuracy, and security. z/OS is the home of enterprise software, including CICS, which serves up 30 billion transactions a day.

Student group

Students logged into a live IBM Mainframe system, explored its environment, performed exercises on data processing, and accessed a UNIX subsystem for performing some basic tasks. This hands-on experience set the students up with the educational foundation needed to excel on this platform built specifically for business. 

This Hands-on workshop was sponsored by IBM Z and arranged by the Cybersecurity Club@UoB and Major League Hacking (ML), USA. Special acknowledgement goes to Mr Paul Fairbairn, Z Client Skills Leader Europe, IBM Z Ecosystem, IBM UK, for his support with this workshop.

Tranzfuser 2019 - UK Games Fund National Project

A team composed of three graduates from the BSc Computer Games Development course and one post-graduate

researcher from the School of Computer Science and Technology have been selected as one of 13 teams to participate in Tranzfuser a national competition for graduate games talent. Its an excellent opportunity for our graduates to work on a games project and pitch to a national audience. Well done to the team on their proposal, and good luck for the project!

The School of Computer Science and Technology will host the team as a ‘Local Hub’ for the Tranzfuser project.

Announced by news@ukgamesfund on June 25th, 2019:

“Graduate teams from across the UK have today been announced as participants in this year’s Tranzfuser competition. Based at Tranzfuser Local Hubs across the length and breadth of the country…

Participating teams will work on their individual games over the course of the summer, getting a playable demo for a large consumer games show in the Autumn. There they will vie for the attention of the playing public, standing alongside the AAA games of 2019. This year’s competition also sees the teams attend a bootcamp-style Practice Pitch event in Dundee; in preparation for the full pitch to the UK Games Fund team at the Autumn consumer show for support of up to £25,000 for the development of their project, the teams will practice their pitching skills to a range of industry professionals. The Practice Pitch event will determine which teams go on to exhibit at the consumer games show later this year.”

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tranzfuser.com/tranzfuser-teams-2019

  • Fusebox Inc.
  • Team Leader: Vlad Viziteu,
  • Mihăiţă-Iulian Vlad, Deepaseem Gurung, Amy Hoang.

About the Project

We would like to thank UK Games Talent for the opportunity to participate in the Tranzfuser competition. Fusebox.Inc is ready to bring this VR experience to the world! So grab your headset and get ready to fly! Take to the skies in Wings of Reality; a virtual reality flight sim arcade game. Grab your controllers and battle it out with your friends in this intense PVP multiplayer game! Aim to become top dog by destroying your friends in an action-packed jet fighter combat. Only one person can survive. Only one person can become victorious. Are you ready to become the number one pilot?

 

May 2019

Poster Day

The CST School held it's annual Project Poster Event on the Friday 24th May 2019, in the Luton Campus Centre. This event saw a number of business visitors and offered an opportunity for our CST third year students to exhibit their final projects in poster format and to demonstrate their artefacts to visitors and industry. The event was open to all students and members of staff to have a look at some of the wonderful achievements of our 3rd years!

Poster Day - posters

Best Poster

  • 1st Nishat Ahmad
  • 2nd Muhammad Zulqarnain
  • 3rd Jason Clifton

Aykut Sirma

Best Academic Contribution

  • 1st  Aykut Sirma
  • 2nd Miguel Fernandes Vieira
  • 3rd Boguslaw Smolarczyk

Best Commercially Viable Project

  • 1st Jason Clifton
  • 2nd Maciej Olkowicz
  • 3rd Enoch Banjo

Sodalite Prizes

Three prizes were donated by Sodalite.

Best Poster
  • Fortune Nweke-Maraizu
Best Academic Contribution
  • Enoch Banjo
Most Commercially Viable
  • Jordan Dunn

 

Hornby Prizes

Two prizes were donated by Hornby.

Projects with Most Potential
  • Sadiqul Chowdhury
  • Jack Bartlett

Jack Bartlett

The prizes were presented by Dr Paul Sant (on right in photo(s) above),
Head of the School of Computer Science and Technology.

January 2019

Guardian League Tables

The School of Computer Science and Technology is proud to announce we are ranked 7th (out of 62) in the most recent Guardian League Tables for 2019 in the 'Electronic and Electrical' subject area.

Focusing on providing authentic learning experience, effective student inclusion and consistent high-quality academic support has brought the CST School a fantastic achievement! The most recent 2019 Guardian University League Tables has ranked the University of Bedfordshire 7thout of 62 institutions in the country in the subject of electronic and electrical engineering, placing the UoB and CST School in a group of several leading UK institutions in this subject. The success is even greater having noted that the UoB is the only university in the country with the maximal score of 10 in the category of added value. We are remaining committed to the highest quality of teaching, academic support and student inclusion and we are aiming at retaining such a high rank in the competitive academic world.

Congratulations to our Electronic Engineering staff!

Paul and Engineering StaffFrom left to right: Dr Vladan Velisavljevic, Dr Tahmina Ajmal,
Dr Carlos Jacome Fernandez and Head of School, Dr Paul Sant.

Please see our Electronics courses below:

View a full list of our courses:

www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/departments/computing/courses

 


Project Poster Event May 2018

Project Poster Day

The CST School held its annual Project Poster Event on the 25th May 2018, in the Luton Campus Centre. This event saw a number of business visitors and offered an opportunity for our CST third year students to exhibit their final projects in poster format and to demonstrate their artefacts to industry. The event was open to all students and members of staff to have a look at some of the wonderful achievements of our 3rd years!

Industry visitors chatting

The event was sponsored by the School of Computer Science and Technology, together with local companies Sodalite and Mac Donald Humfrey (Automation) Ltd.,

The projects were judged and a number of prizes were awarded.

And the winners are...

Prize giving for best poster

Best Poster

  • 1st Ken Chin
  • 2nd Haroulis Harris

Best Academic Project

  • 1st Nikolaos Christu
  • 2nd Ion Sarov

Best Commercially Relevant Project

  • 1st Lukasz Kaleta
  • 2nd James Early

Experience Day with MacDonald Humfrey (Automation) Ltd

  • Tom Roberts
  • Mario Rodriguez

The prizes were presented by Dr Paul Sant (on far left in photo above),
Acting Head of the School of Computing and Technology.

BCS Arduino Workshop

Bedfordshire Chapter Arduino workshop 1

On 2nd May 2018, the Bedfordshire Chapter held its first Arduino workshop. Chapter President, Faisal Hoque, ran the workshops after securing BCS funding for the equipment.

The 5 hour Arduino workshop was a tremendous success with over 30 students attending, over the course of the event.

Students were able to either work on their own projects or work in groups on projects ranging from music boxes through to a calculator project that would show results on an LCD screen.

Bedfordshire Chapter Arduino workshop 2

Well done to Faisal and the Chapter for organising such a successful workshop.

Faisal expressed the group’s gratitude to BCS for their funding.

And finally, special thanks go to Jeremy Bennett, Chair of the BCS Open Source Specialist Group for his advice and support on what items to buy and where to find them. Read more

Outreach

On 8th March David Jazani visited Denbigh High School helping to support their Careers Day by providing talks on careers and information on CST / Engineering courses available at the University, including our Foundation Year offering. David has been asked to return and provide further inspirational career talks to students on 15th May 2018

IBM University Day

On 14th May, Acting HoS Paul Sant took a group of 17 CST students to the IBM University day, hosted by IBM. The students attended Key Note seminars, had a networking lunch and engaged in a series of interactive and discursive sessions in the afternoon/evening.

Degree Apprenticeships

The degree apprenticeship (DTS) is now running its third unit in UBMK with the apprentices from BMW Mini and the level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship has 15 apprentices based at Luton. Most of these are currently employed at Luton Borough Council but are joined by apprentices from Vauxhall Motors and the University of Bedfordshire.

Publications

CST Lecturers author new book: Masood Ur Rehman & Ghazanfar Ali Safdar, LTE Communications and networks: Femtocells and antenna Design challenges

LTE Communications and networks fills a gap in the literature to offer a comprehensive review of the most current developments of LTE Femto cells and antennas and explores their future growth. This book identifies technical challenges and presents recent findings related to the development, integration and enhancement of LTE systems in portable devices. It will pave the way for students, researchers and industrial professionals for understanding of 4G and upcoming 5G technologies.

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