Two books have recently been by published by Springer, Dr Ulrich Nehmzow's
book "Scientific Methods in Mobile Robotics":
robotics is a cutting-edge research topic, which until recently has primarily
focused on issues such as the design of controllers and robot hardware. The
field is now ready to embrace theoretical methods from dynamical systems theory,
statistics and system identification to produce quantitative analyses and
computer models of robot-environment interaction."
Springer Verlag page for more information.
Udo Kruschwitz's book, "Intelligent
of digital documents can nowadays be found everywhere in institutions,
universities or companies. Examples are Web sites or intranets. But searching
them for information can still be painful.
Searches often return either large numbers of matches or no suitable matches at
Such document collections can vary a lot in size and how much structure they
carry. What they have in common is that they typically do have some structure
and that they cover a limited range of topics. The second point is significantly
different from documents on the Web in general.
The type of search system that we propose in this book can suggest ways of
refining or relaxing the query to assist a user in the search process. In order
to suggest sensible query modifications we would need to know what the documents
are about. Explicit knowledge about the document collection encoded in some
electronic form is what we need.
However, typically such knowledge is not available.
This book describes how that knowledge can be constructed automatically."
Julian Togelius won the award for
best student paper at the 2005 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation in
Edinburgh. The award was presented at the conference banquet, with over 400
delegates in attendance.
Julian Togelius and Simon M. Lucas, Evolving Controllers for Simulated
Car Racing, Congress on Evolutionary Computation (2005)
Robotic Fish at the London Aquarium
Professor Huosheng Hu recently announced that his robotic fishes are part of the
attractions as the London Aquarium.
It has been a very successful exhibition and visitors are amazed by such
wonderful fish-like movements.
Here are some video clips for you to view:
Boost for IT Job Prospects The Computing and Information
Technology industries are forecast to be major areas of growth in employment
over the coming decade.
"IT has been identified by the HEFCE, according to its new report on
"strategically important and vulnerable subjects" published this week, as one of
the strategic subjects in which a strong knowledge base and a supply of highly
skilled workers are of particular national importance.
Forecasts by e-skills UK, Gartner and Experian suggest that the IT
workforce must grow over the coming decade as the IT sector itself expands, and
as other sectors seek competitive advantage through investment in technology.
Occupations such as IT strategy and planning professionals, software
professionals and IT managers, the vast majority of whom require graduate-level
subject skills, are expected to need especially high numbers of recruits. In
addition, a considerable demand for 'advanced' and 'high' levels of IT user
skills is foreseen"
British Computer Society Press Release, June 2005.
The full text of the BCS press release can be seen at:
Further confirmation of the increasing industrial requirement was given by
Bill Gates at the recent Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2005. In an
extended interview he expressed concern at the shortage of good computer
science graduates: "Microsoft is trying to hire every great college graduate
who has basic computer science skills and we think is highly talented. When I
sit down and review projects here inside the company, the topic that always
comes up is how is the hiring going..."
National Teaching Fellowship Awarded to Maria Fasli
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is part of an national programme
to 'raise the status of learning and teaching in Higher Education'. It
celebrates excellence in teaching by recognising individuals who are
"outstanding as teachers and promoters of learning".
There are 50 Fellowships awarded each year and three categories:
experienced staff who have been teaching
for more than six years, rising stars who are relatively new to teaching, and
for learning support staff. Each award is worth £50,000 to the individual, to be
used for the benefit of learning and teaching in Higher Education.
Maria was the University's nomination - so this is an honour to be
celebrated at the level of the institution. This is the first NTFS award the
University has received.
More information on the scheme is here
Huge congratulations to Maria - this has required a lot of work and
order to further the aim of promoting the innovation of Information and
Communication Technology at universities in East Anglia, the British Computer
Society (East Anglia Branch) awarded four prizes across the region in 2003-04.
The prizes were awarded to the best second year Computer Science students on the
basis of academic achievement. Matthew Hunt, now in his final year, is
pictured receiving his prize - a cheque for £125 plus a BCS student annual
membership voucher - from Ms Kuldeep Kaur, BCS Market Development Manager, and
Professor Martin Henson, Head of Department.
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