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February, 2012:

James Munro’s Successful Viva Examination

James successfully defended his MSc by Research thesis today. In fact, it could not have gone much better.  The external examiner, Professor Abdennour El Rhalibi from JMU, was very positive about his work, as was Duncan (internal). So I am very happy, and James is relieved, I think. As well as  James achievement, it is also a small milestone for me Рmy first research student to complete (well, nearly).

 

 

Visit to Tattershall

I visited the Holy Trinity Church at Tattershall again yesterday, and met up with Stephen Rudd from Natural England, Dave Mullenger, Ian Nixon, and Helen Scarborough. It was really nice to visit again, and a good opportunity to think about filming bats again this summer, and to meet Stephen and Helen for the first time – we had a good chat about possible collaborations, filming, and how to take the computer vision project forward. It is very encouraging that everyone is so positive, and I am feeling enthusiastic again now that winter seems to be passing and summer is ahead…

Olivier’s LNCS Paper (Nearly) Accepted

Olivier’s invited paper for Springer LNCS Transactions on Computational Collective Intelligence has been accepted for publication. Excellent news – especially as our REF submissions are being externally reviewed tomorrow. At least I’ll have something to talk about.

http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs/transactions+cci?SGWID=0-173802-0-0-0

Looking for Churches…

Belinda (Colston) and I visited Keith Halliday at the Lincolnshire Diocesan Advisory Commitee (DAC) yesterday. The purpose of the DAC is to oversee work to church buildings in Lincolnshire, and so our hope was to get some help in identifying local churches with bat populations which have internal modifications¬†planned in the next 2 years – ideal sites to collect video data, and to help develop and test bat behaviour monitoring systems. Keith was very helpful, and we left with a list of possible sites, and contact details – really exceeded our expectations…

Welcome

Welcome to my University of Lincoln blog! As a Lecturer in the School of Computer Science, most of my interests revolve around technology themes in research and teaching. In particular, I’m active in computer vision research (especially related to monitoring animal behaviour) and also interested in computer games technology – do have a look at my other pages to see what I’m currently working on…