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New Crowd Simulation Video

New Crowd Simulation Video

Olivier has made this very nice video of his crowd simulation work…

Messing with Cameras

I would not have had the nerve to do this – but luckily Chris Watham did it for me (thanks Chris). The idea is to remove the IR filter from the sensor of a Casio EX-ZR100 camera – we can then use it to film bats at night, apparently at 1000 fps – I’ll settle for 240 Though. Miraculously someone has done this before with this model, and posted a guide. It worked! Chris in action….


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 – my 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.