Wednesday 5th April saw the finals of the Imperial 3 minute thesis competition. PhD students nominated from departments across the College were invited to the final competition. The format is that each student is briefly introduced by the chair person. They then have up to 3 minutes to deliver a pitch about their research. They have no notes, one slide (which is behind them) and a massive clock that ticks down the three minutes.
The College webpage for this year’s competition contains links to watch some of the talks, and I’m sure you’ll agree they’re all very good. HiPEDS CDT nominated Nicolas Moser, a third year research student of HiPEDS based in Electrical and Electronic Engineeringt, and we were delighted when he was awarded third place, and also won the “people’s choice” award. Congratulations Nicolas! You can see Nicolas’s pitch either from the website above, or here:
The two CDTs PPAR (Pervasive Paralellism) at Edinburgh and HiPEDS jointly organised an Industry Event at Edinburgh for partners and students on November 10th 2016. (See http://pervasiveparallelism.inf.ed.ac.uk/industrial-engagement-event_2016/
for more details.)
Eleven HiPEDS students travelled to Edinburgh for the day-long event. The varied timetable included 1.5-minute and 1-slide research briefings by 27 PPAR and HiPEDS students, followed after a break by 4-minute company presentations by about 17 industry partners. The latter included descriptions of internship opportunities as well as more general activities of the company. These talks prepared the way for networking over a long lunch break where students presented posters of their research, followed, in the afternoon, by one-one 5-minute chats with partners about internship and/or research possibilities.
All aspects of the event were appreciated by students and industry alike, and the day ended with a final networking reception.
Protocopier is a group project within HiPEDS, developed by PhD students who started in October 2016, with support from Dyson Limited, and the Dyson School of Design Engineering. Full details can be found on their group project site.
The constituent departments of HiPEDS also invited individual streams of students into their departments for 4 days as part of the Sutton Trust Summer School. Electrical and Electronic Engineering additionally took part in the College’s newly expanded Work Experience programme.
As part of ongoing work with teachers to assist and develop Maths, Computing and Engineering in schools the Outreach Team have recently begun running a series of Teacher Focus Groups to collaborate and gain feedback on new programme ideas.
Luke Bacon, Physical Sciences and Engineering Outreach Programmes Manager and Faculty Outreach Champion, Prof George Constantinides, speaking to a focus group of secondary school teachers to open a two-way discussion over outreach needs and requirements.
April 26th – 28th 2016 Eastpark Conference Centre, Bracknell
At the end of April 27 PhD students from three CDTS based at Imperial, Edinburgh and Oxford participated in a two-day creativity sandpit. We were very fortunate to welcome to the event three industry engineers, Walt Aldred, Research Director and Scientific Advisor for Drilling at Schlumberger Gould Labs, Dr. Nathan Chong, ARM researcher, and Dr David Sharp, Head of Technology 10x at Ocado. Each gave a stimulating briefing for their challenge: Underground SLAM, Novel parallel algorithms for warehouse operations, and New applications and opportunities with the Internet of Things (IOT). Together with four academics from Imperial and Edinburgh, they then participated as mentors throughout the sandpit, giving valuable guidance and feedback. Professor Peter Childs of the Dyson School of Engineering at Imperial gave a plenary talk entitled “Ideas to Reality”, which offered a compelling picture of the importance of creativity and design, and Imperial’s impressive track record in turning this into industrial impact.
During the first half-day, the students learned about the challenges, started asking questions and having initial ideas, got to know each other, and built some weird Rube Goldberg contraptions for popping party crackers. On the second day they constructed mind maps and formed groups to work on one of the problems. After initial presentations and feedback from everyone, the mentors ran a “test lab” to help the students challenge themselves further about their ideas. On the final half-day the students presented their ideas for final feedback and then gave an elevator pitch to conclude. They formed seven groups, and many exciting ideas emerged. One group worked on a novel approach to “underground vision” and several groups worked on algorithms for autonomous robots careering around a large warehouse without colliding, including from one group a simulation built during the event, There were three innovative IOT applications, for smart city lighting, a non-invasive hormone detector and emotion directed music.
Students appreciated the chance to discuss research ideas from an industry perspective and to work on real industrial challenges. The aims of the sandpit were several: to give them an opportunity to reflect on their own approaches to creative thinking, enable them to meet and work with peers from other institutions, and to discuss research with industrial engineers.
The event was organised by HipEDS Programme Director Dr Krysia Broda and facilitated by a team from Knowinnovation.
A number of HiPEDS Students took part in the Imperial Festival on 7-8 May, sharing their research with the local community and members of the public.
Bulat Khusainov is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering under the supervision of Dr Eric Kerrigan and Prof. George Constantinides. His research is concerned with software and hardware co-design issues in relation to model predictive control.
Bulat was demonstrating how computers help humans to control the physical world by getting participants to manipulate a gantry overhead crane with and without model predictive control in the loop.
A pilot project is underway that will see the creation of teaching resources focused on the needs of schools and teachers.
HiPEDS and The Faculty of Engineering are working with Colchester Royal Grammar School and linked primary schools to develop teaching resources for classroom practitioners and strengthen passion for engineering among young children.
Imperial Outreach hosted the NXP Freescale Cup UK Qualifier event in conjunction with HiPEDS. Having worked on the cars as part of their group project earlier this academic year, our CDT students were able to share their own experiences with the participants over lunch.
The NXP Cup is a robotics competition based around an autonomous car which must be programmed to follow a track (the layout of which is not pre-determined) without any intervention. Teams compete from various countries across Europe and the top three from the Imperial qualifier will be competing in the European final in May.
We were delighted to be able to invite some Y13 STEM Potential students to watch the final races on Tuesday 5 April 2016 and are hoping to put together a joint undergraduate and school team for next year’s event from Imperial.
The Data Science Institute at Imperial College London in partnership with HPCC Systems® announces a new competition for integrating Google’s recently open-sourced TensorFlow™ library with HPCC’s open source big data platform HPCC Systems®.
For more details on the competition (for which the prize includes PhD scholarship in the HiPEDS CDT), visit this website.