Title: Actigaze – what is touch today will be gaze tomorrow
Eye gaze trackers, which can track where you are looking at on a screen, are slowly entering the mainstream. In a few years all electronic devices with a camera will be able to track your gaze. This will change the way we interact with technology, similar to the way touch screens did a few years ago. This talk introduces a new eye gaze technology – Actigaze – which allows you to click with your eyes with a speed and accuracy close to that of the mouse. Imagine you could browse the web while washing the dishes, without even touching your tablet or phone. Actigaze could transform the way we interact with electronic devices.
Christof Lutteroth is a lecturer at the University of Bath, specializing in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. Originally from Germany, Christof did a PhD at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2008. After being a lecturer in Auckland until mid-2016, he moved to Bath where he is working on gaze user interfaces and virtual reality.
Talk title: A world on the brink; how to face disaster
Talk outline: We are living in a world with countless problems which are long overdue a solution; poverty, global conflict and social inequity to name but a few. When the global to-do list is already so long, considering environmental concerns such as global warming, deforestation and resource scarcity can result in a bleak picture of the future. As a scientist working and training in the field of sustainable development, Abigail will discuss some of these challenges, as well as the kind of approaches which may just help us to paint a better future.
Bio: Abigail is a PhD research student at the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT), University of Bath. The CSCT is a multidisciplinary research centre, focusing on developing new molecules, materials and processes for sustainability. Abigail’s current research is within a team who are using computational modelling to predict the carbon dioxide capture and utilisation technologies that we should consider investing in, as well as the infrastructure and transport required to see them implemented.
Joseph Hyde will discuss his work on arts/science projects and in particular the award winning danceroom Spectroscopy, an immersive experience that lets you understand the molecular world by becoming part of it.
Joseph Hyde has a long experience as a composer of electronic music, and has also diversified into audiovisual work and collaborations with technologists and scientists. Currently he is building a huge and crazy analogue synthesiser. He runs the Creative Sound and Media Technology course at Bath Spa University.
Title: The stars behind variable stars
For over 100 years astronomers have been mapping the Universe beyond our own Galaxy using variable stars. These stars are fundamental to our understanding of the structure of nearby galaxies, and to the history of the Universe itself. They change in brightness so quickly – some as rapidly as over the course of a night of observations – that we can use them as astrophysics laboratories to learn about the physical processes happening inside of stars. I will talk about the history of variable star astronomy, starting with the discovery of the first variable stars by British astronomers in the 18th Century, the heroic work by the women known as the `Harvard Computers’ in the early 20th Century, on which most of our knowledge of variable stars today is based, finally discussing the state of the art work being done today. This will include the 3D maps we can make of nearby galaxies, how we can measure the age of the Universe, and how the next generation of giant telescopes will measure variable stars further away than ever before. At each stage of history, variable star research has been pushed forward by a group of inspiring astronomers who have overcome challenges to succeed in their field. I will highlight these people, showing why I am inspired by not just the science, but also the people behind the science.
I’m originally from Derbyshire, and I got my undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Leeds in 2006. I got my PhD from Liverpool John Moores University in 2010. After that I went to The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Pasadena, CA, USA for 7 years, first as a postdoctoral research associate (5 years) then as a senior research analyst (2 years) from 2009 – 2016. I moved to the University of Bath in October 2016 as a Prize fellow. My research is focused on variable stars, in particular using the Spitzer space telescope to study them in the infrared.
Title: Our new Hands: Acoustic Manipulation of Levitated Particles
– Summary: Sound is a mechanical wave that carries momentum meaning that it can push particles that are in its path. With the current advances in acoustic manipulation it is possible to accurately levitate, rotate and mix particles in mid-air without any physical contact. Sound wavelengths range from several meters to micrometres enabling to control both microscopic and macroscopic particles. At the same time, sound travels through air, water and even across the human body. This versatility will permit to manipulate clots or kidney stones inside our body from the exterior without any incision, to engineer complex arrangements of cells in tissue engineering, or to carry out chemical reactions in which the reagents do not get affected by the container. In this talk I will present the latest achievements and future challenges of acoustic levitation and how we will make it available to everyone.
– Bio Details: Asier Marzo was born in 1986 in Pamplona (Spain) he studied Computer Science in the Public University of Navarre (Spain). Across his PhD he research in Mobile Applications for Education, Augmented Reality and finally in Acoustic Levitation. Currently, he works as a Research Assistant at Bristol University (United Kingdom). His research interests are to achieve individual acoustic manipulation of thousands of objects for tissue engineering or novel displays as well as to bring acoustic levitation to the general public.
Talk Title: The Numbiano – Music by numbers, music for all
With the Numbiano, if you can count from one to seven you can play any piece of music in the world! Although traditional music notation communicates all of the subtleties of music, it can take many years for this language to be learnt thus preventing many people from accessing music and its benefits. The Numbiano allows anyone who can count from one to seven to play music either on their own or together as an orchestra. The applications for this are diverse, from music education in schools to company teambuilding. In this talk, Andy will explain the numerical notation that underpins the Numbiano and lead the audience in forming a unique orchestra where everyone, regardless of musical experience, connects through the gift of music.
Andy Hawkings first spoke at TEDx in 2011 and demonstrated why Collective Songwriting is such a powerful and important tool. He has since used the technique as a team building exercise with many organisations including the UN, BBC, Barnardo’s, Youth Connect, Edventure and twentyfifty. Andy writes, records and produces his own and other’s music, and teaches music and guitar throughout the South West. He regularly performs with his rock band for kids – ‘Rocktopus’.
Title: What are the robots thinking, and why should they tell us?
Talk summary: Artificial Intelligence is all around us, from Siri to Google to Facebook, we interact with AI every day. AI also powers the new generation of sophisticated autonomous robots. Soon these machines might drive our cars and trucks, teach our children and help our elderly to live more independent lives. But how does AI work? What is it thinking? How might it be changing the way we think, and the society we live in. Many notable commentators have voiced serious, even existential, concerns about AI. I will suggest specific ways in which we might educate and regulate ourselves so that we maximise the benefit of AI, and minimise the risks.
Currently undertaking a Computer Science PhD at the University of Bath researching autonomous robotics, with a focus on domestic applications and ethical considerations. How does human natural intelligence (NI) interact with AI, and how do we make the behaviour of these systems more understandable? What are the risks and benefits of AI, and how can we maximise the benefit to society, whilst minimising the risks? I am interested in real world AI for real world problems.
Previously Founder and CFO of RWA Ltd, a major international company developing IT systems for the leisure travel industry. Proven leader in the analysis, design and delivery of large and complex systems.
PhD Intelligent Systems, Bath (2014-2018)
Fellow of British Computer Society
B.Sc/M.Eng Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bath, 1985 (1st Class)
Also see www.robwortham.com
Ioannis Costas Batlle
Title: Sport improves young people’s behaviour: myth-busted?
Sport is everywhere. Whilst you often hear about sport being used to fight the UK’s obesity epidemic, there’s another side to sport which makes fewer headlines, yet is equally important: the belief that sport can ‘cure’ social problems. For instance, UK charities use sport to help disadvantaged young people develop socially and psychologically. Sport is no longer just about how to kick a ball, it is also a tool that can teach teamwork, confidence, and good behaviour. Or so the myth goes. Can sport truly help young people’s social and psychological development? Let’s put the myth to the test!
Ioannis is a PhD student in the Department of Education, at the University of Bath. Until he figures out how to describe himself – ‘inter-disciplinarian’ could really mean anything – he’s just a ‘dude’ (with aspirations to become The Big Lebowski’s ‘The Dude’). When not making references to cult films, he researches how charities use sport to help disadvantaged young people. As a stand-up comedy enthusiast, Ioannis has written about how researchers can use comedy to share their ideas. He has also performed mildly amusing stand-up routines about his own research.
Title: How the cat got its coat (and other furry tails).
Summary: From Sylvester in Looney Tunes to Mr Mistoffelees in the 1980s musical, some of the most famous cats share a distinctively sharp appearance thanks to their black and white tuxedo-style coats. The condition which generates these patters (known as piebaldism) is related to a range of more serious disorders including those that give rise to certain types of cancers of the nervous system and other debilitating diseases. In this talk I will explain how I have been using mathematics to unlock the mystery of how these animals get their distinctive patterns. More generally, I will shed light on the growing field of Mathematical Biology. I will explain how we can use maths to better understand complex and important biological systems and how mathematics can help to solve real-world problems like stopping devastating locust plagues. Bio details:
Kit is a Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Bath, where his research focuses on the mathematical modelling and analysis of biological systems. Throughout his career to date, he has worked on a variety of intriguing problems, modelling the random motion of single molecules at one extreme, to the large-scale migration of swarming insects at the other. He currently works on problems of cell migration, collective animal motion, Nematode dynamics and egg pigment patterning.
Kit is a passionate communicator of Mathematics. He and his work have featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Reuters, RTE, and the BBC world service (amongst others). His 2016 work on animal pigmentation patterns was published in Nature Communications. A wide range of media outlets ran with the story including the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, and The Mirror. He recently won the Bath University Vice-chancellor’s award for public engagement with research. To this end Kit writes regularly for The Conversation. His articles have received hundreds of thousands of reads and he has also written for the Times, the Guardian and the Independent on topics as diverse as, “The mathematics of the Paralympics,” to, “Why our perception of time changes as we age”. In the past, Kit also set the questions for the Maths/comedy fusion TV program Dara O’Brian’s School of hard sums.
Summary: Commercialising Creativity without Selling Out
Work occupies a large portion of our time. For most people it takes up more time than anything else in life other than sleep. With this in mind, it seems a natural conclusion to try to make a living from doing the things you love the most…but at what cost? We each have our own personal value set. Is it ok go against those values and sell out if it means you don’t have to revert to plan B?
Working in the creative industry means facing many challenging decisions between commercial success and integrity. Many of those decisions are laden with opportunities and pitfalls which could define the future path in work. In this talk, we’ll discuss the desire to create sustainable business whilst also trying to respect our own integrity, along with some tricks for navigating those tricky decisions.
Russell grew up in Kent, studied Maths at the University of Warwick. After 5 years of studying and partying he decided that despite being completely in love with the subject, a maths-based career wasn’t going to work out for him and he embarked on a career in Marketing, Events and Creative Strategy.
He is now the Managing Director of Rosie Lee, a creative agency with family values at its heart. Since its inception 16 years ago Rosie Lee has evolved from a collective of designers into a creative agency with offices in London, Amsterdam, New York and Frome. In addition to managing Rosie Lee, Russell is also a partner in Vintage Mobile Disco Ltd and Canvas Tales Ltd.
Summary: Poetry in the context of the working class
Jack’s going to centre her talk around poetry in the context of the working class – how it can be used to inspire, for protest, and as therapy
Summary: Stupid is as stupid does
A Dyslexic view on Dyslexia. Year 10 Frome College Student Jessica Lee will tell her story of what it’s like being in the education system with the gift of Dyslexia. The learning difficulty that has funny spelling mistakes and pronunciations. She will talk about what it is, how you can help and the sliver lining.
Summary: Reclaiming the right to give
Hettie Colquhoun currently works in Northern Greece as Field Manager for the British grass roots organisation Help Refugees, previously working in the unofficial refugee camp known as ‘The Jungle’ and other smaller camps in Northern France.
The grass roots movement has taken many forms, it has risen up most passionately in light of the current struggle facing those seeking refuge in our countries. As some of these organisations grow, moral questions are posed on how best to give and to whom. Long term volunteer Hettie Colquhoun challenges our perceptions of giving; exploring the pit falls of good intent, the boundaries we set around compassion and our new found power to frame the humanitarian conversation.