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KMi at the European Robotics Forum

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:06:25 +0000

Ilaria Tiddi and Emanuele Bastianelli were among 800 top European experts who attended the European Robotics Forum (ERF2018) in Tampere, Finland on 13-15th March 2018.   Under the theme "Robots and Us", ERF2018 covered current societal and technical themes related to the field of robotics. Interesting subjects being featured include human-robot-collaboration and how robotics can improve industrial productivity and service sector operations. Attendees were comprised of researchers, engineers, managers, and a growing number of entrepreneurs, business people, and public funding officers from all over Europe who discussed the technology push and market pull and how innovation in robotics can be accelerated. Ilaria, Emanuele and Prof. Enrico Motta are also participating in a new project, SciRoc, which is funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 SPARC initiative, and builds on KMi's smart-city projects, MKSmart and CityLabs, which involve collaborations with Milton Keynes Council, European Regional Development Fund, Department for Communities and Local Government and local SMEs.  SciRoc is a collaborative project which will run novel, robotic tournaments, under the badge of the European Robotics League.  The tournaments will invite teams to compete in three vibrant fields of robotics: industrial, service and emergency robotics. Biennial major tournaments will be held in Smart Cities, where robots from all three categories will come together to interact with the smart infrastructure in familiar urban settings. These competitions aim at replicating consistent benchmarking results more than stating a winner of a single event, and have been designed to target three clear objectives: the European societal challenge of aging population, the strengthening of the European robotics industry and to push the state of the art in autonomous systems for emergency response. In addition, robot competitions meet educational needs and can serve as an excellent platform for developing the skills of future engineers and scientists, raising student awareness and understanding of applied research and development in robotics.   SciRoc is led by University of the West of England, Bristol. with the following members Hochschule Bonn-Rhein- Sieg (Germany) Fundacion Andaluza para el Desarrollo Espacial (Spain), the NATO Science and Technology Organisation (Belgium), Eurobotics AISBL (Belgium), Associacao Do Instituto Superior Tecnico Para a Investigacao e Desenvolvimento (Portugal), The Open University (UK) Politecnico de Milano (Italy), Universita Degli Studi di Roma la Sapienza (Italy) Universitat Politecnica de Cataluya (Spain)  Further reading:

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Best paper at the LAK-18 conference

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:02:00 +0000

The paper entitled " Linking students' timing of engagement to learning design and academic performance" authored by Quan Nguyen (IET), Michal Huptych (KMi) and Bart Rienties (IET) has been awarded the best full paper at the Learning Analytics and Knowledge 2018 (LAK-18), held in Sydney, Australia. LAK is the most prestigious conference on Learning Analytics held annually. Michal Huptych's contribution is a part of the research and development of the Personalised Study Recommender to be integrated with the OU Analyse predictive modelling system.

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KMi is hiring! join our Institute of Coding Team

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:13:00 +0000

    KMi are currently looking to fill a number of posts to work in the Open University's Institute of Coding team, comprising academics and technology specialists in learning analytics and distributed ledger technologies. These are:      Systems and Network Administrator supporting IoC infrastructure  Research Assistant / Associate for Blockchain Learning Verification   Research Assistant / Associate for Mainstreaming Learning Analytics    Why join KMi? Take a look at KMi Careers. We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.      The Institute of Coding  The Open University (OU) is a major partner in the UK's Institute of Coding (IoC), a new, exciting, national initiative, led by the University of Bath, supported by theme leaders Aston University, Coventry University, the Open University and Queen Mary University of London. The Institute brings together a range of universities, industry, training providers and professional bodies to address the UK's digital skills gaps.  The Institute's vision is to enhance the education and employability of every IoC learner, and ensure that employers and individuals across the UK can access the skills they need to compete in the global digital economy. This unique and innovative collaboration has been made possible with £20m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and match funding from universities and industry partners.  The Institute of Coding will develop and deliver innovative, industry-focused higher education across the UK. It will develop accredited degree schemes and short courses aimed at professionals in a wide range of sectors, as well as working to widen the participation of women, returners to work and hard to reach groups.    KMi in the IoC   KMi's Professor John Domingue Leads the IoC's first theme on University Learning, which aims to influence computer science teaching in universities nationally. An important part of KMi's work in this theme will be collaboration with the OU's School of Computing & Communication, a number of IoC partners and industry representing employers and educators to:  create an IoC Industrial Accreditation standard that will connect students and employers in new ways, using blockchain based micro accreditation (including badges) and learner records.  mainstream data analytics within IoC partners to enhance teaching and improve educational outcomes.    

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Celebrations for Enrico Daga's viva success!

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:37:00 +0000

Staff joined Enrico Daga, Senior Project Officer in KMi's Data Science Group, to celebrate the successful defence of his PhD Thesis: "Knowledge Components and Methods for Policy Propagation in Data Flows". The Thesis examines data-oriented systems and applications which are at the centre of current developments of the World Wide Web (WWW). On the Web of Data (WoD), information sources can be accessed and processed for many purposes. Users need to be aware of any licences or terms of use, which are associated with the data sources they want to use. Conversely, publishers need support in assigning the appropriate policies alongside the data they distribute.   It tackles the problem of policy propagation in data flows - an expression that refers to the way data is consumed, manipulated and produced within processes. It poses the question of what kind of components are required, and how they can be acquired, managed, and deployed, to support users on deciding what policies propagate to the output of a data-intensive system from the ones associated with its input. The problem has been studied in three scenarios: applications of the Semantic Web, workflow reuse in Open Science, and the exploitation of urban data in City Data Hubs. Enrico's examiners were Dr Trevor Collins, Prof. Oscar Corcho of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Prof David Robertson of University of Edinburgh and his supervisors were Prof Mathieu d'Aquin and Dr Miriam Fernandez.  For more information about Enrico's projects and publications, visit his profile page.   

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Augmented Reality App for Students Studying SK299

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:26:00 +0000

The SK299 Human biology app is the second Augmented Reality (AR) application developed by Paul Hogan in KMi that is used by students studying an Open University module and is a collaboration between KMi and STEM partners. It is a unique application designed to support and enhance the learning of the structure and function of the heart as part of the Open University module, SK299, or as a stand-alone app.  The app consists of an anatomically accurate heart which can be viewed in three dimensions, in cross section and also as a 'zoomed in' virtual exploration.   The app has a range of functions to help develop the learning and understanding of how the heart beats and the cardiac cycle.  By selecting 'Show pins' all the major anatomical structures of the human heart are identified and selecting a pin provides the name and description.  There is the option to show the blood flow through the heart. All the options are available as a stationary or  beating heart, the rate of which can be fully adjusted aiding the understanding of the mechanical events of the heart beat.   The app will help students at all educational levels to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of the heart beat. The application is available on Android, iOS (both from 15th February), Windows and MacOS.  Note that AR is not present on the desktop versions.  

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