Public Engagement, Outreach and Industry Events

During the students time within the CDT, they take part in a number of Public Engagement, Outreach and Industry Events.

Over the past few months, one of our 2nd year AIMS/DPhil students, Mark Finean, has been volunteering as a robotics mentor to a group of girls pursuing their A levels at St Paul’s Girls’ School (SPGS) in London. For a school project, they wished to learn more about robots and investigate how they could be used in schools as well as the ways that students could interact with and use them to learn. To help learn more about the current state of modern robotics and gain some hands-on-experience, they spent a day in the ORI where they were  introduced to some of the research we conduct as well as tried their hands at programming the Toyota Human Support Robot (HSR). They were given a series of mini-challenges, teaching them how to programme the HSR to perform movements and tasks. This culminated in them getting the robot to approach and pick up a bottle followed by returning it to the operator. The students did remarkably well and were tremendously excited about their achievements after the day had finished. They found the day extremely useful is guiding their own ambitions for their school project where they demonstrated how a Pepper robot might be used within schools. We have since had feedback that one of the girls is now looking to pursue a career in robotics.

To further invoke interest in young students, Mark travelled to London in March along with fellow DPhil students Hala Lamdouar and Luisa Zintgraf to give presentations on Robotics and AI to SPGS and their partner schools. The talks explored the reasons why we don’t yet have the household robots that we see in science fiction and the current research going on in AI and Robotics. The talks were a resounding success and it was very rewarding to see so many young faces enthusiastic and excited about our field and the future. Being able to see inspiring female role models in particular was a hit with the students and praised for days after.

  • Ada lovelace event with Wadham College (Womens outreach event)
  • Oxford Science Festival

  

  • AI @ Oxford
  • Oxbridge Women in CS conference
  • World Summit in Dubai (which brought together government decision makers)
  • Oxford for Romanian Summer School
  • OxFEST (Oxford Females in Engineering Science and Technology)
  • Research demonstration at the Oxford Women in Computer Science Open Day
  • Attended various local and UK schools to give talks on their research
  • Presentations at Industry Partners
  • Shell ECO Marathon
  • Engagment with NASA Frontier Development Lab

  • Teaching Maths & Physics in Ghana
  • Participated in science event at local school
  • participated in the CDT Open and Taster Days for prospective students

Yuki from the CDT 2017 cohort, who is an NVIDIA  Deep Learning Institute university ambassador gave a workshop at the Big-Data Institute at the University of Oxford.  20 Biostatisticians were introduced into the field of deep learning and were able to train their first neural networks and learn about the opportunities and caveats of using these powerful models.

Google’s Computer Vision Summit summit is designed to create an interactive environment to facilitate an exchange of ideas amongst PhD students, postDocs and Google researchers and engineers. This year, three CDT AIMS students were selected to participate in this event: Chia-Man Hung, Yuki Asano and Hala Lamdouar.

The event took place from 17 to 19 September 2018 at the Google office in Zurich, Switzerland and provided the opportunity to deeply explore cutting edge computer vision technologies with the researchers and engineers working on these topics in the industry.

Chia-Man presented a poster on her work on Skybox Creation by Photo Merging. Her tablet demonstration made quite an impression on Google Street View makers!

             

Industry Events

As part of Industry week, we had the opportunity to visit Nvidia in Reading. We had a great day, and learnt about AI at the Edge, NVIDIA’s AI Platform, JADE & Tesla, and had demonstrations on Jetson inferenecing & TensorRT.

 

As part of the CDT, we have opportunities to visit our Industry Partners and tacke real-world problems.  On Monday 11th January, we visited Schlumberger Gould Research in Cambridge.  We had a fantastic day, and have come away with more information on how Schlumberger deal with real-world problems.

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