[AG-TECH] Seminars Broadcast by Access Grid

Lee Margetts Lee.Margetts at manchester.ac.uk
Wed Jun 14 07:05:38 CDT 2006


"DMU Creative Robots"

Dr Aladdin Ayesh, Coordinator of Intelligent Mobile Robots and Creative Computing Research Group, De Montfort University.

Friday, 16th June 2006, 1400 - 1500 British Summer Time (1300 - 1400

ESNW Access Grid, Room 1.10, Kilburn Building
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The Laboratory of Advanced Mobile Robots and Intelligent Agents (LAMRIA) at DMU includes many types of robots and supports both research and teaching. There is particular focus on cognitive robots, human-robot interaction, and creative computing. In this talk, an overview of the laboratory facilities and research projects will be given. The rest of the presentation will focus on robot communication in different forms linked to projects undertaken at DMU. Robot communication can be direct or indirect for robot-robot and robot-human interaction. Projects that will be covered in the talk with a degree of details are:

    * Dynamic robot-robot communication with local-global views (Dr Ghada A. Al-Hudhud)
    * Facial expressions analysis for Emotions identification (Dr John Cowell) and tracking for human-computer interaction (Dr Rafael Muñoz Salinas ? visiting researcher, Spain)
    * Emergent behaviours and animal intelligence (Dr Laurance Tylor)
* Emotion expression using structured sound: this is a new project, which I have just started, to develop a phonic language using music as structured sound for robot-robot and robot-human communication.

Video clips of these projects, when available, will be shown. The talk will finish with a demonstration of Sony AIBO simulator (motion editor) and a brief mention of the Narrative Lab AIBO stories workshop.
The Use of Volume Scene Graphs in Very Large Dataset Visualization

Professor Min Chen & Dr David Chisnall, Computer Science, University of Wales, Swansea.

Friday, 23rd June 2006, 2-3p.m.

Room 1.10, Kilburn Building

The concept of volume scene graphs provides an elegant means for combining multiple datasets into a visualization in a constructive manner. In this talk, the speakers will present the algebraic framework of volume scene graphs, describe how different types of datasets (e.g., volume, point clouds) are combined into a volume scene graph, and discuss the relative merits of discrete ray tracing in rendering volume scene graphs. They will consider the challenges in modelling and rendering very large datasets in a complex volume scene graph, and examine several methods for out-of-core data management. In particular, they will highlight the use of the knowledge-based approach, which minimises the needs for hard-coding application-specific logic into a visualization system.
HPC Research at Manchester Computing

Kevin Roy & Dr Craig Lucas, Manchester Computing, University of Manchester

Friday, 28th July 2006, 2-3p.m.

Room 1.10, Kilburn Building


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Dr Lee Margetts
Senior Consultant
High Performance Computing
University of Manchester


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