Last night I gave a talk on VR for the Aberystwyth Science Cafe at the Arts Centre!
VR is a fascinating melting-pot of subjects: psychology, biology, technology, education, art, and more, so there was plenty to talk about!
It must have been quite a big audience – I took 30 pairs of anaglyph glasses along and we didn’t have quite enough! It was really good fun, I got a little bit carried away and talked for longer than I’d planned, but everybody stayed and I got some interesting questions.
Aber Uni have published an article about some of the work I’ve been involved with for the ESA/Roscosmos ExoMars Rover! Alongside my day-job, I’ve been using my powers of computer graphics to run simulations of the UCL/MSSL-led PanCam instrument, to check how it can see important parts of the rover. This has mostly been the calibration items being designed/manufactured by my colleagues at Aber, but also the sample drawer and how the position of the drill affects the visibility of various things.
I’ve also used my general computery and Welsh-languagey skills to put together a website to showcase all of the amazing ExoMars-based work being done by people in Aber Physics and Comp Sci. Check it out in English (http://exomars.wales) or Welsh (http://exomars.cymru), and in particular check out my set of images on there!:
Along with several brilliant and inspirational women in computing – Dr Hannah Dee, Dr Amanda Clare, and Dr Sue Black OBE – I was on the radio as part of the BBC Radio Wales Science Cafe’s International Women’s Day special look at the wonderful Ada Lovelace.