Aberystwyth Science Cafe Talk

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.

Thanks to the wonderful Aber Science Cafe community for a great welcome and a great evening!

ExoMars PanCam Visualizations

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.

Read the article here: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/news/archive/2017/11/title-208386-en.html

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!:

http://exomars.wales/projects/hardware/visualizations/

A portrait view of the Panoramic Camera (PanCam) – the ‘science eyes’ of the ExoMars Rover, led by Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL. PanCam features three cameras, each for distinct purposes: at each end, the Left and Right Wide-Angle Camera (WACs) get a stereo view of Mars, while the camera offset from the centre is the High Resolution Camera (HRC).

Pumpkin Hack ’17

Another amazing Pumpkin Hack!

 

 

 

British Science Week 2017

As always, British Science Week was incredible at Aber! The Sports Cage was filled to the rafters with all kinds of science exhibits, things to learn and try.

Here are a some of the things I was involved with:

 

 

 

I even got filmed for social media (eek!):

Bilingually (double eek!!):

On the Radio for BBC Radio Wales Science Cafe

Ada Lovelace: the first computer programmer

Ada Lovelace

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.

I was introduced as the new chair of the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium as of next year!

Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08h9bqq

 

Aberystwyth University hosts 10th BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium

Hurrah! The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium is in Aberystwyth for it’s 10th birthday, and there will be lots of cake! The University has published an article about the event, and taken this lovely photo: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/news/archive/2017/02/title-197653-en.html

Members of the 2017 BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium organising committee (left to right)
Dr Amanda Clare, Speaker Coordinator; Dr Hannah Dee, Chair; Dr Edel Sherrat, Poster Coordinator and Dr Helen Miles, Deputy Chair.

If you are a woman studying computer science or a computing-related discipline, enter your 250-word abstract here on the computing-related subject of your choice for the chance to get free travel and accommodation for the conference in April: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/cs/engagement/lovelace-colloquium/colloquium2017