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).

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!!):