Behind the scenes at Lovelace 2020

April 20, 2020 / 1 comment

The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium was supposed to be in Stirling this year. As ever, we’d put a lot into it (visits, campus tours, looking around poster spaces and theatres, booking rooms, choosing lunches, block booking hotels, etc. etc.) but as the event grew nearer and the pandemic grew stronger we had to decide: cancel, or…

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Creating BlackBoard quiz questions automatically

April 1, 2020 / 2 comments

At my work we use the VLE BlackBoard for supporting our teaching. Some of the things it does are pretty good, but hidden away: this blog is about one of those dusty BlackBoard corners. In the first year module I’m teaching on there are a lot of students and so managing practical sessions and sign-off…

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Lovelace 2016

January 23, 2016 / 0 comments

The BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium is a one-day conference for women undergrad and masters students in computing. The centrepiece of the day is a poster contest, and to enter the contest all students need do is write a short abstract (250 words). I started this conference, back in 2008, and run it every year in different…

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our speakers are awesome, lovelace colloquium is fab, pornography is strange

April 2, 2014 / 0 comments

For the last few months, my writing here has been slow, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing. Actually, I’ve had articles published on a couple of other blogs, which probably have a slightly higher readership than this one… On computer weekly The BCSWomen Lovelace is a conference I set up and have been…

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Data collection in March can be a chilly business

March 16, 2014 / 1 comment

Last week we went out data collecting with my PhD student Max. Max is working on an airborne robot which can be used in navigation – floating above (say) a robot boat, and giving a top down view of surrounds. Out at Clarach bay, it was a bit misty. The plan was that I would…

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International Workshop on Image Analysis methods for the Plant Sciences

September 3, 2013 / 0 comments

I’ve just left the 2nd International Workshop on Image Analysis methods for the plant sciences – it’s a fun little workshop which has been held in Nottingham for the last two years; I’m on the committee, and it’s quite specialised but also quite busy. The idea behind the workshop is to bring together people who…

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User interface

June 11, 2012 / 1 comment

I’m really not sure what I’d do in the face of an emergency at Penbryn beach.

Extracting honey

August 26, 2011 / 8 comments

We’ve had bees for about two years, and this week, we got our first honey. Roger decided which frames were full enough to bother extracting from, and we kept these inside and out of the way of the hives (the bees don’t like you stealing their honey). We borrowed a centrifuge for extracting the honey…

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The end of teaching

June 2, 2011 / 0 comments

I’ve got two short reports to write for the exam boards, and then my teaching’s over for the summer. It’s been great fun, and I’ve learned a lot. But I’m ready to get on with some more research now. So here’s a pic of the books ready to back on the shelves – agents, semantic…

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London Hopper Colloquium/Karen Spärck Jones lecture

May 25, 2011 / 0 comments

Yesterday was the London Hopper one day conference for postgrad women in computing, and the inaugural BCS Karen Spärck Jones Lecture. A great day of talks and posters about computing research, all done by women. And free wine in the evening, which is always nice! The poster contest at the Hopper described some fantastic work…

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