University Challenge

Date:     Wednesday 18 Feb 2009
Time:     18:30 – Tea 6:00pm for 6:30 start
Speaker:     Mike Joy, Irene Glendinning + PhD Students – Warwick and coventry Universities
Location:     AS124, Coventry University
Abstract:     The rematch to the rematch – synopses in the order they were received…

Adam Grzywaczewski “User Task Perception”
The goal of this research is to investigate to what extent the way users perceive the task they are performing is associated to their information seeking behaviour. Bottom line: the user is the ultimate search engine as only they know what they are really looking for; too much intelligence in a search tool can impede the user.

Daniel Goldsmith “Wireless sensor networks”
Wireless sensor networks (WSN) have the potential to radically alter the way we gather and process information about the world around us. In this award winning talk Dan highlighted some of the uses of WSN and showed how they had been used to investigate the temperature changes in a jet engine.

Matthew Waters “Applying Computer Science Techniques to PLC Programming”
Control systems for automation are typically programmed using ladder logic, a forty year old standard born out of electromagnetic relays.
in this close second Matthew discussed how the ladder logic compiler had evolved over the years and how his project had helped to improve code, with clone detection, software metrics and code test coverage tools

Joung Huem (Remi) Kwon “virtual reality as therapy”
Remi discussed how VR could be used to help alleviate the fear of social interaction, his studies concentrating on provoking the best reaction from his virtual Avatars. His conclusion was that in most cases the realism of the Avatar made little difference, but to provoke the best reaction the Avatar needed to be photo-realistinc and behave in a negative way.

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