Generating Impact on Transport Industry through Big Data Analytics

Microlise Driver of the yearASAP group members along with ADAC analysts were invited to hand out the prizes in the Driver of the Year Awards Ceremony, held at the biggest Transport Conference in the UK, organised by Microlise.

The awards were launched in 2015 to honour the most talented HGV drivers in 2014 across the UK. The competition was designed to encourage improvements in industry regarding both safe and economic driving. ASAP and ADAC supported the competition by providing the data analysis and the design of the methodology employed to shortlist the best drivers in the UK.

ADAC and ASAP at Driver of the Year

ADAC’s Phil Quinlan and Grazziela Figueredo and ASAP’s Bob John at Microlise Driver of the Year

Computerphile: Nuggets of Data Gold

IMA’s very own Prof Uwe Aickelin has done a Computerphile video which is now up on YouTube

Congratulations to Aslam Ahmed for passing his viva

Congratulations go to IMA student, Aslam Ahmed, for passing his viva subject to minor corrections. The title of his thesis is Variance and Scaling in Agent Based Modelling and System Dynamics. Aslam is supervised by Prof. Aickelin.

 

Prof. Uwe Aickelin named Concurrent Professor at Fudan University

Shenzhen, China

Prof. Aickelin hosted a reunion event at Shenzhen, China in March 2015

Professor Uwe Aickelin, head of school in the School of Computer Science has been awarded visiting professorship by Fudan University.

His installment as Concurrent Professor at Fudan awards Uwe’s continued work in China, building strong academic links with universities around the country. Uwe was recently named as a Special Professor at Shenzhen University in September 2014.

Journal published in PLoS ONE

Grazziela Figueredo (lead author) along with several other IMA members, have a paper published in PLoS ONE 10(3) and was published in March 2015.

Abstract:

Advances in healthcare and in the quality of life significantly increase human life expectancy. With the aging of populations, new un-faced challenges are brought to science. The human body is naturally selected to be well-functioning until the age of reproduction to keep the species alive. However, as the lifespan extends, unseen problems due to the body deterioration emerge. There are several age-related diseases with no appropriate treatment; therefore, the complex aging phenomena needs further understanding. It is known that immunosenescence is highly correlated to the negative effects of aging. In this work we advocate the use of simulation as a tool to assist the understanding of immune aging phenomena. In particular, we are comparing system dynamics modelling and simulation (SDMS) and agent-based modelling and simulation (ABMS) for the case of age-related depletion of naive T cells in the organism. We address the following research questions: Which simulation approach is more suitable for this problem? Can these approaches be employed interchangeably? Is there any benefit of using one approach compared to the other? Results show that both simulation outcomes closely fit the observed data and existing mathematical model; and the likely contribution of each of the naive T cell repertoire maintenance method can therefore be estimated. The differences observed in the outcomes of both approaches are due to the probabilistic character of ABMS contrasted to SDMS. However, they do not interfere in the overall expected dynamics of the populations. In this case, therefore, they can be employed interchangeably, with SDMS being simpler to implement and taking less computational resources.

Figueredo GP, Siebers P-O, Aickelin U, Whitbrook A, Garibaldi JM (2015) Juxtaposition of System Dynamics and Agent-Based Simulation for a Case Study in Immunosenescence. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118359. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118359

More details can be found HERE.

 

Josie McCulloch awarded University Endowed Dean Moore Scholarship Postgraduate Prize

IMA PhD student, Josie McCulloch, has been awarded the University endowed Dean Moore Scholarship postgraduate prize. Josie was nominated by the School in recognition of her research and contribution to the post graduate community.

The Dean Moore Scholarship was founded in 1949 by a bequest under the will of Mrs Florence Moore (née Dean) of Thorneywood, Nottingham, formerly a teacher at the Carlton Road School, Nottingham. The prize is £150 which will be presented at an event on 13th May.

Josie is supervised by Dr Christian Wagner, and her research involves exploring advances in type-2 fuzzy systems and their applications.

Professor Guoping Qiu to give keynote talk at EMR2015

Professor Guoping Qiu is to give an invited keynote talk at EMR2015, the 2nd International Workshop on Environmental Multimedia Retrieval (http://mklab.iti.gr/emr2015/), in conjunction with ICMR2015, The Annual ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (http://www.icmr2015.org/), June 23 – 26,  2015, Shanghai, China.

His talk, entitled “Grass, Scrub, Tree, Random Forest and Human in the Loop: Automatic habitat classification based on digital photographs” will introduce a research project carried out at the Intelligent Modelling & Analysis (IMA) group. More information can be found in this link .

Also, IMA PhD student Qian Zhang will present her paper “Bundling Centre For Landmark Image Discovery” at the main conference.

Congratulations to Orod Razeghi for passing his viva

Congratulations go to our PhD student, Orod Razeghi for passing his viva last week subject to minor corrections.

The title of his thesis is “An investigation of a human-in-the-loop approach to object recognition”. His supervisor is Guoping Qiu.

 

Four Papers Accepted in FUZZ-IEEE 2015

IMA have been very successful in getting four papers accepted in FUZZ-IEEE 2015 conference taking place in August in Istanbul.

The details of the papers are:

Author(s): Josie McCulloch, Christian Wagner, Khaled Bachour and Tom Rodden
Title:     “Give me what I want” – Enabling Complex Queries on Rich Multi-Attribute Data

Author(s): Amir Pourabdollah, Christian Wagner, Michael Smith and Ken Wallace
Title:     Real-World Utility of Non-Singleton Fuzzy Logic Systems: A Case of Environmental Management

Author(s): Amir Pourabdollah, Christian Wagner and Jabran Aladi
Title:     Changes under the Hood – a New Type of Non-Singleton Fuzzy Logic System

Author(s): Jabran Aladi, Christian Wagner, Jonathan Garibaldi and Amir Pourabdollah
Title:     On Transitioning From Type-1 to Interval Type-2 Fuzzy Logic Systems

Congratulations to all involved!

Congratulations to Salvador Garcia Bernal for passing his viva

Congratulations to Salvador Garcia Bernal for passing his viva subject to minor corrections.

His thesis is called Design and Implementation of High Dynamic Range Video Systems. His supervisors are Guoping Qiu and Tony Pridmore.

Best Paper at EMSS 2014

IMA’s Dr Peer-Olaf Siebers, and author Olusola Theopilus Faboya, won best paper at The 26th European Modeling & Simulation Symposium (EMSS2014) with the paper ‘On the Search for Novel Simulation Application to Support Airport Operations Management’.

IMA PhD Studentship available

We are  currently advertising a PhD studentship, supervised by IMA’s Dr Jamie Twycross.

We are seeking a talented graduate with a keen interest in synthetic biology to study for a PhD to develop novel computational algorithms and software to facilitate the design, alteration, and reconstruction of bacterial platforms.

The successful candidate will join a highly motivated and well-funded team of research scientists dedicated to the exploitation of industrial important microorganisms funded by Nottingham Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC), a BBSRC / EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre.

PLEASE NOTE THIS POSITION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

 

IMA Members featured on Computerphile

Computerphile is a YouTube channel featuring videos discussing a varied range of computer science topics. Two members of IMA have videos appearing in the channel which are featured below. Please visit the channel HERE to see the rest.

 

Best Paper at the Industrial Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2014)

ICDM 2014The paper “Variability of Behaviour in Electricity Load Profile Clustering; Who Does Things at the Same Time Each Day?” authored by Ian Dent (IMA), Tony Craig (James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen), Uwe Aickelin (IMA), and Tom Rodden (MRL) was awarded “Best Paper” at the Industrial Conference on Data Mining (ICDM 2014) held in St. Petersburg, Russia from 16-20th July.

Congratulations to Jenna Reps for passing her viva

Congratulations go out to Jenna Reps who has passed her viva today, subject to corrections.

Her thesis is called Detecting Adverse Drug Reactions in the General Practice Healthcare Database. She is supervised by Prof. Jon Garibaldi and Prof. Uwe Aickelin.

 

IMA research mentioned on CNN

American news channel, CNN, have recently published a piece on nature inspired technology, which features a mention of the artificial immune systems work done here in IMA and a quote from Prof. Aickelin. For the full piece, please visit the link HERE.

 

Congratulations to Hala Helmi for passing her viva

Congratulations to Hala Helmi for passing her PhD viva today.

Her thesis was called Developing Methods for Machine Learning Algorithms Using Automated Feature and Sample Selection and she is supervised by Prof Jon Garibaldi

Paper accepted in PLOS ONE

IMA’s Dr Grazziela Figueredo has had a paper accepted for publication in PLOS ONE.

Entitled ‘Comparing Stochastic Differential Equations and Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation for Early-stage Cancer’, the paper also features co authors Dr Peer-Olaf Siebers, M R Owen, Jenna Reps and Prof Uwe Aickelin.

NPI+ could be available to patients within two years

A study by researchers in Nottingham has developed a new clinical test for breast cancer which aims to improve patient treatment.
The Nottingham Prognostic Index Plus (NPI+) could be available to patients within two years.
The findings, published in the British Journal of Cancer today, could significantly improve the way in which breast cancer patients are treated by giving clinicians more detailed information about a patient’s breast cancer type and its likely behaviour, which will help them create a more personalised treatment plan.
The research, funded by the Medical Research Council, was led by Professor Ian Ellis in The University of Nottingham’s Division of Cancer and Stem Cells, in collaboration with colleagues at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Nottingham Trent University’s John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, and Prof. Garibaldi and Dr Daniele Soria of IMA Research Group.

Sustaining Urban Habitats: An Interdisciplinary Approach

As part of a Nottingham University consortium, Dr Peer-Olaf Siebers has been successful with a interdisciplinary Leverhulme funding application for £1.75 million.

The aim of this programme is to develop a distinctively interdisciplinary approach to producing and evaluating scenarios for sustainable living in urban habitats. With two growth cities in China (Chengdu, Shanghai) and two transition cities in Europe (Nottingham, Stuttgart) as our empirical focus, we will explore ways of combining environmental and economic modelling with social and cultural ethnographic work to illuminate: realistic measures of urban sustainability and options for improving resilience and resource flows (Theme #1); patterns of consumption by different groups and social perspectives on measures and scenarios for improving sustainability (Theme #2); factors shaping economic activity and migration, and prospects for balancing economic and social capital with environmental capital (Theme #3); effective ways of managing the different forms of data from #1 to #3 to develop appropriate indicators of sustainability (Theme #4); minimising resource demands in response to underlying stimuli and constraints (Theme #5); the role of public policies and policy-maker perspectives on the indicators and scenarios that we develop (Theme #6).

The PI on this project is Darren Robinson (UoN – Built Environment). Dr Siebers is one of the 9 CI’s and together with Paul Nathanail (UoN – Geography) he is responsible for Theme #5.

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