Events 30th November 2017

Becca Knight, 30 Nov 2017

Events 30th November 2017


Congratulations to CDE RE David Gillespie, who successfully defended his thesis titled “User-Appropriate Viewer for High Resolution Interactive Engagement with 3D Digital Cultural Artefacts”.  Our congratulations also go to David’s supervisory team Dr Ian Stephenson, Professor Kate Welham and Dr Hongchuan Yu from Bournemouth University, and Danny Boardman of National Museums Liverpool. 


We wish Dr David Gillespie every success in his future and look forward to hearing about his next adventure.






Congratulations to CDE RE Alastair Barber, who has successfully defended his thesis "Modern Approaches to Camera Tracking Within the Visual Effects Pipeline".  And of course congratulation to his supervisory team, Dr Darren Cosker from University of Bath and Oliver James and Ted Waine at Double Negative.


Congratulations Dr Alastair Barber.  We hope to hear all about your future success.







Congratulations also to CDE RE Matthew Thompson, who has successfully defended his thesis "Building abstratable story components with institutions and tropes".  We would also like to congratulate his supervisory team, Dr Julian Padget from University of Bath and Steve Battle and Andy Sinclair at Sysemia.


Congratulations Dr Matthew Thompson.  We wish you every success in your future.








We are looking for researchers to come and speak at our Cafe Scientifique events in 2018…

Researching something interesting? Want to share it with the public? We have a brilliant platform for you to do just that on the first Tuesday of every month at Cafe Boscanova!

We have vacancies for:

Tuesday 6th February

Tuesday 3rd April

Tuesday 1st May

Tuesday 5th June

If you would like to learn more about Cafe Scientifique or want to get involved on one of these dates, check out the website or get in touch via email. We would love for anyone who is excited about sharing their research with the community to come along and discuss – especially when there is coffee and the occasional cake involved!





We are delighted to announce that the BCCS (Bath PGR Conference on Computer Science) is coming back in 2018! 

Next year this event will be on 9th May 2018. This conference is an event being held to demonstrate the latest research that is being done by all researchers in Computer Science at Bath University, showing the connections between the different groups in the field by allowing researchers from all fields to present and discuss their work. The aim of the conference is to exchange ideas and information about what is happening inside and outside of your field and to see our progression of Computer Science as a whole. The conference is open to all Postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and staff, and will be aimed throughout all research areas of Computer Science at the University of Bath. We welcome submissions from the following research areas: 

  • ​​Human-computer interaction 
  • ​​Intelligent systems 
  • ​​Mathematical foundations 
  • ​​Visual Computing

The deadline for abstract submission is on 13 April 2018. It will be a few lines about the talk you are planning to give. Details about how to submit will be announced soon. You can outline your research in general, write about the work you have completed so far for your research or a specific result/study that you are conducting/completed.

At the same time, we also welcome poster submissions and workshop proposals. For further information about these, please contact the organising committee:

This is an opportunity to present your work in a formal environment of diverse researchers, to get a constructive feedback on your research ideas and to gain exposure to interests both inside and outside of your research group. All PhD and EngD students are strongly encouraged to submit for the conference.

See more on the BCCS '18 website:​ 

BCCS is also looking for a past EngD student working in industry who would like to come and talk about the transition from academia to industry. If you are interested please contact Rebecca Knight:






Save the date!

We are pleased to announce that the Festival of Learning will be returning for its sixth consecutive year from Saturday 16 June to Wednesday 20 June 2018.

The festival is a celebration of learning and research at Bournemouth University and is an opportunity to showcase and share our knowledge and expertise with a wide and varied audience.

The festival will open on Saturday 16 June with a full day of events on our Talbot campus, encouraging the exploration of BU research through drop-in activities, interactive sessions, talks and lectures.

CDE will host an event again this year and as always we would like this to be as interactive as possible.  If you have any games or research to demo, or if you would like to run a workshop / give a talk or have any other suggestions for involvement, please contact Zoe Leonard.  Although this event takes place at Bournemouth University we welcome involvement and suggestions from all CDE students.


You can see what happened this year here.





The Digital Economy Network Annual Meeting 2018 for CDT staff and students will take place on Thursday 1 February 2018 (10am-3.00pm) at the Digital Catapult Centre in London

Further details and a registration link will be circulated early next week. A CDT Directors meeting will be held immediately afterwards at 3.00pm-4.00pm.


If any CDE students have any ideas for a table top exhibit to be including in a showcase at this event please contact Rebecca Knight or Zoe Leonard  by 10th December 2017.




External seminar by Professor Xue-Cheng Tai


Title: Fast Algorithms for Euler´s Elastica energy minimization and applications to image processing and computer vision

Speaker: Prof Xue-Cheng Tai

Time: 04/12/2017, 11:00-12:00

Place: Lees Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth University

Organisers: EU Horizon 2020 RISE 2017 PDE-GIR consortium and the Centre for Digital Entertainment




This talk is divided into three parts. 


In the first part, we will introduce the essential ideas in using Augmented Lagrangian/operator-splitting techniques for fast numerical algorithms for minimizing Euler's Elastica energy. 


In the 2nd part, we consider an Euler's elastica based image segmentation model. An interesting feature of this model lies in its preference of convex segmentation contour. However, due to the high order and non-differentiable term, it is often nontrivial to minimize the associated functional. In this work, we propose using augmented Lagrangian method to tackle the minimization problem. Especially, we design a novel augmented Lagrangian functional that deals with the mean curvature term differently as those ones in the previous works. The new treatment reduces the number of Lagrange multipliers employed, and more importantly, it helps represent the curvature more effectively and faithfully. Numerical experiments validate the efficiency of the proposed augmented Lagrangian method and also demonstrate new features of this particular segmentation model, such as shape driven and data driven properties.


In the 3rd part, we will introduce some recent fast algorithms for minimizing Euler's elastica energy for interface problems. The method combines level set and binary representations of interfaces. The algorithm only needs to solve a Rodin-Osher-Fatemi problem and a re-distance of the level set function to minimize the elastica energy. The algorithm is easy to implement and fast with efficiency. 


The content of this talk is based on joint works with Egil Bae, Tony Chan, Jinming Duan and Wei Zhu. 




Dr Xue-Cheng Tai is a full professor of University of Bergen, Norway and a full professor of Hong Kong Baptist University. He is a Simon Fellow of Newton Institute of Cambridge University, UK, the winner of the 8th Feng Kang Prize for scientific computing and Nanyang Award for Research Excellence 2010, an editor for seven international journals, and an organizing or program committee member of many international conferences. He has also organized a number of international workshops. Prof Tai’s research interests include image processing, numerical partial differential equations, optimization techniques, and inverse problems. He has published a lot of top quality international journal and conference papers and done significant research work in his research areas. 

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