Welcome to the CDE Summer School. We are thrilled to be able to provide our first face to face event in 1.5 years. We have been working hard planning this event to make sure that it is enjoyable and in the current climate, offers a safe environment for our research engineers to get together, develop their skills and share in the experience.
Our thanks go to the fantastic academics from the University of Bath and Bournemouth University, who will be hosting the coding bootcamp. We also have the support of Natasha Bye, founder of The Strategy Doctor, who will be hosting an improv session for the research engineers. Find our more below:
University of Bath
University of Bath
I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Bath.
My research aims to push the boundaries of how users interact with computer interfaces by methodically researching, developing, and evaluating interactive systems which leverage novel input methods. My research includes novel interaction techniques, computer vision-based gestural interaction, eye tracking interaction, wearable technologies, and interaction in extended reality (AR/VR).
I have a broad publication record in premiere international conferences such as CHI, UIST, UbiComp/IMWUT, and TOCHI and my work has been covered by media outlets such as the BBC, New Scientist, Reuters, the Telegraph, and Wired.
Previously, I was an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Researcher in the Interactive Systems group at Lancaster University in Dr. Steven Houben's research group. My PhD investigated motion-coupling techniques using computer vision to enable interaction with any body part or object under the supervision of Prof. Hans Gellersen. During my PhD I undertook an internship at FXPAL in Palo Alto, California with Don Kimber and Patrick Chiu.
The Strategy Doctor
I am an experienced strategist and communicator. I’ve learnt the hard way the importance of clarity in planning. Most importantly, I’ve learnt that taking the time to explain your plan to the people who will deliver it, is what will make the difference. I’m also an advocate for straight talking and humour in business.
I am a scientist by background, with a PhD in Biology and Biochemistry. I have spent the last 20 years in the healthcare and nutrition industry.
I have enjoyed a varied career across Marketing, Sales, Medical, Public & Corporate Affairs and Communications. I’ve held Executive Director positions across Australia & New Zealand and UK & Ireland for Danone Nutricia, in both FMCG and Medical Divisions. I’ve held non-Executive Director positions in a Trade Body & Taskforce.
I believe in the power of comedy to make topics accessible. I teach improvised comedy and am a public speaker and stand-up comedian
University of Bath
Jon Macey is the Programme Leader of the MSc Computer Animation and Visual Effects course at the National Center for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University.
His main areas of teaching are Software Engineering with a focus on Animation, VFX and Games realtime graphics and C++ and python programming
Sunday 12th September: The Summer School will kick off with a student led event on Sunday night. A Pint of Computer Science will give our research engineers the opportunity to catch up with their cohort and give an impromptu update on their research in a social setting.
Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th September: Coding Bootcamp: Research engineers can develop their skills in Python during this coding bootcamp. We are thrilled to confirm that these sessions will be hosted by academics from both the University of Bath and Bournemouth University.
Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution BRSLI
The evening of Tuesday 14th September will be an optional student led evening social.
Venue: Thirsty Meeples
Wednesday 15th September: This final part of the Summer School is a half day activity. We are pleased to confirm that Natasha Bye, founder of The Strategy Doctor will be hosting an improv workshop. Improvisation has a much deeper purpose beyond fun, comedy, and entertainment. Applying the skills learnt in improv can help people become:
These are all qualities that can help doctoral students to present and engage others in their research now, as well as take with them as they embark on their chosen career.
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