International Conference on Engineering Design

The LOCM team have just returned from Vancouver after presenting their research at the International Conference of Engineering Design.

The team presented 3 papers:

Particular congratulations goes to Dr. Snider for receiving best in conference paper award!

 

LOCM at the World Motorsport Symposium

At the end of last week LOCM were fortunate enough to be invited to exhibit our work at the RaceTech World Motorsport Symposium hosted at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in London, UK.

This two-day event hosts the world leaders in motorsport development, manufacture, and racing, giving unprecedented access to the decision makers and thought leaders of the automotive field.

Over the two days LOCM had the opportunity to present their work and demonstrate their capability to technical leads and directors of multiple Formula 1 teams, Audi Motorsport, Toyota Motorsport,  McLaren Motorsport, and the FIA.

We received lots of interest in our techniques, and lots of leads to pursue!

LoCM @ AutoDesk’s Future of Making Things

Prof Ben Hicks was invited to attend AutoDesk’s annual conference for partners. The 10,000 attendee three day event took place in Las Vegas in November. During the conference there was ample opportunity to meet AU senior staff and AU partners. There was a lot of interest and positive feedback around our DSM work that can reveal potential dependencies as CAD assemblies are created and modified. Watch this space …….

Congratulations to Dr Sian Joel-Edgar

The LoCM team are pleased to announce that Dr Sian Joel-Edgar has recently been appointed as a Staff Tutor in the School of Computing & Communications at the Open University. Congratulations Sian!

Sian will also continue to conduct exciting research associated with the analysis and visualisation of network-related data as a part-time member of the LoCM team.

LOCM at the Faculty Research Showcase

Supported by the Design and Manufacturing Futures Group at the University of Bristol, LOCM today presented its research and interactive demonstrators at the Faculty Research Showcase.

Boasting a varied interactive stand the group gathered interest from a large number of new industrial visitors including GKN, Airbus, and Shoemaster.

With plenty of new opportunities to pursue for implementation, watch this space for the next versions of our analytics!

LoCM team welcome Dr Nataliya Mogles

The LoCM team are pleased to welcome Dr Nataliya Mogles to the project team. Nataliya has a background in ambient intelligence, agent-based modeling, AI, cognitive modeling and behavior change. Nataliya has joined the team to continue the research work associated with dashboard evaluation and framing (re-representation) to support management and decision-making. Nataliya will work closely with Lia to develop, implement and evaluate dashboards with the Formula Student teams at Bath, Bristol and UWE.

Welcome Nataliya!

Quarter 15 update – September 2017

During this quarter the focus of our research effort has continued to be on monitoring of the Formula Student team and testing of the NCC competence mapping tool. In addition, this quarter has seen two PDRAs start lectureships in Engineering and Design at the universities of Bristol and Bath respectively.

This included an LoCM exhibit at the Formula Student event, an industry workshop on the exploitation of digital assets and a master classes on digital data extraction and visualization for the Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI).

Just over 30 people attended our workshop including Airbus (keynote speakers), Thales, Wessex Water, HS2, ARUP, EAML, RiskHive, Ares (Bath & Industry – speaker), Dashboard Ltd, Ex JLR gent, Loughborough Uni/Rolls Royce and Coventry University. A big thank you to everyone for making it such an interesting, engaging and valuable day!

 

Developing a Knowledge Network Visualisation too at the NCC

A knowledge network visualisation tool has been developed to support the National Composite Centre (NCC). Utilising novel text searching algorithms to identify core knowledge competencies from the NCC’s internal documents, the knowledge visualisation tool shows clusters of skills within NCC, which NCC staff members have certain skill-sets and the reports in which people have contributed on. This allows NCC staff members to search for skills and people with those competencies and knowledge, and to traverse the knowledge network within NCC. A first phase development of the software has been trialed in NCC and we are endeavouring to enhance the tool in a cyclical design process that incorporates user feedback.

A demo of the generation process can be found here. Check it out!

Awards at ICED 2017

Showing extraordinary success, two of our papers from LOCM and the University of Bristol have received awards at ICED 2017 for their high quality!

A big congratulations to Dr Chris Snider and Dr Duncan Boa for their hard work and the big payoff.

Their award-winning papers can be found at the links below.

Dr Chris Snider: Identifying the influences on performance of engineering design and development projects

Dr Duncan Boa: Evolving LEGO: Prototyping requirements for a customizable construction kit