UB Research Conference Win(s)!

Yesterday was the main day of the University of Ballarat Research Conference 2011, and it was a really good day. Along with some great talks (the Mayor of Ipswitch (Queensland) was one of the best speakers I think I’ve ever seen) and discussions about academic shenanigans, there were prizes available for best paper, best three-minute thesis, best poster and best presentation. As I really needed the poster experience I thought I’d give it a shot, and thought I may as well give a presentation as well, even though a lot of my day-to-day teaching often involves nothing but presentation. Practice makes perfect, right?

Obviously I put a fair swag of effort into them both, but so had everybody else – and although I was aiming some kind of win (ya know, aim for the stars and you’ll hit the trees – aim for the trees and you won’t even get off the ground), I wasn’t about to get my hopes up too much only to have them dashed. So I did my poster (as mentioned previously), and gave my presentation to the best of my ability. And guess what?

UB Research Conference 2011 Win Certificates
Winner-winner chicken dinner! Even if they did spell my first name wrong! =P

I did pretty darn well! Woo-hoo! =DDD I think the last thing I won was probably a colouring competition when I was 4! (Got a trip to the ballet in London, no less – because that’s what four year olds are into!)

Anyways, I’m really delighted with the result, especially in the face of some stiff competetion from other fellow students. Everyone did really well & gave a really strong showing – so congratualations to all who turned up and took part.

Finally, I’d just like to give a quick thanks to my wife, my study group and especially to Assoc. Prof. Jim Sillitoe for all they’ve done and continue to do in helping to make the hard yards not only immeasurably easier, but possible at all. You guys rock! :D

UB Research Conference Poster 2011

As part of my Ph.D. experience, I’m presenting and have a poster at the upcoming University of Ballarat research conference on the 3rd and 4th of November, and finished my poster the other day. The idea is that all the research students, whether you have results to display and discuss or whether you’re still at the proposal stage like me can have something to show and talk about with people, whether they’re interested in your specific field, or just your idea.

Al Lansley - UB Conference Poster
Click for bigger PDF version.

I knocked it together using a combination of Inkscape and trial and error, in full 300dpi for printing on glossy A1 – and when I saw the actual poster today I’ve got to say that was really pleased with how it turned out. As long as it can be read from about 6ft away, or at least most of it, you’ll get people to have a look, and maybe discuss it with you, as well as offer ideas, opinions and maybe criticisms if they feel strongly enough about it. I think the phrase for that is frank academic discussion ;)

Anyways, I thought I’d put up the poster to a wider audience, and ask you – what do you think?

Update: I won 2nd place best poster and 1st place best presentation! Woo-hoo! Show me the book vouchers! =P

Image Credits (will be shown alongside poster at conference! Sorry I couldn’t fit them all on the poster!):
Retro graphics image: Dire Straits – Money for Nothing © Warner Bros., 1986
Modern graphics image: Jeff Patton – iray interior test © Jeff Patton, 2011
Retro keyboard and mouse: No source author found, IBM products.
Modern keyboard and mouse + Kinect sensor: Stock product shots © Microsoft.
Kinect structured light grid on model: Dancing with Invisible Light by Audrey Penven, 2010 CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Capture from Zdenek Kalal’s TLD Demonstration Video : © Zdenek Kalal
View from Kinect (depth/RGB) : View from OpenNI Kinect Test application, unknown source, 2011
FreeCAD screenshot : Screenshot by JDurston, SourceForge MediaWiki, 2011.
Colourful Kinect grafiti : Kinect graffiti application, © Jean-Christophe Naour, 2011.