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Last Friday 25 Sept 2015 saw the return of European Researchers’ Night or Explorathon’15 as it is known in Scotland. Funded by the European Commission, it was an opportunity for the public to meet researchers and talk with them, and find out what they really do for society in interactive and engaging ways.
QuantIC was excited to be involved this year and our researchers were at Edinburgh Zoo, Glasgow Riverside Museum and the Glasgow Science Centre presenting their research to a very diverse audience who were intrigued and excited at the same time.
Explorathon first timer Johannes Herrnsdorf from the University of Strathclyde, who presented his work on LED Illumination said, “I got the most interest from the parents of the kids (especially from the dads) and it was good to showcase some actual research out of the lab.” Johannes’ research focuses on LED illumination capable of projecting patterns and sending information at such fast speed they are undetectable to the human eye. These patterns can be used by sensing devices to determine their position accurately within an environment and the information can be used to undertake tasks.
Other research projects included demonstrating light in light, seeing behind paint with a single pixel camera and the modelling of the human face in three-dimensions. About 175 people volunteered to have their faces taken in 3D, with the images becoming useful data in computer vision, statistical and mathematical techniques required to model facial shape for medical and biological applications.
Researchers also found Explorathon a good networking opportunity to discuss ideas and collaboration. QuantIC’s Richard Middlemiss from University of Glasgow said, “We had about 200 people visit our stand and we even spoke to researchers from Engineering who make drones, since we hope one day to fly our gravimeters on one of these and it was a useful conversation to have.”
It sounds like a good experience was had by all, so here’s to Explorathon next year!!