Aberystwyth Robotics Club
It started back in 2000 where a group of Physicists decided to make a robot for the BBC show Robot Wars; and so Infinity was born! We competed in the 6th series but lost in the 1st round. But during the Extreme2 (University Challenges) we managed to get as far as the final but lost against Tiberius3. But hey! We came runner up!
After a few years people lost interest in Robot Wars and so the BBC cancelled the shows as it didn’t have enough viewers. Infinity showed up occasionally for some Robot Wars related events such as Roaming Robots, Robots Live etc. We are very good friends with RAZER and have done many events together including the Robot Wars at Aberystwyth Arts Center back in 2003.
To date I build interactive robots as they can be put in any situation rather than the fighting robots. Back in 2009 we decided to build K-9 and the reaction we had from him at different conventions was amazing. During one of the conventions called “Invasion of the Daleks” at the Fleet Air Arm in Yeovil, where at least 20 daleks attend. We decided to create Dalek Doris which was finally completed in July 2012 and has attended numerous events and even taken part in a Panto!! – www.dalekdoris.co.uk
June 2014 saw the official launch of the latest member of the family in the form of that iconic droid from the Star Wars films R2D2. Two years in construction and countless hours of fabrication, the new droid was released.
Steve has expertise in electronic and engineering fabrication, is enhanced DBS/CRB holder, and is level 1 and 2 Safeguarding child protection.
- BSc, MPhil (Wales)
- Member of the Solar Wind Sherpas – Solar Eclipse 2017
- Responsible for the development of the laser heated levitator facilities of Aberystwyth and subsequent use of Daresbury and Diamond Synchrotron radiation facilities.
- Member of the Intelligent Robotics Group.
- Instrumentation and engineering technician.
Dr Patricia Shaw
Club Leader – Beginners Group
I am a lecturer in the Computer Science Department, and a member of the Intelligent Robotics Group researching how Infants Develop using the iCub.
Dr Helen Miles
Club Leader – Advanced Group
Helen’s research is in the field of computer graphics and virtual
environments. She has a BSc (2010) and PhD (2014) in Computer Science
from Bangor University. She moved to Aberystwyth in 2014 to work as PDRA
on the HeritageTogether
project, collecting 3D digital recordings of neolithic archeology sites
in Wales. In 2015 she became a lecturer for the department. Since 2016,
Helen has been working as part of Aberystwyth University’s ExoMars
team, simulating images from the perspective of the PanCam instrument led by UCL/MSSL.
Helen is very interested in engaging with the public and
communicating science, helping to plan and run outreach activities that
aim to spark an interest in science and computer science. She helps run
the Aberystwyth Robotic Club, leading the advanced group, and co-leads development of Barnes the full-scale model of the ExoMars rover.
Helen is a member of the BCS, and is on the committees for BCSWomen and BCS Mid Wales. In 2017, Helen became chair of the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, an annual conference for undergraduate women in computing.
Dr Hannah Dee
Club Helper – Beginners Group
Dr Hannah Dee, a Computer Science lecturer at Aberystwyth University, has been named by Computer Weekly as the tenth most influential woman in UK computing.
Dr Dee is deputy chair of BCSWomen, the Chartered Institute for IT’s group for women, and is recognised for her work in establishing the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium, the UK’s main conference for female undergraduates which is now in its seventh year.
Her research areas are computer vision for the analysis of human behaviour, the detection of shadows and reasoning about shadows, and student attitudes to the study of computer science.
Dr Dee is the highest ranked academic on the list, which is in its fourth year.
She appears alongside such notable figures as Joanna Shields, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Culture Media and Sport and Digital Economy Advisor to the Prime Minister, and Trudy Norris-Grey, managing director of Microsoft’s public sector business in Central and Eastern Europe.
Responding to the announcement, Dr Hannah Dee said: “I was amazed to make the shortlist to be honest, I was checking twitter every now and then and when I saw who placed in the 21-50 spots I was fairly sure I’d not made the top 50 this year. Then my phone went mental…buzz buzz buzz across the table. I think I’m the highest placed academic this year, which is nuts. Nice, but nuts.”
Dr Bernie Tiddeman, Head of the Department of Computer Science said: “We are hugely proud that Hannah’s made the top 10 this year. She is a fantastic asset to the department, a very popular lecturer in her teaching role as well as a first class researcher. And as if that wasn’t enough she does an enormous amount of external / outreach work, including organising the BCS Women’s annual Lovelace Colloquium and recently being a leading organiser of the world record Appathon attempt.
“Whilst on “holiday” recently in Malawi, she found time to run some computing courses in a local school, even though they only had one computer that was kept locked in the heads office! That sort of sums up her attitude, very active and very passionate about her subject. So well done Hannah, well deserved!
Hannah is also a big fan of robots with googly eyes!
Club Helper – Beginners Group
I am the outreach officer for the Institute of Maths, Physics and Computer Science at Aberystwyth University.
Dr Otar Akanyeti
Club Helper – Beginners Group
I am a lecturer in the Computer Science Department, and a member of the Intelligent Robotics Group.
Autonomous Underwater Robotics:
I am an electronic engineer, trained in robotics and biology. On one hand, I am interested in studying organisms using biological and engineering approaches. In return, I develop new bioinspired technologies for autonomous underwater robotics.