2012 Dyson National Winners and Finalists Announced

Just got the news this morning: ARTY was selected as a Dyson Award Finalist! The UK winner is an amazing project by Dan Watson that tackles the problem of sustainable fishing.

Although I’m disappointed that ARTY didn’t win the national award, there were many exceptional projects this year and I’m delighted ARTY was a finalist. Congratulations to Dan and the other National Finalists! I’m looking forward to the International results.

MarshMelonNut (Mis)-Adventure…

After watching this tutorial,


Kyu Hwa had the great idea to replicate it. So, we gave it a go:

It didn’t taste good. Our experience was that marshmallows and watermelons do not go together. Neither does peanut butter.

We ended up eating the ingredients separately.

But maybe we did it wrong. For example, we cut the watermelon the wrong way. Also, we made only 2/3 holes; Mr Willett made 4 holes. Perhaps we used the wrong kind of watermelon / marshmallow / peanut-butter.

P.S. This is what happens when you have PhD students working 10-12 hours a day in the summer.

UK Space Design Competition 2013 Now Open!

The 2013 UK Space Design Competition Request for Proposals (RFP) is now out!

The UK Space Design Competition 2013 is open to all UK secondary school students in years 9-13. Teams must consist of between 8 and 12 students, plus a supervising adult, but need not be affiliated with any particular institution. This means that schools, colleges, science clubs, and societies are all free to enter a team, provided that the above criteria are satisfied. All team members must be specified in the initial application.

Check out http://uksdc.org for details!

Steak Night and A Submission

Had a great time with the gang watching the Olympics closing ceremony. Coincidentally, we had another steak night. Yummy. Hats off to Kyu Hwa the Chef!

In other news, just submitted a paper on ARTY (and a trial-run by a child with special needs) to the IROS Workshop on robotic wheelchairs — fingers crossed that it’ll get accepted. Will put up a pre-print soon. If you are in the field, I recommend checking out the workshop on shared-control (organised by Tom Carlson at EPFL) at this year’s SMC.

Next week will be busy for us as we gear up for the Summer School.