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Machine Learning Zone Report

Read the report: Machine Learning Zone Report – November 2019 [PDF]

The Machine Learning Zone was supported by the University of Oxford. In this activity, students connected with University of Oxford researchers working on things like how to make sure robots don’t crash into each other when they can’t talk to each other, why human brains are so good at learning, the ethical issues of robots working in hospitals and health care, and making computers that can learn to spot patterns in genetic data.

This zone saw an increase in students logged in and questions asked than the previous I’m a Researcher activity, Curiosity Carnival, in 2017. Students had lots of questions about careers and education in particular, including questions about studying and working at the University of Oxford.

Students from schools across England connected with nine researchers at the University of Oxford:

  • Yee Whye Teh, who won this zone, is looking at the scientific principles underlying machine learning, to help us understand why and how things work in AI.
  • Valerie Bradley is using data to develop and enhance methods of prediction.
  • Nick Hawes works on AI methods to allow robots to plan and execute different behaviours.
  • Mackenzie Graham is a researcher looking at relationships between technology and people.
  • Lin Shuyu is a PhD student investigating the underlying principles of AI technology.
  • Jun Zhao is researching the responsible use of AI with families.
  • Jacob Laygonie is a researcher using maths to describe the differences between shapes in rules that computers can understand.
  • Brian Zhang is using machine learning algorithms to help find patterns in genetic data.
  • Anna Gautier studies and designs multi-robot systems, to help robots interact with each other.
Posted on January 15, 2020 modjen in Evaluation, News, Zone report | Comments Off on Machine Learning Zone Report

Curiosity Zone Report

The Curiosity Zone was the first zone of I’m a Researcher, Get me out of here. It was funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, which is an EU funding programme to support research careers.

The Zone ran for three weeks, connecting secondary school students in Oxfordshire with 22 researchers from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. The aim was to engage students with the wide variety of local researchers and to encourage students to attend to the live final at the Curiosity Carnival on 29th September.

In total, researchers from different disciplines answered 133 approved questions sent in by students in ASK and, there were 14 live chats with classes. The majority of the students who took part were in Science classes. There were also Geography and Psychology classes who contributed 30% of the total questions in ASK. The majority of the activity took place in the second two weeks, as the start of the event coincided with the first full week of the new academic year for students and teachers.

Many of the researchers engaged well, with 18 of the 22 attending a live chat and all of them answering questions in ASK. The most active researchers were also spread across the different university divisions, demonstrating that the online engagement worked for a variety of research disciplines.

The students voted for the five researchers they wanted to make up the panel in the live final. In the final itself at the Weston Library, the audience of 70 people put these researchers on the spot with their questions. At the end of the event the audience voted for their favourite researcher. Research engineer Priyanka Dhopade won the most votes, becoming the first champion of I’m a Researcher.

Posted on November 9, 2017 modantony in Evaluation, News, Zone report | Comments Off on Curiosity Zone Report