Research Centre Spotlight: The Science Communication Unit (SCU): Embedding communication and engagement in all research.

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Never before has the important role of science communication been so widely recognised. The COVID-19 pandemic drew attention not only to the importance of communicating scientific and health based information to millions, but also the ways that new digital and social media enable the circulation of misinformation. The pandemic has also highlighted the role that the public can play in shaping and contributing to new and emerging areas of research. In many ways, society has been engaged in a two year science communication ‘experiment’ and this has offered opportunities to consider the role that science communication and engagement can play in other ‘wicked problems’ such as the climate crisis and wider issues of health and wellbeing. These are also all problems which have long-term and distressing impacts on communities and in which researchers can play an important role.

The Science Communication Unit (SCU) has been working on such challenging topics at UWE Bristol since the late 1990’s, building an international reputation for its diverse and innovative activities, designed to engage the public with science, as well as research informed teaching offered to science communicators via its Masters programme, continuing professional development (CPD) training and undergraduate science communication modules. The SCU is led by Dr Clare Wilkinson and Professor Emma Weitkamp, and its work covers themes over five key areas:

Science, Technology and Engineering

Science, Technology and Engineering has always been at the heart of the work of the SCU, which is based in both the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Environment and Technology. Projects in this area have covered topics as diverse as robotics, artificial intelligence and astronomy. A key project that the Science Communication Unit team are currently involved with is Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation (DETI). Via DETI Inspire the team (Dr Laura Fogg Rogers, Sophie Laggan, Ana Bristow, Josh Warren, Dr Louisa Cockbill and Dr Laura Hobbs) have directly engaged 6,832 children and 216 teachers from 73 schools and community groups in the West of England, with an estimated 97,550 children reached altogether through dissemination efforts over the last two years.

WeCount is a two year project working directly with citizens in five countries across Europe. The SCU is leading the Monitoring and Evaluation Work Package on behalf of the project.

Health and Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing is another important theme in the work of the SCU, whose research spans the life course and addresses a variety of communities. Popular computer games which allow children to visualise and explore concepts are being used by Dr Laura Hobbs in the Exploring the molecular basis of diabetes with Minecraft project funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry, to help children and young people to understand complex conditions like diabetes. Whilst work carried out by Dr Laura Hobbs and Dr Elena Milani, in collaboration with the Centre for Health and Clinical Research (CHRC), during the pandemic to maximise COVID-19 vaccine update also resulted in a nomination for an HSJ NHS Race Equality Award.

Diabetes with Minecraft project

Sustainability and the Environment

Sustainability and the Environment is also an area where a great deal of collaborative work takes place with other research centres at UWE, including a long-term partnership with the  Air Quality Management Resource Centre (AQMRC) on projects such as ClairCity (Dr Laura Fogg Rogers, Dr Margarida Sardo) and WeCount (Dr Margarida Sardo, Sophie Laggan, Dr Laura Fogg Rogers). The longest running project in the SCU however, is the Science for Environment Policy (SfEP) project. Running science 2007, a team of writers (Nicky Shale, Caroline Weaver and David Jay) and editors (Ruth Larbey, Carla Smith) based in the SCU are responsible for fortnightly News Alerts, as well as a range of more in-depth reports that regularly reach well over 20,000 subscribers.

ClairCity Project

Social Science and Art

Social Science and Art are also topics embedded in the work of the SCU, and many of our research projects share and involve research that is far broader than a consideration of the sciences alone. In examining contemporary science communication issues we often rely on methods utilised in the social sciences, and a recent EU-funded project, RETHINK, has involved a team of staff (Andy Ridgway, Dr Elena Milani, Dr Clare Wilkinson and Professor Emma Weitkamp) in the SCU examining the science communication ecosystem throughout Europe, as well as understanding more about how the science communication community is shaped in terms of approaches, aims and training.

The RETHINK project

Informal and Formal Learning

Informal and Formal Learning is the fifth and final strand of our work. Much science communication takes place in informal settings such as the home, parks and museums, but also in formal contexts like schools and universities, as well as the spaces between. A recently completed Partnership PhD project considered one such setting, a new exhibition being developed at the Eden Project called Invisible Worlds. Through work with visitors and staff this postgraduate research study conducted by Dr David Judge was able to explore the role science communication can play in addressing some of the contemporary world’s most challenging and intractable problems, exploring this through the lens of transformative learning.

Beyond the research and practice based projects the SCU is involved in, we also engage with a comprehensive programme of CPD, including our annual Science Communication Masterclass which attracts delegates from around the globe and has trained people from a wide range of organisations including Thermo Fisher Scientific, the ESRC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Unilever, Astrazeneca, the British Embassy, and the Met Office. The Masterclass has built on the success of our MSc Science Communication programme, which has achieved a 100% PTES result for the last two years running, and in 2021 attracted 53 new students to start the programme over two intakes. All of our teaching and CPD programmes are also open to UWE staff and students and we’ve seen many delegates undertake our masterclass, online science communication modules and full MSc programme whilst engaged in other roles and projects at UWE. Our graduates now work around the globe, including for organisations such as NASA, for a variety of research councils and organisations, and in science centres and museums.

To find out more about the work of undertaken by the Science Communication Unit Team follow the links below:

International Women’s Day 2022: Break the Bias

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This year the International Women’s Day (IWD) theme is #BreakTheBias.

“Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.”

International Women’s Day theme 2022

To celebrate IWD, we spoke to some of our amazing researchers who are helping to Break the Bias:

The Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation (DETI) programme is investing in the future of digital engineering for our region. Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers, Associate Professor Engineering in Society, and DETI Inspire lead talks about how the project is helping to break the bias below:

“DETI Inspire has been an incredible programme of activity, aimed at breaking stereotypes and celebrating diverse engineers making a difference in our region. So far we have directly engaged with over 6800 children, and many more digitally, which just highlights the appetite for children to see inspirational role models.

We do this through a variety of activities – from a mentoring programme to support women in engineering, to a network of diverse STEM Ambassadors and role models for outreach activities, and delivery of our five curriculum-linked sustainability focussed outreach programmes for schools. We aim to bust the bias to show that all sorts of people can become engineers and make a difference in our community!”

Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) initiative – Women Like Me mentoring project

Associate Professor of Social Psychology Helen Malson has talked below about how her research on eating disorders has helped to Break the Bias.

Helen works with Bristol Health Partners and recently collaborated with Expert Self Care on an Eating Disorder Support app:

As a critical feminist psychologist, my research on eating disorders has explored the damage done by mainstream cultural norms and values, including heteropatriarchal gender stereotypes, in mobilising eating disordered experiences and practices, particularly in girls and women.

Equally importantly, it’s also about challenging derogatory and sexist  stereotypes of girls and young women with eating disorders and its about countering the idea that its only white, middle class young women who experience eating disorders.

As I have argued in an article on the importance of feminist approaches to eating disorders that I recently co-authored with colleagues in New Zealand, North America and the UK,  its vital that we challenge heteronormativity and white privilege to make eating disorders research and support services inclusive of people of all genders, ethnicities and sexualities.

As a co-director of the Eating Disorders Health Integration Team, working with experts by experience as well as with clinicians and with other academics, we have sought to amplify the voices of those with lived experience and to take a more inclusive anti-racist, feminist and LGBTQ+ approach in our research, service development and public engagement.

Eating Disorder Support App

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management Dr Vanda Papafilippou has previously written this blog on exploring networks as a source of career development and identity for female engineers. In the blog, she identifies that Women comprise just 12% of the UK engineering workforce (EngineeringUK, 2018), and despite the efforts of both the state and the industry, it remains one of the most male-dominated occupations.

Women appear to be at a disadvantage in terms of visibility, the ability to form alliances and gaining critical organisational knowledge that can lead to career progression. Her research project aimed to establish the contribution of formal internal and external women’s networks to gender equality in engineering and understand the role of human resources practitioners in their operation, and in turn Break the Bias around female engineers. Vanda discusses the findings of the project:

The main contribution of internal women’s networks was the invaluable social and psychological support that they provided to the women involved. These networks contributed towards a sense of solidarity and empowerment of the women. Other important benefits of the participation in internal networks included: the development of skills through mentoring and tailored training but also help with career progression.

External women’s networks on the other hand, helped women to (re)build their confidence and (re)establish their sense of belonging to the profession. This was especially so for those returning from maternity leave where women felt overwhelmed. External networks seemed also to play an important role in individual career progression as they helped women to enhance crucial skills, such as networking and public speaking.

By sharing experiences and working together, the women started challenging the dominant gendered discourses and practices. Instead of adapting in order to fit in, they chose to reframe what an ‘engineer’, and especially a female engineer and a leader in engineering, can be.

Read the full blog post here.

Female engineers

This is a tiny selection of our researchers that are helping to Break the Bias. To find out more about our research please visit our website.

Academic Spotlight: Dr Lisa Mol

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Dr Lisa Mol is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography and is part of the Centre for Water, Resilience and Communities.

Lisa is a geomorphologist, specialising in the deterioration of stone, which has enabled her to work in environments as diverse as southern Africa, the Middle East and the Arctic. She currently leads the Heritage in the Crossfire initiative, which investigates the effect of ballistics (e.g. bullets and explosives) on heritage stonework. Sadly, heritage has been, and continues to be, destroyed during armed conflict.

Therefore Lisa’s work focusses on first aid and triage for heritage: What happens to the stone structure when a bullet impacts? How does this impact vary between stone types? Does the previous deterioration of a surface (e.g. weathering) play a role in its response to an impact?

Ballistic impacts, such as bullets, can leave scars that not only aesthetically affect the heritage site but could be the surface manifestation of a much larger fracture network within the stone work which can threaten long-term conversation of the heritage site. She therefore coordinates a number of projects that investigate ballistic damage across heritage sites, using arena trials (highly-controlled testing on ordinance explosion ranges) and high-resolution laboratory methods to quantify the effects of ballistics.

This knowledge is then used to document and assess damage in current conflict zones, using remote training and technical support to aid colleagues on site. Most recently, this methodology was successfully applied on the Roman Theatre in Sabratha (Libya), and this work will continue in the Jebel Nafusa (Tunisia / Libya) in the coming years. The Heritage in the Crossfire project is supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Society, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, ALIPH and the Kaplan Foundation.

Her work has had direct impact on this discourse through the training of heritage professionals in affected countries (Training in Action) as well as international CPP Army Divisions, and most recently in its inclusion in NATO briefings (Naples, October 2019). Her research attained further international exposure in articles published in Scientific American, Forbes, Smithsonian Magazine and ABC News. While the centre of her work has always been scientific discovery of the highest standard, she is passionate about knowledge exchange, ensuring that her research (and any carried out under her supervision) directly aids those most in need of the expertise and technology it develops.

Documenting and assessing conflict damage to heritage, and providing expertise knowledge to pinpoint areas at risk, not only benefits conservation practitioners but also contributes to damage prevention and front-line personnel training.

Through close collaboration between the Dr Mol and the UK Blue Shield (an international, voluntary organisation created and mandated under international law in 1996 to protect cultural heritage during conflict), the scientific findings have been translated a training programme for army personnel. Delegates from armies of the U.K., the U.S.A, Australia, The Netherlands, Italy and France have taken part in this training.

Dr Mol also regularly works with museums to discuss safeguarding of heritage in conflict, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Smithsonian Institutions.

Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn.

UWE Bristol academic leads Community Climate Literature Book Club in Eastville

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Dr Sarah Robertson, a senior lecturer in American Literature and part of the English Literature team at UWE is currently leading on a time-limited book club for those who love literature and want to read more about the climate.

Across her research, Sarah has repeatedly turned to the extractive logic that has ravaged parts of the Appalachian mountains. She critically examines literary representations of coal mining, strip mining, mountain-top removal, fracking and logging, and their impact on the land and local communities in US States including West Virginia and Tennessee. Her latest projects include completing a book on Gothic Appalachian Literature (Anthem Press, 2024), with a distinct focus on extraction and climate change, and working with UWE colleague, Dr Ann Alston (English Literature), on an impact case study on climate change, literature, society and the English curriculum.

As part of her work on the impact case study, Sarah devised this book club to provide the public with opportunities to discuss a variety of contemporary novels that represent the changing climate. Engaging with world literature, from science fiction to realism, the group discusses the challenges of climate change and questions of hope, adaptability, and resilience as they emerge across the selected novels.

Meeting in the lovely space at The Old Library in Eastville, Bristol, over tea and coffee, the group discussions are warm and friendly, allowing everyone to share their thoughts. In January the group read Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviour (2012), and in February it turned to Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island (2019).

The book club is free of charge and you can join by dropping-in with no prior booking (though it would be great if you could let us know at Sarah.Robertson@uwe.ac.uk if you are intending to join, just so we have a rough idea of numbers). It takes place on the first Tuesday of every month from until June, from 7:00-9:00pm.

Upcoming meetings:

1st March – Maja Lunde’s The End of the Ocean

5th April – Ian McEwan’s Solar

3rd May – Elif Shafak’s The Island of Missing Trees

7th June – Kim Stanley Robinson’s The Ministry for the Future

UWE Bristol academic publishes research that attempts to increase donations to charity through lab-based experiments

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Across two studies, the lead of the Psychological Sciences Research Group (PSRG); Dr Miles Thompson, explored the potential influence of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), mindfulness and education on a specific prosocial behaviour: donations to charity. The research, published in the Journal of Contextual Behavioural Science, focused on charities working in the area of global poverty and human rights. Specifically Amnesty International and Oxfam.

Across the lab-based studies, participants were compensated for taking part and asked at three time points if they would give any of their payment to the charities. They were asked:

  1. at the start of the study,
  2. after brief interventions based on either ACT, mindfulness, education or control conditions, and
  3. at the end of the study when they were given their payment for taking part.

Interestingly and unexpectedly, at all three time points, many participants either gave all of their compensation to the charities or kept it all for themselves, resulting in bi-modal data. The brief ACT and mindfulness interventions did not significantly move donation behaviour. Nor did self-report ACT questionnaires correlate significantly with participant donations.

However, the education condition, which provided information on global poverty, human rights and the history and work of both Amnesty International and Oxfam did see participants give more money to the charities. In short, the results highlighted the importance of education in increasing prosocial behaviour.

Speaking about the research Dr Thompson noted: “I’m a clinical psychologist by background and have seen the positive impact of ACT and mindfulness in many areas of clinical and health psychology. The field also aspires to have an impact in broader prosocial areas such global poverty and human rights.

In this study, the results were not supportive of ACT and mindfulness. But it was very interesting to see the positive results for education. Importantly, simply telling people about how the world is and how people and organisations are working to make it better had a positive influence on donating behaviour”.

The paper can be accessed via the journal website. If anyone struggles to access the full version of the research, please contact Miles Thompson for a copy.

Minimally invasive cardiac valve surgery using Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality

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Written by Dr Muhammad Bilal

An ongoing collaboration between members of the UWE Bristol’s Big Data Enterprise and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (Big-DEAL) and the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences (HAS) seeks to address the limitations of minimally invasive cardiac surgery (MICVS) using artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR). MICVS, a surgical heart procedure which involves making small incisions in the right side of the chest to reach the heart through the ribs without cutting any bone is currently riddled with several challenges which restricts its uptake in cardiac centres across the UK. Some of these challenges have been linked to variations in normal as well as pathological anatomy which limits visualisation and exposure of key structures.

The project – AI for minimally invasive cardiac valve surgery (AI4MICVS) – stems from a joint funding between the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) and HAS, and engages surgeons from the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI) to identify potential application areas of these technologies from pre-operative planning to post-surgery care.

The first discovery workshop with Professor Massimo Caputo, a professor of congenital heart surgery at BHI, and Dr Hunaid Vohra, a substantive Cardiac Consultant at BHI was held at the Big-DEAL lab on Monday, 22 November 2021. Also present at the workshop was Dr Pawel Capik, the Director of Postgraduate Research, Faculty of Business and Law, the Principal Investigator and representative of the Big-DEAL lab; Dr Muhammad Bilal, the Co-Investigator, and representative of the Faculty of HAS; Dr Faatihah Niyi-Odumosu; and Mr Taofeek Akinosho; the lead AR developer for AI4MICVS.

The surgeons highlighted during the meeting that several unexpected challenges are prone to happen during surgery due to the differences in each patient’s physical and anatomical characteristics. Technologies such as AI and AR can enhance a surgeon’s ability to prevent the conversion of a keyhole heart valve operation to an open-heart surgery, thereby avoiding two sets of scars, and delay in recovery.

While speaking on the proposed AI4MICVS platform, Dr Bilal described it as a tool that facilitates patient education since medical terms used by surgeons to explain the surgical procedure are often difficult for the patient to understand. More importantly, AI4MICVS allows surgeons to access a digital representation of a patient and simulate the entire surgery procedure in advance.  The digital representation can either be a 3D model of the patient’s thoracic cavity displayed on a HoloLens or 3D printed models in more severe cases of frail adults and neonates.

As part of the workshop, the Big-DEAL team took the surgeons on a tour of UWE Bristol’s Centre for Print Research (CFPR) where state-of-the-art 3D prints were showcased. The CFPR team further emphasised the possibilities of printing 3D models that replicates the human organs and blood flow using synthetic materials.

Finally, Dr Hunaid, in his concluding remarks, highlighted that they were happy to be a part of the AI4MICVS project which will prospectively facilitate the adoption of MICVS for adults and babies.

Despite the technical challenges that the AI4MICVS project presents, the Big-DEAL team and members from faculty of HAS see this collaboration as a good point for initiating advances in digital health.

This research story was recently featured on our UWE Bristol news releases.

English Literature and the Climate Crisis: Teaching Climate Literature to Young Adults

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As society responds to the changing climate, English literature provides useful and critical insights into the challenges we face, as well as helping to build resilience and activism. At Cop26 in November 2021, the education secretary Nadhim Zahawi promised to “put climate change at the heart of education.” To turn this promise into a reality, then climate change should be taught across the curriculum, from the Humanities to STEM.

This event, designed and led by UWE English Literature staff Dr Ann Alston and Dr Sarah Robertson, is for key stage 3 English teachers. It will explore how English literature can be more fully utilised as a vital tool in generating climate change awareness and for coping with climate anxiety. At the event, Dr Ann Alston will deliver a talk on climate change in young adult fiction, and Dr Sarah Robertson will present on approaches to teaching climate literature. The talks will be followed by a roundtable discussion where participants can share their thoughts on teaching climate change through English, exploring the challenges and benefits of such an approach.

The event will take place on Saturday 26 March, from 11:00-14:00 on Frenchay Campus. For more information and/or to book a place, please email Sarah.Robertson@uwe.ac.uk

UWE Bristol academics win research funding to investigate the population level effects of artificial lighting on biodiversity

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Academics at UWE Bristol have won a substantial bid from the National Environment Research Council (NERC) to investigate the population level effects of artificial lighting on biodiversity, using bats as models.

There is urgent need to understand how global environmental changes impact biodiversity. This project will address scientific and conservation challenges of global importance, pushing the scientific boundaries within global change research.

Dr Emma Stone, Senior Lecturer in Conservation Sciences, with Dr Paul Lintott from the UWE Bristol Bat Conservation Research Lab and the University of Exeter (Dr Razgour) aim to fill the gaps in their understanding of the population level impacts of artificial lighting, specifically, impacts on bat population fitness, breeding success, genetic connectivity between bat populations, and the potential for adaptation.

The ability of populations to respond to artificial lighting depends on the nature and speed of change in artificial lighting across the landscape and the ability of species to adapt to such changes. Species’ ability to adapt is a function of their physiological characteristics, how diverse the species are genetically, and their movement ability. Artificial lighting creates barriers to animal movement which can prevent populations from breeding and may have implications for population growth, ability to adapt and long-term survival.

Despite a better understanding of the impacts of artificial lights on animal behaviour, no studies have yet assessed responses at both the genomic, reproductive and physiological levels. The team will address this major gap in global change research through applying a novel interdisciplinary approach combining ecological, genomic, physiological and demographic tools to experimentally study the effect of artificial lighting on nocturnal wildlife, focusing on bats. They will focus on: the brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus), a light sensitive species that commonly roosts in buildings.

Dr Stone commented: “I am so pleased to get this project funded. It is the culmination of all my work on bats and lighting since I started my career. This is a very exciting project as it allows us to push the boundaries of research in this field to ask the next key questions that have eluded us until now, by assessing population level effects of lighting on bats. I am also super excited to work with my long term collaborator Dr Razgour at the University of Exeter, the combination of her expertise in genetics with my expertise in bats and artificial lighting creates a novel interdisciplinary approach to this field”.

We look forward to sharing more on this project as it develops.

Students experiment with high performance credit card sized computers

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A recent student project, run by BEng Aerospace Engineering students James Harvey (Year 1) and George Johnson (Year 3), has looked to build a server initially consisting of 21 raspberry-pi credit-card-sized computers. The project was supervised by Dr Xiaodong Xu, Dr Matt O’Donnell and Dr Andre Jesus, and supported by the Engineering, Modelling and Simulation Group (EMSG)

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python.

To solve current global challenges complex simulations, that require many hours of computer processing time, are often needed – for example, predicting climate behaviour, simulating proteins, and optimising aero-structural performance. High-Performance computer clusters are typically used to reduce the processing time of these simulations from weeks to hours, but this is expensive and not readily accessible. Instead, by combining the computing power of several low-cost Raspberry Pi’s we can emulate the capabilities of much more expensive devices in a modular scalable manner.

The aim of this project was to build the server in a modular manner so that it has the capability of working with more raspberry-pi’s in the future for higher processing power and effectiveness. Skills such as 3D printing, programming and computer networking were required in this project. 

The computer cluster has now been built and hosted in the new Engineering Building in UWE Bristol. It features 3D printed prototype parts to hold each individual Raspberry Pi, a PC which was installed with Ubuntu Server 18.04 to network boot the Raspberry Pi clients. In the next step, the students will further boost the cluster’s computational power by doubling the number of Raspberry Pi’s to 42. A variety of simulation tasks will be run to support the final year students’ projects and research projects in UWE Bristol, by using Matlab, Python, OpenFOAM and ANSYS etc.

The Engineering, Modelling and Simulation Group (EMSG) aims to deliver high quality research, postgraduate training and consultancy services in engineering modelling and simulation. We are a multi-disciplinary research group providing a unified platform to bring academics, researchers and research students together. By combining the expertise of each individual, we are able to tackle sophisticated yet practically important engineering problems through individual efforts and teamwork.

UWE Bristol Academic Spotlight: Mehmet Aydin, Senior Lecturer, Computer Science

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Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Working with Flexys to integrate Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology within debt resolution software, to enable more effective management of debt resolution and improvement of customer relationships and retention.

Research Interests

Dr Mehmet Aydin is Senior Lecturer in Computer Science with long-standing experience in solving real-world problems using AI, machine learning and soft computing methods. He has led and taken part in numerous research and industrial projects involving data analysis and modelling and problem-solving aspects in supervisory, consultant and researcher capacities. His research resulted in a long-list of publications in internationally peer-reviewed and well-recognised journals and conferences, and the impact of his research can be evidenced with citation metrics.

He has conducted guest editorial of a number of special issues for internationally peer-reviewed journals including International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Industrial Engineering and International Journal of Fuzzy Systems. In addition to the membership of the advisory committee of many international conferences, he is associate editor and member of the editorial board of peer-reviewed international journals. He is currently a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, member of EPSRC Review College, member of The OR Society UK, ACM and IEEE.

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Mehmet has experience of being the academic supervisor on two KTP projects.

One, still in progress, concerns data analysis and machine learning to understand customer behaviours in the area of debt management. The other, recently successfully completed, was with Lyons Davidson. This concerned the use of artificial intelligence for natural language processing and task-oriented dialogue management, creating automated systems for answering customer queries.

These, combined with his extensive experience of modern software development practices (for example, he is module leader for UWE’s final year module ‘Enterprise Systems Development’) provide him invaluable experience with project management and tools throughout the workplan. In particular his research experience and wide experience of formulating problems as learning tasks, then designing, implementing and evaluating machine learning-based solutions, give him the expertise needed to support collaborations.

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