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Computing Science and Maths Seminars, 2019/2020

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Seminars will take place in Room 4B96,  Cottrell Building, University of Stirling. Normally, from 15.00 to 16.00 on Friday afternoons during semester time, unless otherwise stated. For instructions on how to get to the University, please look here.

If you would like to give a seminar to the department in future or if you need more information,  
please contact the seminar organisers, Dr. Sandy Brownlee ( and Dr. Wen-shin Lee (

Autumn 2019

Date Speaker Title/Abstract
13th September
Sarah Thomson TBA

20th September
Dr Ross Kelly, Department of Applied Mathematics, Liverpool John Moores University TBA
27th September
Available slot TBA
4th October
Dr Scott Denholm, SRUC TBA
11th October
Dr Marc Roper, Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde TBA
18th October
Internal events No seminar this week
25th October
Reading week No seminar this week
1st November
Available slot
8th November
Prof Annie Cuyt, University of Antwerp, Belgium TBA
15th November
Available slot
22nd November
Winter graduations No seminar this week
29th November
Dr Andrea Berardi, The Open University TBA
6th December
Georgi Tinchev, University of Oxford Real-time LIDAR localization in natural and urban environments
Localization is a key challenge in many robotics applications. In this work we explore LIDAR-based global localization in both urban and natural environments and develop a method suitable for online application. We present a method capable of achieving state-of-the-art performance while being three times faster than previous approaches, as well as occupying 70\% less memory without a significant loss of performance. Our approach leverages efficient deep learning architectures capable of learning compact point cloud descriptors directly from 3D data. The method uses an efficient feature space representation of a set of segmented point clouds to match between the current scene and the prior map. We show that down-sampling in the inner layers of the network can significantly reduce computation time without sacrificing performance. Our experiments demonstrate a factor of three reduction of computation with marginal loss in localization frequency. We evaluate the proposed methods on nine scenarios from six datasets varying between urban, park, forest and industrial environments. The proposed learning method can allow the full pipeline to run on robots with limited computation payload such as drones, quadrupeds or UGVs as it does not require a GPU at run time.

Previous Seminar Series

2019:  Spring  
2018:  Spring   Autumn
2017:  Spring   Autumn
2016:  Spring   Autumn
2015:  Spring   Autumn
2014:  Spring   Autumn
2013:  Spring   Autumn
2012:  Spring   Autumn
2011:  Spring   Autumn
2010:  Spring   Autumn
2009:  Spring   Autumn
2008:  Spring   Autumn
2007:  Spring   Autumn
2006:  Spring   Autumn
2005:  Spring   Autumn
2004:  Spring   Autumn
2003:  Spring   Autumn
2002:  Spring   Autumn
2001:  Spring   Autumn
2000:  Spring   Autumn
1999:  Spring   Autumn
1998:  Spring   Autumn
1997:  Spring   Autumn
1996:  Autumn

Top image: Image and vision processing.
Courtesy of Dr. Deepayan Bhowmik.

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