Two more SMARTgals through the glass ceiling…

Dr Alison Williams has won the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Contribution to Research in the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) at the University of East London!
Alison-Williams The prize has been awarded in recognition of the importance of her thesis in establishing a mediated link between creative behaviour and physical environment, thus redefining the previously held view that there was no supporting evidence. Alison’s thesis “A Grammar of Creative Workplaces” presents a visuospatial grammar of the elements of the physical environment that actively stimulate and sustain creativity in the workplace. The prize was presented at the ACE graduation ceremony, held in the Indigo, 02, London.

Click here to read the abstract.

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Karolina Zawieska wins a Certificate of Merit in the UCD Images of Research Competition!
Alison-WilliamsThis prestigious award, previously held by SMARTlab PhD candidate Steve Cooney, brings Karolina international recognition. She has been awarded a cash prize and Certificate of Merit for the photo she took during the University Rover Challenge organised by the Mars Society in May 2013.The URC2013 was held in the desert of southern Utah, USA. The goal of the URC competition was to test Mars rovers built by student teams from different countries.

It consisted of multiple tasks, including the Astronaut Assisting Task captured in Karolina’s photo. The title of the image is ‘Hope’: It displays two simulated astronauts who are waiting to be found by Mars rovers. The photo illustrates collaboration between humans and robots that more and more often goes beyond merely physical interaction with machines. It is a part of Karolina’s PhD research into anthropomorphism in robots and the role the social machines will play in human societies.

Karolina’s image features on the website here.

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