1st Annual Bath PGR Conference on Computer Science BCCS 2016

5th May 2016


| Description | Call for Papers | Call for Posters | Call for Demos | Call for Workshops | Important Dates | Schedule | Registration | Organisation |


“Computer Science [noun]: The study of computers and how they can be used.” 

 -- Cambridge Dictionaries Online


This conference is a one day event being held to demonstrate the latest research that is being done by all researchers in Computer Science at Bath University. Showing the connections between the different groups in the field by allowing researchers from all fields to present and discuss their work. The aim of the conference is to exchange ideas and information about what is happening inside and outside of your field, and to see our progression of Computer Science as a whole.

The conference is open to all Postgraduate students, Postdoctoral researchers and staff, and will be aimed throughout all research areas of Computer Science at Bath University. We welcome submissions from the following research areas; 

·      Human-computer interaction 

·      Intelligent systems 

·      Mathematical foundations 

·      Visual computing 

This is an opportunity to present your work in a formal environment of diverse researchers, to get a constructive feedback on your research ideas and to gain exposure to interests both inside and outside of your research group. All PhD and EngD students are strongly encouraged to submit for the conference, except for EngD students in placement (although if you still wish to submit you are welcome to).

There will be four best paper awards (one per research area) and one best demo award.


Keynote Speakers

Dr. Leon Watts
University of Bath
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)

Dr. Clara Mancini
The Open University
Human/Animal-Computer Interaction

Clara Mancini is Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design and head of the Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) Lab at The Open University. The mission of the ACI Lab is to expand the boundaries of interaction design beyond the human species by investigating the interaction between animals and technology in naturalistic settings; designing interactive technology to support animals in different contexts; and developing user-centred methods enabling animals to fully participate in the design process. Mancini is particularly interested in the methodological challenges and innovation opportunities presented by ACI to contribute to human and animal wellbeing, social inclusion, interspecies cooperation and environmental restoration.

Title: Animal-Computer Interaction: Designing Interactive Systems for and with a More-than-Humans

Abstract - Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) is an emerging discipline aiming to study the relation between animals and technology in naturalistic settings, design user-centred technology to support animals in various contexts, and inform user-centred approaches to developing animal technology. In my talk, I will introduce the research program of The Open University’s ACI Lab. Focussing on some of our projects, I will discuss the design and methodological implications, and challenges, arising from designing for and with more-than-human animals. I will also reflect on the benefits of thinking about interaction design from an extended, multispecies perspective rather than from a merely human perspective.


Leon A. Watts has been researching the effects of technical mediation on human communication since 1992. His work has focused on understanding characteristics of computational environments that foster positive and equal contribution to joint activity. He has examined this problem in the context of close personal relationships, dispute resolution, health care, online activism, diplomatic work, and in human-robot interactions. He takes an interdisciplinary approach to the conceptual and methodological foundations of his efforts, towards a collaborative, social and inclusive version of Englebart’s vision for 'augmenting the human intellect'.

Title: Creating contributions that feel as though they matter

As members of groups, we all confront choices about the things we may wish to say, and the ways in which we might say them. These give us a ‘voice’ in our dealings with others. Our choices are ever-more informed by practices and beliefs about communication technologies. And coping with those choices can be hard because, in addition to our own separate thinking, they require us to imagine how our statements will be understood and how inferences may be drawn about our individual value to the group, and their communication practices. Will they see our propositions as valuable contributions, or as irrelevances, or even as obstructive to the objectives of the group? How will they feel about our contributions, and will they recognise the feelings we have invested in their construction. Interactive communication technologies can both amplify and attenuate the role of individual contributions to collective effort, and demonstrate traces of communication activity over time. Will we, in the aggregate of our contributions, be seen as valuable contributors? As loafers? As destructive rather than as constructive members of a group? What is the net effect of our actions as they accumulate through technical systems, such that our peers may change what they do? Technical systems have effects on the communication choices we make; the central concern of my HCI research is the amplification or attenuation of potential contributions. As researchers, we also face choices in the actions we take that have a bearing on reputation and career building. In this talk, I shall reflect on the evolution of my own research path with reference to two keynotes that helped me to rethink my work, and with the intention of prompting SPARC participants to take a longer view on their work and to encourage them to make active choices in the research they pursue. 


Call for papers

Paper Submission Deadline: 5th April 2016

We are currently calling for papers. Submissions should consist of a single anonymised PDF file of 2-5 pages, excluding references, written in the English language. The document should be intended to address a general Computer Science audience. All submissions will need to be electronic, consisting of a single PDF file.

The link for submission is here.

You will need to sign up for an EasyChair account using the link on the above page, before you will be able to log in and submit your paper.

Submissions should have paper format ACM. Templates can be downloaded from here.

Your paper could outline either your research in general, or a specific result or study that you are conducting, or have finished. (Care must be taken with specific studies especially, that the first 2 pages minimum are accessible to the general audience).

For the 1st year PhD and EngD students, a paper could contain preliminary research ideas or an outline of their transfer report. These papers will be reviewed according to different criteria. The title of these papers should start with "1st year PhD".

call for Posters

Posters submissions will consist of a maximum one page abstract. The posters can be printed on any university printer in A3 format. To make a poster development process easier, we created a poster template which can be filled in with your own text and pictures. Note that the template is just an example, feel free to change the lay-out and sections titles if you need to. Templates can be downloaded from here.

Call for Demos

Demos submissions will consist of a maximum one page abstract of the demonstrated research which describes the topic and the hardware which will be used for the demonstration.

Call for Workshops

Workshops will be satellite events running in parallel with the main conference. Workshops can have different aims, e.g. provide a specific training, invite a guest speaker to talk on a specific topic or to have an in-depth discussion with field experts. Workshop proposals should describe the topic and the background or skills needed for their attendance.

important dates

Paper or demo submission:  5th April 2016

Notification:  14th April 2016

Registration:  25th April 2016

Conference:  5h May 2016


The conference is a one day event and will take place on 5th May 2016 at the Edge, Weston studio


9.30-9.50 Coffee/Registration

9.50-10.00 Introduction

10.00-10.50 Keynote speaker: Leon Watts, University of Bath

10.50-11.35 Session 1

What is the Robot Thinking? : Transparency as a Fundamental Design Requirement for AI Architectures--Rob Wortham

Designing Transparency for Real-Time Inspection of Intelligent Agents--Andreas Theodorou

Learning Semi-Transparent Layers--Da Chen

11.35 -11.50 Coffee break/Poster session

11.50-12.35 Session 2

About the Atomic Lambda-Mu-Calculus--Fanny He

Dual Pachinko Allocation--Ieuan Evans

Can We Automate a First Year Programming Student?--Nicholas Westlake

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13.50-14.40 Keynote speaker: Clara Mancini, the Open University

14.40-15.10 Session 3

Interaction Analysis of a Clinical Executive Dysfunction Assessment--Zack Lyons

Exploring Time Allocation across and within Ideation Tasks--Christina Keating

15.10-15.25 Coffee break/Poster session

15.25-16.10 Session 4

Proposed Model for a Dynamic Stock Prediction System--Siriphan Wichaidit

Reasoning About Norm Change--Charlie Ann Page

Reviewing Learning Analytics as an Emerging Field for Analyzing Educational Data--Shahad Almansour

16.10 - 16.30 Closing/Awards

16.45 -17.45 Closing reception in Ensemble room of the Edge


WorkshopThe library: what is in it for you?”

Time: 10.55-11.55

Location: CB 3.1

Emma Stuart Edwards is Subject Librarian for Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science at the University of Bath.

Richard Evans is Senior Data Scientist in Library Research Services at the University of Bath.

The library service can support Postgraduate Research students at all stages of their learning, research and publishing needs. As a subject librarian, Emma promotes awareness of services the library offers and delivers training for literature searching and using subject-specific subscription databases to find journal articles and information. Research Services can help you manage your research data and provide help with open access publications. Come to this session to find out more about what we have to offer and take this opportunity to let us know what you would like from your library.



You can register here.

Anyone who would like to attend the conference can register, though the number of places for those who do have any contributions to the conference might be limited.

The authors of the accepted papers must attend the conference to present their work.  


General Chair

·      Nataliya Mogles (nmm38)

Program Chair

·      Sylwia Hyniewska (sh2067)

PC Members

·      Zohreh Shams

·      Valentin Blot

·      JeeHang Lee

Organising Committee

·      David Sherratt (drs32)

·      Andreas Theodorou (at911)

·      John Benardis (ib322)

Technical Support

·      Melle Zijlstra