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* [[Alan Blackwell]]
 
* [[Alan Blackwell]]
* Rex Britter
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* [[Rex Britter]]
* Hugh Shercliff
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* [[Hugh Shercliff]]
* Igor Wowk
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* [[Igor Wowk]]
* Keith Johnstone
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* [[Keith Johnstone]]
* David Buscher
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* [[David Buscher]]
* Rob Wallach
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* [[Rob Wallach]]
 
* [[Robin Boast]]
 
* [[Robin Boast]]
 
* [[Gavin Burnage]]
 
* [[Gavin Burnage]]
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Specific cross-disciplinary projects funded under the UROP scheme include:  
 
Specific cross-disciplinary projects funded under the UROP scheme include:  
  
MML, 2004
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==2004==
  
1. Software techniques for integrating digital video into language
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[[Modern and Medieval Languages]]
learning (Contact: Gavin Burnage)
 
  
Dominic Smith (Girton) will work for 10 weeks, for 1 week beginning 14
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1. Software techniques for integrating digital video into language learning
June, then for 9 weeks beginning 28 June.
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Supervised by [[Gavin Burnage]]
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Student [[Dominic Smith]]
  
2. Register in the History of Spanish (Contact: Dr Chris Pountain)
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2. Register in the History of Spanish
  
Gemma Wheeler (Robinson) will work for 4 weeks beginning 21 June
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Supervised by [[Chris Pountain]]
Julia Angell (St John's) for six weeks beginning 19 July.
 
  
Physics, 2006
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Student [[Gemma Wheeler]] and [[Julia Angell]]
  
James Mead worked on:
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==2006==
[[Dasher]]
 
Investigate and evaluate methods for text-messaging with two
 
buttons, aimed at disabled people.  Specifically, test new two
 
"dynamic" methods of steering the free software communication system,
 
"Dasher", developing and enhancing them in response to user feedback.
 
The main deliverables are a new mode for Dasher that's robust and
 
ready for delivery to real disabled users, and a quantitative evaluation of it.
 
  
Computer Lab, 2006
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[[Cavendish Laboratory]]
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[[James Mead]] worked on [[Dasher]]
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[[Computer Laboratory]]
  
 
Chris Smowton worked on [[Dasher]]
 
Chris Smowton worked on [[Dasher]]
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Gareth Bailey, Hugh Warrington, Mattias Linnap, Vincent Chen, Vilius Naudziunas
 
Gareth Bailey, Hugh Warrington, Mattias Linnap, Vincent Chen, Vilius Naudziunas
  
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==2007==
  
Linguistics, 2007
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[[Linguistics]]
 
 
Kirsty McDougall, supervised a student working on forensic speaker identification
 
Student- Qinkan Wu
 
 
 
Improving Techniques for Forensic Speaker Identification
 
 
 
A growing number of court cases involve the need to establish the speaker
 
of some recorded speech - a hoax emergency call, a fraudulent phone
 
transaction, an obscene voicemail, the planning of a drug deal and so on.
 
Voices, however, are not like fingerprints. Contrary to the impression
 
given by television shows such as CSI, there is no technique for
 
identifying a speaker with 100% reliability. A person’s voice varies,
 
depending on tiredness, emotion, how loud and fast he or she is speaking,
 
and many other factors. This variability within an individual’s voice makes
 
the task of speaker identification very complicated in the forensic domain,
 
where recordings are usually short, of poor quality and in a range of
 
speaking styles.
 
 
 
The DyViS project (‘Dynamic Variability in Speech: A Forensic Phonetic
 
Study of British English’) in the Phonetics Laboratory in the Department of
 
Linguistics is carrying out research tackling these issues. The project has
 
compiled a large-scale database of speech in different speaking styles from
 
100 speakers of Standard Southern British English. These recordings are
 
being analysed to determine how well the speakers can be discriminated and
 
what the best measures are for characterising their speech. The effects of
 
using the telephone on an individual's speech is also being analysed.
 
  
The student project will involve developing scripts to process and analyse
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Kirsty McDougall, supervised a student working on [[Forensic speaker identification]]
speech files efficiently using programs such as Praat. A background in
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Student- [[Qinkan Wu]]
computer programming is required, but experience in using Praat is not
 
necessary. The exact nature of the work to be undertaken is flexible
 
depending on the skills and interests of the student.
 
  
Anthropology 2007
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[[Anthropology]]
  
 
Social Anthropology online video library
 
Social Anthropology online video library
Contact: Paul Sumption / Professor Alan Macfarlane
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Contact: [[Paul Sumption]] / [[Alan Macfarlane]]
Student: Dahir Alissan
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Student: [[Dahir Alissan]]
  
Within the department of Social Anthropology we have a video library of
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Investigated online interface to the Social Anthropology video library of approximately 3000 films.  
approximately 3000 films. Previously a small Filemaker database was
 
published to the web to enable searching of an online film catalogue.
 
  
This system is doesn’t offer advanced searching and the database structure
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[[Computer Laboratory]]
lacks 3NF or normalisation. We are looking for a new solution for both the
 
administration of a new database and a web front end that allows advanced
 
searching.
 
  
The deliverable would be a backend in any open source SQL database.
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3D control of music structures
An administration system for maintaining the database this could be an ODBC
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- supervised by [[Chris Nash]]
front end or a web based system.
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- student [[Tris Bracey]]
A web based front end that allowed searching and listing of films.
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- working with [[Alejandro Viñao]]
  
There is plenty of scope for adding extras features or adding a loan
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==2008==
booking system if time allowed.
 
  
Restrictions: A preference towards a student that has a good knowledge or
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[[Music]]
interest in web based database applications.
 
 
 
You’d be based at the Department of Social anthropology however as this
 
project is web based once the project was underway SSH / FTP could be used
 
to allow you to work from your own workstation if preferred.
 
 
 
 
 
Computer Lab 2007
 
3D control of music structures
 
- supervised by Chris Nash
 
- student Tris Bracey
 
- working with Alejandro Vinao
 
 
 
Music 2008
 
  
 
Statistical analysis of violin timbre perception
 
Statistical analysis of violin timbre perception
Supervisor: Claudia Fritz/Ian Cross
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Supervisor: [[Claudia Fritz]]/[[Ian Cross]]
Student: Andrew Norman
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Student: [[Andrew Norman]]
  
Computer Lab 2008
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[[Computer Laboratory]]
  
 
Software for dance
 
Software for dance
Supervisor: Luke Church
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Supervisor: [[Luke Church]]
Student: Cheryl Hung
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Student: [[Cheryl Hung]]
  
 
ReadYourMeter.org
 
ReadYourMeter.org
Supervisors: Luke Church, Ian Davies, Andrew Rice, Alan Blackwell, David Mackay
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Supervisors: [[Luke Church]], [[Ian Davies]], [[Andrew Rice]], [[Alan Blackwell]], [[David MacKay]]
Ravi Rayan, Peter Calvert, Dan Ryder-Cook
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[[Ravi Rayan]], [[Pete Calvert]], [[Dan Ryder-Cook]]
  
Computer Lab 2009
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==2009==
  
Supervisor: Luke Church
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[[Computer Laboratory]]
Student: Adona Iosif
 
  
Computer Lab 2010
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Supervisor: [[Luke Church]]
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Student: [[Adona Iosif]]
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==2010==
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[[Computer Laboratory]]
  
 
Evolutionary blending of 3D surface models - part of the [[Coded Chimera]] project
 
Evolutionary blending of 3D surface models - part of the [[Coded Chimera]] project
Student Graeme Morgan
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Student [[Graeme Morgan]]
  
Student: John Lawson
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Student: [[John Lawson]]
 
- part of the [[Flagship Retrofit]] project
 
- part of the [[Flagship Retrofit]] project
  
Computer Lab 2011
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==2011==
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[[Computer Laboratory]]
  
Student Rory McCann
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Student [[Rory McCann]]
 
- part of the [[Flagship Retrofit]] project
 
- part of the [[Flagship Retrofit]] project
  
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Student [[Tom Whitehead]]
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- [[Taxonomic inference]] project
  
 
[[Category: Funding programmes]]
 
[[Category: Funding programmes]]

Latest revision as of 06:11, 6 September 2014

The development and maintenance of the UROP programme has been a major Crucible initiative since 2002. Initially based on the UROP programme at MIT, and developed by David Good within the education programme of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, the programme has since been maintained with funding from the Newton Trust, and from EPSRC (coordinated by Alan Blackwell)

http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/teaching/urops/

UROP programme coordinators:


Specific cross-disciplinary projects funded under the UROP scheme include:

2004

Modern and Medieval Languages

1. Software techniques for integrating digital video into language learning Supervised by Gavin Burnage Student Dominic Smith

2. Register in the History of Spanish

Supervised by Chris Pountain

Student Gemma Wheeler and Julia Angell

2006

Cavendish Laboratory

James Mead worked on Dasher

Computer Laboratory

Chris Smowton worked on Dasher

Gareth Bailey, Hugh Warrington, Mattias Linnap, Vincent Chen, Vilius Naudziunas

2007

Linguistics

Kirsty McDougall, supervised a student working on Forensic speaker identification Student- Qinkan Wu

Anthropology

Social Anthropology online video library Contact: Paul Sumption / Alan Macfarlane Student: Dahir Alissan

Investigated online interface to the Social Anthropology video library of approximately 3000 films.

Computer Laboratory

3D control of music structures - supervised by Chris Nash - student Tris Bracey - working with Alejandro Viñao

2008

Music

Statistical analysis of violin timbre perception Supervisor: Claudia Fritz/Ian Cross Student: Andrew Norman

Computer Laboratory

Software for dance Supervisor: Luke Church Student: Cheryl Hung

ReadYourMeter.org Supervisors: Luke Church, Ian Davies, Andrew Rice, Alan Blackwell, David MacKay Ravi Rayan, Pete Calvert, Dan Ryder-Cook

2009

Computer Laboratory

Supervisor: Luke Church Student: Adona Iosif

2010

Computer Laboratory

Evolutionary blending of 3D surface models - part of the Coded Chimera project Student Graeme Morgan

Student: John Lawson - part of the Flagship Retrofit project

2011

Computer Laboratory

Student Rory McCann - part of the Flagship Retrofit project

Student Tom Whitehead - Taxonomic inference project