Celebrating everything Front-End at Frontier

Frontier is a new conference in London’s Skills Matter CodeNode, showcasing the full-spectrum of front-end development. Frontier promised to cover a wide range of topics within front-end, including: User Psychology & Experience Design Style (CSS) Development Future Tech Typography and, importantly, Inspiration And it didn’t disappoint! Frontier provided seven very different speakers over a wide […]

BigDataLDN MadScientist 2.0

White coats, talking robots and excited delegates. That was the scene at the second IBM Mad Scientist event last week, which took place at the BigDataLDN conference in Olympia. Three members of the Emerging Technology team were in attendance, showcasing the latest developments in Cognitive, Cloud and IoT technology. Elizabeth Bowen demonstrated how IBM’s Watson […]

Showcasing Innovation at MENSUS Event

The Emerging Technologies team in the UK was invited to join the MENSUS (Monitoring of Engineered and Natural Systems Using Sensors) Industry Showcase on 11th of Oct 2016. This initiative is centred at the University of Southampton, which aims to become an international centre of excellence within 5 years [1]. The event covered 5 key […]

Fully automatic method for robust age progression

In Emerging Technology, we are constantly working on new research projects around security and biometrics. Since late last year, I spent some time researching age progression related problems using biometrics. One of the interesting problems with age progression was to create age progressed images with occlusions and in different age gaps for face subjects of […]

IBM Emerging Technologies UK wins TechConnect 2016

This year IBM Emerging Technologies UK submitted 10 out of 86 entries for TechConnect. TechConnect is a Europe wide internal IBM annual competition for individuals showcasing their work to senior technical leaders and decision makers. This years winning entry, “Showcasing our academic research”, was one of the entries from the UK Emerging Technology Team. It is a web application […]

Physical Web

QR Codes to Bluetooth We’ve had QR codes in our lab for years, though I don’t think they’ve ever been the significant part of a real project (feel free to shout me down ETS colleagues). The technology behind them is solid, but their usability problems are well documented, or the butt of a joke. Despite […]

BBC Make It Digital – Showing off our research

The BBC Make It Digital tour is all about digital creativity and aims to inform and inspire people around the UK, both children and adults alike. When the tour visited Cardiff as part of the Harbour Festival I was delighted that Cardiff University would be showcasing “SHERLOCK”, a new kind of digital assistant that is […]

The impact of cognitive computing on computing education

STEMtech is an annual conference focusing on advancing education in science, technology, engineering and maths, bringing together industry, educators and government policy makers. At this year’s STEMtech, Dale Lane from IBM’s ETS gave a talk explaining Cognitive Computing and introduced and led a lively discussion on how this will change the way that children are […]

Talking about Controlled English: A language for human-machine interaction

For the last few years some of us on ETS have been doing client-funded research, and one of the things we’ve been investigating is whether there is a language that could be used to make it easier for normal people and machines to interact with each other. Not a programming language (we’ve got enough of […]

IBM ETS and Vodafone Hackday Event

The IBM Hursley Emerging Technology Centre and ETS team hosted Vodafone on Friday 12th Dec for a one day Hackday. The focus of the day was a hypothetical Car Pooling/Commuting application, designed to encourage employees to share vehicles on their way to work. The prototype applications were rapidly created using services available in IBM’s Bluemix […]