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Join us at the European Robotics Forum this March!

We are very excited to invite you to join us at our workshop: Empowering Robotics Research and Tech Transfer via Competitions, taking place at the European Robotics Forum (ERF) 2020 in Málaga, Spain on Thursday 5 March. The workshop will be split into two parts: 8:30-10:00 and 10:45-12:15. The first part is organised by members […]

Klink-2 among the top-cited ISWC papers in the past 5 years

We are extremely pleased to see that our paper about Klink-2 [1] is included in the list generated by Google Scholar (link), which presents the most cited papers published in the past 5 years at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC). This is the main international forum for showcasing the latest academic and industrial results […]

Open University History of Books and Reading seminar series, ‘Reading and Wellbeing’ (January-May 2020)

READ-IT UK team lead Dr Shafquat Towheed and his Open University colleague Dr Edmund King are co-running the annual History of Books and Reading seminar series at the Institute of English Studies, London. The 2020 series is on the theme of ‘Reading and Wellbeing’ and brings together speakers from a range of disciplines, including history, […]

READ-IT workshop at ‘The Reader in the Book’ conference, London 19-20.03.2020

Members of the READ-IT team from The Open University will be presenting the READ-IT project, running an annotation workshop, and encouraging public contribution via our QR enabled postcards as part of ‘The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction’ conference at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London, 19-20 […]

The long history of books as gifts

The Conversation article ‘The Long History of Books as Christmas Gifts’ by Dr Leah Henrickson (Digital Humanities, Loughborough University) includes references to the READ-IT project, and quotes from project lead Brigitte Ouvry-Vial. Read it here. 

READ-IT annotation and contribution workshop in Glasgow (11.12.2019)

Want to learn more about how to identify the evidences of reading in printed texts? Want to contribute your own thoughts and experiences of reading to our new European research project, READ-IT? If the answer is yes, or you are just curious to find out more, join us for this free READ-IT public engagement workshop […]

KMi Fest at The Open University

On the 14th of November 2019, the Knowledge Media Institute celebrated its 25th anniversary in the OU Library: a KMi Festival. Among the showcase of KMi cutting-edge research, Dr. Alessio Antonini presented READ-IT project and the progress made in the first year and half of activities in modelling the reading experience.

Re-live the Action from the Sciroc Challenge with the SciRoc-Replay Application

Following the success of the recent SciRoc Challenge, the team at The Open University have been analysing the wealth of data that were exchanged between the robots taking part in the competition trials and the MK Data Hub over the course of the week. The MK Data Hub is a data infrastructure that supports the […]

Robotics competition looks for new European host city for 2021!

In September 2019, Milton Keynes, UK successfully hosted the first Smart City Robotics competition ‘SciRoc’ funded by the H2020 EU programme. The aim of the competition is to highlight the huge potential for the development of robotic applications in the context of a Smart City. The first SciRoc challenge was held in a Milton Keynes shopping […]

Watch the video from the 2019 SciRoc Challenge!

Well… what an event! A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, teams, volunteers and members of the public for getting involved and supporting the 2019 SciRoc Challenge, and to Milton Keynes for hosting us. We were thrilled to see so many people participating, asking questions, interacting with the robots and getting as excited […]