Daniela Massiceti Presents Engineering Research to Parliament

16th February 2018

On 12 March, Daniela Massiceti (DPhil Engineering Science, 2015) will attend Parliament to present her research to politicians and a panel of expert judges as part of STEM for Britain, a poster competition in the House of Commons which aims to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians.

Daniela’s poster is on the use of machine learning and computer vision to build an interactive chat-bot to assist blind people with navigation. Reaching this stage is an achievement in itself; Daniela has been shortlisted from hundreds of candidates.

She commented: ‘I am honoured to have been shortlisted for STEM for Britain. Machine learning is a field exploding with potential, and I am looking forward to sharing my research on machine learning-based technologies to help the blind.

The competition involves around 180 candidates who, depending on their specialism, present at sessions including engineering, biological and biomedical sciences, physical sciences (chemistry), physical sciences (physics) and mathematics.  Within each category bronze, silver and gold certificates and cash prizes are awarded, and an overall winner receives the Westminster Wharton Medal.

STEM for Britain was established 1997 by Dr Eric Wharton. After his death in 2007, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, with support from the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology, the Physiological Society and the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, is working to further his legacy. Find out more on their website.

Daniela presenting her research at Pembroke College, Oxford (2017)
Daniela presenting her research at Pembroke College, Oxford (2017)