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Bristol CS professor animated by Aardman

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11 November 2013



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This Summer the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research was officially opened at the University of Bristol. The institute was named after one of Bristol’s unsung medical pioneers, Elizabeth Blackwell, who was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register. She also helped found, in 1871, the National Health Society aimed at preventing ill health by education on health and hygiene; it continued until superseded by the National Health Service.

The SPHERE project (a Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment) is one of the Institute’s pioneering multidisciplinary research activities and the launch served also as a public introduction to the project. SPHERE was presented to the audience with a panel discussion. Following the panel’s views regarding the project’s potential to impact health outcomes, the public were given the opportunity to comment and ask questions.

The presentation was concluded with an Creature Comforts-style animation created for SPHERE by Aardman. If you're a current or recent CS student at Bristol you may recognise the dulcet tones of Bristol AI professor Peter Flach at several points in the film. Presumably that gives him a Gromit number* of 1?

The full clip is here.

More information about the SPHERE project can be found here.

*Gromit number: the "collaborative distance" between a person and the cartoon character Gromit, as measured by co-animation.