Fundamentals of Success, Life and Academic Performance

The following videos outline some general rules of success and how one can ultimately change the world, through focus, dedication and commitment coupled with giving back to the world / community that has contributed along the way.

Arnold Schwarzenegger – In this video he outlines 5 key Rules of Success. A far more detailed and in-depth interview exploring Vision, Goals, Confidence and Time Management may be seen (online)

One of the key elements mentioned in the video above is to have a clear vision, a destination. Perhaps the following video from Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country, 1991 (IMDB) is a good example, as the Enterprise is asked by a Klingon outpost for its Destination – “What is your Destination, Over”. Even with a warp capable Starship like the Enterprise, without a Heading / Destination one will just drift through space without ever getting anywhere. Many star athletes “begin with the end in mind” to quote Stephen R. Covey and “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, they visualise and see the ultimate goal the wish to achieve.

As with all journeys one must first have a direction of travel, in the case of Samwise and Frodo departing the Shire in The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001 (IMDB), their initial destination was the village of Bree. As with all journeys one must set off by putting one foot in front of the other and embrace the adventure that lies ahead.

Admiral William H. McRaven – highlights 10 key life lessons that are very much centered around how one can change the world by adhering to some basic principles. A more detailed account, along with a 20 minute video may be seen (online).

Many of the above Rules & Life Lessons can be readily applied to Academic study. As Schwarzenegger mentions one has to “work your butt off”. Putting in hard work and focus is essential, however perhaps even more importantly is to focus on working hard at doing the right things. The following video below highlights several key things that the top 10% of students do in stark contrast to the other 90%. Two of the key things that make all the difference is to develop a Schedule / Plan and also to put in the work doing Practice Exams / Homework.

An interesting article in which the speaker in the video above contributes, can be found (online) and is aptly named the “Science of Student Success”.

Just turning up to class for example, isn’t going to guarantee success in coursework / exams. One must put in the work. Its just like having a Gym membership, paying the membership fee, and going to the gym for just a few weeks or on the odd occasion will not produce any results. One must put in the work over and over again, moreover it is important to do the right thing, hence how one works out at the gym with the correct form is also crucial. The real key to building muscle mass is not stopping once you have done 10 reps just like everybody else, the real value comes at the very end by putting in that extra couple of reps. This extra bit of effort is what makes all the difference to making the most of the training session. This is something that Schwarzenegger mentions time and time again in many of his interviews.

Perhaps it is apt quote Colonel John Hannibal Smith from the A-Team – “I love it when a plan comes together”. The videos below depicts Hannibal (George Peppard) from both the TV Show and the more recent move (Liam Neeson) saying the well know line.

Commitment is also a key ingredient, as is well voiced by wise Jedi Master Yoda “Try not, Do or Do not, there is no try” – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980 (IMDB). Trying to do something half-heartily will not lead to success, if you are going to do something the commit to it 100%. Another very good example of this is from The Karate Kid, 1984 (IMDB), at the point where Mr. Miyagi ask Daniel if he is ready to begin his Karate training. Daniel responds by saying “Yeah, I guess so”. Mr Miyagi in turn outlines a short story about walking on a road, both the left and right sides are safe, but if one walks in the middle, then sooner or later you will get run over. Again it all comes down to Commitment, either you are going to do something and give it 100% or not.

Perhaps one of the most important thing at University, especially in Computing is to treat it like a Gym. Only by working out and learning to tackle new problems can one problem solving skills improve along with their programming ability.

Any other tips for success?
Do you know of any other good strategies useful on the road toward Academic Success?
Have you seen any interesting videos recently about how to focus, do the right thing and ultimately achieve the best results?
What interesting things have you learned from watching the videos above?
What are the most profound / useful things you can take away and action from the above videos?


Kainos AI Camp and Hackathon – Week 2 Summary

This post gives some idea of what the final week of the Kainos AI Camp and Hackathon was like. The start of the second week commenced on Monday morning by reviewing what was explored the following week. A number of people from Kainos also attended in order to capture some interviews and video of the AI Camp in action. Around the middle of the week Kainos’ CTO Tom Gray (online) visited to give a talk about the company followed up by a Q&A session. During the final two days of the week two further tutors took part to explore the world of computer vision.

A day long Hackathon took place on Saturday 15th with teams consisting of two to three people developing some really excellent and interesting ideas. The hackathon concluded with all teams presenting their work to a panel of Judges, with some really great and fun prizes available to the winning teams along with a number of individual prizes as well. The previous day – Friday 14th Sept, the participants spent much of the day thinking of the ideas for the hackathon, getting into teams, and exploring the possible data sets they could use. It was really great to see the amount of in-depth detailed discussion and enthusiasm that electrified the room with creativity. A huge shout out to all the tutors must be given particularly to Chloe (online) and Jake (online) who ran most of the two week event.

The tweets below should help to give you a good sense of what Week 02 was like along with the capstone Hackathon event.

Summary of Week 01 (online).

Social Media Feeds
Kainos (online)
Kainos Academy (online)
Kainos CTO – Tom Gray (online)
AI Camp Tutor – Chloe Thompson (online)
AI Camp Tutor – Jake Young (online)
AI Camp Tutor – Mary-Jane (online)
AI Camp Tutor – Liam Ferris (online)
AI Camp Co-ordination – Don Le (online)
Guest Speaker (Convolution Neural Networks) – Alan Dolhasz (online)
Guest Speaker (AI & the Media) – Kari Lawler (online), Youth4AI (online)
BCU Computing (online)
AI Camp Hashtag (online)

AI Camp Week 02 in Tweets
The following embedded tweets below should give you some sense of what the second week of the AI Camp was like along with the final Hackathon event that took places at Kainos’ Offices located at Alpha Tower (online), Birmingham.

Kainos AI Camp and Hackathon – Week 1 Summary

Over the first two weeks of September 2018 Kainos has been running a AI Camp and Hackathon event (online) hosted at BCU Computing. The AI Camp schedule runs from 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday over the two week period, with a final Hackathon taking place on Saturday 15th Sept at Kainos’ office located in Alpha Tower, Birmingham. Around twenty of those who signed up were selected to participate in the AI Camp and Hackathon. The group consisting mainly of Computer Science / Computer Science and AI undergrad students along with some from Physics as well, spans a number of university institutions across central England.

Just prior to this event another had been held in Belfast during the last two weeks of August with the final Hackathon taking place on Saturday 1st September. That left the tutors running the AI camp with just the Sunday to get packed and fly to Birmingham to get going again first thing on Monday morning with the second instance of the camp.

Social Media Feeds
Kainos (online)
Kainos Academy (online)
AI Camp Tutor – Chloe Thompson (online)
AI Camp Tutor – Jake Young (online)
AI Camp Co-ordination – Don Le (online)
Guest Speaker (Convolution Neural Networks) – Alan Dolhasz (online)
Guest Speaker (AI & the Media) – Kari Lawler (online), Youth4AI (online)
BCU Computing (online)
AI Camp Hashtag (online)

AI Camp Week 01 in Tweets
The following embedded tweets below should give you some sense of what the first week of the AI Camp was like.

Looking Back at George Boole’s 200th Birthday Celebrations

Today 2nd November 2016 is the 201st Birthday of Professor George Boole, the first professor of mathematics at University College Cork, known the world over as the “father of the information age”. On this very day last year I had the opportunity to be on campus to witness some events celebrating his 200th birthday. As you can see from the photos below quite a sizable cake decorated with 0’s and 1’s was on display. A number of talks also took place on the day. One of the talks I attended was given by Professor Anant Agarwal from MIT (online) about working in the realm of Digital Systems. Also in the audience was Professor Donald Knuth (online), well known for the multi-volume book “The Art of Computer Programming”, he had given a talk / Q&A session just prior. Hopefully some of the images below will give a sense of what the campus was like this day last year for the 200th Birthday celebrations.

Some time ago I wrote a post going through all the dates on the calendar listing the Key People and Events in Computer Science (online). Another person whom was also born the very same year as George Boole was Ada Lovelace, well known for her work with Charles Babbage on the Analytical Engine and the creation of the first algorithm intended to work on a machine. Its probably safe to say that without the work undertaken by both of these people born in 1815 none of the digital world that has permeated the very fabric of our lives today would exist.

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What Qualities Make a Game Popular?

I recently made a post about Dare to be Digital 2016 (online) highlighting a number of video pitches. What qualities make a game addictive & popular? To what degree does the gameplay, sound effects, music, graphics, playability, level of difficulty have a bearing on the overall popularity and addictiveness of a game. The following are just a few popular games.

Cooking Fever
Cooking Fever is all about cooking – anything from burgers and hot-dogs, to pizza, suchi and baking. One can upgrade kitchen appliances to make cooking faster, upgrade the restaurant to increase customer wait times and how generous they are with tips. The main interaction style consists of simple drag and drop. When a customer arrives at your kitchen, the ask via a graphic bubble representation of the items they are looking for, e.g. an icon representing a burger. You then need to get some burger buns set out on your work surface and start dragging the ingredients on to complete the burger. One of course needs the cooked burger meat, along with various combinations of extras such as lettuce, tomato, ketchup – dragging each component on to the burger bun. Once the burger is fully assembled one then drags the burger to the waiting customer. If you manage to do this quickly enough they will drop coins representative of the price of the burger along with a tip for good service on the counter and leave as happy customers. As the levels progress the number of customers and combinations of food items increase. At the time of writing the number of installs was between 10 & 50 Million, the game is available from the google play store (online).

Angry Birds
Angry Birds has become an extremely popular game with 100 to 500 Million installs of the app via the Google Play Store (online). What are the qualities of launching a bird at various targets to get them to topple over that makes the game so popular.

Candy Crush Jelly Saga
Having 10 to 50 Million downloads Candy Crush Jelly Saga is certainly another popular game (online).

Clash of Clans
Available from the Google Play store (online) has between 100 & 500 Million installs.

SimCity Buildit
With 10 to 50 Million Google Play installs SimCity Buildit is certainly another popular game (online). This game is all about creating a city and populating it with residences, so you can earn Simoleons through the construction of residences and earn tax from same as well. One can also earn cash through the Trade Depot whereby you can sell goods that you create. One can sell all manner of goods from the basic raw materials created by factories, to more complex items created by taking the raw materials and forming them into a new product such as: Doughnuts, Shoes, Watches, Nails, Vegetables, Tables & Chairs to name but a few.

As you level up through the game further opportunities for Trading become enabled such as the Port for shipping your goods overseas, or the Airport (available once you have a population of 120,000). The Airport allows you to gain special items allowing you to build new types of residences with higher population capacity, namely, Paris, London and Toyko zones. To keep the population happy one must supply them with basic services, provide them with places to relax (parks), and a whole host of other facilities from Schools and Universities, to Entertainment and Gambling.

Over time one can create a city of some 4 million inhabitants and stretch out the area of the city to encompass both the beach and mountains. These areas allow one to build special buildings that can greatly boost the population within a certain catchment area.

At the Vu Tower (available at a population of 90,000) one can unleash a number of different disasters, that allows you to gain valuable Golden Keys. The most basic disaster one can unleash is the Meteor Strike, followed by Earthquake, Alien Invasion and several more.

What makes a good game?
How important is the embedding of Social Media in a game?
Do you make use of in-app purchases, to buy credits, upgrade systems etc?
Is it easy to lose track of the amount you spend on in-app purchases?
How important is the time it takes to complete a level – especially for Mobile Games?
What are your favorite games and Why?
How often do you play games on your Mobile?

Essential Viewing – Prof Randy Pausch Time Management & The Last Lecture

Professor Randy Pausch (Oct 1960 – July 2008) of Carnegie Mellon University is well know for delivering some lectures that have been viewed millions of times. The talk titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” was delivered about a year after he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The recorded lecture hosted on CMU’s YouTube channel as been viewed over 17.5 million times at the time of writing this blog, in addition it can be found on several other locations on the web. Another very interesting talk that everybody should watch  on “Time Management” has been viewed almost 2 million times on CMU’s YouTube channel. Both of these lecture are essential viewing for everybody & not just those studying computing.

The reason I decided to write this blog post was that a colleague of mine recently queried me regarding email server settings. This lead to some discussion on the pro/cons of using Outlook vs Thunderbird which lead me into talking about Randy Pausch’s love of the “empty inbox” and his use of prioritized “to-do lists”.  During several courses I have taught in the past I got the students to watch these lectures to see what nuggets of gold they could learn regarding their approach to learning and being organised – specifically the lecture on time management. They always came back to say they found the lectures extremely interesting & made them reflect on how they work. So I thought it was now about that I mentioned these lectures in a blog post & thereby having them in one place for ease of reference in the future.

If you haven’t seen these talks before then I strongly suggest you watch both of them & I’m certain you will learn a lot and in so doing should reflect upon how you approach work/study/research & life in general. If you do some searching online then I’m sure you can find out lot’s more about Randy, his teaching, research and the founding of the Alice software project. The following are just a few links you can follow for more info.

Randy Pausch’s Homepage (online)
Randy Pausch on Wikipedia (online)
Randy Pausch – Last Lecture Transcript (online)
Randy Pausch – Time Management Transcript (online)

I have summarized the key points under each video to make that particular topic area readily accessible. Clicking on the “go to” hyperlinks will open up the video in a new tab at the associated time-stamp of the topic. If you have any other tips / useful strategies on effective time management / achieving you’re life goals (childhood dreams) then do leave a comment.

Time Management

00:05:56 Time = Money, how much is you’re time worth, should I just buy software or write it, try thinking of time and money almost as if they are the same thing  (go to)

00:07:54 Money not Important, its time – you can never get that back (go to)

00:10:13 The Time Famine, bad time management = stress, need to think long term, life advice happy wonderful life, why do it if its not fun, life is too short, don’t like you’re job then change, the overall goal is fun (go to)

00:12:25 Typical Office Worker Wastes 2 hours per day, desk messy, can’t find things (go to)

00:12:58 Managing your time well makes you successful (go to)

00:13:34 Goals, Priorities and Planning, why am I doing this, what will happen if I don’t do it, best thing in the world – just say no (go to)

00:15:04 Do the right things, rather than doing things right, doesn’t matter how well you polish the underside of the banister (go to)

00:15:45 The 80:20 Rule, A small number of things will contribute the most value, e.g. if in sales 80% of revenue will come from 20% of you’re clients (go to)

00:17:01 The Power of Inspiration, if you can dream it you can do it, Disneyland built in 366 days, a lot of hard work in anything you want to accomplish (go to)

00:18:24 Planning is very important, failing to plan is planning to fail (go to)

00:19:04 To Do Lists, break things down into small steps – how to clean a room, can you make the bed, can you tidy the clothes, do a few things then you get it done, do the ugliest thing first (go to)

00:21:01 Most Important Thing, 4 Quadrant To Do List, Important do soon, most important, everybody gets it wrong by going on to what’s not important and not due soon, things that are due soon and not important – just don’t do it – and magically you have time to work on what’s not due soon but important, so it never gets a chance to be due soon – thereby becoming one of those Zen like people who seem to have all the time in the world (go to)

00:23:24 Paperwork, clutter leads to thrashing (just like excessive paging on a HD!), keep you’re desk clear, have just one thing on you’re desk, touch each of paper once, especially email, you’re inbox is not you’re to-do list (go to)

00:24:33 Need to get the Inbox clear, sometimes means just filing things away, and putting something on the to-do list – sorted by importance (go to)

00:25:40 A Good File System is Essential, having a single place when looking for important receipts beats the hell out of running around for hours looking for it (go to)

00:27:11 Randy’s Desk, 3 Screens – screen space (on screen desktop real estate) is critical, compare working on a little tray in an airplane vs at an actual desk, cost of giving everybody 2 or 3 screens is trivial – so why wouldn’t you do it, will increase productivity having a second screen (go to)

00:29:05 Randy’s 3 Screens, left – to-do list (sorted by priority 0 to 9), middle – note the empty inbox – sleep better with an empty inbox, right – calendar  – essential you know where you’re supposed to be (go to)

00:30:25 The Desk Itself, the one and only thing that is being worked on, speaker phone – essential (best thing you can buy to counter stress) – having a timer is useful as when you get through having been waiting you can say how long you have been waiting (I presume you’re logging this kind of stuff), hence they feel really guilty (go to)

00:32:15 Telephones, a great time waster, if you stand during phone calls you can be much brisker, start by announcing goals for the call e.g. I have 3 things to discuss, do not put you’re feet up, having something on you’re desk that you want to do next is a great way to get off the phone quickly, chit chat is just a time-waster, to get off the phone quickly – just say I have some students waiting (there must be students waiting somewhere – as a professor) (go to)

00:34:02 Telemarketer, as you are talking just hang up on yourself – who does that!, or perhaps tell them that you would like to sell them something (go to)

00:35:05 Group You’re Phone Calls, do them right before lunch or just before the end of the day – that way they have something else they would rather do than just chit-chat with you, you are not more interesting than lunch (go to)

00:35:25 Have a Hands Free Set, one can exercise (cycle) at the same time as talking!, can fold laundry while on the phone (go to)

00:36:35 What Else is on the Desk, address stamper, tissues – essential as faculty (have the module code written on the box and turn it so they can see that its for the class), thank you cards – pen, ink, paper – really important – a tangible way to say that you appreciate somebody, have them on you desk always (go to)

00:39:30 Paper Recycling Bin, – acts as a trash can one can recover things from, notebook, post-it notes (go to)

00:41:30 Spreader Organization Strategy, everything just one arms radius away, from where one sits, do what works for you (go to)

00:42:05 Office Logistics, make the office comfortable for you – but not for others, have folding chair just in case next to the wall (if a longer detailed discussion is necessary), if somebody want’s to talk then they need to stand – makes for a fast discussion  (go to)

00:43:05 Scheduling Yourself, you make time by electing not to do something else, opportunity cost – the bad thing about doing something that isn’t very valuable is that if you spend an hour doing it – that’s an hour you can’t get back (go to)

00:43:37 Learn to Say No, to keep unimportant things from sucking into you’re life, gentle no’s – if nobody else steps forward I will do this for you, or I’ll be you’re fallback but you need to keep searching for somebody else – if they stop looking then they have abused you’re relationship (go to)

00:42:18 Find You’re Creative Time, defend it ruthlessly, spend it alone – at home if necessary, schedule phone calls, meetings, mundane stuff when you’re not at you’re best (go to)

00:45:54 Interruptions, studies show an interruption takes 6-9 minutes + a recovery of 4-5 minutes to get you head back into what you are doing – if doing something like software development you may never get you head back into what you were doing, 5 interruptions – blows a whole hour, must find ways to reduce the frequency and length of interruptions (go to)

00:46:28 Turn Phone Calls into Email, any time a new email makes a “ding” it creates an interruption – turn it off, go to the email when you are ready  (go to)

00:47:30 How to cut things Short, if somebody interrupts you and asks if you have a few minutes, tell them that you are in the middle of something right now, could say you only have 5 minutes – puts a clear deadline on the interaction, if somebody doesn’t get it walk to the door of you’re office – complement them, thank them, shake their hand, then if they still don’t leave – then you just keep going out the door (go to)

00:48:45 Have a Wall Clock, right behind any visitors to you’re office  (go to)

00:49:00 Time Journals, find out where you’re time is going, monitor yourself in 15 minutes increments for 3 days (go to)

00:50:20 Meeting with Students – What’s you’re time schedule?, gaps between classes – make up a fake class, go to the library & study (go to)

00:51:16 Time Journal Data, what are you doing that doesn’t need to be done, what can you delegate, what can I do more efficiently, how am I wasting other peoples time, you become more efficient at work so you can leave at 17:00 and go home – work life balance (go to)

00:53:16 What’s Important, What’s Not, don’t worry about things that don’t matter (go to)

00:54:04 Effective vs Efficient, best overall outcome (go to)

00:55:55 Procrastination, is the thief of time, doing things at the last minute is really expensive, that’s where stress comes, deadlines really important (make some fake deadlines), sometimes you have to ask – and wonderful things can happen (go to)

00:59:10 Delegation, you can achieve a lot more when you have help, grant authority with responsibility – give the resources, budget and time to get it done, do the dirtiest job yourself, treat you’re people well, people are the greatest resource, treat them with dignity, respect, and the kind of love that they should have from someone who cares about them and their professional development (go to)

01:00:55 If You Want to Get Something Done You Cannot be Vague, give a specific thing, date and time along with a specific penalty or reward if the deadline is or is not met (go to)

01:01:30 Challenge People, delegate until they complain, under delegation is a problem, people want to show they are capable – let them, communication has to be clear, get it in writing, tell them what you want them to do, not how to do it, set objectives not procedures, sometimes their solutions can be mind-blowing – good or bad, tell people the importance of each task (go to)

01:03:37 Sociology, when people do things that you like – praise them and thank them (go to)

01:05:00 Meetings, should never last more than an hour, should be an agenda, if no agenda then don’t attend, write the minutes of the meeting in 1 minute or less – detailing who is responsible for what by when – and email it out to everybody  (go to)

01:06:12 Technology, only use technology that’s worth it – that makes you more efficient,  (go to)

01:07:25 Video – frustrated office worker destroys computer, only use technology that helps you (go to)

01:08:35 Email, don’t delete – save all of it, save/search, if you want something done send it to somebody who can do it, with a specific date/time/penalty, if you don’t get a response within 48 hrs try try again (go to)

01:10:38 Management from Beneath, write things down, what’s to be done by next meeting, who can help, its not a vacation if you’re reading email (go to)

01:12:56 Most Important Advice, kill you’re television, turn money into time, throw money at the problem – hire somebody else to mow you’re lawn, do whatever it takes to exchange money for time because you just don’t have enough time, eat, sleep and exercise, never break a promise,   (go to)

01:14:30 Most Things are Pass/Fail – reason we have the expression – good enough, get feedback loops, ask people in confidence,  (go to)

01:15:10 What Can You Do Today, get a PDA, sort tasks by priority, do a time journal/count the number of hours you watch TV in the week, revisit this take in 30 days and ask yourself – what have I changed, time is all we have (go to)

The Last Lecture

Key Segments
00:03:22 Childhood Dreams (go to)

00:04:54 Being in Zero Gravity (go to)

00:08:12 Football – All about fundamentals, critics are the ones who still love you, enthusiasm, perseverance (go to)

00:12:04 World Book Encyclopedia, paper, books (go to)

00:13:02 Meeting Captain Kirk, meeting you’re boyhood idol, leadership, science of Star Trek (go to)

00:15:12 Winning Stuffed Animals (go to)

00:16:50 Being an Imagineer – Walt Disney, job applications, brick walls, how badly you want something (go to)

00:18:35 VR, junior academic, Disney’s Aladdin project, give people time and they will impress you (go to)

00:26:32 The Aladdin VR project, Imagineering, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (go to)

00:30:30 Enabling the Childhood Dreams of Others, next Star Wars film (go to)

00:32:24 Course – Building Virtual Worlds, different teams every 2 weeks, great work, I know you can do better (go to)

00:37:20 VR Demo Example (go to)

00:40:10 An Unusual Course, brilliant creative students, class pictures, anything that pioneering – you will get arrows in the back, find somebody better than you to hand over to (go to)

00:45:30 The Dream Fulfillment Factory, Entertainment Technology Center, focus on people and learning to work in groups (go to)

00:52:38 The Alice Project (go to)

00:54:38 Lessons Learned, achieving you’re dreams (go to)

01:00:42 We Learn from our Students, having fun, help others, loyalty is a two-way street (go to)

01:06:09 Never Give Up (go to)

01:09:45 How do you get People to Help You, tell the truth, be earnest, apologize when you screw up, focus on others (go to)

01:13:00 When you do the Right Thing, good stuff has a way of happening, get a feedback loop and listen to it (go to)

01:13:28 Show Gratitude (go to)

01:13:57 Important Advice, be good at something, work hard, find the best in everybody, be prepared (go to)

01:14:30 Summary (go to)

Quadcopter Flying Around Campus – Video

We had a number of very nice days last week, blue skies and sunshine all day long, hence as part of a module I have with 1st year computing students I took the class outside to experiment with some quadcopter flying. We had two DJI Phantom quadcopters in operation with Go Pro’s attached to capture the scene. One can see some still image captures at the following post.

In the first video above we were all arranged in a circle the radius being calculated by the average width of a student x the number of students / Pi / 2 / 2. This amounted to a radius of a little over 16 feet or roughly 33 feet in diameter. The reason for this was to attempt a “Bullet-time” capture of a quad-copter hovering in the centre of the circle, with the students taking photographs on all their phones. If you look closely at roughly the mid point of the video above you will see the second quadcopter taking off and flying around a little bit.

The flights took place towards the west end of campus next door to the Scott Sutherland Building and the Round Tower, see the map below.