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Keylink Computers now Virtual Science was founded in 1988 to market products based on thorough academic research in the database and logic programming fields and more recently in using 3D immersive environments to simulate and emulate science experiments and astronomical equipment. These are the publications of Virtual Science’s director, Rob Lucas.

Lucas R. J.  How to build your own science experiment in a virtual world.  Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on e-Learning. October 2014, Edited Dr. Rikke Orngreed and Dr. Karin Tweddell Levinson. ISBN 978-1910309-67-4. Published by Academic Publishing Limited.

Lucas R J.  Virtual Spaces for 3D Animation,  The Journal of the Stereoscopic Society Volume 195. Summer 2012. Edited by Hibbert, W.  

Lucas R J.  How to represent a frog that can be dissected in a virtual world. Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on e-Learning Brighton Business School,  University of Brighton UK. 10-11 November 2011. Edited by Asher Rospigliosi University of Brighton ISBN: 978-1-908272-23-2 CD Published by Academic  Publishing Limited.

 Lucas R J,  Kolb U. Software architecture for an unattended remotely controlled telescope.  Journal of British Astronomical Association. October 2011. Vol121. No. 5.  Preprint available from: http://arxiv.org/abs/1012.3058 Available by clicking here.

 Lucas R J.  How to drift align using a camera. BBC The Sky at Night, November  2010.  

 Kolb,  Ulrich; Lucas, Robert; Burwitz, Vadim; Holmes, Stefan; Haswell, Carole;  Rodgriguez, Juan; Rolfe, Samantha; Rostron, John and Barker, John. PIRATE - the  piCETL Astronomical Telescope Explorer. In: Norton, Andrew ed. Electronic  Resources for Teaching and Learning (In press). The Open University, pp.  58-64.

Lucas, R J.  . Using a virtual world for teaching the motion of projectiles. In Norton,  Andrew ed. Electronic Resources for Teaching and Learning (In press). The Open  University, pp. 58-64.

Lucas, R  J. .The Celestial E-Sphere. In Norton, Andrew ed. Electronic Resources for  Teaching and Learning (In press). The Open University, pp.  58-64.

 Software  emulation of an unattended remotely controlled telescope. Physics Higher  Education Conference (Presentation only). Glasgow September 2010.  http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/physsci/events/detail/2010/phec_2010 ISBN 978-1-903815-28-1

Burwitz,  V.; Pietsch, W.; Henze, M.; Updike, A.; Milne, P.; Williams, G.; Hartmann, D.  H.; Rodriguez, J.; Holmes, S.; Kolb, U. and Lucas, R. (2010). Apparent Nova in  M31: M31N 2010-01a. International Astronomical Union, Cambridge, MA,  USA.

Henze, M.;  Burwitz, V.; Pietsch, W.; Rodriguez, J.; Haswell, C. A.; Holmes, S.; Kolb, U.  and Lucas, R. (2010). Confirmation of a nova candidate in M 31 in optical and  Swift UVOT observations. The Astronomer's Telegram  (2727).

Burwitz,  V; Rodriguez, J; Holmes, Stefan; Kolb, Ulrich and Lucas, Robert (2009).  Apparent Nova in M31: M31N 2009-11a. International Astronomical Union,  Cambridge, MA, USA.

 Lucas R J.  3-D Immersive Screen Experiments. Physics Community & Cooperation Selected  Contributions from the GIREP-EPEC & PHEC 2009 International Conference,  (Groupe International de Recherche sur l'Enseignement de la Physique, European  Physics Education Conference, Physics Higher Education Conference) 17-21 August 2009 Leicester University. Editors: Derek Raine, Cheryl Hurkett, Laurence  Rogers. (ISBN 978-1-4461-6219-4).

Lucas R J.  Construction of an Astronomical Pier. BBC The Sky at Night. February  2010.

Kolb U,  Lucas R and Burwitz V. Students capture living Universe with PIRATE.  Proceedings GIREP-EPEC & PHEC 2009. 17-21 August 2009 Leicester University.


 Lucas R J.  The design of an image bank. New Directions Issue 5. UK The Higher Education  Academy, Physical Sciences Centre.

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/physsci/publications/newdirections ISSN 1740-9888

 Lucas R J,  Kolb U. Use of 3-D Virtual Environments in Teaching Physics and Astronomy.  Proceedings of Frontiers In Science Education Research. Cyprus March 2009  Eastern Mediterranean University press 2009. ISBN 978-975-8401-67-3.

Lucas R J,  Kolb U. Use of 3-D Virtual Environments in Teaching Astronomy and Physics.  Proceedings of Physics Higher Education Conference. University of Edinburgh  2008. Published by the Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre.


Lucas R J.  Starfield - a fly through view of the Milky Way. BBC Sky at Night Cover disk  Headlining entry, August 2008.

Lucas R J.  The Celestial E-Sphere. BBC Sky at Night Cover disk, July 2008


Lucas R J.  Plotting the orbit of a Satellite. A pilot GReTL case study using Moodle.  Second Workshop on Geographically-Referenced Teaching and Learning, 12th July  2006. Available at The OU Knowledge Network  http://kn.open.ac.uk/document.cfm?documentid=8548

Lucas R J,  ICT Skills for Teachers. Keylink Computers Limited, 1999


Lucas R J,  Mastering Prolog. UCL Press, 1996. ISBN 1-85728-400-3.

 Lucas R J,  Application Programming in Quintus Prolog. Alfred Waller Publishers, 1993. ISBN  1-872474-04-7.

 Lucas, R J  Prolog - Relational Database Interfaces. Information and Software Technology.  Vol 33 No. 10. December 1991.

 Lucas, R J  and Wilson D Representing Legislation as Horn Clauses. Second National  Conference on Law, Computers and AI. November 1990.

 Lucas, R  J, Yipp, A, A Database Administration Tool Using a Prolog/Oracle coupling. Data  and Knowledge Base Integration. Ed S. Deen and G. Thomas. Pitman,  1990.

Lucas, R J  A Three Dimensional Spreadsheet Interface to a Database System. Proceedings of  the Seventh National Conference on Databases, Cambridge University Press, 1989.  ISBN 0 521 38281 5.

Lucas, R J  Database Applications Using Prolog, Ellis Horwood, 1988. ISBN 0-7458-0356-3  (Ellis-Horwood Ltd) ISBN 0-470-21166-0 (Halsted Press).

Lucas, R J  A Prolog-relational Database Interface, Prolog and Databases, implementations  and new directions, Gray,P M D and Lucas, R J Eds, Ellis Horwood 1988. ISBN  0-7458-0371-7 (Ellis Horwood Limited) ISBN 0-470-21221-7 (Halsted  Press).

Lucas, R J  An Expert System to Detect Burglars using a Logic Language and a Relational  University Press, 1986. . ISBN 0 521 33269 5.

Prolog and  Databases, implementations and new directions, Joint Ed with P M D Gray, Ellis  Horwood 1988. ISBN 0-7458-0371-7.

Lucas, R J  An Expert System to Target Suspects for Burglary. First National Conference on  Law, Computers and AI. November 1988.

Farris, C D  and Lucas, R J The Batch Selection by a Prolog Rule Base of Objects on a  Conveyor for Paint Spraying. System Fault Diagnostics, Reliablity and Related  Knowledge Based Approaches. Vol 2, 215-224. 1987 D. Reidel Publishing Company.


Farris, C D  and Lucas, R J Prolog Rule Aquisition via a Natural Language Interface. Second  International Expert Systems Conference. September 1986.

Advanced  Database Systems Proceedings of the Tenth British National Conference on  Databases. Ed R J Lucas and P M D Gray, Springer Verlag, 1992. ISBN  3-540-55693-1.