When Prof Sugata Mitra won the 2013 TED Prize, he wished to design the future of learning by building a School in the Cloud. He called on TED and its extended community to help create "a learning lab in India where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online". Not yet two years later, this extraordinary vision has been realized today (9 January 2015) with the opening of the final and flagship learning lab – Area Zero – in Gocharan, West Bengal, India (about 40 kms away from Kolkata). With Area Zero, Prof Mitra is providing an epicenter to further test, evolve and share his method of Self Organized Learning. Critical to mobilizing this effort is the School in the Cloud online community, which launched at TED2014. Microsoft and their Skype Social Good team stepped in to provide core technology and innovated the global community. Made By Many, the product design partners, co-created the experience with Sugata's team. The web platform ensures that anyone, anywhere around the world, can experiment with self-organized learning. The platform was recently transferred to Newcastle University's newly formed SOLE Central research centre where researchers from Digital Interaction Group and the School of Education, Language and Linguistic Sciences are continuing both the research and development.
published on: 17th January 2015
The iNEER Board has unanimously elected and appointed a new Chair from 1 January 2015 for three years. He is Professor Frode Eika Sandnes of Oslo, Norway. Professor Sandnes has been a member of iNEER for almost 15 years and a member of the iNEER Board since 2012. He received a B.Sc. in Computer Science from Newcastle University (1993) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Reading, U.K.
published on: 17th January 2015
Housing the University's world-class School of Computing Science, the new Urban Sciences Building at Science Central will be at the forefront of urban innovation and includes a public performance space, a decision theatre for the visualisation and interpretation of urban data and a rooftop wild-flower meadow. Bringing together a range of research disciplines under the banner of digitally-enabled urban sustainability, the aim is to create a living laboratory where everything from the infrastructure and environment to even the building itself are used to develop and design sustainable solutions for the future.
published on: 14th January 2015
The REF 2014 research assessment lists Newcastle computer science as number one in the UK for research impact. Research impact is assessed based on evidence that illustrates the impact that the research has had on economy, society, public policy, culture and the quality of life. Newcastle computer science submitted four case studies that were all ranked world-leading and no other University achieved marks as high as Newcastle. 89 UK universities submitted to the assessment, including all major universities.
published on: 18th December 2014
Congratulations to Stage 3 Computing Science (with industrial placement) student Ellen Morris who wins the prize for "Best Mentor" in the SAgE Faculty. Peer Mentors are volunteers which help support the undergraduate stage 1 students with their transition to university life. Stage 1 students vote for their peer mentor to win the award if they have helped them in their first year.
published on: 17th December 2014