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Metadating: Are graphs the future of romance?

Open Lab’s Metadating event has been reported at ChronicleLive yesterday (23rd May).  The world is filled with dating websites and apps which use data about you to find your perfect romantic match, but for most people, the idea of comparing bar charts and graphs with a potential partner doesn't sound like a dream date — we’re happy leaving the analysis to the algorithms. Researchers from Computing Science’s Open Lab asked groups of people to record quantifiable details about themselves — for example, how well they’d slept that night, how often they called their mother, the furthest distance they’d ever been from home — and import the data into various graphs and charts. These were used to make profiles which were handed out at a speed-dating event. Lead author Chris Elsden, of Open Lab, said: "The profiles made data a ticket to talk. They helped couples start conversations. Rather than analysing their data, they performed it by talking about it with each other. And despite the fact this was an unusual set-up, the group had no problem finding things to chat about."

published on: 24th May 2016

Teresa Almeida discusses a new body awareness app ‘Labella’ in the Independent

In the Independent yesterday (May 16th) is an article about a new app for women which allows users to get to know their own anatomy through the medium of a smart phone. Teresa Almeida, a PhD student from Computing Science talks about the new app in the Independent.

published on: 19th May 2016

Student develops free app to help drivers find parking spaces

Computing Science student Dylan McKee created technology as part of a competition involving the use of open data to ease travel problems. The 'Parking Fairy' tracks the location of users and provides alerts about nearby car parks that have spaces available. Dylan developed the tool as part of an NETV Digital Catapult competition run in partnership with Sunderland Software City, which challenged entrants to come up with ideas on how open data could be used to ease travel problems. The Parking Fairy, which is available free on the App Store for iPhone and Apple Watch, launches on May 9.

published on: 18th May 2016

Raj Ranjan publication is "cover feature" for IEEE Computer

A publication by Raj Ranjan (Reader in Computing Science at Newcastle) and several other authors has been chosen as the "cover feature" by IEEE Computer - Feb 2016 issue; a leading IEEE publication in Distributed Systems.  


published on: 13th May 2016

NUCATS wins best society of the year at the Union awards

Newcastle University Computing and Technology Society (NUCATS) won best society of the year at the University Union Awards in April. The reason for winning the award was:

"In the last year the Society has increased their member base by 300%, taught over 100 secondary school students how to code using innovative teaching methods, raised nearly £4000 for a local charity and organised successful hackathons in partnership with local tech companies."

published on: 12th May 2016

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