The School of Computing Science has been awarded the contract to run the Computing At School (CAS) North East Regional Centre. Regional Centres are at the core of the second phase of the Department for Education (DfE) funded Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science that is managed by CAS. Newcastle will be one of 10 centres with a remit to build on the success of the first phase of the Network of Excellence and lead and develop regional communities of practice. The new Regional Centre will support existing CAS Master Teachers, CAS Hub Leaders and CAS Lead Schools and extend the reach of Computing At School across the North East. It will also build on the work of our outreach team. See http://casne.ncl.ac.uk/ for details of some of this existing activity, including the annual CAS North East conference for teachers.
published on: 6th August 2015
Dr Maciej Machulak was recognised as a leading young innovator by the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35 community at an awards ceremony in Warsaw on June 23rd. Maciej was one of 10 innovators who received awards. Dr Machulak's award was in recognition of his crucial role in the development of the User-Managed Access (UMA) technology as well as the UMA software. Dr Machulak began working on this idea in 2008 as part of his doctorate studies in the School of Computing Science. His project was supervised by Professor Aad van Moorsel. Dr Machulak then founded Cloud Identity to develop and commercialise authorisation management software based on the UMA protocol. In March, 2015, Cloud Identity was acquired by the Belgian company Synergetics where Dr Machulak became the Chief Identity Architect.
published on: 4th August 2015
The J-PAKE key exchange protocol, designed by Dr. Feng Hao and Prof. Peter Ryan in 2008, has been built into the Nest thermostat products (Nest was bought by Google in 2014 for US$3.2 billion). A technical white paper that describes the implementation has recently gone public. Dr Hao is currently a Reader in Security Engineering in the School of Computing Science. Prof Ryan had been a Professor in our school until 2009 when he took up a position as full Professor of Applied Security at the University of Luxembourg.
published on: 28th July 2015
BBC Learning and BBC English Regions are joining up this summer to bring the BBC's Make it Digital tour to Sunderland International Airshow on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July. Throughout the weekend Newcastle University's Computing Science were using Picoboard, a piece of hardware that allows Scratch projects to interact with the outside world. Nick Cook, Louise Talbot and Laura Heels (the Outreach team) represented the School and gave people a chance to use this freely available software to have a go at coding Lego to make it move. The team were kept busy with a steady stream of people wanting a go at programming robots, motors and sensors. Chris Napier, Chris McQueen and Jake Towers of NUCats, the student computing society, joined Nick Cook and Laura Heels to demonstrate activities. Equipment for the event was provided by the School's Cloud Innovation Centre as part of their outreach activities.
published on: 25th July 2015
A £12m research centre has been announced that will explore the potential of digital technologies in shaping the future of local government services in planning, health, social care and education. The new Digital Civics Research Centre, led by Newcastle University, is seeking to develop new forms of community-driven digital platforms that will allow local residents to both commission new services and play more active roles in the delivery of services that are better tailored to their needs. Led by Professor Patrick Olivier, of Computing Science's Open Lab, the new Centre brings together 26 academics and 30 post-doctoral researchers from Newcastle, Lincoln and Northumbria universities. The team will work in partnership with the three local authorities – Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council and Northumberland Council – as well as a number of key organisations and businesses including the BBC, Microsoft, ARUP and Orange Labs.
published on: 13th July 2015