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Computing Science student is saving lives in his spare time

Adam Lisik is a final year Computing Science student at Newcastle University. Adam volunteers for St John's Ambulance and has called for more people to sign up to help the charity. The 22-year-old, who lives in Jesmond, Newcastle, started volunteering with first aid charity St John Ambulance in 2012 after a dramatic incident in which he had to get emergency medical help for a neighbour who had been stabbed. Now, four years on, he is urging others to make a difference in their community.

published on: 19th June 2016

Science Central secures multi-million pound deal with L&G

Legal & General Capital plans to support the £350 million Newcastle Science Central, one the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK. The unique deal will see financial services giant Legal & General becoming a long term investment partner on Science Central alongside Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University. Legal & General Capital’s initial £65 million investment will fund completion of two buildings on premium plots 1 and 2 offering over 200,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, create 2,000 jobs and boost economic growth, and will help unlock the potential of further investment in commercial and residential plots.


published on: 17th June 2016

Vicki Hanson: elected President of the ACM

Vicki Hanson has been elected President of the ACM, only the 2nd woman to hold the post (after Wendy Hall). Vicki is a a computer scientist noted for her research on human-computer interaction and accessibility and a frequent collaborator with Newcastle University.

In 2009, Vicki joined the School of Computing at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Collaborating with Computing Science at Newcastle University, she launched the Social Inclusion Through the Digital Economy (SiDE) project aimed at ensuring that all people, regardless of age or disability, were not left behind as the world became more digitally linked . The success of this effort motivated a broadening of the work in the recently funded BESiDE project, targeting both technology and architectural design aspects of the Built Environment of older adult care homes.

published on: 27th May 2016

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

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