What happens when you take a group of 75 maths, computer science and languages students who have never met before and ask GCHQ to set them a major societal challenge? You get new creative approaches to cyber security! Locked away in the Great North Museum this week, supported by mentors and employers, an interdisciplinary group of Newcastle University students worked intensively over a period of 24 hours to generate, develop and present a range of ideas on how to stay safe online.
published on: 28th November 2014
Creative Exchange focuses on the new knowledge that is generated when academics work with industry. It offers a different take on academia/industry links: knowledge transfer implies that information from academia is given to industry, whereas a knowledge exchange suggests that academics and industry swap information with each other. Dr. Simon Bowen, a research associate working with the Digital Interaction group, at Culture Lab, explained that creative exchange may more accurately describe what is going on in these interactions. The aim is to get people to think about "alternative possibilities" that can lead to new practices and ways of working, he said.
published on: 27th November 2014
A new event, the ‘High Integrity Software Conference’, was run by CSR in Bristol at the end of October 2014, with very positive feedback. The theme – "for people who take software seriously" – was established by two first-class keynote presenters, Martyn Thomas and Harold Thimbleby; there were 12 further presentations and a networking ‘cocktail hour’. Participants totalled 144, with 12 vendors exhibiting. The event website provides more details, and an impression of the conference may be gained from a short video.
published on: 26th November 2014
This year, the ACTION event was held at the Great North Museum Hancock on Wed 12th Nov. The finalists, four teams of researchers, drawn from all three faculties, have developed commercial solutions to their chosen Ageing challenge following a series of training events. At the Showcase final each team produced a trade stand displaying their business idea together with a prototype, video, model or other visual form of their solution. The competition was judged by an expert panel on both the quality of the team pitch and the strength of their trade stand. Computing Science’s Matias Garcia-Constantino and the SenseWell team won the ACTION 2014 prize. The team is interdisciplinary, consisting of Matias, Katie Griffiths (PhD student at the School of Biomedical Sciences), Stephanie Harrison (PhD student at the Institute of Health and Society), Sinziana Popescu (PhD student at the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering) and Maria Pregnolato (PhD student at the School of Civil Engineering and Geoscience).
published on: 13th November 2014
On Wednesday 29th October, to celebrate the academic achievement of 1st year undergraduate students from across the University, Jake Burton (BSc Computer Science, Bio-Computing) has obtained one of the prestigious University Endowed Prizes based on his academic achievement during 2013/14. The lunchtime presentation was held at 12.45 in the Bamburgh Room, King’s Road Centre. Certificates were presented to the successful students by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) and Faculty Undergraduate Deans.
published on: 9th November 2014