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REF 2014: Newcastle Computing Science Research tops UK in Societal and Economic Impact

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

Peer mentor, Ellen Morris scoops ‘SAgE Mentor of the Year’ award

Congratulations to Stage 3 Computing Science (with industrial placement) student Ellen Morris who has won 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. The stage 1 students then vote for their peer mentor to win the award if they have helped them in their first year. Ellen was the only student nominated from Computing Science this year.

Congratulations Ellen!

published on: 17th December 2014

Richard Davison wins School Demonstrator Award

Richard Davison has become the first winner of the School's Demonstrator Award. The Award, organised by demonstrating co-ordinators John Colquhoun and Laura Heels, aims to recognise the efforts made by PhD students within the School at supporting our undergraduate and taught postgraduate students in their learning. The Award was decided entirely by students from all stages within the School nominating demonstrators of their choice. Richard was nominated for his work on the Game Engineering modules for Stage 3 and MSc, with many students praising his dedication and the quality of the tutorials he provided.

published on: 9th December 2014

Chronicle Live: Digital Interaction Group helps singles find love at alternative speed dating night

Reported by Chronicle Live: (5th December): Singles will be hoping the ‘apps’ they use daily will find them love. PhD students from Computing Science hosted a dating event where single people can find out who they might be compatible with based on data recorded by the online applications they use every day. The "Meta Dating" event, which is designed to find out what our apps say about us, allow singles to get to know each other using information from apps such as SleepCycle or Nike+. The event, which was hosted by researchers at the University’s Digital Interaction Culture Lab on Saturday night (6th December), is all part of a project to find out whether the data recorded by apps like Foursquare should have a place on online dating profiles.

published on: 8th December 2014

Cyber-Physical Systems

Our cities of the future will be ever more dependent on the complex relationship between computer systems, engineering, physics and human behaviour. This relationship between people and the technology we use will increasingly impact all aspects of our everyday lives - from how we power our homes and businesses to how we produce our food. Business, government and industry will rely on integrated technology which could deliver major improvements to our lives but which is also vulnerable to cyber attack and software failure. The need to understand and bring these different elements closer together to work efficiently will be critically important if society is to prosper. Newcastle University's School of Computing Science is spearheading international research in this area called cyber physical systems.

published on: 4th December 2014

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