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Newcastle professor helps Royal Mail honour Tommy Flowers

Prof. Brian Randell, from the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University, has helped the Royal Mail to launch a new stamp commemorating the achievements of honorary graduate T. H. ("Tommy") Flowers, designer of the Colossus, the world’s first programmable electronic computer - see

published on: 19th February 2015

Dr Jeremy Bryans wins Early Career Researcher funding from the 'Institute for Sustainability'

Dr Jeremy Bryans has won highly competitive Early Career Researcher funding from the Institute for Sustainability to carry out a sustainability analysis of a smart grid communications infrastructure. He will investigate the resilience of smart grids by analysing the ways in which the different elements communicate with each other using the Smart Grid Lab at Newcastle University. The resilience of computing elements is a key aspect of sustainability of Integrated Infrastructure Systems – one of the three global research challenges in the field of sustainability tackled by the Institute for Sustainability.

published on: 10th February 2015

24 Hour Festival Hack Day announced as part of the 6 Music Festival on Tyneside

As part of 6 Music Festival on Tyneside, BBC Radio 6 Music has announced Festival Hack Day, in partnership with Generator and Newcastle University Business School. The Festival Hack Day will be held at The Core within Newcastle Science Central from midday Friday 20 until midday Saturday 21 February with teams of techies working through the night to develop their festival ideas into web and mobile apps to trial at the event. The School of Computing Science is delighted to support the event.

published on: 9th February 2015

Pioneer: Prof Natalio Krasnogor’s collaboration to build ‘Biological Computer’

Prof. Natalio Krasnogor’s pioneering work with Lee Cronin (University of Glasgow), Cameron Alexander (University of Nottingham) and Ben Davis (University of Oxford) is discussed in the new edition of Pioneer (pages 41 and 81).

published on: 3rd February 2015

School in the Cloud: Area Zero Open in West Bengal

When Prof Sugata Mitra won the 2013 TED Prize, he wished to design the future of learning by building a School in the Cloud. He called on TED and its extended community to help create "a learning lab in India where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online". Not yet two years later, this extraordinary vision has been realized today (9 January 2015) with the opening of the final and flagship learning lab – Area Zero – in Gocharan, West Bengal, India (about 40 kms away from Kolkata). With Area Zero, Prof Mitra is providing an epicenter to further test, evolve and share his method of Self Organized Learning. Critical to mobilizing this effort is the School in the Cloud online community, which launched at TED2014. Microsoft and their Skype Social Good team stepped in to provide core technology and innovated the global community. Made By Many, the product design partners, co-created the experience with Sugata's team. The web platform ensures that anyone, anywhere around the world, can experiment with self-organized learning.

 The platform was recently transferred to Newcastle University's newly formed SOLE Central research centre where researchers from Digital Interaction Group  and the School of Education, Language and Linguistic Sciences are continuing both the research and development.

published on: 17th January 2015

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