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J-PAKE built into Google Nest thermostats

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's ‘Make it Digital’ with Computing Science at Sunderland Airshow

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

New Digital Civics Research Centre Announced

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

Computing Science Graduation 2015

Graduating students from BSc courses in Computing Science and Information Systems had their congregation ceremony on Wednesday 8 July. A highlight of the ceremony was the speech by the Student Orator, Olivia Ward (BSc Information Systems with Management and Industrial Placement), who spoke on behalf of all graduating students and paid tribute to her fellow students, lecturers, family and friends.

published on: 13th July 2015

Newcastle University co-authors Internet Standards

Dr. Maciej Machulak from Newcastle University is one of the co-authors of two new RFC documents (Internet standards); both have been formally submitted to IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force).; Maciej Machulak worked on the proposals while being a researcher in the research group of Prof. Aad van Moorsel.

published on: 10th July 2015

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