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Student develops free app to help drivers find parking spaces

Computing Science student Dylan McKee created technology as part of a competition involving the use of open data to ease travel problems. The 'Parking Fairy' tracks the location of users and provides alerts about nearby car parks that have spaces available. Dylan developed the tool as part of an NETV Digital Catapult competition run in partnership with Sunderland Software City, which challenged entrants to come up with ideas on how open data could be used to ease travel problems. The Parking Fairy, which is available free on the App Store for iPhone and Apple Watch, launches on May 9.

published on: 18th May 2016

Raj Ranjan publication is "cover feature" for IEEE Computer

A publication by Raj Ranjan (Reader in Computing Science at Newcastle) and several other authors has been chosen as the "cover feature" by IEEE Computer - Feb 2016 issue; a leading IEEE publication in Distributed Systems.  


published on: 13th May 2016

NUCATS wins best society of the year at the Union awards

Newcastle University Computing and Technology Society (NUCATS) won best society of the year at the University Union Awards in April. The reason for winning the award was:

"In the last year the Society has increased their member base by 300%, taught over 100 secondary school students how to code using innovative teaching methods, raised nearly £4000 for a local charity and organised successful hackathons in partnership with local tech companies."

published on: 12th May 2016

Nature News: How to hack the hackers - the human side of cybercrime

The following is an extract from Nature News about cyber-attacks and the embracing of the behavioural sciences and economics to understand both the perpetrators and their victims and the involvement of the Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security in which Newcastle participates. Say what you will about cybercriminals, says Angela Sasse, "their victims rave about the customer service". Sasse is talking about ransomware: an extortion scheme in which hackers encrypt the data on a user's computer, then demand money for the digital key to unlock them. Victims get detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for the payment process (all major credit cards accepted), and how to use the key. If they run into technical difficulties, there are 24/7 call centres. "It's better support than they get from their own Internet service providers," says Sasse, a psychologist and computer scientist at University College London who heads the Research Institute in Science of Cyber Security, which includes the Choice Architecture for Information Security project between Newcastle and Northumbria Universities.

published on: 12th May 2016

John Vines wins TEA Award

Yesterday (5th May) was the annual Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) 'gala' organised by Newcastle University Student Union. Since its inception a few years back, the TEA award is very quickly growing into the most significant indicator of teaching excellence in our University. This year Jason Steggles and John Vines were shortlisted for an award, Jason in the 'Overall' category and John for 'Innovation'. Being shortlisted is a significant acknowledgement of excellence in teaching in its own right. Moreover, John Vines was yesterday announced as TEA award winner in his category! A great recognition for his innovative teaching practices in the Digital Civics CDT taught modules.

published on: 6th May 2016

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