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Yan and Ahmad win SOUPS impact award

The ‘Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security’ (SOUPS) have instituted a SOUPS Impact Award. This award is to be presented every third year to the authors of a SOUPS conference paper that has had a significant impact on usable security and privacy research and practice. The winner of the award this year was Jeff Yan and Ahmad El Ahmad for their paper entitled "Usability of CAPTCHAS Or usability issues in CAPTCHA design".

published on: 22nd July 2014

Digital Interaction Group attend launch of new Google Glass

Reported in The Journal is the news that members of the Digital Interaction Group were invited by Google for the launch of the new Google Glass product which was officially launched in the UK at a ceremony in London, 22nd June.  The team, led by Dr. John Vines, PhD student Roisin McNaney and Dr. Ivan Poliakov, has been exploring whether Google Glass - a form of smart glasses - can make life easier for people with long-term health conditions, such as Parkinson’s.

published on: 24th June 2014

Newcastle Computing Science scores high in The Guardian University Guide 2015 league table

The Guardian University Guide 2015 league table for ‘computer science and information systems’ reveals that Newcastle Computing Science is ranked 13 out of 102 institutions. The league table includes those institutions incorporating the design, exploitation and technology surrounding computing - including information systems, software engineering, programming and artificial intelligence.

published on: 19th June 2014

120 School Students at STEM Challenge Day

On 13 June, 120 school students competed in a STEM Challenge Day hosted by the School of Computing Science. The day was organised by MCS Projects and is part of a national competition. The challenges included programming LEGO Mindstorm robots to navigate a treasure hunt, building a bridge from paper to support weights, and building a car from elastic bands, drinking straws, wheels, cogs and a motor. The year 8 and 9 students cam from 10 schools across the region and competed in mixed teams from different schools. The winning team will go forward to compete in a regional challenge day for a place in the national final. The day was facilitated by the School's outreach team, see:

published on: 17th June 2014

Nick Cook appointed NE Reg. Coordinator for the Barefoot Computing Project


The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) have announced that Nick Cook (from the School of Computing Science) will be the North East Regional Coordinator for the Barefoot Computing Project. The Barefoot Computing project is about helping primary school teachers get ready for the computer science element of the new computing curriculum. The project is funded by the Department for Education, is being run by the BCS and is developing high-quality, practical cross-curricular computer science resources and computing workshops to support primary school teachers in England.

published on: 17th June 2014

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