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
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
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: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/computing/outreach/.
published on: 17th June 2014
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
Dr. Lindsay Marshall from the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University is the deserved winner of a Vice-Chancellor Distinguished Teacher Award for 2014. Dr Marshall will receive £5,000 to support future learning and teaching activities. Colleague Marie Devlin nominated Lindsay for his innovation in teaching over the last 30 years. The nomination included letters of support from colleagues in other schools, statements from PhD students, undergraduates and MSc students and from external colleagues and bodies such as the Higher Education Academy.
published on: 16th June 2014