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Metadating: Open Lab at CHI 2016

Researchers at Newcastle University organised Metadating – a speed dating event where participants recorded data about themselves – such as their walking pace and food intake that week - to create an alternative dating profile. They were investigating how the information gathered by devices such as smartphones and fitness trackers, come to represent people, and how it could be used in a social way. Lead author, Chris Elsden of Computing Science's Open Lab, said: "As we collect more and more data about ourselves, we were interested in the future social life of data. How people might talk, share, make jokes, brag or even lie about their data? As this really social activity, we thought speed dating was the perfect way to investigate these future interactions.

published on: 20th April 2016

Latest Apple Security Patches in iOS 9.3 Acknowledge Newcastle Contribution

The latest Apple security patches (APPLE-SA-2016-03-21-1) include a fix to the security vulnerability discovered by researchers in the School. The impact of this vulnerability, as stated by Apple: "A website may be able to track sensitive user information Description: A hidden web page may be able to access device-orientation and device-motion data. This issue was addressed by suspending the availability of this data when the web view is hidden." The unique Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) ID assigned to this vulnerability is CVE-2016-1780, which acknowledges the work by Newcastle University researchers: "Maryam Mehrnezhad, Ehsan Toreini, Siamak Shahandashti, Feng Hao of the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University, UK". The fix is available for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later.

published on: 22nd March 2016

Computer Science Trip to Newcastle University

On Thursday 10th March sixteen year 8 students visited the School of Computing at Newcastle University to engage in Computational thinking and to learn new programming skills. The session was led by Nick Cook who leads the Computing At School (CAS) North East regional centre. During the visit they programmed an Arduino-based robotic vehicle, they experienced using it's ultrasound sensor for obstacle avoidance, as well as it's line following sensors and light sensors. Students thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and their behavior was exemplary!

published on: 18th March 2016

National Institute for Smart Data Innovation in Newcastle

The government will invest £15 million in the National Institute for Smart Data Innovation in Newcastle, subject to approved business case. This new facility will bring together industry, the public sector and universities to create the skills, ideas and resources needed to exploit the opportunities offered by Smart Data.


published on: 17th March 2016

Ubisoft aim to attract graduates from Computing Science

The UK is adopting digital technology faster than many European countries and the north is increasingly grabbing its share. Some of the UK’s biggest tech businesses are in the north and Ubisoft — the world’s third-largest publisher of video games - is investing in Newcastle, creating 100 jobs by setting up a customer contact base in the city last year. Ubisoft’s Reflections games studio has moved into new premises as it hopes to attract graduates from Newcastle University, a world leader in computing science research.


published on: 16th March 2016

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