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Chancellor announces Technology and Innovation Hub for Ageing

School of Computing Science experts on the design, development and evaluation of digital technologies for older people will play a key role in first stage of the National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation (NASI), the NASI Technology and Innovation Hub, announced yesterday by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Autumn statement. The Hub will include state of the art exhibition arena, co-design/research space for prototype development, early phase testing and on-site incubation and business facilities, together with an education and conference centre.

published on: 4th December 2014

Digital Interaction Group at launch of Institute for Ageing event

The breadth of ageing research being carried out across Newcastle University will be showcased at a special event taking place later today. The launch of Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing (NUIA) takes place today (2nd December) at the Great North Museum, and will involve over 230 guests made up of members of the public, funders, current students and staff. Patrick Olivier’s group, Digital Interaction, is leading the "Enabling Environments" theme of the NUIA and John Vines is speaking at the launch event about his work with Roisin McNaney and Ivan Pokiakov designing digital self-management applications with people with Parkinson's Disease.

published on: 2nd December 2014

Contactless cards fail to recognise foreign currency

A flaw in Visa’s contactless credit cards means they will approve unlimited cash transactions without a PIN when the amount is requested in a foreign currency. New research by experts at Newcastle University, UK, has highlighted a ‘glitch’ in the Visa system which means their contactless cards will approve foreign currency transactions of up to 999,999.99 in any foreign currency.

published on: 30th November 2014

Student Cyber Crime Challenge

What happens when you take a group of 75 maths, computer science and languages students who have never met before and ask GCHQ to set them a major societal challenge? You get new creative approaches to cyber security! Locked away in the Great North Museum this week, supported by mentors and employers, an interdisciplinary group of Newcastle University students worked intensively over a period of 24 hours to generate, develop and present a range of ideas on how to stay safe online.

published on: 28th November 2014

Times Higher Education discusses Creative Exchange project

Creative Exchange focuses on the new knowledge that is generated when academics work with industry. It offers a different take on academia/industry links: knowledge transfer implies that information from academia is given to industry, whereas a knowledge exchange suggests that academics and industry swap information with each other. Dr. Simon Bowen, a research associate working with the Digital Interaction group, at Culture Lab, explained that creative exchange may more accurately describe what is going on in these interactions. The aim is to get people to think about "alternative possibilities" that can lead to new practices and ways of working, he said.

published on: 27th November 2014

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