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  • Asynchronous circuits event held

    In a three-day event, the Asynchronous Systems Laboratory has celebrated the 60th Birthday of its co-founder, Prof. Alex Yakovlev.

    published on: 1 September 2016

  • Paolo Missier fundraising to support earthquake victims

    Italians in the North East of England have been affected emotionally by the earthquakes in Italy last week and are now raising money to help victims of the disaster. Almost 300 people were killed in the disaster and another 2000 left homeless. Paolo Missier from the School of Computing Science and originally from a region near Venice is fundraising online for the Italian Red Cross to support people in the areas affected by the recent earthquake. Paolo is interviewed by the BBC: listen from 32:37.

    published on: 31 August 2016

  • Newcastle team wins International Automated BioDesign programming competition

    A Newcastle team composed of Computing Science doctoral students Jonathan Naylor, James McLaughlin and Jeremy Revell won the International Automated BioDesign programming competition that was organised as part of the series of synthetic biology conferences the Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy (CSBB) & Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) has been hosting this week at Newcastle ( The winners received a certificate and $500.

    published on: 19 August 2016

  • EU Grant Awarded: Internet of Things: Emerging Curriculum for Industry and Human Applications

    A new EU grant has been awarded to the School of Computing Science entitled ‘Internet of Things: Emerging Curriculum for Industry and Human Applications / ALIOT’. The following is a brief description about the project: This project will impact on the modernization and development of academic programmes at the beneficiary universities in Ukraine. The projects approach and application are to be innovative and new for Ukraine even though most of the partner universities have been involved in various Tempus projects in similar subject domains. It is envisaged within the project to develop training courses for disabled people and training courses for various applications of the "Internet Of Things", and new interdisciplinary Master's programme; these are well planned and designed. Moreover, the project is innovative with respect to the projects on which the proposal is built (e.g. Tempus CABRIOLET, Tempus SEREIN).  

    published on: 2 August 2016

  • FeedFinder app in EPSRC Pioneer

    Dr. Madeline Balaam has developed a highly successful free mobile app, FeedFinder, that supports women in finding, reviewing and sharing places for public breastfeeding. The app is designed to work on any smart phone and be operated one-handed - an essential element for any mum – the app can be used by breastfeeding mothers to review and rate places anywhere in the world, sharing their experiences to make breastfeeding in public a little easier. Over 4,000 users have registered to use the app. The FeedFinder app is mentioned on page 13 of the latest edition of the EPSRC Pioneer magazine. A news item was also posted about the app in 2013, read more here.

    published on: 2 August 2016

  • Newcastle University PhD student wins Cyber Security PhD Award

    At the 2016 Annual Conference for the Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, Newcastle PhD Student Maryam Mehrnezhad won a best PhD research award. The format of the competition was an 'elevator pitch' in which students have 5 minutes to explain their research and research impact. Maryam spoke about her work on Mobile Sensors Security in this competition with students from University of Birmingham, Imperial college, University of Kent, Lancaster University, University of Oxford, Queen's University Belfast, RHUL, University of Surrey, and UCL. She was co-winner with the student from UCL. The conference itself brought together academic, industry and government representatives to discuss a number of themes, mainly based around exploitation of academic research and innovation. This is the first time that a Newcastle University student has won this prize.

    published on: 15 July 2016

  • RSSR International Conference - Big Success

    The 1stRSSR International Conference hosted in Paris last month was a huge success. It was attended by over one hundred specialists on the topic of safe and secure transport systems. The event was co-chaired by Prof. Alexander Romanovsky and organized by Joan Atkinson and Prof. Tom Anderson of Computing Science at Newcastle University.

    published on: 14 July 2016

  • Raj Ranjan publication is selected as highlighted paper by IEEE Cloud Computing

    A BlueSkies column written by Raj Ranjan (Reader in Computing Science at Newcastle) and collaborators from Austria and Switzerland has been selected as the highlight paper by IEEE Cloud Computing.  

    published on: 11 July 2016

  • Maryam Mehrnezhad nominated for the 2016 John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award

    The 2016 John Karat Usable Privacy and Security Student Research Award has just been announced at the 20th Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) and it goes to Blase Ur of Carnegie Mellon University. Congratulations to Balse Ur for his well-deserved award. However, it is also worth mentioning that Maryam Mehrnezhad, a PhD student from our School, was one of the five nominees for this award. Among all five nominees, Ms Mehrnezhad is the only female researcher, and the only one outside the USA. Her work on usable security was well received by the Award Selection Committee, whose Chair stated: "The committee was specifically impressed by the impact your work has had on W3C standards, and hopes you will continue to have that kind of influence on Usable Security That Matters.”

    published on: 6 July 2016

  • Brian Randell wins 2016 Jean-Claude Laprie Award

    Prof. Brian Randell has received the 2016 Jean-Claude Laprie Award for his 2004 paper, co-authored with Algirdas Avizienis, Carl Landwehr, and the late Jean-Claude Laprie, "Basic concepts and taxonomy of dependable and secure computing". The Jean-Claude Laprie Award in Dependable Computing has been awarded annually since 2012 by the IFIP Working Group 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance in Jean-Claude Laprie’s honour. The award recognizes outstanding papers that have significantly influenced the theory and/or practice of Dependable Computing. The award takes the form of a memorial plaque presented to the author at the Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN), hosted at Toulouse, France this year.

    published on: 3 July 2016

  • Computing Science student is saving lives in his spare time

    Adam Lisik is a final year Computing Science student at Newcastle University. Adam volunteers for St John's Ambulance and has called for more people to sign up to help the charity. The 22-year-old, who lives in Jesmond, Newcastle, started volunteering with first aid charity St John Ambulance in 2012 after a dramatic incident in which he had to get emergency medical help for a neighbour who had been stabbed. Now, four years on, he is urging others to make a difference in their community.

    published on: 19 June 2016

  • Science Central secures multi-million pound deal with L&G

    Legal & General Capital plans to support the £350 million Newcastle Science Central, one the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK. The unique deal will see financial services giant Legal & General becoming a long term investment partner on Science Central alongside Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University. Legal & General Capital’s initial £65 million investment will fund completion of two buildings on premium plots 1 and 2 offering over 200,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, create 2,000 jobs and boost economic growth, and will help unlock the potential of further investment in commercial and residential plots.  

    published on: 17 June 2016

  • Vicki Hanson: elected President of the ACM

    Vicki Hanson has been elected President of the ACM, only the 2nd woman to hold the post (after Wendy Hall). Vicki is a a computer scientist noted for her research on human-computer interaction and accessibility and a frequent collaborator with Newcastle University. In 2009, Vicki joined the School of Computing at the University of Dundee in Scotland. Collaborating with Computing Science at Newcastle University, she launched the Social Inclusion Through the Digital Economy (SiDE) project aimed at ensuring that all people, regardless of age or disability, were not left behind as the world became more digitally linked . The success of this effort motivated a broadening of the work in the recently funded BESiDE project, targeting both technology and architectural design aspects of the Built Environment of older adult care homes.

    published on: 27 May 2016

  • Metadating: Are graphs the future of romance?

    Open Lab’s Metadating event has been reported at ChronicleLive yesterday (23rd May).  The world is filled with dating websites and apps which use data about you to find your perfect romantic match, but for most people, the idea of comparing bar charts and graphs with a potential partner doesn't sound like a dream date — we’re happy leaving the analysis to the algorithms. Researchers from Computing Science’s Open Lab asked groups of people to record quantifiable details about themselves — for example, how well they’d slept that night, how often they called their mother, the furthest distance they’d ever been from home — and import the data into various graphs and charts. These were used to make profiles which were handed out at a speed-dating event. Lead author Chris Elsden, of Open Lab, said: "The profiles made data a ticket to talk. They helped couples start conversations. Rather than analysing their data, they performed it by talking about it with each other. And despite the fact this was an unusual set-up, the group had no problem finding things to chat about."

    published on: 24 May 2016

  • Teresa Almeida discusses a new body awareness app ‘Labella’ in the Independent

    In the Independent yesterday (May 16th) is an article about a new app for women which allows users to get to know their own anatomy through the medium of a smart phone. Teresa Almeida, a PhD student from Computing Science talks about the new app in the Independent.

    published on: 19 May 2016

  • 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: 18 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: 13 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: 12 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: 12 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: 6 May 2016

  • Willow Burn Hospice thank CS students for Gameathon Fundraising

    On April 27th, Willow Burn Hospice, Lanchester, welcomed representatives from the Computing and Technology Society (NUCATS) to thank them for the recent 24 hour Gameathon event which raised over £3,700 for the hospice. Danwen Huang, Harry Large and Eva Theodoridou, along with staff member John Colquhoun were shown around the hospice by Community Fundraiser Jacqueline Pigford who explained how the money raised would be used to help patients. Willow Burn Trustee Paul Jackson presented NUCATS with a certificate whilst Harry also received a trophy for contributing the largest amount of money raised by an individual during the Gameathon. Harry commented "Having seen the amazing work that Willow Burn Hospice does with the limited funds they receive has really made me happy to have been able to raise the money I did for them. I hope that all the money we raised from the event will be able to go a long way there and help to continue the staff at Willow Burn to be able to do what they do best which I believe is bringing smiles and lots of amazing support for the local community. When we got told that they don't have the funds to be able to help everyone almost brought a tear to me and I want to continue to try to raise as much money as I can for Willow Burn, so that they can continue to do the amazing work they are and give the patients the care they deserve!"

    published on: 29 April 2016

  • Newcastle research contributing to improve W3C security

    A recent project by researchers in the School of Computing Science (Maryam Mehrnezhad, Ehsan Toreini, Siamak Shahandashti, Feng Hao), reveals a significant flaw in the current W3C specification. Conforming to W3C, mobile web browsers allow JavaScript code in a web page to access motion and orientation sensor data without the user's permission. However, by analysing the collected sensor data, it is possible for a remote web page to deduce the user's local touch actions on the mobile phone screen and even the PIN entered into other web pages. This flaw imposes serious privacy risks to end users, and affects all major browsers, including Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari.

    published on: 28 April 2016

  • Cyber-Physical Lab Announces New Open Call

    The Cyber-Physical Lab (CPLab) in the School of Computer Science has announced a new open call process, offering businesses the opportunity to apply for grants of up to €150,000 as well as receiving technical support from CPLab research staff.

    published on: 27 April 2016

  • Jacek Cala and Paolo Missier win best paper at FGCS forum

    Dr Jacek Cala and Dr Paolo Missier have won the best paper award at the FGCS forum. The research is a collaboration between Computing Science and the Institute for Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University and Microsoft.

    published on: 25 April 2016

  • Four Corners project launched at World Press Photo 2016

    The International Center of Photography (ICP) is collaborating with the World Press Photo Foundation and Open Lab to launch the Four Corners Project, which establishes a new standard for image contextualization and credibility. Dean of ICP School Fred Ritchin will discuss the project along with Jonathan Worth of Open Lab during World Press Photo Awards Days at 3:15pm on Friday, April 22, 2016 in the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam.

    published on: 22 April 2016

  • 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: 20 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: 22 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: 18 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: 17 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: 16 March 2016

  • Paul Ezhilchelvan receives ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’

    Paul Ezhilchelvan (Reader in Distributed Computing) has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from The National Institute of Technology (Trichy in India). Awards were given out under several categories, such as, corporate achievement, public services etc. Paul received his award for ‘Research and Academic Excellence’. The award ceremony was held at the Institute of Technology. The photo shows Paul receiving the Alumni Award from the Governor of Andhra Pradhesh State; the Lady on the extreme right of the photo is the CEO of Intel India, Chair Person of the Institute's Board of Governors itself.  

    published on: 11 March 2016

  • The Computing and Technology 'Gameathon' Raises £3,400 for Willowburn Hospice in Durham

    The Computing and Technology Society have just completed their annual 24-hour Charity Gameathon. The event last year raised over £1050 for the Children’s Miracle Network, however this year a monumental £3,400 has been raised for Willowburn Hospice in Durham.  

    published on: 9 March 2016

  • Major grant award to work on System Structuring and Trustworthiness

    School academics have been awarded a major EPSRC grant to work on developing novel approaches to structuring trustworthy ambient systems. The STARTA platform grant led by Prof. Alexander Romanovsky, will run in 2016-2020 and involve computer scientists from Newcastle University and University of York. The focus will be on designing novel techniques for trading off between time and energy while ensuring that the systems are resilient and adhere to system specifications and requirements.

    published on: 6 March 2016

  • International Conference on Reliability, Safety and Security of Railway Systems

    Our School is organizing a major International Conference on Reliability, Safety and Security of Railway Systems (part chaired by Prof. Alexander Romanovsky). It will be held in June 2016 in Paris and will bring together researchers and engineers from all over the world. The conference focus on modelling, analysis, verification and certification of modern and future railway systems and networks is strongly aligned with the research activities of the School's academics. More information could be found here

    published on: 6 March 2016

  • National Student Survey: Shape the future of the university and win your school £500

    Are you a final year student at Newcastle University? Don’t miss your chance to help shape the future of the university and win your school £500 by completing your NSS survey entry. To get started follow the instructions sent to your university email account or visit:

    published on: 1 March 2016

  • Paolo Missier wins best paper award at IDCC 2016

    Congratulations to Paolo Missier for winning the best paper award at the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC 2016) for his paper "Data trajectories: tracking reuse of published data for transitive credit attribution". Paolo is a member of Computing Science’s Scalable Computing research group. Read the full paper here.  

    published on: 25 February 2016