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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: 19th 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: 2nd 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: 2nd 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: 15th 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: 11th July 2016

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