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Thanks to Associate Professor Nik Whitehead and BSc Computer Networks student Simon Downes who spoke in our Faculty Lunchtime Research Committee yesterday. Nik spoke about beacons (Internet of Things) and Simon spoke about environmental control via a network. Here are some photos of them in action. If you missed it and would like to catch up, students and staff can find the slides and a link to the video of the talks on Moodle.

The School are excited to have been awarded a Bronze Green Impact again this year, well done to SOAC Green Team Sue Maw, Sue Williams and Gaynor Thomas!

Student Simon Downes from BSc (Hons) Computer Networks won an award for his environmental-related project work including work on automatic temperature control for computer labs – Simon will be giving a talk at our Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminar 1pm-3pm on Wed 17th May in MH503 if you’d like to know more!

Finally, Gaynor won an “Environmental Hero” award for her work in drastically reducing paper consumption in SOAC by leading the move to online module boxes (and the associated online-only submission from students for most assignments)

Well done everyone and here are some pictures! For Doctor Who fans, the awards were held in the library used in the episode “Silence in the Library” ūüôā #soachasbeensaved

This afternoon has seen another fine batch of project boards handed in at the School Office by our final year students.  Excellent work, everyone!

Our final-year students are handing in their Project Boards today. They’re¬†tackling¬†a fascinating range of topics this year – well done, everyone!
Don’t miss our Poster Exhibition at Tech Hub on 25th May, when you can take a closer look at their hard work.
  • ¬†Mr.¬†Arya Sedigh¬†PhD student From¬†School of¬†Applied Computing, Computer Networks & Communications Research Group.¬†His talk was ¬†on¬†a non-intrusive method to evaluate and monitor the performance of voice communications over Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.
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    Thank you to Tyra and Arya for their very interesting talks today. The slides will shortly be available on Moodle under “Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars” – contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk if you are unable to access them.

Gower College students have been with us today for a taster day in various aspects of the courses we run. Today they have been learning about networking, ethical hacking and games design (algorithms and Unity).

Here are some pictures of the student in action:

We’ve had a Masterclass today with Keith Reeves from NHS about how IT Services are managed within the NHS. This is a big challenge given the size and scope of the organisation, with over 72,000 staff, 7 Health Boards and 3 Trusts, and 442 GP Practices. The NHS use the ITIL framework. The slides will be uploaded to Moodle (Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars) shortly.

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The School of Applied Computing has got together with UNSW, its counterpart down-under, to offer a limited number of paid student placements to undergraduate final years, Masters and PhD students this summer.

The work experience placements will last between 3 and 12 months, and offer a stipend of $500 per week. Start date is flexible.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in projects such as Enterprise Multi-Data Source System Integration, Data Management, Business Intelligence or Voice aided Mobile Data Entry for Automated Logistics and Supply Chain Management

INTERESTED? APPLY NOW!

For further details contact Dr Carlene Campbell on carlene.campbell@uwtsd.ac.uk

One of the School’s PhD students, Archie Watt, featured in the monthly Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminar yesterday. He was presenting his work on Monitoring Coastal Erosion, a continuation of the ASTEC project undertaken in the school a few years ago. An array of wireless sensors will return data on a regular basis to monitor changes in the coast. Coastal erosion is a hot topic for the UK, with several high-profile collapses in the last few years.

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We also had a talk from Mr Steve Winkley of Tata Steel who told us about ways in which Tata Steel, and industry in general, are hoping to modernise with reference to Big Data and other technological developments.

The slides from both talks are available on Moodle under “Faculty Lunchtime Research Seminars” for anyone who missed it, or wants to have another look. Thank you, Archie and Steve!

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On March 10th 2017, we made our second departmental visit to the National Museum of Computing. It was an early start from Swansea to get to Milton Keynes by 10.30am.

At The National Museum of Computing, we had some introductory talks with an overview of old tech that some of us remembered better than others!

Then we were off for a tour of the facilities. Here we are looking at the Harwell Dekatron Computer (later renamed the WITCH). This is the oldest surviving computer in existence (as opposed to a replica) dating from 1947.

We also saw the famous Colossus machine, which was able to find the keys for ciphers during the Second World War. It remained top secret until the 1970s.

We had a tour of more relatively recent tech – here’s some computers from the 1970s and the 1980s with the Apple Lisa at the top:

Who can resist a bit of retro gaming?

After lunch, we used the BBC Micro computer lab (1980s) to do a bit of programming in BASIC – a snake game:

And finally an attempt to get a computer to pass the Turing Test by entering friendly phrases for a computer to produce in answers to questions posed to it:

We all had a great day out and learnt a lot about the history of Computing which has come so far in such a relatively short time. Thank you so much to everyone at The National Museum of Computing and thank you Carlene for organising the trip!

 

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