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Archive for January, 2013

Taster Session: Gower College Swansea


Gower College Swansea recently visited the School for a Taster session in Applied Computing. Led by one of our Lecturers Lee Cobley (aka the Cisco Kid, far right) the Students enjoyed using a Graphical Programming Environment to create an Interactive Application for Mobile Devices.

The School would like to thank Gower College Swansea Lecturer Clive Prosser (far left) and all the students who attended, we hope you Enjoyed the day. Many thanks also go to our in-house Researcher Tim Bashford and representatives from Swansea Metropolitan’s Computer Society for supporting the event. Much appreciated.

For more information about Taster sessions please contact Lee Cobley via e-mail on: lee.j.cobley@smu.ac.uk

Graduate Profile: James Simonson @MailmanGroup.com


Name: James Simonson

What was your HE course and when did you graduate?
Computer Games Development (BSc hons).

What is your job title and role? Assistant Technical Manager.

 Could you briefly describe the organization you work for?  I work for Mailman (Shanghai). Mailman is a leading social media innovation & technology company. We take brands and talent from the west and create social buzz for them inside of China and Asia by utilizing social media, web technologies and offline media.


“Being Bold, having a go”

We´re not all for profit. Much of our internal purpose is spurred by a great idea, a good cause, or by helping those less fortunate. We believe that openness and understanding and trying new things is the key to socializing business and making a positive change in the world.

OUR VISION: Is the ´socialization´ of the world’s best brands.

OUR MISSION: Is to transform the way businesses engage and embrace social media technologies to create better customer experiences. By investing in a ‘value-led’ communication theory Mailman delivers branded online assets that strengthen the relationships between brands and the people that matter most.

 Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job? Programming principles, Networking, Applied Mathematics and Software Engineering Principles.

I build websites and web apps for my company (front and back end), I also deal with server side programming, data visualization and data mining. I use allot of the programming methodologies and techniques taught to me throughout university, as well as mathematics and networking  when managing large data pools and re-constructing them for an end user.

Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? Wake up, Drink coffee, then tackle some really challenging but fun problems. Help brain storm new ideas for potential clients, Work on a new project or maintain a current project, add features to existing sites, Research and develop new tools to aid in data gathering or end user experience. Then go out for company drinks on Friday

What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? I enjoy the Freedom I get with projects, the satisfaction of seeing my work online for millions to see and the free coffee my company offers.

Published Research: Computational Social Networks

Steve and James Book chapter

Two members of the School Dr. Stephen Hole and James Williams along with colleagues from the Business and Management Faculty Karen Jones and Rhian Pole have recently published a book chapter on the use of Web 2.0 Social Networks for Learning. The chapter looks at how the features of contemporary Social Network technology can be harnessed to enhance the Learning Teaching and Assessment process.

The book is titled Computational Social Networks: Tools, Perspectives and Applications and is published by Springer.

The study of computational social networks (CSNs) is an emerging interdisciplinary field, concerned with the intersection of social behaviour and computer systems. The book contains contributions from a selection of international world-class experts, with a specific focus on practical tools and applications. Topics and features includes the latest advances in Computational Social Networks CSNs, and illustrates how organizations can gain a competitive advantage by applying these ideas in real-world scenarios.

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