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Archive for October, 2022

Staff profile: Divya Chidambaram

Divya Chidambaram

The Applied Computing team at UWTSD are thrilled to welcome a number of new members to the team. This post features ‘Divya Chidambaram‘ one of our new Computing Lecturers.

Divya has kindly answered some questions to share her passion for Computing & technology below:

What inspires you most about Technology? Technology has been inspiring me since my childhood as it keeps evolving as per the needs. On both personal and professional level, it had always assisted me in time management, collaboration, with the aid of various gadgets and applications. During lockdown scenario, technological tools enabled me to set up ‘work from home’ and thus I could maintain a seamless productive workflow.

What is your current favourite App./Tool/Technology and why? I have many favourites. However, what immediately comes to my mind is ‘LogicLike’, a learning app for kids. What I like about it is that it is quite interactive and its gamified interface helps children to become better problem solvers. As a parent, I like it and encourage my kids to use it’s enriched content.

How do you think Technology is changing and will change the world for the better? In my opinion, I have seen technology constantly evolving by providing ways to do our work smarter. While I have seen personal comfort, technological innovations have undoubtedly contributed toward societal progress as well. I certainly believe that changes in technology will be good. Being a computer academician, I think Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will become an indispensable foundation and most innovative products or process would rely on them targeting augmented workflow.

Divya’s areas of expertise, interests and professional activities are included below.

Area: Divya is a seasoned computer science professor with over 9 years of teaching experience at university level. Divya’s is passionate about teaching and helping students reach their full potential and her area of expertise is in computer science, programming and advanced software engineering.

Interests: Divya’s areas of interest include Web Design and Development, Databases, and Software Development.

Academic membership & publications: Divya is a member of ‘The Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (SDIWC) and the Engineers Registration Board. Divya has published journal papers in the areas of Grid Computing, Technology for education and Cloud Service Orchestration.

Welcome Divya, thank you for sharing some information about you and for joining the Applied Computing team at UWTSD.

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Graduate profile: Nathan Chaplin (Games design)

Nathan Chaplin

Q. What is your Name? Nathan Chaplin

Q. What was your university course?  Creative Computer Games Design

Q. What is your job title and role?  VR / AR Content Designer – To create content for VR application and AR application to allow people to have immersive experiences.

Q. Can you briefly describe the organisation you work for? UWTSD – University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Q. Which skills learned at university are helpful to you in your job? Unreal Engine is a huge part of what I learnt in university to what I use today, it taught me how to create applications within it, but most importantly how to create VR (Virtual Reality) applications and how VR works. 

I have learnt so many skills from this course which I use within my job role. I didn’t just learn how software is used but also pipelines, team work and deadlines for projects and how to manage each part of them correctly.

Q. Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? Every day is slightly different but has a similar workflow. I work to produce VR applications, but every day includes working on the next new mechanic. 

Q. What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? Working within Unreal Engine, as I get to create content which people get to experience and enjoy.

Q. Do you have any advice for students who would like to start a Career? Always look forward, keep working on the subject even if it a little bit. Each little bit of progress made is the right step in a career that you want.

Q. A Quote that sums up your time at the University? Success is made of small efforts repeated day in and day out, just don’t give up!.

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