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 03 June 2013


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IEEE Computer Society: 2013 Computer Pioneer Award

The IEEE has named Steve Furber as a 2013 recipient of the IEEE Computer Society's Computer Pioneer Award:

The award cites Steve’s work on the BBC microcomputer, the ARM processor and SpiNNaker, mentioning that over 44 billion Arm processors have been shipped to date (roughly 6 processors for every person on the planet). The other recipient is Stanford University Professor Emeritus Edward Feigenbaum, known as "the father of expert systems."

John Keane awarded 2013 IBM Faculty Award

John has won one of four 2013 IBM Faculty awards in the UK . The IBM Faculty Awards is a competitive worldwide program intended to foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations and to promote courseware and curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM.

Google film on the Baby

Google have started work on their film about the Baby for its 65th anniversary. They will be in MOSI this week on Wednesday. Google’s film on the Atlas can be seen here:

Electrical Appliance Testing in Kilburn Building

Contractors will be testing all electrical equipment in the Kilburn building during this week. In order to comply with Health and Safety regulations we are required to test all electrical equipment for safety. The contractors will be informed that they cannot switch off any computer equipment themselves but they will need your co-operation to conduct the testing, so please try to help them. If there is any equipment that cannot be switched off they will log its presence and return to test it at a later time/date. If there are any issues please contact Tony McDonald:, Tel 0161 275 6118, Mobile 07917558862  

Graduation Day: Please come along on 17th July

Graduation Day is the 17th July. Academic staff who have supervised final year project students, been 1st or 2nd year UG tutors, taught UG course units or supervised PhD students who are graduating this year should come along to meet students and their parents. There will be food in the School at 12.00, with a short Prizegiving at 1245. The main Graduation Ceremony will be at 2:30. Any academic staff wishing to join the procession should inform Bryony who will make the necessary arrangements.

Booth Centre needs IT help

The Booth Centre Manchester Homeless Charity needs some help in maintaining their computers.  The Centre has a wish list that states they have 6 computers but currently do not have IT backup/support. The Booth Centre works with those sleeping on the street and those who have at some point been homeless. The purpose of the centre is to re-build the individuals’ confidence in themselves and others. Amanda Croome is the manager of the Booth Centre and her team can be contacted on


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Featured Research Outcomes


M. Orlinski and N. Filer. The rise and fall of spatio-temporal clusters in mobile ad hoc networks. Ad Hoc Networks . 2013, (10.1016/j.adhoc.2013.03.003).


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