School of CS newsletterPublished: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
Welcome to a New academic year.
I hope that you all managed some sort of break and a rest over the summer.
This is a very busy week for the School and we have a lot of new students arriving; do be as helpful as you can and point anyone that looks a bit lost to wherever it is that they wish to go.
The courtyard, refurbished walkway, and new door to the first floor foyer have now been handed back to the School. You can now go and have a look around.
It isn't quite finished: the white wall and wooden doors leading to the refurbished walkway area are temporary and will be replaced with a glass wall and doors.
he courtyard is now level and there are doors leading onto the courtyard from the old walkway and the foyer - without steps and ramps etc. The windows in surrounding corridors and the common room have been moved to the courtyard side of the pillars, leaving space for some benches. The walkway space has seating and will be a space used by all in the School.
Next steps: furniture and planters will appear in the courtyard; the walkway space will get some decoration; there will be cushions on the 'deep window sills' along the east corridor; and we will get a table tennis table into the old walkway.
It's been a long time coming, but I think the changes have been worthwhile. I thank Jim Miles, Uli Sattler, Tony Macdonald, Liz Caine, Kim Graakjaer, and Rina Srabonian for all their time and perseverance in seeing this to conclusion.
Also, thank you all for your patience during the disruption.
Congratulations to Rizos Sakellariou who has been promoted from Senior Lecturer to Reader
[ top ]Research Funding Opportunities
Deadline: Wednesday 10 October 2018, 3pm
This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.
It aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia in the UK.
For shorter term collaborative projects or to work with SMEs, apply for the Short Industry Fellowship which is opening soon.
[ top ]Tech Support News
Over the summer two undergraduate students worked on exploring Cloud Computing using the free quota that university students can apply for, from, e.g., Amazon or Microsoft. The students were Sami Alabed (now graduated with first class honours) and Stefan Pristoleanu (now just starting his final year with us). To give you a taster of what can be done, Stefan produced some video screencasts. The first illustrates how to set up a serverless web site using AWS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlicOhNwluQ. Stefan used the idea of a student society template, and in this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcPtwMkK_WM&feature=youtu.be - he presents the design of the site. Finally, in the last video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V_TOF6p-4g&feature=youtu.be - he shows how map-reduce batch compute can be achieved using AWS.
All this cloud based computing design and setup was achieved using the free student tier provided by AWS (we also did some work with Microsoft Azure). Of course, if extensive use was made of cloud based systems some cost would incur. If after watching the videos you want further details, please contact either Ian Cottam or Stefan Pristoleanu.
[ top ]Social Responsibility
Malawi Celebration Party
A celebration of Project Malawi was held on Wednesday (12th Sept). We combined a party with consideration of the impact the Project is having, and can have in the future.
There was a good turnout of 25 people, many of whom were in the Project Malawi teams - either out in Malawi or here in the organising teams. There were many enthusiastic reminiscences of times spent in Malawi and teaching in Malawian schools, and thoughtful contributions about what Project Malawi means, including from Robert Stevens (HoS) and Emma Richardson (from the University Volunteering and Community Engagement team). The party went with a swing thanks to African music and a film of the teams’ work in Malawi put together by Ruth Maddocks' daughter, Lily,(http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~david/Malawi-film.mov), a Malawian fashion show! (see photo) and plenty of food and wine.
Thanks were extended to members of ACSO, especially Karon Mee, and to the technical staff here, especially Stephen, Mike and Tim, and the School management team, for their support for the project.
More details of the project, including films and a podcast created by Jez Lloyd, are at http://www.mub.eps.manchester.ac.uk/project-malawi.
Project Malawi 2019 is now in its initial planning phase. It will be led by Tim Morris. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Tim at Tim.Morris@manchester.ac.uk