School of CS newsletterPublished: Monday, 09 March 2015
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
Technology campaigner and TV personality, Maggie Philbin, has become Patron of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC). Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for over 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes. Commenting on her new role, Maggie spoke of her enthusiasm for promoting Computing and Computer Science in UK Higher Education. “I’m really delighted to be to be CPHC Patron and supporting their work in highlighting the work of university Computing departments,” she said. “It’s never been more important to help the wider public understand the importance of Computing education and research . Computer Science is much more visible in the school and college curriculums, so it’s essential that we maintain this focus into HE. I look forward to us all working together on this.”
Gavin Brown featured on Newsround on 26th February explaining how Google built a neural network that can learn to play Atari video games.
[ top ]News and announcements
In the article named above in the News and Announcements section of last week's newsletter, out on 23/02/2015, we placed a broken link to the Times Higher Education article. This is the correct link:
For those who missed it last week, the article asks how the REF’s formal assessment of the impact of academic work played out in practice.
[ top ]Events
04 March 2015, 14:00, Kilburn Lecture Theatre 1.4.
Speaker: Dr Elena Simperl, University of Southampton
Host: Carole Goble
Event: 17-19 April 2015
Great Uni Hack is a hackathon organised by students for students. It is aimed at students who are interested in technology and are willing to dedicate their efforts for 36 hours to turn their ideas into great products. Following the success of Great Uni Hack 2014, where we hit our venues’ maximum capacity, we are back to introducing more people to the hackathon culture. We are seeking the generous support of organisations and brands who are committed to empower 300400 bright students and enable them to make a difference.
Who are we?
We are a team of passionate students from the University of Manchester who have experienced many hackathons and simply fall in love with them: by organising hackathons, as well as being heavily involved in the hackathon scene. We have returned this April, hoping to recreate this amazing experience again in Manchester.
How is the event structured?
Students arrive on Friday 17th April at 6pm. They have until 9pm to set up, think of ideas and build teams. They have 36 hours to turn an idea into a reality. After 36 hours, at 9am we will run a “science fair”-format event where a group of judges, peers and spectators will see the work built over the weekend. Judges will pick the top 10 teams to present on stage in front of live audience, and they will have the chance to win prizes.
You can find more information about the event format on our website greatunihack.co.uk