SoCS students visited communications service provider Timico in Newark

A coach with an engaged group of our computing students today took off for a visit to one of UK’s fastest growing communication providers: Timico, based in Newark, Lincs.  It was a great opportunity to meet and chat with experts in the industry of Data Networks, IP Telephony and Mobile Services. Timico’s CTO Trefor Davies and his team shared their first-hands knowledge and experiences about state-of-the-art data centres, network technology, and cloud computing on the large scale. After interesting presentations by the Timico experts a tour of their recently opened new Data Centre and Network Operation Centre concluded an informative and exciting day out.

Trevor JonesMarc Hanheide

Showcasing Event for Undergraduate projects. A Successful Event that is coming to be Annual…

Friday, 27th April 2012, marked the end of the Showcasing week for the Undergraduate Projects work, with an Interactive demos sessions. Students, Staff and Visitors gathered in Comp Lab ‘B’ in the School of Computer Science, where the event was officially opened by the Head of the School, Dr David Cobham.

Local companies, like Rockstar Games and Artsgraphica, participated in the event and the judging panel. The event included Posters around the lab and interactive demos including; Websites, Gesture-controlled Robots, Retinal Analysis, Map analysis for navigation, Healthy Eating through receipt analysis, and analysing Cheating in Games.

Interactive Demo: Gesture-Controlled Rovio robot
Simple game for analysing "Cheating in Games"
Encouraging Healthy Eating, through analysis of shopping reciepts!
Enhancement of Retinal Images, for better analysis and diagnosis of Retina and related diseases
Interactive Demo: Map analysis and Topological Path Finding Application

Students were very pleased to participate and enjoyed presenting and talking to all visitors (especially with the companies’ representatives).

The panel found the demonstrated projects challenging and interesting. It was a bit of challenge to agree on the winners. Hence, the panel decided to have extra prizes for some Honorary positions. The “Best Poster” and the “Best Demo” (as well as their corresponding honorary positions) were announced at the end of the event, by the industrial panel.  Congratulations for the Winners, but well done for everyone.

Companies’ representatives and visitors praised the event and commented that this is the way forward, and students need to get used to this kind of event, presenting their work more and more to potential employers. They are looking forward to an even bigger event next year.

This event is going to be an annual event, and students are looking forward for it next year.

The School is always open for companies and potential employers to get in touch and participate. This could be the source for recruiting your next potential intern or placement student, if not new employee.

Thank you for all involved in the organisation and setup, especially the Technical and Admin teams.

A special thank you to Tom Feltwell (LSoCS Technician) for his excellent support and dedication.

Well done everyone.

All the best

30 Hour Game Development Marathon a Huge Success!

Last weekend the School of Computer Science was the venue for the UL Computing Society Game Jam. Around 60 students from Universities including Lincoln spent over 30 hours camped in Comp Lab B from Saturday lunchtime through to Sunday evening developing novel and entertaining games from scratch to meet the event’s three designated themes (Vikings, Sheep and 2012!). Local games companies Rockstar and Crytek participated from the outset and, along with the School of Computer Science, contributed goodie bags and prizes that were distributed at the conclusion.

All credit goes to students Peter Anderson, Jamie Hutton, Olivier Szymanezyk and School technician Tom Feltwell who organised and ran this superb event. Such was the success that participants were ready to book their places on Game Jam 2013 (although Vikings and Sheep would probably be less in evidence next time!)

Head speaks out on changes to secondary school curriculum

In a radio interview yesterday, SoCS Head of School Dr David Cobham discussed government proposals to introduce a new Computer Science curriculum in secondary schools. Talking to Rod Whiting at BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Dr Cobham discussed education secretary Michael Gove’s proposal  to re-introduce a focus on programming into the GCSE computing curriculum. The long term aspiration is to build the knowledge economy and exploit the advantage of having a better technology-trained workforce. The interview focused on the benefits that children could gain from such a curriculum and the issues that it posed on terms of staff training for teachers. The interview will be available on the BBC iPlayer  for one week from the date of transmission. The item begins 2H:38m into the programme and lasts for around seven minutes:

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