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Coding crash course for techie youngsters

UTC workshop 2Young people who will be studying at Lincoln’s new University Technical College were given a crash course in computer programming from experts at the University of Lincoln’s School of Computer Science.

During the workshop on Monday, 17th February, the pupils completed a set of programming challenges using a Raspberry Pi – a credit-card-sized computer developed with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools.

Dr John Murray, senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science, taught the young people how the Raspberry Pi can be used to develop real-world applications.

Tasks included creating a WiiPi, attaching sensors to the Raspberry Pi to allow it to function in much the same way as the popular Wii games controller.

Dr Murray said: “This kind of activity shows young people that by using fairly simple technology and learning a small amount of programming they can create things, such as a basic computer game. It’s important the pupils see how this technology can be used in day to day life.

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“Getting them involved in sessions like this makes them realise that science is not as complicated as they think it is and it can actually be fun.”

Students will return in a few weeks’ time to further develop their skills and demonstrate their new skills in programming to members of the School of Computer Science.

The Lincoln University Technical College (UTC), which is jointly supported by Lincoln College, the University of Lincoln and Siemens in Lincoln, will specialise in engineering and core science.

A new concept in education, UTCs offer 14-19-year-olds the opportunity to take a highly regarded, full-time, technically-oriented course of study.

They are equipped to the highest standard, sponsored by a university and employers to offer clear progress

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ion routes into higher education or further learning in work.

The Lincoln UTC will enrol its first intake of pupils in September 2014.

Andrew Wright, Vice Principal of the Lincoln UTC, said: Students had a fantastic time getting their teeth into the applications of computing and cannot wait to get through the doors of the UTC in September.”

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Siren FM interview: How retinal imaging research could help prevent blindness

Marie Curie Researcher within the School of Computer Science, Georgios Leontidis, talks about his research into detecting diabetic retinopathy

As part of the Retinal Vascular Modelling, Measurement and Diagnosis (REVAMMAD) project led by the University of Lincoln, UK, Georgios is investigating new methods for the early screening and diagnosis of the disease by developing computer models which can detect small changes in the blood vessels of the eye.

Full interview attached.

Graduates from UK’s first Social Computing degree will fill skills gap

The face of computing and computer science has changed dramatically over the last ten years, with social media transforming not only the way business operates but society as a whole.

In direct response to this increasingly digital landscape, the University of Lincoln has created the UK’s first BSc (Hons) programme in Social Computing that will teach the fresh skillsets required.

The key computer science components such as programming, mathematics and software engineering will form the basis of the degree, but it will expand into the crucial areas of social software design, implementation and evaluation as well as analytical aspects of social data.

Programme leader Professor Shaun Lawson, from the University’s School of Computer Science, said: “The design, understanding and analysis of social media platforms need to be an integral part of the computer science curriculum.

“In particular there is a big demand for graduates who have the right kind of skills to not only design and implement these mobile and social software platforms, but to also analyse how people are using the existing platforms in order to improve them. Business and industry need people who can make best use of these social media applications.”

The programme will build on existing links with industry partners in order to produce highly employable computing graduates with skills that are relevant to a wide range of commercial employers.

Professor Lawson, who is the Director of the Lincoln Social Computing Research Centre (LiSC), added: “At the programme’s core is computer science and programming, so students will learn how to design these systems, which right now is a huge requirement in industry.

“The difference with this course is that it will build on those core areas taking into account the massive explosion of a particular type of computer platform. Every business is interested in social media and how it can gain an advantage over competitors, and our graduates will have this crucial knowledge.”

Students will also have the opportunity to work with academics and postgraduates in LiSC, the first UK research group to explicitly focus on social computing from a Human Computer Interaction (HCI) perspective.

Much of the Centre’s work is directed at understanding people’s use of social media services such as Facebook and Twitter, as well mobile apps and games.

The BSc (Hons) in Social Computing is now recruiting for its first cohort of students in September 2014.

For more information please go to http://auth.lincoln.ac.uk/home/course/cmpsocub/ or call Megan Smith on 01522 835719.

PhD student selected to attend the TUTOREM Twintide Autumn Training School

A PhD student from the School of Computer Science was one of just 30 first year post-doctoral students chosen from all over Europe to take part in a week-long training school.

Kwamena Appiah-Kubi, attended the TUTOREM Twintide Autumn Training School in Bled, Slovenia, which aims to improve participants’ understanding of significant research methods used in human computer interaction (HCI). This understanding will help them better select and combine appropriate research methods without impacting validity of research.

Relevant theoretical frameworks were addressed in individual sessions of TUTOREM, which consisted of lectures, workshops and discussions. In addition, student participants collaboratively work in small groups on a mini-project, which was won by Kwamena’s team.

He said: “The theme for my group was “How crucial is it to make a good first impression”, with the goal of exploring how first impressions affects a user’s experience of a website. Each group was asked to come out with a number of research topics on their assigned theme and develop a methodological approach to tackle each specific research question.”

The judges were impressed with Kwamena’s team, commenting they were well motivated and had a clear study set up.

Slides for the presentation are available here: http://www.slideshare.net/atokubi/group-3-tmp-1-first-impression