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Dr Dell Zhang wins prize for innovative algirithm

Posted: Thursday, 5 January 2012 11:40

Dr Dell Zhang recently won a prize of US$1,000 for the 2nd best valid algorithm contributed to the Wikipedia Participation Challenge organised by the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), Kaggle and IEEE ICDM-2011. Dell's solution aims to predict the number of future edits a Wikipedia editor will make, and therefore obtain insights about the sustainable growth of Wikipedia. Using only 21 behavioural dynamics features, he achieved 41.7% improvement over WMF's in-house predictive model, and stood out from 193 scientists around the world who took part in this data mining competition. WMF is now implementing his algorithm permanently and looks forward to using it in the production environment.

Alan Turing and His Contemporaries: Building the World's First Computers

Posted: Monday, 10 October 2011 11:10

A new book, co-authored by Dr Roger Johnson. One of the book's eight chapters is devoted to Andrew Booth's work at Birkbeck. The Amazon Product Description: "Secret wartime projects in code-breaking, radar and ballistics produced a wealth of ideas and technologies that kick-started the development of digital computers. This is the story of the people and projects that flourished in the post-war period. By 1955 computers had begun to appear in the market-place. The Information Age was dawning and Alan Turing and his contemporaries held centre stage. Their influence is still discernable deep down within today's hardware and software."

Migen paper in IEEE Transactions in Learning Technologies

Posted: Friday, 7 October 2011 13:10

A paper entitled "Design of Teacher Assistance Tools in an Exploratory Learning Environment for Algebraic Generalisation" by Sergio Gutierrez-Santos, Eirini Geraniou, Darren Pearce-Lazard and Alex Poulovassilis has been accepted to appear in IEEE Transactions in Learning Technologies, in a selected set of best papers from the ECTEL'10 conference. The paper describes ground-breaking work undertaken as part of the ESRC/EPSRC MiGen project on developing intelligent tools that support teachers in monitoring students' progress as they are engaged in exploratory learning tasks.

Joint paper with researchers from the Clatterbridge Centre of Oncology and the University of Sheffield.

Posted: Monday, 3 October 2011 18:10

Brian Gannon, Visiting Research Fellow in the department, recently published a paper jointly with researchers from the Clatterbridge Centre of Oncology (a leading tertiary care hospital in the North West) and the University of Sheffield. It was presented at the 15th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research (ISHIMR 2011) in Zurich in September 2011. The title of the paper was "An analysis of electronic document management in oncology care".

New book on Technologies for Lifelong Learning

Posted: Monday, 20 June 2011 09:10

George Magoulas is the editor of "E-Infrastructures and Technologies for Lifelong Learning: Next Generation Environments". The book brings together contributions about the development of infrastructures for lifelong learning and shows examples of technologies integration in lifelong learning and e-learning practices. It provides an overview of the state-of-the-art covering theoretical approaches, models, architectures, systems, and applications in real world settings, and could be used as a one-stop reference for those working in the area of lifelong learning technologies. For further information visit the IGI Global website.

IJCAI-11 Distinguished Paper

Posted: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:10

The paper "On the Decidability of Connectedness Constraints in 2D and 3D Euclidean Spaces" by R. Kontchakov, Y. Nenov, I. Pratt-Hartmann and M. Zakharyaschev has been selected as one of three IJCAI-11 Distinguished Papers out of more than 1400 submissions. The award will be presented at the forthcoming IJCAI conference in Barcelona. IJCAI (International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence) is the leading conference in AI, making this a highly prestigious award.

Geoff Sharman - BCS Advanced Programming SG Talk

Posted: Wednesday, 25 May 2011 11:56

Dr Geoff Sharman, Visiting Professor in Computer Science, gave a talk to the BCS Advanced Programming Specialist Group on 12th May. It's documented at here

MSc Creative Industries (Computing) launched

Posted: Thursday, 31 March 2011 11:55

Applications for the new MSc in Creative Industries (Computing) are now being accepted. further details on MSc CIC

ExODA Project funded by EPSRC

Posted: Monday, 21 February 2011 14:35

Michael Zakharyaschev was awarded £271,714 for his project ExODA: Integrating Description Logics and Database Technologies for Expressive Ontology-Based Data Access. The project is in collaboration with the Oxford Computing Laboratory.

MSc Business Technologies launched

Posted: Monday, 21 February 2011 14:35

Applications for the new MSc in Business Technologies are now being accepted. further details on MSc BT