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Outstanding Paper Award

Posted: Wednesday, 18 October 2006 00:00

Dionisios Dimakopoulos and George Magoulas won an outstanding paper award at the 4th IADIS International Conference on WWW/Internet 2006, which was held at Murcia, Spain, 5-8 October 2006. The award is based on the blind review of their written paper, entitled "A personalised mobile environment for lifelong learners", and the oral presentation by Dionisios who attended the conference.

Betty Walters

Posted: Tuesday, 17 October 2006 00:00

Betty Walters retired in October 2006 after a many years of invaluable service. We would all like to thank Betty for the work she has done for Computer Science at Birkbeck and wish her the very best of luck in her retirement. (Watch this space for photos of Betty's leaving party). A warm welcome to Jane Lucas who has joined us as the new Department Manager.

Transactions in Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS)

Posted: Monday, 16 October 2006 00:00

Dr Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the new ACM Transactions in Autonomous and Adaptive Systems (TAAS). The first issue of ACM TAAS appeared in September 2006. ACM TAAS is a venue for high quality research contributions addressing different aspects of computing systems exhibiting autonomous and adaptive behaviour.

Brendan Murphy prize

Posted: Monday, 17 July 2006 00:00

Ettore Ferranti won the Brendan Murphy prize, sponsored by Intel Research, for giving the best talk at the Multi-Service Networks Workshop 2006. The workshop is in the context of the EPSRC-supported network called 'Next Generation Networking'. Ettore's talk was entitled "Multi-agent exploration of unknown terrains".

DTI collaborative research and development project

Posted: Thursday, 22 June 2006 00:00

Dr Sara de Freitas is part of the research and development team that has been awarded £1 million from the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) and a further £1 million from Vega Group PLC and Blitz Games (TruSim) to explore 'Serious Games: Engaging Training Solutions'. The DTI collaborative research and development project will bring industrial and academic partners together to provide frameworks and guidelines for supporting the development of games applications for solving specific business needs.

Dr Sara de Freitas

Posted: Thursday, 22 June 2006 00:00

Dr Sara de Freitas has been awarded £50,000 from the University of London's Centre for Distance Education to explore 'Pedagogical Models for Synchronous Audiographic Conferencing'. The research project will commence in November 2006.

Microsoft "DesignIT for a charity" 2006 competition

Posted: Tuesday, 6 June 2006 00:00

Congratulations to the FdIT workplace projects team who finished runners up in the Microsoft "DesignIT for a charity" 2006 competition. The project was Rural Focus on village communities - Learn 'n' Train Trailer. The team will receive £1000 to spend on software. Further details.

Lifelong Learning for all: e-learning from concept to practice

Posted: Monday, 5 June 2006 00:00

Sara de Freitas chaired the conference Lifelong Learning for all: e-learning from concept to practice held at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London.

Unified WebCT Portal

Posted: Monday, 22 May 2006 00:00

The Foundation Degree in IT programme is the first programme in Birkbeck to have a unified WebCT portal enabling students to access all their computer science and management modules plus programme information and news from the portal. All FdIT students in 2006-7 will have access to all management and computer science modules within their MyWebCT portal. Electronic submission of coursework is supported but is an option for the lecturer.

Many thanks to the staff who have made the effort to provide this improved learner support. This is a particularly important achievement where modules are team taught and for programmes which run in more than one department.

£17,000 awarded by the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development

Posted: Friday, 21 April 2006 00:00

Niki Trigoni has been awarded £17,000 by the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development for a project entitled "Robust and Real-Time Event Detection in Wireless Sensor Networks"