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House of Commons date for Birkbeck PhD student

Posted: Monday, 18 December 2006 00:00

Robert Stanforth was successful in winning a place at the SET for Britain competition held at the House of Commons on 12th December. SET† for Britain aims to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage research scientists, engineers and technologists. Robert presented a poster on Measuring distance to dataset based on k_means clustering. He is studying for a PhD in the department under the supervision of Prof. Boris Mirkin and Dr. E. Kolossov of IDBS.

†SET = Scientists, Engineers and Technologists

JISC awards £200,000 for MyPlan research project

Posted: Thursday, 14 December 2006 00:00

Alex Poulovassilis, George Magoulas (co-PIs), Diana Laurillard, Sara de Freitas, Martin Oliver and Ian Harrison have been awarded £200,000 from JISC for a project entitled "MyPlan - Personal Planning for Learning throughout Life", which will develop, deploy and evaluate new techniques and tools that allow personalised planning of lifelong learning. The project which started in September 2006 will continue until November 2008.

BCS accreditation and exemption confirmed

Posted: Monday, 27 November 2006 00:00

The Department has been notified by the British Computer Society (BCS) that students passing the courses below can gain exemption from the BCS Professional Examinations thereby providing a route to BCS Membership. Additionally, as a Nominated Body of the Engineering Council UK and the Science Council BCS has accredited these courses at Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and Chartered Scientist level.

The courses are: BSc Information Systems and Management, MSc Computer Science, MSc Advanced Information Systems, MSc Web Information Management. Students must pass the project at the first attempt to gain exemption.

When the BCS visited us the BSc Information Systems and Computing and the MSc Intelligent Information Systems were just starting so it was too early to apply for exemption for these courses.

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.