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Video: MSc Learning Technologies

Posted: Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:00

Staff and students talk about our Masters in Learning Technologies in a new video. The course is unique in offering multi-disciplinary training for educational technologists, software developers and anyone interested in designing, developing and evaluating learning technologies.

Robot Hack Day 2016

Posted: Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:00

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the School of Business Economics and Informatics organised a series of workshops for the students of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, a comprehensive secondary school for girls in nearby Islington. The workshops extended the new computing curriculum for secondary schools developed around the python programming language with more advanced techniques such as recursion. The tasks developed specifically for these workshops involved the use of Raspberry Pi-based drawing robots to create fractal shapes such as snowflakes and the Sierpinski triangle.

The workshops also aimed to put computing in a professional context and link secondary and higher education with the workplace. As a result, workshop sessions were hosted both at Birkbeck and at Thoughtworks; a global software company focused on software design and delivery and our partner in the Work Readiness Programme. This offered the opportunity to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School students to experience first-hand the academic and the commercial environments.

Jacques Bester, the computing teacher at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, said “It has truly been an amazing and valuable experience for everyone.” The students’ comments reflected the learning objectives set by the tripartite partnership, “It was really helpful, as we could see how our coding could be used in the physical world. It helped with developing ideas of how we could use our knowledge of coding in the future” and “I learnt more Python coding and the challenges were really engaging".

Video of the Robot Hack day 2016

Information on £10,000 postgraduate loans starting Autumn 2016

The next School of Business, Economics and Informatics Open Evening, 14 April, 17:00-19:00

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School

Dr Vania Dimitrova visiting LKL

Dr Vania Dimitrova visiting LKL

Posted: Friday, 5 February 2016 12:00

We are delighted to welcome Dr Vania Dimitrova to the London Knowledge Lab. She is visiting us February-April 2016, working with Alex Poulovassilis at Birkbeck on exploration of knowledge graphs with case studies in career development and lifelong learning.

Read more about Dr Vania Dimitrova visiting LKL

Foundation Degrees starting in January 2016

Posted: Monday, 30 November 2015 00:00

Find out more about our January-start Foundation Degrees

INSTICC best PhD project award for Sokratis Karkalas

Posted: Monday, 8 June 2015 12:42

Sokratis Karkalas, who is doing his PhD in computer-supported education under the supervision of Dr. Sergio Gutiérrez-Santos, received the best PhD project award by INSTICC (Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication) at the CSEDU conference in Lisbon, Portugal, May 23-25 2015.

iTract Research Grant (£443,046) for Michael Zakharyaschev

Posted: Tuesday, 5 May 2015 12:19

Michael Zakharyaschev has been awarded £443,046 for his project "iTract: Islands of Tractability in Ontology-Based Data Access" with co-investigators Dr Roman Kontchakov and Dr Igor Razgon. The project is in collaboration with the University of Liverpool.

Are we slow to adopt the internet of things?

Are we slow to adopt the internet of things?

Posted: Tuesday, 7 April 2015 12:19

Why the UK public sector is slow to adopt the internet of things - "The IoT potentially creates an extremely detailed and suggestive data trail about citizens movements in the material as well as the digital world, and this data footprint raises deep concerns about intrusions to the life of individuals" - George Roussos from the recent Guardian article.

2015 Andrew Booth Memorial Lecture - Professor Dame Wendy Hall

2015 Andrew Booth Memorial Lecture - Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Posted: Wednesday, 4 February 2015 12:19

The London Knowledge Lab played host to the 2015 Andrew Booth Memorial Lecture at Birkbeck on 4th February, delivered by Professor Dame Wendy Hall of Southampton University. Professor Hall gave one of the three LKL inaugural talks in 2004, with Prof Seymour Papert and Prof Diana Laurillard, and we were delighted to welcome her back to learn about her recent work in Web Science. Pictures of the event.

Results of the REF 2014

Posted: Sunday, 25 January 2015 12:19

We welcome the results of the REF 2014 in which almost all of the Department's research activity was judged as being of international significance (21% world-leading, 47% internationally excellent, 20% internationally recognised). For research outputs specifically, 32% were judged as being world-leading, 45% as internationally excellent and 16% as internationally recognised, placing us in the top 25% of Computer Science departments in the U.K.

Oracle CSI Kernel

Posted: Wednesday, 5 November 2014 15:19

Two staff members from Oracle will give a presentation on Thursday 4th December, from 18.00 to 19.30. The venue is MAL B30.
Abstract: In 1990, a typical Sun system had a single 10mhz cpu and 4MB of memory and might have run in the region of 30-50 processes. Today Oracle ships systems with 512 cpu's and 4TB of memory and such systems have a few 100,000 processes at most. The roadmap suggests that by 2015 this will rise to cpu counts around 13,000 and 150TB of memory to serve workloads in excess of 1 million processes. Like C.S.I., when a system fails a post-mortem is required. A crash dump is the body, an image of the system memory at the time of failure. This talk looks at technical, logistical and tools challenges of diagnosing system failure after the fact when the body is 4TB in size and the challenges of scaling post-mortem failure diagnosis to ever larger configurations.
The presentation will be given by Clive King. Dr Clive King is a Senior Staff Engineer in Oracle Solaris Engineering. He has worked for Sun -> Oracle for 15 years in a variety of support, professional services and kernel engineering roles. His particular areas of focus are system performance, scalability and root causing system failures. He teaches problem solving, risk management and root cause analysis within Solaris Engineering. He is a BCS examiner for a professional examination, a BCS academic panel member and has been a PhD external examiner. Outside work, he splits his time between family and mountain running.
An IEEE software paper on which the talk is based can be accessed here. Clive states that "the talk won't be rocket science". A second Oracle staff member, Tim Jones, will give a few examples from his wide experience.
No booking is required. If you have an interest in the presentation then please attend.