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Learning in Immersive Worlds: a review of game-based learning

Posted: Wednesday, 21 February 2007 00:00

A newly-published, JISC-commissioned report by Sara de Freitas finds that computer games could have an important role to play in learning Learning in Immersive Worlds: a review of game-based learning

2006 Handheld Learning Conference

Posted: Wednesday, 20 December 2006 00:00

Sarah de Freitas gave a presentation on "Sustaining personalised mobile learning innovation" at the 2006 Handheld Learning Conference in London.

EUMAS'06

Posted: Tuesday, 19 December 2006 00:00

Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo gave an invited presentation at the European Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems (EUMAS'06) at Lisbon on the 14th of December. The topic of the talk was a service-oriented architecture for specification-carrying code.

New Staff

Posted: Monday, 18 December 2006 00:00

We would all like to welcome Gordon McIntyre who joins the department in January 2007 as a Programme Manager on the Foundation Degree in IT. Gordon joins us from the Centre for Distance Education of the University of London where he has been involved in e-learning course design and development for the University of London External Programme.

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.