Saturday, 14 October 2017

Love video games? Then you’ll love the show reel

The eclectic area of Computing at the University of Northampton has embedded within it the Games Programmes. Here are some details of their work.



Taken from: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/news/love-video-games-then-youll-love-our-show-reel/

Games Art
Video games fans who want to learn the practical skills to produce great-looking games can find just what they’re looking for at the University of Northampton.
The Games Art degree course focuses on the visual side of the industry, offering an introduction to the creative aspects of the gaming industry and covering key points in the creative process, from storyboarding to character and environment design.
Each year the work of Games Art students is compiled for a show reel – here’s the 2017 video for your enjoyment:






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Monday, 9 October 2017

Northampton Computing Outputs 2017 up to mid-October


Produced using https://tagcrowd.com/


  1. Abbas, R.Al-Sherbaz, A.Bennecer, A. and Picton, P. (2017) A new channel selection algorithm for the Weightless-N Frequency Hopping with lower collision probability. In: 8th International Network of the Future (NoF) Conference Proceedings. London: IEEE. (Accepted)
  2. Ajam, H. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) A study of recent contributions on performance and simulation techniques for accelerator devices. In: International Conference on Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Turkey: IEEE ICEEE. (Accepted)
  3. Ajam, H.Ramdhany, R.Hammond, M. and Mu, M. (2017) A middleware to enable immersive multi-device online TV experience.In: Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video. New York: ACM. (Accepted)
  4. Ajit, S. (2017) Exam as an assessment instrument in computer programming courses: student perceptions. Poster presented to: 6th International Assessment in Higher Education Conference (AHE 2017), Manchester, United Kingdom, 28-29 June 2017.
  5. Ajit, S.Holmes, C.Johnson, J.Kolovos, D. S. and Paige, R. F. (2017) Model-based tool support for Tactical Data Links: an experience report from the defence domain. Software & Systems Modeling. 16(2), pp. 559-586. 1619-1366.
  6. Al Barrak, A.Al-Sherbaz, A.Kanakis, T. and Crockett, R. G. M. (2017) Enhancing BER performance limit of BCH and RS codes using multipath diversity. Computers. 6(2) 2073-431X.
  7. Al Barrak, A.Al-Sherbaz, A.Kanakis, T. and Crockett, R. G. M. (2017) Utilisation of multipath phenomenon to improve the performance of BCH and RS codes. In: 8th Computer Science & Electronic Engineering Conference. New York: IEEE. 978-1-5090-2050-8. pp. 6-11.
  8. Al-Dabbagh, M.Al-Sherbaz, A. and Turner, S. J. (2017) The future vision of intelligent transportation system. Poster presented to: 3rd Connected & Autonomous Vehicles R&D (CAV3) Competition Briefing Event, London, 23 August 2017.
  9. Al-Mahmood, A. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) A study of FPGA-based System-on-Chip designs for real-time industrial application. International Journal of Computer Applications. 0975-8887. (Accepted)
  10. Al-Rubaye, Z.Al-Sherbaz, A.McCormick, W. D. and Turner, S. J. (2017) Sheep in Northampton use smart device as a sensor.[Image]. Northampton: The University of Northampton .
  11. Al-Waisi, Z. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) An overview of on-chip cache coherence protocols. In: IEEE IntelliSys Conference 2017 Proceedings. London: IEEE. (Accepted)
  12. Al-Zoiny, S. and Al-Sherbaz, A. (2017) Connected Health Services in Smart Technologies. UK: Kobo Publisher. 1230001603163.
  13. Azasoo, J.Kuada, E.Osei Boateng, K. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) An algorithm for micro-load shedding in generation constrained electricity transmission network. Paper presented to: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) PowerAfrica Conference 2017, Accra, Ghana, 27-30 June 2017. (Accepted)
  14. Coulter-Smith, L. (2017) Changing minds: multitasking during lectures. In: Springer Computer Science Proceedings. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag. (Accepted)
  15. Edan, N. M.Al-Sherbaz, A. and Turner, S. J. (2017) Design and evaluation of browser-to-browser video conferencing in WebRTC. Proceedings of 2017 Global Information Infrastructure and Networking Symposium (GIIS) - WCAMCS’17. (Accepted)
  16. Edan, N. M.Al-Sherbaz, A. and Turner, S. J. (2017) WebNSM a novel scalable WebRTC signalling mechanism for many-to-many video conferencing. In: IEEE Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing. San Jose, California, USA: IEEE. (Accepted)
  17. Fawcett, L.Mu, M.Hareng, B. and Race, N. (2017) REF: enabling rapid experimentation of contextual network traffic management using Software Defined Networking. IEEE Communications Magazine. 0163-6804. (Accepted)
  18. Hill, G.Turner, S. J. and Childs, K. (2017) The answers not on the screen. Paper presented to: 13th China Europe Symposium on Software Engineering Education (CEISEE), Athens, Greece, 24-25 May 2017. (Accepted)
  19. Manh Phan Hung, D.Manyam Seshadri Naidu, S. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) Architectures for cloud-based HPC in data centers. In: IEEE International Conference on Big Data Analysis. Beijing, China: IEEE. (Accepted)
  20. Mu, M. (2017) Software defined cognitive networking: supporting intelligent online video streaming. IEEE Annual Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNN). 2331-9860. (Accepted)
  21. Mu, M.Stokking, H. and Den Hartog, F. (2017) Network delay and bandwidth estimation for cross-device synchronized media. In: Montagud, M.Cesar, P.Jansen, J. and Boronat, F. (eds.) Mediasync: Handbook on Multimedia Synchronization. U.S.: Springer. pp. 1-28. (Accepted)
  22. Ofori-Attah, E.Bhebhe, W. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) Architectural techniques for improving the power consumption of NoC-based CMPs: a case study of cache and network layer. Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications. 7(2) 2079-9268.
  23. Olajubu, O.Ajit, S. and Turner, S. J. (2017) Automated test case generation from high-level logic requirements using model transformation techniques. In: Proceedings of 9th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CEEC'17). IEEE. (Accepted)
  24. Opoku Agyeman, M.Vien, Q.-T.Hill, G.Turner, S. J. and Mak, T. (2017) An efficient channel model for evaluating Wireless NoC architectures. In: 2016 International Symposium on Computer Architecture and High Performance Computing Workshops (SBAC-PADW). Online: IEEE. 978-1-5090-4844-1. pp. 85-90.
  25. Opoku Agyeman, M. and Zong, W. (2017) An efficient 2D router architecture for extending the performance of inhomogeneous 3D NoC-based multi-core architectures. In: 2016 International Symposium on Computer Architecture and High Performance Computing Workshops (SBAC-PADW). USA: IEEE . 978-1-5090-4844-1. pp. 79-84.
  26. Opoku Agyeman, M.Zong, W.Yakovlev, A.Tong, K.-F. and Mak, T. (2017) Extending the performance of hybrid NoCs beyond the limitations of network heterogeneity. Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications. 7(2) 2079-9268.
  27. Saleh Alalaki, M. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) A study of recent contributions on simulation tools for Network-on-Chip (NoC).International Journal of Computer Systems. 4(3) 2394-1065. (Accepted)
  28. Turner, S. J. (2017) Experience of using spreadsheets as a bridge in the understanding of AI techniques. Paper presented to: 13th China Europe Symposium on Software Engineering Education (CEISEE), Athens, Greece, 24-25 May 2017. (Accepted)
  29. Vien, Q.-T.Le, T. A.Phan, C. V. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) An energy-efficient NOMA for small cells in heterogeneous CRAN under QoS constraints. Paper presented to: 23rd European Wireless (EW), Dresden, Germany, 17-19 May 2017. (Accepted)
  30. Vien, Q.-T.Opoku Agyeman, M.Le, T. A. and Mak, T. (2017) On the nanocommunications at THz band in graphene-enabled Wireless Network-on-Chip. Mathematical Problems in Engineering. 1024-123X. (Accepted)
  31. Yuan, J.Lorenz, F.Lommatzsch, A.Mu, M.Race, N.Hopfgartner, F. and Albayrak, S. (2017) Countering contextual bias in TV watching behavior: introducing social trend as external contextual factor in TV recommenders. In: ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video (ACM TVX). The Netherlands: ACM. 

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Computing students’ talents recognised with society awards

Taken from: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/news/computing-students-talents-recognised-with-society-awards-2/


Computing awards 2017
Computing undergraduates from the University of Northampton have been recognised for their work with awards from a prestigious society.
Ten students received awards during the Northampton British Computing Society branch annual general meeting, which was held at Avenue Campus on Tuesday 3 October.
Gary Hill, Head of Computing at the University, said: “I’m proud that our students are receiving awards for their achievements from the British Computer Society and HMGCC.
“To have such an award win on their CVs will help to give them a competitive edge when they embark on their chosen careers.”

Jan Jaworski and Ohood Sabr
Jan Jaworski, left, and Ohood Sabr

The award winners were:
Best first year student – Jan Jaworski
Best final year student – Ohood Sabr
Best Barclaycard Business-related dissertation – Kelly-Nicole Maitland-Coffin
University of Babylon MSc scholarships – Ohood Sabr and Mustafa Altameemi
HMGCC (Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre) awards were also presented during the evening to the following:
Best dissertation – Warren Haskins
Best group project – Aleexa Cresta, Mahbub Haque, Saifur Rahman, Tomas Taujanskas and Tobi Ayilara. Pictured below.



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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Update on Bibliographic Analysis of Computing

Update on an earlier post: Mini Project: Bibliographic Analysis of Computing

I have been curious about tools for analysing social connections for a while.


In this post I am looking at a couple of ways to analyse bibliographic relationships. Starting with the simplest, Word Clouds but then  at an interesting tool VosViewer discussed previously. All the data is taken from the University of Northampton's Research Repository - Nectar - for members of the academic Computing team.  




Word Clouds


The image above is based on data for all the listed publications for the computing team since 2011. It includes the authors, title, conference, etc; but no abstract. It takes quite a bit of editing and really all that is being shown is the Authors name for the most published authors and a few key terms. Provides a nice snap shot but is difficult to interpret.





Co-author Analysis


Here is the same data but processed using software that is only looking at the authors and showing how many times a particular pair have published together. Some interconnections between authors can be seen. There are now connections between all the main authors (members of the computing team).
Co-authoring publications with MSc students is leading to greater opportunities to join research together.


Text Analysis
This is the same tool as above, but this time looking at the text within the title and abstracts. All words in the title and abstract of the papers; but using binary counting (so a term is only counted once per publication) and allowing only the terms with 60% highest relevance through; you can get a graph like the one below. Personally, I find the graph beautiful, gives a sense of a lot going on.




Some interesting subject area coming out; for example wireless networking and machine-to-machine communicaton; alongside pedagogic, cultural research and sensors for animals.


Let us apply this last approach to some individual cases
Case Study 1: Mid-Research Career Academic



Case Study 2: Mid-Research Career Academic 2


In both Case Study 1 and 2, there are several groupings. Case study 1 the subjects in the groupings are more diverse than in case study 2, which has greater specialisation.


Case Study 3: Early Career Researcher
Greater separation in the groups (though three groups are related in terms of subject) than in the first two case studies. This is in part may be due to the smaller number of papers compared to the first two case studies (between four to eight times fewer).

Case Study 4: PhD by Publication Candidate


There is a stronger inter-relationships between the groups, than has been in some of the other case studies. This, I would argue, is a positive feature for someone pursuing a PhD by publication; suggesting a coherent 'story' to their publications.



Plotting the citations to one author's papers
Using GEPHI (https://gephi.org/) a free Open Graph visialisation tool and ciaition data from Google Scholar plots and interconnections can be visualised. 



The approach taken here was to take an individual paper (the larger blobs) and make a connection to all the papers that cited it (the smaller blobs where the papers not produced the author). Groups can start to be seen, that can be investigated further.

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Design and evaluation of browser-to-browser video conferencing in WebRTC

Edan, N. M.Al-Sherbaz, A. and Turner, S. J. (2017) Design and evaluation of browser-to-browser video conferencing in WebRTC. Proceedings of 2017 Global Information Infrastructure and Networking Symposium (GIIS) - WCAMCS’17.

Abstract
This paper describes the Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) technology and the implementation of its clients and server. The main aim is to design and implement WebRTC video conferencing between browsers in real implementation using Chrome and (Wired & WiFi) of LAN & WAN networks. Also, an evaluation of CPU performance, bandwidth consumption and Quality of Experience (QoE) was achieved. Moreover, a signalling channel between browsers using the WebSocket protocol via Node.js platform has been created and executed. This paper will give web developer an opportunity to comprehend the WebRTC technology, as well as to understand how to design WebRTC video conferencing.


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WebNSM a novel scalable WebRTC signalling mechanism for many-to-many video conferencing.

Edan, N. M.Al-Sherbaz, A. and Turner, S. J. (2017) WebNSM a novel scalable WebRTC signalling mechanism for many-to-many video conferencing. In: IEEE Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing. San Jose, California, USA: IEEE.

abstract
There is a strong focus on the use of Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) for many-to-many video conferencing, while the IETF working group has left the signalling issue on the application layer. The main aim of this paper is to create a novel scalable WebRTC signalling mechanism called WebNSM for many-to-many (bi-directional) video conferencing. WebNSM was designed for unlimited users over the mesh topology based on Socket.io (API) mechanism. A real implementation was achieved via LAN and WAN networks, including the evaluation of bandwidth consumption, CPU performance, memory usage, maximum links and RTPs calculation; and Quality of Experience (QoE). In addition, this application supplies video conferencing on different browsers without having to download additional software or user registration. The results present a novel signalling mechanism among various users, devices and networks to open one or multi rooms at the same time using the same server, determine room initiator to keep the session active even if the initiator or another peer leaves, sharing new user with current participants, etc. Moreover, this experiment highlights the limitations of CPU performance, bandwidth consumption and using mesh topology for WebRTC video conferencing.

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A new channel selection algorithm for the Weightless-N Frequency Hopping with lower collision probability.

Abbas, R.Al-Sherbaz, A.Bennecer, A. and Picton, P. (2017) A new channel selection algorithm for the Weightless-N Frequency Hopping with lower collision probability. In: 8th International Network of the Future (NoF) Conference Proceedings. London: IEEE. (Accepted)

Abstract
There are different techniques used by Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications technologies to mitigate collision problem and data loss. One of these techniques is Frequency Hopping (FH), which is used by Weightless-N technology with a special random channel selection algorithm. In such a system, the probability of a message collision mainly depends on the randomisation algorithm used to access channels. This paper provides a novel randomisation algorithm for the channel selection process of the Weightless-N system. The new proposed algorithm is based on a uniform randomisation distribution and called a Uniform Randomisation Channel Selection Technique (URCST). This new algorithm provides a better system performance and lower probability of collision. In addition, it is faster and easier than the Mersenne Twister algorithm.


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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Northampton Computing Publications this year so far - September 2017



Ajam, H. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) A study of recent contributions on performance and simulation techniques for accelerator devices. In: International Conference on Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Turkey: IEEE ICEEE. (Accepted)
https://doi.org/10.1109/ICEEE2.2017.7935829

Ajam, H., Ramdhany, R., Hammond, M. and Mu, M. (2017) A middleware to enable immersive multi-device online TV experience.In: Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video. New York: ACM. (Accepted)
https://doi.org/10.1145/3084289.3089919

Ajit, S. (2017) Exam as an assessment instrument in computer programming courses: student perceptions. Poster presented to: 6th International Assessment in Higher Education Conference (AHE 2017), Manchester, United Kingdom, 28-29 June 2017.

Ajit, S., Holmes, C., Johnson, J., Kolovos, D. S. and Paige, R. F. (2017) Model-based tool support for Tactical Data Links: an experience report from the defence domain. Software & Systems Modeling. 16(2), pp. 559-586. 1619-1366.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10270-015-0480-2

Al Barrak, A., Al-Sherbaz, A., Kanakis, T. and Crockett, R. G. M. (2017) Enhancing BER performance limit of BCH and RS codes using multipath diversity. Computers. 6(2) 2073-431X.
https://doi.org/10.3390/computers6020021

Al Barrak, A., Al-Sherbaz, A., Kanakis, T. and Crockett, R. G. M. (2017) Utilisation of multipath phenomenon to improve the performance of BCH and RS codes. In: 8th Computer Science & Electronic Engineering Conference. New York: IEEE. 978-1-5090-2050-8. pp. 6-11.

Al-Dabbagh, M., Al-Sherbaz, A. and Turner, S. J. (2017) The future vision of intelligent transportation system. Poster presented to: 3rd Connected & Autonomous Vehicles R&D (CAV3) Competition Briefing Event, London, 23 August 2017.

Al-Mahmood, A. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) A study of FPGA-based System-on-Chip designs for real-time industrial application. International Journal of Computer Applications. 0975-8887. (Accepted)

Al-Rubaye, Z., Al-Sherbaz, A., McCormick, W. D. and Turner, S. J. (2017) Sheep in Northampton use smart device as a sensor. [Image]. Northampton: The University of Northampton

Al-Waisi, Z. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) An overview of on-chip cache coherence protocols. In: IEEE IntelliSys Conference 2017 Proceedings. London: IEEE. (Accepted)

Al-Zoiny, S. and Al-Sherbaz, A. (2017) Connected Health Services in Smart Technologies. UK: Kobo Publisher. 1230001603163.

Azasoo, J., Kuada, E., Osei Boateng, K. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) An algorithm for micro-load shedding in generation constrained electricity transmission network. Paper presented to: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Power and Energy Society (PES) PowerAfrica Conference 2017, Accra, Ghana, 27-30 June 2017. (Accepted)

Coulter-Smith, L. (2017) Changing minds: multitasking during lectures. In: Springer Computer Science Proceedings. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag. (Accepted)

Fawcett, L., Mu, M., Hareng, B. and Race, N. (2017) REF: enabling rapid experimentation of contextual network traffic management using Software Defined Networking. IEEE Communications Magazine. 0163-6804. (Accepted)

Hill, G., Turner, S. J. and Childs, K. (2017) The answers not on the screen. Paper presented to: 13th China Europe Symposium on Software Engineering Education (CEISEE), Athens, Greece, 24-25 May 2017. (Accepted)

Manh Phan Hung, D., Manyam Seshadri Naidu, S. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) Architectures for cloud-based HPC in data centers. In: IEEE International Conference on Big Data Analysis. Beijing, China: IEEE. (Accepted)

Mu, M., Stokking, H. and Den Hartog, F. (2017) Network delay and bandwidth estimation for cross-device synchronized media. In: Montagud, M., Cesar, P., Jansen, J. and Boronat, F. (eds.) Mediasync: Handbook on Multimedia Synchronization. U.S.: Springer. pp. 1-28. (Accepted)
PMCid:PMC5467036

Ofori-Attah, E., Bhebhe, W. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) Architectural techniques for improving the power consumption of NoC-based CMPs: a case study of cache and network layer. Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications. 7(2) 2079-9268.
https://doi.org/10.3390/jlpea7020014

Olajubu, O., Ajit, S. and Turner, S. J. (2017) Automated test case generation from high-level logic requirements using model transformation techniques. In: Proceedings of 9th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CEEC'17). IEEE. (Accepted)

Opoku Agyeman, M., Vien, Q.-T., Hill, G., Turner, S. J. and Mak, T. (2017) An efficient channel model for evaluating Wireless NoC architectures. In: 2016 International Symposium on Computer Architecture and High Performance Computing Workshops (SBAC-PADW). Online: IEEE. 978-1-5090-4844-1. pp. 85-90.
PMid:28808578 PMCid:PMC5551012

Opoku Agyeman, M. and Zong, W. (2017) An efficient 2D router architecture for extending the performance of inhomogeneous 3D NoC-based multi-core architectures. In: 2016 International Symposium on Computer Architecture and High Performance Computing Workshops (SBAC-PADW). USA: IEEE . 978-1-5090-4844-1. pp. 79-84.

Opoku Agyeman, M., Zong, W., Yakovlev, A., Tong, K.-F. and Mak, T. (2017) Extending the performance of hybrid NoCs beyond the limitations of network heterogeneity. Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications. 7(2) 2079-9268.
https://doi.org/10.3390/jlpea7020008

Saleh Alalaki, M. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) A study of recent contributions on simulation tools for Network-on-Chip (NoC).International Journal of Computer Systems. 4(3) 2394-1065. (Accepted)

Turner, S. J. (2017) Experience of using spreadsheets as a bridge in the understanding of AI techniques. Paper presented to: 13th China Europe Symposium on Software Engineering Education (CEISEE), Athens, Greece, 24-25 May 2017. (Accepted)

Vien, Q.-T., Le, T. A., Phan, C. V. and Opoku Agyeman, M. (2017) An energy-efficient NOMA for small cells in heterogeneous CRAN under QoS constraints. Paper presented to: 23rd European Wireless (EW), Dresden, Germany, 17-19 May 2017. (Accepted)

Vien, Q.-T., Opoku Agyeman, M., Le, T. A. and Mak, T. (2017) On the nanocommunications at THz band in graphene-enabled Wireless Network-on-Chip. Mathematical Problems in Engineering. 1024-123X. (Accepted)

Yuan, J., Lorenz, F., Lommatzsch, A., Mu, M., Race, N., Hopfgartner, F. and Albayrak, S. (2017) Countering contextual bias in TV watching behavior: introducing social trend as external contextual factor in TV recommenders. In: ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video (ACM TVX). The Netherlands: ACM. (Accepted)

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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Robots, junk and four weeks


Some of the text taken from: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/news/robots-fruit-and-computer-coding-sixth-formers-get-a-taste-of-university-research/ by University of Northampton Press Team


A select group of sixth-form pupils has spent the summer working on a series of research projects at the University of Northampton.

Nathaniel Roberts, spent his time at the University making a junkbot – a robot made from waste items, such as a drinks can, powered by a kit.
He then coded the junkbot to make it move and used his experiences to produce an instruction manual for junkbot beginners.
Nathaniel said: “The project has taught me how to manage myself, set aims and work towards completing them, and given me an insight into how to write a technical manual in language that’s informative and easy to understand.”
Michael Welsh, from Kettering Buccleuch Academy, spent the summer programming a robot to learn how to follow a straight line, using sensors.
He said: “It works as a concept, but pretty difficult to get it right in practice, and has meant lots of methodical research. I’d like a career in computer science and this project has been pretty intense and demonstrated things can be a lot more work than you initially assume, but I like a challenge.”
Hiren Mistry, from Caroline Chisholm School in Northampton, learnt how to program a robot before creating a set of tasks for Year 7 pupils to do the same.
He said: “It’s been fairly tricky, with a lot of research and testing, and has given me a real insight into computer science.”
The University’s Associate Professor in Computing and Immersive Technologies, Dr Scott Turner, said: “The Nuffield placements have been incredibly successful. The students were all set very challenging university level projects and have enjoyed a real taste of the work we do here.
“I was very impressed with their commitment and aptitude for their subjects and am sure they will all go on to be a success at university, should they choose to go down that route.”


Related Links to the work.


In the news



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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Award-winning Coding Competition launched


This is a collaboration between:


The rules have been changed to allow teams from all over the UK now to participate.

·         How old do I need to be to enter the competition?Team members must have been born between 1 September 2006 and 31 August 2009
·         How many team members do we need to enter the competition?
Teams need to consist of between three to six members of children of the eligible age.
·         How do we register our team?
A teacher, adult supervisor or Code Club volunteer needs to register your team on the Coding Competition website. The individual responsible for registering your team must be able to demonstrate UK residency.

Hope this is of interest. The hashtag for this is #TheCodingComp





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BCS Bedford : Scratch: programming language for 5 years old and beyond

Scratch: programming language for 5 years old and beyond
Jackie Samosa
CAS Bedford Hub Leader, 
Assistant Headteacher at Mark Rutherford School

Tuesday, 12th September 2017
6.45-8.00pm
(Registration starts at 6:30pm)

The Park Inn Hotel, 2 St Mary's Street,
Bedford MK42 0AR
(Free Parking at the rear – Inform Hotel Reception)

The ‘new’ national curriculum for Computing was introduced in September 2014. The curriculum includes coding for children from Year 1 (age 5) and goes all the way to Key Stage 3 (age 14) and beyond.  At the younger age, popular programming languages include Scratch, Kodu and Alice. Scratch is a graphical programming language that could be used to create stories, games, and animations without a single line of ‘traditional’ code. It is a project from the MIT Media Lab and is free to use.

Jackie Samosa is the Assistant Head teacher of Mark Rutherford School and leader of the Bedford Hub of Computing at School. She helps local school teachers to deliver the Computing Curriculum and a crucial member of the local school team of the BCS BedfordSchool Coding Competition.

In the meeting, Jackie shall take us through a coding example and help us know how we can best support our school children. The professionals can learn about the newer generation of coding languages. Scratch runs through an online browser, bring your own laptop, tablet or even try using your phone.

Register online at: https://events.bcs.org/book/2685/



Agenda
6.30pm                         Registration, refreshments and networking
6:45pm                         Scratch Tutorial – Jackie Samosa, 
7.45pm                         AGM
8.00pm                         Opportunity to network and talk to the speaker
If you would like to the join the BCS Bedford Branch or would like additional informational, please send an email tosabongo@gmail.com


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Friday, 1 September 2017

Miniproject: Infographics on Tweetchats

I have been playing with the different presentation tools for teaching and assessment. One of the tools I came across is Piktochart (https://piktochart.com/) an interesting tool for producing infographics. 


To give it some meaning I looked at how I would produced infographics for two Tweetchats #lthechat and #caschat with the data coming from the social network analysis tool SocioViz (socioviz.net).

The two infographs are shown below. Please let me know, through the comments what you think.







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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Jobs Graduate Teaching Assistants - 0.5 FTE, 3 Years Fixed Term

For more details go to: https://jobs.northampton.ac.uk/wd/plsql/wd_portal.view_blob?p_web_site_id=4207&p_web_page_id=325206&p_type=JOBDOC&p_id=147631&p_show=N

Graduate Teaching Assistants - 0.5 FTE, 3 Years Fixed Term

Job Type
Part Time Fixed Term
Salary
£26,495 - £32,548 per annum, pro rata
Location
Avenue Campus
Closing Date
07-09-2017
Ref No
UN2547

Computing, Business Computing & Games

The Department of Computing, Business Computing & Games is looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual who can contribute to our teaching and related activities in support our MEng/MSc/BEng/BSc Computing provision.
You should be a highly motivated individual, able to contribute teaching on these programmes. A willingness and ability to teach on a range of Computing “core” modules would be expected. Additionally, the successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to one or more specific teaching areas, and these are Games Art, Games Programming, Computer Networks, Databases, Web Technology & Security. Other areas include Computer Systems Engineering, Embedded Systems and Software Engineering. You should have a relevant UK degree* in Computing, Business Computing or Games (from the University of Northampton).
As well as making a full contribution to the teaching of computing and related activities across the undergraduate and possibly postgraduate levels, you may be expected to contribute to other areas of activity in the School of Science & Technology.
This post will maintain a teaching commitment as required by the Subject Leader - Computing and Dean of Faculty, including preparation and delivery of teaching materials as appropriate, preparation and assessment of coursework produced by students and preparation and marking of examinations.
The successful candidate will be registered for a PhD (or MSc/MEng) with the Faculty.
*Please note: You must be a recent graduate of the University of Northampton BSc Computing (Conditional on graduating ≤ 6 years, attained 1 or 2:1) or a current University of Northampton BSc Computing (Conditional on attaining 1 or 2:1 in May/June 2017). Additionally, for the Games GTA role, applicants with a Games specific UK bachelor’s degree will be considered.
The University of Northampton’s focus on a personalised learning experience for our students was recently cited by HEFCE as a reason for our Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. To augment this approach further we have adopted an ‘Active Blended Learning’ (ABL) approach which places greater emphasis on student-centred activities that support the development of subject knowledge, understanding, independent learning and digital fluency. Successful candidates for academic posts at the University of Northampton will be expected to adopt ABL as standard in their teaching practice.
This is an exciting time to join our University as we prepare to relocate in September 2018 to a new purpose-built, town-centre campus designed to adapt to 21st century teaching and the ABL model.  We are looking to recruit individuals who share our passion for innovation, creativity and social impact and who will play a key role as we realise our ambition of transforming lives for the better and inspiring positive change.
The University of Northampton is one of only two Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses in the UK, and in 2017 was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark, an independent guarantee that we have proven to our employees, students and stakeholders that we are committed to continuous improvement across our business in order to consistently deliver a positive impact on people and planet.
All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview. Due to the requirements laid out by UK Visas and Immigration regarding Right to Work in the UK, the University can only accept applications from individuals who currently have a status allowing them to work in the UK for this position. Due to this criteria we regret that we are unable to offer sponsorship at this time.



For more details go to: https://jobs.northampton.ac.uk/wd/plsql/wd_portal.view_blob?p_web_site_id=4207&p_web_page_id=325206&p_type=JOBDOC&p_id=147631&p_show=N


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