Leeds Beckett event to showcase cutting edge talent
This year’s event, hosted by final year students from Leeds Beckett’s School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering, will be held at the Rose Bowl building on Wednesday 20 May.
Projects at this year’s showcase include a four metre blimp which is controlled via a group of website users. Longer than a normal estate car, the blimp has been designed and built by fourth year BSc (Hons) Computing student Phillip Marsden, and is controllable by people via a specially designed website which is accessible via PC, tablet and mobile.
As Phillip explained: “Anyone can control the blimp by either clicking ‘left/right’ or by typing those words into the chat interface. They can then see instant updates from the blimp showing the position, altitude, heading and speed.” He explained the inspiration behind his project: “I wanted to look at how people could work together on an anonymous platform where their actions controlled something very real. But now I’m also very excited about the potential of this project to travel greater distances and investigate danger zones, such as natural disasters, and feed back in real time.”
The event will also feature a keynote speech from Mark Williams, team leader and registered penetration tester at internet security group, Sec-1.
Speaking ahead of the showcase event, Dr Maurice Calvert, Principal Lecturer in Computing and co-ordinator of this year’s showcase, commented: “Mark has actively engaged with our computer security students during the teaching year, providing a realistic and professional insight into the fundamental importance of security in all aspects of computing in our connected society. We are delighted to welcome him as our keynote speaker.”
Dr Calvert added: “We have guests returning each year, which goes to show how much they value the opportunity to meet the best of our talented students.”