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Computing, Creative Technologies & Engineering June Good News

The latest good news from the School of Computing, Creative Technologies & Engineering.

A business information technology student

Final-year students presented their project work at the School’s annual showcase event held at Headingley Campus. Representatives from Jet2.com awarded two special prizes of £250 in holiday vouchers. In addition, course teams selected the best student from each subject area.

The winners were:
            Jet2.com award for Best Computing Project – Jordan Easter
            Jet2.com award for Best Creative Technologies Project – Kathryn Coopey
            Dean’s prize for Creative Technology – Charlotte Dobson
            Dean’s Prize for Business Information Technology / Computing – Jordan Easter
            Forensics & Security – Jason Keighley
            Media Technology – Heather Paxton


BSc Digital Journalism student Adam Wright presenting his work at the Showcase


Last month, more than 70 delegates attended a day of workshops and presentations at the Conference on Policing Cybercrime at Leeds Beckett. Delegates heard about the CARI project – an 18-month collaborative project involving month West Yorkshire Police and the Home Office to develop innovative methods for tackling cybercrime, led by Senior Lecturer, Dr Z. Cliffe Schreuders. Dr Schreuders explained:
“Cyber-enabled crime is a rapidly emerging and ever-evolving threat. As technology changes and improves, so do the criminals – which is why the work we’re doing with West Yorkshire Police is ambitious and challenging”.

Key speakers at the event included both the Chief Constable Dee Collins and the Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson.

The New Cloud Atlas project seeks to map the global infrastructure of the internet as an open, collaborative resource. The project is a collaboration between Principal Lecturer Ben Dalton, Joe Dahmen (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, University of British Columbia), Amber Frid-Jimenez (Canada Research Chair in Art & Design Technology, Emily Carr University) and Tim Waters (freelance geospatial developer, Leeds). Earlier this year, Joe presented work on the project at the 105th annual meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in Detroit. For more details on the project, visit newcloudatlas.org

Head of Digital Pedagogy Simon Thomson and Principal Lecture, Duncan Folley have been teaching creative media students at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw. Teaching topics on video codecs and motion capture, they also talked to students who are interested in studying at Leeds Beckett University on the Erasmus+ programme. While in Warsaw, Simon and Duncan met up with former postgraduate student Abhinav Goel, who is now working for video game developer CD Projekt and has fond memories of his time at Leeds Beckett. They also met with Daniel Sadowski, of Nitreal Games, to chat about the games industry in Poland.

Senior Lecturer Dr Marc Fabri is to guest edit Designing with and for Users on the Autism Spectrum, a special issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. It will be co-edited by Debra Satterfield, Assistant Professor at California State University Long Beach. The special issue aims to advance research in the area of participatory design that builds on the strengths of autistic people rather than their limitations and impairments. It follows a series of workshops and conference sessions on this topic (see here). The special issue will be published in spring 2018, and the deadline for the submission of papers is 3 September. Click here to find out more.

Good news from Hermes and the Leeds Beckett Employability Team after the hackathon success, where teams were given a brief to create a new pioneering application of their own design and purpose – the company has since offered two MEng students a six-week summer internship and it looks like it would like to team up again to run another hackathon.

In May, Goranka Bjedov, Performance and Capacity Engineer at Facebook, visited the School to talk about her work in ensuring Facebook’s worldwide data centres are able to deliver a 24/7 service to users. The visit was in association with the Perccom project, an EU-funded joint masters course, of which Leeds Beckett is a partner.

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