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News in brief - February 2017


A round up of the latest news in February from the School of Computing, Creative Technologies & Engineering.

Hissam Tawfik

Professor Hissam Tawfik, who is an expert in biologically-inspired computing, delivered his inaugural lecture as Professor of Computer Science. Professor Tawfik discussed how, in an era of big data and the internet, new opportunities and challenges associated with large and complex data are providing further impetus to the role that biologically-inspired computing can play in analysing big data. Read the full story here.

The first of our Engineering Guest Lecture Programme was given on Wednesday 8 February by one of our alumni who now works as a freelance design engineer, Mr Abiodun B.Yusuf (MSc). His lecture was on lean and agile engineering. He discussed his extensive engineering background and how topics such as Fish Diagrams, DMAIC, Value Stream Maps (VSM), 5S, SMED, 5-Whys - Root Cause Analysis, Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) for Decision Making, have influenced him throughout his career.

The following weeks' guest lecture was given by James Rawlings, a sales/estimating engineer at GR Electrical Service Ltd, who discussed, with our postgraduate and undergraduate students, 5s plus work space productivity. The students were extremely impressed with the companies work within the NHS, food industry and even here at Leeds Beckett University. He also discussed how he implemented what he had learnt whilst doing our own MSc Advanced Engineering Management course and how his company had benefited from his studies.

Another guest lecture was given by Dr Stephen Wilkinson, a retired lecturer with over 25yrs industrial experience. He discussed lean and agile manufacturing and the role of data capture from automation systems.

Dr Muthu Ramachandran and Margaret Chawawa attended the HEA STEM Conference 2017 on the 1 and 2 February and presented their project on Neural Pathway Based Learning which is funded by the CTL on curriculum Innovation Projects.

Abstract: The current and the future of learning has taken a very different shape in the digital age. Now social media is a place where most of the interactions occur, bringing people and communities together, instant information sharing, critiquing, and it is also the place where most of the new learning takes place in the digital era. The human brain is capable of learning and retrieving facts much more quickly. This paper aims to develop, as part of an ongoing research, into developing a framework for Neural Pathway Based Learning (NPL). We have developed a learning environment for NPL techniques which has been validated through a framework and on our MSc course at Leeds Beckett and at various partner colleges (franchise colleges) across the world. The evaluation has been very positive and have been nominated as one of the best course in the UK.
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