School of Computer Science


Your weekly round-up of undergraduate life in The University of Manchester School of Computer Science from Toby Howard, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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#13.32 • Monday 2 June 2014 • Exams Week 4         The Monday Mail

Good morning! It's Monday 2nd June, and it’s the final week of exams – I hope they’ve been going well.  

This is the last Monday Mail for this academic year, so I'll take this opportunity to wish you a happy and rewarding summer. If you’re graduating, we hope to see you and your families on Graduation Day (Monday 14 July). If you’re about to start a year's Industrial Experience, good luck for what I’m sure will be a fantastic time for you. If you’re returning for your next year of study with us in September, have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you soon. On with today’s news...

Best wishes,
Toby http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~toby


CSSOC NEWS.

  CSSoc Chair Neha Agrawal (Y3, CSE) writes, “Hi guys, on behalf of CSSoc, I would like to thank everyone for their continued support and for turning up to our events. It's been an awesome year! I'd like to introduce Josh Langley (Y1, CSwIE) and Bryn Hanby-Roberts (Y1, CSwIE) who will be taking over as Co-Chairs from next year. Have a wonderful summer!”


HARDCORE HACKATHON.

  1UP is organising another Hard-Core FPGA projects Hackathon this Thursday 5 June at 16:00 in Collab, starting with a talk on "Parallel Programming using VHDL", followed by hands-on programming. Everyone welcome! Pizza and refreshments provided https://sites.google.com/site/1uphardcore


MEET THE STEMETTES.

  On Sat 21 June the Stemettes (women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will be at Thoughtworks on the 26th floor of City Tower in Manchester, with the usual mix of food, fun and prizes. Sign up (or volunteer for the Women In Computing panel) http://goo.gl/EnF1ZU


FILM DATA HACKATHON.

  Calling all cinephiles and dataphiles! Abandon Normal Devices in partnership with the BFI are running a weekend hackathon on 28/29 June at Manchester’s Cornerhouse,  about everything cinema. The winning teams will have the opportunity (and cash up to £1500) to have their concept funded for further development http://goo.gl/faIieP


HACK WEEKEND.

  Centro are running a Hack Weekend Challenge on 21/22 June at Centro House, Birmingham, with food and refreshments included. Prizes include Apple stuff and High Street vouchers. Full details http://www.centro.org.uk/hackchallenge


ROBOTICS.

  MCS Projects ( http://mcsprojectsltd.co.uk) in conjunction with local experts in educational robots are running robotics competitions for schools across the north of England and are looking for CS students to help (paid at  £50 per day + expenses). Contact Paul Waterworth mcsprojectsltd@gmail.com


SUPPORT A SCHOOL.

  Manchester Grammar School is running a ‘Computing for Beginners’ week. They’re looking for students with Linux / RPi skills to help for 1 or 2 days, between 24-27 June. A great opportunity to enthuse kids about Computer Science, get some experience, and enhance your CV. Contact Simon Duffy s.j.duffy@mgs.org


CAREERS / COMPS / REPORT ENVIRONMENT ISSUES.

  Links at http://tinyurl.com/themondaymail


#13.31 • Monday 26 May 2014 • Exams Week 3         The Monday Mail

Good morning! It's Monday 26 May and it’s yet another public holiday today! I hope your exams are going well. Remember, if you have any emergencies, contact SSO immediately compsci-sso@listserv.manchester.ac.uk or 0161 306 6625. On with today’s news...

Best wishes,
Toby http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~toby


VENTURE SUCCESS.

  Huge congratulations to Radu Nedelcu (Y3, CSBMwIE) and Life Sciences PhD student Daniel Jamieson who jointly won the top prize of £10,000 in the Technology category of the Venture Further Awards, the annual start-up competition run by Manchester Enterprise Centre. Radu and Daniel won with their drug discovery and validation knowledge database system Biorelate, which uses novel, state-of-the-art text mining software with expert curation to extract complex data from published literature, with a GUI developed by Radu as his 3rd Year Project, supervised by Goran Nenadic. Below Radu (right) and Daniel (left) receive their award from Lynn Sheppard, Director of the Manchester Enterprise Centre http://biorelate.com

Radu Nedelcu (Y3, CSBMwIE) and Life Sciences PhD student Daniel Jamieson


CALLING ALL GEEKS.

  Ciprian Tomoiaga (Y2, CSwIE) writes: Don't be just a geek! Be a cool geek! And help others discover the awesomeness behind Computer Science. Join the Manchester Ultimate Programming committee for next year and make sure the legend continues ( http://tiny.cc/LegendOf1UP). All years welcome, all skills including leadership, teamwork, organisational, design, you name it, are valuable. All you need to do is to sign up on this nice coffee-themed form (because hey, it's exam time)  http://tiny.cc/Join1UP


HACK WEEKEND.

  Centro are running a Hack Weekend Challenge on 21/22 June at Centro House, Birmingham, with food and refreshments included. Prizes include Apple stuff and High Street vouchers. Full details http://www.centro.org.uk/hackchallenge.


ROBOTICS.

  MCS Projects ( http://mcsprojectsltd.co.uk) in conjunction with local experts in educational robots are running robotics competitions for schools across the north of England and are looking for CS students to help (paid at  £50 per day + expenses). Contact Paul Waterworth   mcsprojectsltd@gmail.com


SUPPORT A SCHOOL.

  Manchester Grammar School is running a Computing for Beginners week. They’re looking for students with Linux / RPi skills to help for 1 or 2 days, between 24-27 June. A great opportunity to enthuse kids about Computer Science, get some experience, and enhance your CV. Contact Simon Duffy s.j.duffy@mgs.org


IMPROVING STUDENT LIFE.

  Have you got an idea that could improve student life using digital technology? You could get £5,000 to develop it this summer http://jisc.ac.uk/student-innovation


CAREERS / COMPS / REPORT ENVIRONMENT ISSUES.

  Links at http://tinyurl.com/themondaymail