Hello UG! I hope academic year 2018-19 has been a great year for you all. In this final Monday Mail of the year we're taking a look back at all the amazing things UG students have got involved with since last September, and as you'll see below, it’s an impressive list of successes! Well done everyone!
Director of Undergraduate Studies
WELCOME WEEK PUB CRAWL. Alexandra Stefanescu
(Y2, BMwIE) writes: Congratulations once again to all the freshers for starting their new chapter at The University of Manchester! At the same time, welcome back to all the seniors that missed Kilburn throughout the summer! Our first event of the year is dedicated to all of you out there who want to socialise, meet new people from their course and have the chance to share impressions between the different generations: a joint pub crawl with HackSoc! This Weds 19 Sept, we're going to start off at Ford Maddox Brown @19:00, followed by Turing Tap, Footage, Courtyard and The Garratt! Can't wait to meet you there!
Every year the School awards prizes to UG students who have excelled academically or made significant contributions to the School. Last week our Head of School Professor Robert Stevens
awarded the prizes. Year1 (below, upper pic): Michael Jealous Memorial Prize: Ivan Pupovac
(Y2, CM); Golden Anniversary Prizes for excellence in first year studies: Edoardo Lunati
(Y2, CM), Michael Morgan
(Y2, HCI4wIE), Andra Popa
(Y2, CM), Ian Winstanley
(Y2, CSwIE), Yuxuan Zhou
(Y2, HCIwIE). Year 2: Professors Prize for Outstanding performance: Nick Park
(Y3, CS), Carlos Pina Vaz Gomes
(Y3, CS), and Jonathan Tang
(Y3, CMwIE); Best Software Engineering Project (AY16): Costanza Improta
(Y3, CSwIE) and Nick Park
(lower pic). Well done everyone!
HARDWARE LIBRARY. Paul Nutter
(COMP12111, COMP22111) writes: Did you know we have a student hardware library in the school? It has a wide range of components that are free for you to borrow, whether for supporting your own pet project, a final year project, or even if you are planning on doing something exciting at a hackathon. There are all sorts of items available, from Raspberry Pis to drones, Arduinos to Kinects, basic electronic components to robots, we even have Oculus VR headsets. To see what’s available have a look at the library catalogue
. If you want to borrow an item then all you have to do is reserve it via the catalogue, then simply collect it from Steve Rhodes
(corner office in Tootill 0) when you receive confirmation it is available.
I hope you enjoyed our Careers Fair here in Kilburn last week on Thursday & Friday. It was a huge event with 29 employers coming from all over the UK to Kilburn to meet YOU! I'm sure you will join me in thanking Duncan Hull
(Employability Tutor & Year 2 Tutor) and Mabel Yau
(Careers and Placements Officer) for their fantastic efforts to put it all together. Thanks Duncan and Mabel! (and everyone else!)
GOOGLE @MCR. Teodora Stoleru
(Y3, CS) writes: Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Google @Mcr event last Wednesday. We hope you enjoyed the talk and the Q&A as much as we did. Here
you can find the pictures from the event. You should have received a feedback form by now, so please fill it in so we can improve for next time! If you have any additional questions, feel free to email Andrei
, or me
GREAT UNI HACK.
This from Luke Beamish
(Y3, CS4): Last week GUH 2018 took place once again at the MMU Business School! With over 200 attendees, 15 sponsors, partners, and lots of motivated organisers and volunteers, we made this event into an unforgettable memory. Congratulations to all the winning teams and a big thank you to all the participants that filled the place with creative ideas and fun projects! Photos and stories from GUH can be found on our facebook
, instagram and twitter
pages, and in our next blog post! See you all at StudentHack VII!
GREAT UNI HACK WIN.
And congratulations to Amelia Huang
(Y3, CSwIE) and Gurmukh Singh
(Y2, CS) whose GUH minigame won the Skyscanner challenge for most creative use of the Skyscanner Travel API. Amelia and Gurmukh say: in the game, you’re a man on the run from your captors, and you have to use your limited budget wisely to escape by flying around the globe. The game is built in ReactJS and is completely client-side and serverless, using a Lambda function to call the API securely. Play it here
This from Teodora Stoleru
(Y3, CS): Thank you to everyone who attended the WTM Scholarship workshop. It was great meeting all of you and I hope you found it useful. For anyone who was unable to come, or in case you missed my email, here are the slides
and the pictures
. I would also appreciate it if you could take a few moments to fill in this feedback form
. As a reminder, the deadline for the application is Thurs 6 December. Good luck!
UG AWARDS WIN.
We reported at the start of the Semester that Cristian Bodnar
(below left), who graduated in the Summer, won the prestigious annual international Undergraduate Awards
, aka the junior Nobel Prizes, in the Computer Sciences category for his 3rd year project Text to Image Synthesis Using Generative Adversarial Networks
supervised by Jon Shapiro
(COMP34120 AI and Games). Last week Cristian received his award at the big event in Dublin. This is a fantastic world-class achievement! 3rd Year project students, why not think about submitting your project to the Undergraduate Awards next summer?
PROJECT BLOG. Aayush Chadha
(Y3, AI) has blogged
about his final year project experience, building a graphene sensor to research blinking and Parkinson’s Disease. The image below is from Aayush's project Lightning Talk.
STAFF STUDENT PROGRAMMING CONTEST. Robert McCann
(Y3, CS) writes: Thanks to everybody for participating in this year's staff/student programming contest, and congratulations to the winners! Thanks to everyone who helped organise it, including Ivan Pupovac
(Y2, CMwIE) and Sean Parker
(Y2, CS) for working on the problems, and UNICS for providing the free pizza. Congratulations to winners Big Dawgs Society (Patrick Sava
(Y2, CSwIE), Vlad-Andrei Munteanu
(Y2, CS), Teodor Pintea
(Y2, BMwIE)); 2nd place, *NULL (Bowen Cai
(Y2, CS), Jinyi Xian
(Y2, CS)); 3rd place, Coffee is Addiction (Denizhan Akar
(Y1, CM), Pijus Bradulskis
(Y1, CM), Lukasz Fiszer
(Y1, CM), Albert Viilik
This from Lucas Cordeiro
(Senior Lecturer, COMP26120): Last week the School was introducing its robots to the public at the ScienceX festival
, one of the most important events about Science and Engineering in Manchester. Volunteers from our School included Martin Riener
(PostDoc), Nedas Matulevicius
(Y2, CSwIE), Milen Orfeev
(Y2, CSwIE), Samuele Vinanzi
(PhD student), Weilue Luo
(Y1, AI), Ze Feng
(Y2, AIwIE), Taonga Chabva-Shoperai
(Y2, AI4), Marcel Calderon
(Y2, CSEwIE), Wojciech Czosnyka
(Y1, CSwIE), Yecheng Chu
(Y1, CS), Ritam Anand
(Y2, AI4) and also Sylwia Polberg
(University of Cardiff). Our volunteers demonstrated games (magical forest, sorting pancakes), micro-controller programming with Arduino, path planning with drones, and cognitive learning for robots.
STAFF-STUDENT QUIZ. Nora Tuta
(Y1, HCI4wIE) writes: Hi, everyone! Thanks for joining us at the Staff vs Student Quiz last Thursdayl and we hope you had fun! The event was a huge success – £250 was raised for the Malawi Project (you can still donate
!) and 15 teams made of students or staff members competed for the amazing first prize! And the winning team was... "The Obsolescences", consisting of Head of School Robert Stevens
, Gavin Brown
, Sean Bechhofer
, Duncan Hull
, Jez Lloyd
, Ruth Maddocks
, Toby Howard
, and Tim Morris
. Congratulations to all the participants and see you next year!
ATHENA HACK WIN.
Congratulations to Xiaoyao Bao
(Y3, CS) who writes: On 14 April myself and Yueer Mao
(Y2, CS) and other teammates, Chih-Chen Cheng
, Anh Nguyen
and Yan Lau
, won the Athena Female Hackathon
at Queen Mary University of London. There were over 125 people taking part in the hackathon across 25 teams. We created a mobile app that helps to reduce the daily use of plastic bags. We met the other three students on the day of the hack and have become life-long friends!
1ST YEAR PROJECT SHOWCASE.
At last Monday’s First Year Project Showcase the work on display was as original and imaginative as ever. Well done to all First Year students, and congratulations to the winners – voted for by you! And they are ... drum roll… Application with Best Idea and with Highest Technical Quality: X5
for Collaborate Live; Application with Best User Interface: Z3
for DeNote; Application with Most World-Improving Idea: X1
for UniCycle. Well done everyone!
MAY BALL PIX.
The Midland Hotel welcomed us with tasty cocktails and good vibes. As promised here are a few shots from this year’s hugely successful May Ball. You can see the full set on Facebook
Let's also congratulate Igor Wodiany
(Y3, CSwIE) and Dimitar Marinov
(Y3, CSwIE) who have both had papers on their 3rd year project work accepted for conferences! Igor's paper (supervisor Antoniou Pop
) is on accelerating 5G polar codes decoding using neural nets and will be presented in France in July at SPAWC, the IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications. Dimitar's paper (supervisors Goran Nenadic
and Nikola Milosevic
) is on automatic summarisation from the Web and will be presented at NLDB2019
, the 24th International Conference on Applications of Natural Language to Information Systems. Well done both, these are very impressive achievements!