Student Showcase June 2017

The GU Tech Society and the School of Computing Science are hosting a showcase for students to present their talents and ideas.

The Student Showcase invites graduates and non-graduates to present their projects, applications, inventions and ideas to alumni, industry, guests of the School and members of the public.

Being an exhibitor at the fair will give you a chance to:

  • Expose your work to the professional world.
  • Meet with potential employers.
  • Take your idea further.
  • Meet possible partners.
  • Win a prize

Exhibitors will be given a stand and offered a workshop to help to prepare their exhibition. To sign up, complete the registration form (link available in the GU Tech Society’s Facebook Group gutechsoc/).

SOCS Hosts CERN Spring Technology Campus 2017 Tickets Available

As the inaugural event of the Celebration of 60 Years of Computing in Glasgow, the School of Computing Science is hosting the CERN 2017 Spring Campus on the 4-7th April. The Spring Campus is dedicated to Information Technology and Computing and brings a new dimension to CERN’s scientific and cultural activities. Over four intensive days, this event will bring together experts from around CERN, to meet with future engineers and scientists in a program of scientific and technological dissemination and cultural exchange.

The core programme will consist of 25 hours of sessions from specialists in their respective fields, covering topics such as information technology, internet security, software development, team work, project management and software testing.

Along with the lectures, the campus includes hackathon challenges and two social events in the Hunterian Museum and West Brewery, where speakers and students will share time together, opening a door to the students to know more about CERN or ask questions related to the school. Students will be immersed during four days in a multicultural environment where all activities, sessions and debates will be in English promoting the interchange of cultures and thoughts.

The target audience is primarily final year BSc students and MSc students in the field of Computer Science or related, who want to know more about the latest technologies and industry trends in IT, although other students are welcome to make an application. Applications are also welcome from students from other Universities.

Registration for the Campus costs £50, covering all four days. Registration includes a welcome pack containing an event t-shirt, pen and notepad. Registration also includes lunches for all four days, tea, coffee and snacks during breaks and drinks and canapes at the evening social events.

Find out more information about the Spring Campus and how to register here.

Professor Stephen Brewster elected FRSE

Stephen BrewsterCongratulations to Stephen Brewster, Professor of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computing Science, who was amongst 60 outstanding academics, celebrated professionals and royalty elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 15 February 2017.

Further information can be found in the RSE press release

SESAR2020 Scientific Committee kick-off meeting in Brussels

Glasgow's Professor Chris Johnson, pictured far right, one of 12 European academics that make up the SESAR2020 Scientific Committee at the kick-off meeting for European aviation research held over 14 and 15 February 2017.   The SESAR Scientific Committee's objective is to reinforce the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJUs) innovative and scientific approach to researching future European Air Traffic Management systems and procedures.

Further information at

SICSA DEMOfest 2016

presenter photographs from SISCA DEMOfest

New research from the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow featured heavily in SICSA DEMOfest 2016, the tenth Computer Science and Informatics research showcase organised by SICSA. SICSA (the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance) is a collaboration between 14 Scottish Universities, including the University of Glasgow.

The event began with keynote talks, including one by Craig MacDonald on “Query Efficiency Prediction and Green Search Engines”. It then continued with hands-on demonstrations of 50 systems developed by researchers from across Scotland. Eleven of the demos were by researchers from the University of Glasgow:

Maria Evangelopoulou: The “What, when, why, how and what now?” of an attack in an ICS/SCADA network.
Richard McCreadie: EAIMS: Emergency Analysis Identification and Management System
Xiao Yang: Social Sight: Tracking Murder and Bribery Reports during Elections
Foteini Katsarou: Subgraph Querying with Parallel Use of Querty Rewritings and Alternative Algorithms
Gözel Shakeri: Novel In-Car Interfaces
Dong Bach Vo: SAM: Automated Attachment Analysis Using the School Attachment Monitor
Theodoros Kalogeropoulos: Using Behaviour Change Techniques to Inform App Design
Oana Andrei: Twitter Voter Intention Classification System
Ruth Hoffmann: Comparing Verification and Simulation for Autonomous UAV Behaviour
Mary Ellen Foster: MuMMER: MultiModal Mall Entertainment Robot
Natalia Chechina: Towards Scalable ROS Multi-Robot Systems

Some Tweets from the event:

SoCS student wins a Young Software Engineer of the Year award

At the ScotlandIS award ceremony on the 6th of October 2016, Andreea Lutac from the School of Computing Science won second prize in the Young Scottish Software Engineer (YSE) of the Year Awards.

Natalia and Andreea at the ScotlandIS award ceremony
The prize was awarded for the exceptional quality of the software engineering in her research-oriented level 4 project on "Real-time Robot Camera Control in Erlang". The project was supervised by Dr Natalia Chechina, Dr Gerardo Aragon Camarasa and Prof Phil Trinder, and resulted in a peer reviewed conference paper. The YSE awards are made for the best undergraduate software projects by any Scottish computing science graduate, and include a trophy and a prize of £2K.

Andreea's YSE prize is a companion to the YSE prize awarded to Blair Archibald, currently a PhD student within the School of Computing Science.

See Andreea talk about her project in the following Skills Development Scotland and ScotlandIS video:

More information at 

Professor Muffy Calder OBE recognised with Suffrage Science award