One of the advantages of being a Cisco Local Academy meant that University of Bedfordshire computing students already had access to high-quality distance-learning materials in place from the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Our lecturers immediately took to conducting online lectures, as a replacement for seminars, and for practical classes learners have been able to continue their studies in Computer Networking, Wireless Technologies, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity using online resources and network simulation tools - like Packet Tracer – so learners are still gaining valuable practical employability skills (such as configuring and securing network devices) even from their own home.
Students report that although they miss the classroom computing lab, they are delighted to be able to continue learning and engaging in practical training remotely.
Rebecca Harrop, Senior Lecturer
University of Bedfordshire’s instructors were able to quickly convert to online teaching and keep everyone on-track, using the Cisco Academy materials as support.Our Regional Academy Support Centre reports that the Beds Uni dashboard has suddenly ‘lit up’ with numbers showing a significant increase of about 700%.
Next week, many of our first and second-year students will sit their final assessments in these subjects.
As part of British Science week, the School of CST took part in setting up a stall in the Luton Mall on Tuesday March 10th, 2020. We participated in hosting some live workshops demonstrating the following technologies:
During the Schools Event on Wednesday 11th March, 2020 the following workshops were held to accommodate the visitors from the various schools and colleges:
Also, a Software Development, Robocode workshop. Robocode is a programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks in Java or .NET. The robot battles are running in real-time and onscreen.
Dr Paul Sant presented a lecture on the subject: ‘What does Artificial Intelligence hold for our future?’
Dr Sant discussed the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the commercial and research world and looked at how computer systems can perform tasks that normally require human intelligence.
Formula Student is a student engineering competition organised by IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) annually, with aim to (1) develop students’ knowledge on vehicle technology, design and development and (2) enhance students’ skills of project management, team working, business development, racing car driving and competition. Through the project, a team need to design and build a small Formula style racing car which can be thermal, electrical or autonomous then to compete with other teams from other universities around the world.
Since February 2020, UoB FS team of fourteen (14) students, as shown in Figure 1 below, was formed to start the University of Bedfordshire Formula Student project. The team, named as “Luton Gears©” is entirely managed by the students with the support of Mechanical, Automotive and Electronics Engineering staff and the School.
Figure 1: Presentation of the University of Bedfordshire Formula Student team (2019/2020)
The team is composed of five working groups for which each member works on a specific task to achieve the expected goal. The working groups are as shown in the table below.
Sponsorship is sought and always welcomed to support the students’ work. The team has defined five different donation packages. The sponsorship can be either financial, material, discount or service donations. The different donation packages a company or individual can make are:
In return of a company sponsorship and depending on the donation package, the team develops various communication support to extend the company’s advertisement through allocated space logo on the built car, space logo on the team’s banner displayed in the lab and on the campus, presentation of the company in the team’s progress newsletters, space logo on the team’s printed T-shirts and clothes and also a recognition in the team social media networks.
The Luton Gears© are mainly characterised by their high motivation and enthusiasm for the Formula Student competition. No doubt they have done such a considerable progress in a short amount of time. You can start following them on Instagram, please look for “lutongears”.
The University of Bedfordshire has been working closely with Catalyst, one of the country’s largest housing associations, to develop a sector-leading research initiative to help solve key issues faced by housing associations. Two members of the Catalyst team will complete Masters by Research projects, which will be supervised by Dr James Bishop, Senior Lecturer, at the University in Construction Management and Building Technology and Dr Andrew Clements, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology.
Catalyst’s Policy and Insight Manager, Zoe Cox, will be researching the viability of housing associations generating their own energy through renewable and sustainable sources to help benefit residents living with fuel poverty. Katie Prowse, Project Manager at Catalyst, will be investigating the level of preparation that registered providers have in place to meet tough government targets on carbon emissions.
Ian McDermott, Chief Executive of Catalyst, said: “Catalyst is delighted to partner with the University of Bedfordshire to deliver this exciting opportunity for colleagues. Innovation is increasingly at the core of excellent organisations and it is right that we continue to find new ways to solve problems being faced in the housing sector. It shows how Catalyst is leading the way when it comes to innovation and creative thinking.”
The full press release can be found here
From left to right; Katie Prowse, James Bishop and Zoe Cox.
From left to right; Ray Brown, Jon Hitchcock, Paul Sant, Tess Crosbie, Khaled El-Husseine and Enjie Liu. Just over Khaled’s left shoulder, with a horizontal red light, is the new PG Centre at Majan College which was only formally occupied last week.
Another successful Computer Science and Technology School visit took place at Majan University College in Oman, just ahead of the University of Bedfordshire's coronavirus travel ban.
Students at Majan undertake three post graduate units over five computer science schools. The first of these is delivered over four intense days by University of Bedfordshire staff and the remainder are taught by the Majan staff. University of Bedfordshire staff additionally provide two 'BREO Collaborate' sessions.
Construction Management degree students on a recent site visit to the One Thames City project in Central London. This 5.5 acre mixed use residential scheme forms a key part of the Nine Elms Regeneration masterplan in Vauxhall. On completion the scheme will provide in the region of 1500 high quality apartments and retail units located around a large centralised park. The visit was hosted by Yuanda Europe and R&F Properties Group and was focused particularly on the cladding system being used for one of high rise apartment buildings, which is a key aspect of the students’ coursework assignments. The visit included presentations from senior professionals from both Yuanda Europe and R&F Properties Group.
To be competitive, businesses need to attract customers with new products and services by using an efficient marketing campaign. There are many products for marketing management, developed in recent years by using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Mining (DM) technologies.
Businesses are interested in understanding and modelling customers’ behaviour patterns which could bring new insights into the marketing campaign. AI and DM technologies help the campaign manager to discover the interesting patterns in data, required for improving the accuracy of predicting the customers’ behaviour.
Researchers, including Duke TJ Ludera, together with Torubein Fawei (pictured), have been engaged by the unit coordinator Dr Schetinin to extend a decision model so as to use customers’ behavioural data stored in previous campaigns. In computational experiments they showed that the AI-based decision models improve the accuracy of customer’s predictions in the case of a real bank marketing dataset including thousands of customers’ profiles.
The extended work has been accepted for publication in Springer series “Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing” and will be presented at the International Conference held at Amsterdam in September 2020.
From left to right; Duke TJ Ludera and Torubein Fawei.
Dr Haiming Liu gave a keynote speech at ICIM 2020 on 29th March 2020 (http://www.icim.org/keynote.html). Haiming talked about her research and the H2020 ITN project called QUARTZ (http://www.quartz-itn.eu/) that she is working on. This is a dissemination event for both UoB and QUARTZ.
The School of Computer Science and Technology presented an IT careers event in the Bedford Academy, Bedford on Thursday 5th March. The event included Bedford Academy school children from Year 7 to Year 13.
Dr Carlos Jacome Fernandez, Dr Marc Conrad and Dr Tahmina Ajmal of
The School of Computer Science and Technology represented the University, where they answered student queries and showed them interesting artefacts.
The organisers at Bedford Academy applauded the table presentation; they appreciated our enthusiastic participation, as it was very useful to the children in making career choices in STEM subjects.
From left to right; Tahmina Ajmal, Marc Conrad and Carlos Jacome.
From left to right; Project Director, Andy Fox and James Bishiop
Since the start of their new academic term, our construction management students have had the opportunity to visit a range of construction sites both locally and further afield. The projects have ranged in size from smaller residential projects through to huge commercial projects worth hundreds of millions of pounds. The visits have generally included presentations from project directors, site managers and planners, with the students able to pick their brains on the approaches to construction and the project challenges.
The course team have worked with some of these construction companies to plan a series of visits over course of the academic year, so that the students can see the development of those projects over an extended period of time. Working with these companies with this approach has also led to a number of placement opportunities with them for our students over the summer.
The images show our construction management students on a recent site project hosted by Toureen Group at one of their large commercial projects in the heart of London. We were able to visit this project twice during the year, giving students from different cohorts the benefit of seeing and hearing from leading construction professionals working on this type of large complex project.
We are proud to announce the University of Bedfordshire came 3rd in the Master The Mainframe 2019 competition with 38 registrations. This included 13 students who completed Part 1, 2 completed Part 2, and 1 completed part 3.
Two students who were Part 2 and Part 3 finishers are listed in the Hall of Fame 2019 (among the 33 entries) - go to mtm2019.mybluemix.net click on the UK map, then search for Bedfordshire.
Congratulations to all our students who took part and to Daniel Serbanescu and Radu Popescu for their success in the hall of fame!
A large group of enthusiastic students and members of the Cybersecurity Club@UoB from the School of Computer Science and Technology attended this Major League Hacking (MLH) hands-on workshop in collaboration with the Cybersecurity Club@UoB in the new STEM building on 4 December 2019.
From left to right: Dr Ali Mansour, Duke Ludera, Vincent Goldman, and Graham Winchester
Students learned about IBM Z, the powerful enterprise-computing platform that 71% of Fortune 500 companies depend on for their success. This workshop focused on z/OS, the operating system favoured by businesses with high requirements for availability, accuracy, and security. z/OS is the home of enterprise software, including CICS, which serves up 30 billion transactions a day.
Students logged into a live IBM Mainframe system, explored its environment, performed exercises on data processing, and accessed a UNIX subsystem for performing some basic tasks. This hands-on experience set the students up with the educational foundation needed to excel on this platform built specifically for business.
This Hands-on workshop was sponsored by IBM Z and arranged by the Cybersecurity Club@UoB and Major League Hacking (ML), USA. Special acknowledgement goes to Mr Paul Fairbairn, Z Client Skills Leader Europe, IBM Z Ecosystem, IBM UK, for his support with this workshop.
A team composed of three graduates from the BSc Computer Games Development course and one post-graduate
researcher from the School of Computer Science and Technology have been selected as one of 13 teams to participate in Tranzfuser a national competition for graduate games talent. Its an excellent opportunity for our graduates to work on a games project and pitch to a national audience. Well done to the team on their proposal, and good luck for the project!
The School of Computer Science and Technology will host the team as a ‘Local Hub’ for the Tranzfuser project.
Announced by news@ukgamesfund on June 25th, 2019:
“Graduate teams from across the UK have today been announced as participants in this year’s Tranzfuser competition. Based at Tranzfuser Local Hubs across the length and breadth of the country…
Participating teams will work on their individual games over the course of the summer, getting a playable demo for a large consumer games show in the Autumn. There they will vie for the attention of the playing public, standing alongside the AAA games of 2019. This year’s competition also sees the teams attend a bootcamp-style Practice Pitch event in Dundee; in preparation for the full pitch to the UK Games Fund team at the Autumn consumer show for support of up to £25,000 for the development of their project, the teams will practice their pitching skills to a range of industry professionals. The Practice Pitch event will determine which teams go on to exhibit at the consumer games show later this year.”
We would like to thank UK Games Talent for the opportunity to participate in the Tranzfuser competition. Fusebox.Inc is ready to bring this VR experience to the world! So grab your headset and get ready to fly! Take to the skies in Wings of Reality; a virtual reality flight sim arcade game. Grab your controllers and battle it out with your friends in this intense PVP multiplayer game! Aim to become top dog by destroying your friends in an action-packed jet fighter combat. Only one person can survive. Only one person can become victorious. Are you ready to become the number one pilot?
The CST School held it's annual Project Poster Event on the Friday 24th May 2019, in the Luton Campus Centre. This event saw a number of business visitors and offered an opportunity for our CST third year students to exhibit their final projects in poster format and to demonstrate their artefacts to visitors and industry. The event was open to all students and members of staff to have a look at some of the wonderful achievements of our 3rd years!
Three prizes were donated by Sodalite.
Two prizes were donated by Hornby.
The prizes were presented by Dr Paul Sant (on right in photo(s) above),
Head of the School of Computer Science and Technology.
The School of Computer Science and Technology is proud to announce we are ranked 7th (out of 62) in the most recent Guardian League Tables for 2019 in the 'Electronic and Electrical' subject area.
Focusing on providing authentic learning experience, effective student inclusion and consistent high-quality academic support has brought the CST School a fantastic achievement! The most recent 2019 Guardian University League Tables has ranked the University of Bedfordshire 7thout of 62 institutions in the country in the subject of electronic and electrical engineering, placing the UoB and CST School in a group of several leading UK institutions in this subject. The success is even greater having noted that the UoB is the only university in the country with the maximal score of 10 in the category of added value. We are remaining committed to the highest quality of teaching, academic support and student inclusion and we are aiming at retaining such a high rank in the competitive academic world.
From left to right: Dr Vladan Velisavljevic, Dr Tahmina Ajmal,
Dr Carlos Jacome Fernandez and Head of School, Dr Paul Sant.
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The CST School held its annual Project Poster Event on the 25th May 2018, in the Luton Campus Centre. This event saw a number of business visitors and offered an opportunity for our CST third year students to exhibit their final projects in poster format and to demonstrate their artefacts to industry. The event was open to all students and members of staff to have a look at some of the wonderful achievements of our 3rd years!
The event was sponsored by the School of Computer Science and Technology, together with local companies Sodalite and Mac Donald Humfrey (Automation) Ltd.,
The projects were judged and a number of prizes were awarded.
The prizes were presented by Dr Paul Sant (on far left in photo above),
Acting Head of the School of Computing and Technology.
On 2nd May 2018, the Bedfordshire Chapter held its first Arduino workshop. Chapter President, Faisal Hoque, ran the workshops after securing BCS funding for the equipment.
The 5 hour Arduino workshop was a tremendous success with over 30 students attending, over the course of the event.
Students were able to either work on their own projects or work in groups on projects ranging from music boxes through to a calculator project that would show results on an LCD screen.
Well done to Faisal and the Chapter for organising such a successful workshop.
Faisal expressed the group’s gratitude to BCS for their funding.
On 8th March David Jazani visited Denbigh High School helping to support their Careers Day by providing talks on careers and information on CST / Engineering courses available at the University, including our Foundation Year offering. David has been asked to return and provide further inspirational career talks to students on 15th May 2018
On 14th May, Acting HoS Paul Sant took a group of 17 CST students to the IBM University day, hosted by IBM. The students attended Key Note seminars, had a networking lunch and engaged in a series of interactive and discursive sessions in the afternoon/evening.
The degree apprenticeship (DTS) is now running its third unit in UBMK with the apprentices from BMW Mini and the level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship has 15 apprentices based at Luton. Most of these are currently employed at Luton Borough Council but are joined by apprentices from Vauxhall Motors and the University of Bedfordshire.
CST Lecturers author new book: Masood Ur Rehman & Ghazanfar Ali Safdar, LTE Communications and networks: Femtocells and antenna Design challenges
LTE Communications and networks fills a gap in the literature to offer a comprehensive review of the most current developments of LTE Femto cells and antennas and explores their future growth. This book identifies technical challenges and presents recent findings related to the development, integration and enhancement of LTE systems in portable devices. It will pave the way for students, researchers and industrial professionals for understanding of 4G and upcoming 5G technologies.
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