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Samson Abramsky awarded Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University

Professor Samson Abramsky FRS was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Middlesex University. Samson is the Christopher Strachey Professor of Computing at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. He has local connections. Samson grew up in Golders Green and went to school in Hendon. His PhD supervisor was Richard Bornat, and Samson was the PhD supervisor of Rajagopal Nagarajan. Both Richard and Raja are professors in the department. From Left to Right: Vice Chancellor Tim Blackman, Professor Samson Abramsky, Professor Raja Nagarajan, and Pro Chancellor Lorna Cocking.

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Fully funded PhD position in History and Philosophy of Computing

The Department of Computer Science at Middlesex University, together with the LEO Computers Society are looking for a PhD Candidate for a research project in the area of History and Philosophy of Computing. This will incorporate research into the objectives, design, construction and market penetration of the LEO I, II and III computers, developed by the catering firm J. Lyons and Co., and its subsidiary LEO Computers Limited – subsequently incorporated in different companies (English Electric LEO, English Electric Leo Marconi, ICL, Standard Telephones and Cables and finally Fujitsu).

Further details and instructions on how to apply available at:

http://www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-research-degrees/research-studentships/david-tresman-caminer-studentship-for-the-history-of-computing

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Quality awards for two papers!

  • Second Best full paper at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Environments: “Assessing Real World Imagery in Virtual Environments for People with Cognitive Disabilities” by Alexandra Covaci, Dean Kramer, Juan Carlos Augusto (Middlesex University), Silvia Rus, and Andreas Braun (Fraunhofer)
  • Best Short Paper at the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Environments: “Developing Navigational Services for People with Down’s Syndrome” by Dean Kramer, Alexandra Covaci, Juan Carlos Augusto (Middlesex University)

Three papers were selected in each category based on the scores assigned by the reviewers, then the public voted for the best of these three.

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Research Fellow position in Modelling Tools

A 36-month fellowship position is available to work on the XMF/XModeler toolset. The post is  in collaboration with the Department of Information Systems and Enterprise Modelling at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

More information can be found here: http://www.mdx.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/207145/SCT92.pdf

Please contact Prof. Tony Clark if you wish to discuss the post in further detail.

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Professor Juan Augusto named senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence

Professor Juan Carlos Augusto has been elected senior member of AAAI. As mentioned on the nomination page, “Senior Member status is designed to recognize AAAI members who have achieved significant accomplishments within the field of artificial intelligence“, http://www.aaai.org/Awards/senior.php.

Juan is the Head of the research group on Intelligent Environments; additional details are available on his web page at http://www.jcaugusto.com/

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New Journal: “Reliable Intelligent Environments”

A new journal proposed by Juan Carlos Augusto and titled “Reliable Intelligent Environments” has officially been accepted by Springer. More details to appear soon.

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New EPSRC-funded project: “Infinite-domain Constraint Satisfaction Problems”

Barnaby Martin has been awarded an EPSRC First Grant worth £125k for “Infinite-domain Constraint Satisfaction Problems”. He will shortly be advertising for a year’s postdoctoral amanuensis.

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New EU-funded project NEAL: Neuromorphic Embodied Agents that Learn

The Neuromorphic Embodied Agents that Learn project (NEAL) is part of the The Human Brain Project funded by the EU. This project builds on our earlier Cell Assembly Robot (CABot) work and extends it. NEAL will translate the Java based fatiguing leaky integrate and fire neural model and system to PyNN, which in turn will be translated to the SpiNNaker and HICANN neuromorphic hardware. Additional details are available at http://www.cwa.mdx.ac.uk/NEAL/NEAL.html. The project members are:

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Post-doc position available on POSEIDON Project

This position relates to EU-funded project on PersOnalized Smart Environments to increase Inclusion of people with DOwn’s SyNdrome (POSEIDON) which is hosted by the Research Group on Development of Intelligent Environments within the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University (London).

The candidate will undertake a range of research tasks as a key member of the POSEIDON project research team. The POSEIDON project is a multi-disciplinary project which focuses on the creation of an intelligent environment to support inclusion of people with Down’s Syndrome. One of the important contributions from our team is in helping to create a mixed reality environment to support education and training of people with Down’s syndrome at home, at school and at work. Our contribution in this area will require expertise in areas like Human-Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality, or Mixed Reality. The post will be located in the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University’s Hendon campus in London, and will be a member of the Research Group on Development of Intelligent Environments.

We are looking for enthusiastic professionals with experience in and a passion for research. Especially of interest for this post will be those with experience in Intelligent Environments, and more specifically in areas like Human-Computer Interaction, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality.

We expect candidates to have been involved in research activities including a track record of high quality publications. Also desirable is to be able to provide evidence to have contributed to obtaining research funds.

For informal enquiries please write to: Dr. Juan Carlos Augusto (j.augusto@mdx.ac.uk) Head of the Research Group on Development of Intelligent Environments

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EU funds project on inclusion with Middlesex University participation

Researchers from our department attracted funding from the EU through the call “ICT for smart and personalised inclusion” (Objective ICT-2013.5.3). The project title is: PersOnalized Smart Environments to increase Inclusion of people with DOwn’s syNdrome (POSEIDON).

The Middlesex University team is a multi-disciplinary team with including colleagues from other departments of our S&T School.  The main focus for our contribution will be on the creation of Context-Awareness services for the system to guide people with Down’s Syndrome to achieve their daily goals.  We will also contribute to part of the Human-Computer Interfaces aspects of the project, and to Standards.

The Project Partners are: Karde, Middlesex University, Fraunhofer, Tellu, Funka Nu, BIS, and Down’s Syndrome Associations from Norway, Germany and UK.

The project starts on the 1st of November 2013.

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From left to right: Professor Tony Clark, Mrs. Gill Whitney, Dr. Juan Carlos Augusto (team coordinator) and Dr. Rui Loureiro

 

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