13.6.14 Dr. Stuart Cunningham, Academic Head of Creative Industries, from the University's Research Centre: Creative and Applied Research for the Digital Society (CARDS), has this week has an electroacoustic music composition accepted for performance in a concert: Electroacoustic Miniatures.  The accepted piece, entitled "LSD No.1", is part of a larger body of research involving Dr. Cunningham, colleague Dr. Jonathan Weinel, and PhD candidate Darryl Griffiths.  This work is focused on using sound design to recreate experiences of auditory hallucinations and altered states of consciousness.


The accepted piece features the voice acting talents of Glyndŵr University students Hannah Baker and Dan Tipper who are currently studying on the BA (Hons) Theatre, Television and Performance programme in the Department of the Creative Industries.




The concert will be held on 27th June at Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS) in Morelia, Mexico. The full programme for the concert, for anyone in the area at the time, is:


Panos Amelides - Forward, Stop, Rewind, Stop (2013)

James Andean - Between the Leaves (v2) (2012)

Girilal Baars - Balloon Sonatino (2008)

Stuart Cunningham - LSD No. 1 (2014)

Panayiotis Kokoras - Magic Piano (2013)

Andrew Lewis - Tantana (2011)

Mauricio Meza - hold of theTunguska Blast (2010)

16.5.14 More High-class Research Output from C.A.R.D.S.!


Dr. Jon Weinel and Dr. Stuart Cunningham from C.A.R.D.S. have had two peer-reviewed International Journal articles published in Mexico and Canada. Their work in the domain of digital music and art is a perfect example of the interdisciplinary ethos of the Research Centre and the increasing pervasiveness of digital technologies in Society.





Weinel, J.  2014.  ’Shamanic Diffusions: a technoshamanic philosophy of electroacoustic music’.  Sonic Ideas/Ideas Sonicas 6(12).  Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS).


can be purchased here:


general info here:




Sonic Ideas/Ideas Sonicas is a dual language journal published by the Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS), which addresses a variety of issues related to computer music and sonic arts.  This particular edition edited by Luc Dellanoy, focuses on music and philosophy.  Weinel's article is a philosophical discussion which forms part of his research regarding psychedelic music and computer artworks.






Weinel, J.  Cunningham, S.  2014.  ’Digitized Direct Animation: Creating Materials for Electroacoustic Visual Music Using 8mm Film’.  eContact! 15(4).  Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC).


edition can be accessed online here:


specific article can be accessed online here:




This article discusses a technique for creating 'visual music' (a form of video art), by using 8mm cine film in combination with modern digital technologies.  The article deals with both technical and artistic considerations for creating a visual music composition: Mezcal Animations.  Mezcal Animations has been performed internationally at: Last Friday Listening Room (University of California San Diego), Seeing Sound 2013 (Bath Spa University), Sweet Thunder Festival (San Francisco), and will be performed next month atSound Sight Space and Play 2014 (DeMontfort University).  The associated article is featured in a special edition of the Canadian journal eContact!, which looks at video music as an emerging art form.  

25.4.14 Another Journal Publication from CARDS


After going through a rigorous peer review process, Dr Rich Picking and Professor Vic Grout have had their paper accepted for publication in The IET (Institution for Engineering and Technology) Journal on Healthcare Technology Letters. The research reported was undertaken in collaboration with their colleagues from the University of Zaragoza in Spain.




“E-servant: an intelligent, programmable system to support and integrate

assisted living technologies”



Richard Picking1, Vic Grout1, Roberto Casas2, Ruben Blasco2


1Department of Computing, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, Wales, UK

2HOWLab, Universidad de Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain


Conference Keynote

Glyndŵr’s Professor of Computing Futures, Vic Grout, has been invited to deliver the Keynote Address at the International Network Conference (INC 2014) at the University of Plymouth in July this year.  The presentation will build on Vic’s existing research work and will be adapted from talks to be given across Russia later this month and at the Wrexham Science Festival after that.  A summary of Vic’s Plymouth keynote is given below.

Life’s a RIoT with Spy vs Spy: Looking forward to the ‘Real’ Internet of Things, the ‘Internet of Everything’, ‘Big Data’ and ‘Big Connectivity’


Vic Grout

Professor of Computing Futures and Head of Computing

Glyndŵr University, Wrexham, Wales, UK


There are a variety of different approaches and attitudes to defining and describing the Internet of Things (IoT) or, as it is beginning to be restyled, the Internet of Everything (IoE).  In one sense, it could be argued that this powerful concept is what the original Internet was always destined to be.  In another, it is little more than routine use of simple technology: attach sensors and/or identification tags to anything or everything, allow these devices to communicate, then use existing Internet technologies to develop a massive database of entities, which can be referenced, interconnected and used in any way that can be broadly seen as beneficial.  This level of analysis is superficial, however, in that it only considers positive aspects of the IoT (or IoE), and, in an attempt to redress this, this talk looks beyond the traditional examples of fridges reordering milk or plants watering themselves to consider two additional, but often overlooked factors.

Firstly, and still on a reasonably positive note, the ever-increasing intelligence of the Internet will allow us to manipulate this ‘Big Data’ in new, exciting and (sometimes) beneficial ways.  Increasingly, the evolving Semantic Web will be able to understand the information with which it is working and make the best use of it for our benefit (or someone’s benefit).  Our personal and working lives may be about to become completely automated and made easier by ‘Web Intelligence’.  Secondly, and potentially on the darker side, other hardware and software developments will extend the IoT’s or the IoE’s reach.  Face-recognition, image-scanners and numerous other advanced detectors and sensors may soon mean that everything can be read, whether it is deliberately labelled or not.  We, and everything we use or own, could soon become part of the Real Internet of Things (RIoT) and we might have to expect to be identified and traced in everything we do.  Combine this with the almost immediate availability of the processed information (‘Big Connectivity’) and the privacy we take for granted today may soon be a thing of the past.  So what will the future will look like?  Are we heading for paradise or Big Brother?


4.4.14 Google Award Success for Computing

Professor of Computing Futures and Head of Department, Vic Grout, and his team, have been awarded a grant of $25,000 by Google to deliver essential training to ICT teachers across Wales looking to make the difficult transition to the new Computing and Computer Science GCSE curriculum.  The money will pay for a synchronised summer school programme in July this year to be run at Glyndŵr University, Bangor University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Swansea Metropolitan University (University of Wales Trinity St David) with the project being led and coordinated by the Computing Department at Glyndŵr.

The award is part of Google’s high-profile ‘Computer Science for High School’ (CS4HS) initiative which, to quote Google themselves, saw “a highly competitive year”.  The proposal was supported by the UK Computing At School (CAS) organisation as well as CAS in Wales.  It will be the only Google/CAS initiative in the UK this year and was successful against fierce opposition from other UK universities.

Further evidence of Computing@Glyndŵr’s growing strength on the national and international stage.

28.3.14 Science & Art Come Together At British Science Association Event


Science and art were brought together last Thursday at ‘The Art of Illusions,’ the inaugural event of the North Wales Branch of the British Science Association, to celebrate National Science and Engineering week.


The free public event invited children, families and anyone with an interest in art and science to explore the world of illusions. There was work on display from amateur and professional artists, expert talks and live illusion demonstrations. The event was only possible thanks to the help and support of staff and students from Glyndŵr University and Techniquest Glyndŵr.


  • Nathan Roberts – Senior Lecturer in Computing was on hand demonstrating the department’s immersive technology research using Oculus Rift.
  • Techniquest Glyndŵr provided make and take activities for children and families, alongside some ‘optical illusion busking.’
  • Emyr Williams, Lecturer in Psychology entertained the crowd with a talk on ‘The Psychology of Illusion’ delivered with the support of undergraduate psychology students Aoife Marsh and Bethan Wynne.

Many other staff and students gave their support on the night, including MA student Heather Wilson, who designed a comic all about illusion science especially for the evening, and Tal Stokes, who was demonstrating holograms produced by View Holographics, based at Optic Glyndŵr.

The event was hosted at Undegun, a town centre gallery, studio and community space managed by local arts organisation THIS project. Kirsty Gaughan, one of the THIS project team said of the evening;


“The Art of Illusions was a great event that showed the potential of bringing science and art together. Everyone enjoyed the mixture of activities, workshops and talks on the night. THIS Project really enjoyed working with the, British Science Association and Techniquest Glyndŵr and Glyndŵr University, and it would be great to work with them again.”

Kirsty Gaughan – THIS Project


Over 120 visitors attended the evening, and the North Wales Branch of the British Science Association hope it will be the first of many events for the area. Anyone interested in joining the association, can contact the North Wales Branch Chair Rachel Mason, at

21.3.14 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence

Computing have had further research success with two conference papers being accepted for the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence, to be held in Beijing, China in July this year.  This is the premier world conference for Computational Intelligence research and very hard to get papers accepted for.  The papers are

[1] B. Liu, Q. Zhang, G. Gielen, V. Grout, “Behavioral Study of the Surrogate Model-aware Evolutionary Search Framework”

[2] M. Wu, A. Karkar, B. Liu, A. Yakovlev, V. Grout, “Network on Chip Optimization Based on Surrogate Model Assisted Evolutionary Algorithms”


These papers are in line with Computing’s strategy to develop a world-leading research centre in Intelligent Optimisation at Glyndŵr.

Congratulations to Dr Susan Liggett shortlisted for Prestigious Painting Award


Dr Susan Liggett Senior Lecturer in Fine Art has had a painting selected for the Lynn Painter-Stainer Prize. The exhibition of shortlisted paintings can be seen at the Mall Galleries, The Mall London 17-22 March. The prize encourages the very best creative representational painting and promotes the skill of draftsmanship. With prize money of £25,000 the Prize is one of the most prestigious awards to artists in the UK.


The Creative Futures Student Conference

The Creative Futures Student Conference takes place next week i.e. 3rd – 6th March 2014.  Neil J Pritchard, colleagues in the Careers Centre and academic members of staff have helped to organise a programme of some 50 workshops and presentations over the four days.   Further details are on the new Creative Futures website, which was designed and developed by final year graphic design students, Simon Amor and Steph Campbell, along with computing graduate Tim Redhead.

See: www.Glyndŵ

The event, which was shortlisted for a national student engagement award last year, provides an opportunity for students to pick up advice from professionals who have successfully carved out successful careers in the various creative industries.  The key themes of the week include entrepreneurship, employability and professional development.


Home Computing-Past, Present and Future” – Nick Whitehead Theatre, 7.30pm on 13thFebruary 2014


For staff and students with an interest in engineering and computing, the above talk will be taking place at 7.30pm on Thursday 13th February 2014 in the Nick Whitehead Theatre.


The speaker will be Sid Jones BSc (Hons) who will speak on the subject of Home Computing-Past, Present and Future. 


This will be a talk on 'home brewed' computing systems, from the early days of logic gates implemented from transistors and resistors, through to the introduction of digital integrated circuits and the arrival of the ubiquitous microprocessor, using examples from Sid's own practical experiences. The emphasis will be on making and using practical systems (that interface to the real world), which provide education and promote interest in learning the development of the fundamentals of software and hardware (as opposed to just the consumption of digital media), skills that will become increasingly necessary for engineers of the future.


This talk will be of particular interest to anyone who wishes to know more of the history of modern digital electronics for the hobbyist, and those wishing to get started with 'rolling their own' computing systems


17.1.14: Head of Computing and Professor of Computing Futures, Vic Grout, has been invited to organise and chair the special session on ‘The Future of Computing’ at the Annual Conference of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) and the British Computer Society (BCS) Academy at Loughborough University, 7th-9th April.  The session, comprising keynote talks and panel discussions before a distinguished audience of international delegates, will consider current and future trends in computing/technological advances and the social impact they will have.  Topics will cover: the ‘Technological Singularity’, ‘Big Data’, the ‘Internet of Things’, ‘Big Connectivity’, Intelligent Machines, Quantum, Optical and Biological Computing, to name but a few.  Speakers include Professor Anthony Finkelstein from University College London, Professor Simon Peyton-Jones from Microsoft Laboratories Cambridge and other key representatives from Google and Cisco.

Vic currently edits the online blog, 'Turing's Radiator' (, which discusses these 'futurology' questions and other issues in Computing/Computer Science progress, education, politics and philosophy.


Shuo Wang, Rich Hebblewhite, Ardeshir Osanlou & Peter Excell have had their paper "Innovative re-creation of realities in a holographic digital form" accepted for presentation at the SPIE (International Society for Optics & Photonics) conference taking place at the Moscone Center, San Francisco from 1st-6th of February.  The paper focusses on the synergies between art and science with a case study of their work on the holographic scenes produced for the European Extremely Large Telescope project. It is intended that the principal work flow that has been designed will be applied to the holographic recreation of Chinese works of art over the coming years.  Shuo Wang will be presenting the research during the 5th special session on Holography, Perception & Art on February 4th.


Visual Magic in Computers:Dr Jon Peddie President, Jon Peddie Research Inc. Tiburon, San Francisco Bay, USA Friday 25 October 2013, 2 pm, Nick Whitehead Lecture Theatre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham

The presentation will cover a review of the state of the art in generating amazing images.  3D in computers began as a way to represent automotive designs and illustrate the construction of molecules. 3D graphics use evolved to visualizations of simulated data and artistic representations of imaginary worlds.  In order to overcome the processing limitations of the computer, graphics had to exploit the characteristics of the eye and brain, and develop visual tricks to simulate realism.  The goal is to create graphics images that will automatically overcome the visual cues that create and cause disbelief that tells the viewer this is not real.  Thousands of people over thousands of years have developed the building blocks and made the discoveries in mathematics and science to make such 3D magic possible.

UK IT Industry Awards 2013

Sadeque Shaikh, a member of the Computing teaching staff at the Glyndŵr University London campus hasbeen selected by the British Computer Society as a finalist in this year’s UK IT Industry Awards, for the “Personal Excellence Award: IT Consultant of The Year” category.  The UK IT Industry Awards is the benchmark for outstanding performance throughout the UK computer industry which is organised by the BCS ,The Chartered Institute of IT.  The awards focus on the contribution of individuals, projects, organisations and technologies that have excelled in the use, development and deployment of IT in the past 12 months.

The shortlist for this year's awards was announced on 30th August and on 27th September  Sadeque as one of only the top seven Finalists attended a Final Judging Panel at Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, where he faced a 30 minute interview followed by Q&A with the three judges.The winner of the 2013 Awards will be announced at the lavish prize giving ceremony taking place on Wednesday 13th November 2013 at Battersea Park Arena in London which will be attended by leaders from corporate business, government and some of the most influential people from IT community.Congratulations to Sadeque and we wish him good luck at the forthcoming awards ceremony.

Fifth International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 13)

10-13 September 2013

Positive feedback continues to flood into Glyndwr University’s in-tray from its delegates as the dust begins to settle after a momentous ITA 13.Attended by over 100 delegates from 40 countries from all over the globe (this year we broke our record for distance travelled by one delegate from New Zealand), the diverse conference presented original research on topics ranging from digital art to novel computer hardware design.The eminent keynote speakers from Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (Professor Jim Foley) and from Aalborg University, Denmark (Professor Tony Brooks) gave memorable presentations that inspired both early career and experienced researchers.There were four separate specialist workshops in emergency telecommunications systems, technologies for health, antennae communications and energy efficient transceivers.  Also, this year saw the successful launch of the Glyndwr Art Expo which was incorporated into the ITA event.A vibrant atmosphere was evident throughout the four-day conference, especially during the poster session, software demonstrations and tutorial workshops, all held simultaneously on Wednesday 11thSeptember.Best paper for ITA 13 was awarded to Andre Trudel from Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada, who presented “An iPad Application for Viewing IP Addresses which host a publicly accessible web server”, which in layperson’s terms is an app that lets you navigate a map of the Internet.

Glyndŵr University provides the Expert Commentary on Disney’s Experimental Air Flow Technology

Gamers could be able to feel the thwack of a ball or bullets whooshing past their faces if Disney's experimental air-flow technology takes off.  Dubbed Aireal, the technology allows users to feel physical feedback from virtual images without having to wear gloves, belts or vests.  Puffs of compressed air blown at different strengths and speeds simulate tactile experiences, the inventors say.

It is the latest innovation in haptic - or tactile - technology.Air vortices pumped through 3D-printed flexible nozzles directed by motion sensors can simulate anything from the gentle flap of a butterfly's wings to the hard impact of a ball hitting the hand, say developers at the University of Illinois and Disney Research.  But the technology is at a very early stage of development.  While motion sensors have allowed gamers to interact with 2D screens without the need for hand-held controllers, haptics aims to make these virtual experiences tactile as well.

"This is obviously just a proof of concept at this stage," said Prof Vic Grout, head of computing at Glyndŵr University. "But it could have some very interesting applications in the gaming and non-gaming worlds.Most people interact more naturally with computer systems through touch or movement, and gesture-controlled interfaces are now well established.The big breakthrough for Disney's technology will come if they can make it mobile."

Disney was showing off its new technology at the Siggraph conference in Anaheim, California.


Lecture tour to Ukrainian Universities

Professor Peter Excell (Dean of the Institute for Arts, Science and Technology) conducted an invited lecture tour of Ukrainian universities from 5th to 13th of June. He visited the National Aerospace University in Kiev, Chernihiv State Technological University, Poltava National Technical University and the IVth Delcam International Conference on Advanced Information Technologies in Education and Scientific Research, held at a conference centre on the banks of the Dnieper River. He delivered four lectures at the Kiev and Chernihiv universities:




Treading out Technology: theory meets praxis during a thousand mile walk round Wales - Alan Dix, Professor of Computing, University of Birmingham

Thursday 9 May, 7pm - Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndŵr University, Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW

From mid-April to July 2013, Alan Dix will walk the complete periphery of Wales, following Offa’s Dyke through the borderlands, then along the Welsh Coastal Path, covering more than 1,000 miles. Three weeks into the walk he will reach Wrexham, where he will speak about his journey so far.

Partly a personal journey reconnecting with the country of his childhood, this is also a technological journey investigating the IT needs of the walker and the local communities through which Alan passes. Some of this will be mundane technologically speaking, but hopefully transformative in practice.  However, he also expects to be pushed to the limits cartographically and theoretically.  In particular, aspects of Semantic Web and the odd Galois Connection will be essential parts of the need to synchronise data between heterogeneous sources and following disconnection.  He will also be acting as a 'living lab', open to trial other researchers' ideas and technology – maybe you have something existing or planned for him to explore?

Alan's research interests are varied and eclectic; although mathematics was (and is!) his first love, the majority of his work is focused around the area of human-computer interaction – what happens when people use technology and how to design technology for people.  He is the author of one of the key international textbooks in the area as well as other books and over 350 academic papers.Much of his career has been in academia, but in addition he has spent time in agricultural engineering research, local government IT, submarine design and start-ups.  With a colleague at Lancaster University he invented technology to make LEDs individually controllable; this is being released commercially and is expected to transform cityscapes across the world.

You can find out more about Alan’s journey here:

CARDS organises a number of research seminars throughout the year which are open to all, and take place at Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus. For more information on these seminars, or on the work of the Centre, please email Dr Rich Picking at or call 01978 293066.


Keynote for the European Programme for Sustainable ICT in Academic Education (EPSIAE) – Birmingham City University April 2nd 2013

In her capacity as Membership Secretary of the British Computer Society (BCS) Green IT Specialist Group, and Vice Chair of the BCS ICT Ethics Specialist Group, Computing’s Denise Oram was invited by Birmingham City University and Inholland University Amsterdam, to give a Keynote address on “Designing for Sustainability: an ethical approach” at the International EPSIAE Conference in Birmingham. 

The EPSIAE is primarily funded by the European Union – Life Long Learning, and is formed by an international collaboration of six European universities with extensive links in the ICT, non-ICT industries and with professional bodies.  The 10 day conference aims to explore the delivery of academic practices in the context of more sustainable ICT and to confront academic learning with different aspects to resolve the problems of energy and material waste in ICT.

April 2013 Glyndwr University Represented among U.K.'s Leaders in Computing Again

Professor Vic Grout (Head of Department of Computing and Associate Dean for Research in the Institute for Arts, Science and Technology) has been successful in the elections to the executive committee of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC), a UK-wide body which articulates the interests of academic computing. This puts Glyndwr University back at a "top table" which includes representatives of several universities with lengthy and highly regarded international reputations.
The CPHC was one of the driving forces in the setting up of the 'Computing at School' organisation, which has played a major role in influencing government policy, particularly in the complete overhaul of the way that Computing and IT are taught in schools.  Vic has already embraced this agenda energetically, in part through his previous success in being elected as Chair of the Welsh subcommittee of the CPHC executive, following the resignation of its founding Chair, Professor Peter Excell (also of this University).
This reflects the steadily growing energy and esteem of Glyndwr's Computing Department, which is now highly engaged with developments both at the school level and in leading international research, having recently recruited some very research-active staff. 

Russian airlines AEROFLOT “In-Flight Entertainment Challenge” and more…
Moscow 1-3 March 2013

Glyndwr University team Professor Vic Grout (Head of Computing and Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise), Dr. Stuart Cunningham (Head of Creative Industries), Dr Leila Luukko-Vinchenzo (Head of Language Centre), Olga Edwards (International Regional Manager) and Professor Brian Foxon (Director of International Operations) have been recently working on the Glyndwr “CLOUD” project for submission to the Russian airline company, Aeroflot competition, “In-Flight Entertainment Challenge” and were invited to Moscow last weekend for the semi-final in which 20 teams were participating, having been selected from an original field of 217 entries from all parts of Russia and other countries.
Professor Grout presented the Project CLOUD (“Cultural Learning for Our Destination”) proposal (conceived by Dr. Cunningham) in which he outlined a system for allowing passengers to interact in an immersive environment, both before boarding and while on the plane.  The ‘serious game’ proposed to connect passengers, friends and services on the ground in a virtual world in which they could learn the culture and language of their destination, exchange information and book services such as taxis, guides and hotels.  Dr. Leila Luukko-Vinchenzo is responsible for the linguistic and cultural concept of the project which was initially to involve six languages, with a possibility to be extended to cover as many languages as needed from Aeroflot’s business point of view.  Olga Edwards acted as translator at times, and her local knowledge and contacts were invaluable during the events and the entire trip.
The ‘Advisor for Innovation Development’, Andrey Polozov-Yablonsky, and several other Heads of Aeroflot Departments made up the jury of the contest.  After two long days of intense presentations and project refinement, the Glyndwr proposal was selected to move forward to the final five submissions to be considered on the final day.  It was the only non-Russian submission to make the final five with proposals from other UK universities, such as University College London, falling along the way.  Eventually, the CLOUD project finished fourth overall and the team was invited to proceed to discuss full funding arrangements with Aeroflot.  Other opportunities for future collaboration were also recognised.  
Leila also represented Glyndwr University at a recruitment event organised by the Open World Education Group at the Marriott Hotel in the city centre.  She was supported by Prof Olga Volchek from Bauman University.  The event was extremely popular, and we are looking forward to welcoming many more students from Moscow, particularly for the English Language Summer School. 
The team returned home tired but satisfied with a job well done. 

Guest Speaker: Yann Seznec – Sound Designer & Performance Artist

The Department of the Creative Industries is pleased to announce the following event:
"To Imagine, To Learn, To Create"Yann Seznec[the amazing rolo]
OverviewMusical pigsties, sound installations, games, lasers and mushrooms; Yann Seznec's projects may seem wildly disparate, however, they are all conceptually, artistically, and technically linked, forming a body of work looking at sound, music, interface, audience, and more.  Yann will describe his projects and his career, from a (failed) appearance on Dragons' Den to founding an award-winning creative studio, showing the results of an uncompromising approach to artistic creation.
An event held jointly between the BCS Chester & North Wales Branch & Computer Arts Society
Monday 4th March 201319:00TV Studio, Centre for Creative IndustriesGlyndwr UniversityPlas Coch Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW
Spaces are limited so please book your FREE place now at:

Computing's Ian Sturrock will be leading a workshop this summer as part of the International Communication Association's 63rd Annual Conference in London.  The workshop, titled "Designing Engaging Games: Informational Feedback, Incremental Change, Autotelic Players" will run on 17 Jun 2013 during the one-day pre-conference, "The Power of Play: Motivational Uses and Applications of Digital Games". Ian's workshop proposal was highly praised by the pre-conference committee, who said:"-          The scope and conceptual contributions of this proposal is a cut above the other proposals.  -          The proposal is a good fit to the ICA audience considering its intellectual sophistication and relation with the industry.  -          The proposal is focusing on hands-on game design, particularly the design-test-re-design cycle along with an overview and discussion of the concepts including incremental learning, feedback, and autotelic players.  So, it is very similar to what we had in mind for the workshop.  -          We are certain that the facilitators will connect well with the audience, and are highly knowledgeable of the proposed topic.  -          The proposal is affordable considering our limited budget and facilitator’s expectations."More information about the ICA conference, including the pre-conferences, can be found at

Feb 2012: Global Games Jam at Glyndwr

Last weekend saw Glyndwr host its ‘Global Games Jam’ event in the Creative Industries Building, a forty-eight hour marathon to design and create computer games.  A collaboration between the departments of Computing and Creative Industries, the Glyndwr GGJ was part of the ‘Global Games Jam’ being held all over the world. ( Computing’s Ian Sturrock set up and organised the local event which has huge sponsorship all over the world and hundreds of simultaneous locations.  A number of staff, students and external people took part, emerging tired but satisfied on Sunday night.

At the beginning of the event on Friday night there were 321 Game Jam locations, taking place in 61 countries around the globe.  ( Ian appeared on BBC Radio on Friday morning ( and explained how the event would work.  Then there was a follow-up after the event: (about 2h37m in ) at  Both are worth a listen.Chris Woodworth (ex-student and animator at TT games) gave the keynote speech (, giving an insight into how the Lego series of games are produced and animated. He then was available all weekend to offer guidance and advice to all those who entered.

Jan 2013: Recently approved KTP project: Gelicity UK Ltd, Castle Park Industrial Estate, Flint
Gelicity UK is a leading skincare company, developing and manufacturing gel-based bath and body products at their main factory in Flint.  The company has grown steadily over the last six years and this trend looks likely to continue, as Selfridges have recently begun stocking their products in time for Christmas. 
The Academic Supervisor for this project is Nathan Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Computing.  The aim of this two-year Classic KTP project is to implement a new gaming-based marketing strategy to accompany the current marketing of the company’s product Gelli Baff.  The product, aimed at children, turns ordinary bath water to brightly-coloured jelly.  It is safe, non-staining and comes with a dissolver to turn the gel back to water before draining the bath.  The purpose of the KTP project is to create and launch an innovative online game that will not only increase awareness of the product, but that will also encourage return buying.  In order to break the next level of the game, players will need a code found in the Gelli Baff packets, meaning that the project should result in increased turnover for the company. 

Glyndŵr University in Russia: Professor Peter Excell's visitSeveral senior staff have recently been on goodwill missions to university partners in Russia.  The first of the current group was Prof Peter Excell, Dean of Arts, Science and Technology, who visited Samara State Aerospace University, Bauman Moscow State Technical University in late September and early October.

Sept 2012: Glyndŵr University Researchers Work with Large Hadron Collider ScientistsGlyndŵr University research is set to contribute to the world’s most high-profile science project.
A computing breakthrough involving one of the university’s PhD students could help with the search by scientists at CERN in Switzerland for definitive evidence of the existence of the Higgs boson.
Matthias Kreider is contributing to research into a new networking protocol, which could play a key role in major scientific breakthroughs at the giant laboratory.
Matthias is based at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt, Germany, and is a Glyndŵr University student supervised by the university’s Professor Vic Grout and John Davies.
The centre in Darmstadt is building a new heavy ion accelerator similar in construction to the large hadron collider at CERN, although it is used for a different purpose.Research at Darmstadt includes the discovery of six new chemical elements and the development of a new cancer treatment. 
Matthias is working on the electronics for a networking protocol which would allow the work of the accelerator to be timed and recorded to an extremely precise degree. This is crucial to its effectiveness for research.
Vic said: “The new protocol is now potentially going to be used both at Darmstadt and CERN. It is the same process at both sites, but the difference is the materials being accelerated.
“Both sites need to tackle the same problem, so they are working together.”
A paper co-authored by Matthias, Vic, John and researchers from CERN and Darmstadt has now been published by the American Physical Society. ( 
Vic added: “The paper is not the finished product just yet but the results are very good. Everything they have implemented so far has worked and is on schedule.
“Matthias is based at the centre in Germany but we have regular meetings via Skype. We travel to see him over there annually and he spends a few days a year here. We look forward to the continuing progress of the research, which is extremely promising.”

Prestige Guest Lecture: Professor Jim Foley - Oct 5th
One of the world’s leading experts on computer graphics, Professor Jim Foley, from the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will speak in Glyndŵr University’s Nick Whitehead Lecture Theatre at 12 noon on Friday 5 October.
He will discuss the issue of realism and how far computer scientists can, or need to, go in creating graphics and images which fool the eye – as well as some of the future challenges. The lecture duration will be about one hour.
This visit is a considerable coup for the university, that has been arranged by Professor Rae Earnshaw, Professor of Creative Industries, a leading CG expert in his own right. 
Professor Foley is at the very top of his field and we are very fortunate to get him here. He founded the Georgia Graphics, Visualization and Usability Centre, which has been ranked first by U.S. News & World Report for graduate computer science work in graphics and user interaction. The Association for Computing Machinery has awarded him the Lifetime Achievement Award for computer-human interaction and the Steven A. Coons Award, which places him among the World’s leading computer graphics pioneers. He is co-author of several widely-used textbooks in the field of computer graphics, of which over 400,000 copies are in print and translated into ten languages.
Professor Earnshaw comments:“One of the goals of computer graphics and computer animation has been to create images that are so real they are indistinguishable from reality.  It has been a holy grail.  These techniques have been used to great effect in simulations and movies.  Some well known examples are Jurassic Park, Titanic, Avatar, and Transformers.  Jurassic Park had the first digital dinosaur and brought it to life.  Industrial Light and Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, has set the standard for visual effects and also received Academy Awards for them, but many other companies now use similar techniques. However, realism is not necessarily the only goal.  Pixar demonstrated in Toy Story that characterisation is equally important.
In this lecture, Professor Foley discusses how much realism is really necessary for a range of applications and revisits the quest for the holy grail”
The lecture should be within the grasp of a wide range of staff and students, not just those in Computing: all are welcome (Please advise Prof. Excell if you expect to bring a substantial group: p.excell@Glyndŵ

July 2012: Glyndwr University academic presides over the BCS Health in Wales prize for the category: Most innovative use of IT/IT technology in the healthcare sector in Wales, 2012.
The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has been awarded the British Computer Society (BCS) Health in Wales award for the Hospital E-Referrals (HeRS) project at the NHS Wales awards ceremony, which took place at the Cardiff Millennium Centre on 4th July, 2012. The £100 prize is to be donated by the winning team to The Noah's Ark Appeal, the official charity of the Children's Hospital for Wales.  
Of the winning entry, the judges were “…  particularly impressed with the initiative to improve the efficiency gains in the NHS data transmissions systems across Wales, and also in the carefully planned process strategy described. The judges also commended the excellent and clear presentation of the team’s work.”
Nigel Houlden, BCS Health in Wales secretary and judging panel member, was in attendance at the ceremony to congratulate the winning team.  “It was a delight to meet the winning team, it’s an excellent project now being rolled out nationally. A worthy winner of the inaugural prize.“

June 2012

Denis Kostenko has become the first student from Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia to obtain a University of Wales PhD under the collaborative research arrangement with Glyndŵr University.

Contribution to Memorial Research Volume

Visiting Professor Rae Earnshaw was one of a small group of people commissioned to put together a memorial volume in memory of the American computer graphics pioneer Professor Jim Thomas:
He kindly invited Dr Stuart Cunningham and Professor Peter Excell of Glyndŵr University to contribute a chapter to this volume, which they were delighted to do. The book has now been published by Springer and is entitled "Expanding the Frontiers of Visual Analytics and Visualization”, edited by J. Dill, R. Earnshaw, D. Kasik, J. Vince and P.C. Wong:
Stuart and Peter's contribution is Chapter 16 "e-Culture and m-Culture: The Way that Electronic, Computing and Mobile Devices are Changing the Nature of Art, Design and Culture” by Stuart Cunningham and Peter S. Excell
All book and e-book royalties go to the IEEE Jim Thomas Memorial Fund. The editors have kept Jim's widow Berta Thomas informed of progress during this project.  In a recent message she said the following:"This is a very special thing you all are doing.  Jim really was a special person and is missed by many - what a fitting way to celebrate his life and accomplishments!  Thank you all so very much".

April 2012: Professor Vic Grout has been elected Chair of the Welsh region of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC).  CPHC's role is to promote and coordinate university Computing and Computer Science across the UK and to represent the subject in negotiations with industry and government.


A recent Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) involving Glyndŵr University and Thermographic Measurements Ltd has been awarded a grade C “Good” rating by an independent panel of assessors. 
Thermographic Measurements Ltd based in North Wales are world leaders in Colour Change Thermometry.  TMC was established in 1969 and since then the company have grown and developed many new products and a position in the market as leaders in the field of colour change thermometry.  TMC are committed to constantly creating innovations through their dedicated staff and research and development unit.  The KTP involved using latest technology to research, develop and implement an integrated management information system across the company’s four divisions.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) aims to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology, encourage relevant academic research and provide company based training for Associates to develop specialist skills.  The KTP between Glyndŵr University and Thermographic Measurements Ltd clearly fulfilled the KTP aims and objectives.  This KTP project flowed smoothly throughout its 24-month duration and allowed the Computing and Communications Technology academic team (John Worden and Prof Peter Excell) to strengthen their links with industry.

Glyndwr University Supercomputer Delivered
Just before Christmas, the University's new Fujitsu supercomputer was delivered and installed in a secure-off-campus location (picture).  This is part of the "HPC Wales" project, where HPC stands for high performance computing: this is a £40 million project which will involve the installation of eight supercomputing nodes, distributed around Wales (each of them a big computer in its own right), plus several suites of high-performance visualisation equipment, some linked to the supercomputing nodes and some at additional locations, which will include both Glyndŵr University Wrexham campus and Glyndŵr University OpTIC campus at St Asaph.  All eight nodes will be linked by high-capacity data channels so that they can be used as a single supercomputer.  This will be the most powerful supercomputer available to the civilian research community in the UK and it will be within the top 200 or so supercomputers in the world.  Glyndŵr University’s node is one of the eight and University researchers will have full access rights to the complete network. 

Glyndŵr University’s computer is still awaiting final commissioning, but it is expected that this will not take long.  The University has various projects in the pipeline that will exploit its power, including a Masters course in high-performance computing and three research projects which have been accepted for support by the HPC Wales board. 

Professor Peter Excell, Dean of Arts, Science and Technology, has experience of the use of supercomputers dating back 30 years and he has been coordinating the University’s component in this important Welsh national project, including liaison with the major English supercomputing centre at Daresbury, to which Glyndŵr University is by far the closest Welsh university.  He comments: "Receiving this supercomputer is a major milestone for Glyndŵr University and for the HPC Wales project.  I have made it very clear to the leaders of HPC Wales that the University is a heavyweight technological university that has many world-leading research projects ready to run on this machine and it has the people with the skills to lead them.  Glyndŵr University is rightly up with the leaders in HPC Wales and I expect it to be making a major mark by delivering internationally-significant results within the next year or two".

Book Chapter: Professor Peter Excell (Dean of Arts, Science and Technology) and Dr Stuart Cunningham (Academic Leader for Creative Industries) have been invited to submit a chapter on the interface between technology and creative arts in a forthcoming book.  The invitation came from Visiting Professor Rae Earnshaw (Bradford University), who has been very supportive of developments in Creative Industries.

The chapter, which has been accepted for publication, is entitled "e-Culture and m-Culture: The way that Electronics, Computing and Mobile Devices are Changing the Nature of Art, Design and Culture" by S. Cunningham and P.S. Excell.

The book will be published by Springer and is entitled "Art in Computer Graphics, Visualization and Visual Analytics".  The editors are J. Dill, R.A. Earnshaw, D.J. Kasik, J.A. Vince and P.C. Wong.  It is hoped that it will appear during 2012. 

A summary of news from Glyndŵr’s Research Centre for Creative and Applied Research for the Digital Society (C.A.R.D.S.)

The newly formed Centre for Creative and Applied Research for the Digital Society (C.A.R.D.S.) at Glyndŵr University invites all interest researchers and academics to its launch event on Wednesday 7th December (2-3pm) in the Nick Whitehead Lecture Theatre.  C.A.R.D.S. consists of ten research groups, each with their own specialisms, but working together on many projects.  C.A.R.D.S is essentially an amalgamation of CAIR (Centre for Applied Internet Research) and RCAD (Research Centre for Art and Design), but we are seeking contributions and participation from people across the whole Glyndŵr University community.


If you are currently or indeed interested in researching within any of the areas covered by the C.A.R.D.S. research groups listed below, please come along to find out more, or alternatively e-mail if you are unable to attend.


Creative Branch

  • Art and Design Group (AD-G)
  • Humanities Group (H-G)
  • Journalism, Media & Performance Group (JMP-G)
  • Audio-Visual Technologies Group (AVT-G)
  • Environmental Applications and Digital Modelling Group (EADM-G)


Applied Branch

  • Networking and Security Technologies Group (NST-G)
  • High-Performance Computing and Applications Group (HPCA-G)
  • Health Informatics and Technologies Group (HIT-G)
  • User Experience Group (UX-G)
  • Ethics and Professionalism Group (EP-G)


Denise Oram, leader of C.A.R.D.S. Ethics and Professionalism research group (EP-G), has been a member of the British Computer Society ‘Ethics Group’ since 2008.  This is a small team of selected leaders and thinkers who provide high-level strategies for addressing the ethical impact of emerging technologies.


She has recently been involved in the formation of a new sub-specialist group of BCS Ethics, called ‘ICT Ethics’.  At its launch last month at the BCS Specialist Groups Convention in London, Denise was invited to give a presentation on “ICT Ethics – what’s it got to do with me?”.  This event was followed by the BCS ICT Ethics SG inaugural meeting where Denise was nominated Secretary for the committee.  This group offers members the opportunity to contribute to the debates and discussions relevant to ICT ethics, to share best practice and raise awareness of issues facing today’s IT professionals. 


Denise has also had a co-authored paper with Prof. Colin Pattinson and Prof. Margaret Ross accepted for publication in the International Journal of Human Capital & IT Professionals.  The paper ‘Sustainability and Social Responsibility in raising Awareness of Green Issues through Developing Tertiary Academic Provision: a Case Study’ will be published at the end of the year.

A delegation of seven C.A.R.D.S. researchers has just returned from Furtwangen in the Black Forest in Germany, where they presented papers at the Seventh Collaborative Research Symposium on Security, E-learning, Internet and Networking (SEIN 2011).  This symposium offers extremely valuable professional and personal development for research students in a supportive yet realistic conference environment. Dr Rich Picking (Head of C.A.R.D.S.) led the group during the hectic four day excursion, exemplified by the return leg back to Wales, which crossed the borders of five countries in less than five hours!

Inaugural Professorial Lecture: From Specialised Engineering Science, Telecommunications and Computing to Joined-up Communications: an exploration including some of the big questions of academia

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Peter Excell, Professor of Communications

Thursday 10 November 2011, 6.30pm for a 7pm start

Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndŵr University

Throughout more than 40 years in academia and industry Professor Excell has been witness to landmark changes in technology and its relationship with society.

In this lecture he will give an overview of his extensive research, which has focussed on computation and applications of high-frequency electromagnetic fields, including investigating the interaction of electromagnetic fields with the human body, unintended interactions with other technological systems, the design of antennas and the use of superconductivity.

Professor Excell will also discuss lessons that have been learned about strategic choices for professors and for universities in general, specifically examining the place of research and the balance that has to be struck by every academic between breadth and depth in their pursuit of the advancement of knowledge. He will present some of the lessons learned, in particular reviewing the examples of technological evolution that he has witnessed and the implications that can be argued regarding the future of technology and the strategy for universities.

Seating is limited, so to reserve your place at this lecture please email or call Katie Dutton on 01978 293466.

Wrexham Science Festival ... Professor Vic Grout, will give a public lecture at 7:30pm on Tuesday 19th July at Glyndwr University as part of the annual Wrexham Science Festival (14th-22nd July 2011). Vic's talk, Dawn of the Intelligent Machines, will look at the next generation of computers that could be 'living' alongside us within a few decades.

New Research Partnership ... John Davies and Professor Vic Grout have recently returned from a visit to the GSI Particle Accelerator in Darmstadt, Germany to begin CAIR's latest research collaboration (narrowly avoiding some unpleasant events at Frankfurt Airport). John and Vic will supervise PhD student, Mathias Kreider, a member of the GSI Heavy Ion Research Centre, who will be co-supervised by Professor Dr. Ping Chen from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. (The photographs show Vic in front of part of the main storage ring, temporarily shut down for maintenance, and one of the event recorders used to capture particle paths.)

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The project will develop the advanced network timing mechanism to be used in GSI's new, extended accelerator facilities (The 'Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research' - FAIR) and will also be used at CERN in Geneva. The timing system will have to provide exceptionally accurate (sub-nanosecond) synchronisation across the accelerator sites to record results from particle experiments and proposes to develop an ambitious extension of existing optical networking technology. (Failure rates will have to be less than one in 10,000,000,000,000!) For those interested in more of the science behind this fascinating project, details can be found at

Yet Another Keynote Address ... CAIR Deputy Director and Reader in HCI, Dr. Rich Picking, has been invited to deliver a keynote address at the second Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Assisted Living 2011 (AL 2011) conference in London in April. Rich’s talk, “The future direction of assisted living technologies and requirements”, will consider how the development of assistive technologies will keep pace with expectations of the ageing population over the coming years.

Keynote Address ... CAIR Director, Professor Vic Grout, has been invited to give the keynote address at the 31st IASTED International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control (MIC 2011) to be held in Innsbruck, Austria in February 2011. Vic's talk, "The Internet: A difficult beast to control?", will discuss how conventional mathematical modelling and optimization techniques cope with real-world global interconnectivity.

New Project ... CAIR has been successful in a collaborative funding bid worth approximately £150,000. The project, "Care in Business", is supported by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) initiative and is a collaboration between Glyndwr University and Swansea, Glamorgan and Bangor Universities. The aim of the project is to bring together business and academia to share the needs of older people, carers and care organisations and identify opportunities to improve quality of life. The Glyndwr team, led by Professor Vic Grout and Dr. Rich Picking, will focus on the technical side of the project, particularly interface design, while the other partners, mainly medical and networking specialists, deal with health and connectivity issues.

Best Paper Award ... Good news for Dr. Stuart Cunningham this week when his paper "Applying Personal Construct Psychology in Sound Design Using a Repertory Grid" was selected for the Best Paper Award at the Audio Mostly 2010 conference, which Dr. Cunningham attended in September. The conference organisers commented upon why Stuart's work was selected when the award was announced: "The paper illustrated an approach, and a tool set, that was eminently useful for nearly all of us attending. So, if you haven’t read it, read it ... if you have read it, read it again then utilize the wisdom therein to make your papers next years even more relevant and effective". Praise indeed! Dr. Cunningham's award-winning paper is available through the ACM Digital Library.

Invited Speaker ... On 10th and 11th of August, Professor Peter Excell (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) was an invited speaker at two meetings of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's Collaborative Computational Project on High Performance Computing in Engineering: the Steering Group meeting on the 10th and a broader 'Forward Look and Strategy' meeting on the 11th. The meetings were held at Daresbury Laboratory and Prof. Excell's presentations were on "Computational Electromagnetics: Large-scale applications for High-Performance Computing" and "Opportunities for the Future".

The other meeting participants were researchers from leading English universities, plus senior staff from Daresbury Laboratory and some industry representatives: a group photograph is attached (PSE seated at right).

New Keynote Address ... CAIR Director, Professor Vic Grout, has been invited to give the opening address at ‘WebTel 2010’ in Barcelona, Spain this summer. WebTel is one of the largest European Internet conferences to be held this year and will attract several hundred senior Web/Internet specialists from around the world. Vic’s keynote talk, “’Optimizing the Internet’: What does it mean, and can it be done?”, will focus on the complex issues associated with making the Internet run faster, more reliably, more securely, etc. and discuss how all these competing objectives can be served in practice. In conjunction with the conference organizers, Vic has been awarded a travel grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) to cover the costs of attending the conference to give the address.

New Funding ... CAIR is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Wei Guo as the Associate for a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Trackyou Ltd. Last year Trackyou were ranked 27th in the list of the fastest growing companies in the UK (with a increase in turnover of 105.5% between 2006 and 2008) and this year expect to improve again. Previously, Dr Guo has worked on research projects for Nokia, among others, and brings a wealth of experience that will take Trackyou even further. A second KTP with Trackyou has recently been approved through the efforts of the Academic Supervisor, Nigel Houlden.

New Book Chapter ... Another new book chapter: The paper, “Emotion, Content & Context in Sound and Music”, by Stuart Cunningham, Vic Grout and Rich Picking is about to appear in the book, ‘Game Sound Technology and Player Interaction: Concepts and Developments’, edited by Mark Grimshaw (University of Bolton) and published by IGI Global Publishing.

New Promotions and Appointments ... CAIR Deputy Director, Dr. Rich Picking, has been promoted to the position of Reader in Human-Computer Interaction. Professor Raed A. Adb-Alhameed, from the University of Bradford has been appointed as Visiting Professor and Dr. Yunzhi Yan joins us on a Leverhulme research grant as a Visiting Research Fellow.

ITA 09 ... The Third International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 09), held at Glyndwr University, Wrexham, Wales, from Tuesday 8th - Friday 11th September 2009 was an outstanding success. Over 60 papers were presented with delegates attending from over 30 countries. The programme included three distinguished keynote addresses and a number of stand-alone workshops and tutorials. See for full details.

Keynote Address ... CAIR Director, Professor Vic Grout, will give a keynote address on "Complexity Issues in Traffic Management" at the 1st International Workshop on Traffic Engineering, Modelling, Analysis, Control and Simulation (TEMACS'09) in Rome in March 2009.

SEIN 2008 ... From November 5-9 2009, CAIR will be hosting the Fourth Collaborative Research Symposium on Security, E-learning, Internet and Networking (SEIN 2008), a result of the research alliance between Glyndwr University, the University of Plymouth and The University of Applied Sciences, Darmstadt in Germany. The event will include keynote addresses, regular paper sessions, a variety of social activities and tutorials to provide advice and assistance to researchers and supervisors.

Another New Professor! ... CAIR's professorial count increased from two to three in August 2008 with the promotion of CAIR Director, Dr Vic Grout, to a personal chair in 'Network Algorithms'. He joins the Head of the School of Computing and Communications Technology, Peter Excell (Professor of Communications) and Dean of the Faculty of Business, Science and Technology, Graeme Wilkinson (Professor of Signal Processing). They are supported by Research Directors, Dr Rich Picking and Dr Zhishun She and Research Supervisors, Denise Oram, John Poulton, John Worden and Mike Wright.

New Professor ... CAIR's newest Professor of Communications, Peter Excell, has had a busy and successful start with the Centre. Firstly, he has been appointed to the review panel evaluating research proposals in the field of electronics and electrical engineering for the Academy of Finland and the Finnish Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering. Secondly, he has been awarded a Japanese patent for the novel "independently fed log-periodic antenna" that he designed and subsequently prototyped, with his research team. Thirdly, whilst attending the annual conference of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC), held this year at the University of Greenwich, he was elected to membership of the managing committee as a lay member.

IEEE Workshop ... CAIR’s Stuart Cunningham and Vic Grout and have been asked to organize and chair the IEEE International Workshop on “War & Peace Driving” (Wireless Security and Public Uptake), WPD(WSPU)WiMob'2008, to take place in Avignon, France, on 12-14 October 2008. So called ‘War Driving’, in which special software is used to detect and take advantage of unsecured wireless access points, is now seen as a serious threat to wireless network security. CAIR’s approach is to use similar technology to assess the level of the threat and provide appropriate defence mechanisms, for which they coined the term ‘Peace Driving’. With a number of publications already appearing and more to come, CAIR members are established as leaders in the field and natural choices for this IEEE role.

Special Session ... CAIR's EASY LINE+ Team, headed by Rich Picking and Vic Grout, have been asked to organise a special session at the IASTED International Conference on Assistive Technologies (AT 2008) to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, in April 2008. The special session, 'Affordable Assistive Technologies', will focus on low-cost technologies suitable for use in domestic environments and on a large scale. Potential authors may submit papers directly to Vic Grout.

Keynote address ... Vic Grout, CAIR's director, gave a keynote address ('So Many Paths: A stroll through the minefield separating Internet theory from practice') at the International Conference on E-Activity and Leading Technologies (E-ALT'07), held in Porto, Portugal, from December 3rd-6th 2007.

Mohammed Rezaul and Vic Grout’s paper, “BPTraSha: A Novel Algorithm for Shaping Bursty Nature of Internet Traffic”, won “Best Paper” award at the Third Advanced International Conference on Telecommunications (AICT 2007) in Mauritius last month.

Software available ...  Based on the work of CAIR's Karim Mohammed Rezaul, we have free traffic analysis software to download by researchers in the field.  The software analyses traffic packet traces and uses the auto-correlation function to estimate the 'Hurst Parameter' of the stream.  The Hurst parameter, H, is a measure of the 'self-similarity' of network traffic.  Self-similar or 'long-tailed' traffic is known to cause problems within networks by causing TCP buffers to overflow, etc.  The software provides a simple, efficient method of estimating HDownload the software here.

ITA 07 ... The Second International Conference on Internet Technologies and Applications (ITA 07), hosted by CAIR in September 2007 was an outstanding success. The ITA 07 programme included keynote addresses by Don Gotterbarn, Professor of Software Engineering Ethics at the East Tennessee State University, Simon Shepherd, Professor of Computational Mathematics, University of Bradford, Mike Kern, Secretary of Defense Network & Information Integration at the Pentagon, and Dr. Kevin Doughty, Deputy Director of the Centre for Usable Home Technology, part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation at the University of York, UK. The conference attacted papers from over 30 countries in a variety of technical sessions and workshops and included a memorable social programme. Preparations are now underway for ITA 09.

Euro funding success ...  Working with partners from several countries, CAIR has won a substantial European Union funding award.  The project, which teams NEWI with, amongst others, the University of Zaragoza in Spain, Siemens from Germany and ADSS from the UK, will be to develop a range of intelligent home appliances for use by elderly or disabled people - allowing them to lead a longer independent life.  CAIR's role will be to develop software for the device interfaces, including remote control and Internet access.  The total value of the contract is over two million euros with NEWI receiving the largest grant of over a quarter of a million pounds.  See income for details of other research grants, awards, etc.

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Conference award ... Karim