CARDS organises a number of research seminars throughout the year, most of 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 or call 01978 293066.

Our seminar programme is varied and offers both specialist and non-specialist topics. In particular, the talks in our lunchtime seminar programme are often intended to be accessible for a general audience in an informal setting. Such seminars are rated 'Universal' or 'Public'. Those for more focused audiences are rated on an increasing scale of 'Specialist' followed by 'Expert'. These will deal with relevant research subjects at different stages of development.

Seminar programme/history

Seminars 2013-14

Wednesday 26th March 12.30-1.30pm (date changed on account of UCU EGM)

'Biofeedback and Interactivity in Visual Music and Computer Arts'. by Dr Jon Weinel, Department of Creative Industries, Humanities, Media and Performance, Glyndwr University. 

venue B108.  This seminar is UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE

This session will provide an overview of Jon Weinel's research in Creative Industries.  Visual music is a form of experimental film which consists of visual materials arranged into musical structures, often with accompanying sound.  While the pioneers of visual music in the 1960s worked with hand-drawn animation, mechanical devices and early computer graphics, modern technology enables us to conceive of interactive visual music.  In this session Weinel will provide a contextual background to the field of visual music and discuss several ongoing collaborative projects at Glyndwr which explore the use of biofeedback technology in the context of visual music and computer-based artworks. 

Wednesday 5th March 2014. A Room with a View: Enhancement of immersive environments through sensory feedback." by Nathan Roberts, Dept. of Computing, Glyndwr University, 12.30-3.30pm, venue John Troth Lecture Theatre. followed by Dr Debbie Roberts (Reader in Nursing): Innovations in simulated learning environments: using all the senses. THIS SEMINAR IS UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE. 

Abstract for Nathan: The integration of technology into education has consistently gained momentum; offering educators new and exciting ways to engage learners. New media approaches have offered innovative and creative ways to exploit the benefits of collective knowledge thus enhancing the application of educational practices. The adaptation and versatility of technology, particularly game engines, offers ways to interact with others whilst providing dynamic content. More importantly, the technology provides a platform for the deployment of learning material that encourages decision making processes which are designed to incorporate consequences, thereby promoting a more accurate reflection on the decisions more commonly found in day to day life encouraging experiential learning without any stigmatisation.

Abstract for Debbie: Using the senses as part of active learning for health professionals is vital but little is known about the impact of sensory learning; smell in particular; yet smell is often a clinical indicator. Immersive simulated learning experiences may be enhanced if odours and sounds were present however, it is clear that evidence to support this notion is required. Delegates will be introduced to emerging technology enabling educators to introduce sensory learning within simulation and the impact on immersive learning is discussed.

Wednesday 19th February 2014. "Secured Social Media - A distant dream?" by Arjun Ponnusamy, Dept. of Computing, Glyndwr University, 12.30-1.30, venue B108. THIS SEMINAR IS UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE.

Wednesday 5th February 2014. "Feature weighting in data clustering" by Dr Renato Cordeiro de Amorim, Dept. of Computing, Glyndwr University, 12.30-1.30, venue B108. THIS IS A SPECIALIST SEMINAR.

Wednesday 22nd January 2014. "Surrogate model assisted evolutionary algorithms for computationally expensive optimization problems" by Dr Bo Liu, Dept. of Computing, Glyndwr University, 1.30-2.30, venue C106. THIS SEMINAR IS UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE.

Wed 11th Dec 2013, Carl Dalton from Brain in a Jar,  at 10.45. The talk will take place in the Main Lecture Theatre (this lecture is hosted and organised by our colleagues at Coleg Cambria)

Battle of Domination: Computers and Brains: Professor Steve Furber, ICL Professor of Computer Engineering at the School of Science at the University of Manchester. Mon 18th November, 10.45 Main Lecture Theatre (this lecture is hosted and organised by our colleagues at Coleg Cambria)

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

Seminars 2012-13

30th April: Steve Caulder - “Soft Computing and Cyber Security”

23rd April: Vic Grout - “‘How Hard Can It Be?’ The limitations of Computational Intractability” 

16th April: John Davies - “A Solar Car in Australia?: What’s the problem?” 

9th April: Vic Grout - The ‘Internet of Things’ and the “Real Internet of Things” 

Situations in the Developing Countries, Ola Folorunsho, Wednesday 20th March, Public”  “Survey Results of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) 

19th March: Stuart Cunningham - "Emotional Computing: Audio interfaces and Spotify on steroids" 

12th March: Rich Picking - “Resistance is Futile: the assimilation of people and computers.” 

5th March: Vic Grout - “Dawn of the Intelligent Machines?” 

26th February: Denise Oram - “Do we have our heads in the Cloud?” 

19th February: Peter Excell - "Visions of the Future of Computing and Communications” 

“The Holistic Optimisation of Packet Filters across a Domain”, Paul Comerford, Wednesday 16th Jan, Public“

Terrain Modelling IEEE802.11n Networks” (Communications system for a solar car), John Davies, Wednesday 16th Jan,Public

“Treading out Technology: theory meets praxis during a thousand mile walk round Wales”, Professor Alan Dix, Professor of Computing at the University of Birmingham, Thursday 9 May, Public

 Seminars 2003-2012

Date, place, RatingTitlePresenter

 12.30pm 20/6/12


 Looking for Shadows with a Torch, the problems associated with Teaching, Researching and Exhibiting Art Practice  Dr John McClenaghen

 12.30pm 2/5/12


 Computer simulation of organisms: a stimulus to biological observation and analysis  Dr David Skydmore

12.30pm 25/4/12


What we talk about when we talk about public art  Tracy Piper-Wright

12.30pm 18/4/12


Technology in Society: how do we mediate between moving forward with technology and the societal consequences it may create; some of which are unpredictable?  Denise Oram

12.30pm 21/3/12


 Music and Numbers  Mike Wright
12.30pm March 7th 2012 room E1, UNIVERSAL Introduction to High-Performance Computing and the HPC Wales Project Professor Peter Excell
High Performance Computing and Applications Group (HPCA-G)
12.30pm February 8th 2012 room E1
Non-digital prototyping for interactive systems design Rich Hebblewhite
Ian Sturrock
User Experience Research Group (UX-G)
1pm Sept 27th 2011 room B32 Scale-Free Network and Power Law Dr Yunzhi Yan
1pm May 25th 2011 room C112 Some experiences at the interdisciplinary
margins of computing and communications
Professor Peter Excell
1pm 13th April 2011 room C112 Novel processing techniques for dynamic
surround sound music performance (abstract)
Seb Allemand

1pm 1st March 2011 room C112

High performance computing: experiences
and insights, plus updates on HPC Wales
and the Daresbury Hartree Centre

Professor Peter Excell

1pm 19th January
2011 Room LTa (Lecture Theatre A - Library)
A Digital Form Management System
Dr. Wei Guo
November 2010

The socio-economic impact of microblogging

Usability evaluation of a gesture-controlled
user interface

Beck Davies

Monir Bhuiyan

22 July 2010 New procedures for EPSRC proposals Vic Grout
27th April 2010 Cyberinfrastructure Developments for
Nevada Climate Change Research, Education and
Outreach: Challenges, Progress So Far, and
the Road Ahead
Sergiu Dascalu (Visiting Researcher)
University of Nevada, Reno, USA
19th January 2010 Medical Image Analysis to Detect Cancers Zhishun She
9th December 2009 Gesture controlled user interfaces for inclusive
design (abstract)
Monir Bhuiyan
19th November 2009 All Modern Music Sounds the Same! Stuart Cunningham
14th October 2009 Cross-layer QoS Support over Wireless Networks Ruizhi Liao
11th March 2009 Programming without Programs! (Abstract) Lyndon Evans
23rd February 2009 Efficient Video Delivery in Wireless Mesh Networks (Abstract) Wanching Tu
22nd January 2009 Mind the gap! (Different perspectives in Internet engineering) Vic Grout
4th December 2008 How hard can it be?
(An optimistic brush with computational complexity theory)
Vic Grout
18th November 2008 BCS 'Assistive Technologies' event
(including a talk from Dr. Kevin Doughty and a
demonstration of the Glyndwr EU EASY LINE+ project)
Kevin Doughty
British Computer Society (BCS)
18th November 2008 Fuzzy Optimisation Steve Caulder
16th October 2008 The Search for Optimal Routing Nigel Houlden
17th September 2008

A Drop of the Hard Stuff:
How Maxwell Created His Equations, What They Mean,
and How They Predicted the Discovery of Radio (Abstract)

Peter Excell
25th June 2008 Exploiting Repetition in Audio Compression Stuart Cunningham
28th May 2008 Mathematical Programming for Optimisation Mike Morgan & Vic Grout
7th January 2008 "Project management/Project failure" Nigel Houlden
21st November 2007 Ambient Intelligence for Assisted
Living (EU EASY LINE+ project)
Alexia Robinet, Armando Roy, John
McGinn, Rich Picking & Vic Grout
17th October 2007 "Ethics Special" - including "Ethics
Visualisation" and "Ethical Geometry"
Denise Oram (assisted by
John McGinn & Vic Grout)
4th July 2007 The Rough Guide to Conferences! Stuart Cunningham & Vic Grout
3rd May 2007 Do we need programmers any more? Vic Grout
12th January 2007 New Thoughts on HCI Design Rich Picking
24th October 2006 Data Archiving, Retrieval and Distribution
Adaptable and Collaborative Learning
e-Commerce Strategy
Dave Wilson
Nathan Roberts
Tarak Patel
25 May 2006 Computer Forensics John McGinn
20 April 2006 "Mind the Gap!" (The differences
between the theory and practice of
network algorithms)
Vic Grout
28th March 2006 Advanced Audio Compression Techniques Stuart Cunningham
8th March 2006 e-Business Systems Phil Drinkwater,
(University of Manchester)
6th December 2005 Remote-controlled Home Automation Systems
Reusable User Interface Components
Wireless Network Optimisation
Armando Roy Delgado
Max Mulawa
Mike Morgan
15th November 2005 Storage Area Networks Brian Jones
25th May 2005 Open Source/UNIX Research Platforms Mark Davies
13th May 2005 Skills Challenges in Educational Technology Paul Catherall
22nd March 2005 Watching the Network ... Work ... or not! John Davies
23rd February
Cultural Differences in Computing Mike Headon/Denise Oram
21st January
DAVIE - son of DAVE - A New Decision Tool John McGinn/Rich Picking
November 2004
Ethics and Professional Issues in IT

Ants in the Web!
Denise Oram

Vic Grout/Nigel Houlden
28th June 2004 Distributed Information Systems
Music File Formats featuring MusicXML
Fatima Mansour
Stuart Cunningham
24th May 2004 Network Performance Analysis
Adaptive Tutoring Techniques and
John Davies
Rich Hebblewhite
10th March 2004 Using Metaphors in Information
Social Modelling and Simulation
John McGinn & Rich Picking
Wez Edwards
23rd November 2003 Network Optimsation Vic Grout



'Biofeedback and Interactivity in Visual Music and Computer Arts'

Wednesday 26th March 12.30-1.30pm (date changed on account of UCU EGM)

'Biofeedback and Interactivity in Visual Music and Computer Arts'. by Dr Jon Weinel, Department of Creative Industries, Humanities, Media and Performance, Glyndwr University.  

venue B108.