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Wrexham Science Festival ... CAIR Director, 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, from Glyndwr University’s Centre for Applied Internet Research (CAIR), 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.)

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 http://www.fair-center.de/index.php?id=1&L=0.

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 www.ita09.org 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.

Conference award ... Karim 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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