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Research in Computing at Edinburgh Napier University

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Hazel Hall's lecture to all new students within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University delivered 14th September 2012.

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Research in Computing at Edinburgh Napier University

  1. 1. PROFESSORIAL LECTUREResearch in Computing at EdinburghNapier University Professor Hazel Hall Centre for Social Informatics Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation/School of Computing 14th September 2012
  2. 2. A professorial lecture:  How we manage Computing research at Edinburgh Napier University  The research that we undertake  Reasons to get involved with research  How to develop your research profile as a student
  3. 3. Professors you might know already? Super Murder Rapper hero suspect
  4. 4. Professors of Computing at EdinburghNapier Benyon Hart Kennedy Hall Buchanan
  5. 5. Readers Al-Dubai Liu Smyth Turner
  6. 6. The Faculty, School & Research Institutes  The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries (FECCI) comprises three schools  You are a student in one of these schools: the School of Computing  You’ll meet the Professors and Readers in class (along with Lecturers and Senior Lecturers)
  7. 7. The Faculty, School & Research Institutes  The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries (FECCI) comprises three schools  You are a student in one of these schools: the School of Computing  You’ll meet the Professors and Readers in class (along with Lecturers and Senior Lecturers)  Research activity at Napier is carried out in Research Institutes  Computing research is undertaken in the Institute for Informatics & Digital Innovation (IIDI)
  8. 8. We find practical solutions toreal-world problems.We help address the ScottishGovernment goal of usinginnovative research tosupport new businessdevelopment.We cover industry sectorssuch as: financial services;manufacturing and logistics;health; digital markets; lifesciences; energy; publicsector.
  9. 9. Research is funded froma range of sources, e.g.UK research councils,Europe, companies,charities, national andlocal government
  10. 10. @IIDI_Napier
  11. 11. Time for a quick quiz  Anyone interested in astronomy?  Name the planets…
  12. 12. Planet B Planet A
  13. 13. Planet B Venus
  14. 14. Earth Venus
  15. 15. Simulation of the morning sky as seen from the Curiosity Landing site on August 14th 2012 http://astroblogger.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/earth- and-saturn-as-seen-from-mars-14.htmlEarth Mars Venus
  16. 16. Research centre staff investigate computing from their particular perspective How can computersecurity be improved? CSI: through social solutions related to changing individual & CDCNS: through organisational practice. technical solutions related to firewall optimisation. CID: through the development of interface design in security systems.
  17. 17. Sample projects  A few as illustration  Many more on the IIDI web pages at http://www.iidi.napier.ac.uk/c/grants
  18. 18. Centre for EmergentComputing Which methods of planting and harvesting forests best minimise the impact of wind damage to the trees? Which is the best way to route delivery vehicles so that goods arrive on time & CO2 emissions are lowered?
  19. 19. Centre for Social InformaticsHow can we improve democraticparticipation through newtechnologies?
  20. 20. Centre for Distributed Overall Governance Policy/ Ontology Other domains Computing, Networking, (Education, Law Identify Provider Attribute Provider Enforcement, etc) & Security CIPS (Cloud Identity and ACS (Azure LIU Privacy Services) Access Control Service) Identity LIU Federated Governance Identity Provision  How can we create a LIU Access secure and robust Rights, Roles and Services Translation Gateway (Security Policy/ New Clinical Services information ID Mapping) (Trusted)Citizen LIU infrastructure for the sharing of individuals’ Statutory Health Access LIU Consumer e-Health Hospital & GP health records? Systems Social Care and Voluntary eRed Book Health and Social Care Personalised content Hidden Talents e-Health
  21. 21. Centre for Information andSoftware SystemsHow can we use data collected onuser activity to improve computergames?
  22. 22. Centre for Interaction DesignWhat is the best way to design andengineer the next generation ofinteractive technologies?What impact will thesetechnologies have on the way thatwe work and live?
  23. 23. Apart from discovering cool new things,why else do we enjoy doing research? I get to explore and I meet really learn something interesting people. new. I enjoy the I get access to new challenge of technologies beforeI get paid to travel stretching everyone else does.abroad to tell others myself.about my work. In the future I’ll be My reputation and It’s great to see my able to say “I was profile grows as my work when it is THERE!” research career published in print. progresses leading to more interesting I feel a stronger work in the future. I can be nominated connection with my subject area. for - and win - prizes.
  24. 24. Yahoo! 9 August 2012  17 years old  12000 employees  700 million users per month  Corporate HQ in Sunnyvale, CA
  25. 25. Yahoo! 9 August 1995  5 months old  12 employees (“surfers”)  9 million users per month  Housed in modest, low level, suburban building
  26. 26. Yahoo! 9 August 1995  5 months old  12 employees (“surfers”)  9 million users per month  Housed in modest, low level, suburban building I was there!
  27. 27. Sample students/graduates who benefitedfrom involvement in research  A few as illustration  There are many more...
  28. 28. Prize winnersCheck also the cabinetin C corridor: SteffanieMcKenna 2011
  29. 29. Reputation andprofile growthJamie GravesNow: Company CEOThen: BSc Networksand DistributedSystems, followed byPhD
  30. 30. Reputation growth throughinternship and publication Lorraine Paterson Now: User experience designer at Royal London Then: worked for CSI as a summer intern
  31. 31. Now: academicsThen: Edinburgh Napier students Buchanan Chalmers Urquhart
  32. 32. Interested? How to get involved  Familiarise yourself with the work of the computing researchers at Edinburgh Napier  Look out for forthcoming research seminars  Follow @iidi_napier on Twitter  Participate in our projects  Volunteer to help when calls go out (volunteer anyway)  Apply for summer internships when advertised  When you have something to show  Write it up – blog, newsletter, with tutor  Put yourself forward for student research related grants, awards and prizes  Become active in the professional community
  33. 33. http://about.me/hazelh• @hazelh• h.hall@napier.ac.uk

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