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The CS@Manchester Podcast features episodes with interviews with academics and their research, students and their studies and life at the University, Computer Science events across the community, such as the Pint of Science festival, and wider issues, such as the challenge of attracting women to STEM subjects.The podcast is aimed to be released monthly and you can subscribe to us via itunes or search “CS@manchester” in your preferred podcast app

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The CS@Manchester Podcast features episodes with interviews with academics and their research, students and their studies and life at the University, Computer Science events across the community, such as the Pint of Science festival, and wider issues, such as the challenge of attracting women to STEM subjects.The podcast is aimed to be released monthly and you can subscribe to us via itunes or search “CS@manchester” in your preferred podcast app

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CS@Manchester Podcast

Latest release on Dec 23, 2019

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The CS@Manchester Podcast features episodes with interviews with academics and their research, students and their studies and life at the University, Computer Science events across the community, such as the Pint of Science festival, and wider issues, such as the challenge of attracting women to STEM subjects.The podcast is aimed to be released monthly and you can subscribe to us via itunes or search “CS@manchester” in your preferred podcast app

EP.35: Research Symposium pt2 - Alaa Alahmadi, Prof Carole Goble Medal Winner for Best Doctoral Paper

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The second part of our PG Research Symposium features an interview with winner of the Professor Carole Goble award for Best Doctoral Paper Alaa Alamahdi. Alaa's paper is titled: Evaluating the Impact of Pseudo-Colour and Coordinate System on the Detection of Medication-Induced ECG Changes. We talk to both Alaa and her supervisor, Dr Caroline Jay about the challenges of the research behind the paper, and also joining us for the discussion is Dr Bijan Parsia, one of the academics on the judging panel for the award. If you are interested in some of our PGR opportunities here at the Department of Computer Science please email us at pgr-compsci@manchester.ac.uk Or look on our website: www.cs.manchester.ac.uk Follow us on twitter for the latest news from the department @csmcr

Dec 23 2019

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EP.34: Research Symposium pt1 - Dr Henry Reeve, Prof Steve Furber Medal Winner for Best Thesis.

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Episode 34 of the CS@Manchester podcast features and interview with Dr Henry Reeve, who recently won the 'Prof Steve Furber Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis' in Computer Science at the PG Research Symposium in the Department of Computer Science. Together with a member of the judging panel, Dr Bijan Parsia, we talk to Henry about his thesis titled LEARNING IN HIGH DIMENSIONS WITH ASYMMETRIC COSTS and what he is now working on at The University in Birmingham as a Post Doc. Read Henry's thesis: https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/files/85713292/FULL_TEXT.PDF Find out more about Henry: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~reevehwj/ Follow us @csmcr

Oct 31 2019

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EP.33: UG Graduation 2019 - Where next for our Computer Science Graduates?

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Today's episode of the CS@Manchester podcast features interviews with a range of students who graduated last month at our ceremony on 15 July 2019. We ask them what their highlights have been, what they'll take away from their experiences and where their joinery will take them to next, now they're leaving the University of Manchester! We speak to (in order) Will Davidson (Computer Science with Ind Exp) Richa Shah (Computer Science with Ind Exp) Ben Lister (Computer Science & Maths with Ind Exp) Aidan Abbott (Human Computer Interaction with Ind Exp) Prof Simon Harper (HCI Programme Director) Hendrik Mölder (Computer Science) Danielle Holliday (Computer Science & Maths with Ind Exp) Stay connected by following us on twitter @csmcr or instagram on UoMCompsci

Aug 06 2019

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EP.32: Cyber Security with Prof Daniel Dresner

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Episode 32 of the CS@Manchester features an interview with Prof Daniel Dresner, who is the Academic Cyber Secutiry Lead at The University of Manchester. Daniel is THE expert for all things Cyber Security, often featured on the BBC to explain risk and opportunities of information systems to the wider community. He was also voted the UK's second top influencer in cyber security in the 2017. Find out more about Daniel and his research and other projects and ventures here: https://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/about/people/?ea=daniel.dresner https://twitter.com/danielgdresner?lang=en Find out more about Computer Science @ Manchester: @csmcr

Jul 12 2019

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EP.31: Anna McCartain: Balancing Computer Science & Music - A life in 1st Year...

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Ever wondered what it's really like settling into a new city and undertaking the first year of an undergraduate degree in Computer Science? Join us for a really insightful reflection as we talk to Anna McCartain who, after moving to Manchester from Brighton in September, is just coming to the end of her first year here. We talk about why she chose CS, how she found moving and settling in her new surroundings and what she's enjoyed and found challenging about the different elements of the course. We also discuss her interests outside the subject area, including her musical projects and how she grown to love the city of Manchester. Featured in this episode are tracks from Anna's musical artist name 'Paper Swan'. You can find and listen to her EP here on her youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIX6UOugcF0D3NUlo7UQWpA Follow us on twitter for all the latest news from the School @csmcr

May 17 2019

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EP.30: Cognitive Robotics with Prof Angelo Cangelosi

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Episode 30 of the CS@Manchester podcast features an interview with Prof Angelo Cangelosi. Angelo Cangelosi is Professor of Machine Learning and Robotics at the University of Manchester (UK). He also is Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Previously Angelo was Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Cognition, and founding director, at the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems at Plymouth University (UK). Cangelosi studied psychology and cognitive science at the Universities of Rome La Sapienza and at the University of Genoa, and was visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego and the University of Southampton. Cangelosi's main research expertise is on language grounding and embodiment in humanoid robots, developmental robotics, human-robot interaction, and on the application of neuromorphic systems for robot learning. We catch up with Angelo and ask him about moving to Manchester, his research areas and also the future of AI and Robotic learning. Here's a recent talk from Angelo on Developmental Robotics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXdPLnfB1Xs

May 01 2019

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EP.29: Talking with Teo - A Google Women Techmakers Scholar

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Today's episode features an episode with final year student Teo Stoleru, who during her time as a student here as been working for Google for her placement year and also, applied and was succesful in achieving a place on the prestigious global @womentechmakers scholarship program. We talk about the process of getting onto the scholarship, her experiences at the retreat and who she met. We also discuss her time working at google, and how she is finding the course here at Manchester, and what she gets up to when not studying - plenty of hackathons! Stay in touch with the School by following us on twitter @csmcr and now we are on Instagram! Search: UoMCompsci If you're interested in studying on one of our undergraduate programmes then please visit the following link; http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/

Feb 11 2019

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EP.28: AI: Robot Overlord, Replacement or Colleague?

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Today's episode of the CS@Manchester podcast features an interview with three academics who are the course module leaders of the brand new elective and cross-discplinary module - AI: Robot Overlord, Replacement or Colleague. Artificial intelligence (AI), the ability of machines to learn from data, make decisions and perform actions, is now creeping into every aspect of our lives. This unit explores the mechanisms, implications and ethics of an environment where AI plays an increasingly important role. The academics we speak to are Andy Brass, Professor in Bioinformatics, Dr Caroline Jay, Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science and Dr Iliada Eleftheriou, a Lecturer in Health Sciences. Find out more about the programme at these links below: http://www.college.manchester.ac.uk/units/?year=2018&semester=2&course=288 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZlom-G_3Ns

Dec 21 2018

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EP27: Project Malawi with Samuel and Christian

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Welcome to Episode 27 of the CS@Manchester podcast! This episode features a special interview with Experimental Offier Samuel Walsh from the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Christian Kinderman, a PhD student from the School of Computer Science. We talk about their experiences representing the University as part of Project Malawi, an initiative with the Charity Ripple Africa to deliver Computer Science workshops in villages in North Malawi. We talk about what initially drew them towards taking part in the project, the challenges of delivering the workshops to the schoolchildren there, how they were received and the experiences and relationships that they will take away with them forever. Explore through some of the photos and videos and images that Samuel was talking about and showing: Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/KC7usVjaiJYVYEuY7 Videos: https://tinyurl.com/y9vddabk Read more about the Project Malawi and the team of students and teachers supporting the project here: Official report: http://www.socialresponsibility.manchester.ac.uk/events/project-malawi-the-school-of-computer-science-visits-africa/ https://manchester.hubbub.net/p/malawi-2018/ http://www.casmanchester.org.uk Find out more about the charity Ripple Africa and the different support they deliver here: https://www.rippleafrica.org

Sep 12 2018

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EP.26: UG Graduation 2018 Interviews

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The School's latest cohort of final year Undergraduates finished their degrees this summer and celebrated at the Graduation Ceremony in Mid-July. We caught up with a variety of students and staff as they reflect on reaching the end of this long journey, what have been their highlights and what they have planned for the future. Those featured in this podcast are in order: Sarah Akerman, BSc CSwIE (1:21-5:38) Cameron Allan, BSc CS (5:54-10:00) Sean Bechhoffer, Senior Lecturer and First Year Tutor (10:19-14:24) Josh Langley, MEng CSwIE (14:39-18:24) Gavin Donald, Student Support Staff Member (18:26-21:07) Sami Alabed, BSc CSwIE (21:24-24:09) Ben Possible, BSc CSwIE (24:28-29:49) Prof Robert Stevens, Head of School & Prof Uli Sattler, Deputy Head of School (30:05-33:09) Stay in touch with the School by following us on twitter @csmcr! Should you be interested in studying Computer Science here in Manchester, why not come to one of our upcoming UG Open Days on 29 Sep or 13 October. Register here: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/open-days-visits/open-days/

Sep 06 2018

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EP.25: Life at CERN with PhD student Josh Dawes

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The CS@Manchester podcast catches up with PhD student and BSc Computer Science University of Manchester graduate Josh Dawes, who is now studying and working at the Large Hadron Collider and CMS experiments at CERN in Switzerland. Josh's PhD is concerned with developing methods for non-intrusive instrumentation and analysis of the computer systems running on the CMS Experiment. As the energy reached by the LHC increases, the volume of data generated reaches an unprecedented scale. It is therefore vital to understand in detail the services written to work with the data. Since collecting every single piece of data available at runtime is infeasible, work must be done on reconstructing as much of a service's runtime as possible (to enable an ability to write expressive queries about the runtime), while collecting as little data (thus, intervening as rarely) as possible. Find out more about Josh and his PhD here: https://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/postgrad/joshua.dawes/

Jul 20 2018

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EP.24 - PhD Student & Supervisor Discussion

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Episode 24 of the CS@Manchester podcast features a conversation between PhD student Ghader Kurdi from Saudi Arabia and her supervisor Dr Bijan Parsia. We discuss Ghader's initial journey to start her PhD in the UK and then onto her research in writing Multiple Choice questions* examinations and how it has expanded into other research domains and disciplines. Stay in touch with the School of Computer Science by following us on Twitter. *Full abstract from Ghader's paper: Abstract Designing good multiple choice questions (MCQs) for education and assessment is time consuming and error-prone. An abundance of structured and semi structured data has led to the development of automatic MCQ generation methods. Recently, ontologies have emerged as powerful tools to enable the automatic generation of MCQs. However, current ontology-based approaches focus on, mostly simple, knowledge recall questions. In addition, questions that have so far been generated are, compared to manually created ones, simple and cover only a small subset of the required question complexity space in the education and assessment domain. We present a novel ontology-based approach that exploits classes and existential restrictions to generate questions with complex stems and are suitable for scenarios beyond mere knowledge recall. We implement our approach as an application for a medical education scenario on top of a large knowledge base in the medical domain. We generate more than 3 million questions for four physician specialities and evaluate our approach in a user study with 15 medical experts. We find that, using a stratifed random sample of 435 questions out of which 316 were rated by two experts, 129 (30%) are considered exam-ready by both experts and a further 216 (50%) by at least one expert.

Jun 05 2018

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Turing Lecture 2018: Innovation and Technology - Art or Science? with Dr Andy Harter

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We caught up with Dr Andy Harter at the recent BCS/IET Turing Lecture 2018 as it entered it's 20th year at The University of Manchester back in February. We discussed the topic of his talk on the role of "art" in innovation and technology, including not only the aesthetic but also craft, design, skill, invention and intuition. We also talk about his background as Director of Research and Engineering at the influential AT&T Cambridge Laboratory and establishing the VNC software for the remote access market. If you have any questions for the podcast team then please email: jez.lloyd@manchester.ac.uk

Mar 28 2018

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EP.22: The Student Social Network

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Today's episode of the CS@Manchester podcast features an interview with two of our final year students, Sebastien Masaru and Joshua Langley. Seb and Josh have been heavily involved in the student community in the School and University, with both having roles in the Computer Science Society (http://cssoc.co.uk), helping organise, and presenting at, Hackathons around the country, and hosting regular Staff v Student quizzes inside the School. We talk what the student social network is like, why they prefer Manchester over London, the relationship between staff and students and some of the memories they will take away with them forever. Here is a video to the Great Uni Hack event discussed in the podcast: https://www.facebook.com/GreatUniHack/videos/2008728469412393/ If you want to contact the podcast team please email us at jez.lloyd@manchester.ac.uk or catch us on Twitter @csmcr!

Feb 28 2018

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EP.21: Graduate Todd Davies - Life at Google

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Today's episode features an interview with 2016 BSc Computer Science graduate Todd Davies, who came back to Manchester recently to present a guest lecture to our current Undergraduates. Todd is now working full time as a Software Engineer at the Google Offices in Munich, Germany. After initially undertaking a summer internship, Todd starting working there full time last year. We talk about a range of things, including the google recruitment process, and what his role entails in Munich. We also discuss his experiences on degree, his infamous 'Todd's Notes' and the surprising price of Lederhosen! Follow us on twitter for all the latest news from the School of Computer Science: @csmcr If you are interested in studying a degree in CS please explore our website for more information: http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/

Nov 20 2017

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EP.20: What is Software Engineering & How do you Teach it?

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Today's episode features an extended interview with 2 key academic staff that help shape the Software Engineering course here in the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, both at Undergraduate level and at Advanced Computer Science for MSc study. We talk to Dr Bijan Parsia and Dr Suzanne Embury about the many challenges of teaching the subject, what different techniques they use, the importance of team working and collaboration with Industry, and what skill sets they believe make a really good Software Engineer. Find out more about Bijan and his work: http://staff.cs.manchester.ac.uk/~bparsia/ @bparsia And Suzanne: http://www.cs.man.ac.uk/~embury/ Follow the School on Twitter for all the latest news and information @csmcr

Oct 31 2017

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EP.19: Graduation 2017 - Student Stories

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Episode 19 of the CS@Manchester Podcast features interviews with a range of our Undergraduate students (now graduates!) at our recent summer graduation.

Gavin Donald from our Student Support office managed to catch up with graduates in the marquee and lawn outside the Alan Gilbert Common Rooms, whilst celebrating their achievements with family and friends, after the graduation ceremony in the Whitworth Hall.

He asks them how they were feeling after graduating, what their highlights have been in Manchester and where they are heading off for the next step of their career.

Featured in the interviews are Theodora Bors, Yazan Mehyar, Grzegorz Jancekow, Josh Dawes, Andi Zhang, Bryn Hanby-Roberts , Joe Razavi and Natalie Silver.

Please subscribe to us on iTunes or your preferred podcast app and follow us on twitter @csmcr for all the latest news from the School.

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Aug 23 2017

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E18: To Boldly Go... with Craig Dean (CEO - WebApplicationsUK)

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Episode 18 of the CS@Manchester podcast focuses on life in Computer Science from an Industry perspective, with an interview with Craig Dean, the CEO of Web Applications UK: https://www.webapplicationsuk.com. We speak to Craig about his first interest in computers, his fascinating career path, including a life changing experience working for a few years in Africa and his thoughts on computer science education. He tells us why he loves to find out something he doesn't know and acknowledging the fact that as a developer there should always be more to learn. We also talk about his focus on community engagement and instilling a passion for coding and developing to students, school children and adults. Craig has done a number of guest lectures at the University, including his 'To Boldly Go' talk, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/user/WebAppsUK Follow @webappsuk Follow and get in touch with the podcast team @csmcr

May 15 2017

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E17: This is CS50. with Prof David J. Malan, Harvard University

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Episode 17 of the CS@Manchester features an interview with Professor David J. Malan from Harvard University. We were delighted to be joined by David, who visited Manchester to present to the School and support a student hackathon event organised by our own HackSoc Manchester. We spoke to him about the origins and ethos of CS50, what makes it so unique and how it's delivered on campus at Harvard and the incredible impact it's having on students worldwide. Find out more about CS50 here: https://cs50.harvard.edu

Apr 20 2017

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Episode 16: Finishing a PhD with Jon Parkinson

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Episode 16 of the CS@Manchester podcast features an interview with Jon Parkinson, a PhD student here coming to the end of the four-year programme. Jon talks to us about why he chose to change his career and study computer science, why he came to choose to study in the area of Machine learning. We talk about how he's enjoyed the course and what it feels like to reach the end of the PhD. I hope you enjoy today's episode. If you have any ideas for what you would like to be featured in this podcast please contact us! @csmcr or jez.lloyd@manchester.ac.uk Find out more about studying a PhD in the School of Computer Science: http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/ More on the Machine learning research group: http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/mlo/

Apr 07 2017

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