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NASA helps Space School lift off at Abertay University

Posted onJuly 29, 2012

NASA helps Space School lift off at Abertay University

NASA helps Space School lift off at Abertay UniversityLucky Dundee school children spent some of the school holidays in outer space at the annual Tayside Space School at the University of Abertay Dundee and Perth College.
NASA Astronaut Colonel (Ret.) Alvin Drew from the Johnson Space Centre in Houston and former NASA Director of Education Patricia Tribe will lead the children in a series of workshops including ‘Introduction to Mars’ and ‘Living in Space’. The children will participate in numerous activities including designing their own spacesuits, rocket construction and launching, and a ‘Life on Mars’ survival challenge.
This is the sixth year of the Space School which sees approximately 100 primary pupils from across Tayside attend week-long Space Schools at Abertay University and Perth College.
This year, thanks to funding from the Institute of Physics, the Space School has been able to reach an additional 800 pupils through the running of ‘Physics Fun in Space’ school road shows across Dundee and Angus.
Patricia Tribe, former NASA Director of Education, said: “The value of the Tayside Space School is in captivating the imaginations of children through science and maths, and helping them stay focused on how exciting these subjects are.
“It’s very inspiring to see these children enjoy science and exploration, and these steps will hopefully take them into careers in space science, as well as other exciting opportunities in technology, engineering and maths careers.
“Initiatives like the Tayside Space School are very forward-thinking in their commitment to local children and the future of Scotland. We need young people to stayin science education and I’m confident many of these young people here today will.”
Dr Alan Bruce from Abertay University said: “The Space School represents the culmination of months of activities for those primary pupils lucky enough to have been selected by their respective school, while the Physics Fun in Space events have enabled even more pupils to enjoy a related experience.
“Such activities are so very important in stimulating young minds towards careers in science.”

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Abertay University launches new School

Posted onJune 10, 2012

Abertay University launches new School

Abertay University launches new SchoolA new academic School is being launched by the University of Abertay Dundee today to offer a wide range of new opportunities to study cyber security, engineering and intelligent systems, informatics, and web, communication and design.
 The new School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics will also offer a broader, more flexible learning experience by offering all students common first and second years, allowing them a broader educational experience through a wide range of modules before specialising. Further improved articulation is also a key focus, as is developing computing and engineering courses that are more appealing to female students.
Professor Simeon Keates, Head of the new School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics, said:
“Abertay has an international reputation for developing practical degrees like Ethical Hacking, and this new School is focused on developing that success by providing more flexibility, more courses and greater access for students from all backgrounds.
“Computing is a fascinating, exciting and challenging area with superb employment opportunities – every part of our daily lives involves computer technologies, and by teaching students a wide range of skills we’re training the next generation of professionals who will solve the world’s major technical problems.
“Practical research is another key focus, working to support Government objectives and the computing challenges associated with cyber security attacks, sustainably managing energy supplies, securing private data and communicating with the disabled and the elderly online.
“Our research will feed directly into the practical-focused teaching of the School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics. It’s a very, very exciting time for technology and our students have an unprecedented range of opportunities open to them.”
Abertay’s School of Engineering, Computing and Applied Mathematics will focus on five main teaching areas: computing; cyber security; informatics; web, design and communication; and engineering and intelligent systems.
The four main research themes that will inspire teaching will be: user-centred design; cyber security; mobile and pervasive computing; and smart energy.
The new School succeeds the School of Computing and Engineering Systems. Students currently studying and due to enrol in September 2012 will follow the existing course structure.
The new structure and degree programmes will recruit for a September 2013 start.
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Abertay Prototype Fund offering 25K grants

Posted onJune 7, 2012

Abertay Prototype Fund offering 25K grants

Abertay Prototype Fund offering 25K grantsAbertay Prototype Fund offering 25K grantsWhat’s the simplest, most risk-free way to launch a new high-tech company? The Abertay Prototype Fund is offering £25,000 grants in its latest funding round.
The Prototype Fund funds start-ups and young companies UK-wide who are creating new prototype games and interactive digital media. Applications should be made at http://prototypefund.abertay.ac.uk/
As well as improving access to funding in an environment where bank loans can be very difficult for young companies to secure, funded companies have the option of studio space, high-end computers and industry-standard software in the University of Abertay Dundee.
The Prototype Fund model has proven a success already, receiving over 200 applications, funding 35 projects, and with one funded company securing an £800,000 investment after initial funding of just £25,000. That business is currently preparing for launch behind closed doors.
Dundee-based Proper Games is another success story – it recruited the graduates who worked on their Prototype Fund project as full-time employees, to continue its development and also work on a new Facebook title.
Paul Durrant, Director of Business Development at Abertay University, said: “This is an excellent, risk-free way of new and young companies raising enough money to build a small game or prototype.
“Applications to the Prototype Fund so far have shown massive untapped economic potential right across the UK.
“Unlocking all these potential new companies with a small upfront investment is a targeted, efficient way of boosting Britain’s economic growth – and the strength and breadth of our superb creative industries.”
Companies receiving up to £25,000 also get business mentoring and access to Abertay University’s computer games industry contacts.
Prototype Fund recipients can also recruit talented graduates to support their project, in turn improving UK-wide skills level in this creative, high-growth sector.
Applications must be made by midday on Wednesday 18th July. Full details are available at http://prototypefund.abertay.ac.uk/

Robot: The Fantasy and The Reality

Posted onMay 31, 2012

Robot: The Fantasy and The Reality

Robot: The Fantasy and The RealityRobot: The Fantasy and The RealityThe fantasy and reality of robots will come alive at Dundee Science Centre this Summer, with the premiere of a major exhibition.

Robot explores the robots, cyborgs and androids of fiction, with an amazing range of over 20 striking artefacts from both film and television, including actual props and models from science fiction of the 20th and 21st century.

However, Robot also contrasts the fantasy with the reality, giving visitors the opportunity to play with domestic robotic pets, experience the technology of current research and industry in action, and interact with Scotland’s only full-size humanoid robot of its kind, Robothespian.

 The exhibition, which will run from Saturday 2 June until Sunday 30 September, is sponsored by the University of Dundee, Subsea 7 and University of Abertay Dundee.

The exhibition will explore how humans have imagined robots to be over recent decades. Featuring imagined robots and cyborgs from the 1956 ‘Forbidden Planet’ to the recent ‘Iron Man’, Robot will also showcase a life-size R2-D2 from ‘Star Wars’, model heads from ‘Terminator, life-sized Kryten from ‘Red Dwarf’,’ and even Michael Jackson’s robotic alter-ego from ‘Moonwalker’.

Meanwhile, Robothespian, a 6’ tall, humanoid robot, is fully interactive and responsive through a touchscreen interface, amazing visitors with his lifelike and sympathetic interactions. Robothespian will remain as a year-long feature of the Science Centre until May 2013.

Robot will also highlight cutting-edge technology and engineering, showcasing innovation from local research and industry, primarily from Robot’s main partner, the University of Dundee. Scientists are showcasing their state-of-the-art iPad game designed using artificial intelligence as well as teaching visitors how to make a robot dance. Co-partners Subsea 7 and the University of Abertay Dundee, along with NCR, will be showcasing their robotic innovations, from a scale-model house operated by remote control to a supermarket self-serve check-out, as well as offering an insight into the ROV robots which scour our underwater worlds.

Visitors will also have the chance to play with a family of Pleo robots, a ‘toy’ dinosaur which is actually a sophisticated, autonomous domestic robot, capable of responding to its environment and ‘learning’.

There is also the opportunity for even the youngest of visitors to engage in simple programming, learning about control and direction with small interactive robots – Bee-Bots.

Hannah Crookes, Director of Science Learning and Public Engagement said, “We’re expecting Robot to appeal to a wide variety of audiences, from film buffs and sci-fi addicts to families looking to interact and play with our robots. There is, of course, also a strong scientific angle to the exhibition which offers an intriguing and fascinating insight into applications of robot technology being developed right on our doorstep.”

Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am until 5pm. For more information, telephone 01382 228800 or visitwww.sensation.org.uk.

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Abertay signs international agreement with George Mason University

Posted onMay 23, 2012

Abertay signs international agreement with George Mason University

Abertay signs international agreement with George Mason UniversityThe University of Abertay Dundee has signed an agreement with prestigious US institution George Mason University for student exchanges and to develop joint research projects.
Students from each institution’s computer games-related courses will now have the opportunity to study overseas for a semester or a full academic year.
The agreement was signed in Dundee by Dr. Scott Martin, Assistant Dean and Technology & Research Director of the Computer Game Design Program at Mason, and Professor Nicholas Terry, Abertay’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor (Acting).
Dr. Martin also toured Abertay’s internationally renowned facilities for computer games education, met academic and students, and saw demonstrations of Abertay’s interdisciplinary research where computer games technology is being used to solve problems in cancer drug discovery and environmental planning.
Professor Nicholas Terry said: “We are very pleased to sign this agreement with the prestigious George Mason University, allowing computer game students to cross the Atlantic to learn from our colleagues in the United States.
“We also look forward to warmly welcoming students from Mason to Abertay, and to working together on opportunities for new research projects.
“Both universities are totally committed to giving our students the experience and skills they need to succeed in challenging and rewarding careers. This agreement is another step forward for us both in that mission.”
Dr. Scott Martin said: “On behalf of George Mason University, I am very excited to sign this agreement. The University of Abertay Dundee programs in computer games education represents the very best internationally, and I am very pleased to help facilitate this rare opportunity for our students at Mason, and to host such superb and talented students from Abertay at the university.
“I also view this agreement as the first step to a long-term partnership that expands into other areas of cooperation, such as innovative games research partnerships and private and public sector project development collaborations.”
This is the first Study Abroad agreement Abertay University has signed with an institution in the US. Study Abroad is an exchange system, allowing students to earn credits while on placement overseas.
Mason is Virginia’s largest public university and has a proud tradition of fostering innovation in teaching and research.

Dance film festival opens at Abertay’s Hannah Maclure Centre

Posted onApril 20, 2012

Dance film festival opens at Abertay’s Hannah Maclure Centre

Dance film festival opens at Abertay’s Hannah Maclure Centre
The new ‘Jump Cut’ festival of dance and film opens tonight at the University of Abertay Dundee’s Hannah Maclure Centre.
A week-long series of exciting events includes performances, an interactive dance and costume design workshop, screenings of rare and new dance films, and a celebration of community dance that covers everything from breakdance to traditional Indian dance.
The dance companies involved include Scottish Dance Theatre, Scotland’s national contemporary dance company which is part of Dundee Rep, and Dundee-based Smallpetitklein.
Clare Brennan, festival organiser and Curator at the Hannah Maclure Centre, said: “Dundee is an incredibly creative, exciting city to live in – there’s a really thriving artistic culture, and I wanted to champion some of our dance companies and the huge local enthusiasm for dance.
“The films we’ve brought together are absolutely breathtaking. Creative dance can be really mesmerising and beautiful, particularly when it’s well filmed.
“By mixing films and live performances, Jump Cut will give people a real immersion into this incredible performance culture. And it’s for absolutely everyone – from expert enthusiasts to anyone who’s just a bit curious!”
The festival opens on Friday at 7.30pm with a ‘Film and Choreography’ event incorporating talks, screenings and live performances.
Other events include:
- Dundee schools performing from classic musicals on Saturday at 7.30pm followed by a rare chance to see Leonard Bernstein’s timeless classic ‘West Side Story’
- a performance workshop exploring the use of shape and shadow in costume design and dance (Wednesday 25 April, 7.30pm)
- and the grand finale celebrating contemporary dance next Friday at 7.30pm.
All events are in Abertay University’s Hannah Maclure Centre, which is on the top floor of the Student Centre on Bell Street.
All events are free, but please arrive early to guarantee your space. Pre-booking by contacting 01382 308324 orexhibitions@abertay.ac.uk is only required for the performance workshop.



Abertay launches new postgraduate research degree

Posted onApril 18, 2012

Abertay launches new postgraduate research degree

More than 200 new postgraduate research opportunities are being offered by the University of Abertay Dundee in response both to increasing demand and to tackle a growing range of urgent research requirements.
The University is launching a new class of postgraduate qualification – the “Masters by Research” degree – a one-year research programme supervised by one or more faculty members.
Successful graduates will be awarded a degree of either Master of Science by Research (MSc); Master of Arts by Research (MA); Master of Technology by Research (MTech), or Master of Laws by Research (LLM). In each case, the main subject of the research will be added to the degree title, such as Master of Science by Research (Soil Erosion), for example.
Professor Grahame Wright, Abertay’s Director of Recruitment, commented: “Many graduates are looking for more flexibility in their options for pursuing their research interests as part of a clear career plan. A one-year (or two years, part-time) Masters by Research degree allows them to complete a research project which can enhance their CV but also retain the option to go on to a PhD should their career plans change.
“We are able to offer this enhanced flexibility because our Schools have identified dozens of research projects that would suit a one-year project, and because Abertay has a long tradition of building flexible courses that can allow individuals to plot a learning path that suits their particular needs.”
The new Masters degrees are made possible by a change in the University’s regulations that now provides three different types of programme qualifications for research students.
Until now, postgraduate students were required to commit at least three years to their research before being eligible for the award of a PhD (doctor of philosophy degree), or around two years for the award of an MPhil (master of philosophy).
The new Masters by Research enables students to pursue their research interests for just one-year after graduating with a Bachelors degree. The new degrees will be offered alongside Abertay’s established range of taught Masters degrees, also lasting around one year.
Students who successfully complete a Masters by Research degree could be eligible to apply for to continue their research by enrolling on an MPhil or PhD programme at Abertay, should they wish.
The new awards are offered across the range of Abertay’s academic disciplines and include over 200 specific topics related to such fields as computer games design, business, law, computer security, human-computer interfaces, mobile technologies, computer networks, psychology, sports science, sociology, nursing and counselling, genetics, ecosystems, soil science, cancer treatments, and many more.

Dundee Channel links with Non Stop Video Games

Posted onApril 1, 2012

Dundee Channel links with Non Stop Video Games

The Dundee Channel has linked up with the non stop video gamers on IWTBS. A channel broadcast via our streaming partner Livestream. What else would you expect from the city with one of the leading Computer Games University courses in the world. But be warned the Dundee Channel has no control over the games played and occasionally players may totally lose it. IWBTS streams live video game play from around the world but mainly in the usa.

Lefties more likely to look before they leap

Posted onFebruary 8, 2012

Lefties more likely to look before they leap

Lefties more likely to look before they leap

New research from the University of Abertay Dundee has found evidence that left-handed people may be better decision makers than their right-handed counterparts.

 The new behavioural research, published in the journal ‘Laterality’, found that due to an increased ‘state anxiety’ when faced with a new task, left-handers are more likely to take their time and think about the consequences of a task before tackling it.

 Dr Scott Hardie said: “Previously it has been believed that left-handed people are more anxious in general. What we believe is that it is the ‘state anxiety’ as opposed to ‘trait anxiety’ that differs between left-handers and right-handers.   This means that it’s the reaction to the here and now, a current situation rather than an individual’s general disposition.

 “What we donLefties more likely to look before they leap’t know is whether the increased state anxiety is caused by the motivation of trying to get it right, or the fear of getting it wrong?”

Dr Lynn
Wright said: “There are a number of factors that could affect this. For example up until recent years when a left-handed person was learning to write they were discouraged from using their left hand and forced to switch to their right, often to their detriment.  There are also a great number of objects or activities in daily life that are designed for right-handed people, which can be disconcerting for left-handers such as can openers, scissors, notepads, right sided writing desks, guitars and other musical instruments.  Because of this many left-handers are used to having to think before they act and perhaps to second guess what feels natural.”


What we’re 
not talking about is personality inhibition.  Nor are we saying that left-handed individuals live in a constant state of anxiety, far from it actually.  The ability to plan and think things out is advantageous in most situations.”

“State anxiety in this case, focuses attention on the task in hand and allows a proper evaluation of options and outcomes. We feel that left-handers’ ‘inhibition’ is a manifestation of the old idiom ‘look before you leap’ and may in many cases be a better strategy than the alternative ‘fools rush in’.”

1 in 10 people are thought to be left-handed and famous ‘south paws’ include US President Barack Obama.  In fact, five out of the last seven US Presidents have been left-handed. 

Dr Wright and Dr Hardie are behavioural psychologists specialising in biological and cognitive psychology including emotions and laterality, preferential use of either the left or the right side.

In order to take the research forward they are hoping to expand their work to looking at different age groups, different social pressures and other potential contributory factors.

Anybody interested in taking part in future resea
rch is urged to contact Abertay University.

 

Future of education on show to MSP at Abertay

Posted onNovember 14, 2011

Future of education on show to MSP at Abertay

Future of education on show to MSP at Abertay
Major advances in the research and teaching of computer games technology and environmental science were shown today (Monday 14 November) to the Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee.
Stewart Maxwell MSP visited the University of Abertay Dundee after seeing computer games developed by Abertay students at a recent Scottish Parliament event organised by Universities Scotland.
Mr Maxwell said: “I was delighted to receive the invitation to visit Abertay University, and I have been astonished by the multidisciplinary work going on here. I am very impressed by the impact that this research is having and will have on the Scottish economy.”
Mr Maxwell met students on the Professional Masters in Game Development, who work in the open-plan UK Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education, a facility supported by Scottish Government investment. 
The Centre for Excellence is developing the high-level skills required by the future leaders of Scotland’s computer games industry, and is also supporting the development of new businesses in the industry.
The MSP also met staff in Abertay University’s two environmental science research centres – SIMBIOS (Scottish Informatics and Mathematics Biology and Statistics Centre) and UWTC (Urban Water Technology Centre). 
SIMBIOS is at the forefront of research into soil structures and mechanisms – a vital area of research as the world prepares to meet the challenge of massively increasing food supplies to meet the growth in the planet’s human population. UWTC is leading new methods of planning for sustainable water supplies and urban development around the world.
The visit concluded with demonstrations of innovative scientific research, including cancer drug discovery, powered by computer games technology in Abertay’s HIVE (Human Interactive Virtual Environment) 3D computing laboratory.

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