Thursday, 9 March 2017

MDX Student Success Festival coming soon

Student Fair:  27th March, 11am-4pm

Workshops: 28th March – 7th April, various times


Studying, exams and assessment can be stressful for students, but we are here to help! This year, Middlesex University will be holding a two week Student Success Festival focusing on all aspects of learning and achievement, from study skills to healthy living.


Many different teams from across the university will be involved in this event, which this year is themed as an Adventure Island. Students will be encouraged to participate in games and activities that will be based around various learning, study and wellbeing skills in order help promote awareness of all that the university has to offer, and to encourage them to take independent ownership of their own learning adventures! Not only that, but there will be competitions and gifts, including the chance for students to win an iPad!


At the Festival on the 27th of March (in the Quad), there will be all sorts of excitement, including an interactive volcano, a wishing tree, a tropical bar offering free smoothies and healthy snacks, and - of course - support services on hand to connect students with the services that will most be beneficial to them.


Some of the teams involved are the LET, the SLAs, Employability, Progression & Support, Registry, Wellbeing, MDXSU, and the Library. We will also be hosting healthy eating activities, helping students to connect with Academic and Student Societies and generally consider how they can increase their academic potential.


After the fair, 28th March - 7th April, workshops will be offered covering a wide range of skills to help students achieve their goals.


Study skills, writing and exam practice will be covered, along with sessions looking at specific schools and assessments, provided by the SLAs who work on these programs. Additional workshops will be offered by Disability and Dyslexia, Counselling and Mental Health, the LET, MDXSU, and Progression & Support. Everything is free and can be booked via UniHub.

Also, students can access the SSF page and discover workshops, playlists, teasers, videos and more about the Fest!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Materials Room opening hours

Our Materials Room will be open at the following times next week (wb. 6th March):

Mon-Thurs 11am-4pm
Fri 12noon-4pm

Monday, 27 February 2017

A robot that eats pollution

Meet the "Row-bot," a robot that cleans up pollution and generates the electricity needed to power itself by swallowing dirty water. Roboticist Jonathan Rossiter explains how this special swimming machine, which uses a microbial fuel cell to neutralize algal blooms and oil slicks, could be a precursor to biodegradable, autonomous pollution-fighting robots


Friday, 24 February 2017

Webinar: Speaking Data

Register for March 17 Talk: "Speaking Data: Simple, Functional Programming with Clojure"
Register for the next free ACM Learning Webinar, "Speaking Data: Simple, Functional Programming with Clojure," presented on Friday, March 17 at 12 pm ET by Paul deGrandis, Lead Developer, Architect, and Director of the Research and Innovation Group at Cognitect. Erik Meijer, founder and CEO of Applied Duality, and member of the ACM Queue Editorial Board, moderates the questions and answers session.

(If you'd like to attend but can't make it to the virtual event, register now to receive a recording of the webinar when it becomes available.)
Developers today face an explosion of complexity—data in myriad forms pulled from many sources, complex dependency webs, and a need to maximize use of modern multi-core hardware in cloud based systems. Many such efforts devolve into cobbled together mismatched abstractions that involve seemingly endless transformations from one form to another.

While libraries and infrastructure adapt to meet feature-level needs, they largely fail to address the core issue: incidental complexity. The kind of complexity that hinders development, blows timelines, and undermines stability. The kind of complexity that distracts from delivering real, measurable value. Clojure is a language built to enable developers to attack incidental complexity in their systems, through its use of immutable data structures, pure function transformations, and the separation of state and identity.

Drawing from both expert design principles and real-world use cases, Paul deGrandis will illustrate the "value of values" and explore how Clojure's core principles of Simplicity, Power, and Focus enable developers to reduce complexity—both essential and incidental—to functional simplicity.
Duration: 60 minutes (including audience Q&A)
Paul deGrandis, Director of the Research and Innovation Group, Cognitect
Paul deGrandis is a lead developer, architect, and Director of the Research and Innovation Group at Cognitect, where he helps organizations envision and execute new technical strategies, centered around unlocking value with next-generation information systems. Paul has helped to produce some of the most successful companies, brands, and cutting edge research. He has worked on next-generation cable systems, autonomous internet infrastructure, distributed search and recommendation engines, massive online social game platforms, and more. Paul is a member of ACM and has volunteered his time with Code for America and as a mentor with the Portland Incubator Experiment, and also has many open source contributions to his name including Clojure, ClojureScript, Pedestal, PyPy and more.

Erik Meijer, Founder and CEO, Applied Duality; ACM Queue Editorial Board
Erik Meijer is a Dutch computer scientist and entrepreneur. From 2000 to 2013 he was a software architect for Microsoft where he headed the Cloud Programmability Team. His work at Microsoft included C#, Visual Basic, LINQ, Volta, and the Reactive programming framework (Reactive Extensions) for .NET. His research has included the areas of functional programming (particularly Haskell) compiler implementation, parsing, programming language design, XML, and foreign function interfaces. In 2011 Erik was appointed part-time professor of Cloud Programming within the Software Engineering Research Group at Delft University of Technology. Since 2013 he is also Honorary Professor of Programming Language Design at the School of Computer Science of the University of Nottingham, associated with the Functional Programming Laboratory.

Currently Erik is CEO of Applied Duality Inc., which he founded in 2013. Since then he has worked on the Hack language with Facebook, RxJava library with Netflix, and Dart language with Google. In the past, he was an associate professor at Utrecht University. He received his Ph.D from Nijmegen University. Erik is the recipient of the Microsoft Outstanding Technical Leadership Award (2009) and the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award as a member of the C# team (2007). In October 2015 Erik joined Facebook to support the goal of Bono and Mark Zuckerberg to unite the world by connecting it. He teaches the “Principles of Reactive Programming” course through Coursera, and “Introduction to Functional Programming” through edX. He is also a member of the ACM Queue Editorial Board.
Visit for our full archive of past webinars.

Monday, 13 February 2017

The incredible inventions of intuitive AI

"What do you get when you give a design tool a digital nervous system? Computers that improve our ability to think and imagine, and robotic systems that come up with (and build) radical new designs for bridges, cars, drones and much more — all by themselves. Take a tour of the Augmented Age with futurist Maurice Conti and preview a time when robots and humans will work side-by-side to accomplish things neither could do alone."

Maths support in the age of Big Data - FREE event

Mathematics and Statistics Support in the Age of “Big Data”

Monday 13th March 2017, 12.00-16.00, University of Essex

The sigma Network and the University of Essex invite you to a FREE event to explore how HE maths support provision can respond to the demands of the “big data”society.

Increasing quantification across the disciplines means that it is no longer just STEM students who need mathematical skills; students in the Humanities and Social Sciences also need to be able to deal confidently with data and statistics.

The event will be introduced by two authoritative speakers - Richard Skeggs (ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre) and Simon Gallacher (Nuffield Foundation) . Participants will then share their own experiences of how they are supporting students in their quantitative skills. All participants should go away with new insights, ideas and action plans for enhancing their own maths and statistics support provision.

Further details at:

To reserve your place at this FREE event, please email Hansa Bissoondeeal ( by 3rd March 2017. A programme and travel information will be sent out nearer the time.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Ted Talks: Why you should love statistics

"Think you're good at guessing stats? Guess again. Whether we consider ourselves math people or not, our ability to understand and work with numbers is terribly limited, says data visualization expert Alan Smith. In this delightful talk, Smith explores the mismatch between what we know and what we think we know."

Friday, 3 February 2017

Tiree Tech Wave (TTW13)

23–27 March 2017, Isle of Tiree, Scotland, UK


A hands-on making and meeting event exploring the edges of technology on the wild edge of Scotland


Register by 24th February for early bird rate.


*** note: support available for members of SICSA HCI ***


We are once again coming together to explore the outer edges of technology on the outer edges of Scotland, opening your own horizons in a land of endless sky.  Come if you want to make sense of the way technology engages with society, or if you simply want make things with RPis, Arduinos and conductive thread.


The western fringe is where scholarship was kept alive in the Dark Ages, and where wind surfers gather today.  At Tiree Tech Wave we try to capture a little of the depth of the former and the excitement of the latter as we explore the social, artful, playful and practical edges of technology.


There are no fixed outcomes, you come, you meet, you do stuff together.  However, because there are no fixed outcomes, many exciting things happen.


For some past highlights see:


At the last TTW a number of projects were centred around Telephone box installations, and there may be some continuation of that.


In addition, Liam Cavin a statistician working for the  Scottish Government is planning to come to give a workshop about open data available at and how to use it.


... and following the data theme, if there is sufficient interest, Alan Dix will do a one day tutorial on 'understanding statistics' the day before TTW13 starts (Wed 22nd March) - please email Alan ASAP if you are interested.  This will also be open to non-TTW attendees  and timed so that it is possible to do as a day trip from Glasgow.



However, the final agenda is your own.


For further details look at the website or contact Alan Dix <>