Success for Lab teams at Northwestern Europe Regional Contest

Team Me[∰]tallica (PhD student Petar Veličković along with Part IB students Marko Stanković and Dimitrije Erdeljan) were awarded a silver medal at Northwestern Europe Regional Contest (NWERC 2016). A bronze meal was awarded to Team mpttpm (Part II students Momchil Peychev and Tudor Ţiplea along with fellow Cambridge Mathematics student Paul Musca).

The NWERC is integrated in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest and draws students from colleges and universities throughout Belgium, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

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A tribute to Negar Miralaei

Staff and students at the Computer Laboratory were deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Negar Miralaei.

Negar was a fourth year PhD student soon to submit her dissertation. Her supervisor Dr Timothy Jones said “Negar loved to travel, and seized the opportunities she was given to attend conferences and workshops across Europe and the United States.

She also loved visiting different parts of the UK in her spare time, making her way as far as the Scottish Highlands and, more recently, Northern Ireland. She would always come back full of excitement about her trips and tell me all the amazing things she had seen. It was difficult to believe that the first time she had set foot outside Iran was when she went to Turkey to apply for her British visa to come to Cambridge.

Negar had many friends, and was well liked by everyone she worked with. She was a generous, kind person and friendly to everyone she met. Within the Computer Lab we will all miss her optimism and warm smile. There’s a huge hole now where she used to be.”

All at the Computer Laboratory extend their heartfelt condolences to Negar’s family and friends at this sad time.

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Dr Mateja Jamnik to receive a Royal Society 2016 Athena award.

Dr Mateja Jamnik will receive a Royal Society 2016 Athena award in a ceremony at the Royal Society’s annual diversity conference on 31 October 2016.

Dr Jamnik receives the award for founding women@CL, an initiative targeted at computer science which has started to change the culture in computing departments nationwide.

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Postgraduate Open Day

The University of Cambridge is proud to be hosting its first Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

During the Postgraduate Open Day you will be able to attend centralised presentations on various topics including Student Life in Cambridge, Colleges and Accommodation, Graduate Application Process and Funding!

You will also have the chance to join fellow prospective students for an address by the Pro Vice Chancellor Graham Virgo and Vice Chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz.

If you wish to attend, please register for tickets. If you have any questions, or to find the latest information on the event then please contact the Postgraduate Open Day team on: PostGradOpenDay "at" admin.cam.ac.uk.

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Microsoft Imagine Username Changes

The usernames on the Microsoft Imagine site (formerly known as Dreamspark and before than as MSDNAA) have been changed to be of the form crsid@cam.ac.uk for all users. The effect of this change will be that you receive notice of your new account details and the old one will no longer be available. If this causes any difficulties for you please contact win-admin@cl.cam.ac.uk.

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Website upgrade Tuesday 4th October

On the morning of Tuesday, 4th October 2016 we will upgrade the web server software behind the main Lab web site.

If you are using .htaccess files in order to restrict access to some of your web pages to certain users or Internet addresses then you need to be aware that the syntax in .htaccess files related to restricting access to certain Internet addresses has changed between Apache 2.2 and 2.4. You should review all your .htaccess files, and update them where necessary soon after next Tuesday.

We have prepared some tools to help you with this review. Further details of the changes and instructions on how to use the tools can be found at /anfs/www/tools/share/migration/README.txt.

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Postgraduate Open Day – 2 November 2016

The University of Cambridge is proud to be hosting its first Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 November 2016.

During the Postgraduate Open Day you will be able to attend centralised presentations on various topics including Student Life in Cambridge, Colleges and Accommodation, Graduate Application Process and Funding!

You will also have the chance to join fellow prospective students for an address by the Pro Vice Chancellor Graham Virgo and Vice Chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz.

Please register for tickets at the link:

http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/open-days-and-events

Keep up-to-date with all new developments for Postgraduate Open Day by checking back with us.

If you have any questions please contact our Postgraduate Open Day Team:

PostGradOpenDay@admin.cam.ac.uk

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Dr Andy Harter awarded prestigious Faraday Medal

Visiting Industrial Fellow Dr Andy Harter has been awarded the Faraday Medal, the most prestigious award of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The Faraday Medal dates back to 1922, and is awarded for notable scientific or industrial achievement in engineering and for conspicuous service rendered to the profession. Dr Harter is CEO of RealVNC which he founded in 2002.

Dr Tim Constandinou, Chair of the IET Awards and Prizes Committee, said: “The Awards and Prizes Committee was unanimous in recommending Dr Harter for the IET’s Faraday Medal. Dr Harter’s work has over many years has proven to have wide-ranging impact. This includes leading the development of successful technology such as Virtual Network Computing (VNC), which has created new markets and brought significant economic and environmental benefits. VNC remains the most popular remote access software as well as the most ported, with over 1 billion copies on more different kinds of computer than any other application. Dr Harter is equally skilled at creating new pathways to commercialisation, pioneering open source without compromising profitability. Through his philanthropy and mentoring initiatives he is supporting others to follow his example.”

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Dropbox

The UIS have recently made available reduced cost access to Business Dropbox available via normal purchasing means.

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Advait Sarkar receives highly commended award at VL/HCC 2016

Advait Sarkar has received a highly commended award at the 2016 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC) for his paper ‘Visual discovery and model-driven explanation of time series patterns’.

The paper is joint work with Alan Blackwell, Mateja Jamnik and Martin Spott.

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