What’s On in Birmingham this May?

You’ve probably noticed by now that Birmingham is big on events. Some of the world’s biggest names take to the stage at the NEC, Barclaycard Arena, and O2 Academy, and people travel from all over the country to attend conferences and exhibitions held in the city.

But Birmingham isn’t just good at big-name events; the UK’s ‘second city’ is great at independent events, festivals, and parties. Here we highlight some of the hidden gems right on your doorstep.

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Big Success in Big Data

by Becki Marshall, BSc Computing and Information Technology student.

Birmingham’s Thinktank Science Museum hosted a “Meet the Experts” event on Big Data during the half term. “Big data” is used to describe data sets that are too big or complex for ordinary data analytics methods to handle. In a world of growing technology, it’s important to understand how we can deal with the masses of data produced each day. Dealing with large amounts of data can lead to problems such as information capture, retrieval, searching, analysis and transfer.

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A day in the life of a Software Developer

by Sam Woodcock, industry guest blogger from InTouchCRM.

When people ask me what I do, and I say I’m a “Software Developer”, they seem fairly impressed yet not entirely sure what it means. Even my parents still can’t quite grasp what it is I do. They know I’m good with computers and also useful for any technical issues they have. So for both their sake and yours, I’ll attempt to describe what happens in a day in the life of a software developer working for InTouchCRM.

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Examples of Graphics, Animation and Fractals in Film

by Dr Daniel Doolan, Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering.

Vol Libre (1980) created by Loren Carpenter is an extremely well known example of early computer animation. It used fractal terrain generation of create a fly-through of a three dimensional landscape. This would in turn lead on to the development of the Genesis Sequence in Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan (1982) (IMDB).

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10 tips for keeping safe online

by Ron Austin, Associate Professor for MSc Data Networks and Security.

Today (14 February) the Queen opens a new National Centre for Cyber Security. With more and more of us living our lives online, are we really aware of the dangers of cyber-attacks to businesses and individuals? Ron Austin, Associate Professor of Networks and Security, shares his tips for keeping safe online.

The Internet is a powerful and wonderful tool that allows people to communicate and share ideas, however just as you would not leave your home without locking the doors and windows, you should not venture out on to the Internet without understanding some of the rules and best practices.

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