Big Success in Big Data

Becki Marshall – BSc (Hons) Information Communications Technology

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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Juniper JNCIA-Junos Boot Camp

William Holmes – BSc Computer Networking

I attended a four-day intense Juniper Boot Camp, led by Ron Austin and Phil Harris, lecturers at Birmingham City University during the Graduate+ Week this month. The Boot Camp delivered all the knowledge needed to take the entry-level JNCIA certificate, which Juniper offers. Juniper is a world-leading provider of network solutions. The Boot Camp featured nine lectures and four labs in three days for 60 students, with an exam on the fourth day.

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Building Information Modelling: the future of construction planning

Sivagayinee Gangatheepan – PhD in Planning

Last month, Birmingham City University hosted the first BIM Regions West Midlands event of the year.

The event focused on Building Information Modelling (BIM) implementation for BCU’s campus development.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an intelligent 3D model based process that equips architecture, engineering, and construction professionals with the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. Continue Reading

Reimagining the Silver Screen

Magdalena Nawrocka – BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology

In a city dominated by multiplexes, it is often difficult to find places to watch less mainstream films, relax in the right atmosphere and discover movies that you just wouldn’t discover from the billboards. Add to it the not-so-big student budget, the access to independent cinema in Birmingham is extremely narrow, especially in the City Centre. Not so long ago the only choice was The Electric Cinema, although after the recent price increase, it may not be as attractive as it used to be. A rightful rival appeared on the horizon: The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen.

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A day in the life of a Software Developer

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

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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Global Game Jam at Birmingham City University

Liam Sorta – BSc Computer Games Technology 

For the last five years, Birmingham City University has opened its doors as host to the annual Global Game Jam (GGJ), a 48-hour game development event aimed at bringing those with a passion for games together to create a game from scratch. The diversity the jam promotes is indicated by its 36,000 jammers, 7,000 produced games and the involvement of 95 different countries this year alone.

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10 tips for keeping safe online

Ron Austin – Associate Professor

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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