Staff and Students with Dr Vint Cerf

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Dr Vint Cerf with staff and new CS PhD graduates

On July 24th, Dr Vinton Cerf was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, by the University of St Andrews. Dr. Vint Cerf, a founding father of the Internet, graduated alongside our new PhD and Honours graduates. In his Laureation address, Professor Saleem Bhatti highlighted to the audience that, “The internet is mankind’s largest and most complex creation. It spans national boundaries and puts global communication at the fingertips of the world’s citizens. It is, in today’s world, difficult to imagine life without the information and many services that are available to us all through the internet. However, it is an invention of our time.”

This graduation ceremony was a memorable day for both staff and students and presented each person the opportunity to reflect on their own research experiences here in the University of St Andrews. Reflecting on our “Internet @ 100symposium earlier in the week, Professor Bhatti concluded by noting that, “Easy and accessible internet communication is also seen as an empowering service for the citizens of the world“.

We wish all of our new graduates, all the best for the future.

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Dr Vint Cerf with staff and new CS PhD and Honours graduates

Welcome to Dr Uta Hinrichs

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Dr Uta Hinrichs

We are delighted to welcome Dr Uta Hinrichs as a new lecturer in Computer Science. Uta has been a postdoctoral research fellow with SACHI since 2012 and she now co-leads SACHI along with her colleagues. Prior to joining the University of St Andrews, Uta studied in the University of Calgary in Canada. Her PhD combined information visualization with large display technology and was awarded the Bill Buxton Award 2012 as Best Canadian HCI Dissertation and her MSc is in Computational Visualistics from the University of Magdeburg in Germany. Uta has also worked at Microsoft Research.

You can read more comments welcoming and commenting on Uta’s appointment here.

Arduino workshop

Event details

  • When: 26th June 2011
  • Where: Cole Bldg
  • Format: Workshop

The School will hold an all day Arduino workshop on Sunday the 26th of June hosted by Dr David McKeown from UCD in Ireland. Thanks also to Ben Arent, an interaction designer based in Dublin for his help in supporting this.
The Arduino workshop preceeds the Summer School on Multimodal Systems for Digital Tourism that will be held in the School from 27th June to 1st July.

Arduino and Kinect equipment

Arduino and Kinect equipment for the workshop and summer school


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Summer School on Multimodal Systems for Digital Tourism

Event details

  • When: 27th June 2011 - 1st July 2011
  • Where: Honey Bldg
  • Format: Summer School

The focus of this summer school is to introduce a new generation of researchers to the latest research advances in multimodal systems, in the context of applications, services and technologies for tourists (Digital Tourism). Where mobile and desktop applications can rely on eyes down interaction, the tourist aims to keep their eyes up and focussed on the painting, statue, mountain, ski run, castle, loch or other sight before them. In this school we focus on multimodal input and output interfaces, data fusion techniques and hybrid architectures, vision, speech and conversational interfaces, haptic interaction, mobile, tangible and virtual/augmented multimodal UIs, tools and system infrastructure issues for designing interfaces and their evaluation.
We have structured this summer school as a blend of theory and practice.

Further information on the summer school on the SACHI site
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Chassis for storage server prototype

The SuperMicro chassis for our storage server prototpe has arrived. The chassis is a SuperMicro SC846E16-R1200 providing dual 1200W PSUs, 24 hot-swap 3.5″ drive bays and a 4U SAS2 expander backplane. We will be putting 1TB 7200RPM disks in the prototype but it is good to know that the chassis allows us to opt for faster disks if required.

Honours Class Photographs

The collection of class photographs is now up on the school website here. Unfortunately we are missing a few years. If anyone has photographs of the missing years then please get in touch, or just post a comment with an appropriate URL.

We have a couple of photographs that I am struggling to date. Does anyone know the years in which the photographs below were taken? Answers on a postcard please. I’m thinking 2007 or 2008 for the first one and sometime around the development of colour photography for the second.

Maybe 2007 or 2008?

Maybe 2007 or 2008?


Who wears short shorts? (front, third from left)

Who wears short shorts? (front, third from left)