• The Monday Mail - Week 11 (A) - Sem2 AY16 - #16.27

    Published: Monday, 01 May 2017

    :: Your weekly round-up of undergraduate life in the School. From Toby Howard, Director of Undergraduate Studies. :: http://tinyurl.com/themondaymail | http://www.facebook.com/computersciencemcr | https://twitter.com/csmcr  

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    Good morning UG! It’s Monday 1 May, and it’s Week 11, an A week – and it’s the May Day Bank Holiday, so no scheduled activities today. Kilburn is open but you'll need your out-of-hours pass. On with today’s news!

    Best wishes,
    Toby Howard
    Director of Undergraduate Studies

    * HACKMED WIN. Huge congratulations to Aayush Chadha (Y1, AI), Lorena Oros (Y1, CSBM) and Harry Songhurst (Y1, CS) who participated in HackMed2017 in Sheffield at the weekend, and won the Oxford Nanopore Technologies challenge for "Best use of data" for their voice-based Parkinson's Disease Diagnostic Service. Aayush writes: "We utilised the dataset provided by the UCI Machine Learning Lab to train a model which predicted if a person has Parkinson's Disease or not. We then hooked the model to a voice + sms service using Nexmo's API and Python's Flask service which allowed us retrieve audio recordings of patients reading out a predefined script, extracting features using the linguistic analysis tool PRAAT and then classifying it so that in the end we could send their doctors details about our algorithm's confidence in the diagnosis and a voice report generated from PRAAT. Here's our devpost." Well done Aayush, Lorena and Harry!

    Harry, Aayush and Lorena

    * PASS2. This from Struan McDonough (Y3, CMwIE) and Tom Robinson (Y3, CS): This week we'll be running a drop-in session for anyone who has any exam questions or any other questions. Tuesday at 15:00 in Collab.

    * SSC. The next meeting of the Staff-Student Committee (and the final one for this academic year) is this Weds 3 May at 14:00. If you'd like to raise anything, please contact one of your reps ASAP. Here they are:

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    * NEW BLOGGER. The School has a new blogger – Ana Gabriela Pandrea (Y1, AI4wIE) – check out her first blog "What do I do?"

    * GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK. The Unit Survey gives you the chance to tell us what you think about your course units, and for Semester 2 it runs until 9 May. Please take a moment to give us your feedback – you can use Blackboard or download the app (iOS | Android). We take your views seriously, we react, and we publish a response to your views, for every course unit.

    * MALAWI PROJECT. The School of Computer Science is running a pilot project teaching computing in African schools this summer. In co-operation with charity Ripple Africa, the School is aiming to take computer education to schools in a remote area of Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. If you’d like to contribute, visit the crowdfunding page.

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    * WOW & FB USERS WANTED. The School of Health Sciences is looking for World of Warcraft players and Facebook users who are not taking any medicines for a psychiatric condition, and are available for a 4-hour session of neuropsychological testing. Eligible volunteers will be compensated with £25 worth of shopping vouchers upon completion of the testing session. Contact Asmuni Abghani.

    * POSTGRAD LOANS. Interested in continuing your studies with a MSc? Good news, the government-backed Postgraduate Loan Scheme (PGL) for master’s students (both PGT and PGR), introduced last year, is continuing. It is UK-wide, not just for The University of Manchester. It is generally available for home students (full eligibility details on our PG funding pages) and works in a similar way to existing UG loans.

    * ACADEMIC WRITING HELP. The University Language Centre offers one-to-one sessions to help students improve their writing skills. Full details.

    UoM got talent logo* UOM GOT TALENT. Got any kind of weird or not-weird talent? Or maybe you would like to come and see what your student community has to offer? Tonight 20:00-22:00 at Whitworth Park, Grove House (M13 9WJ) the UoM Got Talent show, with all proceeds to The Children’s Society charity. Register as a performer, or buy tickets (only £4).

    * KANOPY. Fed up with YouTube? The University Library now subscribes to the Kanopy Streaming Service which has access to thousands of award-winning documentaries, films and training videos for free. Well worth a look.

    * WELLBEING CHAMPIONS. An exciting new opportunity for students to take charge of student wellbeing, run creative and innovative events and learn valuable skills along the way. Actively promote the six ways to wellbeing in your School and across the university. Receive free training in wellbeing, events management, people management and marketing. Drop in to find out more in The Atrium (1st floor University Place) this Weds 3 May 12:00-15:30 or contact Katrina Grier.

    * GRAD FAIR. The Grad Fair is this Thurs 4 May 10:30-16:00 at the Armitage Centre, Fallowfield. Come and explore your options with over 150 exhibitors from a wide range of sectors, providing something of interest for students of all degree disciplines.

    * PHD IN DATA SCIENCE AND UX. There’s a funded EPSRC PhD 4-Year studentship (European/UK students only) in the area of "Data Science and User Experience: Measuring the Enjoyment/Engagement of People when using Online or Broadcast Media", in partnership with BBC R&D. Fees paid + ~£20K annual stipend. Details here and informal enquiries to John Keane.

    * DATA PHD. There are 16 funded PhD positions available for 2017 in the Centre for Data Analytics and Society at the Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield. This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a 4-year funded integrated PhD and MSc in Data Analytics and Society. More info.

    * SOMETHING TO SHARE? Deadline for sending in Monday Mail items: 17:00 every Friday.

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