News & Events from Applied Computing
The University of Buckingham has come at the top of the rankings in the first-ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rankings. The government has assessed universities on six key criteria including teaching quality, academic support, student progression, employability and success and … Read more
Ibrahim, N. & H. Sellahewa, “Touch gesture-based authentication: A security analysis of Pattern Unlock”, IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security and Behavior Analysis (New Delhi, 2017). DOI: 10.1109/ISBA.2017.7947711. Pattern Unlock is one in a family of graphical passwords used on … Read more
On Thursday 11 May the Department of Applied Computing invited the Brownies of the Girlguiding Buckinghamshire group over to experience the exciting world of Computer Science. During their visit the girls, aged 7-10 years, learned the basics of programming concepts … Read more
Omar Al Okashi, Hongbo Du and Hisham Al-Assam, “Automatic spine curvature estimation from X-ray images of a mouse model”, Journal of Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine 140 (March 2017), 175–184. DOI: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2016.12.010. Automatic segmentation and quantification of skeletal structures … Read more
Dr Hisham Al-Assam was invited to give a talk at the Buckingham U3A Science & Technology Group Meeting, The Royal Latin School, Buckingham, on 1 March 2017. The aim of the talk titled “Machine Learning – Current and Future Applications” … Read more
A group of the most talented female maths students from a Milton Keynes school learnt what it was like to do computer programming at University in a bid to encourage more girls to take up the subject. A group of … Read more
“Towards a Confidence-Centric Classification Based on Gaussian Models and Bayesian Principles”, Proceedings of 9th York Doctoral Symposium on Computer Science and Electronics (University of York, November 2016), 46-56. Classification is an essential form of machine learning. It has been widely used … Read more
H.S Maghdid, I.A. Lami, K.Z Ghafoor & J. Lloret, “Seamless Outdoors-Indoors Localization Solutions on Smartphones: Implementation and Challenges”, ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR) 48.4 (May 2016), article 53; doi: 10.1145/2871166 The demand for more sophisticated Location-Based Services (LBS) in terms of … Read more
“Facial expression identification using 3D geometric features from Microsoft Kinect device”, Proc. SPIE 9869, Mobile Multimedia / Image Processing, Security, and Applications 2016 (ed. Sos S. Agaian, Sabah A. Jassim), 986903-1 (May 19, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2223029 Facial expression identification is an important … Read more
Dr Hisham Al-Assam was invited again to give a talk at St Paul’s Catholic School, Milton Keynes, on 11 May 2016, as part of their Public Understanding of Science lectures. The aim of the talk titled “Artificial Intelligence: Can Machines Outperform … Read more
In April, Professor Sabah Jassim and computing research students Dongxu and Saif attended the SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing (formerly DSS) symposium in Baltimore. Professor Jassim is a co-chair of the Mobile Multimedia / Image Processing, Security, and Applications conference … Read more
The Applied Computing Department welcomed Professor Nuno Carvalho from the University of Aveiro in Portugal (Telecommunications Institute – Electronics Department – Telecommunications and Computing) to give an invited talk and to explore avenues for collaborative research. Professor Carvalho presented to … Read more
On Wednesday 20 April 2016, in what proved to be an exhilarating and memorable night, our University football team defeated Willen FC 4-2. The event was hosted by Buckingham Athletic Football Club. Our team immediately took the lead by scoring … Read more
Dr Hisham Al-Assam was invited to give a seminar to the LHCS Research Group at the Open University, on 19 April 2016, as part of their LHCS Research Seminar Programme 2016. In his talk, “Computational life science: has it been successful … Read more
Applied Computing students had the opportunity to visit The National Museum of Computing on 11 March. Most of them had already heard about the museum and/or Bletchley Park but had never had the opportunity to visit. They received a guided … Read more
On 4 March, a group of Applied Computing students visited Bletchley Park, a historic site a few miles from Buckingham where secret messages, mostly high-profile military information, were deciphered during the Second World War. Some of the students already knew … Read more
We were delighted to welcome the Inspector General and two research managers from the Ministry of Agriculture in Iraq together with the Managing Director of Russell IPM. The purpose of the meeting was to consider if we can help the … Read more
The Sarajevo School of Science and Technology (SSST) – which has close ties with the University of Buckingham – has won the Special Award for the Best University in Bosnia and Herzogovina in 2015. The award was presented to Emir … Read more
Al-Assam, H., T. Kuseler, S. Jassim & S. Zeadally, “Privacy in Biometric Systems”, in S. Zeadally & M. Badra (eds), Privacy in a Digital, Networked World: Technologies, Implications and Solutions (Springer, Oct 2015), 235-263, ISBN 978-3-319-08469-5. This chapter is mainly … Read more
The Work in Progress Seminars continue this term with the following 4 seminars. Week Date Speaker Title Friday (week 5) 30 October Alan Abdulla Exploiting Similarities between Secret and Cover images for Improved Embedding Efficiency and Security in Digital Steganography … Read more
Russell IPM is a market leader in providing customer focused solutions to the issues faced by pest controllers. They will be working on a KTP project with Dr Ihsan Lami and Professor Sabah Jassim in the Applied Computing Department that … Read more
On 26 September SSST held its annual graduation ceremony and awarded students from the fields of Computer Science and Information Systems, Political Science and International Relations and Economics with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, validated by the University of Buckingham. Students … Read more
Dr Harin Sellahewa and Dr Hisham Al-Assam of the Applied Computing Department, and Deepnet Security based at Bletchley Park have been granted Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funding from Innovate UK, the UK government agency responsible for supporting innovation. The grant … Read more
A. Al-Talabani, H. Sellahewa & S.A. Jassim, “Emotion recognition from speech: Tools and challenges”, Proc. SPIE 9497, Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications 2015, 94970N, April 2015. DOI: 10.1117/12.2191623. Human emotion recognition from speech is studied frequently for its importance … Read more
The Work in Progress Seminars continue this term with the following 6 seminars. Friday, 24 July 2015 David Daouda Traore, “Automatic Analysis of Cellular Signalling Parameters Based on Fluorescent Video Imaging” Friday, 7 August 2015 Chigozirim Oriaku, “Enhancing Cloud Computing … Read more
A University of Buckingham MSc student has won a prestigious academic poster competition with a design reflecting a pioneering interactive project aimed at teaching students about the anatomy of the human body. Dhiya Al-Saqri won the Best MSc Poster at … Read more
Khazendar, S., A. Sayasneh, H. Al-Assam, H. Du, J. Kaijser, L. Ferrara, D. Timmerman, S. Jassim & T. Bourne, “Automated characterisation of ultrasound images of ovarian tumours: the diagnostic accuracy of a support vector machine and image processing with a … Read more
The first app aimed at mature students is the only of its kind and will help them get acclimatised to the academic world. University of Buckingham business students have developed the Student Proxy App to help the users in all … Read more
Dr Hisham Al-Assam was invited to give a talk at St Paul’s Catholic School, Milton Keynes, on 22 January 2015, as part of their Public Understanding of Science lectures. In his talk, “Computer Science in Medical and Biomedical Research”, Dr Al-Assam … Read more
The Department of Applied Computing just started a 3-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project on secure face recognition. A grant of £160,000 jointly funded by Innovate UK and a local information security company DeepNet Security in Bletchley Park, was secured … Read more
The University’s Applied Computing Department has received accreditation from the prestigious British Computer Society (BCS), a world-class professional body, which will enable students to enhance their standing and employability in the field of IT. A panel of BCS accreditation assessors … Read more
Dr Harin Sellahewa was invited to give a talk at the Biometrics Institute Member Meeting held at the Australian High Commission in London on 27 February 2015. His talk, “Using steganography to enhance security of biometric data exchange“, presented a … Read more
During the latter part of the Autumn term Dr Stuart Hall, a research lecturer in Mathematics in the Department, hosted a visit from Dr Wafaa Batat. Wafaa is a researcher at the École Nationale Polytechnique d’Oran, Algeria who works in … Read more
Abdulla, A.A., Sellahewa, H. & Jassim, S.A., “Stego quality enhancement by message size reduction and fibonacci bit-plane mapping”, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 8893 (2014), pp.151-166 Steganography is … Read more
Last November, Dr Harin Sellahewa took over as Head of Applied Computing from Professor Sabah Jassim who will remain in a non-managerial role. Professor Jassim is sad to step down but feels he is leaving the Department in good hands, … Read more
Dr Ihsan Lami has been awarded an STSM (Short Term Scientific Mission) Award from the European COST IC1301 Action for two of his DPhil students (Mr AlbuRghaif and Mr AlAbodi) to visit the University of Gent’s Department of Information Systems … Read more
Oliver Korb, Paul W. Finn & Gareth Jones, “The cloud and other new computational methods to improve molecular modelling”, Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery 2014, 9, 1121-1131. doi: 10.1517/17460441.2014.941800. Industrial, as well as academic, drug discovery efforts are usually supported by computational … Read more
The University of Buckingham has developed a unique two-year undergraduate degree programme in Computer Science, which incorporates self-directed projects encouraging entrepreneurial development through innovative creation. Computing and ICT are an integral part of today’s modern society, playing a significant role … Read more
A.A. Abdulla, H. Sellahewa & S.A. Jassim, “Steganography based on pixel intensity value decomposition”, Proc. Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications (SPIE 9120, 912005, May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050518. This paper focuses on steganography based on pixel intensity value decomposition. A … Read more
University of Buckingham students come fourth – excluding London institutions – when it comes to graduate salaries, according to The Sunday Times. With graduates earning £24,175 on average in the first six months after leaving, the University is only beaten … Read more
H. Du, H. Al-Jubouri & H. Sellahewa, “Effectiveness of image features and similarity measures in cluster-based approaches for content-based image retrieval”, Proc. Mobile Multimedia/Image Processing, Security, and Applications (SPIE 9120, 912008, May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057721. Content-based image retrieval is an … Read more
G. Lauro, N. Ferruz, S. Fulle , M.J. Harvey, P.W. Finn & G. De Fabritiis, “Reranking docking poses using molecular simulations and approximate free energy methods”, Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling 54.8 (2014), 2185–2189. DOI: 10.1021/ci500309a. Computational modelling techniques … Read more
Hall, S., “Perelman’s entropy for some families of canonical metrics”, Experimental Mathematics 23.3 (2014), 277-284. DOI:10.1080/10586458.2014.898220. In the early 1980s a mathematician called Richard Hamilton showed that one could treat the curvature of abstract mathematical spaces (things called manifolds) a bit … Read more
Hall, S. & T. Murphy, “Bounding Lambda_2 for some Kähler-Einstein metrics with large symmetry groups”, Annals of Global Analysis and Geometry46.2 (2014), 145-158. The Einstein equations govern how the high-dimensional spaces used in modern theories of space-time (known as manifolds) curve. One central … Read more
A. Floyd & H. Du, “Edna: a Software Tool for Verifying Normalisation of Relations during Logical Database Design Process”, 12th HEA STEM Workshop on Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases (University of Southampton: Higher Education Academy, July 2014), 51-61 Logical … Read more
Al-Showarah, S., N. Al-Jawad & H. Sellahewa, “Effects of User Age on Smartphone and Tablet Use, Measured with an Eye-Tracker via Fixation Duration, Scan-Path Duration, and Saccades Proportion”, Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Universal Access to Information and Knowledge (Lecture Notes … Read more
Hall, S. & T. Murphy, “On the spectrum of the Page and the Chen-LeBrun-Weber metrics”, Annals of Global Analysis and Geometry 46.1, 87-101 (2014). DOI: 10.1007/s10455-014-9412-6 The spectrum of an operator on a space tells one how functions on the … Read more
HEA STEM Workshop at Buckingham (May 2012)
A Higher Education Academy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshop on Mobile Application Development: from curriculum design to graduate employability was held in Buckingham on 15 May 2012. Dr Harin Sellahewa gave a presentation entitled “Mobile Application Development: A journey thus far”. There is a full report in Christopher Douce’s blog (Open University website).
Applied Computing Students at the BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium 2012 (April 2012)
Three Computing students from Buckingham were selected to attend and present their individual projects at the 5th BCSWomen Lovelace Colloquium held at the University of Bath on 12th April 2012. Our students were among the 40 best selected to receive a Google travel and accommodation grant. Read more.
STEM Annual Conference (April 2012)
Dr Harin Sellahewa presented a paper on “Enhancing Small Group Teaching and Learning using Online Student Response Systems” at the STEM Annual Conference 2012 at Imperial College London in April 2012. Read more.
Publication by Dr Harin Sellahewa (November 2011)
Harin Sellahewa’s article “Using an online student response system in small group teaching: a pilot study” appeared in Italics 10.3 (November 2011), published by the Higher Education Academy. Read the article.
Scholarships (October 2011)
The Department of Applied Computing is delighted to announce that it will be offering partial scholarships to BSc and MSc applicants applying for January 2012.
School of Science & Medicine’s annual sports day and barbecue (July 2011)
On one day each year, scientists, psychologists and computer experts throw aside their work and come together to have a good old mess about …
Invited paper by Dr Harin Sellahewa
Dr Sellahewa gave a lecture on “Face recognition in unconstrained environments” at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, in February 2011.
A Graduation with triumph (26 February 2011)
Saturday 26 February 2011 saw the graduation of students in the Applied Computing Department. They are Christopher Clayton (first class), Christian Mein, Daniel Okebukola, Sylvester Owino and Varan Thangeswaran for Bachelor of Science in Computing (honours), Richard Woodward (distinction) for Postgraduate Diploma in Computing, Waseem Al-Obaydy (distinction) and Kwame Boakye for Master of Science in Innovative Computing. They were joined by the third cohort of graduates in Computer Science and Information Systems from our partner institution, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology.
Dr Ihsan Lami joins Department (Tuesday 28 September 2010)
Dr Ihsan Lami has recently joined our team. With over 25 years experience in both industry and academia, he has been involved in the research, development and leadership of many successful chip designs for mobile phone and consumer applications. His current research focus is on the “Hybridisation of GNSS and wireless technologies for LBS and Security” and on “Security and localisation techniques for Wireless Mesh Networks connectivity and communication integrity”.
Applied Computing students visit Bletchley Park (Monday 17 May 2010)
On 30 April, a group of Applied Computing students visited Bletchley Park, a historic site a few miles from Buckingham where secret messages, mostly high profile military information, were deciphered during the Second World War. They were given a talk about the Colossus machine by Dr Tony Sale, and a guided tour of the National Museum of Computing.
Publication of Hongbo Du’s textbook (Monday 10 May 2010)
Data Mining Techniques and Applications: An Introduction was published this month. The book is the first of its kind that primarily targets undergraduate readers from computing-related disciplines. It covers a wide range of data mining techniques for classification, clustering and association rule discovery, and addresses practical issues in applying the techniques.
Applied Computing Department at conference in Florida (Thursday 15 April 2010)
The “Mobile Multimedia / Image Processing, Security, and Applications” session of the SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing conference, held on 5-9 April 2010 at Orlando, Florida, was chaired jointly by Professor Sabah Jassim of Buckingham and Professor Sos Agaian of the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Applied Computing Department at Buckingham was again a main contributor to the conference, presenting four full papers and two posters.
Virtually There (Tuesday 10 March 2010)
On Friday, 5 March 2010, Colin Dalton, senior lecturer from University of Bristol, was invited to Buckingham to give a talk on computer graphics. Using game animation sequences, computer generated images, interactive demonstrations and references to films such as Avatar, Stealth and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Colin explained the different stages of the process behind the making of modern films.