Faculty Connection is an online set of real-world resources and shared peer knowledge, the goal of the Faculty Connection site is to put relevant and applicable tools and information at the fingertips of technology educators.
The UK Academic Team is responsible for offering IT students and faculty members free access to software, for enhancing knowledge and skills by providing curriculum materials and other learning opportunities, for helping students achieve their dreams by organizing an international competition, and finally for assisting last year students through career resources and job opportunities at our customers and partners.
With this blog we want to inform you on our latest initiatives.
Enjoy reading and stay tuned!
A new round of the Microsoft Research PhD Scholarship Programme in EMEA started in September when 109 applications were received from 20 countries in the EMEA region.
Applications comprised those submitted to the Initiative in Informatics with Edinburgh University (where we co-fund four PhD Scholarships a year) and a new initiative with University College London.
The applications, which were submitted by academic supervisors and are often co-authored by Microsoft Research Cambridge researchers, are currently being reviewed by Microsoft internal and external reviewers and announcements will be made in Feb 2013.
Students will then be appointed and start pursuing their research in the 2013–14 academic year.
If your interest in more details click here.
Last week I had a tour of colleges and Universities in the North East of England in relation to raising awareness and interest into the Imagine Cup 2012 competition. From the positive feedback of this event were holding additional regional sessions and the next planned events are in London and Edinburgh. The purpose of these events are to provide you with more information about what the Imagine Cup is as well as giving you the chance to meet like-minded people.
If your interested in the Imagine Cup why not come along to a sessions where you’ll learn about the Imagine Cup. The Imagine Cup is a chance for College, University students and academics to get together and use Microsoft technology to develop solutions to world problems.
This years World Wide Final will be held in Sydney, Australia and with the prize of $25,000 not only will you get this reward but the Imagine Cup is a great chance to showcase your students and your institution. So why not take the opportunity and enter. So please register to attend if you’re interested in entering and finding out what sort of projects you could do or what prizes you could win. you may of already registered and simply want to find some team members, a mentor. If you have already decided to enter please simply register online at http://www.imaginecup.com
Simply register for free
Edinburgh 29th November 2011 - http://ukimaginecup.eventbrite.co.uk/
London 1st December 2011 - http://ukimaginecuplondon.eventbrite.co.uk/
If you have any suggestions for other locations where we can hold such an event let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Microsoft UK Students see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoftukstudents/ or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/microsoftukstudents
Small Basic Updates:
After more than two years of pre-release versions of Small Basic, which has been available to all Academics and Students via Microsoft DreamSpark we are finally releasing the 1.0 version.
For Schools and institutions wanting to teach or introduce students programming Small Basic is the ideal product. Additionally Small Basic now has access to number extensions from our friends at the TeachingKidsProgramming website. TeachingKidsProgramming provides free courseware to introduce kids (ages 10+) to programming. New in this compatible release of the Small Basic Fun extensions (http://extendsmallbasic.codeplex.com) is a recipe '(m)adLibs' which you can use to introduce the MVC pattern to your kids. It includes several new objects, such as a Viewer and a Parser to support teaching of this pattern.
Small Basic 1.0 released:
o Added language support (for a complete list of languages, go here)
o Updated setup and version info
o Fixed string resource issues
o New EULA – Small Basic is no longer labelled a ‘Pre-Release’ product
Updated Small Basic site on MSDN, MSDNAA and DreamSpark:
o New UI with a cleaner look
o Less “Kid’s Corner” branding
o Hosting licensed 3rd Party content from 3 E-books on Small Basic (English only)
Localized teaching curriculum:
o Curriculum PPTXs now translated to all languages (except Icelandic)
o Ongoing project as most languages still have English screenshots & images
Small Basic Adoption: Small Basic continues to thrive around the globe. We have strong interest from Gulf Region, Russia, India, East Asia, etc so expect to see more features and upgrades.
Small Basic 1.0 Blog Announcement:
New Small Basic Home Page on MSDN:
Small Basic Teaching Curriculum in 18 languages:
E-Book content licensed for use on MSDN:
If you haven’t installed Small Basic yet, please give it a try. Perhaps you can use it to introduce a young person you know to the joys of programming.
· “Personally, I can't image my life as a high school Computer Science teacher without SmallBasic…” (Teacher)
· “… the import feature alone saves me countless hours of prep time -- I would like to see that kind of cloud integration in all IDEs in the future…” (Teacher)
· “This is exactly what we need.” (Academic)
· “We couldn’t compete in the K-12 space without it.” (Academic)
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I was having a chat with a number student early this morning at the Inter Uni Game Jam 2012 re Gameathons and Hacks they have attended. Ludum Dare seems to a great and popular online competition for rapid prototyped games. However it was clear from the discussions students building XNA were severely hindered due to the nature of Lumun Dare and its 1000s of competitors, the reason being, is that the majority of the competitors will only play games Online that don't have to be complied so Flash and Unity web player games are really popular.
As I discussed in a previous blog Flash .SWF games can be ported to Unity using UniSwf see http://www.uniswf.com
So we got onto discussing XNA to Unity or as its called UnityXNA which is simply a straightforward way of getting XNA games running in Unity3D. This was a rather interesting discussion with Ph.D student Luke Shares a member of the DevSoc team had actually already been experimenting with this and built a solution for the DevSoc 1st years for Lumun Dare entrys and we compared his work from Barnaby Smith, MVI Networks who has released a solution on GitHub at https://github.com/mvi/UnityXNA
What's rather interesting is that MVI Networks solution, make Zero code changes to the original XNA game code. Barnaby has used a mixture of new code and some code from MonoXNA to implement XNA emulation by having a game object with a script attached run an XNA game performing updates and drawing.
A great walkthrough and analysis of UnityXNA can be found here http://darkgenesis.zenithmoon.com/xna-to-unityxna-and-beyond/
Also if your interested in seeing the XNA Platform sample running in Unity you can see the game in your web browser here and download the source here.
Implemented so far:
Known issues, immediate areas for improvement:
So this is yet another way of getting your XNA Assets running as an Awesome Windows 8 or WindowsPhone 8 store application.
This week I have been Microsoft’s BUILD developers conference in Anaheim, California.
BUILD is an event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows and provides an avenue for them to discuss other products and tools that Microsoft is working on. The buzz from around the conference has been amazing with delegates super excited about the variety of new features within Windows 8 such as touch-first user interface, powerful applications and a seamless experience that syncs across all of your devices. The increased accessibility of applications across devices also brings about some exciting opportunities to drive innovation and creativity within the developer community. But, this week isn’t only about Windows, but advancements in Microsoft technologies, including Visual Studio 11, code-named “Windows Server 8,” and new capabilities for Windows Azure.
So if you are interested in knowing more about BUILD or what’s new from Microsoft, check out
The Microsoft News Center feature
The Microsoft Blog
Watch the keynotes from the BUILD website
and watch all the presentations at the Channel9 BUILD site.
Understanding the Immune Response to HIV HIV infection may not be the death sentence it once was, but it remains an undeniably serious condition that requires aggressive, life-long treatment and entails the ever-present threat of severe immunological impairment. Consequently, medical researchers continue to investigate the mechanisms by which HIV infection evades detection by the body’s normal immune responses. In the August 3, 2011, issue of Nature, investigators from the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard; Imperial College London; the National Cancer Institute; and Microsoft Research have shed light on the interactions of HIV and the immune system’s natural killer (NK) cells. The paper is the first to show that NK cells play a direct role in fighting HIV. This knowledge opens a new path of research into ways to beat the virus.
Graduate Women's Scholarship Program The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is a one-year scholarship program for outstanding women graduate students and is designed to help increase the number of women pursuing a PhD. This program supports women in the second year of their graduate studies. Women who are interested in this scholarship must apply during their first year of graduate studies. Scholarships are granted by Microsoft Research at the discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft began accepting applications on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. To be considered, all applications must be submitted by Thursday, October 6, 2011, 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time.
Kinect for Windows SDK Beta Refresh Available Interest in the Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) beta, released on June 16, 2011, has been strong, and we’re delighted to learn that so many developers and innovators who are experimenting with natural user interface (NUI) applications have taken advantage of the SDK to explore the potential of the Kinect sensor. In support of our commitment to encourage researchers and enthusiasts in their exploration of the exciting possibilities of the Kinect sensor, we have now released a refreshed version of the SDK. The community has provided us with a lot of good feedback, and this release addresses some of the top items you’ve told us about.
Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Program for 2012 The Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship Program for 2012 started accepting applications on Tuesday, August 16, 2011. This program recognizes the best and the brightest Ph.D. students in the United States and Canada. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time PhD program in an accredited university in the United States or Canada, with a research focus in computer science, mathematics, or electrical engineering. All applications must be submitted through the office of the department chair. To be considered, all applications must be submitted by Thursday, October 6, 2011, 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time.
Cloud Infrastructure Soars in Europe It was barely a year ago that European scientific and industry leaders came together to develop, test, and deploy a high-quality, interoperable cloud platform for industry and research. The result was VENUS-C (Virtual multidisciplinary EnviroNments USing Cloud infrastructures). Jointly sponsored by the European Commission and a consortium of 14 partners, among them Microsoft Research, VENUS-C was conceived to meet the needs of seven different research and commercial areas: bioinformatics, systems biology, drug discovery, civil engineering, civil protection, civil emergencies, and marine biodiversity. VENUS-C has since developed into a functional, operational platform, and is now being used for 15 new pilot projects, which received seed funds after an open call that elicited 60 proposals from throughout Europe.
Faculty Summit 2011 As you may already know, Microsoft Research Connections hosted our twelfth Faculty Summit in July, providing a forum for lively debate of the development, application, and funding of technologies in the environmental, medical, and educational spheres over a long period of time. Presentations and streaming video of keynotes, talks, panels, workshops, and demonstrations are now available on-demand—find links to them on the agenda page.
September 8–9 Microsoft Biology Foundation Workshop 2011, Phoenix, AZ
September 27 Microsoft Research 20-Year Anniversary, Redmond, WA, United States
October 20—21 Microsoft Biology Foundation Workshop 2011, San Diego, CA
October 23—25 eScience Workshop: Transforming Scholarly Communication, Cambridge, MA
November 9–12 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Portland, OR, United States
December 4–8 2011 eScience in Action Workshop, Stockholm, Sweden
Nokia and Windows Phone Geek come together to bring you the Lumia Geek 8-Week Challenge!
They simply want you to show your best, coolest Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 apps between now and 8 January 2013, and you could win some big prizes, including a free trip and passes to Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, an App Demo in the WIP Jam at Mobile World Congress, customized Nokia gear, and much more.
Here’s the deal: You make the apps, put them in the Windows Phone Store, and then enter them in the contest.
Now is the time to start. You have less than four weeks to show Windows Phone and Nokia your greatest Windows Phone apps.
So get over to Windows Phone Geek now!
Location of event:
Kingston University Penrhyn Road John Galsworthy Building Penrhyn Road Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT1 2EE
Date Friday 17th May - Saturday 18th 4.30 pm
With Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Store’s you have a choice of control schemes, a variety of devices tablets, notebooks, all in ones to a stunning array of phones from manufactures such as Nokia, HTC and Samsung.
With Windows 8 features such as live tiles, snapped view, sharing charms and more you’re application comes alive. Your beautiful apps are delivered through the Windows Store available in over 200 markets, as an app developers can make money the way you want.
We want to show you how Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 are the perfect platform for you to build your next app or even start your first venture as an App developer. Hear from AppCampus accelerator program managed by Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. This is an 18 million euro joint investment between Microsoft and Nokia to foster mobile application development on Windows Phone.
We want new student start-ups to succeed so come along and hear how were fostering the creation of innovative mobile applications for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone ecosystem, and in addition, to create a new generation of self-sustaining mobile start-ups.
Through this one day event we will have keynote speakers from Microsoft and Nokia. Hear first-hand how to receive awards varying from $20.000, $50.000 to $70.000.
Register Here http://kingstonmicrosoftapps.eventbrite.co.uk/
Friday 17th May 2013
9.00 – 10.00 Building Awesome Windows 8 Apps - Mike Taulty Microsoft 10.00 – 11.00 Student to Start-up Oxiway, Oxford University, Microsoft BizSpark company. 11.00 – 11.15 Break 11.15 – 13.00 Nokia Appcampus Mobile Application Accelerator 13.00 – 14:00 Lunch 14:00 – 15:00 Developing Awesome Windows Phone Apps - Andy Wigley, Microsoft 15:00 – 16:00 Designing Beautiful Windows Applications - Andrew Spooner, Microsoft 16:00 – 16:15 Break 16:15 – 17:15 Developing Windows Apps using ZipApp - Martin Beeby, Microsoft 20:00 – 23:59 Windows Hackathon
Saturday 18th May
24.00 – 9.30 Windows Hackathon 9.30 – 11:00 Apps Judging 11:00 – 12:00 Awards for best app 12:00 – 12:30 Close
Register Here http://kingstonmicrosoftapps.eventbrite.co.uk/