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Come and work with me: SL in Computer Games Development

Come and work with me in the Department of Computing & Information Systems at Cardiff Metropolitan University!

We are currently advertising for a Senior Lecturer in Computer Games Development; this full-time permanent post will contribute to research and enterprise activities within the department, as well as a leading role in undergraduate learning and teaching on our new BSc (Hons) Computer Games Design & Development degree programme starting in September 2017.

For informal enquiries, please contact our Head of Department Dr Jason Williams; further information on the application process can be found here. The closing date for applications is 9 December 2016, with interviews expected in late December.

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Come and work with me: Data Scientist (KTP Associate)

Fancy working with me on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project in collaboration with Yard Associates, funded by Innovate UK with support from the Welsh Government?

A Data Scientist/KTP Associate position is available to develop an adaptable web analytics framework for predicting future purchasing behaviours and recommended marketing strategies based on attributed visitor history and interaction data, using hybrid machine learning and big social data analytics. Emerging research — and the development of practical toolchains — leveraging machine learning, social network analysis, natural language processing, sentiment analysis, data science and big data analytics are making a significant impact on a wide range of sectors. However, there exists a significant translational research problem: in applying and developing these emerging research advances into intelligent, adaptable and usable toolchains for a wide range of markets. This project thus aims to new products and services in the web analytics space for Yard, based upon novel and hybrid machine learning/big data analytical approaches.

This is a two year project, with a pro-rata salary of £21,000 (as well as a generous budget for professional development, including an opportunity to complete a funded MPhil at Cardiff Met). For informal enquiries, please drop me an email: tcrick@cardiffmet.ac.uk; further information and how to apply can be found on the Cardiff Met website.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 15 June.

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Come and work with me: L/SL in Information Systems

Another position: come and work with me in the Department of Computing & Information Systems at Cardiff Metropolitan University!

We are also advertising for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Information Systems; this full-time permanent post will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching, as well as wider scholarship and research activities in the department.

For informal enquiries, please contact our Head of Department Dr Jason Williams; further information on the application process can be found here. The closing date for applications is 27 May 2016 (with interviews expected in early June).

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Come and work with me: Senior Lecturer in Data Science

Come and work with me in the Department of Computing & Information Systems at Cardiff Metropolitan University!

We are advertising for a Senior Lecturer in Data Science; this full-time permanent post will contribute to research and enterprise activities within the department, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate learning and teaching (especially on our new MSc Data Science programme starting in September 2016).

For informal enquiries, please contact me or our Head of Department Dr Jason Williams; further information on the application process can be found here. The closing date for applications is 25 April 2016 (with interviews expected in early May).

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Come and work with me: KTP Associate in Big Social Data Analytics

Fancy working with me on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project in collaboration with Coup Media (funded by Innovate UK with support from the Welsh Government)?

A KTP Associate position is available to develop an adaptable social media analytics engine and associated framework for the film and media industry to capture consumer insight, marketing perceptions, sentiments, trends and rankings using big social media datasets. With the explosion of social networking, there is a clear correlation between box office takings and sentiments, opinions and perceptions expressed in the public domain on social media platforms. This project aims to leverage this by developing an extensible and adaptable social media sentiment engine using big social datasets (initially targeting Twitter) to rank movies by opinion, informing industry marketing decisions and providing commercially valuable insight into the public’s emerging movie tastes and selections.

This is an 11 month position, with a pro-rata salary of £21,000. For informal enquiries, please drop me an email: tcrick@cardiffmet.ac.uk; further information and how to apply can be found on jobs.ac.uk and the Cardiff Met website.

Deadline for applications: Friday 19 June.

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Come and do a funded PhD with me

Fancy doing a PhD with me at Cardiff Metropolitan University? I have a fully-funded studentship (for UK/EU students) starting in January, in collaboration with HP in Bristol:

The Department of Computing & Information Systems, Cardiff Metropolitan University, is pleased to offer a fully funded PhD Studentship in Provably Optimal Code Generation.

This research project (Scaling Superoptimisation for Enterprise Applications) is part of an on-going strategic collaboration between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Hewlett-Packard in Bristol; HP is a leading technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world, providing infrastructure and business offerings that span from handheld devices to some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

Applicants must have an excellent first degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mathematics or a related discipline, with interests/experience at the hardware/software interface and/or in mathematical foundations.

This three year PhD will commence in January 2015. The PhD bursary consists of the standard tuition fee for a Home/EU student (to be £3,760 in 2014/15) and a stipend linked to the minimum amount set annually by Research Councils UK (currently £13,590 p.a.).

Project Context:

Our world is increasingly dependent on the effectiveness and performance of software. Tools and methodologies for creating useful software artefacts have been around for many years, but the scalability of these systems for solving challenging real world problems are — in many important cases — poor. While there are numerous socio-technical issues associated with developing large software systems, there is a significant opportunity to address the optimisation of software in a strategic, adaptable and platform-independent way.

Superoptimisation is an approach to optimising code by aiming for optimality from the outset, rather than as the aggregation of heuristics that are neither intended nor guaranteed to give provable optimality. Building on previous work by Crick et al., this research project will further develop the theoretical foundations of superoptimisation, as well as developing a scalable toolchain for superoptimising enterprise-level software applications.

 
For informal enquiries, please send me an email: tcrick@cardiffmet.ac.uk (but please apply via FindAPhD or here).

Deadline for applications: Friday 31 October.

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Academia vs. Industry

Whenever I hear politicians demanding that our education system has to change to better meet the needs of industry, I am reminded of this xkcd comic:

Academia v Business

While this might be facetious, I am not being naive nor pontificating from an “ivory tower” — I think there is an important point to be made about reconciling the traditional aims of education and the modern needs of industry. I understand that there is an imperative to equip our graduates (or school leavers) to be useful members of the nation’s workforce. However, higher education should not be conflated with training — the onus should be on industry to train their workforce, especially if they require specific skillsets. Clearly we have to be aware of the requirements of industry in a more general sense, but I would much prefer to develop a graduate who is capable of applying their existing knowledge and learning new skills (e.g. Alvin Toffler: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.“), rather than one who only has specific (and perhaps increasingly transient) skills and understanding. Furthermore, trying to meet the immediate needs of industry can be problematic without taking into account the latency of the graduate “pipeline”; this is especially relevant to the ongoing debate regarding computer science education and fulfilling the needs of the IT industry.

But overall, I would like to ensure that as a nation we continue to promote education as being important in its own right — for enjoyment and self-betterment (as well as lasting for longer than the time spent in formal education) — rather than primarily as a means to determining a career path.

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