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Lavinia Brydon

British Academy fund walking workshop with Lavinia Brydon

Following her participation in the UK-South Africa Knowledge Frontiers Symposium earlier this year, Dr Lavinia Brydon, Lecturer in the Department of Film, has co-organised a walking workshop to take place later this month in Tshwane, South Africa.

Seed funded by the British Academy, Lavinia is working with colleagues from the University of Pretoria and University of the West of England Bristol as well as two community partners to explore how arts-based approaches can creatively re-imagine socio-urban space in the South African city.

The workshop is structured as a walking and writing tour of Tshwane, with participants invited to explore the relationship between stories, storytelling and public space. This includes examining literature and poetry about – and performed within – urban architecture. It will also examine how these artistic practices and outputs sit alongside other community-based artwork.

For further information about the project, please contact Lavinia at l.brydon@kent.ac.uk.

Fernado Otero

Fernando Otero appointed Deputy Head of School of Computing (Medway)

Dr Fernando Otero has been appointed as the new Deputy Head of School (Medway), with immediate effect. Fernando has been a lecturer in the School for six years, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer this year. He gained his PhD at Kent and previously worked as a Research Associate so has long experience of the University and the School.

Head of School, Professor Richard Jones said, ‘Fernando impressed us greatly with his vision for the future of the School of Computing in Medway. He will join the School’s Core Management Team and I very much look forward  to working closely with him.’

Fernando is a member of the Data Science and Computational Intelligence Groups and his research interests include data mining and knowledge discovery, bio-inspired algorithms, the application of data mining algorithms in bioinformatics and financial forecasting, and big data.

Fernando has also recently secured funding for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with London-based fintech start-up Youtility to enhance user experience using machine learning models. He also leads Computing’s outreach activities to schools and colleges.

Wooden map of the world with pins

Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) calls for staff-led project applications

Are you looking for funding for a new PhD student to work on a project? If their doctoral research will be focused on the challenges of economic development and well-being in developing countries, then please consider making an application to the staff-led PhD scholarships offered by the Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC).

Key points about the scheme:

• The GCDC offers eight doctoral scholarships per year and four are staff-led projects 

• Staff have the opportunity to propose projects by completing the application form and emailing it to kentgcdc@kent.ac.uk by Monday, 23 September 2019

• A panel will assess the applications and select four projects; the outcome will be announced at the beginning of October 2019

• The four projects will be advertised in October 2019 for September 2020 entry 

Please visit the GCDC website for more information, and you are welcome to contact the director of the centre, Dr Beth Breeze if you have any concerns or questions about eligibility.

war illustrated

Launch of The War Illustrated online resource

This Saturday sees the launch of the Digitizing The War Illustrated project online, organised by the Network of Research: Movies, Magazines, and Audiences (NoRMMA).

NoRMMA are a research network situated within the School of Arts, founded in 2014, which began with focus on the use of fan magazines for the purpose of film history research.

This National Lottery-funded project centres on digitizing the important World War I magazine The War Illustrated (1914-1919) and making it available online for all, and for free, for the first time.

The formal inauguration of the digitised resource will be celebrated with a special event and vintage tea dance on Saturday afternoon, 7 September 2019.

Everyone is welcome to come hear interesting talks about the project, witness – and participate in! – enjoyable dance lessons with music of the time, and enjoy an afternoon tea. This event will be held in the School of Arts’ Jarman Building, 2pm to 5pm.

Places are free but must be booked in advance: please email normma.network@gmail.com to express your interest.

"Licthsuchende" collaborative project

EDA collaborative project shortlisted for Lumen Prize

The collaborative project “Licthsuchende” by Rocio von Jungenfeld, Lecturer in Digital Media at the School of Engineering and Digital Arts and Dave Murray-Rust, Lecturer in Design Informatics, School of Design, University of Edinburgh, has been shortlisted for the Lumen Prize.

Lichtsuchende is an interactive installation, built using a society of biologically inspired, robotic creatures who exchange light as a source of energy and as a means of communication. The robotic creatures are reminiscent of sunflowers, turning their heads to face the sun in order to absorb its light. However, at the same time they also generate light in order to engage with others. Each creature is relatively small, but when a group of Lichtsuchende are brought together in an installation they form an expanding photo-kinetic social environment in which visitors can become immersed.

Based on simple cybernetics combined with human and animal psychology (Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs), the Lichtsuchende sleep, dance with each other and with visitors while constantly seeking light sources to play and communicate with. They are curious and, when awake, they are keen to interact with any source of light and to exchange photonic information.

Visitors are invited to engage with the installation by using high power torches. With these torches they can explore the environment of the cybernetic light seeking creatures, influencing their movements and provoking reactions. The embodied algorithms give rise to emergent behaviours which have communicative and emotional resonance, allowing a duet between the humans and the cybernetic beings.

The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology celebrates the very best art created with technology through a global competition, exhibitions and events worldwide.  Winners will be announced on 24 October 2019.


International Student Experience Fair 2019

*Free Entry for all International & European Students*

Come along to the International Student Experience Fair on Wednesday 9th October from 12:00-14:00 in Darwin Conference Suite, and learn how you can enhance both your studies and employability. Enjoy an afternoon of cake and refreshments, and find out more about the support services available to international students.

Perhaps you need help with your studies, want to find out about opportunities available to you, or you’d like to attend workshops to improve your learning experience? Find out more at the fair!  They’ll be a prize draw and the chance to win vouchers.

Remember, there is no need to book this event, just turn up on the day. It is definitely an event not to be missed!

For further information, please email internationalevents@kent.ac.uk.

Blood pressure checks on campus 9-13 September

Our Occupational Health team will be offering blood pressure checks at Canterbury and Medway campuses to mark Blood Pressure UK: Know Your Numbers Week 09-13 September 2019.

Do you know what blood pressure is?  More importantly, do you know what YOUR blood pressures is? Having your blood pressure taken is a simple and excellent way of gauging the health of your cardiovascular system, that is, your heart and your blood vessels.

Blood Pressure UK campaigns to increase knowledge of how to stay healthy and manage blood pressure. Each year they run a Know Your Numbers campaign encouraging people to have their blood pressure checked. Occupational Health has engaged once again with this campaign and is offering blood pressure checks for staff at both Canterbury and Medway campuses.  The checks are only available on certain days across the week of 9-13 September – for details see the Blood pressure checks poster

A check is straightforward, doesn’t involve any invasive testing or needles and only takes 5-10 minutes of your time. You’ll be advised straightaway of what your blood pressure reading. If it is higher than expected you will be recommended to visit your GP to have it checked again.

If you are interested in booking on a Campus Blood Pressure check please contact Occupational Health either by ringing Pat Armstrong, the OH Technician, on extension 4691 or by emailing occupationalhealth@kent.ac.uk

For more information on blood pressure, follow these links:




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New directors for Global Challenges Doctoral Centre

The University of Kent’s Global Challenges Doctoral Centre (GCDC) is delighted to announce the appointment of a new director, Dr Beth Breeze (Centre for Philanthropy), and deputy director, Dr Frank Grundig (School of Politics and International Relations). Beth and Frank will work collaboratively to drive forward the Centre’s activities and initiatives over the next two years.

The GCDC is dedicated to research aligned to the development needs in and for ODA nations and aims to provide a virtual and physical “location” for the discussion of research aimed at identifying solutions to global challenges. The GCDC funds eight doctoral scholarships per year, coordinates an affiliate student scheme and organises specialised training and events throughout the academic year.

Beth says in her introductory blog post: “Whether or not you have been involved with GCDC to date, please feel free to get in touch (B.Breeze@Kent.ac.uk) if you have ideas about how best to build on this initiative and advance efforts to conduct research for the greater good.”

Beth’s blog post, entitled, “A New Direction for the GCDC: Memes, Meetings and Moving forward”, is available to read on the GCDC website here. 

Autism talk

Understanding and Supporting Autistic Students in Higher Education

The numbers of autistic people attending higher education institutions in the UK have steadily increased over the last decade and it is vital academic, teaching, and support staff have a good understanding of what is means to be autistic and how best to support their students during their time at University. This session aims to provide staff with a greater understanding of autism and the experiences of autistic students in higher education, with practical recommendations for providing the appropriate support. The session will be run by Dr Magali-Fleur Barnoux and Dr Damian Milton from the Tizard Centre (SSPSSR), with participatory input from existing Tizard Centre students. Additional sessions will also be provided in January 2020 and June 2020.

The session will take place on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at the Darwin Board Room from 09:30 to 12:30.

Please book your place ASAP through Staff Connect. 


School of Computing welcomes Daniel Soria as Lecturer

Dr Daniel Soria has joined the University of Kent as a Lecturer in the School of Computing. Daniel will be a member of the Data Science Research Group and will be based at the Medway campus.

Daniel joins Kent from the University of Westminster in London, where he was a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, member of the Health and Social Care Modelling Research Group and an associate member of the interdisciplinary Cancer Research Group. Previously, he worked for over ten years at the University of Nottingham, where he was part of the School of Computer Science and the Advanced Data Analysis Centre. He started there studying for his PhD as a Marie-Curie Fellow and progressed in his academic career to become an Assistant Professor.

Dr Soria’s research interests lay in the multi-disciplinary area of applied computer science for real-word applications, especially in biomedical domains. He has expertise in data mining and machine learning applications, from pattern identification to supervised learning. Dr Soria’s contributions to knowledge appeared to be of great interest in October 2013, when part of his work on breast cancer was the subject of extensive national media coverage (see, for example, BBC News, ITV,Sky News), and more recently during the Brexit referendum campaign, when a case study from his research was published as part of the Universities for Europe manifesto.

Daniel has published numerous articles in high quality international peer-reviewed journals such as Knowledge-Based Systems, Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, and IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging. The multidisciplinary nature of his research allowed Daniel to also publish in prestigious medical journals like Cancer Research, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, British Journal of Cancer, and others. Daniel’s research has also appeared in international conference proceedings such as the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI), the International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), and the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE). He has been a member of the technical program committee for conferences such as the International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology (ICBEB) and the IEEE International Conference on Smart Data (SmartData).

Daniel completed a PhD in Computer Science (specialising in supervised and unsupervised learning in biomedical domains) at the University of Nottingham, and holds an MSci in Applied Mathematics from the University of Milan, Italy.

Daniel said “I’m very excited to be joining the School of Computing at Kent, and adding to the very strong team of academics already focusing on data science. My research in this area will sit very well within the group as well as in the newly formed Kent and Medway Medical School. I can’t wait to start to collaborate with the talented people already working there”.