Events 9th November 2016

09th November 2016

Events 9th November 2016

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence Colloquium

Thursday 24 November, 10.30 to 15.00, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh

This CDT in Embedded Intelligence (EI) is the first of its kind in Europe. Hosted at Loughborough University and partnered with Heriot-Watt University, the centre is focussed on delivery well-trained and commercially aware graduates in the areas of Engineering, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the Digital Economy. You are invited to attend a one day Colloquium showcasing the variety of research taking place in the CDT-EI and to meet our staff and students.

Registration required


Aardvark Swift are leading graduate recruiter for the video games and digital entertainment market. They run Grads in Games providing studio-backed guidance to students looking to break into the games industry.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 29th November 2016 from 2.15 pm – 4.05 pm at the University of Bath. 3WN 3.7.

They will also be running the same session at Bournemouth University on Friday 9th December 2016, 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm, in the Lees Lecture Theatre, Talbot Campus, Poole, BH12 5BB.


The Sharp Project – Gamification Day will take place in Manchester of Friday 18th November 2016. Immerse yourself in The Sharp Project with a unique tour of the gamification community featuring interactive demonstrations and open studios. Meet a range of diverse businesses that are using cutting-edge technology to change how we interact with the world – now and in the future.


Don’t forget that CDE has organised the following presentation from Jon Rennie, Managing Director of Bait Studio, at the University of Bath (8W 1.32) on Monday 14th November at 2pm.

Building Animation From The Ground Up

Bait Studio/Cloth Cat Animation/Thud Media are an integrated animation, VFX and interactive company that uses systems from across each industry to streamline and organise production. In particular, we have artists working on a variety of productions at any one time, often across the three companies. This takes an incredible amount of co-ordination and it’s an ever-evolving process. Part of that is integrating our software into the pipeline so that we can track renders, versions and edits with ease. Beyond this, we are investigating games engines as a route to providing animation and interactive experiences for a new generation of media platforms. I’ll be showing how our systems have evolved over the past five years and what we will be doing in the future to give even more time to artists to create amazing stories.

Jon Rennie began his career in computer games, working at Bullfrog Productions on titles such as Theme Hospital, Dungeon Keeper and Populous: The Beginning. Since then, he has made a number of short films which have been shown nationally and internationally and started his own company in Cardiff to produce visual effects and animation for the film and broadcast industries. He is now Managing Director of Bait Studio (Motion Graphics and VFX), Cloth Cat Animation (Series Animation) and Thud Media (Games and Interactive).


The International Festival of Independent Games is due to take place in Paris 18th – 19th November 2016. This includes two days of talks, panels, workshops, exhibits and games.


Just a reminder that CDE will be running a workshop at the University of Bath to equip you with the tools to work more confidently and effectively with the industry throughout your placements.

The workshop will take place from 10.15am until 1pm on Tuesday, 22nd November 2016 in 8W 2.34 at the University of Bath.

The workshop will cover: Assertiveness, Emotional intelligence, Etiquette, International cultural differences

We’d really like to encourage you to come so please email Anna Beeton to confirm your attendance.


Micro:bit workshop and Christmas Social

7th December 2016

9.30 am  12.30 pm followed by lunch in Bath.

Come and join us for an interactive workshop on Wednesday, 7th December in Bath followed by an opportunity to network with your fellow students.

The micro:bit is an open development board that allows you to run code on it and have access to all of the hardware. It has enabled debugging so that you can interrogate the system. You can use the BBC micro:bit for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless. This little device has an awful lot of features, like 25 red LED lights that can flash messages. Two programmable buttons can be used to control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist. The BBC micro:bit can detect motion and tell you which direction you’re heading in, and it can use a low energy Bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet.

The session will start at 9.30 am with a brief discussion about the Internet of Things and an introduction to the micro:bit ( then you’ll have the opportunity, in small groups, to work with the micro:bit to solve a problem on one of three themes: Use it to help teach or use it to alert or create a game.

The workshop will finish at 12.30 pm and be followed by lunch and a chance to catch up and network with your fellow CDE students.

Limited spaces so to book your place email Anna Beeton by Friday 11th November 2016.


The Digital Economy Network is looking to recruit a ‘Social Media Advocate’. This position is offered on a flexible basis, 30 days per year, but the candidate must be willing to travel across the DEN CDT Network. £26,052 – £38,153 per annum pro-rata depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance. Roles and responsibilities include developing and delivering training and events on social media use, developing a social media strategy for the Network, developing rich social content with showcases the activities of the Network, and providing online training resources and blogs to support doctoral students in the use of social media tools.

If you would like to view to full details of the role profile, please email Zoe Leonard. The Closing date for applications is 1st December 2016.

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