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Markov Chain Model

Posted: Friday, 13 May 2016 09:14

Paper entitled, A Markov Chain Model for Changes in Users’ Assessment of Search Results, by Zhitomirsky, Levene and Bar-Ilan published in open access journal PLOS ONE.

Previous research shows that users tend to change their assessment of search results over time. The paper is a first study that investigates the factors and reasons for these changes, and describes a stochastic model of user behaviour that may explain these changes.

To access the paper, see: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0155285

Postgraduate Student Prize Giving Ceremony

Postgraduate Student Prize Giving Ceremony

Posted: Tuesday, 19 April 2016 13:00

The School of Business, Economics & Informatics awards a number of prizes to those students who have been particularly successful. Prize winners receive a monetary award and a certificate. The School was very proud to celebrate this special moment with the prize winners and their guests in the Chancellor’s Hall in Senate House, yesterday. Congratulations to the prize winners and all the graduates.

Short video of prize winners talking about their time at Birkbeck

Full article

Smart City Dynamics and Emergency Response

Posted: Friday, 8 April 2016 07:33

Smart City Dynamics and Emergency Response - a presentation by Professor George Roussos at the 2016 Connected City Summit in London.

From punch cards to smart phones

Posted: Wednesday, 6 April 2016 17:00

The importance of the work of Dr Andrew Booth was discussed when Dr Roger Johnson and Dr Raymond "Dickie" Bird were interviewed by the BBC at the unveiling of HEC-1 at Bletchley Park.

How does Google make money?

Posted: Tuesday, 5 April 2016 10:00

How does Google make money? - a BBC iWonder feature produced with the assistance of Professor Mark Levene.

How does Google work?

Posted: Tuesday, 15 March 2016 10:00

How does Google work? - a BBC iWonder feature produced with the assistance of Professor Mark Levene.

New programme: MSc in Data Science

Posted: Wednesday, 2 March 2016 14:50

The department has launched a new MSc in Data Science. Applications are open for October 2016 entry.

This intensive programme provides an excellent grounding for working as a data scientist or analyst in industry. As well as gaining a broad knowledge of computing, you will acquire programming and data analysis skills using Python and R. You will also have the opportunity to investigate certain areas of current research in data science more deeply.

The programme is offered part-time over two years of study. Unlike most MSc Data Science programmes in London, it is designed for graduates who are new to computer science.

Video: MSc Learning Technologies

Posted: Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:00

Staff and students talk about our Masters in Learning Technologies in a new video. The course is unique in offering multi-disciplinary training for educational technologists, software developers and anyone interested in designing, developing and evaluating learning technologies.

Robot Hack Day 2016

Posted: Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:00

The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the School of Business Economics and Informatics organised a series of workshops for the students of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, a comprehensive secondary school for girls in nearby Islington. The workshops extended the new computing curriculum for secondary schools developed around the python programming language with more advanced techniques such as recursion. The tasks developed specifically for these workshops involved the use of Raspberry Pi-based drawing robots to create fractal shapes such as snowflakes and the Sierpinski triangle.

The workshops also aimed to put computing in a professional context and link secondary and higher education with the workplace. As a result, workshop sessions were hosted both at Birkbeck and at Thoughtworks; a global software company focused on software design and delivery and our partner in the Work Readiness Programme. This offered the opportunity to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School students to experience first-hand the academic and the commercial environments.

Jacques Bester, the computing teacher at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, said “It has truly been an amazing and valuable experience for everyone.” The students’ comments reflected the learning objectives set by the tripartite partnership, “It was really helpful, as we could see how our coding could be used in the physical world. It helped with developing ideas of how we could use our knowledge of coding in the future” and “I learnt more Python coding and the challenges were really engaging".

Video of the Robot Hack day 2016

Information on £10,000 postgraduate loans starting Autumn 2016

The next School of Business, Economics and Informatics Open Evening, 14 April, 17:00-19:00

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School