Within SICSA institutions we are doing excellent, ground-breaking work within the field of computing education research. We have asked the newly formed Education Champions to write short blogs about the research within their particular institution.
At the University of Glasgow, the Centre for Computing Science Education supports several education research projects.
Jack Parkinson is researching the ... Read more
By Paola Ardón Ramírez
20 April 2020
I’m Paola and my research project is focused on robots collaborating on household tasks for which I use the concept of grasp affordances (knowing how to appropriately grasp objects given a task). From the beginning, the project has been planned to start on a theoretical basis and grow hierarchically to ... Read more
by Èric Pairet, University of Edinburgh
15 April 2020
Howdy!, as my new Texan fellows would say. I’m`Eric Pairet, a part-time research associate at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics that has just ﬁnished a four-month academic placement at Kavraki’s lab, Rice University, Houston, US. During the placement, I have been actively collaborating with Prof. Lydia Kavraki, a ... Read more
We are pleased to announce that the Scottish Funding Council has awarded us further funding to continue the Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) research pool until July 2021
We now have a new series of funding calls open with increased support across our research themes with the aim to extend and expand our links with other ... Read more
Earlier this month, I took over as SICSA Director of Education from Dr Rachel Menzies, who has served in this capacity over the last two years. First off, I would like to thank Rachel for all her hard work, and I look forward to serving the community in this role.
I am currently a Senior Lecturer ... Read more
by Èric Pairet, Heriot Watt University
25 November 2019
Last week, I attended the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ). IROS is one of the top conferences world-wide were scientists gather to present and discuss the state-of-the-art on robotics.
This ... Read more
by Gianluca Palombo
5 August 2019
CodeYourFuture are a charity who train refugees, asylum seekers and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to become professional software developers. We are already running classes in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Rome – with plans to extend to other cities in the near future. On the weekend of the 27th June, CodeYourFuture ... Read more
by Vasileios Stamatis
29th July 2019
The European Summer School in Information Retrieval (ESSIR) is a summer school for Information Retrieval and has been taking place since 1990 and the last few years it has taken by every two years. The ESSIR 2019 took place in Milan, Italy, in the University of Milan-Bicocca. Myself and many other students ... Read more
SICSA Education would like to invite the Scottish Computing community to apply for funds to host SICSA Education workshops or other education focussed events. Some of the more recent workshops that have been funded have included:
• How should we assess group work?
• Skills in entrepreneurial education
• Computational thinking in primary schools
We now invite members of ... Read more
by Professor Judy Robertson, University of Edinburgh
24 April 2019
SICSA Education has recently sponsored the production of a handbook to help primary teachers to teach the new computing strand of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland. For the first time, children aged 3 years upwards will learn about key computing concepts as part of the Technologies ... Read more