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New 7 million pound supercomputer facility opens
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A new supercomputer facility, known as 'BlueCrystal', that will revolutionise research in areas such as climate change, drug design and aerospace engineering has been opened at the University of Bristol today [Thursday 1 May] by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Eric Thomas.

Bristol takes the lead in Advanced Verification
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Cadence has selected the University of Bristol to be a lead university in Advanced Verification to head the Cadence Academic Network in Europe. Dr Kerstin Eder, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, has been invited to present her pioneering work in setting up Design Verification within a Computer Science degree programme at the Cadence Academic Network Symposium in April 2008.

Student Spin Out Company Gets Bought By Major US Company
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Matthew Baldwin's final year project in 2002 on email encryption resulted in him setting up a company called Identum, with help from academic members of staff in the Dept of Computer Science. Last month Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in Internet content security, announced the acquisition of Identum.

ADEPT project to merge two sub-fields of machine learning
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Tim Kovacs and James Marshall of the Machine Learning and Biological Computation Group will commence the EPSRC-funded ADEPT (Adaptive Dynamic Ensemble Prediction Techniques) project in April 2008. External collaborators are Gavin Brown of the University of Manchester and Jeremy Wyatt of the University of Birmingham. In total the project will feature 2 RAs and 2 PhD students.

Widening participation through robot programming
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This month was the annual robot programming event, organized once a year for local students aged around 15-17. The general aim is to encourage more students to go to University through a series of challenging tasks and events. See more details and a video in the full story.

Calibre of Bristol CS graduates recognised by industry
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The head of Detica Forensics acknowledges the excellent training which Bristol Computer Science department provides in the areas of computer security, programming and the low-level operation of computing and other electronic devices.

CACE aims to provide cryptographic software development tools
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January 2008 saw the official kick-off of a 4.8 million euro, EU FP7 funded research project called Computer Aided Cryptography Engineering (CACE), the project supports a total of 12 partners including 7 academic partners, 4 industrial partners and the project coordinator, Technikon.

Two Lecturers to Present at IBM
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Two staff members, Colin Dalton and Nigel Smart, will this year be presenting at IBM's Blue Fusion event. This event runs throughout National Science Week and aims to inspire school children into pursuing careers in science, engineering and technology.

Bristol Professor Named In Top 35 People, Places, & Things That Will Shape The Future
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The EE Times today announced Professor David May as one of the top 35 people, places, and things that will shape the future. Citing his current work with XMOS on Software-Defined Silicon, as well as his pioneering work with the transputer.

Cryptographer Given Honorary Degree
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Today Clifford Cocks was given an honorary degree by the University of Bristol. Clifford was the first person to invent a practical method for public key encryption and was also the inventor of one of the first identity based encryption mechanisms. He was also a major influence behind the founding of the Heilbronn Institute in Bristol.

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