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New Master programme in Systems Neuroscience with funded studentships
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The Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council has funded 12 studentships for a new Master of Research Program in System Neuroscience. This Master Program will be run in close collaboration by three Departments within the University of Bristol: Physiology and Pharmacology (led by Professor Richard Apps), Clinical Medicine (Dr. Astrid Linthorst), and Computer Science (Dr. Rafal Bogacz).

New Staff Member in Sustainable Computing Systems
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The department is delighted to announce that Dr Chris Preist has been appointed as a Reader in Sustainable Computing Systems.

Cryptographers present three papers at Asiacrypt in Tokyo
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Three papers by academics from the Cryptography Group at Bristol University’s Department of Computer Science will be presented at the ASIACRYPT conference in Tokyo this week, 6th to 10th December.

Bristol computer science professor on public lecture tour for GCSE pupils
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Bristol professor Dave Cliff is the sole computer scientist among the 16 distinguished scientists on the roster for "GCSE Science Live", a series of major one-day conferences for GCSE pupils. Other speakers include Prof Richard Dawkins, Prof Lord Robert Winston, Prof Baroness Susan Greenfield, Prof Sir David King, Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys, and Dr Ben Goldacre (of "Bad Science" fame).

BCCS student wins poster prize
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Chris Musselle, a PhD student working in the Department of Computer Science, has won the Best Student Poster prize at the 6th European Conference on Complex Systems, held at Warwick University on the 21-25 September 2009. The award was sponsored by Springer.

£1.7m for Multi-disciplinary Design of Effective Research Spaces
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Dr. Mike Fraser of the Bristol Interaction and Graphics group in the Department is leading a £1.7m multi-disciplinary project entitled PATINA funded by the RCUK Digital Economy programme. The project aims to revolutionise the design of technologies for supporting research.

Bristol CS academic elected as chair of European conference
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Simon McIntosh-Smith has been elected as chair of the Many-core and Reconfigurable Supercomputing Conference (MRSC 2010) in recognition of his contributions in the field of novel architectures and high performance computing. The conference will be held in Rome in March 2010.

CS graduate wins best student business award
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Jennifer Griffiths, who graduated with first-class honours in Computer Science earlier this year, won the best student business award for her business Snap Fashion, in the first-ever South West University Enterprise awards.

Watching me, watching you
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Software that tracks shoppers' eye movements as they browse supermarket shelves may seem a bit Big Brother, but the latest technology in 'eye-tracking', which monitors what grabs a person's attention, could have far-reaching implications for consumers and result in services being tailored towards their specific interests in the future.

Summer Internships in Cryptography
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Cryptography has quickly become a central and popular theme within degree programmes at the University of Bristol. Funded in part by EPSRC research projects, the cryptography research group is offering several "internships" for summer 2009/10.

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