Induction day

The induction day that kicks-off the 5 terms of activity will take place at the University of Sheffield in on 3rd October 2013, running from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The programme will include

  • 9.30am – Introduction from the Department of Computer Science
  • 10.30am – Four hands-on taster sessions to be visited in rotation by all students; lunch will be provided
  • 3.00pm – Welcome parents to the University of Sheffield Computer Science Ambassadors Scheme and award of achievement certificates

The four taster topics will be as follows:

1 Microsoft Kinect Mr. Sina Shamshiri This session will introduce the basics of programming with the Microsoft Kinect sensor. Although primarily an add-on for the XBox console, the Kinect is a sophisticated 3D camera with many applications in computing, including gesture recognition, robot navigation and 3D scanning.
2 Virtual reality and serious games Dr. Daniela Romano Students will enter into the world of virtual reality and experience the university’s interactive snowboarding simulator, which combines 3-D graphics, virtual reality and gaming technology to provide an experience of snowboarding in a fully immersive virtual world.
3 Computers that speak and hear Prof. Roger Moore This session will introduce real-time signal processing by using the Pure Data ‘drag-and-drop’ programming language to analyse and synthesise the human voice. Students will experiment with a program to manipulate their own voices and links with contemporary speech technology systems (such as Google’s voice search and Apple’s Siri) will be discussed.
4 Raspberry Pi programming Mr. James Wallbank, Access Space This session will offer hands on entry to the world of programming. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer developed in the UK to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools in a way that encourages programming and innovation.