Research IT Club December Presentations

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Thank you to everyone who came along to the Christmas Research IT Club and to those who took the opportunity to ask questions!  If you were unable to attend all the presentations are now available at the links below.  There are updates on research IT infrastructure and software engineering and applications support as well as the presentations from our guest speakers –  Dr Antony Payton from the Division of Informatics, Imaging & Data Sciences and Malcolm Whitehouse, CIO IT Services.

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Christmas Research IT Club

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Come along to the Research IT club in December to find out more about all the large research IT infrastructure procurements that are coming soon as well as the use of HTC Vive Pro in VR teaching. There will also be a presentation from Malcolm Whitehouse, CIO of IT Services about his vision for a digital university.

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Reconstructing a 16th Century Theatre in 3D

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Research IT will soon be helping Oscar Seip from Italian Studies, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures to recreate a 3D prototype model of a 16th century theatre supposedly built for the King of France, Francis I.  There has been some debate whether this theatre had in fact been a ‘real’ theatre but Oscar has discovered new evidence which suggests that it did actually exist.

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Interested in Using VR in Your Research?

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Research IT took part in the latest Digilab meeting at the end of November with the aim of showing off some of our new VR equipment and to demo them to researchers from across the university.  A successful day was had with lots of interest in our HTC Vive and Google Daydream VR headsets and their applications in research.  There was a mix of researchers who were already using VR in their research in some form to researchers who were trying VR for the first time.  Hopefully they left with some inspiration on how VR could be used in their research!

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Research IT Involved in Major BBC Partnership

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The university has recently announced a 5 year partnership with BBC Research and Development and seven other UK Universities to unlock the potential of data in the media. We are pleased to say that Research IT staff will be using their expertise in several areas of this important project.

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Data Visualization Equipment Expertise Available

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Touchscreens are very popular for research data visualization but any system deployed must work smoothly and intuitively.  There are a wide range of systems available – from expensive purpose-built systems for exhibitions to simple tablet/phone software options available for touching and manipulating data. How do you know which one to choose?

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