The robot orchestra at this year’s Christmas Lectures demonstrates that robots come in all shapes and sizes. The Department of Informatics was asked to build a robot drummer that could play music by itself. With the help of the department, the newly founded King’s Robotics Society took this project and built a robotic drum kit, called “The Drum Bot”, that can play drum tracks encoded as MIDI files. The Drum Bot and the robot orchestra can be seen in action in the following video:
The 2014 Christmas Lectures, entitled ‘Sparks will fly: How to hack your home‘ will be broadcast on BBC Four on the evening of December the 29th, 30th and 31st; and will subsequently be available on iPlayer. To see how the Drum Bot was built, visit Robotics Society web page at www.kingsrobotics.co.uk.
The Department of Informatics has some fully funded MSc scholarships available for people who are looking to further their career in Computing, Robotics and Telecommunications. They cover both fees and living costs and are available for study on the following MSc programmes (September 2014 entry):
– Advanced Computing MSc
– Advanced Software Engineering MSc
– Computing & Internet Systems MSc
– Computing & Security MSc
– Computing, IT Law & Management MSc
– Electronic Engineering with Business Management MSc
– Engineering with Management MSc
– Intelligent Systems MSc
– Mobile & Personal Communications MSc
– Robotics MSc
– Telecommunications & Internet Technology MSc
– Web Intelligence MSc
King’s College London has been awarded funds through the HEFCE Postgraduate Support Scheme, to broaden access to postgraduate study for academically excellent applicants coming from less privileged backgrounds. This is part of a government initiative to increase access into the professions. The scheme seeks to enhance the knowledge and skills of the scholars with a view to future employment within these sectors.
For details about eligibility and to apply, visit www.kcl.ac.uk/kattp
Application Deadline: 14th July
Photos of the cast of Copenhagen. From top to bottom: Ria Abbott (Margrethe Bohr), Thomas Marsh (Werner Heisenberg) and Fred Fullerton (Niels Bohr).
In light of recent concerns about the security of Google’s Android mobile phone platform, Richard Overill of the Department of Informatics at King’s, and an expert on cyber security, speaks to Bloomberg Business Week.
The proliferation of mobile app stores at platforms from companies including Google, Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., Research in Motion Ltd. and Nokia has made the functions and devices harder to secure, said Richard Overill, a senior lecturer in computer science at King’s College, London
“It is a new frontier,” said Overill, who has been researching the industry since 1992. “It’s been an area that the criminal fraternity hasn’t gone into before because they are doing quite nicely thank you in the computer space.”