Data Science Hackathon Club

Data Science Hackathon = creative ideas + data + programming (Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence/Data Mining/Data Visualization). We will organize short video lectures, hands-on tutorials, and practice workshops. This club will support students to form teams to participate data science hackathon or competition events. What you will learn will be useful for any free-form hackathon events, finding a Data Scientist job, or creating your own start-ups. Example events: Kaggle competitionsAustralian government open data hackathon. The content covers:

1) Theory: linear model, neural networks, reinforcement learning, generative models, …

2) Application: data visualization, Chat bots, poem writing program, computer music composer, game play agent, …

Everyone is welcome. Meeting every 2 weeks. Please check Blackboard Organizational announcements for more detailed content of every meeting.

Venue Polly Vacher, G45
Mailing list
Meeting frequency once every 2 weeks
Contact Dr. Huizhi(Elly) Liang

Digital Photo

Digital image editing and photoshopping is creative and fun. Tools like GIMP provide means to enhance and alter images where beautification is a widely known manipulation of pictures. The doctoring of images by changing the scenery or embedding people into another context can be fun, for example allowing to embed people face on a bill.

We aim to explore the capabilities of tools, automatize manual processing steps, and produce fun images. We will set up a gallery to present our products.

Venue Polly Vacher, R127 (ACES)
Mailinglist club-digital-photo
Contact Dr. Julian Kunkel

Extreme Programming

This is an extracurricular activity that fosters your programming skills and algorithmic thinking, and communication skills regarding programming. These capabilities are often key to yield high-profile jobs from, e.g., Silicon Valley companies like Google.

The club to which everyone – both, little or significant programming skills – is welcome, aims to:

  1. boost your programming confidence
  2. prepare you better for potential future jobs and programming competitions
  3. show that the algorithmic problem solving is fun!
Venue Polly Vacher
Mailinglist club-extreme-programming
Contact Dr. Julian Kunkel

Generally, the agenda for the meetings is as follows:

  1. two new problems are introduced (one easy and one hard). These problems are to be solved alone or in teams that you may form using the programming language of *your choice*.
  2. we discuss the problems that have been issued the last meeting, having one of you present the approach/a solution, potentially me to provide suggestions/solution approach.
  3. we optionally discuss a data structure or algorithm, perform live coding of a problem, etc.

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Historic Computers and Games

The history of computing shows fascinating pioneering efforts in research, engineering, and development. Computers have quickly been used for entertainment, programmers excelling to develop computer games that harness the available compute power of these systems. Nowadays, emulators can resurrect the behavior of these old systems allowing to run old applications and games. A huge community of programmers are still coding games or composing sound for outdated computers like the C64 or the Super Nintendo system.

In this club, we are generally interested in the history of computers and explore the technology of these old systems enjoying the history of the computer games. This is supported by the department which started a Museum with interesting old hardware and some of the first computer games and software packages that will be open to the general public.

Venue Polly Vacher, R127 (ACES)
Mailinglist club-historic-computing
Contact Dr. Julian Kunkel

Linux User Group

The penguins are coming! The aim of this club and user group is to bring together people interested in Linux from and around the university in order to exchange information and tips and to ultimately have fun with Linux and improve Linux expertise in Reading. This might be particularly interesting for students and researchers, but anyone (even outside of the university) is welcome.

We typically meet once a month to discuss Linux issues or enjoy presentations about relevant open source tools. Please join our mailing list to be up to date with recent activities.

Venue Polly Vacher, R185
Mailing list UoR-Linux
Meeting frequency once a month
Contact Dr. Julian Kunkel