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The Cambridge undergraduate programme in computer science includes a strong design theme influenced by Crucible research. Students in their second year undertake an intensive design project working for an external client. A selection of these projects with explicit connection to interdisciplinary research concerns includes:
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The Cambridge undergraduate programme in computer science includes a strong design theme influenced by Crucible research, including research into computer science project work by [[Sally Fincher]] and [[Marian Petre]]. Students in their second year undertake an intensive design project working for an external client. Professional clients are often recruited via the [[Computer Lab Ring]] and Industrial Supporters Club. Annual prizes are sponsored by [[IBM]] and [[Credit Suisse]], and Hardware and equipment has been loaned or donated by a wide range of companies, including a substantial number of Android handsets from [[Google]], [[Raspberry Pi]] computers, mBed controllers from [[ARM]], XMOS boards and others.
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A selection of these projects with explicit connection to interdisciplinary research concerns includes:
  
 
* [[African SMS Radio]]
 
* [[African SMS Radio]]
 
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* [[Energy market forecast]]
In Africa, radio still rules, but it’s mostly a one-way medium. Greater audience interaction could revolutionise radio, and help it play a role in the way citizens engage in public debates. You will help us tailor FrontlineSMS – a free software tool that turns a laptop and modem into a SMS communications hub (no internet needed) – to the uses of community and local radio stations. Radio stations in Africa will tell us what they’d like FrontslineSMS:Radio to do, and you will design a suitable UI and implement the functionality. Interface design will likely include interesting and informative ways of expressing large or smaller amounts of realtime text data for radio station operators. E.g. live word-clouds, message tickers, chart/voting for songs or discussion categories. Stations will also benefit from smart filtering and storing tools.
 
 
 
Client: Alex Anderson, FrontlineSMS
 
 
 
* [[The Energy Forecast]]
 
 
 
The weather forecast could just as well advise you to carry an umbrella as it could advise renewable energy producers, such as wind farms, how much energy they can expect to generate. By acquiring weather information for specific regions and the locations of such power plants, this project will estimate the amount of renewable energy produced in the past, present and future, and infer practical information such as effectiveness, profitability and prospective locations for new power plants.
 
 
 
Client: Hok-Him Poon, Bloomberg
 
 
 
 
 
 
* [[Party Line Detection]]
 
* [[Party Line Detection]]
 
* [[Critical Care for the World]]
 
* [[Critical Care for the World]]
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* [[Scanning and feedback from chemical structures]]
 
* [[i-Professor]]
 
* [[i-Professor]]
 
Most knowledge-workers (and professional scholars are no exception) have a serious struggle to differentiate routine correspondence from management of the new ideas that make the job interesting. Design an automated personal assistant that filters email, infers rules on the likely response to routine items, and looks for thematic patterns in the rest. This can be used to track research ideas, or even set up new clusters of collaboration. All rules should be customisable by the user, and confirm proposed actions before sending a message that might be harmful. After a little ‘bedding-in’, the customised result might be indistinguishable from a real professor.
 
 
* [[Scanning and feedback from chemical structures]]
 
 
 
 
* [[Phone programming for children]]
 
* [[Phone programming for children]]
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* [[Passive airflow comfort control]]
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* [[Race the Wild]]
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* [[From Hogwarts to hackers]]
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* [[Safer social media]]
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* [[Project Darknet]]
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* [[Sound Garden]]
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* [[Road-pricing game]]
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* [[Intelligent graph reader]]
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* [[Evolve a pet]]
  
Design a programming language suitable for use by children, with a sufficiently compact user interface that the development environment can be run on a mobile phone. Children should be motivated to use this language to develop applications that are useful and of interest to them - it shouldn’t be like school! The Android platform will be used.
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Clients from companies affiliated with the Crucible network include:
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* [[Keira Cheetham]] from [[Illumina]]
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* [[Russell Bender]] from [[Potential Difference]]
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* [[Jonathan Baldwin]] from [[Madingley Hall]]
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* [[Steve Platt]] from [[Cambridge Architectural Research]]
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* [[Vivian Chan]] and [[Nilu Satharasinghe]] from [[Sparrho]]
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* [[Dave Betts]] from [[CEDAR Audio]]
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* [[Steve Basford]] from [[Grant Instruments]] (the [[Passive airflow comfort control]] project)
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* [[Lee Smith]], [[Matthew Gretton-Dann]], [[Andrew Chapman]], [[Bhaveet Shah]], [[Bernard Ogden]], [[Tejas Belagod]], [[Renato Golin]], [[Fabien Royer]], [[Pawel Moll]] from [[ARM]]
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* [[Steven Gilham]], [[Simon Frost]], [[Feng Huang]] and [[Nick Wise]] from [[Citrix]]
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* [[Diarmid Mackenzie]] and [[Oliver Nicolson]] from [[Data Connection]]
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* [[John Piper]] from [[Kodak European Research]] (the [[Image license retrieval]] project)
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* [[Jonathan Boardman]] from [[Aveva]] (the [[Process plant exploration]] project)
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* [[Richard Jebb]] from [[PCF Ltd]]
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* [[Steve Poole]] from [[IBM]]
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* [[Robert Aish]] from [[Autodesk]]
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* [[John Tucker]] from [[Metaswitch]]
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* [[Amyas Phillips]] and [[Ben Coppin]] from [[AlertMe]]
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* [[Laura James]] and [[Will Billingsley]] from CARET
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* [[Simon Geard]] from [[CAD Schroer]] (the [[Statistical persuasion authoring]] project)
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* [[Mick Kellman]] from [[SolidWorks]]
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* [[Clifford Dive]] from [[Qualcomm]]
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* [[Michael Jennings]] from [[Google]]
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* [[David Roberts]] from [[Symbian]]
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* [[Michael Dales]] from [[CamVine]]
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* [[Peter Cowley]] from [[ZedCam]] and [[MeLock]]
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* [[Hok-Him Poon]] from [[Bloomberg]] (the [[Energy market forecast]] and [[Party Line Detection]] projects)
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* [[Matt Segall]] from [[Optibrium]] (the [[Scanning and feedback from chemical structures]] project)
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* [[Alex France]] from [[FFEI]]
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* [[Tariq Khokhar]] from [[Aptivate]]
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* [[David Singleton]] and [[Hugo Hudson]] from [[Google]]
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* [[Marko Balabanovic]] from [[Lastminute.com]]
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* [[Mike Lloyd]]
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* [[Jonathan May]] from [[XMOS]]
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* [[Alex Anderson]] from [[FrontlineSMS]] (the [[African SMS Radio]] project)
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* [[Kenny Mitchell]] from [[Disney Research]]
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* [[Cinu Jose]] from [[Amadeus]]
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* [[Douglas Squirrel]] from [[YouDevise]]
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* [[Alice Easey]] from [[Red Gate]]
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* [[Nicolas Graube]] from [[CSR]]
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* [[Nic Greenway]] from [[Credit Suisse]]
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* [[Craig Mills]] from [[United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre]]
  
* [[Remote DIY software plumbing]]
 
  
Systems like readyourmeter.org (from Cambridge) were developed to help remote monitoring of your house from the web. The next step is remote control of your house. Create a web-based programming environment, that will allow homeowners to do DIY software plumbing (scripting and configuration) of home media, energy and control systems.
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[[Crucible Theme: Design education]]

Latest revision as of 08:03, 19 August 2014

The Cambridge undergraduate programme in computer science includes a strong design theme influenced by Crucible research, including research into computer science project work by Sally Fincher and Marian Petre. Students in their second year undertake an intensive design project working for an external client. Professional clients are often recruited via the Computer Lab Ring and Industrial Supporters Club. Annual prizes are sponsored by IBM and Credit Suisse, and Hardware and equipment has been loaned or donated by a wide range of companies, including a substantial number of Android handsets from Google, Raspberry Pi computers, mBed controllers from ARM, XMOS boards and others.

A selection of these projects with explicit connection to interdisciplinary research concerns includes:

Clients from companies affiliated with the Crucible network include:


Crucible Theme: Design education