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New era for computer science iat Uni of York.


6:48am 29th March 2011

A stunning new building housing the Department of Computer Science will be officially opened at the University of York next week.

The £21 million complex is one of four major academic buildings in the first phase of the University's £750 million campus expansion at Heslington East, one of the biggest capital developments in UK higher education in recent years.

Dr Graham Spittle CBE, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Software Group Europe, for IBM will open the building on Tuesday 29 March 2011.

The new building is equipped with the latest software and hardware teaching laboratories and some of the most advanced research laboratories in the country.

These include the Home Laboratory where new domestic technology - particularly to support people with disabilities - is trialled in a real-life setting.

Dr Spittle will meet senior academics and tour the building, which received its first students at the start of the current academic year. He will also take part in a seminar with students before delivering a keynote address and formally opening the building.

Dr Spittle said:

"The opening coincides with a major landmark at IBM, as we celebrate our Centennial year.  At this time, we too are firmly focused on the role that Computer Science can play in addressing major global issues:  food availability, water supply and distribution, energy supply and security, city congestion and environmental modelling. 

"Through this investment, and by partnering effectively with business in its research and development, the new facility will be fundamental in developing the future skills and expertise required to address these challenges."

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, Professor Brian Cantor, said:

"This superb new building is part of a £750 million investment that accelerates our pioneering concept of linking businesses to research centres and teaching departments in an academic setting.

"It is a physical expression of our determination to foster the highest standards of academic excellence. It helps us to deliver a world-class student experience, while providing an intellectually stimulating environment for interactions between the University, researchers, students and business."

The Head of Computer Science at York, Professor John McDermid, added:

"Our fantastic new building has enhanced our facilities for research and teaching, benefitting both staff and students. It provides purpose-designed facilities for teaching, space to support spin-out companies and entrepreneurship, as well as dedicated research laboratories to help keep our research at the forefront of the discipline. The move helps to cement our position as a leading department of computer science nationally and internationally."

York's Department of Computer Science at York is ranked consistently among the top Computer Science departments in the UK. It has a strong international reputation, with active research links to universities and companies across the world including the USA, India, China and Australia.

The Department has relations with industry including IBM, Crossrail, BAE Systems, and Rolls-Royce. It has eight major research groups which include Artificial Intelligence, High-Integrity Systems Engineering where strong industrial links enable researchers to validate research ideas on safety and security in fields ranging from, aerospace to healthcare and human-computer interaction.

More on the Department of Computer Science at York here
More on the University of York's campus development at here
More on IBM at here

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