Brighton Digital Festival

Brighton Digital Festival is now in full flow with loads of exciting events and talent.

From free workshops run by BlockBuilders – a non-profit initiative founded by Brighton graduates where 7-17 year olds can redesign their own way through Minecraft –  to the Uncommon Natures art exhibition showcasing finalists of the Lumen Prize for Digital Art featuring slime mould , there is a lot going on!

Not to be missed is the SheSays Brighton – The Future Female 2018 event tonight. Five inspiring women speakers, who are major decision-makers and influencers in the industry, will be sharing their knowledge and passion as part of the event which starts at 6pm Sallis Benney Theatre – it’s not too late to book!

 

 

Now that data is ubiquitous, how do we make it useful?

We are proud to welcome back one of our distinguished alumni and honorary graduate, Professor Mandy Chessell, for the final Distinguished Lecture series of the year on Tuesday 6 June, 5-6pm in Huxley 300.

As digital technology sweeps through every aspect of our lives, data has become ubiquitous. The problem is that much of this data is useless because it no longer has enough context with it for people, processes and analytics to understand what it means.

This is an amazing opportunity to hear Professor Chessell examine current data management practices and tools and explain why data loses its context. She proposes an alternative and open approach that will expand our ability to use data to its full extent. She also looks at the issue of providing appropriate protection and governance to valuable intellectual property and sensitive data.

Professor Chessell CBE FREng CEng FBCS is an IBM Distinguished Engineer, Master Inventor, member of the IBM Academy of Technology and Fellow of the Royal Academy. Read her profile.

Find out more and book your place at the lecture here.

Partnering with an alumnus to develop a novel legal software system

In November The University of Brighton has won £144,794 funding to work with Brighton-based firm, Family Law Partners. The project will utilise the university’s knowledge engineering and artificial intelligence expertise to develop a triage style system to underpin a novel model of family law provision.

Alan Larkin

Alan Larkin, Director of Family Law Partners

Family Law Partners specialise exclusively in family law and their Director, Alan Larkin is an alumnus of the university. Alan said:

“We are delighted to be working with the University of Brighton on this project. We see technology as having a pivotal role in the future delivery of family law services, and it is with great excitement that we have teamed up with knowledge engineering specialists from the university to innovate our service. On a personal level, it is also particularly satisfying to be strengthening our existing relationship with our local university and the institution where I undertook my legal training.”

The funding has been awarded through a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) supported by the Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

The project will be led by Dr John Kingston and supported by Professor Miltos Petridis, both from the university’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics.

Family Law Partners has already been shortlisted for a national award in the ‘Innovation in IT’ category for development of its first commercial software offer, Siaro, and by collaborating with university experts to use technology to streamline elements of the divorce process, they will be further innovating their service to be at the very forefront Family Law provision.