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From Brain Science to Intelligent Machines

Capital Markets Network Event

Five new PhD research studentships linking the Intelligent Systems Research Centre with world-leading Capital Markets Engineering firms were unveiled at the Magee campus on 22 June 2011 during a visit by Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

The news came as Minister Foster launched the Capital Markets Collaboration at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus, where she addressed an influential delegation of local companies and existing inward investors, academics and industry experts on this increasingly important arm of the financial services sector.

Cognitive Robotics members win prize in ROS 3D competition

The ISRC is proud to announce that its Cognitive Robotics Team has been awarded the 4th place in the overall category of the ROS 3D competition for 2011.

ROS (Robot Operating System) is an open source project consisting in libraries and tools to help software developer to create robot applications. Following the open nature and the spirit of the community, ROS 3D is a competition aimed to improve the ways in which robots interact with their enviroment by creating open software to enhance the vision capabilities of the robots. In this year's competition the struggle for the first place has been fierce, with projects ranging from the recognition of buttons drawn in a sheet of paper to humanoid teleoperation.

Magee Games Students Triumph in 25k Awards

A team of graduates from the Magee campus of the University of Ulster have formed a new company in Derry which will create educational games and they are on target to launch their first product before Christmas.

One of the graduates, Jim Murray, a graduate of the Computer Games Development degree at Magee, and now chief executive of the company Troll inc Ltd which are creating an educational game called JellyFlug said: “Jellyflug is a cartoon styled game with a unique concept. We are hoping to emulate the success of games like Angry Birds on the app store. It’s a game that children and adults alike will enjoy simply because they are a bit of craic. JellyFlug is an educational computer game but not too focused on the curriculum. It's an example of a game which shows how the world works — in this case, the world of bacteria. We are initially targeting the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – it is such a big market because there are 100 million users, of which 40 million are under 17. “For students thinking about a career in the video games I think now is probably the best time to go into industry. Five years ago you required 20 to 100 people to launch a game but with mobile gaming small-scale teams can make games that sell millions because of the flexible distribution platform which Apple uses. You can get a small app out of the door for under £10,000.”

Jellyflug to land before Christmas

A team of extraordinary graduates from the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, now working for the Intelligent Systems Research Centre, has reached an important milestone in their quest to develop educational games. The team, with the help of various staff members from the ISRC, has funded Troll Inc. a new company located in Derry which aims to create high quality educational games. Its first product, Jellyflug, is estimated to be available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad just before Christmas.