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Library Developers’ Room – It’s back and better than ever!

Looking to work on assignments or projects when the campus is closed and you can’t access C2 corridor? Don’t have a PC at home? Don’t worry, we’ve got just the solution for you…!

The Library Developers’ Room

The main library has had a Developers’ Room for years, but as students increasingly decided to invest in their own PCs for home use anyway, it had fallen into disuse and the PCs within it, gradual obsolescence. The room was seemingly set to be turned over for other uses this year as we no longer appeared to need it.

However, during the current cost-of-living crisis, many of our students have told us that to have a computing lab on campus that they can use when they can’t access the C2 labs, would again be something they’d definitely welcome!

Our students have told us this to our faces and during our regular Student/Staff Liasion Meetings. Well, they spoke and we listened!

This request has come mid-year and normally we’d have to see if funding could be made available, but hey, this is Christmas and a time for miracles and goodwill!

So, we’ve managed to outfit the room again with 15 Windows PCs with either Intel i7 or i5 processors, 16GB RAM, and 1TB SSD drives so they boot quickly and should provide a comparable experience to many of the machines in C2 corridor for most of our students.

I’m pleased to say that after several weeks of some of us lecturers gleefully (but exhaustively) finding, fetching, moving and upgrading, and plugging in of kit, the room is now ready and from the 15th December 2023 our students in the Computing department (and only our students!) can use these upgraded PCs around the clock whenever they like.

And Santa didn’t have to get involved at all! 😁

No booking is required, just turn up and use on a “first come, first served” basis!

The Developers’ room is normally open 24 hours a day, just like the library. However, over the Christmas period, reduced hours exist as follows:

Friday 15th: Open until 9pm

Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th: 9am to 9pm

Christmas Day & Boxing Day (25th and 26th): Closed

Wednesday 27th – Sunday 31st: 9am to 9pm

New Year’s Day (1st): Closed

Tuesday 2nd – Wednesday 3rd: 9am – 9pm

Thursdays 4th: Open 24 hours a day thereafter from 8:45am

And to our students: If you’ve not visited the room before, we think you’ll love it! It’s a secluded, safe*, calm, quiet place to work, think, and make progress on your studies!

If you’re not sure how to access the library when the rest of the campus is closed or you don’t know where the Developers’ Room is in the library anyway, this video below will help you!

Remember: The room is for our students only, so please use it or we will lose it again!

See you all in 2024 and Seasons Greetings to you all!

*As with most open-access areas of the campus, 24-hour recorded CCTV is in operation for your safety and security and to protect equipment in the Developers’ Room. The university will take action against persons found to be damaging or stealing property in the Developers’ Room.

Fostering Entrepreneurial Empowerment.


Get ready for a captivating session as Associate Professor Vandana unveils the secrets behind “Cracking the Code: Young Adult Dementia Prediction Explored for Societal Impact.” In this enlightening talk, she will delve into cutting-edge techniques and insights, deciphering the complexities of predicting dementia in young adults. Join us for an engaging exploration of local post-hoc models and their broader implications for society, offering a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and healthcare. Professor Vandana’s expertise promises to shed light on the transformative potential of understanding dementia in the youth for the betterment of our communities.

Author Bio:

As an accomplished Chartered Accountant and qualified Teaching Professional, Dr. Mohammed Sadiq brings a passion for leveraging his commercial acumen and industry knowledge to impart crucial accountancy and business skills to learners. With extensive experience in industry, Accountancy Practice, and academia, he holds membership in the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and possesses CIMA’s full Practicing Certificate.

Beyond his CIMA accreditations, he has served as a Chief Examiner and Subject Matter Expert with a leading international qualifications body. His role has also encompassed developing and crafting exam questions for professional accountancy examinations. His commitment extends to nurturing learners’ skills to align with the evolving needs of local and national employers in the 21st Century. Currently pursuing a PhD doctorate in a specialized field of accountancy, his aim is to enhance the learner journey at the University of Bolton. He ensures unwavering commitment and positive results in all endeavors and is eager to share his expertise. Additionally, he was honored as the ‘Outstanding Lecturer of the Year’ for The Institute of Management in 2014/15.

You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/y4ANnO5Wkv4

Moderators: Thomas Tega Tonukari, Ejovi Ekakitie

Cracking the Code: Young Adult Dementia Prediction Explored for Societal Impact.


Get ready for a captivating session as Associate Professor Vandana unveils the secrets behind “Cracking the Code: Young Adult Dementia Prediction Explored for Societal Impact.” In this enlightening talk, she will delve into cutting-edge techniques and insights, deciphering the complexities of predicting dementia in young adults. Join us for an engaging exploration of local post-hoc models and their broader implications for society, offering a unique perspective on the intersection of technology and healthcare. Professor Vandana’s expertise promises to shed light on the transformative potential of understanding dementia in the youth for the betterment of our communities.

Author Bio:

Dr. Vandana Sharma is an Associate Professor at CHRIST University, Delhi-NCR, India. Currently, she is a post-doctoral fellow at Lincoln University College, Malaysia. Dr. Sharma has 14+ years of teaching experience at the postgraduate level and has expertise in subjects like Data Structures & Algorithms, Advanced Computer Networks and Software Testing. She has guided 100+ dissertations at the postgraduate level.

Dr. Sharma has served NAAC-accredited A+ institutions like Galgotias University, Greater Noida Campus and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.
Dr. Sharma obtained her doctoral degree from Amity University, Noida Campus, M.Tech(I.T) and B.E-Com from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.
She is a Senior Member of IEEE and as a keen researcher, she has published 35+ research papers in SCI and Scopus Indexed international journals and conferences. Dr. Sharma has contributed voluntarily as a Reviewer and Technical Program Committee (TPC) member for reputed International Journals and IEEE Conferences and has presented her work at IEEE Conferences across India and abroad. Her primary areas of interest include Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain Technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).

You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/VeLpTz8B8Qk

Moderators: Ekakitie Ejovi, Adetunji Funmilayo

Research Excellence and Industry/Academic Collaboration.


A lecture on Research Excellence and industry/academic collaboration that can lead to the development of new ideas and solve difficult problems.

Author Bio:

In today’s highly anticipated presentation, Ass. Prof. Thippa Reddy Gadekallu SMIEEE, the esteemed recipient of the Clarivate™ India Research Excellence – Citation Awards 2023, will delve into the intricate landscape of research excellence and the critical connections between academic prowess and industrial collaboration. Drawing from his rich expertise, he will shed light on how pioneering research can effectively bridge the gap between academia and industry, fostering innovation, knowledge dissemination, and economic growth. Dr. Reddy’s insights promise to inspire the audience and ignite a renewed passion for academic research and industry collaboration.

You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/IDBZARHaVj0

Moderators: Efe Okamonu and Yusuf Afolami

Academic Ethics: Ai as Game Changer.


A lecture on the importance of Artificial Intelligence(AI) Ethics, a growing concern and topic in a world where AI is disrupting various economic sectors.

Author Bio:

Dr Ikpenmosa (Ike) Uhumuavbi brings an extensive track record of cross cultural and multidisciplinary achievements in business law research, consulting, legal case management, compliance audit, client relations spanning over two decades. He is currently a senior lecturer, postgraduate research/knowledge exchange coordinator and postgraduate program leader where his primary focus is providing leadership in teaching, assessment, research, undergraduate, masters, and PhD supervision. Ike’s duties also include document drafting, development, and regulatory compliance to meet organizational goals. As a recipient of various scholarship awards, including full and partial study grants, he has obtained several advanced academic degrees and professional certifications in Nigeria, United Kingdom, and the United States. During his studies in the United States, Ike was a recipient of the prestigious Cali Excellence for the Future Award and Book Award for outstanding performance in Rule of Law (American Context).

More recently, he has benefitted from study grants for short courses on global biodiversity framework, sustainable development, and the law from the University of Cambridge. Ike’s teaching and research experiences cut across three interrelated themes. These are emerging technologies, finance, and sustainability. More specifically, he specializes in the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and the Law with insights that cut across artificial intelligence law, regulation, governance, ethics, securities, fintech, cloud computing, and cyber-security law. His work pursues the adoption of functional contextualize frameworks in addressing fundamental and structural misalignments in governance architectures across legal, institutional, cultural, and power structures as they relate to emerging technologies, finance, and sustainability issues. Ike’s research activities have supported consultancies with several organizations including the Ministry of Communication and Orientation – Edo State Government, Schools Management Board – Edo State Government, and Africase Attorneys (a Legal 500 and Chambers UK listed top tier International Business Law firm in Africa). Within this area of specialty, Ike has successfully produced several masters and PhD graduates. He currently supervises some PhD students and welcomes more applications. As a qualified Barrister and Solicitor in the Commonwealth, Ike manifests significant practice experience in litigation, subrogation, alternative dispute resolution, and negotiation of commercial transactions.

Apart from his consultancy roles, he is currently a Central Asian Legal Research Fellow at the Tashkent State University of Law, Uzbekistan. Ike is also an adviser to the editorial board of Integral Law Review, Integral University in India, and a tutor/mentor in African Law Students (an organization of law students across the continent of Africa). Ike’s external engagements are ably complemented by his internal activities across the university. He is actively involved in the decision-making organs of the University of Bolton. This includes:

• Member, Board of Studies for Research Degrees, University of Bolton
• Member, Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Committee, University of Bolton
• Member, Joint Research Committee, University of Bolton
• Member, University Ethics Committee, University of Bolton
• Facilitator, Postgraduate Research Workshop, University of Bolton
• Member, Scientific Committee for REF2028, Greater Manchester Business School
• REF2028 Lead, School of Law, University of Bolton

Research Interests and Research Subject Specialisms:
1. Artificial Intelligence, Emerging Technologies, and the Law
2. Fintech (digital assets, platforms, and infrastructure)
3. Cybersecurity and the Law
4. Legal Aspects of Cloud Computing and associated services
5. Intelligent and Complex Systems
6. Governance Systems and Architectures
7. Financial and Economic Crimes
8. Corporate, Finance, Structured Investments, Securities Law, and Regulation
9. Sustainability and the Law

Teaching specialisms;
1. Artificial Intelligence Law, Governance, Regulation, and Ethics
2. Corporate Law and Governance
3. Financial and Economic Crime
4. Fintech/Legal Tech
5. Intellectual Property Law
6. Research Methods

7. Public Governance, Human Rights, Access to Justice, Sustainability

You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/OcZ4CbU-jZs

Moderators: Olajuwon Yakub & Rukayat Balogun

Career Development and Volunteering for IEEE Experience

Speaker Bio

Embarking on a journey of “Career Development and Volunteering for IEEE Experience” is a pivotal step toward personal and professional growth. Join us as our esteemed Guest – Director Jyotika Athavale navigate the avenues of skill development, networking, and meaningful contributions, gaining unique insights from a leader in the field. This discussion aims to illuminate the symbiotic relationship between career development and volunteering, offering valuable perspectives from the 2024 President IEEE Computer Society. Welcome to a session designed to empower and inspire through the fusion of career development and impactful volunteering experiences


Jyotika is Director, Silicon Lifecycle Management & RAS architecture at Synopsys. Prior to Synopsys, she was Lead Technologist, Functional Safety Architecture at NVIDIA. Prior to NVIDIA, Jyotika was Principal Engineer (Director) at Intel Corporation leading corporate-wide RAS and Functional Safety architectures. Jyotika also serves as the 2024 President of the worldwide IEEE Computer Society, overseeing overall IEEE-CS programs and operations. She leads and influences several international standardization initiatives. Jyotika chairs the IEEE P2851 family of standards on Functional Safety interoperability which has WG membership from over 30 companies. For her leadership in international safety standardization for IEEE P2851, Jyotika was awarded the 2023 IEEE SA Standards Medallion. And for her leadership in service, she was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core Award in 2022. She was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna by her alma-mater VJTI. Jyotika has authored patents and many technical publications in various international conferences and journals. She has pioneered & chaired workshops and conferences in the field of dependable technologies.

You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/e9wPXJlhuss

Moderators: Ezeana Emeka & Efe Okamonu

Cybersecurity and Innovation, Personal Experiences

Speaker Bio

Mohammed M. Alani holds a PhD in Computer Engineering with specialization in network security. He has worked as a professor, and a cybersecurity expert in many countries around the world. His experience includes serving as VP of Academic Affairs in the United Arab Emirates, network and security consultancies in the Middle-East, and Cybersecurity Program Manager in Toronto Canada.

He currently works as a Cybersecurity Professor at Seneca College, Toronto, Canada.He has authored 4 books in different areas of networking and cybersecurity along with many research papers published in highly ranked journals and conferences. He also holds many industrial certifications such as Security+, Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+), PenTest+, CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner+ (CASP+), Server+, Cisco Certified Network Associate, CCAI, Microsoft Azure Data Science Associate, and Microsoft AI Fundamentals. His current interests include applications of ML in cybersecurity, and ML security.

You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/RDGzubglwiQ

Moderators: Orunsolu, Falilat temitope, David ayokunle Fayankin

The PhD Journey by Professor Jerome Carson


Embarking on the academic odyssey of a Ph.D. is a transformative and deeply personal journey. “The Ph.D. Journey” encapsulates the myriad experiences, challenges, and triumphs encountered along the path of doctoral research. In this exploration, Professor Jerome Carson will share the highs and lows, the unexpected discoveries, and the growth that unfolds through the pursuit of knowledge at the highest level. Join us in reflecting on the twists and turns, the resilience cultivated, PhD opportunities at Bolton and the profound moments that define the intricate tapestry of this educational adventure. You can Better your best from the best of the best

Jerome is Professor of Psychology at the University of Bolton. He did his first degree in psychology at the University of Reading, graduating in 1979. After this, he did his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London. Jerome then worked in the NHS for 32 years. In 1992, he became a lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry and in 1997 was promoted to Senior Lecturer. In 2005 he obtained his PhD from King’s College London.

For most of his working life, Jerome has been a clinical academic. He published his first journal paper in 1985 and since then has published over 200 papers and book chapters. He has co-edited eight books with three on the topic of mental health recovery. This has been one of his major research interests, along with positive psychology.

Jerome has worked in Bolton since September 2012. A significant landmark has been the opening of the only MSc in Positive Psychology in the North West of England, which was established in 2016. Jerome’s ambitions are to ensure that students receive the best possible education here at Bolton and that the psychology department becomes one of the top 25 departments in the country.

You can watch the full lecture on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/Em24WkVRJWs

Celebrating Innovation: The Masters of Innovation in Computing Showcase 2023

At the University of Bolton’s School of Computing, we are proud to host the Masters of Innovation Showcase, an event that celebrates the achievements of our top MSc Software Engineering, MSc Cloud and Network Security, and MSc Data Analysis students. We believe that this showcase is a great opportunity to build a culture of collaboration and innovation among our students, faculty members, and potential employers.

Why the Master’s Showcase Matters

We take pride in helping our students hone their skills and develop their problem-solving abilities. When we see our students build fantastic projects, we envision great careers for them. The Master’s Showcase is an opportunity for us to showcase the talent and hard work of our students and highlight their unique approach to problem-solving.

For employers, this event is a chance to connect with some of the top engineering talent in the region. They can have conversations with our students and pick their brains about their projects and ideas. This is an excellent way for employers to identify potential hires who have innovative ideas and problem-solving skills.

For students, this event is a chance to showcase their work in front of an audience that includes potential employers, university management members, fellow students, and faculty members. It’s an opportunity for them to highlight their unique approach to problem-solving and impress potential employers.

The Future of the Master’s Showcase

We believe that the Master’s Showcase should be a yearly event at the University of Bolton’s School of Computing. It’s a win-win situation for all involved parties – students get a chance to showcase their work, employers get access to top engineering talent, and faculty members get to celebrate their student’s achievements.

The University of Bolton’s School of Computing takes pride in hosting events like the Masters Showcase that celebrate innovation and collaboration among our students. We encourage everyone who has not yet attended this event to join us on June 2, 2023 at the D1 Suite from 11 AM to 1 PM for the event!

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