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Goldsmiths Computing Expo 2013: interesting people doing interesting stuff

The annual Goldsmiths Computing Expo is where we open our doors to everyone and offer them a chance to come and see some of our technological innovation and meet the staff and students behind it.

This year’s Computing Expo was a fantastic showcase of the work of our department at all levels from first year undergraduate to PhD and staff research. The diversity of work was impressive, from a durational performance recreating in digital form the collaboration between Marina Abramović and Ulay, to an app that suggests clothing and make-up colours to complement your skin and hair. There was also a first year collaborative music making systems that many attendees mistook for a final year project!

These were all projects that were very creative and well thought out but also highly technically challenging. What was particularly impressive was the number of students who were getting their work out in the real world from iPhone games on the app store to collaborations with Choreographers and open source hardware.

In the early evening, a range of professionals, students and academics took to the Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre to hear a series of short presentations from some of the departments brightest undergraduate students. Martin Roth, head of research at interactive music company RjDj, and Research Fellow in the department, chaired a panel of industry experts including Lisa Long – Director of Soniq Play , Alan Stuart – Director of Wow Elite, Brendan Quinn from Clueful Media Ltd, and Justin Spooner, Director of Unthinkable consulting. Martin Roth said “It was great to be able to see what Goldsmiths students are up to and how the College is thinking about entrepreneurship.”

Check out some of the projects below:

The Department of Computing at Goldsmiths is arguably Europe’s leading interdisciplinary computer science department for research, teaching and enterprise across the arts, music and social sciences. Our success has been based on a strong strategic focus with London’s creative industries and realised through strong partnerships with other departments in Goldsmith such including Art, Music, Sociology, Design, Visual Cultures, Theatre and Performance and Psychology.

We are already looking forward to EXPO 2014 where, you never know, it might be your work we’re showing off!

See our Expo pics on Flickr


Congratulations to our Postgraduate Students – graduation 2012

What a wonderful way to end 2012  – with a celebration of the achievements of our wonderful postgraduate students. We are so proud of them and wish them all the very best of luck for the future. Please stay in touch!

Above: Patricia Afari – MSc Computing.Well done to Patricia and all our new graduates.

What programme of study are you graduating from?
MSc in Computing, Departing of Computing

Tell us a bit about yourself: where are you from, what led you to university, why did you pick Goldsmiths?
I was born in south London and have spent most of my life there, working self-employed for more than 10 years as a driving instructor. I felt the need for a change in career, to pursue the things that I am really passionate about, which are sound and computing. In 2011, I received my BA Hons in Digital Music and Sound Arts from the University of Brighton. It was on this course that I learned audio programming which I found fascinating. I wanted to continue studying this area in more depth and it was one my lecturers there who spoke highly of Goldsmiths and encouraged me to apply to do my Masters here.

How did you find your course?
The course was great and I think one of the most flexible of the computing programmes available in terms of subject choices. It was highly interdisciplinary – which is another reason why I chose to study here.

What is the best thing about studying at Goldsmiths?
The first thing I noticed when walking around was the relaxed atmosphere and great mix of people of different ages. I really enjoyed speaking with the lecturers and professors; they are all extremely knowledgeable in their fields of practice, always willing to give advice, and to introduce you to their contacts and people within the industry.

What advice would you give to a student considering a postgraduate degree a Goldsmiths?
Be prepared to be challenged, at times it can feel very intensive, but remembering why you are there will get you through it. Don’t be surprised if your initial ideas and research plans flow into completely new and unexpected areas – come here with an open mind.

What are your plans now you’ve graduated?
My plan is to find a role where I can develop gestural interactive educational software for children with physical and learning difficulties [read more about Patricia’s work with gestural interfaces in The Daily Telegraph].

What words would you use to describe Goldsmiths?
Flexible, open, interdisciplinary, challenging, creativity, self-discovery.

This interview with Patricia is courtesy of the Goldsmiths Comms team and originally posted here



Nov 7th Open Day: a message from the Director of Studies

Dear all,

Thanks to everyone who attended Wednesday’s open day (photos below). It was great to meet so many interesting and engaged people wanting to study computing at Goldsmiths. Choosing a university is a very important decision and I wouldn’t want you to do so based just on one day’s visit, you need a real feel for what university life is like. That is why we are running this blog, to give you an insight to what our current students are doing and help you feel part of Goldsmiths before you arrive.

I will be posting about what is happening in the department and college, but I know that you don’t just want to hear from us lecturers, you want to know what students are thinking and doing. That is why we will be inviting students to be guest bloggers throughout the year and we’ll also be show casing student work and events from the department.

I look forward to seeing you all again, but if you have any questions in the mean time just email me on m.gillies(at)


(Director of Studies in Computing)


Happy Open Day, Goldsmiths (and processing videos!)

Thank you to all of you who visited Goldsmiths today to attend our open day. Prof. Zimmer (Head of Department) and the team have really enjoyed chatting to you all about our programmes and the department here at Goldsmiths.

I know we spoke to one or two of you about Joe Boston’s Processing tutorial videos. You can see more of Joe’s videos here but here’s one to be going on with 🙂

OPEN DAY: Come and visit us

You might already know that Goldsmiths is holding an open day on February 15th. You are warmly invited to come and find out more about Goldsmiths. In particular, we want to draw your attention to the presentations being delivered by the Computing Department about our courses. Talks will take place at the following times:

3.00pm  UG programmes talk
3.45pm Computing masters programmes talk
4.30pm CAST masters programmes talk

Open Meeting for Students!

Yesterday we had a department open meeting, which is an opportunity for students to give us feedback about the courses and make suggestions for improvement.

At Goldsmiths we work hard to involve students in the decisions we take. All committees that affect students have student representation and we take their opinion very seriously. For example, when we appointed our new warden (the head of Goldsmiths) the student union president was on the panel making that decision.

It was nice to receive some good feedback from students, they thought that feedback on the coursework was quick, staff were good at replying to student emails and they liked the newly upgraded online learning environment, particularly that it automatically sent reminders about their coursework deadlines. But there are always things that can be improved. The students asked that more courses make use of the online learning environment and for more evening access to our labs. It’s now my job to try and make these things happen. I can’t promise to be able to do everything the students ask for, but I will always do my best. Only by continually getting feedback from students and continually trying to improve our courses will we get the best possible student experience.


(Director of Studies)