News from September 2005
In a move to make scientific research more freely available, the University of Southampton is running a series of training courses for those planning to set up institutional repositories.
The University, one of the key players in the global Open Access movement, has launched EPrints Services, to provide a range of advice, support, and practical help to all those planning to set up, or maintaining, an institutional research repository.
Computer Science at ECS gets highest rating from students
The UK's first-ever national survey of student satisfaction has resulted in the top place for Computer Science at Southampton. ECS Computer Science students rated their overall satisfaction with their Southampton course at 4.6 (out of 5), one of the top scores in the country for any subject. Earlier this year Electronics and Electrical Engineering was again rated No.1 in the UK by The Times Good University Guide.
Scientists in the School are developing a new framework which will facilitate more accurate probabilistic weather forecasting. Over the years, many different techniques have been used in weather forecasting, from relatively simple observations of the sky to highly complex mathematical models run on the world's largest computers. Despite significant advances in this field, due to the unpredictability of the weather, forecasting remains a complex business.
A new sensor is being developed for the aerospace industry which will also have applications in medicine and the automotive industry. The sensor could be cheaper and more effective than others on the market.
The UK is losing around £1.5 billion annually in the potential impact of its scientific research expenditure, according to one of the key figures in the global open access publishing movement. Professor Stevan Harnad, Moderator of the American Scientist Open Access Forum and Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science, has calculated the potential return on the investment in scientific research findings that are being lost to the UK each year through the limitations of the current academic publishing environment.
David Swaffield, research assistant in the Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory in the School of Electronics and Computer Science, has been awarded the 2005 Eric O Forster Young Scientist Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
David received his award at the IEEE International Conference on Dielectric Liquids at Coimbra, from Robert Hebner, President of the IEEE’s Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS).