Research Methods and Responsible Innovation (Postgraduate)
This module will teach generic high-level research and transferable skills applicable to pure and applied research in computer science and engineering. The module fosters the development of practical understanding of established approaches, methods and techniques of research; conceptual understanding that enables critical and rigorous evaluation of research; ability to communicate ideas and conclusions logically and fluently in both written and oral contexts. It will also discuss responsible research and innovation practices, acknowledging that science can raise questions and dilemmas, is often ambiguous in terms of purposes and motivations and unpredictable in terms of impacts. Topics include research writing with an introduction to LaTeX, research ethics and responsible innovation, quantitative, qualitative and reproducible research methods, including experiment design and basic statistical analysis with an introduction to statistical programming and an introduction to scientific programming environments and version control systems.
The Semantic Web (Postgraduate/Undergraduate)
The idea of putting semantic information on the Web has been around for a long time: we now have the beginnings of a practical application. This has its foundations in what is called Description Logic, which strikes a good balance between tractability and usability. This has led to a Web language called OWL, which is at the centre of modern work on the Semantic Web: there are now useful implementations, and there are workable, if modest, applications of this technology.