Society Projects for the Dev Team

Society infrastructure

  • Functionality for personal emails
  • Mobile appMember web hosting
  • Cloud data space on the servers
  • Wireless projector
  • Wireless speakers

Society Website

  • Implementing responsive styles on the website
  • Sending of minutes and notifications from the website
  • Blogging, news and social network integration
  • Request features

Using Raspberry Pi

  • Register new society members during freshers week
  • Allow student card swipe access to the society room



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University Competitions

Atos Olympics IT Challenge

This is an worldwide university invitation only competition. This has been the 1st year  that Aston has been invited to compete. The team is currently through to the finals with their Volunteer Info Kiosk Smart phone app.

Microsoft Image Cup

A number of different competitions with up to $50,000 prizes and a chance to join the Microsoft Venture Accelerator.

Approximate dates: start September 2014, end  July 2015

Fighting Game AI Competition

You are invited to develop an AI controller for Java based fighting game “FightingICE”. Please submit your AI controller and beat down your opponents to win the competition! The competition and the platform are organized and maintained by Intelligent Computer Entertainment Lab., Ritsumeikan University. Since Intelligent Computer Entertainment Lab. (ICE Lab.), Ritsumeikan University, is the competition organizer, there will be no official participants from ICE Lab., but we will provide sample AIs for reference. The 2014 competition is an official competition at CIG 2014 (accepted by the competition chair on Jan 24, 2014).

 UK Micromouse

The UK Micromouse championship is an international robotics competition that has been held every year in the UK since 1980. It is the centrepiece of Birmingham TechFest.

The competition sees autonomous (self-directed) robot ‘mice’ race against the clock to search the centre of a 16 cell by 16 cell maze in the shortest time. There are rules on the maze and you can see examples of Mice and Mazes in our gallery.

In addition to the UK Micromouse competition, there are a number of other competitions that have been developed over the past few years with the aim of promoting engineering and encouraging youngsters (and others) to see engineering as their future.

 If you’re interested in starting or joining an Aston Team, please fill in the contact for below. If there’s a specific competition team you would like to join, please enter the name of the competition in the details field.


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ACSS Dev Team Launch

  • What:Development team launch
  • Where: Aston Computer Science Members Room MB263
  • When:  2pm – Wednesday 2nd April 2014
  • Who:Aston students and staff for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Why:Plan university competition entries for the 2014-2015 academic year

The Computer Science society has create a development team responsible for:-

  • Help create and support multiple student teams to enter technical competitions.
  • Knowledge and skills sharing within the society.
  • Networking within student societies to promote cohesion across schools.
  • Create applications for CSS and other Aston societies.

We aim to start early, preparing for competitions for the 2014-2015 academic year. If you cannot have this event, but would still like to be involved, please send an email to Aman Soni at or reply to this email.

Please come along if you:-

  • Are a member of the Computer Science Society.
  • Or willing to join any of the teams entering the competitions listed below.
  • Or have an idea with which you would like technical assistance.
  • Or merely want to see what’s going on.
  • Or interested in joining the development team.






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Talking about Artifical Intelligence in virtual worlds



Artifical Intelligence in virtual worlds

 Some interesting talk today about a company developing AI ‘pets’ to follow people round in virtual worlds like Second Life and, potentially, World of Warcraft allowing them to learn and begin to interact more and more with their environment.
This is a really fascinating concept on a number of levels. The use of very basic AI has been around for some time in computer games – where having a non-playable character react in the same way a human would to an environment is the holy grail of many programmers.
This means that, as the article suggests, people are much more open to AI as both a concept and as a reality in this kind of environmet.
I recently wrote an article about the use of a daemon – your own personal computer controlled web slave that would give you a permanent presence and do the more mundane things for you.
With Artificial Intelligence, this kind of Daemon could learn the way in which you work, how you like things done and begin to make predictions and assumptions about what you want and need without overtly being told.
The article also suggests that potential future way in which the web could evolve is to BECOME a 3D environment. It’s not too much of a stretch to imagine your Daemon following you around whilst you do your thing and then bidding you farewell as you leave to bound off and get on with things while you are offline.
Kinda cute too…
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Time to learn LINQ

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Talking about Microsoft Windows Enterprise: Microsoft Desktop Virtualization

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Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

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Revolutions of life

Pat was put down yesterday, 

A time to … not stay,

Though he has breathed all into the fray.

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