18 Jun 2019

School pupils to design special digital assistants

The University of Dundee is challenging the technologists of tomorrow to explore the Artificial Intelligence used by the likes of Alexa and Siri to help people with the most complex disabilities. S2 pupils from across the East of Scotland will face off in the University’s annual Strathmore Trophy computing competition on Monday 24 June. Sixteen schools will be represented at this year’s competition. Pupils will have two hours to design a new digital assistant along the lines of Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant, but for users who are unable to speak. Researchers at th...

School pupils to design special digital assistants

18 Jun 2019

Graduation week brings double delight for Yvonne

A University of Dundee lecturer will watch on with pride as her son graduates from the institution this week – only to do the same herself 48 hours later. Dr Yvonne Wedekind will collect her Masters in Medical Education in the Caird Hall on Friday, just two days after watching her son, Nadeem, graduate with a First Class MA in English and Film. A GP Clinical Teacher at Dundee Medical School, Dr Wedekind says that this week’s ceremonies will be cause for a double celebration. “Graduation is always a happy occasion, but this year will be particularly special for me,” she sai...

Graduation week brings double delight for Yvonne

17 Jun 2019

Fellow mother’s academic success inspires graduand Iliana

All parents returning to education face additional challenges so when Iliana Francia-Elliott found out she was pregnant with her second child partway through her studies she knew she had a major decision to make. Iliana will receive a First Class Honours Art & Philosophy degree on Wednesday, the first day of this year’s University of Dundee summer Graduation ceremonies. The event comes less than three years since she and her partner Jim learned they were to be parents again. Knowing how demanding newborns are and the pressure she was already under balancing her responsibilities as mother to Kayle...

Fellow mother’s academic success inspires graduand Iliana

14 Jun 2019

Dundee cancer scientist’s £1 million ceasefire mission

A University of Dundee scientist has been awarded £1.4 million from Cancer Research UK to develop research that could bring a ceasefire to cellular warfare taking place within our DNA that can cause blood cancers such as Leukaemia. Dr Kasper Rasmussen is one of only five researchers this year to have been awarded a prestigious Career Development Fellowship by the charity. Dr Rasmussen, who joined the University in June 2018, said the funding will allow him to set up a research group at Dundee to study the biological warfare taking place between two enzymes which when mutated, increase the risk of lif...

Dundee cancer scientist’s £1 million ceasefire mission

14 Jun 2019

AI offers insight in battle against heart failure

Retinal scans studied by advanced artificial intelligence could warn people living with diabetes if they are at risk of heart failure. The University of Dundee will spearhead CARDIATEAM, a £12 million initiative that aims to develop an early warning system with the potential to save thousands of lives every year. The pan-European project will be led by Dundee researchers, with retinal photographs examined meticulously by state-of-the-art software in a bid to pinpoint potential health issues. People living with diabetes are particularly susceptible to heart failure and Professor Chim Lang, t...

AI offers insight in battle against heart failure