Monday, 02.10., main entrance is open / 24/7 services are available again

Dear library users,
dear AAUK students and staff,

finally! Renovation of the central building has reached the point where parts of the main hall are accessible again from 02.10. onwards.

This means:

  1. from Monday, 02.10., the main entrance to the library  – via the bridge – is open again (side entrance is closed)
  2. 24/7 services are available again from 02.10.
  3. the reading rooms (desks and literature) are accessible again. Exception: east part of the periodicals reading room (where the EDC is housed)

 

It was not the easiest of years due to the various restrictions imposed on our facilities. We sincerely thank you for your understanding and patience!

At first glance, the changes might not be noticeable, but there are two differences you as a user will profit from:

  • the new windows in the central building, combined with the air-conditioning system already in use, will create a more agreeable environment.
  • by the end of 2017, when renovation is complete, 3 rooms with the necessary equipment for group work will be available (instead of just one).

Kind regards,
your library team

Selection of Moving Screen Targets

In many appli­cations – such as in air-traffic con­trol, in video sur­veill­ance, and in com­puter games – the user needs to quick­ly and accu­ra­te­ly select ob­jects that are mov­ing across the screen. Several pre­vious re­search pro­jects have pro­posed vari­ous tech­ni­ques that can assist the user when click­ing on mov­ing screen objects. The aim with this pro­ject is to com­pare such tech­niques and to build a theo­re­ti­cal model that mathe­ma­ti­cally de­scri­bes and pre­dicts how fast users can se­lect tar­gets that are mov­ing across the screen (de­pend­ing on the size of the tar­get and its moving speed).

A first version of a Java appli­ca­tion that pro­vi­des the necess­ary func­ti­on­ality to con­duct user ex­peri­ments on selec­tion of moving screen objects has al­ready been de­vel­oped. In this pro­ject you will first ex­tend this app­li­ca­tion with addi­tional func­tion­ality and then de­sign and con­duct a user ex­peri­ment that allows you to 1) veri­fy pre­vi­ously re­ported re­search re­sults on the effect­ive­ness of var­ious tech­niques that support the selec­tion of mov­ing screen ob­jects, and 2) empi­ri­cally build and veri­fy a pre­dictive per­for­mance model that ex­plains how fast users can select mov­ing screen objects.

Accordingly, with this pro­ject you have the oppor­tu­nity to deepen your pro­gramming skills (using Swing, Java’s GUI tool­kit) and you will gain ex­peri­ence in how to de­sign, conduct, and eva­luate user ex­peri­ments, and in theo­re­ti­cal modell­ing of user per­for­mance.

Technologies & Tools: Java, SPSS (for statistical analysis)

Contact: Dr. David Ahlström

Study abroad at King’s College

Take advantage of our new ERASMUS exchange with King’s College!

From summer term 2018, students at the Department of English can spend a semester abroad at the world-renowned School of Education, Communication & Society of King’s College London. Our partner offers a great range of courses that explore topics of current relevance for English studies and deepen your insights in particular areas of interest.

To find out more on our partner institution and its academic offerings go to: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/education/index.aspx

Interested? – Apply at the International Office of AAU by October 15, 2017 for one of two places in summer term 2018: Erasmus

Experience (student) life in ‘The City’!

 

(Photo by Nick Wood for King’s College London)

 

When forests regrow: ERC Starting Grant for sustainability researcher Simone Gingrich

In many industrialised countries, forests are starting to regrow after centuries or millennia of large-scale deforestation. This appears positive for the global climate system, because forests sequester carbon that would otherwise accumulate in the atmosphere. However, forest regrowth may not necessarily be a viable strategy for climate-change mitigation. Simone Gingrich has been awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant and plans to use it to identify and analyse the “hidden emissions” of reforestation processes.

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