Digital Economy Summer School

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The Italian Villa

164 Canford Cliffs Road


BH13 7ES

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The Centre for Digital Entertainment is proud to host the Digital Economy, cross centre Summer School 2018.

The Summer School will take place in the stunning surroundings of the Italian Villa, Dorset. We look forward to giving you the opportunity to network, programme and develop. We hope that you will find the Summer School to be an enjoyable and inspiring experience.

Sunday 1 July
19:00: Networking and social gathering at Urban Reef, The Overstrand, Undercliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH 5 1BN

Monday 2 July
09:00 - 17:00: Day one of the Summer School at The Italian Villa, Poole
19:00 - late: Evening meal and presentations, The Italian Villa, Poole

Tuesday 3 July
09:00 - 17:00: Day two of the Summer School at The Italian Villa, Poole

On day one there will be a choice of three half day workshops, and three full day workshops on day two. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis and you will be asked to select your preference when you book. If your preferred workshop is fully booked, please select your second choice and if you wish to be added to a waiting list for your preferred workshop, please email

Monday workshops:

1) Presenting Your Research With Impact

Hosted by Skillfluence

Excellent presentation skills can be a key to success in your work and career. Learn to articulate your research effectively at meeting and conference presentations. We look at how to present the right content (and amount) of information in an appropriate structure for the audience. Find out how to prepare well, even when short of time, deliver with confidence and manage nerves and of course, participants will have the chance to try out and practice their presentation skills.

2) Research communication, public speaking, improvisation and comedy techniques

Hosted by Nikhil Mistry & Dave Christensen, Bright Club Southampton, University of Southampton Professor Les Carr, Web Science Institute, University of Southampton

Bright Club is the platform that transforms researchers into stand-up comedians and has been doing this for 10 years across the UK, since originating at University College London. The format is all about having fun and audience participation, and combines research and comedy to educate and entertain.

This half-day workshop will focus on performance technique and confidence when delivering stand-up material. Initially games are used to help the attendees build and find their voice; then an analytical session looks at the mechanics of jokes and famous stand-up performers; a final section explores the attendees' initial ideas and jokes, coupled with a writing session.

There will also be optional opportunities for some stand-up comedy routines to be performed after the Summer School evening meal on Monday 2 July at the Italian Villa.

3) Project Managing your PhD

Hosted by Gefion Thuermer, Web Science CDT, University of Southampton

The aim of this session is to enable PhD/EngD students to manage their research project effectively, and help individuals identify the specific tasks that are necessary to successfully complete their doctoral programme. It will answer questions such as “How do I plan my data collection?” and “What do I need to do by when?, as well as providing students with tools and techniques they can use to achieve this.

By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Map out their PhD project in phases, including important milestones.
  • Identify, describe and plan tasks related to their doctoral research project.
  • Manage expectations, both external and their own, of the deliverables of a PhD/EngD.
  • Use appropriate tools to manage their project and tasks.

Tuesday workshops:

1) Linking the Physical and the Virtual

Hosted by Dr Ian Stephenson of Bournemouth University and the University of Southampton

Using low cost single board computers, it’s increasingly easy to collect data about in the real world. However displaying, and making sense of that data remains a challenge. Bournemouth and Southampton universities have been working to link live data from a high energy laser lab into a VR environment creating a novel way of monitoring the lab’s status. In this workshop, we’ll introduce you to the MQTT protocol used by many industrial sensor applications, and show how it can be used to easily bring the status of real world objects into your own software.

2) Introduction to creating VR/AR game content with Unity

Hosted by Tara Collingwoode-William, Carlos Gonzalez-Diaz, & Robert J. Homewood, Intelligent Games & Games Intelligence (IGGI) CDT, University of York & Goldsmiths, University of London

This workshop is for individuals who want to get started in using Unity to create an immersive/VR experience or content, but are not sure where to begin. It will take attendees through the Unity interface, menu items, using assets, creating scenes, and publishing builds, and finally provide the opportunity to begin the steps of putting a basic game together.

3) Kaggle: Tackling real world data science and machine learning challenges within a global online community

Hosted by Marios Michaildis, Competitive Data Scientist,

This workshop will introduce and provide an overview of Kaggle – the home of data science and machine learning, and the world's largest online community of data scientists. Attendees of this workshop will have the opportunity to compete in a short, introductory level Kaggle competition, as well as learning the basics of the platform in order to upgrade their data science, analytical and machine learning skills and enhance career prospects.

All workshops will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If your preferred workshop is full, you can request to be added to a waiting list by emailing

Group accommodation is available at the Ramada Encore, please select the Full Package ticket if you require accommodation. The Full Package also includes coach travel from the hotel to the Summer School venue.

The Ramada Encore Hotel Bournemouth
22 Bath Road

The Organising team reserves the right to apply changes to timings or activities due to unexpected circumstances.

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