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Invited talk about Flipped Classroom

Who: Professor Ljiljana Stevovic-Brankovic, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Title: “Flipped Classroom, Dynamic Worked Examples and Gamification of Computer Science Courses”

When: Thursday, 28th April, 12:30-13:30
Where: Acm15 C1/2.1.009 (25 pers)

Abstract:  Flipped classroom is a teaching method in which the students watch pre-recorded lectures before actually coming to the class. It is a type of blended, learner-centred model that enables skills such as teamwork, problem solving and higher order thinking. Flipped Classroom is now becoming more widespread and has found its way into many universities in USA, Australia and world-wide. In computer science and software engineering programs, many students many students already work part time in their second or third year.  Therefore, their opportunities for attending all lectures and tutorials are greatly reduced. In such an environment, it is important to provide a blended learning environment to give equal opportunities to bot working and studying-only student cohorts. Gamification refers to the use of elements of games in non-game contexts and has been applied in workplace, marketing, health programs and other areas, with mounting evidence of increased interest, involvement, satisfaction and performance of the participants. More recently gamification has been emerging as a teaching method that has a great potential to improve students’ motivation and engagement. Gamification in education should not be confused with playing educational games, as it only uses concepts such as points, leader boards, etc, rather than computer games themselves.

In this talk we describe our experience with introducing flipped classroom, dynamic worked examples and gamification in  two theoretical computer science courses, namely Introduction to Algorithmic and data Security. Majority of the students felt that Flipped Classroom is helpful and should be introduced into other computer science and software engineering courses.  They also thought that the quizzes both motivated them to watch the lecture recordings before coming to the class,  and were helpful for their learning. In addition to student perception, it appears that Flipped Classroom helps improve the learning outcomes. In both courses, the percentage of High Distinctions remained similar after introducing Flipped Classroom, while the percentage of Distinctions,  or Distinctions and Credits increased. In both courses the percentages of Passes and Fails dropped.  Through the Games we observed improved student motivation, engagement and commitment.  It was almost always hard to get students to submit their work and leave the classroom at the end of Game sessions as they always worked to the last minute and felt they had more to add to their papers. Anonymous student surveys that we conducted indicated that gamification supported their learning and motivation, and that these outcomes improved with second and third Games implementations as we learned what worked and what did not.

Professor Ljiljana Brankovic
Assistant Dean (Student Engagement)
Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan NSW 2308

E-mail: Ljiljana.Brankovic@newcastle.edu.au
Tel: 61 2 4921 6054
Fax: 61 2 4921 6929

2015-11-30 11.25.13 am

Ph.d. defense by Eva Triantafyllou

Eva Triantafyllou will defend her PhD on Thursday DEC 10 2015 13.00-16.00 in the Auditorium here at ACM 15.

The PhD thesis is entitled: “ICT-based teaching methods for improving mathematics learning for Media Technology students: Investigations and findings”. See here for the official invitation, abstract and program.

2015-02-06 12.15.05 pm

Talk by Mads Græsbøll Christensen & Hendrik Purwins

Mads Græsbøll Christensen & Hendrik Purwins, Audio Analysis Lab, Aalborg University gave talk at the Danish Neuroscience Center in connection with the Music in the Brain Seminars.

The Audio Analysis Lab, Modelling Musical Category Formation, and Neural Correlates of Musical Attention.


The talk has three parts:
I. The Audio Analysis Lab was founded in 2012 and is located at the Dept. of Architecture, Design & Media Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark. The lab conducts basic and applied research in signal processing theory and methods aimed at or involving analysis of audio signals. The research currently focuses on audio processing for communication systems (VoIP, cellphones, etc.), hearing aids, music equipment, surveillance, and audio archives (e.g., compression and information retrieval). In this talk, we will present the lab, its members and our ongoing major projects and highlight our biggest contributions so far.
II. We present a system that learns the rhythmical structure of percussion sequences from an audio example in an unsupervised manner, providing a representation that can be used for the generation of stylistically similar and musically interesting variations. The procedure consists of segmentation and symbolization (feature extraction, clustering, sequence structure analysis, temporal alignment). In a top-down manner, an entropy-based regularity measure determines the number of clusters into which the samples are grouped. A variant of that system that adjusts the number of (timbre) clusters instantaneously to the audio input. A sequence learning algorithm adapts its structure to a dynamically changing clustering tree. The prediction of the entire system is evaluated using the adjusted Rand Index, yielding good results.
III. In a multi-streamed oddball experiment, we had participants shift selective attention to one out of three different instruments in music audio clips. Contrasting attended versus unattended instruments, ERP analysis shows subject- and instrument-specific responses including P300 and early auditory components. The attended instrument can be classified online with a mean accuracy of 91% across 11 participants. This is a proof of concept that attention paid to a particular instrument in polyphonic music can be inferred from ongoing EEG, a finding that is potentially relevant for both brain-computer interface and music research.

2013-06-19 09.43.39 pm

PhD defense by Niels Böttcher

Niels Böttcher will defend his PhD on April 7th here at Medialogy :: CPH

Monday, April 7th, 2014. 13.00-16.00 - A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Kbh.SV. Room C1-2.1.042


Title: ”Procedural audio for computer games with motion controllers: Evaluating the design approach and investigating the player’s perception of the sound and possible influences on the motor behaviour.”

For more information see here

Supervisor: Professor Stefania Serafin

Assessment Committee:

  • Associate professor Sofia Dahl (chairwoman), Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, Aalborg University Copenhagen.
  • Associate professor Morten Breinbjerg, Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Aarhus University
  • Associate professor Karen E. Collins, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo
2014-03-10 08.49.23 am

Dan Overholt gave workshop at TEI 2014

Associate Professor Dan Overholt recently gave a workshop together with Nikolaj “DZL” Møbius from RUC / Illutron at the International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) 2014 conference. The workshop was entitled: “Embedded Audio Without Beeps: Synthesis and Sound Effects From Cheap to Steep”

See more here: http://www.tei-conf.org/14/studios.php#s4


PhD defence by Ellen Kathrine Hansen

Tuesday, 4. March 2014, 13:00 - 16:00
Invitation til PhD forsvar ved Ellen Kathrine Hansen, M. Arch

Design med viden om lys- et multidimensionalt design element

Tirsdag den 4. marts 2014 kl. 13-16
Aalborg Universitet København
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 København SV
Auditoriet, Lokale B1/1.008

Institut for Arkitektur & Medieteknologi
Aalborg Universitet København

Professor Lise Busk Kofoed (Formand), Aalborg Universitet København
Professor Anne Beim, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademis Skoler for Arkitektur, Design og Konservering – Arkitektskolen
Lektor Lotte Bjerregaard Jensen, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

Lektor Michael Mullins, Aalborg Universitet, København

Seniorforsker Kjeld Johnsen, Statens Byggeforskningsinstitut – Aalborg Universitet København

Efter forsvaret vil AD:MT være vært ved en reception.
Alle er velkommen

Læs Abstract

Læs Afhandling

Location : A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 København SV Auditoriet, Lokale B1/1.008

Aalborg University Conference on “Applied Digital Game Research”

We would like to invite you to the first Aalborg University Conference on “Applied Digital Game Research”, Tuesday the 3rd of December. The conference is open 9:00-12:00 for everyone interested in games research and development.

Please see the tentative schedule here and sign up (at the end of the doc) here:
Place: Aalborg University Copenhagen, Frederikskaj 10A, 2450 København. Room 0.108
Time: Tuesday December 3rd from 9:00-12:00

Please save the date, and we are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
If you are researching games, and are interested in participating with a short 5 minutes presentation of your latest research, there is still time to participate – and you are very welcome to contact us here: Henrik Schønau Fog <hsf@create.aau.dk>.

All the best,
Henrik Schønau Fog, Lars Reng og Thorkild Hanghøj
Aalborg Universitet


Invited Talk by Julian Togelius: Replacing game designers with an algorithm

On Wednesday the 4th of December at 2:30, Julian Togelius will give a talk on artificial intelligence for adaptation and procedural content generation in computer games. The title of the talk will be “Replacing game designers with an algorithm”, it will be given in room 4.058 (the small lecture room on the 4th floor of A.C. Meyers Vænge 15).

Julian Togelius is associate professor at the IT University Of Copenhagen. His research aims to make computer games adapt to their players through finding out what players want (whether they know it or not) and creating new game levels, challenges or rules that suit the players.
Related to this, is the challenge of making sense of large amounts of data generated by computer games, and on assisting human game designers in creating great game experiences. He is also working on how to make opponents and collaborators more intelligent and believable, research that has applications far outside of computer games. Additionally, He is working on some more theoretical topics in learning and optimisation.


Professor Ville Pulkki (Aalto, FI) gives talk and demos

On September 11th Professor Ville Pulkki from the spatial sound research group at the Aalto University (Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics) will visit Medialogy Copenhagen to give talks and demos. 
PROGRAM (Please note SEM7 is the new Semester 7 workspace in [2], 3rd floor. SEM7 has been moved to [1] room 2.1.43)
11:00 – SEM7:  Introduction: Current work of the Spatial Sound team at Aalto (see [1] on the map)
12:00 – Lunch (see [1] on the map)
13:00 – SEM7:  Parametric time-frequency domain spatial audio reproduction techniques (see [1] on the map)
14:30 – LAB:     Demos (see [1] on the map)


Francisco Negrin gives talk on April 3rd

Francisco Negrin (http://www.negrin.com/francisco/), an award winning stage director who has been working with major opera houses and pop stars, will give a talk at Medialogy CPH tomorrow April 3rd at 17:30 in the main Auditorium at A.C. Meyers Vænge 15. The talk is entitled:

“Collaborating with media technology creators in theatrical events”.