Author Archives: Dave Voorhis

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We’ve Moved!

Computing and Mathematics have moved from Kedleston Road to Markeaton Street, and Electronics have new offices. We’re all in or near the new STEM area of the main Markeaton Street building. Looking for a member of staff?  See the table … Continue reading

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Codd’s Twelve Rules

Codd’s 12 Rules (for a relational database product) are (still) frequently informally cited, but their original text turns out to be annoyingly difficult to find. They are reprinted here under the principles of fair use and/or fair dealing and have … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Procedurally Generating In-Game Content

A recent article on my site discusses the challenges of using algorithms to create assets for games: typically known as Procedural Content Generation (PCG).  This is a problem that has received increased interest in the last five years due to … Continue reading

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CGP/CGMA at EGX Rezzed

This weekend is the EGX Rezzed game show running at the NEC in Birmingham.  On Saturday the 29th of March, a game jam, sponsored by games studio Creative Assembly, is being held on the show floor.  Teams are charged with … Continue reading

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AI and Games: What’s the Deal with Pac-Man?

As part of my teaching in the final year module Game Behaviour, I am prone to writing articles over on my own site www.t2thompson.com. During the opening weeks of the class, we talk about the challenges in modelling the game world in … Continue reading

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A Quick Introduction to Microcontrollers and the Arduino

Here’s my 40 minute introduction to microcontrollers and the Arduino. Here’s the code I used for the first example of lighting an LED. /* Light a LED. This example shows how to light an LED. This example code is in … Continue reading

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2012 Independent Studies Project Ideas

A .zip file containing dissertation ideas for 2012/2013 is linked below. http://computing.derby.ac.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/DissertationIdeas2012.zip Please note that these may change for September 2013.  If you see a project that interests you, please discuss it with the relevant academic before you start. If … Continue reading

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Student Project receives praise from Epic Games

‘S.S. Eternity‘, a game prototype being developed by a team of our final year students has caught the attention of the games industry prior to it’s completion. The team of final year CGP and CGMA students called Oarboar have built an … Continue reading

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Microsoft Sponors the Games @ Derby Expo

We’re preparing a big marketing push for the Games @ Derby Expo, running for the first time on 19th December on the Kedleston Road campus.  Formal updates on the work being conducted will be live soon.  In the meantime, we … Continue reading

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