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Physical sciences and engineering

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

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The Physical Sciences and Engineering Summer Schools will develop your understanding of the subject area, giving you a unique, first-hand experience of working in laboratories, industrial application, and design and architecture.

Schools include Architecture, Chemistry, Computer Science and Informatics, Engineering, Physics and Astronomy and Mathematics.

You will have the opportunity to learn from industry and academic experts in the field while developing a range of practical skills. Working effectively in a small group environment and solving problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach forms the basis of each of our Schools.

The Schools run between 20 July - 3 August 2019, and specialise in the following areas:

Advanced Materials Summer School

The programme addresses contemporary issues in designing and working with structures and the built and natural environments, in both national and international contexts.

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

This course has now closed for 2019 entry. Please contact PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk for further enquiries.

Taught by experts in statistics, operational research and computer science, this programme will help you develop both the theoretical understanding and practical experience of applying methods drawn from data science and analytics.

Big Data and High-Performance Computing is a multidisciplinary Summer School split across the Schools of Computer Science and Informatics, Mathematics and Physics and Astronomy. Working together, these Schools will introduce you to a range of in-demand skills for extracting and handling ‘big data’, discovering and communicating meaningful patterns from the data, and applying modelling tools to help businesses and government organisations make better decisions.

This Summer School will begin with introductory lectures, workshops and practical sessions intended to provide a basic understanding of programming languages (Python, R and C) and elementary statistical data analysis methods. These activities will provide a grounding for subsequent more advanced topics in data analysis and computing later in the School. The focus will be on practical applications of the various techniques described, showcases by examples from the world-leading research carried out in the School of Physics and Astronomy on data obtained from astronomical satellites such as Planck and Herschel as well as gravitational wave research.

The high-performance computing component of the Summer School will look at important distinctions between shared and distributed memory models, and between data and task-based parallelism, and teach you how to write simple parallel applications. The focus will mainly be on the practical issues of programming modern parallel computers using OpenMP, MPI, and CUDA.

To make sure you benefit from this Summer School, we suggest that applicants are familiar with the C programming language, R and Python. However, if you are unfamiliar with these languages, but still wish to participate in the course, we can also provide you with tutorial material in advance of the summer school. Although it would be beneficial, no advanced expertise in programming or in statistics is required.

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis on PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this itinerary is not final and is subject to change.

Saturday 20 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Monday 22 July 2019Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 23 July 2019Lecture: Crash course in Python and introduction to data analysis
 
Practical session: Python
 
Problem-solving informal assessment
Wednesday 24 July 2019

Lecture: Introductory Data Analysis (formatting, processing)

Practical Session: Gravitational Waves

Key-note lecture on Gravitational waves

Tour: Astronomical Instrumentation (detectors)

Thursday 25 July 2019

Lecture: Multivariate regression models

Laboratory Session

Friday 26 July 2019

Lecture:  Data mining, classification and clustering

Laboratory Session

Industrial visit

Saturday 27 July 2019Field trips and free time
Sunday 28 July 2019Field trips and free time
Monday 29 July 2019

Lecture: Machine learning and deep learning

Laboratory Session

Tuesday 30 July 2019

Lecture: Examples of parallelism; shared and distributed memory architectures

Industrial visit

Lecture: Programming with OpenMP 4.0

Laboratory Session

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Lecture: Introduction to message passing and the MPI programming model

Laboratory Session

Thursday 1 August 2019

Lecture: Programming with GPUs

Laboratory Session

Friday 2 August 2019

Assessment Day

Final Gala Ceremony

Saturday 3 August 2019Departure from Cardiff (drop off to Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 20 July, drop off is 3 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

This course has now closed for 2019 entry. Please contact PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk for further enquiries.

As the home of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute, the School of Chemistry is a world leader in the teaching and research of catalysis.

Our faculty includes renowned academics specialising in all areas of catalysis. This summer school will give you an insight into the cutting-edge of research on this all-important chemical process.

Our research is focused on finding solutions to current real-world problems, as well as improving catalytic processes already in use. This approach forms the basis of the Catalysts in Chemistry Summer School, which provides a thorough grounding in both theory and practical skills.

In keeping with our varied research, the course content explores the varied presence and application in the chemistry of the differing types of catalyst and catalytic applications. Ranging from organic, inorganic, spectroscopic and theoretical chemistry, you will gain a thorough understanding of the integral role catalysts play in chemistry.

Teaching will include hands-on sessions covering organic synthesis, molecular modelling, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, spectroscopy, dynamics and characterisation.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this itinerary is not final and is subject to change.

Saturday 20 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Monday 22 July 2019Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 23 July 2019Molecular synthesis - Session 1: Oxidation of limonene
Computational chemistry
Wednesday 24 July 2019Materials and energy
Industrial visit
Thursday 25 July 2019Developing catalysts for a sustainable future
Lectures
Friday 26 July 2019Spectroscopy and dynamics
Saturday 27 July 2019Field trips and free time
Sunday 28 July 2019Field trips and free time
Monday 29 July 2019Catalysis and interfacial science Cardiff Catalysis Institute
Lectures
Tuesday 30 July 2019Biological chemistry
Lectures
Industrial visit
Wednesday 31 July 2019Characterissation of catalysis
Lectures
Industrial visit
Thursday 1 August 2019Inorganic synthesis
Friday 2 August 2019Presentations and final assessment
Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 3 August 2019Departure from Cardiff (Drop off at Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is  £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast & lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 20 July, drop off is on 3 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

This course has now closed for 2019 entry. Please contact PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk for further enquiries.

Taught by experts in different aspects of security and privacy, this course identifies key challenges in designing and implementing secure systems.

The programme also illustrates challenges in realising information and systems security in a variety of different applications areas, ranging from Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Industrial Control Systems (eg SCADA systems) and Financial Services.

Cybersecurity has emerged as a key challenge in realising practical computer systems, with the number of threats increasing on a daily basis. As our society becomes more “connected”, the potential attack surface available to cybercriminals (who can have varying levels of sophistication) increases. With the internet of things and increasing reliance on electronic services, it is essential that both end users and software developers become more aware of the potential impact of cyberthreats, and mechanisms to manage these at both design and implementation stages (for software developers).

Data privacy and increasing awareness of how organisations use data of net-citizens has become an important concern. With the increase of social media platforms (such as Facebook) and externally hosted cloud services (such as DropBox), individuals have limited ability to manage their on-line “personas”. Understanding what data is shared and how remains a challenge, with recent legislation such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gaining significance in Europe for supporting data sharing relationships between Business-2-Consumer (B2C) platforms.

This programme is closely aligned with our MSc programme with the same title, and intended to provide a “taster” of this MSc (shaped with input from large and small corporations via our industry advisory board). This course provides coverage of a number of themes in cybersecurity, such as: secure application development, network security, malware analysis, security operations and digital forensics. Students are also provided case studies that demonstrate approaches to risk management in on-line business.

Students attending this programme are expected to have a good overall understanding of computer architecture and network systems. There will be some content that also makes use of mathematical techniques (in the coverage of cryptographic techniques, for instance). Some familiarity is also expected with Python and/or Java. However, if you are unfamiliar with these languages, but still wish to participate on the course, we can also provide you with tutorial material in advance of the summer school. Although it would be beneficial, no advanced expertise in programming or mathematics is required.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 20 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (Pickup from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Monday 22 July 2019Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 23 July 2019Lecture: Security techniques 
 
Practical session: Network tools

Problem-solving Informal Assessment
Wednesday 24 July 2019Lecture: Security forensics 
 
Practical session: Practical tools on forensics

Use of forensic techniques 

Forensics case study and presentations (in groups)
Thursday 25 July 2019Lecture: Malware and social media 
 
Lecture: Using the Twitter API

Laboratory session: Using Twitter
Friday 26 July 2019Lecture: Cloud and Edge security

Case study: Cloud security

Industrial visit
Saturday 27 July 2019Field trips and free time
Sunday 28 July 2019Field trips and free time
Monday 29 July 2019Lecture: Security analytics 1 
 
Lecture: Security analytics 2 

Laboratory session
Tuesday 30 July 2019Lecture: Generating attack patterns 

Industrial visit

Lecture: Markov analysis for security 

Laboratory session
  
Wednesday 31 July 2019Lecture x2: Impact of security on business continuity
 
Group project
Thursday 1 August 2019Lecture: Security of internet things 

Lecture: Security of IoT 
 
Laboratory session
Friday 2 August 2019Final assessment day

Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 3 August 2019Departure from Cardiff (Drop off to Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 20 July, drop off is on 3 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis on PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk.

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

This course has now closed for 2019 entry. Please contact PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk for further enquiries.

International summer school 2019

Our Electronic Engineering Summer School offers advanced undergraduates and recent graduates the opportunity to develop their knowledge of electronic engineering and gain first-hand experience of laboratory work and industrial application.

You will be able to work with world-leading research and academic staff from in the School of Engineering's high-quality facilities, located in the multi-million-pound Queen’s Buildings complex.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in a workshop with National Instruments, the global leader in test, measurement and control solutions.

In addition to a fantastic learning experience, our Summer School includes accommodation in the centre of the city, two cultural trips in cities across the UK and entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. Our Summer School will give you the chance to immerse yourself in the British culture and travel the UK with new friends from all across the world.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this itinerary is not final and is subject to change.

DayActivity
Day 1 - Saturday 20 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Day 2 - Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Day 3 - Monday 22 July 2019Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Day 4 - Tuesday 23 July 2019Lecture: What are mobile communications?
Build a freestanding mobile system transmitter tower
Laboratory session
Day 5 - Wednesday 24 July 2019Lecture: Interdisciplinary uses of microwave sensors and actuators
Lecture: Radio communication, modulation and detection
Laboratory sessions
Day 6 - Thursday 25 July 2019Lecture: Mobile base station power amplifiers
Laboratory sessions
Day 7 - Friday 26 July 2019Lecture: Information theory, encoding and networks
Laboratory sessions
Day 8 - Saturday 27 July 2019Field trips and free time
Day 9 - Sunday 28 July 2019Field trips and free time
Day 10 - Monday 29 July 2019Lecture: The development of active harmonic load-pull and the development of RFPAs
Laboratory sessions
Day 11 - Tuesday 30 July 2019Industrial site visit
Day 12 - Wednesday 31 July 2019Lecture: RF I-V waveform measurement and engineering
Tour of School research laboratories
Free time and social event
Day 13 - Thursday 1 August 2019Hands-on laboratory with National Instruments
Day 14 - Friday 2 August 2019Lecture: Final assessment day
Final Gala Ceremony
Day 15 - Saturday 3 August 2019Departure from Cardiff (Drop off at Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 20 July, drop off is on 3 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

This course has now closed for 2019 entry. Please contact PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk for further enquiries.

International Summer School 2019

Zero Carbon Housing: Designing Sustainable Places to Live.

Exploring the role of zero carbon housing in responding to the global challenges associated with designing sustainable places for living.

Our Low Carbon Architecture Summer School gives you a comprehensive overview of the key themes and theories around sustainability and their relevance to the global housing challenge.

Zero carbon housing lies at the heart of current responses to sustainability in the residential sector. However, in order to respond to the wider sustainable development agenda, we need to look beyond current policy and think holistically. This summer school will equip you with a broad understanding of this design theme in terms of social environmental and economic perspectives.

You will have the opportunity to learn from industry and academic experts in the field and practice a range of design skills as part of this Summer School, including working effectively in a small group environment and solving problems using an integrated, multidisciplinary approach.

Design challenges

The Summer School offers short ‘Design Challenges’ related to our MSc programmes. These are designed to be fun, interactive and informative – leaving you better informed about how we will go about designing our future built environment.

The choice of challenges this year covers:

  • parametric design
  • redesign of existing buildings
  • towards zero carbon skyscrapers
  • building openings and energy efficiency
  • retrofitting historic buildings
  • design and landscape for zero carbon detached houses.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this itinerary is not final and is subject to change.

Saturday 20 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Monday 22 July 2019Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 23 July 2019Induction to the Welsh School of Architecture

Introduction to zero carbon housing: Designing sustainable places to live
Wednesday 24 July 2019Lectures from visiting experts

Study visit: Solcer House
Thursday 25 July 2019Study visit: BRE Innovation Park
Friday 26 July 2019Introduction to PG study at the school and themes for the design challenge

Study visit: St Fagans
Saturday 27 July 2019Field trips and free time
Sunday 28 July 2019Field trips and free time
Monday 29 July 2019Introduction to design challenges

Design challenge: Tutorials and group working
Tuesday 30 July 2019Study visit: Theme-specific trip
Wednesday 31 July 2019Design challenge: Tutorials and group working

Design challenge: Interim presentations
Thursday 1 August 2019Design challenge: Tutorials and group working
Friday 2 August 2019Design challenge: Final assessment day

Final gala ceremony
Saturday 3 August 2019Departure from Cardiff (Drop off at Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 20 July, drop off is 3 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

This course has now closed for 2019 entry. Please contact PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk for further enquiries.

Our summer school offers advanced undergraduates and recent graduates the opportunity to develop their knowledge of advanced robotics and manufacturing informatics and gain first-hand experience of laboratory work and industrial application.

You will be able to work with world-leading research and academic staff from in the School of Engineering's high-quality facilities, located in the multi-million-pound Queen’s Buildings complex.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in a workshop using advanced state-of-the-art robotic facilities to gain hands-on experience in robot control using ROS (Robot Operating Systems) and obtain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience of harnessing advanced data analytics in manufacturing informatics.

In addition to a fantastic learning experience, our Robotics and Manufacturing Informatics Summer School includes accommodation in the centre of the city, two cultural trips in cities across the UK and entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. Our Summer School will give you the chance to immerse yourself in the British culture and travel around the UK with new friends from all across the world.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 20 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Monday 22 July 2019Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 23 July 2019Lecture: What are mobile robots and ROS?
 
Build a simple ROS node in simulator
 
Laboratory session
Wednesday 24 July 2019Tutorial: ROS - 1

Lecture: Laser based Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM)
 
Laboratory sessions
Thursday 25 July 2019Tutorial: ROS - 2
 
Lecture: Path Planning and Reactive Behaviors

Laboratory sessions
Friday 26 July 2019Tutorial: ROS - 3

Lecture: Design a State Machine

Laboratory sessions
Saturday 27 July 2019Field trips and free time
Sunday 28 July 2019Field trips and free time
Monday 29 July 2019Lecture: Manufacturing Informatics - the state-of-the-art
 
Tutorial 1 and Mini-KDD Cup
Tuesday 30 July 2019Industrial site visit
Wednesday 31 July 2019Lecture: Industry 4.0 and Advanced Data Analytics
 
Tour of School research laboratories

Tutorial 2 and Mini-KDD Cup
Thursday 1 August 2019Mini-KDD Cup and presentation
Friday 2 August 2019Final assessment day

Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 3 August 2019Departure from Cardiff (Drop off to Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 20 July, drop off is on 3 August) and excursions organised by the University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

This course has now closed for 2019 entry. Please contact PSE-ISS@cardiff.ac.uk for further enquiries.

International summer school 2019

Our summer school in civil engineering provides a taste of our highly respected architectural, environmental and civil engineering degree programmes.

The programme addresses contemporary issues in designing and working with structures and the built and natural environments, in both national and international contexts.

Teaching will be delivered on the course through a mixture of keynote lectures, practical activities and site visits. You will have the opportunity to work with world-leading staff from the School of Engineering, as well as figures from industry.

Scheduled free time will allow participants to explore Cardiff and its vibrant culture, providing an experience of life in the UK.The content of the course will help you to develop a sophisticated understanding of the role of engineers in designing, constructing and maintaining the physical environment, including buildings and structures, water supply, flood alleviation, and geotechnical and environmental issues.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change.

Saturday 20 July 2019Arrival in Cardiff (Pickup from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 21 July 2019Social event
Monday 22 July 2019Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
Tuesday 23 July 2019Lecture: Self-healing concrete
 
Site tour
 
Practical: Concrete mix design and beam fabrication 
Wednesday 24 July 2019Lecture: Design issues with mega-tall structures
 
Design Challenge: Design, make and test challenge
Thursday 25 July 2019Practical: Light structures
 
Practical: Materials

Soils laboratory
Friday 26 July 2019Industrial site visits
Saturday 27 July 2019Field trips and free time
Sunday 28 July 2019Field trips and free time
Monday 29 July 2019Lecture: Water engineering - future challenges
 
Practical: Fluid Mechanics
Tuesday 30 July 2019Lecture: Structural engineering

Structures lab

Practical: Concrete testing and feedback
Wednesday 31 July 2019Lecture: Environmental Engineering
 
Practical: Environmental laboratory
Thursday 1 August 2019Lecture: Building Information Modelling (BIM) and applications
 
Design challenge testing (including presentation)
Friday 2 August 2019Final assessment day

Final Gala Ceremony
Saturday 3 August 2019Departure from Cardiff (Drop off to Heathrow provided)

Costs

The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on 20 July, drop off is on 3 August) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Contact us

If you have any questions or for more information, please email pse-iss@cardiff.ac.uk.

Issy Pritchard

Cardiff has given me the opportunity to thrive in my field of study with support from world-renowned experts. Being someone who loves to hike, sail, camp and explore the outdoors, I am thankful that Cardiff has allowed me to complete my degree and maintain an active lifestyle.

Issy Pritchard, 3rd year Cardiff University student and Summer School Student Ambassador

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact the College Summer Schools Team:

Physical Sciences and Engineering International Summer School