Archive for February, 2012

Computer Engineering Systems

February 15, 2012

Many of the advances this century have relied on engineers, whose skills can encompass many areas, from the programming of smart devices to that can control systems in a variety of ways. For example modern cars may now have separate computer control systems that have been programmed to monitor both engine speed, fuel consumption and the input from the driver. These systems communicate over a network in order to achieve optimal engine efficiency with engine performance. This is true now for many industrial systems that require communication between many devices in order to for these complex systems to work. The need to understand both hardware and software design of these systems is vital, as well as the need to integrate distributed systems using networking is also a vital skill. The understanding of electronics required in order to control these electrical systems, is also a necessity in order to control motors, monitor sensors and communicate system parameters via a network.

This course has been designed for such engineers in mind. There are three clear themes of software design hardware applications and networking in order to achieve this level of subject integration


CTC Bike Ride

February 7, 2012


To enjoy ourselves, the beautiful countryside and appreciate the different cultures of the different regions.


From Workington to Tynemouth


Day 1

Train from Leeds to Carlise then Carlisle to Workington

05:29 Leeds [LDS] Platform 5A Workington [WKG] 09:31 4h 02m More details on the 05:29 service from Leeds to Workington

cheapest fare

Single Fare


 Cycle 31 miles to Youth Hostel in Keswick , stay the night there, lovely town, much culture

Day 2

Cycle 45 miles from Keswick to Alston ( up hill to highest market town in England), stay the night there, at the Youth Hostel, great little town, much culture.

Day 3

Cycle 64 miles from Alston to Tynemouth (mostly down hill !), stay the night at daughters flat in Newcastle, celebrate at Crown Passada.

Day 4

Train, Newcastle to Leeds.

10:17 Newcastle [NCL] Platform 5 Leeds [LDS] Platform 16A 11:52 1h 35m 0 More details on the 10:17 service from Newcastle to Leeds

cheapest fare

Single Fare

£16.00 Advance More fares


Train to Workington very expensive, suggest alternative from Alston??

Progressive distances, first 2 days are toughish, many hills. Final day, long but easier going.

Train home much cheaper, but will have to book bikes on, with Cross Country Trains

Suggestions? Comments?