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July 2017

Transport Research Workshop

July 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lanchester Library, Coventry University, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5DD United Kingdom
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This three part workshop will explore Crowd and citizen driven solutions for transport and mobility, bringing together Coventry University and Coventry City Council to discuss new and existing projects and initiatives being developed locally.
DMLL – Current outcomes from the Crowd4Roads project
Coventry City Council  – This talk will concentrate on current needs and focus on transport in the city and existing initiatives
Centre for Mobility and Transport – initiatives in the domain from the perspectives of the transport and mobility

Dr Sylvester Arnab
Smart sensing, gamification and our roads
The C4Rs journey This talk will discuss the Crowd4Roads ( project, which is an innovative initiative combining smart sensing, ride sharing and gamification applications to harness collective intelligence for providing open data towards boosting traffic conditions on the continent. Crowd4Roads (C4Rs) stands for Crowd Sensing and Ride Sharing for Road Sustainability and it has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The goal of the project is to engage the general public, i.e. car drivers and passengers, in making road transport more sustainable by exploiting SmartRoadSense, a crowd sensing system that exploits smartphones to collect accurate data on road conditions, and increasing crowd participation in the initiative via gamified interfaces

Dr Sylvester Arnab

Reader in Game Science
Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL), Coventry University, UK

Dr. Sylvester Arnab is a Reader in Game Science at Coventry University, co-leading research at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab (DMLL). With more than 10 years research experience in simulation, serious games and gamification combined, his research interests include gameful, playful and persuasive designs that transform ordinary tasks into extraordinary experiences. Sylvester is currently coordinating projects funded by the EU Commission, HEFCE and NEWTON, such as the Horizon 2020 BEACONING project, HEFCE GameChangers and NEWTON CreativeCulture. He is also leading DMLL’s contribution to the H2020 C4Rs project. He currently has over 80 publications and has a portfolio with a total value of in excess of £7 million research funding. He is consistently ranked in the top 10 of the Gamification Guru Power 100 (Rise.Global). He delivers regular keynotes at national and international events related to serious games, gamification and technology-enhanced learning.


Sunil Budhdeo – Transport Innovation Manager     
Coventry City Council

Innovation in Traffic Management
This talk will cover various projects relating to Innovation in traffic management that Coventry University are currently involved including:

  • Driverless Cards
  • Intelligent Route and Speed Guidance System
  • Intelligent Guidance to Parking and Disabled Bays
  • Integrated Transport assisting people with disabilities

Sunil Budhdeo      
Sunil has over 35 years’ experience in the Traffic, Transport and ITS Industry. He joined GEC Traffic as an Installation Engineer and after several years of working within Industry, he joined Leicester City Council as a technician.

Sunil went on to join Coventry City council in 2010 as UTMC Manager, responsible for the UTMC , Highway Network Development team and Managing the Response and Monitoring section.
Current projects  are, iVMS,UK CITE, UK Autodrive,CATCH!, HoPE, Appy Parking these range from range from Autonomous vehicle, connected vehicles, and live data from the UTC system.

Now a Board member of the UTMC major schema, Chair of UTMC Standard and specification committee and the Siemens user group, Sunil still has the desire to be innovative and set a high standard within the Industry.

To register contact Deb James –

LEGO Bento goes to Coventry University London Campus

July 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

On Wednesday the 5th of July 2017, Dr. Alan Richards and Oliver Wood will be traveling to Coventry University London Campus to deliver a LEGO Bento staff training session. The session will provide staff with the knowledge and tools to deploy LEGO as a Beyond Flipped teaching resource to students from a range of disciplines.

The session will comprise of an overview of LEGO Serious Play, the LEGO-A-GO-GO methodology, and the pedagogical underpinning of the tool. This will be followed by a light lunch, before an afternoon workshop to design a LEGO session to deploy to students based around and Intended Learning Outcome. The workshop will be a hands on activity, as well as an excellent networking opportunity.

Code Club meetup and Lego-A-GO-GO workshop

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We’re excited to host and partner for the the next Code Club community meet up!

What: Code Club meetup and Lego-A-GO-GO workshop

Where: DMLL Open Cafe

When: 13th July 18:00 – 20:30


About Code Club

Code Club is a UK wide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. Our aim is to inspire the next generation to get excited about computer science and digital making. To do this, we support a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for children aged 9-11 to build and share their ideas, learning along the way.

We have loads of schools, libraries and other venues across Coventry and beyond looking for volunteers now to start their clubs.

Event Format:

  • demos from Code Club hosts and volunteers
  • lowdown on what’s new and happening across the world of Code Club and the Raspberry Pi Foundation
  • LEGO-A-GO-GO workshop
  • guest speakers sharing their knowledge, insight and expertise
  • opportunities to network 

LEGO-A-GO-GO is an interactive and engaging Beyond Flipped method for problem solving; regardless of discipline, learning level, or topic area. Application of the method results in a rich environment that facilitates a deep learning experience.

Utilising the L·E·A·R·N framework, LEGO-A-GO-GO creates a learning model that delivers quality by placing the student at the centre of the learning experience.

If you would like to register for this event please sign up here



Lego-A-Go-Go Training Workshop

July 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Lanchester Library, Coventry University, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5DD United Kingdom
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The next staff training session for using Lego in Higher Education will be taking place soon!


When: Tuesday 18th July 2017
Where: DMLL Teaching Room

To sign up for the event please visit the academic development portal and search for ‘LEGO‘. Please note that places are limited and will be provided on a first come first serve basis. You can find out more about Lego-A-Go-Go at

You will explore the theory of Lego Serious Play and how this can be distilled into a Higher Education environment before developing your own Lego session for use with students. All you need to bring is an Intended Learning Outcome!

For more information please contact Alan Richards (



August 2017

Game Changers goes to Malaysia

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August 4 - August 8
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak,
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From the 4th to the 18th of August 2017, the Game Changers programme will be taking another road trip. The destination? Malaysia.

As part of the CreativeCulture (NEWTON) project, Sylvester Arnab, Luca Morini, and Jayne Beaufoy will be travelling to Malaysia in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. The road trip will explore the impact of arts, design and culture in enhancing creative thinking and development in education. 

You can read more about the trip here.

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