Posts tagged: Professor Andy Miah

eSports Symposium – The Digital Cluster

eSports Symposium 2016Last week our Media City UK campus hosted a one-day symposium on eSports – a £0.5bn industry which is growing all the time.

With a global audience of 226 million last year, eSports is big business with people tuning in to watch others play games including Call of Duty, League of Legends, Counter-Strike and Starcraft II.

The event was supported by a Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) bid and is a great example of ICZs in action. Combining both sport and digital, it was organised in collaboration with industry partners and engaged Salford academics, along with leading industry figures from a number of different sectors.

The symposium, organised by The Digital Cluster (part of CARe) and the Centre for Sports Business, was very well attended with over 70 people present. Delegates ranged from top academics from across the UK to professionals from top football clubs and video game companies.

The programme on the day featured a panel discussion on the future of sport with profs. Garry Crawford and Andy Miah from the University of Salford and Trevor Keane from Celtic eSports League, as well as a keynote presentation on the development of eSports with Chester King, CEO of International eGames Group.

Prof Garry Crawford, who led the event, said: “eSports is a rapidly growing global phenomenon, but in many respects both industry and academics are still only starting to get to grips with the possibilities and opportunities this exciting new area offers.

“This conference was a key opportunity to engage academics and industry experts in discussing and envisaging the future of eSports, and also how this intersects with, and relates to, more traditional sports, such as football in the UK.”


What will it be like to live with robots?

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This year the government is running an inquiry into the emergence of artificially intelligent robots – but what will life be like when they are among us? This fun day-long workshop with leading robotics experts invites you to come as a family and help us understand your worries and your hopes for this imminent future.

Together, we will build robots from Lego which will give you a glimpse of the possibilities, and you will be asked to discuss together how you feel about this future. Help the University of Salford’s research team, led by Professor Andy Miah, understand what is at stake in a future where robots live among us. Participants are invited to come to this event as families, to create a hands-on conversation about the future of artificial intelligence, robotics, and to consider what these technologies mean for our future.

Using Lego, along with interactive activities and talks, participants will discuss the kinds of societies they imagine and the ethical, legal and social issues they present for humanity. It will be suitable for children from the age of five upwards. This event is for families. Upon registering please tell us how many adults and children will come in your group, along with the ages of your children. This information will help us plan for the event, and will not be used in any other way.

Please note, this event is for families, we want to have a cross-generational conversation and so parents/guardians coming with their children is who we wish to reach. Please only book, if you are able to do this, thank you.

Date/Time
12 November 2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location
HOME
2 Tony Wilson Place, First St
Manchester
M15 4FN

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-will-it-be-like-to-live-with-robots-tickets-28600027452

For further information, please contact Andy Miah (a.miah@salford.ac.uk)


eSports and the Future of Sport Symposium

esports handsetThe University of Salford Centre for Sports Business, in collaboration with The Digital Cluster (part of CARe), and World Gaming Executives is hosting a one-day symposium on the 2nd November 2016 at the University of Salford at MediaCityUK on eSports and the Future of Sport.

This event will include talks by leading academics in the field, and those working in the management and provision of eSports. This will explore the rapidly developing business of eSports, and consider its relationship and synergies with the changing nature of more traditional sports.

The event is free and open to anyone interested eSports, the business of digital gaming, digital media, or the changing nature of professional sports.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof. Garry Crawford, University of Salford
  • Prof. Andy Miah, University of Salford
  • Chester King, CEO International eGames Group
  • Trevor Keane, Celtic eSports League
  • Andrew Nixon, Sheridans (Media Law)
  • Dr Mark Johnson & Dr Jamie Woodcock, York Digital Hub
  • Carleigh Morgan, Kings College London
  • Dominic Sacco, British eSports Association
  • Malph Minns, Strive Sponsorship

Book Tickets Here

For more information contact: Professor Garry Crawford: g.crawford@salford.ac.uk.

Follow Professor Crawford on Twitter https://twitter.com/CultSociologist