ATSiP Annual Conference – Swansea University 2010

ATSiP 25th Annual Conference
Swansea University

7th – 9th July 2010

ATSIP Swansea Report 2010

This year’s ATSiP Conference was another glowing success I am pleased to report!

Conference 2010, if you were not there was at Swansea University on the outskirts of Swansea City centre itself.

Based on a purpose-built campus, the University has a number of impressive facilities, from Singleton Abbey, a 19th Century mansion house, Taliesin Theatre to the latest purpose-built academic and on-campus accommodation facilities which provided the majority of conference delegates (other than the locals) with particularly comfortable accommodation.

The campus overlooks the wonderful Swansea Bay, with nearby Mumbles, and the marina at opposite ends of the Bay, being particularly attractive features.

Both locations provided venues for the two Conference evening meals, which again, were particularly enjoyable!

For those attending, the conference itself provided clearly targeted and particularly relevant talks given the professional background of those attending.

These included ‘high performance computing’ to greatly enhance large dataset analysis, the ‘implementation of Neural Networks through connectionist / memory modelling’, using the programming language ‘PHP to construct more methodologically sound’ online questionnaires, and, a Biopac training session given by Robert Jones of Linton Instruments who are UK distributors of this equipment found in many psychology departments. Pete Beaman reported on a HEaTED Conference and Noel Taylor led a discussion on The Changing Role of Technicians and added an original musical flavour.

  • Dr Rob Lowe
    Implementing Neural Networks
  • Professor Paul Bennett
    Work Stress: Myth or Reality?
  • Noel Taylor
    The Changing Role of Technicians
  • Andrew Thomas
    Utilising PHP for Psychology Experiments

Discussion points were also prompted by issues such as:

‘the changing role of technicians’, ‘mentoring of HE staff’

and of course by the ATSiP AGM itself.

Thus, ATSiP members are already eagerly relishing the prospect of next year’s conference which it is hoped will be held at Oxford Brookes for the first time.

Regards – Neil Meikle


receives the first


memorial prize and trophy

from Pete Beaman at Swansea 2010.

Neil gave a talk on ‘High Performance Computing’