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School of Computer Science

Weekly Newsletter

12th June 2006


News from HoS

This Week

School Events

External Events

Funding Opps

Prize & Award Opps

Research Awards

Staff News




Newsletter Archive

School Strategy

School Intranet

School Seminars

ESNW Seminars

NaCTeM Seminars


News from Head of School

Chair Interviews

Last week was very productive in terms of strengthening the School, with interviews for an array of impressive candidates for both the EPSRC-funded Chair in Computational Systems Biology and the Chair in Computer Engineering, funded from the UoM Strategic Initiative in Research Fund (SIRF).  An initial offer has been made to two very strong candidates, and we are hopeful that we will be able to bring the two individuals to Manchester; if we can, they will certainly make a difference.

APT Career Development Fellowship interviews

There will be more recruitment activity this week with presentations and interviews for the SIRF-funded APT Career Development Fellowship.  The details of the talks are below, and I encourage as many of you as possible to attend.

UCU Action

As you all know, the UCU has suspended its action short of a strike, pending a ballot of members.  Although this is good news for our current cohort of students, I appreciate that many staff view the terms of the proposed settlement with some dismay; I recognise there is every possibility that the dispute will resume in a few weeks time.  In the meantime, Graham Gough and his team are managing the difficult balance between doing the best that is possible for our students (particularly mindful of the approaching degree day), whilst avoiding unreasonable pressure falling on individuals – be they academic or support staff.  Most of you will have seen from Graham’s detailed messages that the plan is to minimise pressure by concentrating on third and fourth year results at the Internal and External Examiners’ Meetings on 16 June and 20 June, respectively, putting arrangements in place to amend provisional results if additional marks become available, right up to the deadline for finalising degree classifications in advance of the degree ceremony.  An additional Examiners’ Meeting has been arranged for 3 July, to deal with first and second year marks, and to resolve any remaining issues with final year results.  As always, the professionalism and constructive approach of CS staff, under difficult circumstances, have been outstanding.

Teaching and Learning Innovation Grant

Congratulations to Pete Jinks, Graham Gough and Steve Pettifer who have been awarded £10k from the Faculty Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund. The grant is for e-learning support of the new 1st Year undergraduate groupwork project.


Events this Week                                                               top

APT Career Development Fellowship  New                                                  12 June

FPGAs for high performance computing in astronomy

Dr. Alastair Basden, Department of Physics, Durham University

1400, Atlas 1

APT Career Development Fellowship  New                                                  12 June

Runtime Speculative Parallelization

Dr Mikel Lujan Moreno, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, CA, USA

1615, Atlas 1

Regular Seminar Series

See links in contents bar for information on seminar series organised by the School of CS, E-Science North West and National Centre for Text Mining.


Future School Events                                                        top

UG Exam Boards                                                                  14, 16 & 20 Jun, 3 Jul 06

Wed 14 Jun: UG Special Circumstances Committee.

Fri 16 Jun: UG Internal Exam Board (3rd & 4th years only)

Tue 20 Jun: UG External Exam Board (3rd & 4th years only)

Mon 3 Jul: UG Internal Exam Board (1st & 2nd years + remaining 3rd & 4th  year)

Requirements and Technologies for Provenance                                  22 Jun 06

ENSW technical meeting.  Volunteers required to give 10-15 min presentations.

1400 – 1700, ESNW Access Grid room, adjacent to 1.17 Kilburn

Email Dean Kuo or visit wiki

Research Retreat                                                                                     29 - 30 Jun 06

Palace Hotel, Buxton

Programme under development, input welcomed (email Ursula)

School UG Graduation Party                                                                            5 Jul 06

We will be celebrating the graduation of our UG students

1430 – 1530, prize-giving 1445, graduation ceremony 1645.

School BBQ                                                                                                        14 Jul 06

Details to follow


Future External Events                                                      top

Brouwer and the Development of his Foundational Views                  13 Jun 06 

Prof Dirk van Dalen (Utrecht)

A guided tour through the highlights of Brouwer's intuitionism(!)

1400, G17 Newman Building

EPSRC Regional Academic Seminars                                                       14 Jun 06

14 June 2006 Manchester: Manchester Conference Centre (register by 2nd June)

More Information

Microsoft Invites you on a Deep Dive!                                               27 – 29 Jun 06

The UK Academia Team is partnering with DevelopMentor, to host an intense, hands-on technical event for academics in June 2006.

More Information & Registration

CLASS (Clerical and Secretarial Support) Network:                               30 Jul 06

One Day Conference giving staff the opportunity to attend a range of personal and professional development sessions and the chance to network with colleagues from across the University. 

More details and Registration

Interdisciplinary Summer School on Complex Systems             20 – 29 Aug 06

From Individual to Collective Behaviour in Large-Scale Complex Systems

Organised by the Schools of Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics

St. Martin's College, Ambleside.

More Information

Lunchtime Yoga Classes – Karon Mee                                                   Every Tues

1200 – 1300 Tues, Staff House

UMSA members £1.50; non-UMSA £2.00 per class


Funding Opportunities                                                       top

RAEng Industrial Secondment Scheme                                                            Open

An opportunity for university lecturers in engineering to gain state-of-the-art industrial experience.

More Information

BBSRC International Scientific Interchange Scheme (ISIS)                         Open

To help scientists make and establish new contacts with their international counterparts.

More Information

RAEng Global Research Awards                                                                        Open

Projects in centres of excellence overseas focussing on stimulating wealth creation and improvements in the quality of life.

More Information

BBSRC Research Equipment Initiative (REI) 2006                                 28 Jun 06

For the purchase of mid-range multi-user, multi-project equipment.

More Information

EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowships                                                              26 Sep 06

For talented young researchers, shortly or immediately after completing a PhD.

More Information

Royal Society Research Grants New                                                            1 Nov 06

Seed corn funding for new projects of timeliness and promise initiated by research scientists at an early stage of their career or by established scientists wishing to change the direction of their research.  The objectives of the scheme are to increase the availability of equipment and consumables for high quality research.

More Information


Prize and Award Opportunities                                          top

We have acknowledged the need to raise the profile of the School both nationally and internationally.  Nominating individuals for awards, and working actively with others to ensure that deserving individuals are nominated is one way of doing that.

Microsoft European Science Award                                                          31 May 06

For a major contribution to the advancement of science through the use of computational methods.  More Information

The IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal                                                           1 Jul 06

For exceptional contributions to information sciences, systems and technology.

More Information

The IEEE John von Neumann Medal                                                             1 Jul 06

For outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology.

More Information


Research Awards                                                               top


None this week


Staff News                                                                           top

Awards and Promotions

None this week

Academic Arrivals

None this week

Academic Departures

None this week

Research Arrivals

None this week

Research Departures

None this week

Administrative Arrivals

None this week

Administrative Departures

None this week

Sabbatical Leave

Andrei Voronkov: Microsoft Research, Redmond USA
Aug 05 – Aug 06.

Ian Horrocks: University of Bozen-Bolzano, Bell Labs, and Stanford University
Feb 06 – Sep 06.

Peter Aczel: Nijmegen University, and Maths Institute at the University of Munich
Jan 06 – Sep 06.

Alasdair Rawsthorne: 80% secondment to Transitive Technologies
Oct 05 – Sep 06.

Alvaro Fernandes: IBM Almaden Research Centre US
Jul – Dec 06.


Vacancies                                                                            top

Academic Staff


Research Staff

Research Associate – BHIG – Sealife Project New

More Information

Academic-Related Staff

Manchester Centre for MesoScience and NanoTechnology:

Senior Experimental Officer and Technical Director

More Information


Bioinformatics Curator – myGrid Project New

More Information

Administrative Staff