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School of Computer Science

Weekly Newsletter

19th 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

Undergraduate Open Day – Sat 24th June

The first Undergraduate Open Day for 2006 is fast approaching.  I am extremely grateful to those of you who have offered to help, but more academic staff are still needed if the event is to be a success.  The School has two 90 minute slots 1130-1300 and 1300-1430.  Each slot involves a 30 minute presentation on the attractions of studying here, a tour, demos, and a 'meet & greet' session, where prospective students and their parents can meet staff and existing students informally. So far we have volunteers for the demos but we still need to staff the presentations and meet & greet sessions.  I am conscious that I am asking for volunteers at what is already a very busy time of year when many of you are already feeling overburdened, but the effect of falling undergraduate entries on the School budget is a major concern.  It is important that we all make the most of every opportunity to turn things around by attracting prospective students.  If you are able to help out anytime between 1000 – 1600 on Saturday 24th June please contact Sophia or Bernard in the External Affairs Office.

End of Year Results

Many thanks to all of you who worked so hard to enable us to hold the internal examiners meeting for final year students on Friday. It was a major achievement to meet the original deadline, in spite of all the difficulties.  I know that the major load fell on a small number of individuals, to whom we are all grateful.  It looks as though we will be able to reach robust decisions for most, if not all, final year students at the External Examiners’ Meeting tomorrow (1400, Tuesday 20th June).  We are particularly grateful to those of you who are still working hard to finalise as many of the marks as possible – particularly to 3rd Year Lab Organisers.

Career Development Fellowship

The recent flurry of recruitment activity comes to an end this week with presentations and interviews for a Career Development Fellowship funded by the School.  The details of the talks are below, and I encourage as many of you as possible to attend.

New Arrival

Congratualtions to Duressa Kenbata on the arrival of a baby girl – Tigist Catherine. Congratulations to the proud parents and welcome to Tigist.


Events this Week                                                               top

UG Exam Boards                                                                                             20 Jun 06

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

Career Development Fellowship New                                                         21 Jun 06

Statistical learning with general proximity measures

Dr Elzbieta Pekalska - Delft University of Technology, Netherlands & School of Computer Science, University of Manchester

1615, Atlas 1

Career Development Fellowship New                                                         22 Jun 06

Archiving Procedures in Multiobjective Optimization

Joshua Knowles - School of Chemistry, University of Manchester

0930, Atlas 1

Career Development Fellowship New                                                         22 Jun 06

Mechanical Generation of Correct Linear Algebra Algorithms

Paolo Bientinesi, PhD candidate, University of Texas at Austin

1130, Atlas 1

Career Development Fellowship New                                                         22 Jun 06

Learning and Inference with Gaussian Processes

Neil Lawrence - Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield

1400, Atlas 1

Career Development Fellowship New                                                         22 Jun 06

Hierarchical and modular reasoning in extensions and combinations of theories.

Viorica Sofronie-Stokkermans, Max-Planck-Institut fόr Informatik, Saarbrucken

1600, Atlas 1

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

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                                                                                                 3 Jul 06

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

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

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                                                                    1 Nov 06

Seed corn funding for new projects. For research scientists at an early stage of their career or 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.

The IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal                                                           1 Jul 06

For exceptional contributions to information sciences, systems and technology.

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The IEEE John von Neumann Medal                                                             1 Jul 06

For outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology.

More Information


Research Awards                                                               top

A Scalable Chip Multiprocessor for Large-Scale Neural Simulation

Funding Body: EPSRC
PI: Steve Furber
Award Amount: £797300


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

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Academic-Related Staff

Manchester Centre for MesoScience and NanoTechnology:

Senior Experimental Officer and Technical Director

More information

Bioinformatics Curator – myGrid Project

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Administrative Staff