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School of Computer Science

Weekly Newsletter

24th July 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

CS-Informatics Review

There was an important development last week in the implementation of the CS-Informatics Review.  The Dean of Humanities wrote last Friday to staff in the School of Informatics to inform them that, following further discussion, it had been agreed that those staff in Informatics not transferring to CS would transfer to Manchester Business School, rather than remaining as a separate School.  The transfer will map research groups in Informatics onto existing research groupings in MBS, with the aim of minimising disruption on both sides.  In making this announcement the Dean emphasised the strong commitment of the Faculty of Humanities to the creation of a pan-University Centre for Informatics.  MBS will play a prominent role in the Centre, involving both its existing IS staff, and those transferring in from Informatics.  Overall, I believe that this is a positive development which will contribute to creating a sustainable future for broadly-based Informatics activity in Manchester.

Media Success

The School’s research has figured prominently in the news over the past week.  Steve Furber’s million pound grant was one of the top stories on BBC on-line, and Steve was interviewed on GMR.  The story was also covered in several press articles and got second billing in the monthly announcement emailed to all University staff.  The virtual reality experiment conducted by Toby Howard and his group also appeared on BBC on-line and was picked up by news services around the world, in Canada, Australia, the US and China, resulting a listing on Google News as one of the top three science and technology stories of the day.  Many thanks to all those involved in gaining this exposure for the School.


Events this Week                                                               top

ESNW & MC Seminar                                                                                       28 Jul 06

Symmetric Pivoting in ScaLAPACK and Improving Collective Calls with MPI

Dr Craig Lucas and Kevin Roy, Manchester Computing

1400, Room 1.10, Kilburn Building

More Information

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 Information and Registration

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

No announcements this week.



Future External Events                                                      top

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.

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Funding Opportunities                                                       top

RAEng Industrial Secondment Scheme                                                            Open

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

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BBSRC International Scientific Interchange Scheme (ISIS)                         Open

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

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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

EPSRC Engineering Visits                                                                                    Open

Support can be provided for salary costs and travel subsistence for scientists and engineers of acknowledged standing, either from within the UK or abroad, to visit the investigator's organisation. Applications must be made by the host organisation in the UK to which, if the proposal is successful, the grant will be made.  Funding is limited to 12 months per individual.

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Royal Society Short Visits from the UK                                                       1 Sep 06

The key objectives of short visits are to initiate one-to-one collaborations, explore opportunities to build lasting networks and gain access to complementary equipment, data observations and ideas.

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Royal Society Conference Grants                                                                 1 Sep 06

The Conference grants scheme supports UK based scientists to either present their own paper/poster or chair a session at an overseas conference.
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Royal Society Research Professorships                                                    8 Sep 06

Research Professorships provide 10-15 years support for internationally recognised scientists of outstanding achievement and promise. Applications are particularly welcomed from scientists currently resident outside the UK and who wish to return.

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EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowships                                                              26 Sep 06

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

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ESF Research Networking Programmes                                                   30 Oct 06

2006 Call for Proposals

An ESF Research Networking Programme is a networking activity bringing together nationally funded research activities for four to five years, to address a major scientific issue or a science-driven topic of research infrastructure, at the European level with the aim of advancing the frontiers of science. 

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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. 

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Royal Society University Research Fellowships 2007                            1 Nov 06

The timetable for the Royal Society University Research Fellowships (URF) 2007 has been brought forward.  The Scheme will open on Monday 26 June 2006

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.

ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award                                                               31 Oct 06

A prize of $15,000 awarded to the outstanding young computer professional of the year.

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

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.

Milan Mihajlovic:

Jul – Dec 06


Vacancies                                                                            top

Academic Staff


Research Staff


Academic-Related Staff


Administrative Staff