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School of Computer Science

Weekly Newsletter

31st 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

New University Finance System

The new University Finance System went live on 1st June. There have been numerous problem’s with its introduction and there has been huge dissatisfaction across the University with the changeover.  It is a tribute to John, Marie, Duressa and Claire in our Finance Office that most of you are probably unaware of all this.  Through their hard work and professionalism the new system has been introduced in CS with very few problems and, for most of us, the changeover has been virtually seamless.  It is easy to take excellence for greanted, but I’d like to record my thanks to the members of the Finance team for a job well done.


Staff in the School of Informatics have had an opportunity to consider whether they think their research best fits into CS or MBS and final transfer decisions have been made for most staff. A small number of cases will take a few more days to resolve, for example where staff may have missed the recent announcements about the future of the School of Informatics due to absence on holiday.  I am sure you are all anxious to know which staff will be joining us and I hope I will be able to let you have that information within the next few days. I am grateful for your patience with a process which has turned out to be more protracted than originally expected.

Head of School Disappears!

I will be on holiday from the end of this week, so this will probably be the last newsletter for several weeks.  Roger Hubbold will be deputising as HoS whilst im am away.  I hope that those of you taking a holiday during August will have an enjoyable break.


Events this Week                                                               top

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

Relations and Kleene Algebra in Computer Science New      29 Aug - 2 Sep 06

ReLMiCS 06 - Joint 9th International Conference on Relational Methods in Computer Science and the 4th International Workshop on Applications of Kleene Algebra. The conference includes a PhD training programme.

Organised by the School of Computer Science.

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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.

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EPSRC Engineering Visits                                                                                    Open

Support 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.

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Royal Society Short Visits from the UK                                                       1 Sep 06

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

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

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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Leonardo da Vinci Programme New                                                            10 Oct 06

Leonardo Funding AVAILABLE for Staff Exchange

For the exchange of expertise, competencies, innovative methods and practices in relation to vocational training.  Exchanges do NOT need to involve two-way movement of staff.  Deadline for use of the funds and completion of exchanges has been extended to 10 October 2006.  More Information

ESF Research Networking Programmes                                                   30 Oct 06

2006 Call for Proposals

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 2007 has been brought forward.  The Scheme will open on Monday 26 June 2006

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Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Awards New                             1 Dec 06

To support researchers confronted with the task of building a research team of sufficient scale to tackle an identified but distinctive research objective.  Each award will be at a level of up to £800,000 in total for up to five years of work. The intent is that the funds be used to provide each awardee with ten 'post-doctoral assistant years' and ten 'research student years' for the grant period, though other patterns would be permissible.

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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.

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Research Awards                                                               top


None this week


Staff News                                                                           top

Awards and Promotions

None this week

Academic Arrivals

None this week

Academic Related Arrivals

Amanda Banks – Learning Technologist - PEVE

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: University of Maryland, College Park

Jul 06 – Dec 06


Vacancies                                                                            top

Academic Staff


Research Staff

Research Associate (2 posts)

Advanced Processor Technologies Group - SpiNNaker Project

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Academic-Related Staff


Administrative Staff