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School of Computer Science

Weekly Newsletter

25th September 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

Sorry, no news this week.  I promise a bumper version next week


Events this Week                                                               top

Taking e-science from lag-phase to log-phase                                     25 Sep 06

Marco Roos, Integrative Bioinformatics Unit, University of Amsterdam

13:00-14:00, Atlas 1

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MEng Company Presentations New                                                          26 Sep 06

A chance for MEng students, Final Years and Postgraduates to meet with representatives from a variety of companies to discuss placement and graduate opportunities.  We do hope to have a good turnout of CS staff as we have a very good response from companies this year.

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Ontologies and the Semantic Web                                                           27 Sep 06

School Seminar Series

Prof Ian Horrocks, School of Computer Science

14:15, Lecture Theatre 1.5, Kilburn Building

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Welcome Event for Informatics Staff                                                        29 Sep 06

We will be hosting an event to welcome staff transferring to the School from the School of Informatics.  Please make every attempt to attend, since it is important that we make them feel at home.

1530, Common Room, Kilburn

Research for the Olympics and Paralympics                                         29 Sep 06

This is a joint EPSRC - UK Sport initiative aimed at supporting the quest for gold in the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. Three workshops are planned. Each provides a unique opportunity for researchers from a wide variety of backgrounds to interact with the UK’s leading athletes, coaches and support staff. Up to £1.5 million is also available to support activities to further collaborations established at this workshop.

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Worlds Biggest Morning New                                                                      29 Sep 06

We are hosting a coffee morning to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support, so please come along, bring your cup of coffee or buy from the counter.  Bring cookies/cakes will make it much more fun! The more the merrier!  More Information

1030 Staff Common Room



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

KNOWLEDGE PROGRAMMING WITH FLORA-2                                       4 Oct 06

School Seminar Series

Prof Michael Kifer. State University of New York

14:15, Lecture Theatre 1.5, Kilburn Building

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Retrenchments, Refinements, and the Mondex Electronic Purse    11 Oct 06

School Seminar Series

Dr Richard Banach, School of Computer Science

14:15, Lecture Theatre 1.5, Kilburn Building

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VOMs for GridPP and the NGS                                                                    13 Oct 06

An overview of the Virtual Organisation Membership Service and how it is being deployed for GridPP and the National Grid Service.

1400, Room 1.10 ESNW Access Grid, Kilburn Building

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Future External Events                                                      top

'Climate Warming/Climate Change' New                                                    9 Nov 06

Sir David King, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government

1430-1530, Whitworth Hall

Request a ticket by emailing Lesley Sisson as soon as possible

Young Engineers Presentations – House of Commons                     17 Nov 06

The annual poster presentation for Young Engineers at the House of Commons, coorganised by SET for Britain, is an opportunity to bring the work of the School to a different and important audience, enhance your CV and, potentially, win a prize.  It is relevant to all PhD students and junior RAs in the School, and those who have attended in the past have thoroughly enjoyed the event.

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Grantsmanship Session New                                                                     29 Nov 06

This popular one day course is aimed at new staff (young as well as recent Appointments who are new to the UK system) as well as more established members of staff who haven't had any recent interaction with the EPSRC either as applicants, grant holders or referee/panel members.

If you would like to register your interest please email Louise Rogers


Funding Opportunities                                                       top

EPSRC ICT Platform Grants                                                                               Open

EPSRC invites outline proposals for its information and communication technology platform grants. Platform grants aim to provide world-leading UK groups with continuity of funding for strategic development, longer-term research and international networking.

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Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chairs                                        Open

The Royal Academy of Engineering invites applications for its research chairs. 
Research Chairs are full-time professorial appointments, in any engineering-related subject. The academy particularly welcomes proposals of a multidisciplinary nature. Funding is provided for 5 years.

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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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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 for Staff Exchange                              10 Oct 06

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.

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RAEng/EPSRC Research Fellowships                                                     13 Oct 06

The Royal Academy of Engineering and EPSRC are jointly offering up to ten Research Fellowships.  These fellowships provide five years funding to enable outstanding researchers from all branches of engineering to establish an independent research career, normally shortly or immediately after completing their PhD.

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Research Council Follow-on-Funds                                                         27 Oct 06

There is a call for proposals to be submitted to BBSRC and NERC for ‘Follow-on-Funding’. This funding is designed to bridge the gap between academic and industrial research, specifically for commercialisation projects.  Proposals need to be submitted via UMIP and generally require significant input from UMIP on the commercial exploitation and potential.

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ESF Research Networking Programmes                                                 30 Oct 06

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

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EPSRC 2007 Senior Research Fellowships                                             1 Nov 06

Applications are invited for the 2007 Senior Research Fellowships exercise.  Senior Research Fellowships are awarded to outstanding academic scientists and engineers of international repute with a minimum of 10 years post doctoral experience.  Fellows will be released from their current teaching and administration loads to devote themselves to research for the period of the award (up to 5 years). 

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AHRC-EPSRC-JISC e-Science Research Projects Scheme                2 Nov 06

EPSRC is a partner in this new e-Science Initiative. The aim of the scheme is to advance research in the Arts and Humanities through the use and development of e-Science technologies.  In addition to a total budget of £2 million, six four-year PhD project studentships are available either as part of an e-Science Research Grant or as a stand alone.

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EPSRC 2007 Advanced Research Fellowships                                      9 Nov 06

Applications are invited for the 2007 Advanced Research Fellowships exercise.  Advanced Research Fellowships are awarded to outstanding researchers with between 3 – 10 years of postdoctoral experience. Fellows are expected to devote themselves to research for the period of the award (up to 5 years), with the expectation that they will have established an independent research career of international standing by the end of the award.  Approximately 50 of these awards are made each year.

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Royal Society Conference Grants                                                               1 Dec 06

The conference grants scheme supports UK based scientists to either present their own paper/poster or chair a session at an overseas conference, where conference participation is the main or sole purpose of visit. The objectives of this scheme are to enable scientists to disseminate research findings, establish collaborations and build international reputations.

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Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Awards                                   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.

SIAM/ACM Award in Computational Science and Engineering        30 Sep 06

The contribution(s) for which the award is made must be publicly available and may belong to any aspect of computational science in its broadest sense. The award will include a certificate and a cash prize of $5,000.

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ACM Turing Award                                                                                         31 Oct 06

ACM's most prestigious technical award is accompanied by a prize of $100,000. It is given to an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community. The contributions should be of lasting and major technical importance to the computer field. Financial support of the Turing Award is provided by the Intel Corporation.

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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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Computer Science Writing Competition 2006/07 New                          31 Jan 07

We want unpublished articles of up to 750 words about research that’s part of any EPSRC-funded computer science project.  For this competition, computer science means the study of methods for acquiring, storing, processing, communicating and reasoning about information, and the role of interactivity in natural and artificial systems through the implementation, organisation and use of computer hardware, software and other resources.

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Research Awards                                                               top

None this week


Staff News                                                                           top

Awards and Promotions

None this week

Academic Arrivals

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Academic Related Arrivals

None this week

Academic Departures

None this week

Research Arrivals

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Research Departures

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Administrative Arrivals

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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 06 – Sep 07.

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

Milan Mihajlovic: University of Maryland, College Park

Jul 06 – Dec 06


Vacancies                                                                            top

Academic Staff


Research Staff


Management & Professional Staff


Administrative Staff