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School of Computer Science

Weekly Newsletter

27 May 2008


News from HoS

This Week

School Events

External Events

Funding Opps

Prize & Award Opps

Research Awards

Staff News




News Submissions

Newsletter Archive

School Strategy

School Intranet

School Seminars

ESNW Seminars

NaCTeM Seminars


News from Head of School 


Last week the University Promotions Committee finalised their decisions on this year’s academic promotions.  Many congratulations to Alasdair Rawsthorne and Jim Miles who were promoted to Chairs, to Doug Edwards who was promoted to Reader, and to Toby Howard and Suzanne Embury who were promoted to Senior Lecturer.  All these promotions were supported strongly by the School and are richly deserved.

Research Best Practice Booklet

The Research Office has compiled a booklet of research best practice for Research Council applications. The booklet contains funded applications along with reviewers' comments and responses to those comments. Copies of the booklet are available from the Research Office and should be available online shortly.

University Open days – 20th and 21st June

The University Open Days will be held this summer on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st June.  As usual, the School will be holding events throughout the two days, and academic members of staff will be required to man the Computer Science stand in the Schuster Building, and meet, greet and talk to prospective students and their families.  It is really important that we ensure there is a ‘buzz’ about the place for these events.  Friday 20th June is also Digital60 Day, and we're expecting over 500 schoolchildren and their teachers to descend on the Kilburn and SCAN Buildings from across the UK, for the Schools Computer Animation Competition Show and Prize-Giving, a live video link-up with MOSI, and an inspirational "Computer Science Magic Show". Volunteers are needed urgently to help with both events.  If you are able to assist – ideally for at least two hours between 1000 and 1600 – please contact Sophia Lewis-Martyr or James Warnes with your availability.


Events this Week                                                              top

Collaborative Text Processing for e-Assessment                                  28 May 08

Human-Computer Collaborative Text Processing for e-Assessment

Mary McGee Wood, Computer Science

1530, Atlas 1, Kilburn Building

CS Mentors' Drinks Evening New                                                              30 May 08

The CS Mentors will be hosting a Drinks Evening on Friday, 30th May 2008 (from 5pm) in the courtyard outside the postgraduate common room.  All CS staff and students are welcome to attend. Alcohol (beer and wine) and soft-drinks will be available (under a not-for-profit donation scheme) although you can, of course, BYOB.

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

School BBQ                                                                                                        4 Jul 08

With 2008 being the 60th anniversary of the programmable computer we have special reason to celebrate this year at the School BBQ.  Details to follow.

Research Away Days                                                                                7 & 8 Jul 08

The event will take place at The Palace Hotel, Buxton and will run from approximately 9.30am on 7th to 5pm on 8th July, with a reception, dinner and accommodation provided on the first evening.

UG & PG Graduation Ceremony                                                                  17 Jul 08

The graduation ceremony for undergraduate and postgraduate students will take place on Thursday 17th July at 2.30pm. A light lunch and drinks will be served from 1215 and prize-giving will be at 1300.  Any members of staff who have been involved in teaching the former Informatics programmes are also invited to attend the MBS ceremony and reception which will take place on 18th July.  Their ceremony is at 1230pm followed by a drinks reception from 1400-1530.  Please contact Katherine Lloyd for further details.

Visit from Professor Nancy Rothwell                                                         24 Jul 08

Please make a note of this date in your diary.  The Deputy President will be visiting the School, and would welcome the opportunity to discuss with staff, in an open meeting, the University’s progress towards achieving its 2015 goals.

1315-1400, IT 407

School Board Dates

Wednesday 2nd July 2008 (Resources Report and Dean attending)

All meetings take place 1530-1700 in IT 407.


Future External Events                                                     top

Theory and Practice of Computer Graphics                                       9-11 Jun 08

Presented by the UK Chapter of the Eurographics Association (EGUK)

The 26th Conference organised by the UK chapter of the Eurographics Association will be the sixth Theory and Practice of Computer Graphics 2008 Conference (TP.CG.08). All accepted papers will be published by Eurographics and held on the Digital Library, and will be available at the conference.

Venue: Alan Turing Building

More Information

Pathways – Career Options for PhDs and Research Staff        13 & 16 Jun 08

This University-wide event will take place on 13 & 16 June 2008.  Dr Jim Boran, in the EPS Graduate Office, is looking for contact details for any Science and Engineering PhD Alumni (VUM or UMIST) from within the last 10 years to ask if they would be willing to share their career success stories with current research postgraduates and research staff.

Research to Enterprise Summit                                                                 17 Jun 08

Research to Enterprise is an exciting event, organised by MSEC (Manchester Science Enterprise Centre) and funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council), designed to raise the profile of enterprise at the University of Manchester. Research to Enterprise will be an opportunity for researchers in all faculties, whether at postgraduate, postdoctoral or staff level to be inspired to become more enterprising in whatever their career holds for them in the future be it academia, industry or in starting their own business.  Alasdair Rawsthorne is one of the guest speakers.  To book, please contact Claire Gill.

Arts meets Science, Science meets Art                       10 Jun, 15 Jul, 23 Sep 08

A series of free Roberts funded summer seminars for postgraduate research students.  These seminars have been organised by the Graduate Education Team and Jodrell bank and are open to research students from the University of Manchester. The series of seminars will explore collaborations across the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Students are also invited to provide posters about their own cross-disciplinary work.

More information

Manchester Parallel Programming Summer School                      11-22 Aug 08

Run by RCS, this annual summer school aims to teach you all you need to know to start writing your own parallel code in MPI or OpenMP. If you are new to scientific programming (Fortran or C) you can attend the Fortran course prior to the summer school.

More Information & registration

BCS International Academic Research Conference                      22-24 Sep 08

Visions of Computer Science - Preliminary Call for Papers and Participation

The British Computer Society is launching its first International Academic Conference. Full paper submissions are being solicited in all areas of research covering the broad field of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). The conference will be organized in sessions and mini-tracks, each devoted to a theme or area, and will include a small number of invited presentations.  The topics included are deliberately broad to reflect the rich texture and intellectual vigor of CSE.  Venue: Imperial College London

More Information


Funding Opportunities                                                      top

JSPS Short-Term Award Programme                                                      30 May 08

A call for applications from pre and post doc researchers to the JSPS research programme – an opportunity for funded short term research in Japan.

Mor Information

Industrial Secondment Scheme                                                                        Open

The Industrial Secondment Scheme provides an invaluable opportunity for engineering teaching staff in Higher Education institutions to gain state-of-the-art industrial experience.  Applicable to engineers of all disciplines, the scheme's objective is to enable the secondees to impart the fruits of this experience to their students through teaching, through case studies using up-to-date material and, in the longer term, through course design. The benefits also accrue to the host organization which gains a temporary but highly qualified member of staff, and to the university which has the opportunity of strengthening its links with industry.

More Information

UoM Knowledge Transfer Challenge                                                               Open

The KT Challenge offers small grants for concept studies and feasibility studies. If you are interested in developing ideas in collaboration with an industrial partner – developing new technology, or applying existing technology in an industrial setting – please contact Constantinos Astreos.

EPSRC Encouraging Postdoctoral Mobility Between Disciplines           Open

EPSRC would like to encourage the transfer of outputs of research between different research disciplines as well as aiding the career development of EPSRC funded PDRAs. In the first instance an extra year of support will be offered. Transfers between the engineering and physical science disciplines and the life sciences are encouraged.  There are no closing dates for proposals.

More Information

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.

More Information

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chairs                                        Open

Full-time professorial appointments, in any engineering-related subject. The academy particularly welcomes proposals of a multidisciplinary nature. Funding is provided for 5 years.

More Information

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

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.

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.


None currently open


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

Charlotte Hooson-Sykes - IMG

Administrative Departures

None this week

Sabbatical Leave

Alasdair Rawsthorne: 80% secondment to Transitive Technologies
Oct 07 – Sep 08.


Steve Pettifer: Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre

Academic year 2007/2008


Robert Stevens: Web Intelligence Technologies Lab, Natural Language processing Group, Department of CS, University of Sheffield.

Semester two 2007/08

Plus short-term visits to: The text-mining group at the European bioinformatics Group & The bio-Technology Group at the Technical University of Dresden


Renate Schmidt: NICTA, Australian National University, Canberra

February – Mid-Sep 2008


Vacancies                                                                           top

Academic Staff


Research & Technical Staff

Project Manager - National Centre for Text Mining
Closing date: 20/05/2008. Ref EPS/80094.

Management & Professional Staff


Administrative Staff