News from HoS
Prize & Award
News from Head of School
The newsletter circulated by email each week will contain
News from the Head of School, Events for this week and new announcements for
Research Awards and Funding & Award Opportunities. The document links in the side bar on the
left now link to the all other relevant information should you wish to access
Academic Management Tree
Please follow this
link to see the current School Academic Management Tree. I am
aware from meetings with staff that not everyone knows who their line manager
is, so here is an opportunity to find out! We will shortly be reviewing this
structure, in part to incorporate the changes that follow from the change of
HoS, so if you have any requests you would like us to take into account (in
terms of who you manage or who your manager is), please feed these back to
Ursula and myself for consideration by the end of November.
2008 Best PhD Paper Prizes
School received eleven
nominations for the 2008 Best Research Student Paper Prize. Their excellent
quality made the task of the panel a difficult one, a historical trend that
we hope will continue. The winner of the 2008 Best PhD Paper Prize is Richard Pearson (supervised by Magnus
Rattray) for his paper: A Comprehensive Re-Analysis of the Golden Spike Data:
Towards a Benchmark for Differential Expression Methods, Richard Pearson, BMC Bioinformatics 2008, 9:164
doi:10.1186/1471-2105-9-164. The two runners-up (in alphabetical order of
surname) are: Matthew Horridge (supervised
by Bijan Parsia, and Ulrike Sattler) for his paper: Laconic and Precise
Justiﬁcations in OWL, Matthew Horridge, Bijan Parsia, and Ulrike
Sattler, Proc. 7th International
Semantic Web Conference, 2008 and Jisheng
Zhao (supervised by Chris Kirkham) for his paper: Adaptive Loop Tiling
for a Multi-Cluster CMP, Jisheng Zhao, Matthew Horsnell, Mikel Lujan, Ian
Rogers, Chris Kirkham, and Ian Watson, Proc.
8th International Conference on Algorithms and Architectures, LNCS 5022,
pp. 220–232, 2008.
Congratulations to Richard, as
well as Matthew and Jisheng, for their achievements. The quality of the
competition this year is reflected in the fact that the papers by Matthew and
Jisheng also won best paper prizes at their respective conferences.
The Baby at The Printworks
Last Saturday, 1 November, visitors to The Printworks in
Manchester City Centre were surprised
to find the "Photo-Baby", the School's full-size photographic replica of the original 1948
machine, complete with working simulator.
We were there as part of the Manchester Science Festival, and an intrepid team - Mandi Banks, Graham
Gough, Toby Howard, Alex Walker, and
Alan Williams - engaged with the public as they flowed through The Printworks (mainly on their way
to see James Bond). Almost 200 people
entered our prize draw to win a laptop (kindly sponsored by the BCS).
It was certainly an experience the team won't forget! The Photo-Baby's next
public outing is likely to be for the
Schools Day at the Manchester Histories Festival, to be held at Manchester
Town Hall in March 2009. If you
would be interested in getting
involved with the School's Public Engagement activities, please contact Toby
EPSRC ICT Team Visit
This is just early warning that the ESPRC ICT Team will be
visiting the University on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th December 2008. There
will be an open session which everyone is invited to attend from 13.00 to
14.00 on Monday 8th December. Location TBA.
Postgraduate Open Day
The PG Open Day is taking place on Wednesday Nov 26th - a
schedule is available Here. Mashhuda Glencross has kindly agreed to
give a demo on the Daedelus Project, so we just need to find one more demo
for the second 30 minute slot. We are also looking for volunteers for the
meet and greet session with prospective students. If you're able to help out any of these
activities please contact Sue
Facts and Figures
This section will periodically recur in the newsletter.
The university collects large numbers of figures (at least some of which are
hopefully facts) about different aspects of its performance. This section
will be used to pass on some figures that are hopefully of interest.
Here are some recent student-staff ratio (SSR) measures,
not including research students:
Events this Week top
Children in Need 14
We will once again be running our annual Children in
Need Booksale and online auction.
Further details will be sent round in due course. Books and auction items gratefully received
in ACSO. We especially need Auction
items please, by Tuesday 11 November if possible please!
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.
New Funding and Award Opportunities
Nominations for BCS
Needham Award and Lovelace
Medal 19 Dec 08
These are highly prestigious awards, and represent an
opportunity, not only for the winners themselves, but also to raise the
profile of UK
computer science. It is therefore extremely important that the awards go to
individuals of outstanding merit.
Newton International Fellowships 12 Jan 09
The Fellowships cover the broad range of natural and
social sciences, engineering and the humanities. They provide grants of
£24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and £8,000 to cover research expenses,
plus a one-off relocation allowance of £2,000. As part of the scheme, all Newton Fellows
who remain in research will be granted a 10 year follow-up funding package
worth £6,000 per annum.