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24 November 2008


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Transitive Acquired by IBM                                                                                          

Having made use of Transitive technologies to support server consolidation (for details see here), IBM seems to have liked it so much they bought the company. Transitive’s virtualization technologies have been shown to be valuable in a range of application contexts, so a company with such diverse activities as IBM seems like a promising long term setting for their further development and application. Transitive has been a high profile success story for the school since its establishment in 2000, both building on research led by Alasdair Rawsthorne and employing significant numbers of Manchester staff and graduates. IBM have said they will be retaining the staff in Manchester. The IBM press release is online at here.

Invitation to attend the Installation of the Chancellor                            3 Dec 08

As you may be aware, Tom Bloxham has been elected Chancellor of The University of Manchester and he will be formally installed at a special ceremony taking place on Wednesday 3 December 2008.  Immediately following Mr Bloxham's installation as Chancellor, he will confer honorary degrees on Mr Eddie Davies, Professor Edward Gregson and Professor Sir Bernard Lovell.  As the installation of the Chancellor only occurs every seven years, the President and Vice-Chancellor would like to invite as many members of staff as possible from across the University to attend this prestigious event.

Installation of the Chancellor: 3.30pm Whitworth Hall

Honorary Degree Ceremony: 4.00pm Whitworth Hall

Celebratory Reception:          4.45-5.45pm University Place

If you are interested in attending, please request a ticket by emailing Liz Usher.  Unfortunately, as the number of tickets available will be limited, they will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  We will inform you whether we have been able to allocate you a ticket.  You are asked to note that the ceremony will also be web cast on the day, and details of how to view this will be made available to you in due course.

Teaching Excellence Awards

'Teaching Excellence Awards' focus on achievement in relation to teaching over recent years and involve a grant of £5,000 for recipients to further develop their teaching or their career. The university hopes to make between three and five awards annually, subject to candidates' merit, with at least one for staff in a learning support role.  These awards form part of the university's teaching and learning policy framework. The university not only rewards and recognises excellence in teaching and in supporting student learning through its promotion procedures, but it also supports a number of specific schemes at both Faculty and institutional level. For instance, the university operates a separate scheme for the process to nominate candidates for a National Teaching Fellowship.

More Information

Graduation ceremony 17th December 2008

Unfortunately, so far we’ve not had many members of staff indicating their intention to process with the Platform Party for CS Graduation on Wednesday 17th December, following my email to acstaff on 13th November.  As it is a really important event for both students and family attending, would you please let Susie know by Monday if you are able to participate in representing the School and supporting our MSc and PhD students who are graduating, so that I can order gowns.


Events                                                                                top

Model-checking Computational Tree Logic                                           25 Nov 08

CICADA is a collaboration between the Schools of Computer Science, Electrical and Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Speaker: Catalin Dima,  Université Paris

1500, John Adams 1, Alan Turing Building

Running with dinosaurs: fossils, physics and physiology                  1 Dec 08

Bill Sellers, Integrative Vertebrate Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences

2-3pm GMT Room 1.10, Kilburn Building

More Information

Open Meeting with the President and Vice-Chancellor                         5 Dec 08

The Global Financial Climate and its Impact on The University of Manchester

1230, Cordingley Lecture Theatre, Humanities Bridgeford Street Building

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

None this week


Research Awards

Anisotropy Distributions in Nanomagnetic Arrays for Patterned Media

Funding Body: EU
PI: Tom Thomson
Award Amount: €100000

Enhanced Comparator of Natural Language Processing Tools using UIMA

Funding Body: IBM UIMA Innovation Award

PI: Sophia Ananiadou

Award Amount: $22,000 USD