News from Head of School
The School Christmas party will take place on Wednesday 16th
December starting at 4pm in the Staff Common Room. There will be a DJ and
pizzas. All staff and postgraduate research students are invited. Please
bring a bottle.
New Masters Programmes Launched
The new web site publicising the school’s much revised
masters offerings for 2010/11 is now online at: http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/. The site describes the new programmes,
pathways and themes, and includes, among other things, video testimonials
from previous students. I am grateful
for the significant effort that many people (coordinated by Uli Sattler) have
but into designing the new programmes. The web site also seems likely to
stand out from the crowd; Rina carried out much of the site design, with some
pages generated from one of Iain’s databases.
Graduation ceremony 16
The CS graduation ceremony is being held on Wednesday 16
December at 14:30. If you have supervised an MSc dissertation for the
08/09 cohort or a PhD student who has been awarded their degree since July
09, you are very welcome to attend the ceremony as part of the platform
There will be a pre-graduation reception in School for the Graduands from 12:00-14:00
in the Atlas Suite.
Once again a team from Manchester CS has carried off the
first prize at the annual Quiz tournament organised in London by UBS. The team, rejoicing in the
name 'We Just Lost the Game',
consisted of Lewis Tuff, Luke Torjussen, Ben Cope, Adam Burton, Dan Kerry and Tom
After winning the hotly contested heat held in Manchester the team went
on to win the final comfortably against teams from other universities such as
Imperial and UCL. Before the quiz, UBS
gave them a guided tour of their offices to give an insight into the company
structure and job possibilities.
Each member of the team won a Wii Games console and made
some useful contacts in UBS. The trophy will be on display on the Lower First
as soon as it gets back from the engravers.
Postgraduate Open Afternoon
On Wednesday 25th November the School hosted a
Postgraduate Open Afternoon. The event ran from 2.00pm - 4.30pm and was
organised by Jez Lloyd and Sue Wolfenden from the External Affairs Office.
There was a presentation of Taught MSc and MPhil/PhD programmes by Uli
Sattler, followed by an overview of the Advanced Computer Science programme
themes presented by Kung-Kiu Lau, Ning Zhang and Bijan Parsia. The afternoon
concluded with an academic staff Meet and Greet attended by Renate Schmidt,
Thierry Scheurer and Tom Thomson.
There were 30 attendees (16 from Manchester,
the rest from Liverpool, Salford, Wales,
Bolton, York etc). Of those 30, 23 were
interested in MSc courses and 7 in research.
Many thanks to all those who participated and also to Jez
and Sue for their superb organisation.
Faculty Meeting 30
14:00, Lecture theatre A, University Place
MIB Biotech event 1
The Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre will be hosting
“Perspectives in Systems and Synthetic Biology”. To register for the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPARQL - Beyond Subgraph Matching 2
Dr Birte Glimm. Oxford
14:15, Lecture Theatre 1.4, Kilburn Building
Parallel-split shadow maps on programmable GPUs 4 Dec 09
Fan “Andy” Zhang, The Chinese
University of Hong
Room 1.10, Kilburn