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15 March 2010



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eScholar Reports                                                                                                            

eScholar (, the university’s institutional repository, has perhaps principally been visible to staff for its role in supporting the Research Profiling Exercise. However, the repository and information therein can be used for a range of purposes, and it will hopefully come to be seen as a useful mechanism for disseminating research information. In the meantime, the data stored in it can be analysed in various ways. For example, the following table gives an indication as to the journals most commonly published in by authors in the school (although the count needs to be read carefully, as the same paper will be counted once for each author in eScholar).






Image and Vision Computing


BMC Bioinformatics


Parallel Computing


Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience


Briefings in Bioinformatics


Future Generation Comp. Syst


Nucleic Acids Research


Bioinformatics (Oxford, England)


Concurrency - Practice and Experience




IEEE Transactions on Magnetics


IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence


Nucleic acids research


Theor. Comput. Sci


British Journal of Radiology




Comput. Graph. Forum


IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks


J. Web Sem


Journal of Biomedical Informatics


Neural Networks




Comput. J


Data Knowl. Eng


IEEE Software


Parallel Processing Letters


Distributed and Parallel Databases


J. Parallel Distrib. Comput


Scientific Programming



We are now at the early stages of trying to understand how eScholar (and the reports generated from it) can perhaps be used within the school.

My Projects Training                                                                         w/c 22nd Mar 10

The university is in the process of rolling out My Projects, as a means by which investigators can accessing financial information on research grants. All staff with research grants are encouraged to attend one of the training sessions, which are taking place 1:00-2:00 on:

  • Monday 22nd March - Sackvile Street Building Room C014
  • Tuesday 23rd March - Kilburn Building Room 1. 5 
  • Wednesday 24th March - Schuster Building Room Bragg Theatre
  • Thursday 25th March - MIB Lecture Theatre (Please note that this will be 1.30-2.30)
  • Friday 26th March - University Place - Theatre A

It is envisaged that sessions will take no longer than 45 minutes.

EPSRC Vacation Bursary Scheme                                                          16 April 10

EPSRC runs a Vacation Bursary Scheme which funds an undergraduate student in the summer between the penultimate and final years to work in a research group or on a research project. For us this means 2nd year undergraduates. To get this money you need to come up with a project and find a student. The money is already in the University. If there are more proposals than places, there will be a competition. Last year, there was one more proposal than place.


The students need to be UK or EU students.


If you want to do this, I suggest you write a description of the project and send it to the mailing list for all second year students, which is indicating that there is a possible paid summer research position, and whatever conditions you want to put on the applicants: (performing at a first-class level, programming skills, etc.) Obviously if you teach a second-semester second-year course, you can advertise through that course. If you need help advertising to students, let me know.


I hope we will get some projects from students who ultimately turn out to be good research students.


Deadline is April 16.  Further information

Jon Shapiro



The OpenCL language and DX11 class GPUs                                       15 Mar 10

Dr Lee Howes. AMD, California.

14:00, Atlas 1, Kilburn Building.

School Board meeting                                                                                  17 Mar 10

15:30, IT building room 407

Main items: External Affairs Report and Web Strategy update

NaCTeM seminar: Text Mining in the Biograph Project                      17 Mar 10

Professor Walter Daelemans, University of Antwerp

12:00, LG.010, MIB building

NaCTeM page

6th Annual IET/BCS Manchester Turing Lecture                                    17 Mar 10

The School of Computer Science is hosting the 6th Annual IET/BCS Manchester Turing Lecture on Wednesday 17 March 2010 at the Roscoe Lecture Theatre A.  Refreshments from 17:30, lecture at 18:00.

This year's speaker is Professor Chris Bishop, Chief Research Scientist at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Chris will be delivering a lecture titled Embracing Uncertainty: The new machine intelligence.  The lecture promises to offer a fascinating insight into the field of machine learning and how uncertainty can be modelled and quantified using probabilities.

The lecture is open to BCS and IET members, University staff and students and the general public. Following the talk the IET are hosting a networking buffet at Manchester Museum where delegates will get the chance to meet Chris.

Further information and registration is available here

Please note that this lecture is free to attend but there is a small charge if you wish to attend the buffet reception.