School of Computer Science
19 Sept 2011
Retirement Party at Christies 23 Sept 2011
School will mark the retirement of the following academic staff on Friday:
Please join us on this very special occasion at the Christie’s Bistro on Friday, 23rd September at 3.00 p.m. Drinks and nibbles will be served.
School Consultation on University 2020 Strategy
The RCUK Digital Economy Theme is pleased to announce the Telling Tales of Engagement competition. The University has asked for formal feedback on the University Strategic Vision 2020 document by end of September. The document is available at:
UG Open Day Volunteers Required 8 Oct 11
Having navigated confirmation and clearing, our attention is turning to the upcoming Undergraduate Open Day, scheduled for Saturday October 8th.The October Open Day is the key recruitment event in the 2011/12 calendar and an opportunity to speak directly to students considering joining undergraduate programmes in September 2012. The day is all the more important given that these students will be the first to pay higher level tuition fees. In order to make the day a success we are in need of a number of volunteers to give talks, run demos, chat to prospective students and their parents, and generally help us present the School as a welcoming and vibrant place to study.
The activities that we run as part of the Open Day have been scheduled as follows:
11:30 - 12:00: Computer Science Subject Area Talk
13:00 - 13:30: Computer Science Subject Area Talk
12:00 - 13:00: Demos and meet and greet on lower first
13:30 - 14:30: Demos and meet and greet on lower first
09:30 - 15:30: Computer Science Information Stand (Schuster Building)
At the last Open Day in June we ran Toby's augmented reality demo in the Schuster building. It was extremely well received. We plan to repeat this, but would also like to run some other demos here in the School. As such, we're keen to hear from staff and students who have something interesting to showcase. If you are willing to provide a demo, or to help out with any of the activities above, please let us know.
Tales of Engagement Competition
The RCUK Digital Economy Theme is pleased to announce the Telling Tales of Engagement competition.
The focus of this competition is to capture the impact
that your digital economy research is having, and to offer you the chance to
win funding to allow you to continue to tell your story in an interesting and
engaging way to a wider audience.
Images of Research Photography Competition 19 Sep 11
Snap! Calling All Researchers! Using a single inspiring photographic image and short description can you illustrate your research to the general public? Can that image show how your research contributes to a sustainable future, how it benefits society, or how your research makes a difference? We invite the research community at The University of Manchester to take part in the Images of Research Photography Competition. The theme of this year's competition is Visions of Sustainability and you can enter your image in one of the following categories: People, Environment, or Culture. The image could be anything that captures attention but must be related to your research. Each submission must include a 150 word abstract including an interesting title, a description of the picture and the benefits of the research. You must ensure the abstract uses plain English and is jargon-free. The Public Will Decide! In the lead up to the Manchester Science Festival in October, shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the John Rylands Library Deansgate and online. The general public will be invited to vote for the best image and associated abstract.
Prizes: First prize: £250 Amazon vouchers | Runners up per category: £100 Amazon vouchers | Highly commended: £50 high street vouchers
Who Can Enter? Open to academics, research fellows, postdoctoral research associates, postgraduate research students and research technical support staff including experimental officers across all disciplines at The University of Manchester.
Submission Details: Submissions close 19 September 2011, 12pm (BST). One submission per entrant. So get snapping, we look forward to seeing the wonder of your research. Competition Details
Service Systems Modelling Workshop 20 Sept 11
Centre for Service Research, University of Manchester, 20th September 20113.97 MBS West. The aim of this one-day workshop is to consider the strengths and weaknesses of alternative approaches to modelling complex service systems via their application to a realistic case study of interest to the local audience at the University of Manchester.
All are welcome, but please do pre-register by sending an email to Mohammed Zaki before 12 noon on 19th September.
LMS Computer Science Colloquium 11 Oct 11
The aims of the meeting are to showcase state of the art scientific computing applications, to identify some of the challenges posed by next generation high performance machines and indicate promising approaches to tackling the problem. Tuesday 11 October, 10.30. 16.30 De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London, WC1B 4HS. (Nearest tube: Russell Square).
Further details can be found here.
CS Away Day 4 Nov 11
I am planning an away day for all academic staff and a number of PSS staff in CS on 4th November 2011. This is the last day of Reading Week and the day after the CS Research Symposium. It is likely to run from mid/late morning until the end of the afternoon and it will not be held very far away. We will be discussing a range of important topics that relate to the future of the School, and the outcome of the day will feed directly into the next School plan. I will provide further details as soon as possible, but in the meantime please could you put this in your diaries. Please could you reply to Lynn Howarth to confirm your attendance or let her know if you are unable to attend.
Research Exchanges with India and China Scheme 4 Nov 11
I am pleased to inform you of the start of the next round of the Research Exchanges with China and India scheme run by The Royal Academy of Engineering. The scheme provides funding to enable researchers in engineering departments at UK universities to spend time at academic centres of excellence in China or India, and academic engineering researchers in China or India to spend time at a UK university.
Awards support visits of 3-12 months and should be part of longer-term efforts to build UK-China/India partnerships. The aim of the scheme is to support international research collaborations and strengthen networks of excellence in engineering research.
The deadline for applications is 4 November 2011.
Further information including application forms and notes for guidance are also available at http://www.raeng.org.uk/research/researcher/reci/apply.htm
Introduction to Implementing Ontologies in the Web Ontology Language (OWL) 8 & 9 Nov 11
BioHealth Informatics group at the University of Manchester are pleased to invite you to participate in their internationally renowned OWL Ontology tutorials.
It is to be hosted at the University of Manchester on 8 and 9 November 2011.
Further details can be found at: http://www.nweh.org.uk/ViewCourses.aspx
University of Manchester: Headstart 9 11 Nov 11
We are now arranging the ninth running of HEADSTART, the University of Manchester's Leadership Development Programme. Completed applications should be endorsed by the candidate's HOS/line manager and Dean/Director as set out in the brochure link below. Applications should be sent to Emma Rygielska in STDU by 11 November. If a hard copy of this information is required, please contact Emma. If you require any more information about the Headstart programme please contact Paul Dixon.
EPS Faculty strategic fund 17Oct 11
In line with the Faculty’s long-term strategic plan we have managed to develop, and maintain, a small strategic fund to further support research and teaching activities across the Faculty. This investment is alongside our major strategic investments, which I will continue to highlight at the Faculty’s Open Meetings. Similar to last year, I would welcome short proposals (maximum 2-pages) to enhance our teaching and research activities as outlined in the attached document. All proposals must be submitted to Colin Bailey by 17th October 2011
RAofE - Engineering Enterprise Fellowships 21 Oct 11
The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched a new scheme, Engineering Enterprise Fellowships, which provide funding and support to outstanding entrepreneurial researchers, working in UK Universities, to enable them to spend 12 months developing the commercial potential of their research.
Deadline for applications is Friday 21 October 2011. Further details are available here
Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award
Subjects Covered: Built environment, clean technology, energy and nanoscience/nanotechnology. One award in each round will be specifically in the general field of electrotechnology (including telecommunications and IT systems), and this award is supported by the ERA Foundation.
The Brian Mercer Feasibility Award is open to applicants of any nationality
who have a PhD (or are of equivalent standing in their profession), who hold
a substantive post in a UK university or not-for-profit research organisation
and who will be in post for at least the duration of the project. The project
must commence within three months of the date of notification.
Length of Tenure: Awards are not expected to exceed 12 months in duration.
Value of Grant: Up to £30,000 (this figure includes VAT where applicable).
Number Offered: We have funds for 3 awards in the fields of built environment, clean technology, energy and nanoscience and nanotechnology, and one award in the field of electrotechnology. Once all awards have been made, the round will close. More Information
Opening Information: 30 August 2011. These awards now operate on a rolling round, awards assessed on a first come, first served basis. Once all awards have been made, the round will close.
Royal Society Research Grants
Aim: This scheme provides ‘seed corn' funding for
new projects initiated by research scientists at an early stage of their
career (within the first 5 years). The objective of the scheme is to increase
the availability of specialised equipment, consumable materials and services,
and to support essential field research. The scheme also provides support for
research in the history of science or to assist with publication of scholarly
works in the history of science.
Length of tenure: The grant is for a period of 12 months
Place of tenure: UK University or not-for-profit research organisation (except for Research Council Institutes).
Value: For all subject categories, up to £15,000 (including VAT) is available for the purchase of specialised equipment, essential consumable materials and services. Up to £5,000 (including VAT) is available for the publication of scholarly works in the history of science. For further information regarding admissible costs, please refer to the 2011/R1 scheme notes, which will be available on the website when the round opens.
Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme
This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to undertake a collaboration with scientists overseas through either
one-off visit or bilateral travel.
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