School of Computer Science
28 November 2011
Chair in Machine Intelligence
I am pleased to announce that Ross King will be joining the school as Professor of Machine Intelligence from 1st February 2012.†† His principal research interests are in the automation of science, and among other things he has pioneered the notion of a robot scientist, whereby scientific hypotheses are formed, experiments are planned to test them, a robot executes the experiments, the hypotheses are revised, and the process repeats (e.g., see http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v427/n6971/full/nature02236.html).†
Ross has been appointed to a post advertised at faculty level for a Chair in Systems Biology; his work combines machine intelligence with advanced robotics, and he will have an experimental lab in the the MIB hosting two robots, known as Adam and Eve (http://www.aejournal.net/content/2/1/1).† Ross thus complements our substantial existing activities in machine learning, computational biology and e-science.
World Leading Minds
Roger Needham Award
Researcher of the Year: Selection of EPS Nominee for the University Award
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Lodanet workshop††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7 Dec 11
Manchester Informatics and MDDA are holding a workshop on Wednesday 7th December in the Kilburn building at 10:00am-12:00pm. This is a follow up workshop to the Lodanet Meeting which was held in July. The workshop will discuss setting up student projects that could use the information and data gathered by the Lodanet Sensor that has been placed on Oxford Road.
RCUK Digital Economy Theme: Invitation to apply to participate in Sub-theme Workshops and Networks†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 30 Nov 11
Invitation to apply to participate in workshops to develop research challenges and research networks
The Digital Economy Theme
The Research Councils Digital Economy (DE) Theme is supporting research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy.
EPSRC leads the DE Theme on behalf of the partner research councils AHRC, ESRC and MRC, bringing together a unique community of researchers from diverse disciplines including computer science, engineering, social science, the arts and medical research; a combination of research and skills that coupled with user-led design will deliver impact.
Digital Economy Sub-themes
The DE Theme has formed four 'sub-themes' to describe the research we support (further described at the end of this document):
We now wish to further develop these sub-themes, and so are seeking applications from interested researchers and users to attend a number of one-day workshops, to explore the opportunities and associated research challenges in these sub-themes and also to create a longer term network of researchers and users around the sub-themes.
Closing date:12:00 on 30 November 2011
Issue date: 01 November 2011
Prize and Award Opportunities
Recognising and Rewarding Exceptional Performance Policy†††††††††††††††††††††††††
The policy rewards
∑ Exceptional Performance, generally a one-off task or project work, and
∑ Sustained Exceptional Performance where exceptional contribution has been sustained for a period of at least six months and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Applications for reward should be able to demonstrate aspects of performance that have significant impact over and above normal standards; examples may include:
∑ Re-engineering processes which add considerable value or increase efficiency
∑ Major additional activity directly aligned to Faculty objectives; e.g. NSS, Public Engagement
∑ Innovative and effective changes to working practices
∑ Demonstration of initiative in the development of novel and successful business relationships and enterprise.
Applications must be submitted using the standard form, Appendix 1 of the policy, and are usually made by line managers. It is possible to request your line manager to make an application on your behalf but if your manager feels unable to support the case, you may make a personal application.
For the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, all School based staff applications (Academic, Academic Related and Support) should be addressed to the Head of School Administration.
Faculty staff applications should be made to the Head of Faculty Administrationís office (Room B1, Sackville Street Building)
Academic related and support staff applications should be made by 16 January 2012.
Academic and Research staff applications should be made by 23 December 2011.
All applications will first be considered locally, with recommendations being made to Faculty for consideration and decision during February/March 2012.
Any enquiries about this policy should be addressed in the first instance to your local Human Resources contact.
FP7 ERC - Synergy Grants: Q & A on Scope and Team Structure††††††††††††††††††††
The first call of the new European Research Council (ERC) Synergy Grant scheme was launched on 25 October 2011.
UKRO (the ERC National Contact Point) has prepared some
questions and answers (Q & A) on this new scheme covering the scope and objectives
of the scheme as well as questions on the team structure here.
Further information and the registration form are available here.
New Grant Awards
Funding Body: EU
PI: John Keane
Award Amount: £300,448