School of Computer Science
9 January 2012
EPSRC ICT visit 18th January
A team of three people from EPSRC’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) theme will visit the School on 18th January and will be meeting a number of research groups from across the School. Further details will be circulated as soon as a detailed timetable is finalised. There will be an open meeting late morning that all staff are invited to attend. In the open meeting EPSRC will describe their current capability shaping exercise and the changes to research grant funding that are being made. All academic and research staff are encouraged to attend the open meeting, which will provide a background to the topical meetings later in the day.
Digging into Data
An International team including NaCTeM has been named as one of the winners of the second Digging Into Data Challenge, a competition to promote innovative humanities and social science research using large-scale data analysis. The project, “Integrated Social History Environment for Research (ISHER)-Digging into Social Unrest”, will develop an integrated environment using sophisticated text mining tools to facilitate knowledge discovery in social history research. It will provide social historians and social scientists with the means to detect and associate events, trends, people, organizations, and other entities.
Many-core Architectures and Concurrency in Distributed and Embedded Systems 10 Jan 12
Closing date: 12:00 on 10 January 2012
Issue date: 03 December 2011
Call type: Expression of interest
Workshop: Birmingham, 20 March 2012
Imagine computing in the future with many thousands, or even millions, of cores or distributed devices. The potential is there, but in order for this to become a reality, many challenges need to be solved in the development of such architectures and their associated programming models.
EPSRC has identified 'Many-core Architectures and Concurrency in Distributed and Embedded Systems' as a priority for future research funding. The ICT Theme would like to engage with the research community across the ICT portfolio on the technical challenges which underlie it. Our aim is to draw together representatives from across the ICT communities and with them build up a picture of the problems faced; exploring the different research approaches that will be needed to find solutions.
Outcomes of this workshop will feed into the ICT Theme strategy and will influence the successful delivery of this priority. Research funding to help address this priority will be made available through a call for proposals later in 2012, for which up to £5M is available. The scope of this call will be influenced by the challenges identified during this workshop.
Objectives of the workshop:
The workshop will take place in Birmingham on the 20th March 2012. Full details of the venue and an agenda will be made available to the selected participants. The full call document contains more information including the application process.
The ICT Theme would like to encourage contributions from across the career stages. A number of places will be made available for early career researchers (those within twelve years of obtaining a PhD qualification and with either a fellowship or academic post) and a session tailored towards this group will be held immediately prior to the start of the main workshop.
The 28th British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science (BCTCS 2012) 2-5 April 2012
The 28th British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science (BCTCS 2012) is hosted by the School from 2 to 5 April 2012. The purpose of BCTCS is to provide a forum in which researchers in theoretical computer science can meet, present research findings, and discuss developments in the field. It also aims to provide an environment in which PhD students can gain experience in presenting their work, and benefit from contact with established researchers. This year BCTCS is collocated with the 19th Automated Reasoning Workshop.
The 19th Automated Reasoning Workshop (ARW 2012) 2-4 April 2012
The 19th Automated Reasoning Workshop (ARW 2012) will take place in the
School from 2 to 4 April 2012. The workshop provides an informal forum for the automated reasoning community to discuss recent work, new ideas and applications, and current trends. It aims to bring together researchers from all areas of automated reasoning in order to foster links and facilitate cross-fertilisation of ideas among researchers from various disciplines, from theoreticians, from implementers and from users of automated reasoning methodologies. This year the workshop is collocated with the 28th British Colloquium for Theoretical Computer Science.
Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships 11 Jan 12
The Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships were
established through the generosity of the Leverhulme
Trust and seek to provide opportunities for academic researchers to be
relieved of all their teaching and administrative duties to allow them to
concentrate on full-time research for up to one year.
Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships 18 Jan 12
The Dorothy Hodgkin
Fellowship scheme supports excellent scientists and engineers at an early
stage of their career, and is designed to help them to progress to a
permanent position. It is aimed specifically at researchers who require a
flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances including
parental/caring responsibilities and health issues. Female candidates are
particularly invited to apply.
UK Biological Engagement Programme (UKBEP): Strengthening Biological Security 8 Mar 12
Call launch 18th January 2012, Central London, Call Closes Thursday 8th March 2012
Registration is only via the website http://www.science.mod.uk/events/event_detail.aspx?eventid=158.
Collaborative Scientific Engagement between UK and Overseas Laboratories to Strengthen Biological Security: through Effective Understanding and Control of Infectious Diseases.
The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) and is the Ministry of Defence’s gateway into defence research for UK science and technology for industry, academia and other innovators.
Both natural disease outbreaks and accidental or deliberate release of infectious agents are risks to global security. Infectious diseases remain a major cause of mortality and morbidity, and social and economic disruption for millions. New and emerging diseases expose global vulnerabilities, highlighting the need for investment in policies, infrastructure, education, and training for infectious disease specialists. The UK Biological Engagement Programme aims to reduce the risk of deliberate misuse of biological materials and expertise by fostering international scientific engagement, promoting best practice in biosecurity and biosafety, and building capability for effective understanding and control of the infectious disease threat.
The programme currently funds a variety of activities in support of these aims such as:
· collaborative research projects that link UK experts from government and academia with scientists overseas;
· training (including biosafety, biosecurity, veterinary & public health diagnostics and experimental design & analysis);
· development of regional biosafety associations;
· training and workshops in support of the aims of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.
This call invites proposals on any of the above areas of activity that link a UK institute with an overseas partner that is likely to be located in: the Former Soviet Union (particularly Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Ukraine and Tajikistan); the Middle East or North Africa. Projects will be led by the UK institute but must demonstrate significant benefit both to the programme’s aim of strengthening biological security and to the collaborating overseas partner. Preference will be given to proposals that address organisms that feature on the USA’s Select Agent List (http://www.selectagents.gov) and are of a duration of 6-12 months (with potential for extension).
The call for proposals will be launched at a seminar at the Royal Society of Medicine, One Wimpole Street, London on Wednesday 18th January 2012 (pm) and will close 1200 noon on Thursday 8th March 2012.
Registration is only via the website http://www.science.mod.uk/events/event_detail.aspx?eventid=158.
Further information on CDE and our other research calls is available on www.science.mod.uk.
MOD does not charge to attend CDE events.
International Exchanges Scheme Various/rolling round
Aim: This scheme
is for scientists in the UK who want to undertake a
collaboration with scientists overseas through either a one-off visit
or bilateral travel.
Brian Mercer Feasibility Award 30 Aug 12/Rolling round
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.
REMINDER: Nominations required for University Distinguished Achievement Awards
The 2012 University Distinguished Achievement Awards process is underway. Awards will be made in the six categories listed below, please suggest names in any of the categories to one of the people listed before 20th January 2012.
1) Teacher of the Year suggestions to Steve Pettifer, Toby Howard, Graham Gough or Uli Sattler.
2) Researcher of the Year suggestions to Robert Stevens.
3) Undergraduate Student of the Year suggestions to Toby Howard or Graham Gough.
4) Postgraduate Student of the Year (this category is open to both PGR and PGT students) suggestions to Alvaro Fernades or Uli Sattler
5) Professional Support Services and Academic Services Members and Teams of the Year suggestions to Ursula Hayes.
6) Distinguished Achievement Award – General (any exceptional achievement or contribution not covered by one of the categories above) suggestions to Ursula Hayes or Jim Miles.
ISHER – Digging in to social unrest
Funding Body: JISC
CI: Jock McNaught
Funding Body: Wellcome Trust
Funding Body: EU