School of Computer Science
6 August 2012
Eamon Griffin left the School on Friday 20th July. The words below were written by Allan in my absence but I fully endorse them.
I would like to thank Eamon, who has recently retired from the School, for all the sterling work he has done for us over the past few years.
Eamon has worked in the School since 2006, having previously worked in other parts of the university since 1990. In his time with us he has managed numerous projects, small and large, helping with all possible aspects of each task. Whenever we have contemplated some change to the structure or use of the Kilburn and IT Buildings he has helped us to see what was feasible, what would work and what wouldn't, and what was likely to be affordable. When we have embarked on a project he has looked after the details, and has liaised with the university's Estates department. He has paid particular attention to the needs of the buildings' users, ensuring as far as possible that disruptive building work took place outside teaching periods and also outside periods when the buildings were in use for external activities such as open days and conferences. The one major task that he has been unable to see to completion is the improvement of the heating and ventilation systems in the Kilburn Building, but he got the current review of this under way and a report is likely to be received by the University soon.
ACSO will take any donations to a collection to mark Eamon's contribution to the life of the school. I would just like to reiterate my thanks--without the work he has done for us over the last six years our everyday working environment would be considerably less attractive than it is now.
Allan Ramsay, Deputy Head of School
If you have any issues that you would normally have taken to Eamon, please email email@example.com or speak to Karen Varty.
Pavel Klinov’s PhD thesis “Practical Probabilistic Description Logics” (2011) was nominated for the E.W. Beth Dissertation Prize for outstanding dissertations in the fields of Logic, Language, and Information. Pavel was elected to the five leading candidates, an excellent result for an international thesis prize.
In June, The Alan Turing Centenary Conference and the 6th International Joint Conference on Automated Reasoning were held in Manchester, both with great success – we received loads of very nice compliments from attendees regarding the location, hospitality, and friendliness of service they experienced. Both events were supported by the school (the Turing Centenary also by the university), and the organizers are extremely grateful for the superb support and help they received from members of the school, in particular to our fabulous student helpers Mohammad Khodadadi, Biser Milanov, Patrick Koopmann, and Fabio Papacchini, and to the brilliant Vicki Chamberlin, Tony Curran, Eamon Griffin, Ruth Maddocks, and Rina Srabonian!
Featured publications this week (by Robert Stevens)
ICO Alan Turing Centenary Lecture 11 Sept 12
The ICO celebrates the life of Alan Turing with inaugural lecture.
2012 is the 100 year anniversary of the birth of mathematician, code breaker, logician and computer scientist Alan Turing. Alan Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.
We hope to arrange similar lectures in the future to highlight important issues connected to the Information Commissioner’s Office’s work.
High performance computing course - free 25 Sept 12
Mixed Mode OpenMP/MPI programming for multicore computers
1 day course run by NAG (Numerical Algorithms Group) in Manchester on 25th September. Provided free of charge to UK academics whose work is covered by the remit of one of the participating research councils (EPSRC, NERC and BBSRC).
School Research Office
There is information about support for grant writing and submission at http://www.cs.manchester.ac.uk/reso/
Research and Grant Awards
Integration of Dynamic Documentation Knowledge Services into Siemens Framework
Funding Body: Siemens
Royal Academy of Engineering
University Research Fellowship
Funding Body: The Royal