School of Computer Science
6 May 2013
Gavin Donald wins award
Gavin Donald from SSO received the Outstanding Contribution to Peer Support Award at the annual Students as Partners Celebration Evening last Thursday. Congratulations to Gavin and thank you for all your hard work and support for our students.
Students versus Staff Coding Comp
Seminars for Researchers: Wiley Publishing Workshop 16 May 13
13-15:00, John Casken Theatre, Martin Harris Building
Wiley are one of the largest publishing companies of scholarly work in the world. They publish a significant amount of work from University of Manchester researchers. The workshop will be led by Paul Trevorrow, the Executive Journals Editor, with a particular focus on physical sciences titles. Paul is an engaging speaker and regularly presents at international conferences. There will be the opportunity for questions at the end of the session. To book a place please go to the Library’s My Learning Essentials training calendar.
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International Exchanges Scheme 26 Jun 13
· Closing date: 26 Jun 2013
This Royal Society scheme enables UK-based scientists to undertake collaborative work with scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel. Funding of between £3,000 and £12,000 is available, dependent upon the length of the visit. The International Exchanges Scheme replaces the former International Travel Grants and International Joint Projects schemes.
Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) 10 Jul 13
· Computer Science one-to-one meetings: 14 May 9.30-12.30, Atlas rm 1, KB
· Closing date: 10 Jul 2013
EPSRC has awarded The University of Manchester over £3.2M
to deliver an Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), which runs from 2012-15 for
knowledge exchange based on EPSRC research (following on from the Knowledge
· Relationship Incubation (up to £10k available) Engaging with businesses and business communities to sow the seeds of new collaboration and enhance strategic engagement
· Concept Development and Feasibility Studies (up to £30k available) Support for the very early stages of transforming research outputs into commercial opportunities
· Exploitation Secondments (up to £60k available) Flexible support for secondments between The University of Manchester and businesses and other organisations
· Knowledge Exchange Fellows (up to £80k p.a. available for 2 yrs) Support for sustainable Knowledge Exchange Fellows to deliver multiple short-term industry focused projects
The Knowledge Exchange Team are hosting Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) drop-in sessions and one to one meetings for Computer Science on 14 May. Please register to attend. These sessions provide the opportunity to discuss potential projects and funding opportunities within IAA and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Both Simon Harper and Sean Bechhofer have been successful in previous calls.
Research Professional is a useful search engine for finding other funding opportunities.
Featured Research Outcomes
Continued development of ChEBI towards better usability for the systems biology and metabolic modelling community
Pedro Mendes, Neil Swainston (with EMBL – European Bioinformatics Institute)
Funding body: BBSRC, BBR Scheme
Award amount: £683k
The database Chemical Entities of Biological Interest (ChEBI) acts as a resource for the bioscientific community, providing semantic, biological and chemical information as well as stable identifiers for small chemical compounds relevant in biology, including the so-called metabolites. Over the three year project, the aim is to further develop the ChEBI resource and create surrounding tools towards comprehensively addressing the chemical informatics (software and data) needs of the systems biology and metabolic modelling communities, so that they in turn can further their objective to create meaningful simulations and models that enable whole-systems research into pressing public health and energy challenges.
Firstly, we will develop a comprehensive cross-platform, open source API library for accessing ChEBI programmatically (in Java and Python). It will include facilities such as extracting biologically relevant groups of compounds e.g. tautomers, calculating additional physicochemical properties and semantic reasoning over model annotations. Secondly, we will extend the database to enhance stability, increase community involvement and provide a new powerful visualisation for the biological context of molecular entities. Thirdly, we will curate into ChEBI all known metabolites across important organisms in systems biology studies.
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