School of Computer Science
9 December 2013
Google Web 1T on Raspberry Pi
Michele Filannino and Matt Shardlow have recently implemented a web server which allows access to the Google Web 1T corpus. It is available to all the School at the following web address: http://126.96.36.199:4001/. It was created using only a school Raspberry Pi and an external hard drive.
The corpus contains frequency counts of different combinations of English words indexed by Google Inc. amounting to approximately 100Gb of data. Google Web 1T is used in building more complex language models and has already helped Michele to understand why everybody calls him Michelle.
They would like to thank Steve Pettifer, Tony Curran and Chris Connolly for their kind help. If you are interested in API access, feel free to contact them.
Keynote speech delivered by Sophia Ananiadou
Sophia Ananiadou delivered a keynote speech entitled "Text Mining - Vision and Opportunities" at a Pharma Documentation Ring (P-D-R} special meeting, "Text Mining STM Content: New Perspectives, Emerging Solutions", held in Bruges, Belgium, from 27 to 29 November 2013.
Text mining and text mining tools have become an integrated part of standard information management in pharmaceutical companies, and the emergence of concepts such as “big data” and mixable repositories or online data sets have accentuated the need for standards and business models in order to exploit the technological innovations taking place in this field.
Environment Agency UK Water Efficiency Awards 2014 20 Feb 14
Together with Waterwise, the Environment Agency have launched the most high profile awards scheme in the UK to recognise the water efficiency achievements of the public, private and third sector organisations promoting water efficiency. The awards are free to enter, and all organisations delivering water efficiency initiatives in the UK are eligible to apply. 13 categories include: Built Environment, Business and Industry, Campaigns and Education, Community-led Initiative, Farming and Horticulture, Innovation, Landscape and Gardening, Research and Evaluation.
In addition to formal trophies and certificates, winners and runners-up will benefit from:
Closing date: 20 Feb 2014
Invitation to launch of the Manchester informatics big data community
9 December 13, all day
Chancellors Conference Centre
The Big Data Community aims to bring together the University's strengths in a wide variety of Big Data research (including open data and linked data) across all faculties to:
• Promote interdisciplinary collaboration in all forms of data research
• Improve the University's responses to funding calls in Big Data
• Help raise Manchester’s profile as a leading centre for Big Data research
Our first event, 'Building the Big Data Community at Manchester,' will seek to map out the landscape of Big Data research taking place across the university, work towards building interdisciplinary relationships and begin to showcase our strengths to external organisations.
The day will be facilitated by the Computer Science Team involved in RETHINK:Big, an EU funded initiative which is writing the Big Data Roadmap for Europe. Manchester is the only UK university involved in RETHINK:Big and as part of the event the team will be seeking to engage a wider community from the university in feeding into the Roadmap.
Crowd sourcing and active learning to scale out supervised learning approaches: a case study for web data extraction 11 Dec 13
14:00, Lecture Theatre 1.4, Kilburn building
Dr Paolo Merialdo. Universita Roma Tre
EC and ICT funding opportunities – School event 11 Dec 13
15-16:00, Atlas 1, Kilburn building
Liping Zhao will give a talk in the School to report back from ICT 2013 (http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/ict-2013).
General feedback along with a summary of some conference sessions and activities will be provided.
The talk will be preceded by a short introduction related to EU funding activities and the first calls for Horizon 2020 that are expected to be announced on that same day.
Decision and Cognitive Sciences Research Centre Seminar 11 Dec 13
From Bayesian Inference to Evidential Reasoning for Decision Making under Uncertainty
Professor Jian-Bo Yang and Professor Dong-Ling Xu, Decision and Cognitive Sciences Research Centre, Manchester Business School
13:30, MBS East
School Christmas Party Thurs 19 Dec 13
15:00, School common room
Following on from last year’s successful quiz with Quizmaster Chris and DJ Jezmas we will be having another quiz this year! Computer Scientists, come on down! We’ll be having the now traditional pizza, music from DJ Jezmas, and soft drinks will be available. Please bring along a bottle of something you like.
Research Support Office
Please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is information about support for grant writing, submission and successful examples at http://staffnet.cs.manchester.ac.uk/reso/ and through EPS. The EPS blog The Word contains features News, Events and comment relevant to Postgraduate Researchers, Research Staff and Supervisors or PIs.
Important: Changes in EU Funding Opportunities
Information sessions and draft documents are becoming available for Horizon2020 (the successor of FP7 EU programme). EU research funding is important for the School so please keep an eye-out for information – calls are expected to open at the end of the year.
Reminder - H2020 drafts available
EU funding-related documents are placed by the
University's EU team at:
A great resource recommended by the ICT National Contact Point is http://www.ictic.org/, which also provides handy overview documents.
Bibliographical Society Fellowships and Bursaries 2014 10 Jan 14
The Bibliographical Society invites applications for
awards from scholars engaged in bibliographical research (on, for example,
book history, textual transmission, publishing, printing, bookbinding, book
ownership and book-collecting).
Closing date: 10 Jan 2014
Featured Research Outcomes
Did you know… papers featured in the newsletter also go on display in the Kilburn Building (outside 2.7)? Send your new publications to Robert Stevens so that more people get to know about your research.
Congratulations to James Naish!
James Naish has successfully defended his thesis, entitled
• Y. Wang, L. Zhao, X. Wang, X. Yang, S. Supakkul, PLANT:
Patent filed for TRAM: A Tool for Transforming Textual Requirements Analysis Models
A patent has been filed for the work of Liping Zhao and her two PhD students, Keletso Joel Letsholo and Erol-Valeriu Chioasca for their tool, TRAM: A Tool for Transforming Textual Requirements Analysis Models.
The tool overcomes a well-known bottleneck in software development, including speeding-up and increasing the reliability of translating written software requirements into initial software models. Software development projects almost always begin with user specified requirements, typically written in a natural language before being manually converted initial software models e.g. Entity-Relationship (ER) and Unified Modelling Language (UML) diagrams. Such a process is time-consuming and error-prone, as the quality and speed of model construction varies depending on the human modeller; creating a bottleneck in software development.
The TRAM tool provides a theoretical framework and a software implementation for transforming Natural Language Requirement (NLR) specification into initial software models. The tool also recently won Best Student Tool Demonstration Award at 28th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (Palo Alto, California, November 11-15, 2013).
Have we missed something? If you have some award news that you would like us to know about please contact Sarah Chatwin.