School of Computer Science
16 December 2013
School Christmas Party 15:00 Thurs 19 Dec 13
15:00, School common room
Computer Scientists, come on down! Building on last year’s successful party Quizmaster Chris will test your trivia while DJ Jezmas strives heroically to get you dancing! There will be pizza, music, drinks and great company. Please bring along a bottle of something you like.
The Kilburn and IT buildings are closed during the University's Christmas closure period 24th December 2013 - 1st January 2014 inclusive. There will be no heating or ventilation, no cleaning and no emptying of rubbish. There will be no IT technical support and the IT team in the School may take the opportunity to perform maintenance during the Christmas break. As such, there may be brief or extended periods when some services are unavailable.
You should not plan to work in Kilburn or IT buildings during the Christmas closure period unless there is a real necessity to do so.
Next School Newsletter Mon 14 Jan 14
The staff at The Newsletter will be taking an all-expenses unpaid break over Christmas. Any significant news will get to you by some other route.
Social Media Workshop 9th, 20th Jan 14
Announcements and news
Horizon2020 – call for experts
Ahead of the start of H2020, the European Commission is calling for independent experts to evaluate proposals for EU funding and for other activities such as monitoring, programme evaluation and policy development. There’s a particular need for evaluators with interest in research with higher Technology Readiness Levels (TRL). This is a great opportunity to get to understand more about the EC process.
Interested candidates are invited to apply as soon as possible in preparation for the first project proposal evaluations, which will start in 2014.
Please let Sarah Chatwin know if you apply.
SpiNNaker in Forbes
In a Forbes article, Steve Furber talks about SpiNNaker and its role in the Human Brain Project, including a video of SpiNNaker robot ‘seeing’ and responding to visual instructions.
Mobile = low power? A journey to the low end 18 Dec 13
Dr Greg Wright Qualcomm Research
12:00, 2.15, Kilburn building
Computationally Intensive Research (CIR) 18 Dec 13
12:30 – refreshments
13-14:00 – forum
6.207, University Place
Professor Chris Taylor (Manchester Informatics) and Mr Ian Cottam (IT Services) are holding a forum for academics interested in computationally intensive research.
CIR incorporates High Performance Computing, High Throughput Computing,
Visualisation, Big Data processing, etc. Discussion will involve what is available currently (locally and externally) and under what rules of engagement. Options for having a more unified strategy will be discussed and we would like your views.
If you can't make this lunchtime meeting, there will be further opportunities (some via surveys) early in the new year. No booking required, just drop in.
REMINDER - ICT Early Career Researcher Workshops 3 Jan 14
· Closing date: 4 pm 03 Jan 2014
o 5-6 Feb 2014, The Oxford Hotel, Oxford
o 25-26 Feb 2014, Raddisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Call for participants: The EPSRC’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Theme is inviting expressions of interest from early career ICT researchers (PhD within the last 10 years) for a workshop to be held in February 2014. Learn about funding opportunities and get hints and tips from the EPSRC.
Why Successful People often feel like Frauds – The Imposter Syndrome
11:00- 11:50, Monday 13 January 2014 University Place, Lecture Theatre A
How can it be that so many clever, competent and capable people can feel that they are just one step away from being expose as a complete fraud? Despite evidence that they are performing well they can still have that lurking fear that at any moment someone is going to tap them on the shoulder and say “We need to have a chat”. Perhaps it will be the next presentation they have to make, or that paper or report they have to write or that interview they are going for. That’s when they will find out and then it’s Game Over.
Hugh Kearns has worked with thousands of high performing imposters, he is one himself and is currently writing a book on the topic. Hugh is a currently a visitor in Manchester but he leaves at the end of Jan! Come along and hear what the latest psychological research has to tell us about The Imposter Syndrome and more importantly some strategies for dealing with it.
Research Support Office
Please contact us through email@example.com.
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
A great resource recommended by the ICT National Contact Point is http://www.ictic.org/, which also provides handy overview documents.
Tools and services for synthetic biology 8 Jan 2014
· Registration: 8 Jan 2014
· Closing date: 15 Jan 2014
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB), BBSRC, EPSRC, and the Welsh Government are investing up to £3.8m in business-led collaborative projects to develop innovative tools and services for the UK synthetic biology industry. Between £100k and £350k is available per project (up to 1yr).
Enabling the Internet of Sensors – feasibility awards 22 Jan 2014
· Registration: noon 22 Jan 2014
· Closing date: noon 29 Jan 2014
Enabling technologies for genomics sequence data analysis and interpretation 26 Jan 2014
· Registration: noon 26 Jan 2014
· Closing date: noon 5 Feb 2014
TSB Data Exploration - event and funding 7 Jan 14 7 Jan 2014
· Event: 7 Jan 2014, London
· Registration: noon 26 Feb 2014
· Closing date: noon 5 Mar 2014
Whole system design for energy efficient high performance computing
17 Feb 14
· Registration: 13:00 CET 17 Feb 2014
· Closing date: 13:00 CET 24 Feb 2014
The European Commission is investing of up to €9m to improve the energy constraints required to power and cool new supercomputers. The goal of this Pre Commercial Procurement (PCP) with PRACE is to procure R&D services that result in highly energy efficient HPC system components that are integrated into an HPC architecture which is capable of providing a floating-point peak performance of up to 100 PFlop/s. This pilot PCP is for 40 months, consisting of 3 phases:
· Phase I (solution design): 6 months, 5 contractors with €180k (excl VAT) per bid
· Phase II (prototype development): for successful Phase I projects. 10 months, 3 contractors with ~€2.7m (excl VAT) available in total
· Phase III (Pre-commercial small scale product/service development): for successful Phase II projects. 16 months, 2 contractors with ~€5.4m (excl VAT) available in total
Sensing and Imaging for Diagnosis of Dementias (SIDD) 17 Feb 14
· Registration: 4pm 17 Feb 2014
· Closing date: 4pm 1 Apr 2014
Following last week’s G8 Dementia Summit, the EPSRC have launched a call for fundamental research in non-invasive sensing and imaging for the diagnosis and measurement of Dementias. £5m is available for 3-5 projects.
Registration of interest required: email firstname.lastname@example.org by 4pm 17 Feb 2014 including:
• Names and institutions of the principal and co-investigators
• Any non-academic project partners
• The approximate value of the funds to be requested
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.
Ciccarese, P., Soiland-Reyes, S., Belhajjame, K., Gray, A., Goble, C., Clark, T. PAV ontology: provenance, authoring and versioning
Journal of Biomedical Semantics 2013, 4:37.
Presentation at IET Data Analytics
Masters student Somdip Dey joined other researchers from industry and academia at the IET Data Analytics event (BCS, London) to present his research "Web Scrapping: How Companies can use 'Big-Data' generated by Facebook?". Watch the video. Somdip’s presentation even caught the attention of a representative from the House of Parliament, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.
Have we missed something? If you have some award news that you would like us to know about please contact Sarah Chatwin.