School of Computer Science
20 January 2014
Changes to out of hours arrangements
The process for obtaining out of hours access to Kilburn will be changing. We have reviewed arrangements and have determined that significantly better induction is required.
During this week we will be introducing a new system for students along with some changes to hours and access. We will then review arrangements for staff.
Announcements and news
Uli Sattler – member of Academia Europaea
Congratulations to Uli Sattler on becoming a member of Academia Europaea! The Academia Europaea is a European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences, where membership is by invitation only. Invitations are made only after peer group nomination, scrutiny and confirmation as to the scholarship and eminence of the individual in their chosen field.
Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning
Dr Danielle George has been offered the position of Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, following on from her acting role as Associate Dean.
ECU study - call for Academic participants
Equality Challenge Unit and University of Southampton are conducting a study exploring the factors that influence UK/British academics moving overseas to pursue their careers, and they are currently running a survey as part of the study.
Previous research has indicated that differences in the structures, cultures and processes in higher education in different countries may encourage some individuals to move overseas and they are hoping to establish what can be done to retain academics in the UK.
The survey is open until Friday 28 February to all academics with British nationality or citizenship (both currently in the UK and overseas) and can be accessed through this link:
If you have any questions please contact Dr Kalwant Bhopal.
International Centre for Social Media Research: Workshops 20 Jan 14
09 January 2014, 11-17:00, Atlas 1&2, Kilburn building
20 January 2014, 10-17:00, Atlas 1&2, Kilburn building
Manchester Informatics are running 2 workshops, which will help to inform a bid for an ESRC funded International Centre for Social Media Research. The first workshops will cover Technical Challenges such as data management, tools and methods, including data analytics and visualization; the second, Substantive Themes. Registration required.
Horizon 2020 Cross Disciplinary Information Day 27 Jan 14
· Event: 27 Jan 2014, 9.30-3pm, Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum
Alexa Mills, National Contact Point for the Horizon 2020 Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Programme, and Laura Mora Diaz, National Contact Point for H2020 ‘Science With and for Society’ Programme (both ESRC) are coming to Manchester to discuss the details of the recent calls. There will also be sessions covering Research Infrastructures (including e-infrastructures) and Legal and Financial issues. Both Alexa and Laura are in a position to give us more details and insider knowledge on the requirements of the individual calls. These programmes are multidisciplinary - there may be opportunities for researchers outside the obvious areas in the Faculty of Humanities.
Agenda and registration (required).
Virtual Reality Therapies for Phantom Limb Pain 29 Jan 14
Dr Steve Pettifer
14:00, Lecture theatre 1.4, Kilburn building
Phantom Limb Pain is a debilitating condition that affects a significant percentage of patients after loss of an arm or leg. These patients experience chronic pain and other unpleasant sensations in the missing limb, and the pain resists treatment. Previous research has demonstrated that pain levels can be reduced in some patients when they are immersed in a virtual environment that presents a 3D computer graphics visualisation of their missing limb, the movements of which are controlled by sensors attached to the remaining limb. In this seminar I will cover some of the recent theories on the cause of Phantom Limb Pain, and look at some of the Virtual Reality-based intervention that we've been developing using off-the-shelf hardware.
Horizon 2020 Information Session on Marie Curie Innovative Training Networks 30 Jan 14
· Event: 30 Jan 2014, 12-2pm, Michael Smith Lecture Theatre
The call for Marie Curie Innovative Training Networks under Horizon 2020 are now out. We are running an information session on how to apply for an ITN – the session will provide an overview of the scheme and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals to this call. The session is for both administrative AND academic staff. Please email Claire Faichnie to register.
Research Support Office
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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.
Tools and services for synthetic biology 15 Jan 14
Registration: 8 January 2014
Closing date: 15 January 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).
EPSRC - NSFC Call for Collaborative Research between UK and China
20 Jan 14
Register intent to submit: 16:00 20 Jan 2014
Closing date: 16:00 19 Feb 2014
Collaborative projects between
researchers from the UK and China in partnership with the National Natural
Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are requested in the area of ‘Sustainable
Materials for Infrastructure’. Up to £3M is available across the theme areas
from the EPSRC Engineering Theme (including development of novel
holistic sustainable pathways for recovery and retention of value) with
matched equivalent resources from NSFC (up to 2M RMB per project). It is
expected that up to 6 proposals will be funded.
UK-China partnerships in sustainable manufacturing 22 Jan 14
· Briefing event: 22 Jan 2014
· Closing date: 26 Mar 2014
EPSRC, the Technology Strategy Board and China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) are inviting expressions of interest for collaborative R&D projects (involving both a UK and Chinese applicant) that make manufacturing processes more sustainable. Funding of £500-800k is available for 1-2 yr projects. The aim of this competition for academics is to work with academic or industrial partners in China. Attendance at the Briefing event is strongly recommended –webinar also available.
End Use Energy Demand-Working with the Centres 06 Feb 14
· Closing date: 4pm 06 Feb 2014
RCUK Energy Programme is requesting Expressions of Interest to encourage researchers to work with the centres. Two types of proposal are invited:
1. Smaller Standard Research proposals (up to £300k) for individuals at an early stage of their career to work with the DEMAND centre e.g. on trends in energy demand; ICT-use in increasing operability, control and visibility.
2. Standard Research Proposals (up to £600k) to work with the other EUED Centres
Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems – Phase 2
13 Feb 14
· Closing date: 13 Feb 2014
EPSRC and CPNI are inviting proposals for research as part of the recently-announced 'Research Institute for Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems (Cyber Security). There’s an indicative total budget from the sponsors of £1.6M over 3 years for an expected 4 projects. Funds are available for substantial research projects to run alongside and complement that of the Phase 1 project Research Institute in Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems. N.B. Submission into Phase 1 is not a pre-requisite for submission into Phase 2.
Pfizer Inflammation Competitive Research Programme 26 Mar 14
· Closing date: 26 Mar 2014
Pfizer have launched the third cycle of their ‘Inflammation Competitive Research Programme’ (I-CRP) for the funding of research in the field of inflammation and this is now open to applications. Awards of £50-100k are available for projects between 12 and 18 months. This programme aims to inspire high-quality and innovative research in the field of inflammation to further the understanding of disease and contribute to excellence in patient care. Areas of interest for this call include Imaging, Early diagnosis and treatment, Epidemiology and Patient-recorded outcomes.
Prize and Award Opportunities
Philip Leverhulme Prizes 2014 14 May 14
· Closing date: 4pm 14 May 2014
· Biological Sciences
· Mathematics and Statistics
· Philosophy and Theology
· Sociology and Social Policy
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.
Transatlantic Digging into Data Challenge 2013
NaCTeM has been awarded a grant on "Mining Biodiversity" as part of the transatlantic Digging into Data challenge 2013, which targets how computational techniques can be applied to big data in the humanities and social sciences.
Overall, 14 teams representing collaborations from Canada, US, UK and the Netherlands were successful in this round which is the third in the series since 2009. NaCTeM's project is one of only four UK projects to have been awarded in this round:
NaCTeM is collaborating with the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and the Smithsonian Institute in the US and the University of Dalhousie (Visual Text Analytics Research Laboratory and Social Media laboratory) in Canada with the aim to transform BHL into a next generation social digital library resource. The partners will combine text mining with interactive visualisation techniques and crowdsourcing, to provide access to a fully interlinked and indexed BHL via the creation of a semantic search system. A social media environment will allow different users to interact and collaborate on science and public education, raising awareness of the changes in biodiversity over time.
Funders: AHRC, ESRC, Innovation.ca, Institute of Museum and Library Services, JISC, NEH
Enhancing eScholar using Text Mining
NaCTeM has been awarded two grants to enhance eScholar.
1. The first award will identify interdisciplinary links in eScholar based on the analysis of semantic document clusters. This is a collaborative project between NaCTeM and the University of Manchester Library.
Funder: UMRI Pump Priming Programme
Duration: 6 months
PI: Sophia Ananiadou
2. The second award will support search for EPS PhD students in eScholar using faceted search based on semantic types and technical terms.
Funder: EPS Strategic Research Fund
Duration: 3 months
PI : Sophia Ananiadou
Best paper success for one of our students
The following paper, based on the work of a PhD student in Computer Science, Aqeel Al-Naser, was awarded Best Paper of the International Conference on Information Theory and Applications (IVAPP/VISIGRAPP), Lisbon, Portugal January 5-8 2014
Aqeel Al-Naser, Masroor Rasheed, Duncan Irving and John Brooke, "Fine-Grained Provenance of Users' Interpretations in a Collaborative Visualization Architecture".
Systems Biology to Identify Molecular Targets for Vascular Disease Treatment
Robert Stevens, Andy Brass
Funding body: EC
Award amount: €278,660
Visualising and optimising very large scale protein sequence-activity data for synthetic biology
Terri Attwood (CS/FLS) and Doug Kell (Chemistry)
Award amount: £33k
EPS Faculty Strategic Fund
The ‘Dean’s Fund’ has supported 107 out of 185 proposals this year, including success in the School. Read about SCS successful proposals in the newsletter over the next few weeks. Well done to those involved…
Human Brain Project
Funding body: Faculty Strategic Fund
Award amount: £10,000
It is a common misconception that the Human Brain Project is a "one billion Euro Project"; in fact, so far, only €60 million has been awarded for the first two and a half years. To receive funding under Horizon2020, the consortium, along with any new partners will have to bid for further funds. The purpose of this pump priming grant is to enable travel and networking to commence on the bid documents for the next phase, a task that explicitly cannot be charged to the EU.
Support for FPGA Hard-Core Projects
Dirk Koch, Petrut Bogdan
Funding body: Faculty Strategic Fund
Award amount: £10,000
Thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Faculty Strategic Fund, we are able to setup a Computer Engineering Club in the School of Computer Science. This will give students access to hardware for building own (mostly FPGA related) projects. As a first outcome of this initiative, a couple of CS and EE students will start Hard-Core Projects at the end of the month (see sites.google.com/site/1uphardcore/). This includes various activities including Mandelbrot set computation, machine vision and camera-based human machine interfaces. The grant will also be used to organize hackathons.
Have we missed something? If you have some award news that you would like us to know about please contact Sarah Chatwin.