School of Computer Science
24 February 2014
Steve Furber wins the BCS Lovelace Medal
Steve Furber has been awarded the prestigious BCS Lovelace Medal. The Lovelace medal was established in 1998 and is administered by the Awards Committee of the BCS Academy of Computing.
The Lovelace medal is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding or advancement of Computing.
The first of the new double glazed opening windows are being installed by the goods lift on the 2nd floor of the Kilburn Building. All of the 2nd floor windows that face into the courtyard will be replaced. This will inevitably cause disruption to the occupants when their windows are changed and to everyone else through noise. Hopefully the improved heat insulation and the ability to open the windows will compensate for the disturbance. If this experiment goes well we hope that Estates will replace other windows in the Kilburn building.
WiSET Event – Build your self confidence March 3rd
WiSET (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology) Event, Monday 3 March 2014 University Place, Room 4.204, 14:00-15:30
This workshop aims to boost confidence and self-belief, questioning why we lack confidence, asking for perceptions of confidence and how we can tackle confidence. The session will be facilitated by Stephanie Walters, Staff Training and Development Unit, who has extensive experience in delivering assertiveness training to staff across our University. Men are welcome.
Go to http://www.wiset.eps.manchester.ac.uk/events/ to view the programme.
Annual May Ball May 9th
CSSOC has announced this year’s May Ball "Computer Science, Languages, and Religion & Theology bring you The Midnight Masquerade May Ball." https://www.facebook.com/themayball2014 The LAST CHANCE TO BUY TICKETS is Thursday 27th February,
Announcements and news
Ramp up the Red event success
We have finally finished counting the pennies from the Ramp Up the Red day after a few late donations. Between ourselves, Chemical Engineering and the Student Services Centre we raised a whopping £405.96 for the British Heart Foundation!
Abseiling for The Christie
Bryony Quick will be abseiling from the top of the Manchester United Football Stadium on 23 March to raise funds for the important Christie charity. Support your secretary at the link below!
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.
Reminder - EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account – 5th call 5 Mar 14
Closing date: 12 pm 5 March 2014
The 5th IAA call for proposals is open. Funding is for research based on EPSRC funded research:
· Relationship Incubator Scheme – To develop early stage contact and strategic alignment between business and academics
· Concept Development and Feasibility Study Scheme – To bridge the gap in support for early stage commercialisation of ideas
· Exploitation Secondment Scheme and Academic Secondment Scheme - To increase the exchange of knowledge through mobility of people between the University and user organisations
Simon Harper and Sean Bechhofer have both previously been successful in IAA calls.
18 Mar 14
Outline deadline: 16:00 18 March 2014
The MRC’s DPFS funds (£250k min., normally 2 yr) academic-led pre-clinical development and early clinical testing of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including “repurposing” clinical studies. DPFS scheme supports projects whose goals are to improve prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of significant health needs, or that focus on developing research tools that increase the efficiency of developing interventions including:
· Developing and testing novel devices
· Developing and testing diagnostics
Biomedical Catalyst 28 May 14
Registration deadline: 28 May 2014
Closing date: 4 June 2014
The TSB and MRC Biomedical Catalyst programme has funding available (£250k–2.4M) for Early and Late stage awards to support SME-led collaborations with academia, to develop solutions for:
· disease prevention and proactive management of health and chronic conditions
· earlier and better detection and diagnosis of disease leading to marked improvements in patient outcomes
· highly effective treatments that are tailored to patients' needs and either modify the underlying disease or offer potential cures.
Support is available for projects arising from any sector or discipline that are aimed at addressing healthcare challenges. Example solutions may include (not limited to); stratified healthcare (both therapy and diagnostic components), regenerative medicine, diagnostics, eHealth and mHealth solutions, enabling medical technologies and devices.
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.
Have we missed something? If you have some award news that you would like us to know about please contact Sarah Chatwin.