School of Computer Science
17 March 2014
4 teams from the School entering entered the Facebook London Hackathon, and Team Goat won it! Congratulations to Mark Larah (Y2, CS4), Bartlomiej Siemieniuk (Y1, SE4), Antonio Marino (Y2, SEwIE), and Jessie Abramson (Y3, AI), who battled against 21 other UK teams to emerge triumphant with their powerful yet simple to understand programming language ZuckerScript: http://fbfiddle.com. They'll be flying to California representing the UK later this year in the world finals.
Steve Furber and Gavin Brown were on CBBC’s Newsround last Friday, talking about modelling the human brain and the future of AI.
3rd year project showcase 19 Mar 14
It was great to go to last week’s project showcase and see the impressive things that our students can do. So many students wanted to demonstrate that the session had to be split into two shifts. If you didn’t manage to see it this year, it will happen again next year...
Babbage’s Analytical Engine @MOSI 18th Mar 14
The Computer Conservation Society Lecture on Tuesday evening will be about Babbage’s analytical engine:
Steve Furber features in the Big Issue
The Big Issue in the North (10th Mar edition) featured Steve Furber talking about SpiNNaker and the Human Brain Project – see the front page:
Seminar: Computational Support for Scientific Discovery 19 Mar 14
Dr Oliver Ray, University of Bristol.
14:00, lecture theatre 1.4 Kilburn building
HC2014 – National Health IT Conference 19-20 Mar 14
Manchester Central, Petersfield, Manchester, M2 3GX
The BCS and HIMSS National Health IT Conference is being held in Manchester with complimentary places available for academics. A wide range of healthcare providers, industry experts and other delegates will be attending – potential future partners perhaps?
Research workshop at the School of Mathematics 19 Mar 14
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Important: Changes in EU Funding Opportunities
More detailed information is available now that for Horizon2020 has started (the successor of FP7 EU programme). EU research funding is important for the School and it’s important to understand what’s available http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/index.html
Reminder - H2020 information 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. Details on upcoming events are available, including focuses on graphene, HBP and FET.
Energy Resilient Manufacturing 4 Apr 14
Closing date: 16:00 4 April 2014
Expressions of interest are invited for research ideas (incl. ICT) to explore the potential of Energy Resilient Manufacturing, reducing through systems, strategies and technology, the exposure of the manufacturing industry to risks in the future supply of energy.
Novel analytical methods for biological molecules feasibility studies
7 Apr 14
Outline application deadline: 17:00 7 April 2014
EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies is offering funding to academics outside the Centre (incl. those in CS) for research feasibility studies related to the development of novel analytical methods for biological molecules. Up to £20k per (6-12 month) project is available, excluding the costs of the collaborating Centre researcher(s) which will be met by the Centre.
It may be possible to extend a successful feasibility study of a novel technology that shows outstanding potential with funding for a further 6 to 12 months.
NERC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) – second call 9 Apr 14
Closing date: noon 9 April 2014
Funding is available from the University NERC IAA for projects based on NERC-funded research to:
· develop early stage contact and strategic alignment between business and academics through relationship incubation;
· bridge the gap in support for early stage commercialisation of ideas through concept development and feasibility studies;
· increase the exchange of knowledge through mobility of people between the University and user organisations through exploitation secondments.
Projects awarded must be in a position to complete spend by 31 March 2015.
Manufacturing Fellowships - Call 4 17 Apr 14
Intent to submit deadline (compulsory): 17 April 2014
Open to CS – not just for engineering…EPSRC is looking to support a number EPSRC Fellows in Manufacturing who have the potential to be future research leaders in their field in Manufacturing Research. The call is to support either academics who have recently moved from industry, or people in industry, involved in innovation, looking to move into academia for up to 5 years. Proposals must articulate the vision for utilising the Fellow’s industrial experience to inform their future research direction.
Brian Mercer Award for Innovation 23 Apr 14
Closing date: 23 Apr 2014
This Royal Society scheme provides an award of up to £250k (including VAT where applicable) for projects of up to 2yrs in duration for scientists who wish to develop an already proven concept or prototype into a near-market product ready for commercial exploitation. It is not available for medical devices.
For scientists who wish to investigate the feasibility of commercialising an aspect of their research, the Royal Society Brian Mercer Feasibility Award is available (up to £30 for up to 12 months - no closing date).
Software for the Future II 28 May 14
Intent to submit deadline (compulsory): 16:00 28 May 2014
Up to £4M of funding is available from EPSRC for projects focused on the development of software that is used in computational science and engineering. This call covers the development of novel code, the development of new functionality for existing codes and the development and re-engineering of existing codes. Strategic drivers are: developing code for emerging hardware architectures; developing researchers with key software engineering skills and software sustainability.
BBSRC’s Anniversary Future Leader Fellowships 26 Jun 14
Closing date: 26 June 2014
The Future Leader Fellowship is a new programme for Early Career Researchers (incl. final yr PhD students and PDRAs) with no more than five years’ research experience who wish to undertake independent research and gain leadership skills. It is expected that 8-15 fellowships will be awarded for 3 years each and at a value of up to £250k.
International Research in Security (IRIS) 28 Aug 14
Closing date: 28 August 2014
EPSRC is inviting proposals from UK academics for projects which will support visiting Fellows from India, Israel or Japan to carry out cyber security research in, and build collaborative links with, the UK.
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.
The SpiNNaker Project
Steve Furber, Francesco Galluppi, Steve Temple and Luis Plana have had their paper The SpiNNaker Project accepted into the Proceedings of the IEEE on-line system. The paper provides a review of the project so far, which has already delivered systems with up to 2500 processors, as well as presenting the real-time event-driven programming model that supports flexible access to the resources of the machine.
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