School of Computer Science
14 April 2014
Students as Partners Celebration Evening - Computer Science PASS Scheme Nominated for Award
At the recent Students as Partners Celebration Evening held at the Palace Hotel the Computer Science PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) Scheme was one of the three nominated schemes for ‘PASS Scheme of the Year’. The School came 2nd with Aerospace being named as the winners. This is an excellent achievement for the whole PASS team as there are 23 schemes in total running through all the Schools in the University. Gavin Donald sat on the panel of judges although he was unable to vote on this category.
So congratulations to our Student Coordinators Matt Akerman and Dalwinder Bagdi, 2nd Year PASS Coordinators Danielle Grayston and Jack Evans, all of our 33 PASS Leaders and Staff Coordinators Andrea Schalk and Gavin Donald. Computer Science also received tremendous support from the Students as Partners Sabbatical Intern Natasha Irwin. Those who attended the Celebration Evening said it was a very entertaining event and many of our students enjoyed learning new programmes and showing off their ‘algorithms’ on the dance floor as the evening ended with a traditional Ceilidh.
Carol Goble was awarded her CBE on Friday 4th April. Doug Kell (Chemistry, MIB) was also honoured in the same ceremony.
From The War of Nature
Andrea Schalk and Colin Caine (2nd year CDT PhD) were thanked at the official opening of Manchester Museum’s “From the War of Nature” Exhibition. The exhibition’s title comes from Charles Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species”, published in 1859. Drawing upon more recent scientific discoveries about the relationships between living things, the exhibition explores the place of war in nature, and the idea of a ‘struggle for existence’. Colin Caine features in the exhibition discussing his simulations of conflict and co-operation and how life evolves.The museum can be found by leaving the Kilburn Building from the goods entrance and crossing Oxford Road – It’s the big stone building right in front of you and can easily be visited during a lunch break.
IPython: From interactive computing to computational narratives 28 Apr 14
14-16:00, Lecture Theatre G20, Mansfield Cooper building
Fernando Perez, UC Berkeley
Python has become one of the most important programming languages for modern scientific computing and is steadily replacing proprietary systems such as MATLAB, Mathematica and SPSS. The Ipython (Interactive Python) project brings interactivity, parallel programming and collaboration to the Python eco-system.
Fernando Perez is a leading light in the use of Python for scientific computing and leads the IPython project. He is also a core member of the new Berkeley Institute for Data Science.
Consortia for Exploratory Research in Security – conference 16 Jun 14
The Research Councils UK Global Uncertainties Programme is holding a one-day meeting to highlight research funded through the CEReS (Consortia for Exploratory Research in Security) call. Registration required.
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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 at:
A great resource recommended by the ICT National Contact Point is http://www.ictic.org/, which also provides handy overview documents.
External Horizon 2020 events Various
Details on upcoming events are available, including focuses on graphene, HBP and FET.
Closing date: 15 Apr 2014
The London Mathematical Society (LMS) supports short visits for collaborative research at the interface of Mathematics and Computer Science. Up to £500 is available either for grant holder visits to another institution within the UK or abroad, or by a named mathematician from within the UK or abroad to the home base of the grant holder. The applicant should be a mathematician based in the UK and non LMS members will need to ask an LMS member to support the application.
MQ Fellows Award 2014 – transforming mental health 24 Apr 14
Closing date: 17:00 24 April 2014
This Programme is open to researchers from all disciplines related to mental health research. MQ Awardees will be either newly independent or finalising their transition to independence, and so at a stage where their career is committed to mental health research. Key features of the programme are:
· £75k per year; flexible as to how funds are allocated and whether to salary &/or research costs
· For early career scientists from any discipline making the transition to independent status
· Interdisciplinary approach is essential
The Programme follows a 2-stage application process. The deadline for Stage 1 Letter of Intent applications is Thursday 24th April, 2014, 17:00 BST.
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CDE enduring challenge competition 29 Apr 14
Closing date: 17:00 29 April 2014 (deadline every month)
Dstl's Centre for Defence
Enterprise (CDE) proves the value of novel, high-risk,
high-potential-benefit research sourced from the broadest possible range of
science and technology providers including academia, to enable development of
cost-effective capability advantage for UK Armed Forces and national
CDE Innovation Network Call: Information processing and sensemaking
26 Jun 14
· Launch event: 22 May 2014, London
· Closing date: 17:00 26 June 2014
Good for Text Mining and MLO…This CDE themed competition is looking for solutions to the challenges arising from the future intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) environment. Traditional, well-modelled, structured information sources are supported by a growing amount of unstructured, less well-defined sources. The addition of non-traditional data sources, which have different error variables and scales, creates the following challenges in sensemaking:
Current government information processing and sensemaking is a human-intensive process with a high cognitive burden. This process does not easily scale. Through this CDE themed competition, we are seeking projects to demonstrate solutions as prototype software. They must be designed, from the outset, to cope with large-scale data and must run at near-operational speeds.
Stand Up to Cancer Fellowships 28 Jul 14
Closing date: 28 July 2014
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), on behalf of Stand Up To
Cancer (SU2C) and Cancer Research UK, is accepting applications for SU2C-Cancer Research UK Translational
Research Fellowships that will
offer up to $315,000 each in research funding.
CRUK are encouraging a greater quantity and quality of applications for the next rounds of these funding cycles. For more information contact Milla Nakkeeran.
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 paper ‘Balancing risk appetite and risk attitude
in requirements: a framework for user liberation’ by Dr Daniel G Dresner and Dr Joy Garfield (alumna, now: University
of Worcester) has been accepted for the upcoming UK Academy for Information
Systems conference in Oxford (7th-9th April) http://www.ukais.org.uk/Conference/Conference2014/
Have we missed something? If you have some award news that you would like us to know about please contact Sarah Chatwin.