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15 September 2014


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New pulsars found!

Since August 9th 2014 five new pulsars have been discovered and confirmed in the LOFAR Tied-Array All-Sky Survey using a new classifier for pulsar candidates, proposed and implemented by CDT student Rob Lyon. Sally Cooper, a PhD student at Jodrell Bank working with Ben Stappers, takes a lot of the credit for these finds too. Rob Lyon works with Ben, John Brooke and Joshua Knowles. Details of the pulsars, catchily named J0317, J0305, J2057, J2336 and J1814 can all be found at LOTAAS


NIH Data Science Centres                                                                             

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is expected to announce 11 new Data Science Centres, a Data Discovery Index and a $100million investment in a Data Commons. Carole Goble attended the NIH Associate Director for Data Science meeting on 3rd September and has further information if you are interested.


News and announcements

Upcoming provisional Faculty Open meeting dates

Each meeting will run from 13-14:00.


•        Wednesday 15 October 2014

•        Wednesday 28 January 2015

•        Wednesday 13 May 2015

•        Wednesday 15 July 2015


Members of staff who were unable to attend the most recent meeting held on Wednesday 16 July a recording is available here.


If you have any questions or comments about the Open Meetings please contact Rachel Hobson.



Survival at the Top - Lecture on The Glass Cliff                             18 Sep 14

10:30-11:30, Lecture Theatre B, University Place.

The Glass Cliff extends the metaphor of the Glass Ceiling and says that, after having broken through a glass ceiling, women are actually more likely than men to find themselves on a glass cliff, meaning their positions of leadership are risky or precarious.


Professor Michelle Ryan, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology, University of Exeter will discuss her research on academic leadership, ambition and work-life balance, exploring the environment facing women in positions of leadership.


Debate around the glass cliff phenomenon, as well as the implications for research and practice, is encouraged.


Men most welcome!


Booking is not necessary. Please email Helen Ryder for further information.

The MURDOCK Study: Building a Community-based Registry & Biorepository for Disease Reclassification                                                           19 Sep 14

14:00, Atlas suite, Kilburn building.

Dr Tenenbaum, Associate Director for Bioinformatics for the Duke Translational Medicine Institute (DTMI), hosted by Professor Carole Goble.

Seminars website

Improving everyday interactions with your phone                          24 Sep 14

14:00, Lecture theatre 1.4, Kilburn building.

Dr D. Brumby, Senior Lecturer at University College London, hosted by Caroline Jay.

Seminars website

RAEng Research Forum                                                                 26 Sep 14

10:00-17:00 26 September, RAEng, Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5DG

Carole Goble is speaking at the annual Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) event, which explores the cutting-edge of world-class engineering research, funded by the RAEng. It provides an excellent opportunity for the worlds of research, industry, business and policy to meet and exchange views. Registration required.


Funding Opportunities

Research Support Office

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There is information about support for grant writing, submission and successful examples at 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

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

EU funding-related documents are placed by the University's EU team at:
The easiest way to find these documents is to search using the keyword: 'Horizon 2020'

A great resource recommended by the ICT National Contact Point is, which also provides handy overview documents.

Contrails: finding understanding and countering crime in the cloud  16 Sept 14

Closing date: 16:00 16 September 2014

Working with the Metropolitan Police Service and the National Crime Agency, EPSRC and ESRC are jointly requesting proposals for a research Centre which will improve understanding of, and responses to, criminal activities and behaviour in the cloud.


Featured Research Outcomes


Did you know…papers featured in the newsletter also go on display in the Kilburn Building (outside finance: 2.03)? Send your new publications to Robert Stevens so that more people get to know about your research.


Selected recent publications

As well as the 2 papers that featured in the newsletter last week (Molecular phenotyping of a UK population: defining the human serum metabolome, Studying the Evolvability of Self-Encoding Genotype-Phenotype Maps), Josh Knowles has had the following published over the last year.


·        Population Fluctuation Promotes Cooperation in Networks, arXiv:1407.8032 [cs.GT], July 2014
Steve Miller and Joshua Knowles

·        Multiobjective Optimization: When Objectives Exhibit Non-Uniform Latencies, European Journal of Operational Research, 2014. (To appear).
R. Allmendinger, J. Handl and J. Knowles

·        Hellinger Distance Trees for Imbalanced Streams, in Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Pattern Recognition - ICPR 2014 pp. 1969-1974, IEEE Press (full paper).
R. Lyon, J. Brooke, J. Knowles and B. Stappers

·        Ephemeral Resource Constraints in Optimization, in R. Datta and K. Deb (eds.) Evolutionary Constrained Optimization, Springer-Verlag. (To appear).
R. Allmendinger and J. Knowles

·        GeneGenie: optimized oligomer design for directed evolution, Nucleic Acids Research, April 2014. doi:10.1093/nar/gku336 (Acknowledgment only).
N. Swainston, A. Currin, P.J. Day, and D.B. Kell

·        Accuracy and tractability of a kriging model of intramolecular polarisable multipolar electrostatics and its application to histidine. Journal of Computational Chemistry, 2013 34: 1850-1861.
S. M. Kandathil, T. L. Fletcher, Y. Yuan, J. Knowles and P. L. A. Popelier

·        On Handling Ephemeral Resource Constraints in Evolutionary Search. Evolutionary Computation, 21(3): 497-531. MIT Press, Fall 2013.
R. Allmendinger and J. Knowles


Have we missed something? If you have some award news that you would like us to know about please contact Sarah Chatwin.