School of Computer Science
1 December 2014
Reminder: CS Christmas party Thurs 18 Dec 14
The party will start at 3pm on Thursday 18 December with a short toast to the School to mark its 50th birthday. As usual there will be pizza, some drinks, and amazing music. DJ Jazzy Jezmas returns to the decks and 2014 will mark the third year of the legendary Christmas quiz hosted by Chris Farrington and DJ Jezmas.
The University is encouraging all staff to consider payroll giving. This is a scheme where regular payments to charities can be deducted from pay at source before the deduction of tax, so that charities receive a larger amount. Please see:
News and announcements
Sadly there wasn’t as many participants as last year however our moustachioed heroes below represented this years’ Computer Science Movember team in style:
At the time of writing the team of 11 had raised £634 and was ranked 1319 nationally. See the team and donate on the link here http://uk.movember.com/team/1653437.
Submit a project to the Software Sustainability Institute 05 Dec 14
Next closing date: 05 December 2014
Software Sustainability Institute invites submissions from research projects from any discipline who would like help with the development of their software, either to improve the sustainability or reproducibility, help with improving specific aspects, or making better use of infrastructure. For more details on how to apply, visit their website.
Bringing Computer Science to the public
The University has announced that Public Engagement and
Social Responsibility are to be an increasing focus of its activities. As
Computer Scientists, we have a special responsibility in this area as
computing technologies are all pervasive, are an important matter of public
policy, and are changing at a rapid rate.
Science Fair at Jodrell Bank:
Note on EPSRC workshops
If you are interested in the EPSRC workshops detailed below please let Robert Stevens know and remember funding may be available from the School to attend these (see Robert).
RCUK’s fifth annual Digital Economy, All Hands Meeting 03-5 Dec 14
Imperial College London.
The event will be opened by Imperial College London's incoming president, Professor Alice Gast, and Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. DE/2014 is a unique multidisciplinary environment on global digital economy, exploring concepts from the cutting edge in digital economy research, technical challenges, and user engagement, through to latest thinking on privacy and data sharing to exploring how to create value from digital data. These issues will be explored through a mixture of curated activities, submitted papers, posters, videos and technical demonstrations. Register now.
DE/2014 for Students! DE/2014 and the Digital Economy Network are offering student bursaries of up to £200 to attend. To apply for this, simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Workshop for Women and Minorities in Computer Architecture
in conjunction with the
47th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO-47)
14 Dec 14
The MICRO Career Workshop will bring together women and under-represented minorities at different levels in academia, industry, research, government and students to promote the recruitment, retention and progression of women and under-represented groups with research interests in computer architecture.
EPSRC Future Intelligent Technologies Workshop: Call for Expressions of Interest 24-5 Feb 15
Closing date: 07 January 2015
Event: 24-25 February 2015
Intelligent technologies can be considered to have the capacity to replace, augment or complement human activity. This workshop will be delivered as a cross-theme event, with representation from the ICT and Engineering capability themes as well as the Manufacturing the Future challenge theme. It will provide an opportunity for researchers with an interest in the broad area of intelligent technologies to engage in discussion, consider the future challenges and opportunities presented and encourage the formation of new connections that may begin address the research challenges identified. Output from the workshop will be presented as a report which will feed into EPSRC's strategies regarding intelligent technologies over the course of the next Delivery Plan.
Research Support Office
Please contact us through email@example.com.
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
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
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: Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) Seedcorn Funding 2014 08 Dec 14
Closing date: 08 December 2014
The aim of MICRA seedcorn funding (up to £6k; to be spent by the end of July 2015) is to further ageing- related research within the University of Manchester. Applications must meet the following essential criteria:
1. The proposed research activity must be explicitly related to ageing
2. The proposed research activity must be interdisciplinary (for example, crossing the funding domains of two or more research councils)
3. The proposed research activity must lead to at least one specific outcome, such as a research proposal for a research council or a working paper.
4. The award must be held by a UoM member of staff (but can be used to fund collaborations with other institutions/external partners). Applications from early career researchers and from members of EPS will be looked upon favourably.
EPS Faculty Teaching and Research Strategic Fund 04 Jan 15
Closing date: 04 January 2015
In line with the University strategy we continue to develop, and maintain, a small fund to further support our research and teaching activities across the Faculty. As with previous years if you wish to access this fund can you please send Pauline Morgan (Head of Faculty Finance EPS, with a copy to Nuala Gansler) your two page proposals as outlined in the email sent 27/12/14. Contact Sarah Chatwin for the email details.
There are some general points that are worth bearing in mind for submissions:
• Make your proposal stand out as much as possible
• Do not use boiler plate text/ format
• Write concisely and clearly
• Cost correctly – do not just go for the maximum allowed (rem. VAT should be included too)
• Provide details on what this will lead onto/ what will it enhance
• Do not give the impression in any way that you are reliant on internal funding
“Materials for Demanding Environments” CDT call for PhD research proposals 30 Jan 15
Closing date: 30 January 2015
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in “Materials for Demanding Environments” call for PhD research project proposals is now open. The first year of the CDT mainly involves an MSc level academic programme, with the PhD projects commencing later in the year and with students joining the CDT mid-September 2015. Each project requires industrial support, both in terms of a financial contribution (£15,000 per annum minimum, 4 year commitment) and also R&D input (i.e. an industrial supervisor, student placements).
For more details please contact Sarah Chatwin.
EPSRC IAA: Launch of Outreach Fund 30 Jan 15
Closing date: 30 January 2015
Funding is available to develop new outreach opportunities that specifically link to EPSRC research outputs. Activities supported include engagement through events, games, online material, publications etc. The IAA Outreach Fund should not be used to support long-term activities, and therefore sustainability beyond the project must be evidenced.
RCUK Digital Economy Fellowships in DE priority areas 28 Feb 15
Closing date: 28 February 2015
· Social computing
· Business and economic models
· Advancing the Internet of Things for DE
Please email your intention to submit in advance. For further guidance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Have we missed something? If you have some award news that you would like us to know about please contact Sarah Chatwin.