School of Computer Science
26 January 2015
Josh Knowles to leave the School
Congratulations to Josh Knowles who has accepted a position as Chair (Full Professor) in Computational Intelligence for Software Engineering in the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham. He expects to take up his new post on 1st June 2015.
Josh joined the School as a Career Development Fellow in 2008, became a Lecturer in 2012 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011. I wish him well in his new position.
Kilburn Club: Careers with Computing 27 Jan 15
The next meeting of the School’s Kilburn Club will take place on Tuesday 27th January and the topic of this meeting will be "Careers with Computing".
Led by Dr Suzanne Embury and Dr David Rydeheard, this will be an exciting and innovative event where teachers will have an opportunity to talk with computing practitioners across a wide range of sectors, from traditional computing companies, through media and entertainment, to the wealth of new applications of computing. The intention is that the evening’s activities will produce documents that teachers can use as careers guidance and skills advice.
If you’d like to attend and have the chance to network with our key contacts from local Schools, feel free to join us in the Staff Common room from 17:30.
Practical IEEE Session for EPS 28 Jan 15
12:30-14:30, E7, Renold Building.
Understand more about publishing in IEE journals with this practical session by IEEE, presented by Julia Stockdale.
For more information contact
What is next for Graphene and 2D materials 28 Jan 15
14:00, Kilburn lecture theatre 1.4.
Professor Ernie Hill, University of Manchester.
Vice President and Dean’s EPS Faculty Open Meeting 28 Jan 15
12-13:00, G53, Chemistry building, number 61 on the interactive map.
BRAINS AND CHIPS 03 Feb 15
19-20:00, Royal Northern College of Music
Professor Steve Furber will be talking about bio-inspired massively-parallel computing at the Royal Northern College of Music. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of Steve's entertaining and inspirational talks. Everyone welcome!
Free registration: http://goo.gl/RXW2nb
MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme 2015 launch event 04 Feb 15
14-17:00, Dalton Room, Core Technology Facility (CTF) Building.
£1M funding available under the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme for translational research
In the past two years, the University has funded 30 translational research proposals of up to £100K each under the MRC Confidence in Concept (CiC) scheme. The launch event for CiC 2015 will share our experience from the previous rounds of the programme and provide guidance to potential applicants on how to prepare a competitive CiC proposal.
Registration required through Eventbrite.
H2020 Brokerage Event on ICT-25 ''Generic micro- and nano-electronic technologies'' 18 Feb 15
Registration deadline: 16 February 2015, 12:00 CET
Event: 18 Feb 2015, 10-16:00 (Brussels)
This free event is organised by the Components Unit of the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Systems, Content and Technology - DG CONNECT, and will have 3 parts:
1. Providing call related information, addressing the Work Programme, the innovation focus, the funding instruments and the evaluation process.
2. Open floor for participants for 5-minute individual presentations, offering or looking for complementary expertise or presenting proposal ideas.
3. Concluding networking session
You are invited to actively take part in the event, particularly in the Q&A, Networking and Brokerage focusing discussions with the participants and bilateral meetings.
For further information, please email CNECT-ICT25@ec.europa.eu.
Remember… funding to attend and feedback on EU meetings is available from the School – see Rizos for more details.
BBC media training for BAME experts in Manchester 26 Feb 15
Registration deadline: 11:59 Thursday 29 January 2015
Event: 26 February 2015, 10-16:00, Salford
The BBC Academy is organising a day of free introductions to the world of broadcasting to encourage more BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic background) experts to put themselves forward as experts for the media - and help increase the number of BAME experts on TV. The BAME Talent Days will offer a range of practical media experiences including sessions on camera and in a radio studio as well as master classes and the opportunity to meet and network with experienced programme makers and industry leaders. Watch the video of the BAME day in London: BBC: Expert Voices - Watch the film
Applications are open for the BAME Talent Day in Salford, which is looking for BAME experts in Manchester and the North of England with recognised expertise/qualification/experience in areas including:
Consortia building for Innovate UK’s forthcoming third Accelerating Innovation in Rail competition on Enabling the Digital Customer 02 Mar 15
Coventry University’s TechnoCentre (consortia building)
Briefing event: w/c 16 Mar 2015, Coventry (for potential applicants)
Emerging Technology 'EMiT' conference 30 Jun-01 Jul 15
To be held in Manchester.
The upcoming Emerging Technology 'EMiT' conference will be a ground-breaking conference on how emerging computational technology is helping to accelerate today’s research and tomorrow's applied computing – led by academics at Manchester.
The aim of EMiT is to bring together leading key figures in the computing communities, the end users of new software & hardware in industry and universities along with the vendors from across the international arena.
Confirmed Keynote speakers:
Conference fee of £150 includes: conference dinner, stalls including Intel, NVIDIA, etc. Please send questions to these to email@example.com.
Research Support Office
Please contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: MDC PGR Conference Travel Fund for EPS
Closing date: apply asap (first come, first served)
The Manchester Doctoral College (MDC) has granted the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences a small amount of funding to support Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs) attending national or international research conferences. This fund enables PhD researchers in their 2nd year or later to apply for support to attend a conference where they have been accepted to present a talk or a poster. A major stipulation of the Fund is that it only be used in situations where funding has first been looked for externally.
REMINDER: RCUK Digital Economy Fellowships
in DE priority areas
Awards can be up to 5 years in durations starting in Oct 2015 and applicants should request the resources they need to deliver the DE research of their proposed fellowship. Priority areas:
Please email your intention to submit in advance. For further guidance, please contact email@example.com
REMINDER: Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative 19 Mar 15
Closing date: 19
This programme is for scientists who want to develop collaborative research consortia between scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and a research institution in the UK.
REMINDER: The Royal Photographic Society International Images for Science
Closing date: 23 March 2015
Calling all scientists, photographers, researchers and students this is an opportunity to submit your photographs of scientific importance. We encourage images that document all fields of science, including the application of science to engineering, from the microscopic to the astronomic. 100 final images will be selected by a judging panel to form a touring exhibition, that will open during the British Science Festival in Bradford 2015. International Images for Science is supported by Siemens.
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.
Riza Batista-Navarro, Rafal Rak and Sophia Ananiadou: Optimising chemical named entity recognition with pre-processing analytics, knowledge-rich features and heuristics, Journal of Cheminformatics 2015, 7(Suppl 1):S6
Have we missed something? If you have some award news that you would like us to know about please contact Sarah Chatwin.