Towards a pragmatic approach to Empirical and Experimental Software Engineering
14:00, 4th February 2015, Kilburn Lecture Theatre 1.4.
Speaker: Radouane Oudrhiri (CTO, Systonomy, London.)
Host: Kung-Kiu Lau
Any engineering discipline is usually defined as the combination of three main components: practices, science and economics. What is the status of the software engineering industry and discipline? How much of these three dimensions do we really cover? ... Can we really qualify Software development as a true engineering discipline? This thought-provoking seminar will start by presenting the state of the practices within the sofware community and raises some fundamental questions. It will then introduce an Empirical and Experimental approach to Software Engineering Process Improvement, yet a pragmatic one. The proposed approach is, a problem solving method, based on many years of application within the area of sofware process improvement throughout various industries. It aims at linking the dots between the three dimensions, mentionned above, and more precisely focuses on the Economics of Software Engineering, in a way to link explicitly between the day-to-day actions and a return on investment (value). This pragmatic view of software process improvement and the experimental problem solving approach make it an accelerator for enterprise level improvement programs. A number of practical examples from IT and Software organisations will be presented.
Dr. Radouane Oudrhiri is CEO of Systonomy, he has more than 20 years of teaching and consulting experience in software quality engineering, Lean Six Sigma and DFSS for Software, empirical and experimental software engineering and maturity-based models. He implemented software process initiatives within large and small organisations. He is a Six Sigma MBB trained by GE Medical Systems and Motorola. Radouane sits on the board of high-tech start-ups and is part of chair many standardisation initiatives. Radouane has an M.S. in Operations Research, MBA and PhD in Information Systems and formal Logic. He is a Lecturer at La Sorbonne Paris, HEC, ESSEC, Telecom Paris and an evaluator at the European Commission).
EPSRC Open Meeting: The Funding Landscape – Working in Partnership for the Future
- Event: 1430-1530 05 Feb 2015, Rm 2.220 University Place
The University is hosting an open meeting with Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive, EPSRC.
All staff with an interest in Engineering and Physical Science Research are invited to a presentation by Professor Philip Nelson, followed by questions and answers. EPSRC are currently putting together their next Delivery Plan and are consulting widely with the research community. This is an opportunity to understand their thinking and explore key issues.
Booking is not required but places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day.
2015 IEEE DL Lecture 17/02/2015
Event: 11:00, 17 February 2015, 2.19 Kilburn building.
Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy: from ultralow power spintronics to cancer therapy: Russell Cowburn
Most thin magnetic films have their magnetization lying in the plane of the film because of shape anisotropy. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in thin magnetic films which exhibit a magnetization easy axis along the surface normal due to so-called Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy (PMA). PMA has its origins in the symmetry breaking which occurs at surfaces and interfaces and can be strong enough to dominate the magnetic properties of some material systems. In this talk I explain the physics of such materials and show how the magnetic properties associated with PMA are often very well suited to applications. I show three different examples of real and potential applications of PMA materials: ultralow power STT-MRAM memory devices for green computing, 3-dimensional magnetic logic structures and a novel cancer therapy.
Russell Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics. Before returning to Cambridge in 2010 he held positions at the CNRS Paris, University of Durham and Imperial College London. He is the founder of two start-up companies and the inventor of the anti-counterfeiting technology ‘Laser Surface Authentication’. He has had over 60 patents granted and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences. He is the winner of the GSK Westminster Medal and Prize, the Degussa Science to Business Award, the Hermes International Technology Award and the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal and Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Royal Society Manchester visit
Event: 18 Feb 2015, 2.30-4.30pm in Michael Smith Lecture Theatre (Seminar Room)
The Royal Society will be visiting the University to talk about a range of Fellowship opportunities. The intended audience is final-year PhD students and researchers from post-doctoral level upwards working in the areas of life and physical sciences (excluding clinical medicine, and engineering).
The presentation will cover the following funding schemes:
- Early Career Fellowship schemes: University Research Fellowships, Sir Henry Dale Fellowships, Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowships, Newton International Fellowships
- Senior Fellowship schemes: Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships, Wolfson Research Merit Awards, Research Professorships
- Innovation Schemes: Industry Fellowships, Brian Mercer Feasibility Award, Brian Mercer Award for Innovation, Paul Instrument Fund
- Research Capacity/Infrastructure Schemes: Research Grants, Leverhulme-Royal Society Africa Awards, Wolfson Laboratory Refurbishment Scheme, Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Initiative
- Collaboration and Travel schemes: International Exchanges Scheme, India-UK Scientific Seminar Scheme, South Africa-UK Scientific Seminar Scheme, Newton Advanced Fellowship, Newton Mobility Grants
There is no need to book, attendees can just turn up.
KTPs: Enabling Innovation within Medical and Human Sciences
Event: 24 Feb 2015 12.15-1.45pm, rm G.306A Jean McFarlane Building
Funding Opportunity: Enabling Innovation within Medical & Human Sciences
This event will provide academics with the opportunity to learn more about using KTPs to engage with industry to deliver and demonstrate impact. Includes lunch.
Register via Eventbrite.
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Within the School, both Jon Shapiro and John Brooke has been awarded successful KTPs recently.
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science - Manchester visit
Event: 1-2pm 24 Feb 2015, rm 3.204 University Place
Are you interested in developing or enhancing research links with Japan and obtaining funding to develop existing collaborations and establish new ones?
Representatives from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science will give a presentation on their funding schemes. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to meet with the JSPS representatives on a one-to-one basis.
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is Japan’s leading funding agency and promotes the advancement of academic research in all disciplines from social sciences and humanities to natural sciences and engineering. Additionally, JSPS administers a number of bilateral and multilateral programmes for scientific cooperation and exchange under memorandums of understanding concluded with its various counterpart foreign academic institutions around the world.
JSPS main functions are:
- Funding research initiatives
- Fostering next generation of scientists
- Advancing international collaborations
Register through: firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information please contact Emma Dixon email@example.com. Includes lunch.
ESRC media training
Event: 26 Feb (Leeds); 18 Mar 2015 (London)
The Economic and Social Research Council is offering free mid-career media training to researchers on two dates, Leeds on 26 February and London on 18 March.
Discrete Maths Seminars
The Discrete Maths Seminar will be starting again in February. It's an informal seminar where anyone can share bits of maths they find interesting (and which very loosely have some connection to discrete maths but pretty much anything is welcome). Most speakers and audience members tend to be PhD students, so it is a particularly nice environment for student talks.
Past seminar information can be found here: http://www.maths.manchester.ac.uk/our-research/events/seminars/discrete-maths/
Contact Joe (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information or to be added to the mailing list.