School of CS newsletterPublished: Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
Nancy Rothwell (President and Vice Chancellor) and Clive Agnew (VP for Teaching, Learning and the Student Experience) visited the School on Tuesday 13th November. In both the meeting with the School Leadership Team and the general staff meeting, there were many warm words for the school. This was especially true around performance in teaching. Nancy reported that in her meeting with our students there was also a general happiness expressed. Given our generally good, sustained performance it was good to hear some praise for the School - well done all.
We'll have a School Christmas Party on Tuesday 18 December at 3 P.M. onwards in the Senior Common Room.
Drinks, food, quiz and a band. Put the date in your diaries.
This week many of you may have had an email purporting to come from me asking whether you were on campus. It came from an Gmail address that was not mine. It would be unusual to get an email from a personal address - UoM business must be done on UoM email. I and others have had similar emails from Nancy Rothwell and Lemn Sissay. I know people in this School are well versed in spotting fishing scams, but do be wary. There is some Fishing training that can be found via: http://www.itservices.manchester.ac.uk/cybersecurity/advice/phishing/.
You can find the dates during which the University will be closed and its effect on pay dates at
As I'm sure you've noticed, the courtyard is not yet back in action. There's a list of snagging issues to be done. There is progress, but it is slow. Once it is all done we will let you all know.
[ top ]News and announcements
NaCTeM participated in the 2018 n2c2 Shared Task on Challenges in Natural Language Processing for Clinical Data, co-located with AMIA Fall Symposium 2018. The Shared Task consisted of two tracks: Cohort Selection for Clinical Trials, and Adverse Drug Events and Medication Extraction in EHRs.
The NaCTeM team attended the second track, which was designed to answer the question: “Can NLP systems automatically discover drug to adverse event (ADE) relations in clinical narratives?” The track consisted of three subtasks: concepts, relations and end-to-end. Based on systems using ensembles of feature-based and deep learning-based approaches, NaCTeM was placed in the top-3 best performing teams over 28 teams from 11 countries.
[ top ]Events
Date: 21st January 2019
Venue: The University of Manchester, Room TBC
This one day participatory workshop will bring together researchers across the University with researchers from IBM and STFC based in Daresbury. The aim is to explore, in some depth, the methodological challenges posed by data-centric engineering and Industry 4.0. Through sharing insights and experience participants will identify new opportunities for research and collaboration.
The workshop will address the following topics, focusing on specific areas selected in advance by the attendees, and explore diverse application which may include:
- How to monitor the safety of complex engineering systems: Instrumented infrastructure, predictive monitoring, extreme event prediction and monitoring, spatio-temporal casual inference
- How to ensure the resilience of complex infrastructure: Enhancing critical ecosystems, Large transport systems, sustainable infrastructures, Human-centric sensing, adaptive machine learning for changing environments
- How to use data to design a better world: Retrofit design in the built environment, data-driven design assurance, data-driven design of civic infrastructure
- How to work realistically to standardisation: Mass Customisation, 3d Printing, Flexible/Sustainable Manufacturing, Circular Economy and Advanced Supply Chain
Places are limited, so please register your interest as soon as possible. We will let you know by 5th December if we have been able to allocate you a space. Food and refreshments will be provided.
For further information about the event, please contact us at email@example.com
The Mentors are happy to invite all PGRs and staff for drinks in the Common Room Friday, 30th of November, starting at 16:30. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. See you there!
[ top ]Prize and award Opportunities
Call for entries and nominations for the Technical Excellence Award 2018
The Technical Excellence at Manchester (TEaM) network invites entries/nominations for the Technical Excellence Award 2018. The award is aimed at recognising the contribution of technical staff to the working life of the University. All staff members (including technical and non-technical PS staff and academic staff) are encouraged to nominate any technical member of staff that they believe deserves recognition for their work. The award will be judged by a panel of external technical staff and the contribution to be recognised should have been made between September 2017 and September 2018. Nominations should be submitted to technical excellence by Wednesday, 12 December. More information is available on Staffnet.