School of CS newsletterPublished: Wednesday, 08 May 2019
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
The School of Computer Science has again had success at the making a Difference awards; congratulations to all of those involved with the two projects below:
Outstanding international engagement - Staff Highly Commended
Project Malawi 2018: Team of Project Malawi 2018
A team from the Computing at Schools Regional Centre and the School of Computer Science ran a pilot project to bring computing to pupils and teachers in schools in Malawi. In 2018, a new team visited the same area and implemented a number of lessons learnt from the pilot, including a more gender-balanced team and improved training and support for teachers to make the impact more sustainable.
Outstanding contribution to social innovation - Highly Commended
Energy Market Innovation with UrbanChain: Richard Banach & Somayeh Taheri
This project is a partnership with UrbanChain to develop an energy trading platform using blockchain and artificial intelligence technologies that can reduce energy bills for households by up to 50% and for SMEs by up to 40%.
Just a reminder of the Coffee morning and Bake off with bake sale on Thursday 9th May 1100 in the Kilburn Common Room. The students are raising money for Project Malawi (for Ripple Africa) – so do bake a cake and come and support them! (and bring a brew)
sign up here for the bake off!
[ top ]Events
Mixer Event: Mathematics & Machine Learning Invitation by Tingting Mu, Neil Walton, Gavin Brown, William Parnell
This “mixer event”, hosted by the Schools of Computer Science and Mathematics of the University of Manchester, is designed to provide an inspirational event for mathematicians and computer scientists to discuss, exchange ideas and establish potential collaborations on interesting and challenging mathematical problems addressing fundamental machine learning questions and current developments.
To maximise the creativity and impact of the event and generate fruitful discussions, each attendee is invited to share 1-2 of their research papers or bring posters of previously presented work (you can register the title of these works during your online event registration).
If you wish to attend this event (please do!), register by 18:00, on 3 June 2019, through https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mixer-event-mathematics-machine-learning-tickets-61098836264
[ top ]Research News
Colleagues may have seen information regarding the University's new policy on export controls and compliance (most recently the email from Professor Schroder).
Export Control Legislation in the UK and across the world is designed to regulate the transfer of goods across borders and can include the transfer of knowledge, data and software as well as physical goods.It is essential that we ensure compliance to avoid breaking the law and the University has designed a training course (available as an online training module through Blackboard) and it is essential that all staff complete the course.
There are many factors that are likely to affect research projects particularly regarding data and equipment and the training module will point you towards the right places to seek help. There will be many areas of research in which we have current or planned work that will potentially require an export licence and some may need a higher grade of licence. The UK Government has an online tool to help with determining whether or not a licence for export will be needed and the type of licence needed.
If you are planning to work overseas or to purchase or ship equipment between countries on a research grant please contact the Research Support Team as soon as possible so that we can assist you.
The Pure Support Team will be running a series of lunchtime drop-in sessions over the summer to allow users to go and talk to the team regarding the Pure system and to resolve any specific issues that you may be having.
The sessions are planned for:
9th May 12.30 - 13.30, University Place Foyer
10th June 12.30 - 13.30, George Begg Building C2
No need to book!
[ top ]Social Responsibility
Ainur Begalinova is running the Half Marathon at the Great Manchester Run on 19th May. Please support all her fantastic efforts by adding a donation to her JustGiving page. She is raising money for Project Malawi. Ainur and a number of UG students, staff, and school teachers are going to Malawi in May to teach Computer Science to teachers, high school, and primary school children.Emmeline’s Pantry are requesting the following items for this month. If you have any donations both Karon & Mel in ACSO are a drop off point in Kilburn. Donations and stocks are high for a number of items at the moment, but they are really short of the following: • Tea • Coffee • Sugar • Biscuits • Cooking Oil • Laundry liquid/pods/tablets Emmeline’s are also looking for clothing, jewellery and shoes for the new “Flowers Boutique” they have created, to improve the experience for women and children receiving used clothing.