Department of CS newsletterPublished: Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Weekly newsletter for the Department of CS
[ top ]News from Head of Department
Firstly, thank you to Joe Tomlinson for all of his hard work supporting CS Research Finance. Joe is moving to Physics in his role as Research Finance Officer and Yusuf Kothia will be the Research Finance Officer for CS, supporting Manny Singh, there will be a handover period between Joe and Yusuf from now until 1st October. Both Manny and Yusuf are now located in Sackville Street Building with the other Research Finance staff from the School of Engineering. Research Finance will now be organising regular meetings with PIs on their grants but can also still be contacted via the usual email address of CompSciresearchfinance@manchester.ac.uk .
Research Support Officers Natalia Stefanovic and Laura Nolan will be moving to the Schuster Building on the 11th October to join the rest of the south campus Research Support Officers. We will continue to support CS academics with their research applications through the normal email@example.com email address, via telephone and meetings with staff in the Kilburn Building.
Sarah Chatwin will remain in the Kilburn Building in KB2.119 (from 11th October).
Research Support Manager
Research Support Officer
Schuster Building First floor- Room E/F
Research Support Officer
Schuster Building First floor- Room E/F
Senior Research Finance Officer
Sackville Street Building B6
Research Finance Officer
Sackville Street Building B6
Jim Miles retired on 31 August and John Latham is retiring on 31 October. We’ll be having a joint leaving bash for Jim and John on Friday 11 October at 3p.m. in the Common Room. Do put it in your diaries and come along and do some clapping etc.
Welcome to the new academic year and it is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. This is the first Newsletter from the Department of computer Science. I hope that people managed to have some kind of break during the summer and that everyone is bright eyed and bushy tailed for the new session.
Food on campus has been reviewing the 26 cafes across the campus of which the Byte Cafe is one. I'm pleased that the Byte Cafe remains open. It is, however, essentially under review. The bottom line is that we use it or lose it.
Thank you to Jennie Ball-Foster, the centre of the campaign to keep the Byte Cafe and thanks to those that wrote to Alison Shedlock, the Head of FoC; I also saw a few rather nicely worded emails on the subject of the Byte Cafe. The Byte cafe is a lovely thing to have in the building, but it does need customers.
[ top ]News and announcements
A CDCL-Style Calculus for Solving Non-linear Constraints
Franz Brausse, Konstantin Korovin, Margarita Korovina and Norbert Mueller
Link to a preprint: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1905.09227.pdf
We have been asked if anyone is interested in speaking to the University of the 3rd Age.
The details are below.
If you’re interested, please contact Rachel.Coxfirstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Email Address (for Stuart to contact you if interested)
Area of Research / Talk title
Any prior knowledge required
Dates you would be available
[ top ]Events
10.30-11.30am in the Staff & PGR common room
Come and get a brew and a cake!
Platform for Investigation is part of the Science and Industry Museum’s Contemporary Science programme that will run for nine days during October half term. It is a platform for scientists, researchers and STEM professionals to demonstrate their work and research through high quality and participatory experiences, showcasing the latest developments in STEM.
There are currently three dates in need of activities – 19, 20 and 27 October – and each day has a different topic. More information about this opportunity is below:
Dates: Saturday 19, Sunday 20 and Sunday 27 October
Target audience: family groups with children aged 7-14
Activity number: approx. five hands-on, drop in activities or demonstrations on each date.
If you are interested, please contact Georgina Wells, Contemporary Science Programme Coordinator, with an outline of your topic and ideas for activities:
Phone: 0161 696 7786
Please share this information with colleagues who may be interested in supporting.
Computer Science Atlas Talk on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at 2pm in Kilburn L.T. 1.5
Title: Accelerating streaming applications with reconfigurable accelerators: two examples from the bioinformatics and data summarization domains
Speaker: Dionisios Pnevmatikatos, School of ECE, Technical University of Crete
Host: Rizos Sakellariou
Events: 11-Nov-19 (London); 06-Dec-19 (Bristol)
This day-long workshop is for scientists with little or no experience of engaging public audiences with their research and is designed to give you the confidence and skills required to get started. Free for Royal Society Fellows, £150 otherwise.
[ top ]Research Funding Opportunities
The Commission has decided to delay the deadline for submission of proposals for topics FETPROACT-EIC-05-2019 and FETPROACT-EIC-06-2019 until 13 November 2019.
Remember to let the research support team know about any upcoming proposal calls that you are interested in. Contact us through email@example.com
Deadline: 02 December 2019
STEM For Britain is an annual poster competition, open to early career researchers (MSc, PhD, Post Docs, Research Assistants or Fellows, recently-appointed lecturers). The annual event is run by the House of Commons Parliamentary Scientific Committee and the Engineering session is supported by the Academy. The competition provides an opportunity for early career researchers to present their posters and winners receive Gold (£2000), Silver (£1200) or Bronze (£750) Awards. The overall aim is to encourage, support and promote Britain’s early career researcher.
Deadline: 3pm 6-Nov-2019
Short (3-6 months) Industry Fellowships enable more dynamic partnerships between academia and industry in shorter time periods. Collaborations between scientists and early-stage companies are particularly encouraged and secondments can be for up to 12 months part time.
There are 3 schemes available to academic staff, post-docs, PS staff and postgraduate students (PhD and PGT) from every faculty. Cross-faculty and interdisciplinary working is strongly supported:
- Emerging Engagement: if you are new to public engagement – you can apply for up to £500
- Established Engagement: if you already have experience of public engagement - you can apply for up to £3000 (match funding required)
- Professional Development: if you want to develop your skills in public engagement - you can apply for up to £2000
The purpose of this funding is to facilitate imaginative, high quality and inclusive public engagement which reaches new and diverse audiences.
Note: the requirement for the lead applicant to be from FBMH has changed. Any member of staff, PS and postgraduate students (PhD and PGT) from all faculties can be the lead applicant.
As part of the Turing Institute’s mission to train the next generation of data scientists, we are looking for talented early career researchers and post-docs who want to act as a Principal Investigator (PI) on a DSG challenge.
[ top ]Prize and award Opportunities
The Grace Murray Hopper Award recognizes the outstanding young computer professional of the year, selected on the basis of a single recent major technical or service contribution. The candidate must have been 35 years of age or less at the time the qualifying contribution was made. The award is presented each June at the ACM Awards Banquet and is accompanied by a prize of $35,000 plus travel expenses to the banquet. Financial support for the award is provided by Microsoft.
January 15, 2020 - End of Day, Anywhere on Earth (AoE), UTC -12
Nominations will be evaluated for the significance, depth, and originality of the technical contribution or – in the case of a service contribution – the scope of the effort involved and its impact on the computing community and/or society as a whole. When the contribution results from a joint effort, the candidate’s role should be clearly identified.
- for the Grace Murray Hopper Award should be submitted using the online nomination form. Submitted materials should explain the contribution in terms understandable to a non-specialist. Each nomination involves several components:
- Name, address, phone number, and email address of nominator (person making the nomination). The most appropriate person to submit a nomination would be a recognized member of the community who is not from the same organization as the candidate and who can address the candidate’s impact on the broader community.
- Name, address, and email address of the candidate (person being nominated). It is ACM’s policy not to tell candidates who has nominated or endorsed them.
- Suggested citation if the candidate is selected. This should be a concise statement (maximum of 25 words) describing the key technical or professional accomplishment for which the candidate merits this award. Note that the final wording for awardees will be at the discretion of the Award Committee.
- Nomination statement (200-500 words in length) addressing why the candidate should receive this award. This may describe the candidate’s work in general, but should draw particular attention to the contributions that merit the award. It should also indicate the candidate’s age when the contributions were made.
- Copy of the candidate’s CV, listing publications, patents, honors, service contributions, etc.
- Supporting letters from at least 3, and not more than 5, endorsers. Endorsers should be chosen to represent a range of perspectives and institutions and provide additional insights or evidence of the candidate’s impact. Each letter must include the name, address, and telephone number of the endorser, and should focus on the accomplishments which that endorser can attest to and place in context. The nominator should collect the letters and bundle them for submission.
Deadline: 5.00pm 23-Oct-2019
The FSE Better World Funding competition is now open for its second round of applications for this academic year. Staff and students in the Faculty can apply for funding of up to £3,000 to support social responsibility initiatives that will have a positive social or environmental impact in order to ‘make a difference’. All applications for new and existing projects relating to any area of social responsibility will be considered. Funding is available between 1 August 2019 - 31 July 2020. All funding allocated must be spent during this time and initiatives must be delivered during this time. Find out more on the Faculty website.