Department of CS newsletterPublished: Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Weekly newsletter for the Department of CS
[ top ]News from Head of Department
A happy Christmas to one and all. I hope you all enjoy the break according to your likes.
The University will be closed from 24 December 2019 onwards and re-open on 2 January 2020. During that time there will be no heating etc in the KB or IT buildings and rubbish bins will not be emptied, so do try and make sure any rubbish, especially perishables, is dealt with before the shut down.
When leaving your office for the last time before the Christmas break please ensure your office door is locked, lights are switched off and non-essential electrical equipment, including desktop PC’s, are shut down.
Ph.D. students and staff can gain access to the buildings with a valid pass during the shut down. I strongly advise people not to come in during the shutdown period as portering staff will not be an site.
Please refer to University guidance regarding lone working - http://www.healthandsafety.manchester.ac.uk/toolkits/lone_working/
Welcome to Pierre Olivier who has joined the APT Group.
Pierre Olivier received his PhD in 2014 from the University of Brittany in Lorient, France. He then joined Virginia Tech in the United States. Initially a Postdoc, he became a Research Assistant Professor at VT in 2018. His research interests revolve around systems software, in particular operating systems and various virtualization software such as hypervisors. He studies various characteristics of these systems including performance, power consumption, security, and compatibility/programmability.
Welcome to Pavlos Petoumenos who has joined the APT Group.
Pavlos Petoumenos is a newly appointed Lecturer in Computer Architecture. Pavlos' work focuses on compile-time and run-time performance optimisations for highly parallel computing systems. This includes machine learned optimisation heuristics, automatically generating workloads for training and evaluating heuristics, as well as novel compiler optimisations. He is currently funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship to develop automated compiler analysis and optimisation tools through deep learning. Pavlos moved here from the University of Edinburgh, where he was as a Senior Researcher funded by his Research Fellowship. Before that, he was a Research Associate on the EPSRC ALEA and EPSRC SUMMER projects. He got his PhD from the University of Patras for his work on cache memory management. He has taught compiler optimisations and advanced microarchitectures. He was also the coach for the ACM ICPC teams of the UoE and he was running a programming club for second year students.
You may have already heard about changes to travel booking and possible restrictions linked to export control. I can confirm that the University is currently finalising the details and process for academic travel overseas and for visitors coming to the University.
More details will be forthcoming in the New Year, however I wanted to give you early warning that if you are planning to travel in the New Year, you will need to plan well in advance as there may be other considerations to be factored in to the trip, such as Health and Safety Risk Assessments and potential export control restrictions.
More importantly if you are considering travel to either of the 7 export control sanctioned and embargo countries (China, India, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia) or any high risk countries
then you will need to speak to either Tony McDonald (Health & Safety and Environment Manager) or Michelle Fox (Deputy School Operations Manager) who will be able to provide more information.
The following link will provide more information about export control
If you've not done so, then also take this opportunity to complete the online export control training module https://www.staffnet.manchester.ac.uk/compliance-and-risk/export-controls/export-control-training-course/
[ top ]News and announcements
Please find December’s video update, which includes a really informative piece about the role of School Operations, which is now online. The Faculty will not be producing a video in January but will be launching the video update with its new name on 1st February.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for welcoming me to the Department and I would like to wish you a happy and restful Christmas and all the very best for 2020.
Michelle Fox l Deputy School Operations Manager
In January 2020 the 5 yr EU funded EPHOR (Exposome Project for Health and Occupational Research) project, led by TNO, will be launched. Within EPHOR we will lay the groundwork for evidence-based and cost-effective preventive actions to improve working-life health by developing a working-life exposome toolbox. By joining forces in this exceptional consortium of exposure, health and data scientists and technology partners (see map) we will uniquely advance occupational health science in order to reduce the burden of disease.
Are you interested in following the EPHOR project, please visit www.ephor-project.eu (from January 2020).
[ top ]Events
Turing Call for Pilot Projects on AI for Molecular Biology
Submit your proposal now!
Deadline: Friday 17th January 2020, 17:00 GMT
The Alan Turing Institute (Turing) invites pilot projects from multidisciplinary teams of researchers working in partnership, to apply data science approaches to biology. As part of the Turing Institute’s Data Science for Science Programme, we are developing research around areas of key importance including molecular biology.
This call aims to catalyse new collaborations between biologists, statisticians and data scientists. It is designed to enable groups of researchers with complementary skills and expertise to explore opportunities at the nexus of biology and data science research. Pilot projects are invited from multi-disciplinary teams for short, 6-month scoping and prototyping projects. The scoping projects are expected to lay the foundation of more substantial proposals for funding to UKRI and other funding bodies.
Proposals must be innovative and interdisciplinary in nature, utilise existing data (that is fully consented and anonymised) and clearly explain the potential impacts of the work for computational biology. This call for pilot projects has five focus areas, namely
Single-cell biological data
Protein shape and function
Molecular systems biology
Applications should be completed and submitted by 17:00 GMT, 17th January 2020 to the Turing’s FlexiGrant portal with the following documents:
A copy of your proposed research case for support (two pages maximum, plus a maximum of one additional page for references)
This should include background and a description of the proposed research, aims and objectives, tools and methods, relevance and beneficiaries
A fully completed costing using your Institution’s costing tool
This should include a budget table (template provided) and narrative justification of resources.
Additional FlexiGrant sections should also be completed, details which can be found on the call guidance linked on this page.
For more information about this call, please visit the website.
President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, will be visiting the School of Engineering on Wednesday 5th February 2020. visit will include an:
Open Meeting for Staff (3pm – 3.30pm, Renold C9)
This will include an opening address from the President and then the meeting will be opened up into a general question and answer session.
Informal Staff networking (3.30pm – 4.00pm, C15, Renold Concourse)
Staff will be able to network informally with Nancy and other colleagues that accompany her. The networking will take place over refreshments.
All School staff are invited and are requested to confirm attendance via eventbrite to ensure we can accommodate numbers. If the numbers wishing to attend exceeds the capacity of the room a second meeting will be arranged on the 19th March 2020.
Alice Larkin & Sarah Mulholland