Department of CS newsletterPublished: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
Weekly newsletter for the Department of CS
[ top ]News and announcements
We are delighted that three department projects were nominated in the 2020 FSE Better World Awards:
Team Ada Lovelace Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon - Duncan Hull - Category: Outstanding community engagement initiative participation
Save the World (Wide Web) - Danny Dresner - Category: Outstanding contribution to social enterprise
Project Malawi - Tim Morris and the team - Category: Outstanding public engagement initiative
Save the World (Wide Web) & Project Malawi were both awarded Highly Commended in their category. Congratulations to all concerned
[ top ]Events
Digital Twins: The Next Phase of the AI Revolution?
Headline Speaker: Mark Girolami
The idea of an Intelligent Digital Avatar conjures up many images from a complete virtual world that one can safely define, develop and play in to rogue robots running amok and destroying mankind. The reality is much less dramatic but no less far reaching and exciting.
This talk will discuss Digital Twins and chart their history to present day technological capability and present some of the advances being made and the opportunities along with the open challenges faced to realise the potential of Digital Twins.
19 February 2020
University Place Theatre B, The University of Manchester
18:00 - Registration
18:30 - Event Begins
20:00 - Networking & Refreshments
21:00 - End
We would like to Invite you to the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Arthur Garforth
Please join us to celebrate Arthur Garforth as he delivers his Inaugural Lecture at the University of Manchester. Throughout this lecture, Arthur will discuss his works throughout his career (Abstract to be released shortly).
A Drinks reception will follow in the Great Hall, Sackville Street Building.
When:Friday 6th March 2020, 15:00-17:00
Where:The University of Manchester, C14 Sackville Street Building
Please RSVP to attend this event using the link below.
The University of Manchester,Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
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[ top ]Research Funding Opportunities
Deadline: 29-Apr-2020The BBSRC responsive mode strategic priority areas include the following that may be relevant to CS:
There are 3 additional priorities that encourage working with partners to improve the effectiveness of research and the realisation of impact. They are not specific to particular areas of science or application.
- Data driven biology
- Food, nutrition and health
- Healthy ageing across the lifecourse
- Technology development for the biosciences
- Building partnerships
- Collaborative research with users
- Research to inform public policy
- International partnerships
Are you an ECR looking for details of potential research funding all in one place? ECR Central does this and more: https://ecrcentral.org
[ top ]Wellbeing
A local Men’s Netball team is holding trials for their team this weekend, the full details are contained in the flyer attached to this email.
UoM Sport have a free drop in Softball session on Sporticipate that runs every Monday evening at Sugden from 5-6pm. Members of the softball society, complete beginners and some staff already attend this session. http://www.sport.manchester.ac.uk/sport/sporticipate/
Please see full information from Andrew below…
Are you looking for a new sport that is all-inclusive of age, gender, shape and ability?
Look no further than Softball.
Think of a cross between rounders and baseball but don’t be fooled, the balls are NOT soft.
Here in Manchester there are both indoor (winter) and outdoor (summer) slow-pitch softball leagues.
We are currently looking for new players for the upcoming outdoor season.
· There are 4/5 divisions in the Manchester outdoor league covering all abilities from novice players to members of the GB teams.
· The sport is all inclusive with 14y olds to over 60y olds playing in mixed sex teams. (Teams consist of an equal number of male and female players).
· Softballers come in all shapes and sizes with the idea of having fun and a social life in a relaxed sporting environment.
· No Experience is needed as there are rookie session and all teams will teach you the basics.
· No equipment is need to play as all teams have everything you will need to get involved.
· You don’t even need to be fit as that will come with playing.
· So Why not give it a try?
Outdoor in summer games are on Tuesday nights (divs 3-5 and a rookie session) at Parrswood School in Didsbury.
Div 1&2 teams play Wednesday nights at Wythenshawe University sports ground.
If you prefer indoors then Tuesday nights at Fives by the Trafford centre is your venue.
A starting point of interest is http://manchester-softball.co.uk/ where you can find out more about the sport and how to get involved.
I play, alongside my son, for the “Enforcers” in the Outlaws club based at Hough End Police Club and we are always looking for new players.
You would be most welcome to join any of the many teams based throughout Manchester and beyond that play in the Manchester League.
If you are interested in joining us or just want to know more about this fantastic sport you are welcome to contact me for a chat.
Tel: 0161 701 7563 or 07968275652
[ top ]Sustainability and Green Impact News
The University is launching two new engagement programmes for sustainability from Monday 27 January - Team Actions and LEAF (Laboratory Efficiency Assessment Framework). The programmes are open to all University staff to take action on sustainability in offices, laboratories and workshops.
Team Actions is our new programme for staff to take action on sustainability through the award winning 10,000 Actions portal. This builds on 10 years of engagement with staff who have implemented sustainable actions in their workplace. The new web portal allows you to take collective action with colleagues on sustainability to contribute to the different themes of sustainability, including our targets to be zero carbon by 2038 and avoidable single-use plastic free by 2022.
LEAF is a framework containing a set of criteria aimed at improving the sustainability and efficiency of research and teaching laboratory spaces. Such spaces include typical wet laboratories, science teaching spaces, and IT research laboratories. Crucially, it seeks to produce comparable data on efficiency and sustainability, through the use of in-tool calculators.
Both schemes encourage sharing good practice and celebrate the achievements of teams and individuals at an awards ceremony at the end of the program.
Lisa Wright from our Student Support Office is coordinating the CompSci team in Team Action - please contact her if you wish to be involved.