School of CS newsletterPublished: Monday, 07 December 2015
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
Many of you will know Anna Humble from the research support team in supporting research applications.
Anna will be leaving to go on maternity leave soon so we'd like to take this opportunity to say congratulations and thank you to Anna for all of her hard work for the School.
Congratulations to Andrei Muntean (Y2, CSwIE), Geanina Hinta (Y1, CSwIE), Cristian Bodnar (Y1, CSwIE), Anais Hristea (Y1, HCIwIE), Alexandra Misca (Y1, HCI4wIE), and Dainis Gorbunovs (Y2, CS4wIE) -- L to R in the picture, with Duncan Hull on the far right -- who won the #UniTechChallenge at BBC Salford Keys last Thursday 3 Dec. They beat stiff competition from five other teams at Universities across the North West, and won prizes of £600 between them and work experience at the BBC, BAML or Barclays (who organised the contest), plus fast-tracked applications to graduate and intern programs. An impressive and fantastic result, well done all! (This article is from Toby Howard's Monday Mail.)
[ top ]News and announcements
The Guardian had a feature on ARM this week (29 Nov), which talks about the history and future of the company, featuring our very own Steve Furber, principal designer of the ARM chip. You can also see this interactive visualisation of the ARM-1 chip in action, made to celebrate the 25th birthday of ARM last week
Please contact email@example.com for more information including:
- A document on how to approach impact in Horizon 2020 proposals
- A note on Open Science, which is of particular relevance to the forthcoming H2020 Marie Curie European Training Network - call deadline: 12 Jan 2016
Please can you let firstname.lastname@example.org know as soon as possible about any upcoming research proposals so that the research support team can prepare for upcoming staff changes.
16 December 2015: Deadline for staff to update their output selections
RRE eligible staff should update their RRE outputs and information via 'MyManchester'. If you have any questions on the system please contact Sarah Chatwin.
[ top ]Funding Opportunities
Deadline: 09 February 2016 at 16:00
EPSRC, as part of its contribution to the RCUK Energy Programme, is looking to support collaborative research proposals in Energy Storage technologies.
Deadline: 15 March 2016 at 17:00
JPI Urban Europe's fourth call - the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) - supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, will open mid-December 2015. Call dates are indicative.
Three call topics are defined:
- Concepts and strategies for smart urban transformation, growth and shrinkage
- New dynamics of public services
- Inclusive, vibrant and accessible urban communities
For this call a two-stage procedure will be adopted. In the first stage, consortia are invited to submit pre-proposals. After the submission of the pre-proposals, approximately 50 pre-proposals will be selected. The successful consortia will then be invited to elaborate their ideas to full proposals.
Deadline: noon 11 Dec
Although there is still no cap on the number of nominations to this scheme, we have agreed to hold another internal review process for submissions to the Royal Academy’s Research Chairs/Senior Research Fellowships with the Dean, as nominations require his support. As the RAEng deadline is 1st February, with Christmas right in the middle, the process will be light touch.
Applicants are asked to provide a 2 page outline (max), to be submitted by noon on Friday 11 Dec to Vicky Holt via e-mail Vicky.email@example.com, detailing the following:
- Details of proposed industry support (please note it is not necessary to submit a finalised support letter from your industrial partner at this stage)
- Fit with University research and investment strategy
- Impact of research (meant to be “use inspired”)
- Plans for self sustainability once RAEng finding ended
The 2 page outlines will be reviewed by a Faculty level panel. Nomination/s given approval to go forward for submission to the Royal Academy will be provided with a letter of support from the Dean.
Any queries regarding applications to this scheme should be referred to the School Research Support Manager (Sarah Chatwin) in the first instance.
Full details regarding the scheme itself can be accessed at the following link: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/support-for-research/research-chairs
[ top ]Featured Research Outcomes
We have received confirmation that our 'CityVerve' proposal has been selected as the sole winner for the IoT City Demonstrator by InnovateUK. The official announcement has now been made by Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey in Manchester.
Computer Science staff involved include: Professor Chris Taylor, Professor John Keane, Professor Norman Paton, Professor A Brass and Dr Caroline Jay