School of CS newsletterPublished: Monday, 11 April 2016
Weekly newsletter for the School of CS
[ top ]News from Head of School
The annual Staff versus Students Coding Competition takes place this Weds 13 April. Teams can be staff, students or mixed. But places are limited so Sign up now! Teams of 2 compete against others for fantastic prizes, solving 5 algorithmic challenges. Write in Java/C++/Python. Starts 14:30 in Collab, with FREE PIZZA, followed by a trip to KRO Bar.
Levenhulme’s travelling food and drink market is back on campus, every Tuesday 11:30–14:30 on Bridgeford Street, next to the Manchester Museum. Italian street food, gyoza, bao, kimchi, hot dogs, Polish specialties including pierogi dumplings, gourmet burgers, luxury ice cream, and up to 20 flavours of chocolate brownies.
[ top ]News and announcements
To improve communications across the Faculty our Vice-President and Dean, Professor Martin Schröder, has produced his own podcast to give all staff an update on Faculty priorities and key work streams.
In this pilot edition, Martin will take you through his rationale for starting a podcast, recent updates to help you make an impact with your research and Faculty changes including new appointments to the Faculty Leadership Team, MECD, our name change and the new School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.
Martin’s Podcast is primarily for research and academic staff within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science at the University of Manchester but all staff members will find something of interest to them in this new Faculty publication http://www.staffnet.eps.manchester.ac.uk/people/key-staff/dean/martins-podcast/
Prof Jun'ichi Tsujii, Scientic Advisor to NaCTeM and director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Center at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan, has been awarded the Okawa prize, for his pioneering contributions to research in computational linguistics and natural language processing including machine translation and text mining.
The Okawa Prize is awarded to pay tribute to and publicly recognise outstanding, international level contributions to research, technological development and business in the information and telecommunications fields.
Dr Daniel Dresner comments on the security flaws at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal for Wired
Dr Daniel Dresner has commented on the security flaws at Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers scandal, for Wired.co.uk.
[ top ]Events
In a new venture, the University is putting on a science spectacular at the Trafford Centre (weekend of the 23rd and 24th April). The School of Computer Science will be there on Saturday 23rd April, 10am-6pm, with (a) make a robotic friend - party with our robots and code them too! and (b)
explore virtual worlds - enter your own virtual 3D world and learn about computing. We will be in front of the stage, in an area usually used for dining.
Do come along and say hello. We might need some moral support amongst the throngs of shoppers! There will be plenty for your children too, including a radio telescope, a flight simulator and some real moon-rock.
The UK Research Office (UKRO), in its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), is holding an information event for organisations interested in applying to the 2016 MSCA Individual Fellowships (IF) call (deadline 14 September 2016).
The event will take place at the University of Edinburgh on 11 May 2016. A second event on Individual Fellowships will likely be held in London and further details will be announced shortly.
The event aims to provide participants with an overview of the Individual Fellowships scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format and the key considerations related to planning, writing and submitting proposals.
Attendance at the event is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To register visit: https://www.ukro.ac.uk/about-ukro/ukro-event/%7B782f4f00-0bfa-49e9-9317-ef927fb1d90b%7D/34
[ top ]Featured Research Outcomes
Prof. Sophia Ananiadou has been awarded a new grant by the MRC in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh and UCL. The project is concerned with the study for the utility of text mining and machine learning tools to accelerate systematic review and meta-analysis of findings of in vivo research.
It's a 2 year project, worth £55,400 to the University of Manchester.
[ top ]Prize and award Opportunities
Deadline for applications: Friday 15th April 2016.
The London Mathematical Society "Scheme 7" grant programme provides small financial awards (max £500) to help support a visit for collaborative research at the interface of Mathematics and Computer Science. This is a great opportunity to cover the costs of a brief visit with a (named) Computer Scientist or Mathematician - either travelling to see them at another institution within the U.K. or abroad, or having them come to you. The scheme is overseen by the Computer Science Committee of the LMS, which exists to promote the development of links between Mathematics and Computer Science.
The application and reporting processes are deliberately very lightweight. Further details and the application form and conditions can be found on the LMS website:
Please contact the Research Support Office as soon as possible if you wish to apply email@example.com
Deadline: 10th May 2016 16:00
EPSRC's Peer Review College is a vital part of its assessment process, ensuring that it supports the highest-quality research across the range of our portfolio. As part of its College refresh programme taking place in summer 2016, EPSRC invites expressions of interest from candidates who wish to join their Associate Peer Review College.
This call is open to anyone who fulfils the initial selection criteria. Final selection of candidates from the pool of expressions of interest will be on the basis of individual knowledge, need for expertise in particular research areas and the structure of the new EPSRC Delivery Plan (published in spring 2016).
Membership of the College would provide an excellent opportunity for anyone wishing to develop their understanding of what makes a good research proposal.