£420K to support Scottish research in Cyber-Security and Cyber-Resilience

The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of its new Cyber Nexus.  The SICSA Cyber Nexus is led by Professor Kevin Hammond of the University of St Andrews, who is also the Director of SICSA; and brings together key researchers from 14 Scottish Universities.

The SICSA Cyber Nexus represents a £420K 18-month investment by the UK and Scottish governments that aims to establish the nucleus of a coherent and vibrant Scottish cyber-security research and innovation community, linking academia with industry, the public sector, government and the third sector. The approach taken to deliver this vision is based on all 14 SICSA institutions operating in a collaborative fashion across several strategically important activities including:
  • Bringing together Scotland’s academic Cyber-Security capability through the SICSA Cyber Nexus.
  • Baselining and monitoring the academic Cyber-Security/Resilience capability in Scotland.
  • Raising awareness of Scotland’s capabilities in terms of Public Education, Outreach, Skills development.
  • Delivering Impact through building skills and expertise and co-operation across academia, industry and government – transferring knowledge, technology and capabilities

Professor Hammond says:

“We are excited by the opportunities that the SICSA Cyber Nexus offers.  Recent events have shown how important cybersecurity is to key national infrastructure, such as the National Health Service.  Dealing properly with this represents both a tremendous technical challenge and a tremendous opportunity to build on the world-leading work that is coming out of Scotland. The seed funding that we have obtained will bring the Scottish community together, focus attention on the key issues that need to be addressed, and create new innovation across Scotland.”.

The SICSA Cyber Nexus is UK government funded, supported by Scottish Government, in partnership with the National Cyber Resilience Leaders’ Board.

For more information, please contact Professor Kevin Hammond.

More information about the SICSA Cyber Nexus programmes is available at Cyber Nexus Funding.

The SICSA Cyber Nexus UK government funded, supported by Scottish Government, in partnership with the National Cyber Resilience Leaders’ Board.

SICSA Postdoctoral Engagement in European Research Funding (PEER) – £10K per applicant available 

Introduction
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) recently awarded SICSA further funding to boost participation in European research.   SICSA is therefore able to provide support of up to £10,000 per application for researchers in Informatics and Computing Sciences pursuing participation in EU projects. We will consider proposals from all researchers working within SICSA institutions.

You can find more details for the EC H2020 Work Programme (2018-2020) here.

What can the funding be used for? 

Funding can be sought for a broad range of activities relating to any relevant EU call including:

• Travel to consortium meetings;
• Travel for establishing network connections – I.e. Travel to partner institutions; travel to EC information events etc.
• Cost of specialist consultant support for EU funding bids;
• Support for SICSA academics time to develop proposals (i.e. charging an agreed percentage of staff time to SICSA); and
• Admin time to coordinate bids and meetings (i.e. charging a percentage of staff time to SICSA).

Funding can be for any amount up to a total of £10K

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this funding please visit our PEER information page to download an application form. There are no deadlines and you can apply at any time.

If you have any questions at all please contact admin@sicsa.ac.uk

Applications for SICSA Director of Education now open

We are pleased to announce that we are now recruiting for a new SICSA Director of Education.  Applications are welcome from any suitable member of academic staff working at a SICSA member institution.

SICSA Education has a focus on enhancing collaboration across the core activities of Undergraduate and Postgraduate education provision in Scotland. The group represents common interests to government; employers; professional and practitioner organisations; and the wider education sectors. These include resourcing for University Computing programmes, secondary school qualifications, the transition from school to University, and graduate skills.

If you wish to speak informally about the post, please telephone SICSA Director, Professor Kevin Hammond on +44 (0)1334 46 3241.

Applicants must complete an application form (see below) and submit to Steven.Kendrick@Glasgow.ac.uk by no later than Friday 1st December 2017.

Education Director Job Description

Application for the role of SICSA Education Director

Medical Visualisation Hackathon

Product ForgeProduct Forge is running a Medical Visualisation Hackathon at CodeBase in Edinburgh from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th November 2017 with Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Europe and Scottish Health Innovations Ltd.

Entrepreneurially minded data scientists and analysts, clinicians, designers and software engineers will spend 3 days and 3 nights side by side analysing a range of medical imaging and visualisation data to develop innovative products, services or tools that would help solve medical challenges and benefit patients as well as healthcare professionals.

Participants form small cross-functional teams to work on a product prototype with support from subject matter experts and the wider technology community.

Whether you already have an idea that you would like to prototype or you would just like to make new connections, we invite you to come along and meet talented people with shared goals to improve medical imaging and precision medicine.

Use this opportunity to develop your career, gain new skills, network with professionals, meet potential employers or even kick-start your own company.

All the participants receive mentoring, 10 free meals and 24 hour access to the venue, and the top ranking teams can access support to develop their concept beyond the event.

For more information and details of how to register see the web-site http://productfor.ge/MVPFN17

My PECE visit to the Arizona State University

By Dr Areti Manataki, Senior Researcher in The University of Edinburgh
22nd October 2017

In summer 2017 I visited the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the Arizona State University as part of a SICSA-funded Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchange (PECE). To say that this research visit has been successful would be an understatement. It has allowed me not only to achieve the aims I set out when planning the visit, but also to connect, learn, grow and explore new research directions in ways I hadn’t anticipated.

During my visit, I was able to work closely with my host, Dr Adela Grando, with other academic faculty and students in the University, as well as with clinical experts from the Mayo Clinic. This rich collaboration gave me a practical perspective on the importance of and challenges in biomedical technologies.

From the first day of my visit, I engaged with research in electronic health record workflow discovery and analysis. In particular, I employed process mining techniques to discover and analyse pre-operative electronic health record workflow in the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic. By combining this analysis with observational data collected by other team members in the Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic, we were able to tell a comprehensive story about electronic health record workflow, which we described in a paper submitted to the AMIA 2018 Informatics Summit. This work is also going to be presented on Monday 30th October in the University of Edinburgh (for more information see here).

This hands-on experience in clinical process mining has been an eye-opener for me. Before this research exchange I knew very little about process mining. I now understand the opportunities and challenges in this area, which I plan to continue exploring in the future. In fact, I am still collaborating with the Arizona State University team, and we are extending the previous study to consider additional Mayo Clinic sites.

As a concluding remark, I can’t stress enough how important I think such opportunities are for early career researchers like myself. The SICSA-funded visit has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and experiment with a new research approach, while building close relationships with world-leading experts. Like a breath of fresh air, it has reminded me why I love doing research and why it is worth doing it.

So if you are an early career researcher and are thinking about doing a research visit, do not hesitate. Choose the host institution that you find most intriguing, apply for some SICSA PECE funding and get ready for a life-changing experience.

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SICSA DemoFest 2017

by Dr Jeremy Singer, SICSA Graduate Academy Director
16 October 2017

Blog Pic 2Hundreds of people attended the SICSA DemoFest at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, last week. The annual DemoFest event showcases over 50 innovative Computing Science research projects currently under development at Scotland’s universities

As I wandered round the large exhibition hall, I saw sonic levitating devices, virtual reality drum kits, emotional fonts, optical 5G data transmitters, and much more.  The range of research was impressive and inspiring.  I particularly appreciated the enthusiasm of the researchers as they demonstrated their technology and explained it in everyday language to the visitors

The highlight of the evening was a presentation about ‘The World in 2037’ by Gillian Docherty from The Data Lab. Her talk involved lots of entertaining and speculative future-gazing, but the take home message was clear – Scotland needs to maintain its global position at the forefront of digital innovation. A short speech by Shirley-Anne Somerville (Scottish Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science) affirmed the Scottish Government’s commitment to support ongoing innovation in the tech sector.

Blog Pic 1So, I had a great night at SICSA DemoFest, soaking up tomorrow’s technology which is being designed today by world-leading researchers based in Scotland.

 

 

Reminder SICSA Funding Call 31 October 2017

Let SICSA help you …….  funding call opportunities for October 2017.

SICSA Summer School Sponsorship Funding

Are you thinking of organising a Computing Science and Informatics focussed Summer School in Scotland?  If so, SICSA can provide sponsorship funding for a number of free student places; up to £750 per student for residential summer schools or smaller amounts for non-residential.
More information on this sponsorship opportunity can be found on the SICSA funding page

SICSA DVF Funding

SICSA would like to help you have the  opportunity to work with eminent Academic Researcher who are world class in their field, leading to long lasting relationships to benefit your own career and potential future collaborations for SICSA.  Equally we want you to share this opportunity with students and other researchers from across SICSA.  We can assist by providing funding for travel, accommodation and subsistence for a visitor from the UK or abroad to come to Scotland and visit some SICSA institutions to give presentations and/or talks on their area of expertise as well as participating in SICSA Workshops.  More information and how to apply can be found at the SICSA funding page.

Post-doctoral and Early Career Exchanges Bursary (PECE)

SICSA is able to provide bursaries of up to £7,500 for researchers in Informatics and Computing Sciences at SICSA institutions to take part in researcher visits to Europe, North America, China and India. PECE bursaries provide research training and development opportunities for the most able postdocs and early career researchers across SICSA. Change your surroundings and experience life as a researcher in another institution; develop your network, enjoy another environment and lay the foundations for future international collaborations. It is also hoped that these exchanges will provide opportunities to build experience of international collaboration with academia and/or industry.
More information and how to apply can be found at the SICSA Funding page
Read our latest blog from Dr Areti Manataki who has just returned from Arizona State University as part of SICSA funded PECE http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/blog/pece-visit-arizona-state-university/

Remember that SICSA can also provide all year round funding for the following:

You can access information on all of SICSA funding opportunities at the SICSA funding page

SICSA PhD Conference 2018. Now recruiting for student committee members

After a very successful SICSA PhD Conference 2017, SICSA is now making plans for next year’s event.  As always, the SICSA PhD Conference next year will be put together by a hard-working group of student volunteers and we are now recruiting for the next organising committee.  If you are a PhD student in Informatics/Computer Science, working in a SICSA institution you are eligible to apply to be part of the committee.

Sicsa PHD2017-210 3Being part of the SICSA Conference Organising Committee can be an immensely rewarding experience – you will have the opportunity to work closely with PhD students and academics from around Scotland, gain experience of all aspects of organising a high profile academic event and contribute to the success of a conference that is becoming more popular year upon year.   This is also a great addition to your CV.

For more information on the SICSA PhD Conferences visit the web-site

To apply, please complete the application form and return to admin@sicsa.ac.uk by Tuesday 24 October

Register for DemoFest 2017

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DemoFest: Bringing Research to Life

Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

3 October 2017, 4-7pm

Register free-of-charge here: https://sicsademofest2017.eventbrite.co.uk

SICSA DemoFest is the largest event of its kind in Scotland. Now in its tenth year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities. 

 The next event will take place on 3rd October 2017, 4-7pm at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh and will be sponsored by The Data Lab and Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems.

The 2017 event will feature: 

  • Welcome: Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science
  • Keynote Talk: Gillian Docherty, CEO The Data Lab“The future is depending on us!”
  • Exhibition hall with over 50 research demonstrations from Scottish Universities
  • Sponsor and partner exhibits

DemoFest provides a perfect opportunity for your organisation to experience, first-hand, the cutting-edge research taking place in Scottish universities. Our exhibitors will talk about their research, tell you why it’s important to your organisation, and demonstrate their technology working in real-time.

The event also provides a space for you to discuss future collaborations, business opportunities, internships, employment opportunities and much more.

 DemoFest 2017 will focus on the following key areas: 

  • Big Data
  • Cyber-Security
  • User-Experience
  • Networking and the Cloud
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence

Register now

DemoFest 2017 is in very high demand.  Please register for FREE at https://sicsademofest2017.eventbrite.co.uk before 24th September.

DemoFest is organised by SICSA in partnership with ScotlandIS and is sponsored by The Data Lab and Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems

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Place your vote for SICSA Supervisor of the Year 2017

Computer Science PhD supervisors in Scotland are doing fantastic work! SICSA wants to celebrate PhD supervision with an award for Scottish Computing Science Supervisor of the Year.

Please consider nominating your supervisor by completing the nomination form, before Friday 15 September. Note that SICSA will not share nomination form details with supervisors, in the interests of confidentiality. The Supervisor of the Year for 2017 will be announced at DemoFest 2017 on Tuesday 3 October in Edinburgh.