Register to Exhibit at DemoFest 2017!

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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.

Register to Exhibit Now!
Exhibiting at DemoFest is free-of-charge.  However, space is limited within the exhibition hall to a maximum of 50 research stands and we encourage you to apply to exhibit your research by completing our short exhibitor questionnaire at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3681338/SICSA-DemoFest-2017-Bringing-Research-to-Life as soon as possible or by latest 28/07/17.  We will confirm all exhibitors by no later than 04/08/17.

Why Exhibit?
We expect up to 200 delegates from business and the public sector, who will be keen to discover some of the cutting-edge research taking place currently in Computer Science and Informatics in Scotland.

The event provides a space for exhibitors to showcase their current research and discuss future academic and business collaborations, commercialisation opportunities, internships and placements, employment opportunities and much more.

Who can Exhibit?
We now welcome applications from researchers at all 14 SICSA Institutions.   Exhibitors are encouraged from all stages of research, from 1st year PhD to Professorial level.

We particularly encourage applicants who are keen to build collaborative linkages with industry; to commercialise their research; and to build contacts with other researchers.

 Your Space
All exhibitors will be provided with their own space in the exhibition hall featuring an individual pod for your research poster and space for any technology that you wish to demonstrate.

Your research will be featured in the event programme, which will be circulated to companies across Scotland.

If you have any questions please email the SICSA team at admin@sicsa.ac.uk

 

Thanks to Dr Karen Petrie: Outgoing SICSA Education Director

The SICSA Directors offer their sincere thanks to Dr Karen Petrie, who yesterday completed her final task as SICSA Education Director at the SICSA PhD Conference at the University of Dundee.  Dr Petrie served as the SICSA Education Director from September 2013 until June 2017 .  During that time she dedicated significant time, energy and enthusiasm to the post and her passion for Computing Science Education is truly inspirational.

The SICSA Directorate are now preparing to advertise the role of SICSA Education Director and more news will follow shortly.  The post is open to all suitable academics working within SICSA member Universities.  Any queries about the post in the interim should be directed to admin@sicsa.ac.uk.

 

 

 

Registers of Scotland 400 Anniversary Sasines MSc Scholarship in collaboration with The Data Lab

As part of their 400 Anniversary, Registers of Scotland (RoS) is offering an amazing, once in a lifetime MSc level scholarship.

Theme: Any course related to data (Data Science, Data Engineering, etc.)

2017 is a landmark year for the Registers of Scotland, as they are celebrating a mammoth 400 years of the world’s oldest national land register, the General Register of Sasines. As an innovative, data focussed organisation, RoS is keen to mark this momentous anniversary by sponsoring the best and most talented MSc student who is ready to embark on a data science journey.

The Data Lab is delighted to be part of this partnership contributing to the needs of Scottish Industry and supporting the development of the Data Talent community.

The Registers of Scotland Sasines 400 Year Anniversary Scholarship

In the first instance, the call is open to Scottish Universities who would like to apply to receive up to £10,000 for one student to cover MSc course tuition fees and additional costs, such as relevant conferences or other activities in collaboration with RoS. This call is for the 2017/18 academic year.

The 400 Year Anniversary Scholarship will be awarded based upon university’s experience and reputation in delivering data science master programmes and the course capability to teach students the data skills to equip them to excel in the data-driven workplace such as Registers of Scotland.

Following selection of the course partner, elite students will have the opportunity to apply to have their data science studies fully funded.

The Data Lab invites all universities from across Scotland to submit a short application for this scholarship here.

Deadline for applications: 9:00am Monday 12 June 2017.

Places still available at SICSA PhD Conference 2017!

There are a limited number of places still available at the SICSA PhD Conference 2017.  The deadline for registrations has been extended by one week to 22nd May.

Eventbrite - SICSA PhD Conference 2017

The SICSA PhD Conference has become one of the highlights of the SICSA events calendar, bringing together Computing Science and Informatics PhD students, leading academics, and industry practitioners for 2 days of workshops, keynote presentations and social events. The conference is an event aimed specifically at Informatics and Computing Science PhD students and is organised each year by a hard working committee of PhD students and members of the SICSA Executive.

Keynote speakers this year will include one of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs, Chris van der Kuyl; and Mandy Chessell, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Distinguished Engineer at IBM.

Save the Date for DemoFest 2017!

DemoFest: Bringing Research to Life

The next DemoFest event will take place on 3rd October 2017, from 4-7pm at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.  Please save the date in your calendars for this evening of tech demonstrations and talks.  Registration will open in early June and more details on the full programme will be available at that time!

For more general information on the event, please see our recent guest blog at Interface.

Welcome to our new Director of Knowledge Exchange

We extend a warm welcome to our new Director of Knowledge Exchange, Alistair Lawson, who joins SICSA today.  Alistair brings valuable experience to the role.  He is a member of the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networking and Security within the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University and is involved in Research and Knowledge Exchange projects in the areas of software engineering, applications development, healthcare, speech and language, scalable systems, cloud computing, industry 4.0, information sharing, simulation, e-security, e-commerce, and e-learning.

Alistair will be working over the next two years to develop links between SICSA, industry, the public sector and the SFC Innovation Centres.

Alistair replaced Professor Iadh Ounis, who has worked with SICSA as Director of Knowledge Exchange for over 2 years. We would like to give a big thank you to Iadh, who has been fundamental to the success of SICSA in recent years.

Local Transport Product Forge Event

A room full of entrepreneurially minded data scientists and analysts, designers, software engineers and transport industry professionals spending 3 days and 3 nights side by side developing product prototypes to improve transport services within Scotland – sound good?

Product Forge is running a competitive transport hackathon at CodeBase in Edinburgh from Thursday 4th May until Sunday 7th.

Regardless of whether you already have an idea that you would like to prototype, or don’t and would just like to make new connections, you are invited to come along and meet talented people with a shared interest in the future of Scottish transport.

Participants from a range of backgrounds and skills form teams to work on a product prototype with support from industry experts in the transport industry and the wider technology community.

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

All 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 further.

Register at: https://productforge.io/events/local-transport-product-forge/ .

SICSA PhD Conference – Registration Open!

We are delighted to confirm that the 2017 SICSA PhD Conference will take place on 27th & 28th June at the University of Dundee. Registration for the event is now open!

Eventbrite - SICSA PhD Conference 2017

The SICSA PhD Conference has become one of the highlights of the SICSA events calendar, bringing together Computing Science and Informatics PhD students, leading academics, and industry practitioners for 2 days of workshops, keynote presentations and social events. The conference is an event aimed specifically at Informatics and Computing Science PhD students and is organised each year by a hard working committee of PhD students and members of the SICSA Executive.

Keynote speakers this year will include one of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs, Chris van der Kuyl; and Mandy Chessell, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Distinguished Engineer at IBM.

For the full programme, please visit www.sicsaconf.org.

Registration and accommodation is fully funded by SICSA and our sponsors for all Scotland-based Computing and Informatics PhD students.  

New MSc IT Cyber Security for non-computing graduates

Cyber Security is growing in importance as more and more of what we do moves online.  Both public and private sector organisations are employing more cyber security professionals, both because they want to secure their information, but also, increasingly, because they are required to do so by new legislation.

The University of Glasgow School of Computing Science is delighted to announce the availability of a new programme designed for graduates who have a good non-computing degree and an interest in cyber security.  On the security side it teaches general cyber security techniques with Cyber Security Fundamentals and Cryptography and Secure Development.  Enterprise Cyber Security covers security in business organisations, while Human Centred Security, Cyber Security Forensics and Safety Critical Systems (protecting critical infrastructure) rounds off this part of the programme.

On the IT side, students are taught to program with a Programming course and Team Project, and also learn about Databases, Computer Systems and Software Project management.  The programme finishes with a Cyber Security based summer project.  No prior computing education is required.

Further information at www.glasgow.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/itcybersecurity/

 

SICSA Education Director Recruitment: Deadline Extended

We have extended the deadline for applications for the SICSA Director of Education position to 31st January 2017.  We invite applicants who are currently employed in academic/teaching positions at any SICSA member institution.

The post is equivalent to 0.2FTE and the duration is 2 years.  This post is not directly funded by SICSA and as such it is considered part of the institutional (“in-kind”) contribution to the pool.  Potential applicants are advised to discuss this with their Heads of School prior to applying.

The closing date is 31st January 2017.

For further information and to apply, please visit http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/about-us/vacancies/.