DemoFest 2018: Bringing Research to Life – Register Now!

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

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DemoFest provides a perfect opportunity for your organisation to experience, first-hand, the cutting-edge research taking place in Scottish universities. There are 52 research and technology demonstrations at this year’s event and already over 300 delegates registered from academia, industry and the public sector.

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.

The 2018 event will feature: 

  • Welcome from Polly Purvis, OBE, CEO ScotlandIS
  • Keynote talk from Ali Shah, Head of Emerging Technology & Strategic Direction at the BBC
  • Keynote talk from Jamie Graves, CEO ZoneFox
  • Exhibition hall with 52 technology demonstrations from 14 Scottish Universities
  • Event Partner Exhibitions

 

Please register now to avoid disappointment as spaces are filling up fast.

This year’s event is kindly sponsored by:

New action plan to boost Scotland’s Cyber Security industry

A new action plan will encourage the growth of innovative Scottish cyber security research to deliver world-leading cyber security goods and services.

The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise will work with key partners to ensure Scotland fully exploits the economic growth opportunities of the increasing demand for cyber security goods.

Scottish Enterprise will receive just over £1 million to drive growth in the cyber security industry, including £370,000 for the creation of a cluster management organisation, £500,000 for a Cyber Essentials voucher scheme for small and medium-sized third and private sector organisations and £250,000 to stimulate cyber-specific innovation.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay said:

“The Cyber Resilience Economic Opportunity Action Plan sets out the key practical steps the Scottish Government and key partners will take collectively to support the growth of Scotland’s cyber security firms. It aims to encourage the development of innovative cyber security research and deliver world-leading cyber security goods and services.

“As the cyber threat increases, demand for cyber security goods and service increases. There is an opportunity for Scotland’s cyber security businesses to reap the benefits of this growing demand.”

David Smith, Director of Technology, Engineering and Construction at Scottish Enterprise, said:

“I’m delighted that through this plan we’re recognising the contribution that cyber security can make to our digital economy, and I’m looking forward to working with our partners to support the growth of the cyber security cluster in Scotland.”

 

CENSIS 5th Technology Summit – Registration Open

CENSIS 5th Technology Summit, 8 November 2018

Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland G2 3NY

09:00 – 17:00, followed by a drinks reception

CENSIS is Scotland’s centre of excellence for Sensor Systems and the Internet of Things. Now in its fifth year, the Technology Summit attracts hundreds of delegates for a day of presentations, exhibitions, discussion and networking. Register to explore this year’s theme of ‘disruption and disruptive technologies in sensor systems and IoT’.

  • Hear from challenge providers.
  • Listen to use cases and business case for new IoT and sensor-based models for economic growth.
  • Meet exhibitors from industry and academia showcasing new technologies.
  • Network and connect with key business people and researchers.

This year’s keynote speaker is Hugo Fiennes, CEO of Electric Imp. Hugo’s stellar career includes time at Apple where he was the hardware lead for the first four generations of the iconic iPhone. He also helped build the Nest thermostat. It was during his time at Nest that Hugo realised connected devices were going to change the world for the better, but only if they were secure, maintainable, and flexible, and so Electric Imp was born.

Free to attend. Exhibitor and sponsor opportunities available.

#CENSIS18

SICSA Funding Call – various opportunities available

We are now accepting applications for funding for a number of SICSA programmes.  These calls are open to all those working within SICSA member-institutions (14 CS Departments/Schools in Scotland).

  1. Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges: Funding up to £7.5K to visit Universities in Europe (inc. UK), North America, China and India.  Closing Date: 30th June. More info and to apply: https://www.sicsa.ac.uk/research-exchanges-pece

  2. Distinguished Visitor Fellowships: Host a visitor from another University.  Typically funding of up to £3-4K available. Closing Date: 30th June. More info and to apply: https://www.sicsa.ac.uk/funding/academics-postdoctoral-researchers/host-a-visitor/

  3. Summer School Sponsorship: Funding towards the costs of organising a Summer School – Typically £3-4K available.  Closing Date 30th June.  More info and to apply: https://www.sicsa.ac.uk/funding/academics-postdoctoral-researchers/event-sponsorship/summer-school-sponsorship/

  4. Cyber Nexus Programmes: A range of funding available for researchers working in Cyber Security.  More info and to apply: https://www.sicsa.ac.uk/sicsa-cyber-nexus-funding/

  5. DemoFest: Spaces are still available to exhibit your research at DemoFest 2018 www.sicsa.ac.uk/demofest.  Simply complete the registration form before 28th June at: http://sgiz.mobi/s3/SICSA-DemoFest-2018-Bringing-Research-To-Life

#BuildtheBBC Event – Glasgow

From the people who brought you previous #BuildTheBBC events across London and Salford, comes an evening of tech talks focussed on the teams in Glasgow and their challenges and how they deliver their products to the nation. This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in learning more about the work the teams create for the BBC from the amazing Pacific Quay office; and the challenges that the BBC Design + Engineering department face.

The evening will consist of talks from the BBC Design + Engineering teams in Glasgow along with food/refreshments and the chance to network. You’ll hear from PlatformVoice and Education.

The talks will take place at BBC Pacific Quay, Glasgow on 11th June from 17.30-21.00.

Information and Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/buildthebbc-glasgow-bbc-design-engineering-tickets-46191184075

Now recruiting for HCI and AI Theme Leadership roles

Applications are invited from members of academic staff working within any SICSA member institution for the role of SICSA Research Theme Leader.  There are two positions available:

  1. SICSA Research Theme Leader for Artificial Intelligence
  2. SICSA Research Theme Leader for Human Computer Interaction

The roles both commence on 1st August 2018 for a two-year period, initially.

For more information on the roles and to apply, please download the documentation below.

Theme Leaders Role Description

Application Form_SICSA Theme Leaders

Closing Date: 30th June 2018

SICSA DemoFest 2018 – Now open for registration

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for DemoFest 2018, which takes place on 6th November (4-7pm) at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.  SICSA DemoFest is the largest event of its kind in Scotland. Now in its 11th year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities. 

Eventbrite - SICSA DemoFest 2018: Bringing Research to Life

DemoFest provides a perfect opportunity for your organisation to experience first-hand, the innovative 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 2018 will focus on the following key areas: 

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Cyber-Security
  • Networking & The Cloud
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Understanding Complex Systems
  • User-Experience

The 2018 event will feature: 

  • Exhibition hall with 50 technology demonstrations from 14 Scottish Universities
  • Keynote talk from Jamie Graves, CEO ZoneFox
  • Event Partner Exhibitions
  • Welcome talk from a special guest (TBA)

DemoFest is organised by SICSA in partnership with ScotlandIS.

SICSA Cyber Virtual Innovation Hub – Now accepting applications

The SICSA Cyber Virtual Innovation Hub can provide researchers in Cyber Security with funding to explore work that could lead to commercial opportunities.

Successful applicants will be able to use the funding on offer to explore new ideas, develop commercial potential, produce demonstrators and materials, and develop work to be taken to a stage where it is investment-ready.  Funding can be used flexibly, according to the needs of the researchers and/or companies involved.

Funding can be used flexibly but examples include: 

  • A contribution towards time for researchers to engage with the project;
  • Travel and accommodation to support the project;
  • Equipment or software licenses

The next deadline for applications for this funding is 31st May.  Please see check SICSA Cyber Nexus for details and a short application form.

SICSA Cyber Nexus Researcher Exchange Funding – Apply before 31st May

The SICSA Cyber Nexus is able to provide bursaries of up to £3000 per applicant for researchers in Cyber Security at SICSA institutions to take part in research visits to anywhere in the UK or abroad. Exchanges can be with other academic institutions, or with the private and public sectors.  Successful applicants can use the funding for:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation and Subsistence
  • Childcare costs coming as a result of the exchange

This is a great opportunity to begin or continue a research collaboration with academia or industry and we can also offer funding for reciprocal visits.

If you are interested in applying, please visit https://www.sicsa.ac.uk/funding/sicsa-cyber-nexus-research-exchanges/ for more details.  Application is by completion of a short form and the next deadline is 31st May.

We are now Recruiting: SICSA Graduate Academy Director

Applications are invited from members of academic staff working within any SICSA member institution for the role of SICSA Graduate Academy Director.

The role commences on 1st August 2018 for a two-year period, initially.

For more information on the role and to apply, please download the documentation below.

SGA Director Role Description

SGA Director Application Form

Closing Date: 30th June 2018