SICSA Elevate Business Accelerator 2015 – Call now open

We are pleased to announce that the call for participants for the 2015 SICSA Elevate programme is now open.  The deadline for applications is April 30 2015.

Turning your idea into a business can be challenging but we’re here to help, so that you don’t have to make the journey alone. If you have the idea, we’ll provide the space, mentor support, entrepreneurial training, and an injection of cash to kick start your business in just 12 weeks over the summer.  The programme this year will take place at the University of Glasgow from 18th June 2015 – 3rd September 2015.

Successful participants will benefit from a programme developed and presented by experts in business.  You will also receive a £3000 scholarship for each team member; plus £750 per participant to cover project costs – travel, software, hardware etc.

For further information and to make an application, please visit  You can also find case studies from previous participants at

If you have any questions at all, please drop us a line at

SICSA to sponsor 2 Saltire Fellowships in 2015. Deadline for applications – 17th March

The SICSA Directors are pleased to announce that SICSA will sponsor 2 Saltire Fellowships in 2015, coordinated by the Saltire Foundation. The Saltire Fellowship is a world-class, 8 month long programme that equips Fellows with the skills and experience required to take a leadership role within Scottish business. It blends teaching at the #1 ranked Business School in the world for entrepreneurship (Babson College, Boston), followed with hands on international experience at Silicon Valley and in China; then back in Scotland.

Funding will cover most of the associated expenses relating to the Fellowship, including: Tuition fees; accommodation in Boston, Silicon Valley and China; Return travel to all locations; and health insurance.  The funding is valued at approximately £50K per candidate.

Eligible candidates for the SICSA funded Fellowships will be Early Career Researchers (within 7 years post PhD) and working within a SICSA institution.

The deadline date for applications is 17th March 2015.


For detailed information about this exciting opportunity, please visit our Saltire Fellowship information page.

4 SICSA Research Challenges launched for 2015

The SICSA Directors are pleased to announce that from February 2015 SICSA will fund a number of Research Challenges per year, each running for a period of 12 months.   Each of the SICSA Research Challenges will be driven by a problem or issue whose resolution will have impact on the world outside Informatics and Computer Science research; and they will require the combination of research from different areas across SICSA as well as involving other Research Pools or researchers in other disciplines.

The four SICSA-funded Challenges for 2015 will be

Future Cities
Identifying Health Promoting Elements in Care Homes
UX for mHealth: Understanding & Supporting Health and Wellbeing “In the Wild”
Visually-Impaired access to Visualised Data (VIVID) 

If you wish to find out more about the current Research Challenges or if you want to get involved, please visit the pages above or SICSA Research Challenges.

Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECE) – Next Deadline 28th February

SICSA has funding of up to £7500 available per applicant to undertake an exchange to a University in Europe, North America, China or India. This funding has been made available to support existing research collaborations or to establish new connections.

The funding can be used for return travel; accommodation and subsistence; and for additional childcare costs incurred as a result of the exchange (if applicable).  #

The next deadline for applications is 28th February 2015.

For further information and to download an application pack, please visit our PECE web page.

SICSA Funding Opportunity: Pools Engagement in European Research (PEER) – Open Call

SICSA is able to provide support of up to £10,000 for researchers in Informatics and Computing Sciences at SICSA institutions to boost participation in European projects. We will consider proposals from any Scotland-based computing science academics pursuing involvement in EU projects.

What type of activities does this funding cover?

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;
• 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).

How to apply:

If you are interested in applying for this funding please contact in the first instance or visit the PEER web page to download an application form. There are no deadlines and you can apply at any time.

SICSA Research Theme Events – Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing

SICSA recently launched a new Research Theme in Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing. This theme is in partnership with Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems. For full details of this theme and to view a short video please visit:

We are pleased to confirm that there are now a number of theme events organised for the near future and all SICSA academics with an interest in this area are welcome to register free of charge. You can find full details of all three events at but in summary they are:

  • SICSA Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing Theme Launch Event – 18th February 2015, Royal Society of Edinburgh. Register here.
  • SICSA Masterclass in Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing – 4th March 2015, University of St Andrews. Register here.
  • SICSA Medical Image Analysis Workshop – 27th March, University of Dundee. Register here.

If you would like to organise an event in this area, please contact Dr David Harris-Birtill.

SICSA 1st Workshop on Data-to-text Generation – Submission Extension

The deadline for abstract submissions for the SICSA 1st Workshop on Data-to-text Generation  has been extended to 6th of February 2015.

Registration will open on 6th of February and it will be FREE. The Workshop will be held on 6th of March 2015 and is fully sponsored by two SICSA themes (HCI and Data Science) and also endorsed by the ACL Special Interest Group on Natural Language Generation (SIGGEN).

The 1st Workshop on Data-to-text Generation covers a broad spectrum of areas aimed at: generating textual descriptions from data, decision support systems to facilitate data access using natural language; information presentation from data, summarisation from data etc. The workshop invites the submission of abstracts, e.g. on work in progress, system demonstrations, a negative result, an opinion piece or a summary of research activities. PhD students are highly encouraged to submit a summary of their work as it will be an excellent opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from experts in the field. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

– data-to-text applications
– designing and evaluating data-to-text systems
– generation from big data
– interpretation and reasoning of data using natural language
– language based decision support systems
– summarisation of time-series data
– uncertainty in data-to-text systems
– storytelling based on data
– concept-to-text generation

Authors should submit an abstract of at most 2 pages of content (up to 1 additional page is allowed for references) including summaries of research activities, work in progress, opinion pieces etc, following the formatting instructions below. The paper submissions should be sent to: data2text (the usual sign) googlegroups (dot) com. Abstract submissions will not be refereed, but evaluated for relevance only by the chairs. As such, papers do not need to be anonymised.

Submissions due: 6 February 2015
Notification: 13 February 2015
Final version due: 20 February 2015
Workshop: 6 March 2015

Verena Rieser (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)
Amy Isard (University of Edinburgh)
Dimitra Gkatzia (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)

Details for the event can be found here.

SICSA Early Career Industry Fellowship – Call now open

We are pleased to announce that the call for the SICSA Early Career Industry Fellowship is now open – the deadline for applications will be 30 April 2015.

The fellowship provides early career researchers with valuable experience working directly with industry and opportunities for building long-lasting collaborations to develop their professional academic careers.

Key Facts
Up to £35k available for 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Can be in with any international organisation but preference will be given to Scottish based industry partners
Applications with no financial contribution from the industry partner will be limited to £20k
Applicants must be employed in a SICSA department with preference given to permanent staff or those on a contract of five years duration

Funding call deadlines
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2015

What can the funding be used for?
Salary costs
Research costs
Travel costs

More details and an application pack can be found here.

MATCH-UP 2015: the Third International Workshop on Matching Under Preferences

MATCH-UP 2015: First Call for Participation

16-18 April 2015
University of Glasgow, UK

co-located with Meeting of COST Action IC1205 on Computational Social Choice

MATCH-UP 2015 is the third workshop in the series of interdisciplinary and international workshops on matching under preferences. The first in the series took place in Reykjavik in 2008, whilst the second took place in Budapest in 2012.  MATCH-UP 2015 is sponsored by SICSA and there are a limited number of funded places available for SICSA students.

Matching problems with preferences occur in widespread applications such as the assignment of school-leavers to universities, junior doctors to hospitals, students to campus housing, children to schools, kidney transplant patients to donors and so on. The common thread is that individuals have preference lists over the possible outcomes and the task is to find a matching of the participants that is in some sense optimal with respect to these preferences.

The remit of this workshop is to explore matching problems with preferences from the perspective of algorithms and complexity, discrete mathematics, combinatorial optimization, game theory, mechanism design and economics, and thus a key objective is to bring together the research communities of the related areas.

List of topics
The matching problems under consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Two-sided matchings involving agents on both sides (e.g. colleg admissions, resident allocation, job markets, school choice, etc.)
  • Two-sided matchings involving agents and items (e.g. house allocation, course allocation, project allocation, assigning papers to reviewers, school choice, etc.)
  • One-sided matchings (roommates problem, kidney exchanges, etc.)
  • Matching with payments (assignment game, etc.)

Invited speakers

  • Katarina Cechlarova, Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosic
  • Christine Cheng, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Herve Moulin, University of Glasgow

Accepted papers
We received 56 submissions, from which 38 were selected for presentation.
The list of accepted papers can be found here

Registration for MATCH-UP 2015 is now open. Registration covers entrance to the technical sessions, workshop proceedings, coffee breaks, lunches on Thursday 16 April, Friday 17 April and Saturday 18 April, and the workshop dinner on Friday 17 April. The early bird registration fees are £275 for full fee and £200 for students, and the early registration deadline is 12 March 2015. To register, follow this link:

If you wish to attend the co-located COST meeting then please note that you must register separately for that event. Registration (via does not open until 1 February 2015 (as COST IC1205 Management Committee members have priority to register until 31 January). We reserve the right to restrict numbers for that event due to financial and capacity constraints.

Applications for SICSA funded places
There are a limited number of assisted places, funded by SICSA, that will be awarded to PhD students at SICSA universities. These assisted places will cover the cost of registration but will not cover travel or accommodation.

Eligible applicants can apply by emailing with a 1-page CV containing at least the following information: student name, affiliation, PhD topic, supervisor name, one paragraph indicating why they feel that this workshop is relevant to their research, and any previous publications / papers in preparation.

The application deadline is 20 February 2015.

Important dates

  • Deadline for final versions of accepted papers / abstracts: 16 Feb 2015
  • Deadline for applications for SICSA funded places: 20 Feb 2015
  • Early registration deadline: 12 March 2015
  • Workshop: 16-18 April 2015

Organising committee co-chairs:
David Manlove, University of Glasgow, UK Baharak Rastegari, University of Glasgow, UK

Programme committee co-chairs:
Peter Biro, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary David Manlove, University of Glasgow, UK

Further information