Register now to Exhibit Your Research at DemoFest 2018!

SICSA DemoFest, the largest event of it’s kind in Scotland will take place on 6th November 2018 at Our Dynamic Earth Edinburgh.  Now in its eleventh year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities. 

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 as soon as possible or by latest 1 June 2018.  We will confirm all exhibitors by no later than 15 June 2018.

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.

Registration open for SICSA PhD Conference 2018!

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the SICSA PhD Conference 2018, which will take place at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen on 28th and 29th June 2018.

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The event will feature keynote talks from Professor Bill Buchanan (Edinburgh Napier University) and Andrew Richards (CEO Codeplay).

Workshops will include:

  • Hackathon
  • Your Career in Academia – Balancing Teaching and Research
  • Your PhD – What’s next?
  • Web Accessibility: Learn new techniques to improve assistive technologies design
  • 5 Statistical Mistakes You are Likely to Make
  • Student Wellbeing: Managing your PhD Journey
  • How to do a Systematic Literature Review
  • Demystifying the PhD Thesis

There will also be a poster competition; plus networking, dinner and drinks in the grand surroundings of the Trinity Hall, Aberdeen on the evening of 28th June.

Registration for the conference is funded by SICSA, as is accommodation at the RGU residences for those living outside of Aberdeen on both 27th and 28th June.

For full details about the conference programme, please visit the Conference Web Site.

SICSA Education – Call for Workshop Proposals in 2018

SICSA Education would like to invite the Scottish Computing community to apply for funds to host SICSA Education workshops or other education focussed events. Some of the more recent workshops that have been funded have included:

  • How should we assess group work?
  • Skills in entrepreneurial education
  • Computational thinking in primary schools

We now invite members of the community to bid to host an event, either to expand on any of these topics; or to propose events on any other Computing Education related topic.

In order to apply please complete the attached pro forma (no more than 2 pages) and return it to by Monday the 30th April. A further call will be made over the Summer, but we will also accept applications throughout the year.

The funding available per workshop is variable, but is typically in the region of £500 – £1,000.

Funding can be used for:

  • Event catering (tea/coffee/lunch)
  • Travel and subsistence for invited speakers
  • Travel and subsistence for event organisers (if not based at the host institution)
  • Other reasonable expenses associated with organising the event

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Detailed information about SICSA Education can be found at:; and

If you wish to sign up to the SICSA Education mailing list for updates on all events and activities, please visit:

Robot Research in the Wild: Water Transport in Rural India

Researchers from the University of Glasgow and AMMACHI Labs at Amrita University in India have recently been undertaking a feasibility study utilising robots for water transportation in India, which has identified as a key problem for those living in rural communities.  The project, which was co-funded by SICSA (via the Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges programme) was presented this week at the Social Robots in the Wild workshop at HRI 2018 in Chicago. You can read more about the project at IEEE Spectrum or watch the video below.  

Leading International Data Science Experts Confirmed for The Data Summit

A host of internationally-acclaimed leaders in the field of data science have been confirmed as speakers for the upcoming two-day international conference, Data Summit. Leading the programme are ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’ author Cathy O’Neil and former NASA astrophysicist turned data scientist, Kirk Borne.

Data Summit will take place at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on 22nd and 23rd March with the theme of ‘data driven innovation’ and a special focus on collaboration. It forms a key part of DataFest18. Over 2,000 participants attended DataFest17 in March 2017, ranging from school children to politicians, academics to key industry players.

DataFest18 will build on 2017’s success with even more world class speakers and an aim to increase international participation and academic involvement. The target is to boost attendees by 500 – 25 per cent.

Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, said: “In this second year of DataFest, we’ve pulled together a compelling programme of international speakers, all of whom are at the cutting edge of data technology across numerous industries. Their involvement within the event clearly demonstrates Scotland’s place as a key player on the global data stage.

“The Data Summit is a great opportunity for attendees to hear about others’ data experiences through sessions on how to lead successful programmes, communicating with data as well as compelling examples of transformation and future trends and much more.”

World-leading speakers joining the festival’s line-up also include Dr Hannah Fry, UCL and presenter of BBC TV’s The Joy of Data, Alex Depledge MBE, entrepreneur and rising-star of the British start-up scene and Eddie Copeland, director of government innovation at Nesta.

The programme of confirmed speakers for Data Summit 2018 includes:

– Cathy O’Neil, US based mathematician, blogger and author.

– Dr. Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton

– Dr Hannah Fry, UCL and presenter of BBC TV’s The Joy of Data
– Marios Michaelidis, Research Data Scientist. H2O.atechnology
– Erin Akred, Lead Data Scientist, DataKind

– Alex Depledge, Co-founder and former CEO

– Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh

– Orsola De Marco, Head of Startups, Open Data Institute

– Dr. Iain Brown, Lead Data Scientist, SAS

– Mhairi Aitken, Research Fellow, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences & Informatics, University of Edinburgh

– Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation, Nesta

– Stefaan Verhulst, Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer. The Gov Lab

– Warwick Beresford-Jones – Founder & Joint CEO, Merkle Aquila

– Shakeel Khan – Data Science Capability Building Manager, HM Revenue & Customs


Ticket prices for Data summit will go up to final release prices on 2nd March.

To buy tickets and find out more click here:

SICSA Launches the Cyber Nexus Virtual Innovation Hub

As part of the recent Scottish Government funding for the SICSA Cyber Nexus, we have recently launched the Cyber Nexus Virtual Innovation Hub.  This funding programme will support innovative research in Cyber Security that has commercial potential.

The main aim of this initiative is to help researchers to develop their technologies into a proposition that can either be licensed to existing companies or spun-out into a new start-up venture. Up to £3K is available for each successful applicant.

We are now accepting applications from researchers at SICSA member institutions.  For more details and to apply, please visit our Cyber Nexus Virtual Innovation Hub page.

If you have any questions about this funding, please contact

How to do an Informatics PhD Workshop – Call for Registrations

University of Edinburgh are running a workshop on how to do an Informatics PhD, which is open to students at all SICSA member-institutions.  Details as follows:

Tuesday 17 April 2018, 13:30 – 16:30 – Please note the new date due to planned strike action at the University

University of Edinburgh – Room 5.3 Lister Building, Lister Learning And Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place Edinburgh, EH8 9SU

Course Description:
We will explore the nature of Informatics research and the diversity of methodologies that it employs. In particular, we will investigate the forms of hypotheses or claims that an Informatics research project establishes, and the ways in which such claims can be evaluated.

List of Learning Outcomes. By the end of this workshop, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the nature of Informatics research and the methodologies that it employs
  2. Identify the forms of hypotheses or claims that an Informatics research project establishes and the ways in which such claims can be evaluated

Pre course work – Students will be required to bring a 1000 word summary of their research project to the course.  Guidance will be sent out prior to the course.

If you are a SICSA member and not matriculated at the University of Edinburgh you will need to register for an EASEfriend account before completing the booking:

More information here:

If you have problems booking on this workshop please email

Looking for an expert in Computer Science? SICSA can help!

The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) represents a broad range of expertise in Computer Science and Informatics.  We have 14 member-institutions across Scotland, comprising over 500 academics and around 750 PhD research students; covering the whole of the discipline.

So if you are looking for advice on a specific aspect of Computing or wish to collaborate on a project, we are able to signpost you to an expert in any area.

In the first instance, please contact our knowledgeable and friendly team at or telephone 0141 330 8626.

Furthermore, The SICSA Research Themes cover all core elements of the Computer Science discipline.  The themes represent clusters of expertise in specific areas and organise a programme of events and activities throughout the year.  Please see individual Research Theme pages for information and contact details for our Research Theme Leaders.

Data for Marine Science & Technology – Industrial Doctorate Funding Call 2018

The Data Lab in collaboration with the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) is supporting Industrial Doctorate projects.

Funding for up to 50% of the project cost will be provided for up to three and a half years, with the remainder to be matched by an industry, sector or voluntary sector partner. They are currently looking for applications from academic supervisors who have a proposed project with an agreed industry partner, or who are actively engaged with a partner to define a project.

MASTS aims to enhance the Scottish marine research environment. They are looking to fund Industrial Doctorates related to marine science which could concentrate on research areas such as:

  • Dynamics and Properties of Marine Systems
  • Productive Seas
  • Marine Biodiversity, Function and Services

They hope that by applying novel data science methods to the challenges outlined in MASTS’ key research themes, valuable new insights can be gained for the benefit of Scotland.

For an Industrial Doctorate project to be eligible for The Data Lab and MASTS funding, it must be hosted at a MASTS Partner University with at least 2 academic supervisors from MASTS affiliated institutions and be sponsored by an Industry Sponsor that has an operational base in Scotland. Furthermore, the student will be a member of theMASTS Graduate School and will enrol as part of the MASTS Postgraduate Certificate.

To find out more details about the application process, please read the guidance document..

To apply, please register and complete the Industrial Doctorate Application form.

The closing date is 17:00 on Friday 6th April 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Joshua Ryan-Saha at

Data Science Industrial Doctorate Funding Call 2018

The Data Lab is supporting up to six new industrial doctorate projects. Funding for up to 50% of the programme cost will be provided, with the remainder to be matched by an industry (or public / third sector) partner. The Data Lab are looking for applications from universities that have a proposed project with an industry or public sector partner.

For an Industrial Doctorate project to be eligible for The Data Lab funding it must be hosted at a Scottish University and be sponsored by an Industry or public sector Sponsor that has an operational base in Scotland.

To find out more details about the application process, please read the guidance document.

To apply, please complete the Industrial Doctorate Application form.

The closing date for the first quarter is 17:00 on Friday 6 April 2018. If you miss this quarter, the next reviewing date will be in July 2018.

If you have an idea for an Industrial Doctorate project but you do not yet have a University Partner or an Industry Sponsor, The Data Lab can help match you with possible partners:

  • If you are a University seeking to collaborate with an Industry Sponsor, please complete and submit the Academic application form.
  • If you are an Industry Sponsor seeking to collaborate with a University, please complete and submit the Industry application form. Please have a look at the list of project opportunities, to find out if you could collaborate on one of projects already suggested by academics at Scottish universities.

If you have any questions, please contact Joshua Ryan-Saha – Skills Manager at The Data Lab.