SICSA PhD Conference 2017 – Now recruiting for student committee members

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 SICSA PhD Conference will take place on 27 & 28 June at the University of Dundee.  Our last conference which took place in June was a great success and it was mainly down to the hard work and dedication of the student committee members.  We are now recruiting for the next organising committee so if you are a PhD student in Informatics/Computer Science, working in a SICSA institution why not apply to be part of the 2017 SICSA PhD Conference.

Being 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.

To apply, please complete the application form and return to admin@sicsa.ac.uk by Friday 7th October

SICSA Launches New Research Themes

The SICSA Directors are pleased to formally announce the 6 updated SICSA Research Themes.  During this phase of SICSA, until at least 2020, the SICSA Research Themes are:

  • Artificial Intelligence – led by Professor Emma Hart (Edinburgh Napier) and Professor Leslie Smith (Stirling).
  • Cyber-Physical Systems – led by Dr Subramanian Ramamoorthy (Edinburgh) and Dr Katrin Solveig Lohan (Heriot-Watt)
  • Data Science – led by Dr Amos Storkey (Edinburgh) and Professor Mike Chantler (Heriot-Watt)
  • HCI – led by Dr Martin Halvey (Strathclyde) and Dr Miguel Nacenta (St Andrews)
  • Networking and Systems – led by Dr Dimitris Pezaros (Glasgow)
  • Theory, Modelling and Computation – led by Dr Ekaterina Komendantskaya (Heriot-Watt) and Professor Neil Ghani (Strathclyde).

You can discover more about the SICSA Research Themes at http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/research/research-themes/ and to stay in touch with theme events and activities you can join the Research Theme mailing lists at http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/join-our-mailing-lists/.

We would like to take this opportunity to heartily thank all of the previous SICSA Theme Leaders for their hard-work and dedication over the years.

SICSA DEMOfest 2016 – Delegate Registration now open!

Demofest 2015

ACADEMICS, RESEARCHERS, and POSTGRAD STUDENTS CAN NOW REGISTER NOW AT: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sicsa-demofest-2016-registration-27303626883

Why should academics, researchers and postgrad students attend?
SICSA DEMOfest is the biggest event of its kind in Scotland, creating a unique environment for industry and academia to come together to explore opportunities for collaborative innovation, commercialization of research and relationship building.

The event will provide an opportunity to explore some of the great research taking place at SICSA institutions; talk to familiar and not-so-familiar faces in Scottish Computer Science; and network with businesses large and small.  We expect up to 200 industry delegates this year.

 The event will feature: 

  • Keynote talks on Cyber-Security (Professor Bill Buchanan, Director of the Cyber-Academy, Edinburgh Napier University) and Big Data (Dr Craig MacDonald, University of Glasgow)
  • Research Exhibitions from all 14 SICSA Institutions
  • Exhibitions from key stakeholders
  • Plenty of time for informal networking, drinks and food!

Research Themes at DEMOfest 2016
Selection for research stands is currently taking place, but this year research exhibitions will be broadly focused on the following areas:

  • Big Data
  • Cyber-Security
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Networks and the Cloud

Register now
We have a limited number of places for non-exhibiting academics, researchers and postgraduate students this year.  Please register for FREE at thttp://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sicsa-demofest-2016-registration-27303626883  to secure your place!

DEMOfest 2016 is supported by The Data Lab and organised in association with ScotlandIS.

 

Calling all Computing MSc Students – spaces at SICSA DEMOfest

The annual showcase for Scottish Computer Science Research will be bigger and better than ever this year, taking place at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre on Friday 11th November, from 4-7pm.

For the first time ever, alongside our main research exhibitions we are giving the opportunity to a limited number of MSc students to exhibit their work at the event. 

REGISTER TO EXHIBIT YOUR MSc REASEARCH POSTER AT: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3000344/SICSA-DEMOfest-2016-Poster-Application

Why Exhibit? 

  • We expect up to 150 industrial delegates, who will be keen to discover some of the cutting-edge research taking place in Scotland right now in Computer Science.
  • SICSA DEMOfest is the biggest event of its kind in Scotland, creating a unique environment for industry and academia to come together to explore opportunities for collaborative innovation, commercialization of research and relationship building.
  • If you are looking to work in industry after your studies or to take a placement/internship, SICSA DEMOfest is the perfect opportunity to network with companies from across Scotland.
  • The event will provide a perfect opportunity to link-up with researchers from across SICSA.

Who can Exhibit? 

If you would like to demonstrate your research in our MSc Exhibition, you should be studying Computer Science (or a related subject) at one of the 14 SICSA Institutions.

The MSc Exhibition area will be aimed at students at any stage of an MSc in Computer Science.

Research Themes at DEMOfest 2016

Your research should broadly align with one of the following areas:

  • Big Data
  • Cyber-Security
  • User-Experience (HCI)
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Networks and the Cloud

Your Space

If you are selected to exhibit:

You will be provided with a space in the exhibition hall featuring an individual poster board 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 businesses across Scotland.

Apply now

Space is limited within the MSc Exhibition area to a maximum of 20 posters, so we encourage you to apply to exhibit your research by completing a short questionnaire as soon as possible on Survey Gizmo.  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3000344/SICSA-DEMOfest-2016-Poster-Application

 

Applications must be submitted by 15/10/2016 and we will confirm all exhibitors very shortly afterwards.

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

SICSA is recruiting for a Cyber-Security Network Integrator

We are excited to announce that we are recruiting for a new member of staff.  The SICSA Cyber-Security Network Integrator will champion cyber security within SICSA by having overall responsibility to build a critical mass in cybersecurity and resilience in Scotland across the university, public and private sectors.  The post is based at the University of Glasgow and will be funded initially for 12 months.

Brief details below but for full details please visit the University of Glasgow’s vacancies page.

Position: Cybersecurity Network Integrator
Grade: £41,709 – £48,327 per annum (Grade 8) – Pro-Rata
Hours: Part Time (0.8FTE)
Contract Type: Temporary (funding for 12 months)
Closing Date: 9th October 2016

To apply for this position visit:  http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/jobs/vacancies/ (ref 014708)

DEMOfest 2016: Delegate Registration now open!

Eventbrite - SICSA DEMOfest 2016

The annual showcase for Scottish Computer Science Research will be bigger and better than ever this year, taking place at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre on Friday 11th November 2016, from 4-7pm.

The event is co-organised by the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) and ScotlandIS – Scotland’s trade body for the ICT sector.

Why Attend?
DEMOfest creates an environment for businesses of all sizes to interact with Scottish researchers in Technology and Computer Science for collaborative innovation, research commercialization, problem-solving and talent-spotting.

DEMOfest is the largest event of its kind in Scotland, showcasing the very best of research from all of Scotland’s Universities.

This event will include:

  • Keynote talks on Big Data (Dr Craig MacDonald, University of Glasgow) and Cyber-Security (Professor Bill Buchanan, Director of the Cyber-Academy).
  • Our exhibition hall featuring the best of Scottish research in areas such as Big Data; Cyber-Security; User-Experience; Robotics and Autonomous Systems; Artificial Intelligence; and Networks and the Cloud.
  • Exhibitions from key stakeholders in the ICT sector
  • The opportunity to network with researchers, talented students, and businesses from across Scotland.

Register now at http://demofest16.eventbrite.co.uk

Register to Exhibit your Research at DEMOfest 2016!

The annual showcase for Scottish Computer Science Research will be bigger and better than ever this year, taking place at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre on Friday 11th November, from 4-7pm.

REGISTER TO EXHIBIT YOUR RESEARCH NOW AT SURVEYGIZMO 

Why Exhibit?

  • We expect up to 200 industrial delegates, who will be keen to discover some of the cutting-edge research taking place in Scotland right now in Computer Science.
  • SICSA DEMOfest is the biggest event of its kind in Scotland, creating a unique environment for industry and academia to come together to explore opportunities for collaborative innovation, commercialization of research, placements, employment, and relationship building.
  • The event will provide the perfect opportunity to network with researchers at all levels from across SICSA, as well as other key stakeholder organisations.

Who can Exhibit?

  • We welcome applications from researchers at all 14 SICSA Institutions.
  • Exhibitors at 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.

Research Themes at DEMOfest 2016

Exhibitions should be broadly aligned to one or more of the following areas:

  • Big Data
  • Cyber-Security
  • User-Experience (HCI)
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Networks and the Cloud

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 our extensive database of  businesses across Scotland.

Register to exhibit now!

Space is limited within the exhibition hall to a maximum of 50 research stands, so we encourage you to apply to exhibit your research by completing a short questionnaire as soon as possible at SurveyGizmo.

Applications must be submitted by 15/09/16 and we will confirm all exhibitors very shortly afterwards.

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

 

New SICSA Directors Announced!

We are pleased to announce that Professor Kevin Hammond of the University of St Andrews will assume the role of SICSA Director from August 2016.   Also, the role of SICSA Graduate Academy Director will move into the capable hands Dr Jeremy Singer of the University of Glasgow. The roles of SICSA Deputy Director/KE Director and Director of Education will rotate in January 2017 – please look out for details of the recruitment process in the autumn.

The Director rotations mark an exciting new chapter of SICSA and the new positions will run for two years.   With the introduction of the new Director and SGA Director roles we also wish a fond farewell to Professor Stuart Anderson (previous SICSA Director) and Professor Ian Miguel (previous SGA Director), who were both integral in ensuring the smooth transition to SICSA2.  We thank them for their hard work and dedication over the last two years.

 

SICSA PhD Conference 2016

Another successful SICSA PhD Conference concludes.

Thank you to everyone for attending this year’s PhD Conference which was held at the University of Strathclyde in the amazing Technology & Innovation Centre.  The Conference has received great feedback so far; thanks to everyone who has taken the time to complete the evaluation.  This feedback is crucial for us so we can continue to improve this important event each year.

Well done to all our winners:

Posters
1st Year Damien Anderson, University of Strathclyde
2nd Year Anjie Fang, University of Glasgow
3rd Year Xiaoyu Xiong, University of Glasgow

Honorable Mention to Sara Nevay for her Poster

Demo Winner
Gonzalez Mendez, University of St Andrews
Demo Runner Up
Carlos Hoyos Barcelo, University of the West of Scotland
Clara Hollomey, Glasgow Caledonian University

Interdisciplinary Collaboration Group prize was awarded to Robo Divers: Valentin Radu, Matias Valenegro, Dejice Jacob, Ingo Keller, Suyesh Bhattarai

Thank you to a great Conference Committee for all their input and hard work in the run up to, and on the days of the Conference.

If you are interested in participating in the SICSA PhD Conference Committee 2017, please email us at admin@sicsa.ac.uk