SICSA Research Challenges – Call now open – £10K Available

The SICSA Directors are keen to invite proposals from researchers working within SICSA institutions for specific Research Challenges. The SICSA Research Challenges will complement the already established Research Themes and are expected to have the following characteristics:

• They are driven by a problem or issue whose resolution will have impact on the world outside Informatics and Computer Science research.
• They require the combination of research from different areas within SICSA and ideally beyond the SICSA remit by involving other Research Pools or researchers in other disciplines.
• They may involve interaction with one or more Innovation Centres (ICs).

The SICSA Directorate feels that “Challenge-based” research can provide a route to impact and, through interaction with problem holders, can stimulate new fundamental research. In addition, the focus on problems with societal impact may open up interactions with the Innovation Centres. Therefore the Directorate has allocated a total of £10K for the period January 2016-December 2016 (maximum of £5K per Challenge).

Potential challenge topics could include:
• Critical Infrastructure Protection
• Health Promoting Environments
• Smart Transportation
• Energy Efficient Environments
• Smart Tourism
• Creative and Cultural Industry Support
• Rurality
• Identity in the Digital World
• From Digital Experience to Evidence
• Secure Societies
• Digital Inequality
• Urban Informatics
• Disaster Management
• Environmental Change
• Manufacturing Informatics
• The Internet of Educational Things
• Blending Education and Experience
• Learning to Program

Funding can be used for:
• Meetings that bring together the relevant research communities.
• Interactions with relevant stakeholders to assess and characterise the nature of the challenge.
• Interaction with policymakers over the policy relevance of the challenge.
• Joint work with ICs on identifying innovation potential in the challenge area.
Criteria for applying:
• Challenges must be led by at least one academic working within a SICSA School. However, partnerships with academics from disciplines outside of Computer Science are encouraged.

Challenges should have a clear set of outcomes – detailed within the proposal. These could include:
• Road mapping and policy input to policy.
• Clear linkage to impact in the challenge area.
• Joint publications.
• Consortia bidding projects into funding lines.
• Knowledge exchange via the Innovation Centres that have potential for translation.

We particularly encourage applicants to consider a Horizon2020 proposal as a possible outcome to their challenge. Applicants can request additional funds up to £2k from the SICSA PEER programme to top-up their requested Challenge budget.

How to apply:
To apply for SICSA Challenge funding, please send a proposal of no more than two sides to admin@sicsa.ac.uk. The proposal should cover the following topics:

1. Who is involved? The names and affiliations of the proposers, with a brief description of their background in the proposed area. You should include a justification for why you feel the proposers have the relevant background to tackle the proposed challenge.
2. What will be done? A summary of the planned events, which academics, research groups and user groups will be involved within SICSA and from outside Scotland. Provide names of potential Distinguished Visiting Fellows who could contribute to the Challenge. Document the world-class track record of the key SICSA groups cognate to the proposed area.
3. Why now? What is the opportunity being addressed? Is this an intellectual opportunity, as a new topic is emerging? Is it a funding opportunity where government, commercial or research council priorities are changing and SICSA institutions need to better understand how their research strengths can play a role?
4. What outcomes do you plan to achieve? (e.g. Joint papers, grant proposals, technical implementations, government policy changes etc.)

Please submit the proposal by 4pm on 10th December 2015 to Steven Kendrick, SICSA Executive Officer. If you would like to discuss the proposal in advance, please e-mail the SICSA Director, Stuart Anderson.

Call for SICSA Knowledge Exchange Short-Theme Proposals – Now Open

Introduction: 

The SICSA Directors would like to invite proposals from researchers working within SICSA institutions for new KE short-themes that will complement the existing Research Themes and Challenges. We are looking to support themes of 12-months duration with up to £4k of SICSA funding (industry funding or other sources of funding from outside of SICSA can supplement this).

Background: 

The SICSA Directors are interested in stimulating the Scottish community in future areas of interest. The goal for a KE short-theme is to have a clear voice and visibility to our colleagues in the Innovation Centres, Industry and Government. Our recent funding of the Future Cities and the Computing, Medical Imaging and Sensing themes shows there is a clear appetite for academics to connect and discuss around such emerging topics. We expect a proposal for a knowledge exchange theme to be co-led by a member of industry and a SICSA academic (I.e. Academic working within a SICSA member institution). The letter of support from the industry co-lead must clearly state their interest, time commitment and possible financial commitment to the KE theme. The industry co-lead does not need to be based within the UK but must clearly articulate their real and sustained interest in the leadership of this theme.

Making an Application: 

A simple proposal document, not longer than 2 A4 pages should be submitted, which covers the following aspects:

  1. Who is involved? The names and affiliations of the proposers, with a brief description of their background in the proposed area.
  2. A letter from the industry co-lead for the KE theme (indicating interest, time commitment, contribution etc.)
  3. What will be done?  A summary of the planned events; which industry, academics, research groups and user groups will be involved within SICSA and from outside Scotland? Provide names of potential distinguished speakers who could contribute to the Theme. Document the world-class track record of the key SICSA groups cognate to the proposed area and possible links to the Innovation Centres.
  4. What outcomes do you plan to achieve beyond the meetings?  (e.g. CASE students, KTP, grant proposals, internships, exchanges, visits, technical implementations, government policy changes etc.)

We particularly encourage applicants to consider a Horizon2020 proposal as a possible outcome to their KE short-theme. Applicants can request additional funds up to £2k from the SICSA PEER programme to top up their requested KE short-theme budget.

Target Areas: 

The KE short-themes could include or focus on the following areas:

  •    Wearables
  •    Citizen Science
  •    Programming the “Internet of Things”
  •    Next gen multicore & Low power hardware
  •    Sensing and Computing
  •    Computing and new materials
  •    Urban Informatics
  •    Intelligent systems & Autonomous Systems
  •    Social Robotics
  •    Data Science & Digital Technology
  •    Natural Language Processing, Search & Machine Learning
  •    Health and wellbeing
  •    Cyber Security
  •    *insert you short-theme idea here* – while our focus is on the above areas we will consider other proposals with clear interest and leadership from industry and a SICSA academic.

Unlike the previous call for KE short-themes in 2014 which was aimed at Early Career Researchers only, this call is open to all SICSA academics regardless of seniority.  

Please submit the proposal by 5pm on Monday 14th December to admin@sicsa.ac.uk –  If you would like to discuss the proposal in advance, please e-mail the SICSA KE Director iadh.ounis@glasgow.ac.uk.ac.uk.

Glasgow Social Robotics Seminar Series

Researchers and students are invited to attend the Glasgow Social Robotics Seminar Series organised by the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology & School of Computing Science.

The first seminar of the series will be held on 9th October 2015 at University of Glasgow’s School of Psychology and will feature Professor James Russell from Boston College.

For full details on the Glasgow Social Robotics Seminar Series see http://glasor.inp.gla.ac.uk/index.php/seminars/.

 

SICSA Education Call for Workshop Proposals

Deadline extended 

SICSA Education Call for Workshops Proposals in 2015/16

SICSA Education would like to invite the community to apply for funds to host a SICSA Education workshops.  At the education all hands meeting earlier in the year several potential topics for workshops were suggested including:

  • Teaching 1st year programming
  • What makes a good honours project?
  • How to articulate successfully with FE colleges
  • The role of placements within Computing degrees
  • The students role in achieving Athena Swan accreditation

We now invite members of the community to bid to host one of these workshops or to organise a workshop on any other education related topic.

In order to apply please read the guidelines, complete the application form and return it to Aileen.Orr@glasgow.ac.uk by Friday 7th November

The funding available per workshop is up to £1,000; the total funding available for this call is £4,000.  The reviewing criteria are detailed in the application form.

 

UK Government launches fund to help higher education develop cyber-security courses

The UK government has announced at the Financial Times Cyber Security Summit a £500,000 fund to help universities and colleges develop innovative teaching and learning to provide the cyber security skills needed to protect the UK now and in the future.

Academic institutions can apply for up to £80,000, which must be match-funded by the institution and must generate real-world impact across the discipline. The new fund will ensure higher education students get high quality, innovative teaching giving them the skills to protect UK businesses and Government against cyber-attacks.

Read the full article here.

 

DHI Event – A Scottish Ecosystem for Innovation: Dementia Technology and Services

The Scottish Ecosystem, formed by Digital Health & Care Institute, The Alliance, Joint Improvement Team, eHealth, NHS, NHS24 and SCTT, are delighted to invite participants to attend A Scottish Ecosystem for Innovation: Dementia Technology and Services, aimed at leaders from industry, academia and health and social care in Scotland.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 14th October 2015 (Morning and Afternoon Sessions Available) at Citizen M hotel, Glasgow.

Why dementia?
The number of people who are diagnosed with dementia is steadily increasing – from 815,827 people in 2013 living with dementia in the UK to an expected 1,000,000 people with dementia by 2025 (Alzheimer’s Society, 2013) – meaning careful planning and preparation for the future is vital to ensure the correct care and support is provided in future years.

Our model of care for people with dementia and their carers has not significantly changed for many years, and with an increasing need for improvement in this area, the Digital Health & Care Institute & The Scottish Ecosystem is committed to providing the opportunities required to help better the technology and services available to those living with dementia and those who care for them.

Event Aims:
We are looking to:
• Contribute to improvements in dementia technology and services in Scotland
• Explore business opportunities with others to deliver these improvements
• Improve the understanding of dementia and the daily challenges that are faced
• Improve the understanding of the position of carers of people with dementia – whether it be nurses or family members themselves
• Showcase technologies and services already available within dementia care and identify possible opportunities
• Provide a networking opportunity

Programme
This event is aimed to help the understanding of both living with dementia and living with someone with dementia, and how new technologies and services can be utilised to better the care we can provide, as well as break-out sessions to generate new ideas. Click here to view the full event programme and workshop sessions.

Register to attend

Please note that numbers for this event are limited. If you are interested in attending email comms@dhi-scotland.com to reserve your place today

For further information and how to register please visit https://dhi-scotland.com/events/94

Call open for SICSA Pools Engagement in European Research Support (PEER)

SICSA is able to provide up to £10K support for researchers in Informatics and Computing Sciences at SICSA institutions to boost participation in European projects.  We support proposals from all Scotland-based Computing academics to establish network connections, showcasing their skills and capabilities in participating in specific networking activities both for policy influencing and project preparation.

For more information, please see our Pools Engagement in European Research Support (PEER) web page.

Call for SICSA short-themes open

As SICSA develops, we need to adapt to changes in technology, theory, funding opportunities and the interests of the SICSA academic communities. As such we have allocated funding for a number of new SICSA short-themes, which will run for an initial period of 12 months. A total of £8000 has been allocated for the new SICSA short-themes and the SICSA Directors aim to grant this as flexibly as possible, according to the volume and quality of applications received.

For this call we invite researchers working within the following areas to submit a short proposal to admin@sicsa.ac.uk by no later than Monday 12th October 2015:

• Data Science
• Smart Tourism
• Cyber-Security
• Cyber-Physical Systems
• Social Computation (e.g. Social Collective Intelligence, Collective Awareness Platforms, Collective Adaptive Systems)

This is not meant as an exhaustive list and the SICSA Directors agree to demonstrate flexibility as long as the questions below are fully answered within the proposal.

All proposals should cover the following topics:
1. Who is involved? The names and affiliations of the proposers, with a brief description of their background in the proposed area.
2. What will be done? A summary of the planned events, which academics, research groups and user groups will be involved within SICSA and from outside Scotland. Provide names of potential Distinguished Visiting Fellows who could contribute to the Theme. Document the world-class track record of the key SICSA groups cognate to the proposed area. Please note, that all planned activities must take place within the 12 month period if the proposal is accepted.
3. Why now? What is the opportunity being addressed? Is this an intellectual opportunity, as a new topic is emerging? Is it a funding opportunity where government, commercial or research council priorities are changing and SICSA institutions need to better understand how their research strengths can play a role?
4. What outcomes do you plan to achieve beyond the research meetings? (e.g. Joint papers, grant proposals, technical implementations, government policy changes etc.). Note that we can potentially also provide top-up funding from our PEER programme if proposers are working towards an EC funding bid.
5. Please provide an approximate budget for the short-theme over 12-months. Note that theme funding can only be used to pay for: workshop venue and catering; travel for external speakers to participate in workshops; travel for workshop organisers. In some circumstances, funding can be used for consumables but these would need to be justified within the proposal.

Please submit the proposal by 5pm on 12th October 2015 to admin@sicsa.ac.uk. If you would like to discuss the proposal in advance, please e-mail Stuart Anderson (SICSA Director) soa@staffmail.ed.ac.uk. It should be noted that there may be scope for proposals to be refined, especially if there are multiple bids in related areas.

DEMOfest 2015: Final extended deadline for applications to exhibit your research

The deadline to apply to exhibit your research at DEMOfest 2015 has been extended to 23rd September 2015 with decisions being communicated by 25 September 2015.  The event will take place in the evening of Thursday 19th November at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh.

SICSA DEMOfest is a fantastic opportunity for academic staff and researchers to exhibit your research to around 200 guests from industry, business and academic colleagues from other Scottish universities.

The themes for this year’s event are:

  • Data Science and Digital Technologies
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
  • Sensors and Imaging
  • Future Cities and Smart Tourism

If your current research fits the above criteria I would strongly encourage you to be a part of this growing event by applying to exhibit your research at the Survey Gizmo web-site.

You can find out more information on the DEMOfest web-site where you can also find show reels and photographs from previous year’s events or alternatively you can email us at admin@sicsa.ac.uk if you have a specific question you would like to ask

SICSA Elevate Entrepreneurs face off in pitching competition

A student-developed app which aims to help users broaden their social or professional circles has taken the top prize in a University of Glasgow technology-pitching competition.

Three teams of students competed against each other in a Dragon’s Den-style event on Thursday 3 September, pitching their ideas for businesses to a panel of judges which included successful Scottish entrepreneurs and early-stage investors.

The winning app, NomYap, was developed by students Omar Tufayl and Justinas Bikulcius, who each received Nexus 5 phones as prizes.

The event was the culmination of the SICSA Elevate Business Accelerator Programme, which was hosted this year by the University of Glasgow.  The programme provides student entrepreneurs with 12-weeks of business training, mentoring and support.

Jill Ramsay, Business Development Manager at the School of Computing Science, organised the event. She said: “We were really impressed by the high quality of the pitches put forward by each of the teams.The participants have worked hard to develop and hone their ideas and apply their technical sklls to generate business ideas with lots of potential to be very successful. I’d like to congratulate Omar and Justinas on their achievement and wish all three teams success in the future for their ideas.”

NomYap is a social app bringing people together who don’t know each other.

It enables people looking to broaden their social or professional circles to meet and eat by sharing details of their interests, location and availability through the app.

The app will be marketed to students in the first instance as large, rich and diverse communities with a shared location. The app will be monetised through local eateries and venues advertising themselves and their promotions to the app’s user community, and NomYappers who decide to get together.

Omar said: “We built this project during term and our skills both really complemented each other. When we heard about the competition we were keen to apply and we’re really delighted to have taken first prize.”

Justinas said: “Taking part in this competition has taught me a lot. I’ve developed a much stronger understanding of how businesses are planned and run, and I’m really grateful for all help we received.”

Omar and Justinas are aiming to have the first version of NomYap available for users in the next few weeks.