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

 

New SICSA Research Themes Announced

During recent months, the SICSA Directors have been working with the SICSA Committee and SICSA Member Institutions on a comprehensive review of the SICSA Research Themes, with a view to aligning them more closely with today’s research and funding landscape.  The SICSA Directors are now pleased to announce the new SICSA Research Themes, which will come into effect from August 2016.

From August 2016 the new SICSA Research Themes will be:

  1. Human-Computer-Interaction: SICSA already has a well-established HCI theme.  This continues to be an important area of work in Scotland.  As digital technologies become more and more pervasive there is a continuing need for a focus on modes of interaction between people and machines.  As the depth and scale of the digitalisation of our societies continues apace we will see the emergence of more complex interactions involving complex assemblies of people, digital technologies and infrastructure where effective interaction is essential to the delivery of essential services in a safe, secure and resilient fashion.
  2. Networking & Systems the digital infrastructure has become a critical aspect of modern society. We have reached the stage where many politicians and others see good access to the Internet and other digital services as a basic human right.  But research across Networks and Systems continues to ensure that the infrastructure is safe, secure, resilient, accountable, neutral, transparent, manageable, scalable, predictable, …  and is ready for the challenge of supporting waves of innovation such as the Internet of Things.
  3. Data Science: Covers the management and analysis of data to provide the basis for the creation of new knowledge about the phenomena captured by the data.  A key aspect of this work is also the research into how these techniques can help build a secure society while ensuring that the rights of people to privacy, accountability and transparency are preserved. This theme recognises that there is a large body of researchers in Scotland working in Data Science both in the development of fundamental new techniques in the management and analysis of data and in the application of Data Science across a broad range of application domains.  In particular the close association of SICSA with The Data Lab Innovation Centre focuses attention on the Digital, Financial, Health and Energy sectors as key areas for the exploitation of these techniques.
  4. Cyber-Physical Systems: This theme studies systems that are embedded in the world and are intended to sense and change the environment via actuators of one sort or another. There is a well-established robotics activity in the SICSA Universities, and a growing interest in the Internet of Things (IoT).  IoT development will be critically influenced by the need for cyber-resilience as more and more of our physical surroundings become imbued with behaviour that is determined by software interacting with a host of other such embedded things.  Research on security and resilience will be a key feature both as a research challenge and as a major factor in the acceptance of IoT.  This theme is the main link point for the CENSIS Innovation Centre.
  5. Theory, Modelling and Computation: This research theme encompasses work on Theoretical Computer Science (including algorithms, cryptography, security, database theory, verification), Programming Languages, Logic and Mathematics. Here we will see the emergence of new results and techniques that will help drive long term development such as new privacy techniques, new approaches to distributed ledger technologies, program verification tools and techniques and new programming languages that are better adapted to the modern development and deployment environment.
  6. Artificial Intelligence: There is a strong group of Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers in Scotland working both on gaining a deep understanding of the nature of intelligence using computational thinking as a basis and in the application of AI techniques in a range of domains. This theme will provide a clear platform to further develop their work.  AI techniques are becoming ever more pervasive.  In particular the use of algorithmic techniques to interpret data and assist in the coordination of human and machines in an intelligent manner.  This area of work in particular has a considerable impact on the resilience of our societies and understanding the full effects of the embedding of AI in human activity is a key area of work for this theme.

All of the themes listed above have a key role to play in understanding how we can build a secure and resilient Digital Economy and Society.  In order to coordinate this work, each theme will designate an individual to help coordinate the cybersecurity aspect of the theme and as a group these individuals will help to coordinate work on cybersecurity and will interact with the cybersecurity network integrators.

Each theme will be led by one or more SICSA Research Theme Leaders.  Recruitment for these positions is now open and applications can be made via our Vacancies page.

 

 

 

 

Funded Places available for CIBB2016, Computational Intelligence methods for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics 

CIBB2016, Computational Intelligence methods for Bioinformatics and Biostatistics 

http://www.cs.stir.ac.uk/events/cibb2016/

will be held in Stirling on 1st, 2nd and 3rd September 2016.

The conference is on computational approaches to life sciences in a quite broad sense. Approaches based on network analysis, as well as applications to systems and synthetic biology are, amongst others, themes of specific interest this year.   The conference also features a growing list of interesting invited talks and 5+ special sessions on cutting edge topics.

The submission deadline has been extended for 4-6 page papers, which will then be revised and published with Springer. Journal publication is also under negotiation, as traditional for the conference.

Thanks to the generous support by SICSA, SEVEN GRANTS covering registration fees will be offered to  PhD students studying at SICSA universities. 

Please CONTACT us at
if you want TO APPLY FOR A SICSA GRANT – or for any information you might need. Please, include your research topic, year, and university in your e-mail.

New SICSA Research Challenges Launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of four new SICSA Research Challenges, which will run from spring 2016 for 12-months.  The Challenges will feature a number of SICSA-wide events, which will be open to researchers from all SICSA Institutions.

The four new SICSA Research Challenges are:

Exploiting Serious Games for Public Engagement and Citizen Science in Plant Health

JominiEngine: A Serious Game Engine Across Learning Domains

Next Generation Mixed-Reality Systems

Serious Games, Collaboration and Embodied Interaction 

You can find out more about the Challenges and get involved by visiting the pages above or our Research Challenges page.