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.


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


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:

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


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

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.

SICSA now recruiting for Director and SGA Director roles – Deadline Extended!

We are pleased to announce that we are now recruiting for the roles of SICSA Director and SICSA Graduate Academy (SGA) Director.  Relevant information about both roles and application forms can be found at our Vacancies page and in the documents below.

SICSA Director

SICSA Director Job Description

Application for the role of SICSA Director

SGA Director

SGA Graduate Academy Director Job Description

Application for the role of SGA Director

These roles are due to commence on 1st August 2016 and the closing date for applications for both roles is 30th June 2016. 

Launch of new SICSA KE Short-Theme

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new SICSA KE Short-Theme in “Defining the Future of Video Game Accessibility”.  The new Short-Theme will run from April 2016 to April 2017 and will be led by Dr Michael Crabb and Dr Michael Heron from Robert Gordon University, in partnership with the BBC.

If you would like to find out more, or get involved please visit the Defining the Future of Video Game Accessibility Research Theme web page.

SICSA PhD Conference 2016: Registration now open

The SICSA PhD Conference has become one of the highlights of the SICSA events calendar, bringing together Computing Science and Informatics PhD students, leading academics, and industry practitioners for 2 days of workshops, keynote presentations and social events. The conference is an event aimed specifically at Informatics and Computer Science PhD students and is organised each year by a committee of PhD students and members of the SICSA Executive. The event is fully funded by SICSA, there are no registration fees or accommodation charges.

The 2016 conference will take place on the 27th and 28th of June, 2016 at the Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde.  Delegates from outside Glasgow will be accommodated overnight on the 27th of June in the Chancellors Halls of Residence . More information about things to do and see while in Glasgow can be found from the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau or VisitScotland.

Registration for the conference is now open and places are limited to 150 – therefore we recommend students register as soon as they can.

The full programme is available at the SICSA Conference 2016 web site.

We are delighted to confirm that this year’s conference is being sponsored by Google and ThinkAnalytics