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

 

Research Ventures Entrepreneurship Course – SICSA funded places available

However big, however small your ideas, Research Ventures is about finding out how you can develop them into something that matters for you.

SICSA has 10 fully-funded places for research students in Computer Science to attend the next Research Ventures event, which will take place at the University of Glasgow on 16 & 17 May 2016.

Introduction
We’ll cover all the areas you’d expect from an entrepreneurship course (different business models, protecting your ideas, where to get funding…the nuts and bolts) but it doesn’t stop there. In two days, we get to the heart of what it means to be an enterprising researcher. You’ll meet some inspirational people and come away with new ideas, friends and collaborators, as well as a better understanding of what motivates you and how you can transform your ideas into reality

The course and the skills you will learn from it is designed to be relevant to you now, in your research environment, as well as in the future, whether you see that as being in academia or in another kind of role. The course is being run in collaboration with Enterprise Campus

Who is it for?
This course brings together early-career researchers (PGR and postdoctoral) from a wide variety of backgrounds, including physics, computer sciences, engineering, energy, chemistry and marine and earth sciences. It’s aimed at researchers with an interest in
Exploring the commercial possibilities of a research idea and how your research might attract industrial funding or be used in setting up a spin-out company
Knowledge exchange, research impact and winning funding for academic career progression
Future employment in industry
Collaboration with researchers from other disciplines

To apply for a fully funded place on this course, please email admin@sicsa.ac.uk with your name, institution, year of study, whether you require accommodation on the 16 May, any special dietary requirements you may have, and also provide up to 200 words on why you wish to attend the course and how it might benefit you.

For more information please see the SICSA Events Page

SICSA Research Challenge Call Open – £10K available – Deadline Extended

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 SICSA Directorate has allocated a total of £10K for the period February 2016-February 2017 (maximum of £5K per Challenge).

 Challenge topics for this call include:

  • Cyber-Security
  • Serious Games

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 input to policy.
  • Clear linkage to impact in the challenge area.
  • Joint publications.
  • Joint funding bids/grants.
  • Knowledge Exchange/collaboration with industry

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.)
  5. Please provide a detailed breakdown of your proposed budget.

Please submit the proposal by 4pm on  25th February 2016 to admin@sicsa.ac.uk. If you would like to discuss the proposal in advance, please e-mail the SICSA Director, Stuart Anderson.

SICSA Education Induction Day

SICSA Education Induction Day 16th February 2016, University of Glasgow

This SICSA Induction Day is oriented to recently appointed Higher Education academics in Computing and related disciplines.  Established academics, school teachers, and research students and staff are also welcome.  We will cover discipline specific matters in regards to teaching computing such as:

• Teaching and Assessing Programming
• Small group teaching in a practical setting;
• Supervising and setting honours projects.

The schedule for the day is:

09:30  – Registration with Coffee
10:00  – Professor Judy Robertson, The Lazy Lecturer: how to get your students to do the thinking
11:00  – Professor Quintin Cutts, Exploring Attitudes ad Approaches to Teaching and Assessment of Programming
12:00  – Lunch
12:30  – Darran Gardner, Introduction to the Data Lab for new academics
13:00  – Dr Karen Petrie, Creating a new module based on your research
14:00  – Coffee Break
14:15  – Question & Answer Panel Session with new academics
Panel members:
Dr Rachel Menzies, University of Dundee (Chair)
Dr Chris Jefferson, University of St Andrews
Dr Julie Williamson, University of Glasgow
Dr Mark Zarb, Robert Gordon University
Dr Angela Siegel , Robert Gordon University
15:00  – Close

The Induction Day is free to attend but for catering purposes please register at the Eventbrite page

If you have any specific questions regarding this event, please contact Dr Karen Petrie, SICSA Education Director

Call for Speakers for the SICSA Education Induction Day

Call for speakers: SICSA Induction Day Tuesday 16th February 2016

We will be holding our annual SICSA education induction day on the 16th of February between 10am and 3pm in Room 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow.

We are looking for people who are interested in leading a session at this event. We are particularly keen to have new lecturers who have perhaps attended a SICSA education induction event in the past.  What do you wish you had known when you embarked on your academic career? What could you have learned at the SICSA induction event that would have helped you?

All offers of sessions should be emailed to admin@sicsa.ac.uk by Monday the 8th of February so that the programme can be finalised the week before the event.

If you have any specific questions regarding this call please contact Karen Petrie, SICSA Education Director.

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/.