DEMOfest 2015: Registration is now open

This year’s DEMOfest will take place on the evening of the 19th November 2015 at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh and registration to attend the event is now open! 

DEMOfest is an opportunity for industry to see behind the doors of Scottish Universities and learn about the ground breaking research going on every day.  It is this research that will ultimately shape the technologies of the future but more importantly there may be elements that could help your business today!

Collaborating with academia can be a hugely rewarding process and lead to competitive advantages, so by attending DEMOfest 2015 you can use this showcase to engage with Scotland’s leading Computer Science and Informatics academics and young researchers and start identifying your next opportunities.

Scottish Universities can be considered to have the largest ICT research cluster in Europe and this year’s DEMOfest will demonstrate the best of Informatics and Computing Science research in Scotland.

Research areas this year will include:

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

If you would like to come along to DEMOfest 2015 please register at Eventbrite

Scotland Data Science and Technology Meetup – Next Event Announced

The next Scotland Data Science and Technology Meetup takes place on 20th August at The Data Lab in Edinburgh.

The event will be led with a talk by Alan Grogan,  Associate Partner – Analytics & Information Delivery – Atos (Global Digital Transformation).


6:30 – 7:00 PM: Networking

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM: Alan Grogan, Associate Partner, Analytics & Information Delivery – Atos (Global Digital Transformation)

7:45 PM – 8:00 PM: Q & A Session

8:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Networking & Drinks

For more information and to register please visit:


Registration now open for exhibitors for DEMOfest 2015

This year’s DEMOfest will take place on the evening of the 19th November 2015 at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh and the call for exhibitors is now open. 

Scottish Universities can be considered to have the largest ICT research cluster in Europe and this year’s DEMOfest will demonstrate the best of Informatics and Computing Science research in Scotland.

Research areas this year will include:

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

If you would like to register your interest in exhibiting, please complete the short survey at SurveyGizmo.  The closing date for exhibitor registrations has now been extended to 18th September 2015.

The Data Lab announce support for PhD/EngD

The Data Lab: PhD Programme
The Data Lab Innovation Centre has been created to generate economic and social value to Scotland through the application of data science.  We will deliver this through a combination of collaborative innovation, education and community building across universities, industry and the public sector.

A key activity of the Data Lab’s education remit is to support industrially relevant applied research in data science.  We are therefore delighted to announce support for a number of PhDs during 2015 and a larger programme beyond this.

PhD funding
The Data Lab will support up to three new industrially relevant PhDs to be commenced before the end of January 2016. Funding up to 50% of the PhD cost will be provided with the remainder to be provided by an industry (or public sector) partner.  We request applications from academic supervisors who have either a proposed project with an agreed industry and/or public sector partner or who are actively engaged with a partner to define a project.  To register interest:

1. Complete the 1 page expression of interest (EOI) form.
2. Send the completed form to
3. The closing date for EOIs is Friday 21st August.
4. The Data Lab Education Board will review all EOIs and invite successful applicants to complete a full proposal.

Research degrees
The Data Lab has funding for over 20 research degrees beyond 2015.  We are currently scoping a programme that may include, in addition to PhD support, applied research through an engD (or similar) with teaching delivered from a number of partner universities.  Please contact to register interest in contributing to this programme.

Final calls announced for SICSA KE Programmes

As SICSA moves into its next phase on 1 August 2015, a number of our Knowledge Exchange programmes will be coming to a close.

In order to provide researchers with a final opportunity to apply for these funded programmes, the SICSA Directors have opened up a final call for the following:

SICSA Postgraduate Industry Internships

SICSA Early Career Industry Fellowships

Distinguished Industrial Visiting Fellowships

For more information on each of these programmes, please visit

In all cases, the final deadline for applications is 24th July 2015.

Call to participate in the 2015 IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management: Time for a revolution?

16th to 21st August 2015

School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

*** Funding available for SICSA PhD students – see below ***

This year’s IFIP summer school at the School of Informatics in Edinburgh is hosting a exciting series of invited talks and workshops from prominent international researchers exploring privacy and identity topics from multi-discipline perspectives.

The programme also includes more than 25 papers from talented doctoral students providing an essential opportunity to survey cutting-edge research in privacy and identify management.

This call is for non-presenting participants to the Summer School who wish to benefit from a gathering of international expertise and to help us debate the question ‘Is it Time for a revolution?’ in Privacy and Identity management.

Invited speakers include:

Angela Sasse, University College London:
“There is no ‘privacy paradox’ – just technology that does not support users’ privacy preferences”

Gabriela Barrantes, Universidad de Costa Rica:
“Communicating privacy issues to the general population – hands-on education campaigns”

Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute:
“Something is rotten in the state of privacy – the need for a revolution!?”

Gerrit Hornung, Passau University:
“The European General Data Protection Framework – evolution, revolution, or disillusion?”

Anja Lehmann, IBM Research – Zurich:
“Cryptography for People”

Marc van Lieshout, TNO:
“Mirroring privacy and security – where the two meet and fall apart”

In partnership with SICSA we can offer to cover the registration fee of up to seven PhD students studying at SICSA institutions. This offer does not include travel and accommodation which should be provided by the student’s own school.

To be considered for one of these places please apply to by the 10th July.

Your application should state your institution, briefly outline your PhD topic and state your reasons for wanting to attend the Summer School.

We are required to favour applicants from a spread of SICSA institutions but otherwise if there are more than seven eligible applicants we will make awards by lottery. We have reserved a small number of rooms at conference rates, but some successful applicants may have to find alternative accommodation.

All other registration:
To register:

The summer school is hosted by the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics and their Security and Privacy research group, and CRISP, the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy in cooperation with the EU Projects A4Cloud, FutureID, PrismaCloud, PRISMS and the Privacy-Forum.

The summer school has been sponsored by SICSA.

SICSA-funded places available at The Internet at 100 event, with Dr Vint Cerf

We are very pleased to be a sponsor for the forthcoming “The Internet at 100” event, which culminates in a talk by Dr Vint Cerf.  A limited number of SICSA-funded places are available at the event, which takes place on Monday 22nd June at the University of St Andrews.


Dr Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the Internet, will be awarded an honorary degree by the University of St Andrews.  In honour of Dr Cerf’s visit to the University, the School of Computer Science will be hosting an event, culminating with a talk by Dr Cerf.

The event will take place in the Medical and Biological Science (Medical School) Main Auditorium, University of St Andrews.

The Internet is, of course, not 100 years old. It’s not even quite 50 years old, but the talks at this event will look at its history, its current state, and forward to what it might look like at 100.


SICSA have sponsored a limited number of places for staff working within SICSA member institutions.  If you would like to register for a place:

Please go to Eventbrite and use: i@100-sta! as the password, the select the: The Internet at 100 (S/S/N) ticket.


Morning Session
0950-1000 Welcome
Prof Steve Linton, Head of School, School of Computer Science, St Andrews.

1000-1100 Dr Colin Perkins, University of Glasgow. “Video”
chair, Dr Colin Allison

1100-1130 Break 1 (tea/coffee)

1130-1230 Prof Ian Brown, Oxford Internet Institute. “Security and Privacy”
chair, Dr Tristan Henderson

1230-1330 Lunch, sponsored by FanDuel

Afternoon Session
1330-1430 Prof Julie McCann, Imperial College. “Things and Sensors”
chair, Prof Simon Dobson

1430-1440 Comfort Break

1440-1540 Dr Lars Eggert, NetApp and Chair of the IRTF. “Research Directions”
chair, TBC

1540-1610 Break 2 (tea/coffee)

1610-1710 Panel Session – Guest Speakers and Session Chairs
chair, Prof Aaron Quigley

Evening Session – chair Prof Saleem Bhatti
1730-1830 Prof Jon Crowcroft, Cambridge Computer Lab. “A True History of the Internet”

1830-1840 Comfort Break

1840-1940 Dr Vint Cerf, Google.

1940-1945 Closing remarks, Prof Saleem Bhatti

1945-2045 Cheese and Wine reception, sponsored by Google

The Data Lab MSc Programme launched

The Data Lab Innovation Centre has recently announced the launch of their MSc Programme.  The Data Lab MSc is a collaborative effort between Robert Gordon University, The University of Dundee, The University of Stirling and The Data Lab Innovation Centre.  Through this collaboration, each university has developed an MSc programme based on its own strengths and capabilities, with the support of The Data Lab to facilitate industry involvement and collaboration, and provide funding and resources.

For more information on the Data Lab MSc Programme please visit the web site of The Data Lab or email at


Call re-opened for the SICSA Saltire Fellowship

Those that missed out on applying for the SICSA funded Saltire Fellowship first time around will have another opportunity to apply for this exciting opportunity over the next few weeks.  We are now accepting applications from Early Career Researchers working at SICSA institutions – there is no deadline, but please apply soon as the place is offered on a first-come-first-served basis (subject to successful completion of the review and interview process).

Information about the programme: 

During 2015, SICSA will fund 1 Saltire Fellowship (coordinated by the Saltire Foundation) for Early Career Computing Science Researchers working within SICSA institutions.  If you want to increase your capabilities in the tech sector, spend time in Boston where, per capita basis, there are more software developers and R&D investment then anywhere in the world; as well as spend time in Silicon Valley, then China, the Saltire Fellowship is for you. The programme boasts an established reputation of quickly and effectively developing the skill set necessary to succeed in competitive markets: it expands leadership skills and capabilities; it provides experiential learning with hands-on work experience; and it delivers graduates with a global mindset.

  • The Saltire Fellowship is aimed at professionals from a range of backgrounds. Eligible candidates for the SICSA funded Fellowship will be Early Career Researchers (within 7 years post PhD) working within a SICSA institution
  • The Fellow will be based in Boston for 3.5 months and can continue to work on a US-based project for your organisation during that time; plus 2 one week trips to Silicon Valley and China; then the following 3 months will consist of a project within your own organisation
  • The costs directly associated with the Fellowship will be fully funded. These include: Tuition & Fees; Accommodation; Travel; Health Insurance

The application process: 

We are currently accepting applications for the funded Fellowship.  There is currently no deadline and the place is offered on a first-come-first-served basis.  

  • Applicants should visit the web site of the Saltire Foundation to register their interest.

Research Ventures Entrepreneurship Course – SICSA funded places available

SICSA has 12 fully-funded places for research students in Computer Science to attend the next Research Ventures event, which will take place in Glasgow in June 2015.

To apply for a fully funded place on this course, please email with your name, institution, year of study, whether you require accommodation on the 22nd June, 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.

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

Venues, travel and accommodation details
The course is free and takes place at The University of Glasgow. For anyone coming from outside of Glasgow, we will provide you with accommodation in the West End, close to the University.
To reach the University of Glasgow from Queen Street Station, you can take the Underground to Hillhead Station (about 10min) and from there it’s a 10min walk to the Western Infirmary Lecture Theatre. You should claim back travel expenses from your home institution or research pool. Please arrive no later than 10.30am on day one. We will finish by 4.30pm on day two.

Tutor and guests

Chris Russell
Chris Russell is a freelance education and skills trainer, based in the South West and working all across the UK. Always the budding scientist, Chris took a degree in Applied Physics, from which he graduated in 1998 before taking a year out for some “real world” experience. On returning to education to undertake a Masters, he finally found something he was really interested in and decided to study for a PhD in Medical Laser
Imaging. After seven years of PhD, post-doc, project management and presentations, Chris’ passion was on the wane and a new challenge beckoned. Pulled out of his indecision by redundancy and to the other side of the country by his personal life, his life as a roving freelancer began. Chris spends his time rejoicing in how others learn and excel; whether that’s youth groups, post grads, research staff or his extremely cheeky
son. His interest in thinking, inspiration and creativity extend through his work and life, and his passion for the outdoors sees him walking, biking, eating and growing wherever he can find fresh air.

Josh Sauter
Josh is the Enterprise Manager for Enterprise Campus West, supporting students and alumni with new venture creation. In order to provide the innovative and tailored advice necessary to support his current clients Josh has actively leveraged his five plus years of production process control and quality assurance as well as management of several departments within a high paced production environment (USA). Josh championed several improvement projects that have ranged in scale of both time and financial commitment which, combined with his recent MBA with distinction, allows him to deliver targeted and experience backed direction to sustain enterprise growth in the UK.

Other speakers will include patent attorneys, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and academic staff involved in spin-outs and other forms of commercialisation.