SICSA Research Theme Events – Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing

SICSA recently launched a new Research Theme in Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing. This theme is in partnership with Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems. For full details of this theme and to view a short video please visit:

We are pleased to confirm that there are now a number of theme events organised for the near future and all SICSA academics with an interest in this area are welcome to register free of charge. You can find full details of all three events at but in summary they are:

  • SICSA Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing Theme Launch Event – 18th February 2015, Royal Society of Edinburgh. Register here.
  • SICSA Masterclass in Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing – 4th March 2015, University of St Andrews. Register here.
  • SICSA Medical Image Analysis Workshop – 27th March, University of Dundee. Register here.

If you would like to organise an event in this area, please contact Dr David Harris-Birtill.

SICSA 1st Workshop on Data-to-text Generation – Submission Extension

The deadline for abstract submissions for the SICSA 1st Workshop on Data-to-text Generation  has been extended to 6th of February 2015.

Registration will open on 6th of February and it will be FREE. The Workshop will be held on 6th of March 2015 and is fully sponsored by two SICSA themes (HCI and Data Science) and also endorsed by the ACL Special Interest Group on Natural Language Generation (SIGGEN).

The 1st Workshop on Data-to-text Generation covers a broad spectrum of areas aimed at: generating textual descriptions from data, decision support systems to facilitate data access using natural language; information presentation from data, summarisation from data etc. The workshop invites the submission of abstracts, e.g. on work in progress, system demonstrations, a negative result, an opinion piece or a summary of research activities. PhD students are highly encouraged to submit a summary of their work as it will be an excellent opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from experts in the field. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

– data-to-text applications
– designing and evaluating data-to-text systems
– generation from big data
– interpretation and reasoning of data using natural language
– language based decision support systems
– summarisation of time-series data
– uncertainty in data-to-text systems
– storytelling based on data
– concept-to-text generation

Authors should submit an abstract of at most 2 pages of content (up to 1 additional page is allowed for references) including summaries of research activities, work in progress, opinion pieces etc, following the formatting instructions below. The paper submissions should be sent to: data2text (the usual sign) googlegroups (dot) com. Abstract submissions will not be refereed, but evaluated for relevance only by the chairs. As such, papers do not need to be anonymised.

Submissions due: 6 February 2015
Notification: 13 February 2015
Final version due: 20 February 2015
Workshop: 6 March 2015

Verena Rieser (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)
Amy Isard (University of Edinburgh)
Dimitra Gkatzia (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh)

Details for the event can be found here.

SICSA Early Career Industry Fellowship – Call now open

We are pleased to announce that the call for the SICSA Early Career Industry Fellowship is now open – the deadline for applications will be 30 April 2015.

The fellowship provides early career researchers with valuable experience working directly with industry and opportunities for building long-lasting collaborations to develop their professional academic careers.

Key Facts
Up to £35k available for 1 year full time, 2 years part time
Can be in with any international organisation but preference will be given to Scottish based industry partners
Applications with no financial contribution from the industry partner will be limited to £20k
Applicants must be employed in a SICSA department with preference given to permanent staff or those on a contract of five years duration

Funding call deadlines
The deadline for applications is 30 April 2015

What can the funding be used for?
Salary costs
Research costs
Travel costs

More details and an application pack can be found here.

MATCH-UP 2015: the Third International Workshop on Matching Under Preferences

MATCH-UP 2015: First Call for Participation

16-18 April 2015
University of Glasgow, UK

co-located with Meeting of COST Action IC1205 on Computational Social Choice

MATCH-UP 2015 is the third workshop in the series of interdisciplinary and international workshops on matching under preferences. The first in the series took place in Reykjavik in 2008, whilst the second took place in Budapest in 2012.  MATCH-UP 2015 is sponsored by SICSA and there are a limited number of funded places available for SICSA students.

Matching problems with preferences occur in widespread applications such as the assignment of school-leavers to universities, junior doctors to hospitals, students to campus housing, children to schools, kidney transplant patients to donors and so on. The common thread is that individuals have preference lists over the possible outcomes and the task is to find a matching of the participants that is in some sense optimal with respect to these preferences.

The remit of this workshop is to explore matching problems with preferences from the perspective of algorithms and complexity, discrete mathematics, combinatorial optimization, game theory, mechanism design and economics, and thus a key objective is to bring together the research communities of the related areas.

List of topics
The matching problems under consideration include, but are not limited to:

  • Two-sided matchings involving agents on both sides (e.g. colleg admissions, resident allocation, job markets, school choice, etc.)
  • Two-sided matchings involving agents and items (e.g. house allocation, course allocation, project allocation, assigning papers to reviewers, school choice, etc.)
  • One-sided matchings (roommates problem, kidney exchanges, etc.)
  • Matching with payments (assignment game, etc.)

Invited speakers

  • Katarina Cechlarova, Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosic
  • Christine Cheng, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Herve Moulin, University of Glasgow

Accepted papers
We received 56 submissions, from which 38 were selected for presentation.
The list of accepted papers can be found here

Registration for MATCH-UP 2015 is now open. Registration covers entrance to the technical sessions, workshop proceedings, coffee breaks, lunches on Thursday 16 April, Friday 17 April and Saturday 18 April, and the workshop dinner on Friday 17 April. The early bird registration fees are £275 for full fee and £200 for students, and the early registration deadline is 12 March 2015. To register, follow this link:

If you wish to attend the co-located COST meeting then please note that you must register separately for that event. Registration (via does not open until 1 February 2015 (as COST IC1205 Management Committee members have priority to register until 31 January). We reserve the right to restrict numbers for that event due to financial and capacity constraints.

Applications for SICSA funded places
There are a limited number of assisted places, funded by SICSA, that will be awarded to PhD students at SICSA universities. These assisted places will cover the cost of registration but will not cover travel or accommodation.

Eligible applicants can apply by emailing with a 1-page CV containing at least the following information: student name, affiliation, PhD topic, supervisor name, one paragraph indicating why they feel that this workshop is relevant to their research, and any previous publications / papers in preparation.

The application deadline is 20 February 2015.

Important dates

  • Deadline for final versions of accepted papers / abstracts: 16 Feb 2015
  • Deadline for applications for SICSA funded places: 20 Feb 2015
  • Early registration deadline: 12 March 2015
  • Workshop: 16-18 April 2015

Organising committee co-chairs:
David Manlove, University of Glasgow, UK Baharak Rastegari, University of Glasgow, UK

Programme committee co-chairs:
Peter Biro, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary David Manlove, University of Glasgow, UK

Further information

SICSA Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing – Forthcoming events

The SICSA Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing theme will launch next month, followed by a further event in March.  Please see below for full details.

SICSA Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing Theme Launch Event
Date: 18th February 2015
Time: 9.30 -16.00. (Talks start at 10am, registration and coffee from 9.30am)
Venue: The Royal Society Of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

Register for free here:

This exciting, free event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, hosted by Toshiba Medical, launches the SICSA Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing Theme.
Talks begin at 10am and cover broad range of disciplines within this area from researchers across Scotland to enable connection and cross collaboration in this exciting field. The theme focuses on how computational techniques can provide solutions in medicine using imaging, sensors, data analysis, modelling, robotics and more, ultimately improving healthcare. This event is aimed at academics, at any level, who are already in this field or may be interested in the future, and interested clinicians and industry members in this area.
As part of the day, lunch and coffee will be provided.

Masterclass in Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing
Date: 4th March 2015
Time: 10am -17.00.
Venue: Room 1.33a, School Of Computer Science, North Haugh, The University of St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9SX, Scotland

Register for free here:

This free masterclass, hosted by the University of St Andrews, provides an introduction to medical imaging and sensing within computing, with lectures and workshops by academics from across the UK. This event is aimed at Masters level, PhD and early career researchers in computer science from across Scotland to highlight the importance of the field and demonstrate how their skills can be utilised in the medical field.
Computing has impacted medical practice in a fundamental way, imaging enables clinicians to look inside the body without an incision and analysis of the images allows highlighting of key areas and even helps guide radiotherapy treatments. Moreover computational techniques are applied with a variety of sensors in medical practice (such as measure of heart rate and oxygenation level of the blood) to get crucial information about the patient. Essentially the day explores how computational skills can be used to help detect and treat cancer, understand the bodies vital signs and detect signs of a variety of medical conditions.
Lunch and coffee will be provided.

Further events will follow in the spring.  If you are interested in organising an event sponsored by this SICSA theme, please contact Dr David Harris-Birtill.

SICSA to sponsor Saltire Fellowship places in 2015

We are pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring up to two places on the Saltire Fellowship 2015 programme.  The Saltire Fellowship is coordinated by the Saltire Foundation and is a world-class, 8 month long programme that equips candidates with the skills and attitude required to take a leadership role within Scottish business. The programme blends teaching at the #1 ranked business school in the world for entrepreneurship (Babson College, MA, USA) with hands on international experience in Silicon Valley, China and with a Scottish SME.

There will be up to two SICSA sponsored places on the 2015 programme and we will shortly be inviting applications from Early Career Researchers working within SICSA institutions.

Further information about the SICSA sponsored Saltire Fellowships will be available on the SICSA web site from the first week of January 2015.  In the interim, general information about the Saltire Fellowship is available on the Saltire Foundation web site.


SICSA Research Pool develops Scottish Strengths in Informatics and Computer Science

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, which evaluate the quality of research at all UK Universities, were published on 18th December 2014. In Scotland the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) created research pools to develop Scottish capacities in particular research areas and The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) is the research pool in Informatics and Computer Science. The REF results in Informatics and Computer Science demonstrate the effectiveness of the SFC research pools strategy in a highly competitive research area that is critical to Scotland’s economic development.

Across SICSA we saw the volume of 4* (World Leading) and 3* (Internationally Excellent) research rise since the previous similar exercise in 2008. In terms of research power, the University of Edinburgh remains number one in the UK with the University of Glasgow joining them in the top 10, whilst the vast majority of Scottish Institutions also increased their research power. In addition, almost all SICSA members maintained or improved their Grade Point Average, some by a significant margin, indicating the excellent quality of research submitted by SICSA members.

Professor Stuart Anderson, SICSA Director, commented: “Cooperation between Scottish Universities to build critical mass and visibility is at the heart of the Scottish Funding Council vision for Research Pools. This result demonstrates how the Pools empower us to build internationally excellent research in this critical area for the Scottish Economy.”

The Scottish Funding Council is currently concluding negotiations on continuation funding for SICSA in order to enable the pool to continue to work to support and develop the competitiveness of Informatics and Computer Science research in Scotland in the years running up to the next REF in 2020.

Early Career Industry Fellowship Deadline Extended

Applications for the SICSA Early Career Industry Fellowship (ECIF) have been extended until the 14th December so there’s still time to grab this opportunity with both hands!


The ECIF programme has been designed specifically for Early Career SICSA academics who wish to work on a collaborative project with industry; and it aims to provide successful candidates with valuable experience of working directly with industry and opportunities for building long-lasting collaborations. The Fellowship is open to all early career researchers working in Informatics/Computing Science within SICSA member institutions. Successful candidates would be expected to undertake the fellowship for a period of up to one year full-time or two years part-time and SICSA will contribute a percentage of salary and research costs (up to £35,000) for successful applicants.

Please see Early Career Industry Fellowships for full details and to download an application form.

Call for SICSA Knowledge Exchange Short Theme Proposals (Industry and Early Career Researcher Led)

The SICSA knowledge exchange committee is interested in stimulating the Scottish community in future areas of interest. The goal for a 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 an ECR academic. 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 need not be from the UK but must clearly articulate their real and sustained interest in the leadership of this theme.

The SICSA KE committee has decided to have another iteration of the KE short-term research theme process we used earlier this year, and still focussing the call around early career researchers (up to 7 years post PhD). We are looking to support year-long themes with up to £4k of SICSA funding (industry funding or other sources of funding from outside of SICSA can be supplement this).

A simple proposal document, not longer than 2 A4 pages should be submitted which covers 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. 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 Industry Visiting Fellows 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, DIVF, internships, exchanges, visits, technical implementations, government policy changes etc.)

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

• Wearables
• Citizen Science
• Programming the “Internet of Things”
• Next gen multicore
• Sensing and Computing
• Low power hardware
• Computing and new materials
• Intelligent transport systems and Smart Mobility
• Cyber Security
• Data Science & Digital Technology
• Health and wellbeing
• *insert you short-theme idea here* – while our focus is on the above 11 areas we will consider other proposals with clear interest and leadership from industry and a SICSA ECR.

Please submit proposals by 5pm on Friday 30th November to

If you would like to discuss the proposal in advance, please e-mail the SICSA Director for KE.

SICSA Research Theme Launched – Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing

Computing has provided significant technological advancements within medicine over the last decade, contributing to medical imaging within MRI and X-ray CT, PET and ultrasound and optical imaging, and in recent years, advances in smart phones and wearable sensors have also enabled patients and clinicians to get complementary information. These imaging and sensing advances impact the general population as they have found methods to detect cancer, detect arterial plaque which leads to heart attacks, and guide cancer radiotherapy treatments by providing information on how much radiation dose to give to which parts of the body.

By launching this new SICSA theme, it is hoped that like-minded researchers across Scotland can form a new intellectual community, promote their research, and foster creativity across institutions and collaborations between academia and industry. In addition, computer scientists involved in other research fields, such as machine learning, will be invited to connect their relevant work to the field of medicine, sparking innovative new projects.

Ultimately this theme will enable researchers from across Scotland at all stages of their careers to make meaningful connections with other academics and industry members, to work together to improve patients’ lives.
The Medical Imaging and Sensing in Computing theme is led by Dr David Harris-Birtill from the University of St Andrews, and Dr Robert Davey from Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems. For more information about the theme please contact David at or join the theme mailing list for regular updates on theme activities.