Research Themes

Introduction

Each of our research themes delivers a lively schedule of meetings, seminars, workshops and master-classes throughout the year.  Events are held across Scotland and are open to all ICS academics and PhD researchers working within Scotland.  Events are funded by SICSA and are usually free to attend.  To view a schedule of all SICSA events, please see the SICSA events calendar.  You can also sign up to the theme mailing lists to receive regular bulletins.

If you are an academic wishing to host an event in your area of research, you can apply to the SICSA research themes for funding to cover organiser travel expenses, speaker expenses and event catering.  To apply for funding, please contact the appropriate theme leader with a short proposal.  
As the Internet evolves towards ubiquity, research targets include security and trust, programmability, manageability, and mobility.  Read more about the challenges within this area of research here

If you would like to apply for funding to host an NGI related event, please contact: 
 
Theme leader: Dr Marwan Fayed, University of Stirling
 
If you would like to be kept up to date with research developments and events, please join the theme mailing list.

The SICSA Cyber-Security Group is part of the SICSA NGI Theme.  To find out more about the group please visit SICSA Cyber-Security.

To mail the Cyber-Security Group leaders please email cybersec-mgmt@cs.st-andrews.ac.uk or to join the group please visit the mailing list

Complex Systems Engineering

New systems must be engineered to meet the needs of industry and society, operating robustly within an often hostile external environment. Read more about the challenges within this area of research here.

If you would like to apply for funding to host a CSE related event, please contact:

Theme leaders: Prof John McCallRobert Gordon University and Prof Neil Ghani, University of Strathclyde
 
If you would like to be kept up to date with research developments and events, please join the theme mailing list.

Data Science

Data science seeks to understand how we can extract and exploit knowledge from data of all kinds. It is primarily concerned with modern scenarios in which data sources are increasingly complex, large and rich (i.e. ‘big data’).

Theme leaders: Prof David W. Corne, Heriot-Watt University and Dr Amos Storkey, University of Edinburgh.

If you would like to be kept up to date with research developments and events, please join the theme mailing list.

Human-Computer Interaction

Personal ubiquitous interfaces require research enabling multiple, rich communication channels between people and vast bodies of information. Read more about the challenges within this area of research and discover more about the SICSA HCI research theme here

If you would like to apply for funding to host an HCI related event, please contact:
 
Theme leaders: Prof Stephen Brewster, University of Glasgow and Dr Per Ola Kristensson, University of St Andrews

If you would like to be kept up to date with research developments and events, please join the theme mailing list.

Modelling and Abstraction

Processing ever-larger volumes of data raises new challenges in the development and use of predictive models of complex systems of interacting elements.  Read more about the challenges within this area of research here.

If you would like to apply for funding to host an M&A related event, please contact:

Theme leader: Dr Carron Shankland, University of Stirling
Deputy theme leaders: Dr Gethin Norman, University of Glasgow and Dr Matthias Hennig, University of Edinburgh
 
If you would like to be kept up to date with research developments and events, please join the theme mailing list.

Future Cities

Future cities offers an intellectual and funding opportunity, in that the area is beginning to receive a strong push by government, industry and research funding organisations. 

Discover more about this new SICSA research theme here.

If you would like to apply for funding to host a Future Cities related event, or more information about how to get more involved in theme activities, please contact:

Theme Leader: Dr Matthew Chalmers, University of Glasgow 

If you would like to be kept up to date with research developments and events, please join the theme mailing list.