Startup Zone at DemoFest 2019 – Call for Applications

DemoFest: Bringing Research to Life

4th November 2019, 4.00pm – 7.00pm at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

DemoFest is SICSA’s signature knowledge exchange event, showcasing the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities. The largest event of its kind in Scotland, DemoFest attracts a mix of more than 300 participants, including software industry practitioners, researchers and investors from Scotland and beyond. The evening comprises a unique mix of cutting-edge research exhibits, keynote talks from high profile leaders in technology innovators and informal networking.

This year, to supplement our showcase of academic research, we are inviting applications for participation in DemoFest from the vibrant and emerging tech startup scene across Scotland. Startup founders will benefit from showcasing their cutting edge businesses to potential investors and customers from across the software industry, as well as an opportunity to seek new collaborations and talent from academia.

Successful applicants will receive:

• Free showcase space within the main DemoFest exhibition, including desk, display space and power.

• Exclusive invitation to the DemoFest networking event for exhibitors and keynote speakers.

• Two invitations to extend to investors, customers or other partners for your startup to attend the exhibitor only networking event.

How to Apply

Applicants should complete a short online application:

The deadline for applications is the 31st of August.

For more advice on the application process or if you have any questions please contact the SICSA Knowledge Exchange Team:

Welcome to our new Director, Professor Aaron Quigley

Welcome to Professor Aaron Quigley of the University of St Andrews, who assumes the role of SICSA Director today.

Aaron brings a wealth of experience to the role at an important time for SICSA as we look towards 2020.  You can contact Aaron at

Also, our thanks go to Professor Rod Murray-Smith, who has provided crucial support for SICSA as acting-Director since February 2019.

Welcome to new Research Theme Leader for Theory, Modelling and Computation

SICSA extends a warm welcome to Dr Lilia Georgieva (Heriot Watt University) who takes over co-leadership of the SICSA Theory, Modelling and Computation research theme this month.  Along with Clemens Kupke (University of Strathclyde), Lilia will be responsible for leading the theme for the next two years.

Thanks go to Dr Ekaterina Komendantskaya for her role in co-leading the theme in recent years.

For more information about the theme or to get involved in organising theme activities or events, please visit SICSA Theory, Modelling and Computation.


SICSA PhD Conference 2019 – Prize Winners

Congratulations to all of the prize winners at the SICSA PhD Conference 2019 in Stirling!

They are:

SICSA PhD Research Competition 
  • 1st Year Winner: Jacob König (GCU): ‘Deep Learning Surface Crack Segmentation’
  • 2nd Year Winner: Ryan Gibson (University of Strathclyde): ‘Using Tablet Technologies to Promote Communication Between Adults with Mild Learning Disabilities and General Practitioner’
  • 3rd Year Winner: Sofiat Olaosebikan (University of Glasgow): ‘Algorithmic Results on the Student-Project Allocation Problem
  • People’s Choice Award: Mila Goranova (University of Stirling): ‘Multi-Objective Evolutionary Optimisation of Antibiotic Treatments
SICSA Elevator Pitch Video Competition
  • 1st place: Alice Lynch, University of St Andrews
  • 2nd place: Linda Lapp, University of Strathclyde
  • 3rd place: Craig Docherty, University of Stirling

All winners were awarded their prizes at the SICSA PhD Conference on 19th June 2019.

Congratulations to SICSA Supervisor of the Year 2019

Congratulations go to the SICSA Supervisor of the Year 2019, Professor David Manlove of the University of Glasgow.

This award recognises the exceptional contribution that Professor Manlove has made to his students and it was presented at the SICSA PhD Conference on 18th June 2019.

We received a great many nominations this year from across the SICSA institutions and the judges also awarded honourable mentions to:

  • Dr Gordon Morrison, GCU
  • Dr John Thomson, University of St Andrews
  • Dr Chenghua Lin, University of Aberdeen
  • Dr Zhiyuan (Thomas) Tan, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Dr Tom Flint, Edinburgh Napier University
Nominations for the 2020 award will open next summer.

SICSA Cyber Grants

On behalf of the SICSA Cyber Security theme leaders, congratulations go to the successful applicants for the recent SICSA Cyber Security Small Grants call:

  • Andrea Bracciali, Stirling
  • Nhamo Mtetwa, GCU
  • Zeeshan Siddiqui, UWS

The Cyber Security small grants are a new development for the SICSA research themes and we received a relatively high number of proposals in the first ever round this summer.  For this call, there was a 38% success rate for proposals and applications came from nearly half of the SICSA member institutions.

Please keep an eye on the SICSA web site for details of future calls.

Extended Deadline to Register to Exhibit Your Research at DemoFest 2019

SICSA DemoFest is the largest event of its kind in Scotland. Now in its twelfth year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities

The event will take place on Monday 4th November 2019 from 4.00pm in the stunning venue, Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

You can now register now to apply to exhibit your research.  Exhibiting your research is free and entails completing a short (one page) questionnaire which you can access here:
Deadline for applications is 23rd June 2019with outcomes communicated no later than 26th June.

Why Exhibit?
We expect over 200 delegates from business and the public sector, who will be keen to discover some of the cutting-edge research taking place currently in Computer Science and Informatics in Scotland.

The event provides a space for exhibitors to showcase their current research and discuss future academic and business collaborations, commercialisation opportunities, internships and placements, employment opportunities and much more.

Who can Exhibit?
We now welcome applications from researchers at all 14 SICSA Institutions. Exhibitors are encouraged from 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.

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.

Please do get in touch ( if you have any questions.

SICSA appoints new Director

SICSA has appointed Professor Aaron Quigley of the University of St Andrews as its new Director.  Professor Quigley commences the role on July 4th 2019.

Professor Quigley is the Chair of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews.  He co-founded SACHI (St Andrews Computer Human Interaction research group) and served as its Director until 2018.

He is currently the ACM SIGCHI Vice President for Conferences (members of the ACM SIGCHI Executive Committee), member of the ACM Europe Council Conferences Working Group, a board member of ScotlandIS and an ACM Distinguished Speaker.  He will also be general co-chair for the ACM CHI conference in Asia in 2021.

He is no stranger to SICSA, having previously served as Deputy Director/Director for Knowledge Exchange and as Co-leader for the SICSA Human Computer Interaction Research Theme for several years.  We are delighted that he will return as Director in the summer.

For more information about Professor Quigley, please see

Energy Technology Partnership Emporium – Registration open

SICSA is pleased to be part of the ETP Emporium event, taking place next month at the University of Strathclyde.


The transition to a low carbon economy presents multi-disciplinary challenges which need collaboration across all sectors to resolve. It is crucial to ensure that society, as a whole, has access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

What are these challenges, and how do we organise ourselves to tackle them?

The Energy Innovation Emporium brings together the energy community to crystallise the benefits of a low-carbon future. By exploring the energy transition challenges, academia, industry and the public sector will identify avenues of innovation and cooperation that will define research and investment needs, and economic opportunities.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Prof Sir Jim McDonald – Chair of ETP
  • David Richardson – Innovation Lead for Energy Systems & Infrastructure, InnovateUK
  • Jim Fleming – Head of Energy Theme, EPSRC
  • Tim German – Senior Relationship Manager Government & Regulation, Energy Systems Catapult
  • Alex Reid – Director of Engagement Scotland, Connected Places Catapult
  • Tim Rotheray, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy

For further information and to register for free, please visit:

 Please direct any questions about the event directly to

SICSA Cyber Security – Call for Small Research Grants

The SICSA Cyber Security research theme invites proposals to support Scottish Cyber Security researchers in carrying out research activities over the summer of 2019. We anticipate applications for three types of activities (or a combination):

  • Travel (max £250);
  • Equipment (max £500);
  • Studentship (max £1000)

While there is no restriction on the topics, we encourage applications to research into new cyber-related areas and those that are difficult to find funding for. Example topics include (not limited to) human-centred cyber security, misinformation detection (fake news), media privacy and security, digital rights management, blockchain, policy and practices, ethics etc.

The closing date for this call is 31st May 2019. 

To apply:

Small Grant Application Form

Cyber Security Small Grant Guidelines

Please address any questions to the Cyber Security Research Theme Leaders, and