Now recruiting for HCI and AI Theme Leadership roles

Applications are invited from members of academic staff working within any SICSA member institution for the role of SICSA Research Theme Leader.  There are two positions available:

  1. SICSA Research Theme Leader for Artificial Intelligence
  2. SICSA Research Theme Leader for Human Computer Interaction

The roles both commence on 1st August 2018 for a two-year period, initially.

For more information on the roles and to apply, please download the documentation below.

Theme Leaders Role Description

Application Form_SICSA Theme Leaders

Closing Date: 30th June 2018

SICSA DemoFest 2018 – Now open for registration

We are pleased to announce that registration is open for DemoFest 2018, which takes place on 6th November (4-7pm) at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.  SICSA DemoFest is the largest event of its kind in Scotland. Now in its 11th year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities. 

Eventbrite - SICSA DemoFest 2018: Bringing Research to Life

DemoFest provides a perfect opportunity for your organisation to experience first-hand, the innovative research taking place in Scottish Universities. Our exhibitors will talk about their research, tell you why it’s important to your organisation, and demonstrate their technology working in real-time.

The event also provides a space for you to discuss future collaborations, business opportunities, internships, employment opportunities and much more.

DemoFest 2018 will focus on the following key areas: 

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Cyber-Security
  • Networking & The Cloud
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Understanding Complex Systems
  • User-Experience

The 2018 event will feature: 

  • Exhibition hall with 50 technology demonstrations from 14 Scottish Universities
  • Keynote talk from Jamie Graves, CEO ZoneFox
  • Event Partner Exhibitions
  • Welcome talk from a special guest (TBA)

DemoFest is organised by SICSA in partnership with ScotlandIS.

SICSA Cyber Virtual Innovation Hub – Now accepting applications

The SICSA Cyber Virtual Innovation Hub can provide researchers in Cyber Security with funding to explore work that could lead to commercial opportunities.

Successful applicants will be able to use the funding on offer to explore new ideas, develop commercial potential, produce demonstrators and materials, and develop work to be taken to a stage where it is investment-ready.  Funding can be used flexibly, according to the needs of the researchers and/or companies involved.

Funding can be used flexibly but examples include: 

  • A contribution towards time for researchers to engage with the project;
  • Travel and accommodation to support the project;
  • Equipment or software licenses

The next deadline for applications for this funding is 31st May.  Please see check SICSA Cyber Nexus for details and a short application form.

SICSA Cyber Nexus Researcher Exchange Funding – Apply before 31st May

The SICSA Cyber Nexus is able to provide bursaries of up to £3000 per applicant for researchers in Cyber Security at SICSA institutions to take part in research visits to anywhere in the UK or abroad. Exchanges can be with other academic institutions, or with the private and public sectors.  Successful applicants can use the funding for:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation and Subsistence
  • Childcare costs coming as a result of the exchange

This is a great opportunity to begin or continue a research collaboration with academia or industry and we can also offer funding for reciprocal visits.

If you are interested in applying, please visit for more details.  Application is by completion of a short form and the next deadline is 31st May.

We are now Recruiting: SICSA Graduate Academy Director

Applications are invited from members of academic staff working within any SICSA member institution for the role of SICSA Graduate Academy Director.

The role commences on 1st August 2018 for a two-year period, initially.

For more information on the role and to apply, please download the documentation below.

SGA Director Role Description

SGA Director Application Form

Closing Date: 30th June 2018

Register now to Exhibit Your Research at DemoFest 2018!

SICSA DemoFest, the largest event of it’s kind in Scotland will take place on 6th November 2018 at Our Dynamic Earth Edinburgh.  Now in its eleventh year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities. 

Register to Exhibit Now!
Exhibiting at DemoFest is free-of-charge.  However, space is limited within the exhibition hall to a maximum of 50 research stands and we encourage you to apply to exhibit your research by completing our short exhibitor questionnaire at as soon as possible or by latest 1 June 2018.  We will confirm all exhibitors by no later than 15 June 2018.

Why Exhibit?
We expect up to 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.

Registration open for SICSA PhD Conference 2018!

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the SICSA PhD Conference 2018, which will take place at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen on 28th and 29th June 2018.

Eventbrite - SICSA PhD Conference 2018

The event will feature keynote talks from Professor Bill Buchanan (Edinburgh Napier University) and Andrew Richards (CEO Codeplay).

Workshops will include:

  • Hackathon
  • Your Career in Academia – Balancing Teaching and Research
  • Your PhD – What’s next?
  • Web Accessibility: Learn new techniques to improve assistive technologies design
  • 5 Statistical Mistakes You are Likely to Make
  • Student Wellbeing: Managing your PhD Journey
  • How to do a Systematic Literature Review
  • Demystifying the PhD Thesis

There will also be a poster competition; plus networking, dinner and drinks in the grand surroundings of the Trinity Hall, Aberdeen on the evening of 28th June.

Registration for the conference is funded by SICSA, as is accommodation at the RGU residences for those living outside of Aberdeen on both 27th and 28th June.

For full details about the conference programme, please visit the Conference Web Site.

SICSA Education – Call for Workshop Proposals in 2018

SICSA Education would like to invite the Scottish Computing community to apply for funds to host SICSA Education workshops or other education focussed events. Some of the more recent workshops that have been funded have included:

  • How should we assess group work?
  • Skills in entrepreneurial education
  • Computational thinking in primary schools

We now invite members of the community to bid to host an event, either to expand on any of these topics; or to propose events on any other Computing Education related topic.

In order to apply please complete the attached pro forma (no more than 2 pages) and return it to by Monday the 30th April. A further call will be made over the Summer, but we will also accept applications throughout the year.

The funding available per workshop is variable, but is typically in the region of £500 – £1,000.

Funding can be used for:

  • Event catering (tea/coffee/lunch)
  • Travel and subsistence for invited speakers
  • Travel and subsistence for event organisers (if not based at the host institution)
  • Other reasonable expenses associated with organising the event

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Detailed information about SICSA Education can be found at:; and

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Robot Research in the Wild: Water Transport in Rural India

Researchers from the University of Glasgow and AMMACHI Labs at Amrita University in India have recently been undertaking a feasibility study utilising robots for water transportation in India, which has identified as a key problem for those living in rural communities.  The project, which was co-funded by SICSA (via the Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges programme) was presented this week at the Social Robots in the Wild workshop at HRI 2018 in Chicago. You can read more about the project at IEEE Spectrum or watch the video below.  

Leading International Data Science Experts Confirmed for The Data Summit

A host of internationally-acclaimed leaders in the field of data science have been confirmed as speakers for the upcoming two-day international conference, Data Summit. Leading the programme are ‘Weapons of Math Destruction’ author Cathy O’Neil and former NASA astrophysicist turned data scientist, Kirk Borne.

Data Summit will take place at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh on 22nd and 23rd March with the theme of ‘data driven innovation’ and a special focus on collaboration. It forms a key part of DataFest18. Over 2,000 participants attended DataFest17 in March 2017, ranging from school children to politicians, academics to key industry players.

DataFest18 will build on 2017’s success with even more world class speakers and an aim to increase international participation and academic involvement. The target is to boost attendees by 500 – 25 per cent.

Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, said: “In this second year of DataFest, we’ve pulled together a compelling programme of international speakers, all of whom are at the cutting edge of data technology across numerous industries. Their involvement within the event clearly demonstrates Scotland’s place as a key player on the global data stage.

“The Data Summit is a great opportunity for attendees to hear about others’ data experiences through sessions on how to lead successful programmes, communicating with data as well as compelling examples of transformation and future trends and much more.”

World-leading speakers joining the festival’s line-up also include Dr Hannah Fry, UCL and presenter of BBC TV’s The Joy of Data, Alex Depledge MBE, entrepreneur and rising-star of the British start-up scene and Eddie Copeland, director of government innovation at Nesta.

The programme of confirmed speakers for Data Summit 2018 includes:

– Cathy O’Neil, US based mathematician, blogger and author.

– Dr. Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor at Booz Allen Hamilton

– Dr Hannah Fry, UCL and presenter of BBC TV’s The Joy of Data
– Marios Michaelidis, Research Data Scientist. H2O.atechnology
– Erin Akred, Lead Data Scientist, DataKind

– Alex Depledge, Co-founder and former CEO

– Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh

– Orsola De Marco, Head of Startups, Open Data Institute

– Dr. Iain Brown, Lead Data Scientist, SAS

– Mhairi Aitken, Research Fellow, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences & Informatics, University of Edinburgh

– Eddie Copeland, Director of Government Innovation, Nesta

– Stefaan Verhulst, Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer. The Gov Lab

– Warwick Beresford-Jones – Founder & Joint CEO, Merkle Aquila

– Shakeel Khan – Data Science Capability Building Manager, HM Revenue & Customs


Ticket prices for Data summit will go up to final release prices on 2nd March.

To buy tickets and find out more click here: