SICSA and ScotCHEM are coming together for a Speed Networking Fortnight

SICSA and ScotChem are coordinating a fortnight of short remote one-to-one calls between researchers to stimulate inter-disciplinary exchanges of research ideas and agendas.  Working across disciplines is notoriously difficult in ordinary circumstances, but the restrictions caused by the current pandemic have even further curtailed opportunities for chance encounters at conferences, or meetings that lead to fruitful collaborations. To address this, the aim of the Speed Networking Fortnight is to put researchers in touch with each other across disciplines to foster understanding of existing disciplinary research challenges and provide opportunities.

To minimise the impact on time, each one-to-one meetup will last as long as just 15 minutes – no longer than it would take to queue to use the coffee machine. SICSA and ScotChem will coordinate the matching of participants from across disciplines and scheduling of meeting times, as well as a follow up to document any interesting outcomes. The initiative is open to any researcher (academic, postdoc, PhD student) from either pool.

To participate, just fill out the very short application form here:  https://form.jotform.com/203174064600343 .

If you have any questions or would like some more information please get in touch with Tim Storer (SICSA KE Director) and/or Alan Wiles (ScotCHEM Director of Operations)

SICSA warmly welcomes two new Research Theme Leaders

SICSA would like to extend a very warm welcome to Dr Paul Patras, University of Edinburgh, who takes over the leadership of the SICSA Networking & Systems Research Theme and Dr Mike Crabb, University of Dundee who will be co-leading the HCI Research Theme with Dr Mary Ellen Foster (University of Glasgow)

Dr Patras and Dr Crabb have been great supporters of SICSA and have had engagement with the research pool over the years through various funding programmes and the SICSA PhD Conference.  As SICSA Research Theme Leaders, Paul and Mike will be responsible to help shape and direct their themes but will also provide a face and national representation for their theme areas.

The SICSA Directorate would like to pass on their thanks to Professor Dimitrios Pezaros and Dr Martin Halvey, respectively for their input, dedication and hard work in (co) leading the themes over the past few years.

For more information about the themes or to get in touch with the theme leaders, please visit the SICSA Research Themes web-page

ScotCHEM 2020 Computational Chemistry Virtual Symposium

SICSA is pleased to inform you that the ScotCHEM 2020 Computational Chemistry Virtual Symposium will take place on 26 August 2020 and all SICSA members are invited to attend.  The event is hosted by the University of Strathclyde

The Plenary Speaker is Prof. Adrian Roitberg, University of Florida and his talk will be “Is Quantum Chemistry Amenable for Machine Learning? Are the Computers Coming for Our Jobs

The full program can be accessed at https://www.scotch-research.com/compchem2020-program

The deadline to register is 24th August.  Full details of the event can be found here: https://www.scotch-research.com/compchem2020 

Now Recruiting for SICSA Research Theme Co-Leader in Human-Computer Interaction

Applications are invited for any suitable member of academic staff within a SICSA Institution to co-lead the SICSA Human-Computer Interaction Research Theme.

Role Purpose

SICSA is the Scottish Funding Council Research Pool in Informatics and Computer Science.  The goal of SICSA is to cohere the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science research communities to help increase critical mass and to enable cooperation in research, teaching and Knowledge Exchange.

The role of the SICSA Theme Leaders is to coordinate activities within each of the defined SICSA themes and further develop coherent communities in these areas.

Research Theme leaders are taking on increasingly public-facing roles on behalf of SICSA. For example, our AI theme leaders are part of the government strategy group developing a national AI strategy for Scotland. While another team leader is currently considering Co-chairing a large event with business here in Scotland on behalf of SICSA. Theme Leaders are called upon to help shape and direct the theme but also to provide a face and national representation for their theme area.

If you would like to speak to the current Theme Leaders about the role please get in touch with Martin Halvey and/or Mary Ellen Foster

Please see the full HCI Research Theme Co-Leader job description for more details of the role.

To apply, please download and complete the application form and send to Aileen.Orr@glasgow.ac.uk by 30 September 2020

Now recruiting SICSA Research Theme Leader(s) in Networking & Systems

Applications are invited for any suitable member of academic staff within a SICSA Institution to lead/co-lead the SICSA Networking & Systems Research Theme.

Role Purpose

SICSA is the Scottish Funding Council Research Pool in Informatics and Computer Science.  The goal of SICSA is to cohere the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science research communities to help increase critical mass and to enable cooperation in research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

The role of the SICSA Theme Leaders is to coordinate activities within each of the defined SICSA themes and further develop coherent communities in these areas.

Research Theme leaders are taking on increasingly public facing roles on behalf of SICSA. For example, our AI theme leaders are part of the government strategy group developing a national AI strategy for Scotland. While another team leader is currently considering Co-chairing a large event with business here in Scotland on behalf of SICSA. Theme Leaders are called upon to help shape and direct the theme but also to provide a face and national representation for their theme area.

If you would like to speak to the SICSA Directorate informally regarding the role please contact Tim Storer, SICSA Deputy Director & Director of Knowledge Exchange.  Alternatively, you can contact one of our current theme leaders for some insight into the role.

Further details of the role can be found on the N & S Theme Leader Job Description.

To apply, please complete the N & S Theme Leader Application form and send it to Aileen.Orr@glasgow.ac.uk by 31 August 2020.

SICSA announces the new Co-Theme Leader for Cyber Physical Systems

SICSA extends a warm welcome to Dr Christian Dondrup, Heriot Watt University who takes over co-leadership of the SICSA Cyber Physical Systems research theme this month.  Along with Dr Subramanian Ramamoorthy, University of Edinburgh Christian will be responsible for shaping and directing the research theme as well as providing a national representation for their theme area.

The SICSA Directorate would like to pass on their thanks to Dr Katrin Lohan 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 Cyber Physical Systems

 

Student attends the International Conference on Intelligent Robots with the help of SICSA

by Èric Pairet, Heriot Watt University
25 November 2019

Last week, I attended the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) organised by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ). IROS is one of the top conferences world-wide were scientists gather to present and discuss the state-of-the-art on robotics.

This year’s IROS edition was held in the majestic Venetian Macao, Macau, China. The conference consisted of a series of workshops, technical sessions and keynotes that lasted for a total of five days. I presented in one of the technical sessions my most recent research entitled “Learning Generalisable Coupling Terms for Obstacle Avoidance via Low-dimensional Coupling Terms”, which was received with great enthusiasm and admiration by the attendees. I received many interesting technical questions and got engaged in multiple discussions about my work which may help me to improve my future research. The conference received a total of 2,513 papers, a 44.8% from which were accepted for presentation.

Besides the learning experience in this type of events, the networking opportunities are incomparable. Overall, I would rate this experience as unique and would totally recommend it, especially for those interested on keeping on with state-of-the-art technologies and methods in robotics. Attending IROS conferences offers a unique opportunity, not only to new researchers but also to experienced academics to share ideas and get valuable feedback.

Thanks to SICSA I was able to attend and present my work in such a prestigious conference where I could share experiences as a researcher and get valuable advice on how to pursue my future career.

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:  https://edinburgh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/sicsa-demofest-2019-presenting-your-research.
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 (admin@sicsa.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

DemoFest 2019: Register now to exhibit your research

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:  https://edinburgh.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/sicsa-demofest-2019-presenting-your-research
Deadline for applications is 23rd June 2019, with 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 (admin@sicsa.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

SICSA PhD Conference 2019 – Registration now open

Registration for the SICSA PhD Conference is now open and is fully funded (accommodation, meals and registration) for all Computing Science PhD students working within Scottish HE institutions.  Places are filling up fast, so register soon to avoid disappointment. 

The SICSA PhD Conference will feature a range of workshops, keynotes and social activities across two full-days.  You can find more details at www.sicsaconf.org

This year’s event will also feature an Elevator Pitch Video Competition, which is open to all delegates.  For more details about submitting your video, please visit Elevator Pitch Competition

Also, don’t forget that all PhD students (whether coming to the conference or not) are eligible to vote in the SICSA Supervisor of the Year 2019 Award.  If you wish to nominate your supervisor, simply complete the 3-minute survey.