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.

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