Issue 7 of our School newsletter for staff
New support staff who started over the summer:
The works are nearing the end and the move is in progress.
There are tours of the facilities available for the teaching staff.
Damian Green, First Secretary of State, enjoyed a demonstration of research at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics - a joint venture involving the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University - following the announcement of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.
Charles Hoskinson, CEO, IOHK & Co-Founder of Ethereum, Susan Ramonat, CEO, Spiritus Partners and Professor Aggelos Kiayias, Chair in Cyber Security and Privacy have been speaking at a highly popular Blockchain Meet Up held in the Informatics Forum on 27th July.
Dr Colin Adams, former Director of Commercialisation in the School of Informatics and Director of Informatics Ventures, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Alan Bundy’s paper “The Use of Explicit Plans to Guide Inductive Proofs” from CADE-9 won the Skolem award for most influential paper at this year’s CADE-26. The conference on Automated Deduction (CADE) is the major international forum at which research on all aspects of automated deduction is presented.
The first conference was held in 1974. Early CADEs were mostly biennial, and annual conferences started in 1996. The CADE conference series is managed by CADE Inc. which is a subcorporation of the Association for Automated Reasoning (AAR).
The Thoralf Skolem Award was established in 2014 to reward a CADE paper that has passed the test of time, by being a most influential paper in the field. Beginning with CADE-25 (2015), at every CADE the Skolem Award Committee selects a paper presented at the CADE held 10 years earlier to receive the Skolem award.
Papers by two ICSA research teams have been selected to receive 2017 HiPEAC (International Conference on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation) paper awards.
The HiPEAC conference is the premier European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems.
Awarded papers: “ATOM: Atomic Durability in Non-volatile Memory through Hardware Logging" authored by Arpit Joshi, Vijay Nagarajan, Marcelo Cintra and Stratis Viglas and "Boomerang: A Metadata-Free Architecture for Control Flow Delivery" authored by Rakesh Kumar, Cheng-Chieh Huang, Boris Grot and Vijay Nagarajan.
Walid Magdy’s research has gathered a lot of interest from news outlets around the world. Walid has written two research papers on Twitter dynamics during elections (US 2016 and UK 2017), and another one about Detecting Fake Accounts in Social Media.
Harvey Stocks, Computer Science student, was part of a team who came second in a prestigious ethical hacking competition, Cambridge2Cambridge 2017, with over 100 students from some of the best universities in the US and UK working together over three days.
Cambridge2Cambridge was founded jointly by MIT CSAIL (in Cambridge, Massachusetts) and the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory (in the original Cambridge) and was first run at MIT in 2016 as a competition involving only students from these two universities. This year it was hosted in Cambridge, UK.
Chris Mower, Wolfgang Merkt, and Theodoros Stouraitis, PhD students in Statistical Machine Learning and Motor Control Group won First Prize for Greatest Potential for Positive Impact at the Robots for Resilient Infrastructure Competition, an international robotics challenge held at the University of Leeds on June 27-28, 2017.
They presented their work on Robust Shared Autonomy for Mobile Manipulation in Extreme Environments which allows for shared autonomy operation via limited bandwidth wireless links. It empowers the human operator to use a blend of teleoperation, punctuated and full autonomy. This framework reduces operator fatigue by automatically verifying the validity of intended motions and continuously checking the environment for dynamic changes, altering the robot's behaviour along the way to ensure safety in shared workspaces while minimising dis- and interruptions.
This work has also been accepted to appear at the IEEE Conference for Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) in Xi'an, China in August: Wolfgang Merkt, Yiming Yang, Theodoros Stouraitis, Christopher Mower, Maurice Fallon and Sethu Vijayakumar, Robust Shared Autonomy for Mobile Manipulation with Continuous Scene Monitoring, Proc. 13th IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, Xian, China (2017).
ICSA PhD student Xenofon Foukas, has been awarded the Brendan Murphy prize for 2017 at the 29th Multi-Service workshop (MSN), Coseners 2017, for his work “Towards Programmable and Virtualized Radio Access Networks".
Coseners is the annual UK academic meeting for systems and networks researchers, and has been going on for close to three decades. The prize is awarded in memory of Brendan Murphy, who was an outstanding researcher and mountaineer known to many in the communications and distributed systems research community, and a regular participant at MSN since its inception.
Simona Nobili, PhD candidate in the Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour, has won a travel award to the 2017 RSS Women in Robotics Workshop.
The workshop will be held as part of the Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS) conference to be held at MIT in Cambridge, MA in July. It is a mixed-audience, women-only speakers workshop that aims to raise visibility of women in robotics, strengthen the community and foster mentorship of female researchers.
Simona will present her research paper "Heterogeneous Sensor Fusion for Accurate State Estimation of Dynamic Legged Robots" during the conference. This paper combines motion estimation for the HyQ Quadruped with Simona's algorithms for robust localisation using LIDAR. The approach was demonstrated on the robot showing that it could trot or walk around an industrial environment while staying accurately positioned relative to a 3D map.
This work is in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa (Italy).
Representatives of the Guangdong Province in China visited Robotarium-East in June to explore potential areas of collaboration between the province and The University
Charles Sutton, previous CDT Director, is on sabbatical this year. As of August, Amos Storkey took on the post of the CDT Director and Adam Lopez stepped in as Co-Director.
The College Office are looking to appoint a Dean to oversee the development of strategy and policy for promoting diversity and inclusion for academic and professional services staff and students within the College.
The Dean of Diversity and Inclusion will evangelise on the importance of diversity and inclusion within the College. They will chair the College’s Equality and Diversity Committee and represent the College on relevant University-level committees and working groups.
The appointment will be for 12 months in the first instance, but may be extended for a further two years on the basis of satisfactory performance. It is offered as a 10% secondment.
The Head of College and College Registrar are happy to discuss the post with interested parties.
Applications in the form of a CV, a statement on what the applicant believes they would bring to the role, and the names of two referees should reach the College Registrar by 29 September 2017.
Another year, another graduation.
With the Edinburgh Fringe literally on the doorstep of Informatics Forum, and The Fringe Central’s head quarters being based in Appleton Tower once again, no wonder the Fringe fever spilled into the Informatics Forum as well.
The Edinburgh Fringe Meet the Media event took place in the Forum in the beginning of August and saw journalists meeting the Fringe performers
Guidance produced by College HR on dealing with personal relationships and conflict of interest is available of InfWeb now.
Theo Andrew from Scholarly Communications Team on how to avoid predatory journals.
19th September at 11am
|Copyright training||08th Sep 2017 (10:00-12:30)||G43 - Paterson Land (Moray House)|
|'Just Write' for Research and Academic Staff||11th Sep 2017 (13:15-16:30)||Room B.09, Institute for Academic Development, 1 Morgan Lane (Holyrood)|
|Adobe Workshop: Photoshop||13th Sep 2017 (14:00-16:00)||EW13, Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Stree (Central Area) [Now fully booked, but there will be other sessions available soon]|
|Unconscious Bias Workshop||07th Feb 2018 (09:30-13:30)||Cuillin Room, Charles Stewart House, 9-16 Chambers Street (Central Area)|
Apply for an Innovation Initiative Grant today and get up to £5000 to support your project, research, club or society.
Open for student and staff applications from 14th September until 26th October 2017.
Please send the proposals to email@example.com by 13th September
It is with great sorrow that we’ve learnt of passing of Mike Gordon.
Mike was a professor at Cambridge who did his PhD in Edinburgh and was an academic collaborator to many in the School of Informatics. He died peacefully on 22nd August after a short illness. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Avra Cohn and by his sons Katriel and Reuben.
He'll be greatly missed by his family and friends, but equally by the academic community of which he was such a long-standing pillar. There will be a memorial service in Cambridge in due course to celebrate his life.
Can you guess the identity of the mysterious inhabitant of the Comms Team Office?
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