Research Day 2019

All the information about Research Day 2019 on May, 8th 2019.


9:20 - 9:30 Welcome and Introduction
9:30 - 10:00

How Academics in Informatics can access DDI resources to support research – Jarmo Eskelinen

10:00 - 10:30

Support for Research

10:30 - 11:00

Three minute thesis and three minute research presentations

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:45

AI at Edinburgh – Chris Williams

11:45 - 12:25

UKRI and AI – Anna Angus-Smyth (EPSRC Head of AI)

12:25 - 12:55


  • UKRI CDT in Natural Language Processing – Adam Lopez
  • UKRI CDT in Biomedical and AI – Guido Sanguinetti
  • EPSRC CDT in Robotics and Autonomous Systems – Michael Mistry
  • Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust EIT DTP – Jean Carletta
  • Doctoral Research Centre in Data Science and AI – Amos Storkey
12:55 - 13:45


13:45 - 15:15 Breakout sessions - 2 x 45 minutes
15:15 - 15:30


Topics for break-out sessions

(People attend two 45 minute sessions)

Developing Big Ideas – Catherine Burns (note: this one will be a 90 minute session)

  • Do you know what the critical issue is for your research?  Do you want to shape your discipline over the next decade?  "Big Ideas" are about vital advance, always transformational, possibly disruptive.  Funders of research seek these ideas to inform their funding strategy e.g. Wave 3 ISCF or EPSRC Big Ideas.  This session will take a dynamic approach, raising questions and challenges that allow for some initial blue sky thinking but also allow you to try some techniques that you could use later to advance this.

REF 100 Words Preparation session -  Steve Renals

  • The biggest part of our submission to REF 2021 will be the set outputs that we return - all REF eligible staff are expected to contribute at least one output to our REF return.  Each output may be accompanied by a descripton of at most 100 words, providing factual information about the output that is not evident within the output itself, for example evidence as to why the output is significant.  The aim of this session will be to work on 100-word statements for your potential REF outputs, and will include discussion about what is required and the opportunity to peer-review and improve 100-word statements.  

Building Multidisciplinary Collaborations – Diego Oyarzun & Janet Ball

  • Our School already has research collaborations with 45 other Schools and Centres across the University and hundreds of external organisations in the UK and worldwide, including universities, businesses and charities.  Funders are increasingly looking at the big problems, on a national or global scale, problems which are not solved by one discipline or one type of organisation.  This session will look at the challenges and benefits from the perspective of a PI with experience in multidisciplinary research collaborations, and the support available to you and your team to find, lead, and apply for collaborative project funding.  Come with questions!

Public Engagement – Paul Patras & Kartic Subr ( and Judy Robertson participation)

  • The School of Informatics has a societal responsibility to engage with the general public, regardless of technical background, gender, or income.  We are also in a key position to influence policy and regulation across Scotland and the UK, while receiving feedback on our research and teaching activities. This break out session aims to given participants an overview of the Public Engagement and Outreach activities the School is involved in, discuss the level of support currently available for such activities, and collect input from staff on the School's Outreach Strategy that is currently shaping.  This is also an opportunity for participants to find out how they can contribute to these Public Engagement and Outreach efforts.

Publicising your Research – Kasia Kokowska & Catriona Kelly

  • The School of Informatics encourages communication and interaction between the researchers in the School and the public.  But working out how best to communicate your research findings to the media and the general public can be daunting.  This session will introduce different ways of publicising your research.  We will tell you what support for publicising your research already exists within the School and the University.  We will also discuss possibilities for media training for researchers.  We will welcome questions and ideas.


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