This Week’s Events

Learning from samples of variable quality

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Mostafa Deghani, University of Amsterdam
Date: 26 February, 2018
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

The success of deep neural networks to date depends strongly on the availability of labeled data which is costly and not always easy to obtain. Usually, it is much easier to obtain small quantities of high-quality labeled data and large quantities of unlabeled, weak or noisy data. The problem of how to best integrate these two different sources of information during training and hot to get best of samples of variable quality is an active pursuit in the field of semi-supervised learning. In this talk, we are going to discuss some methods for training neural networks with labels with different quality.

Bio:
Mostafa Dehghani is a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam working with Jaap Kamps and Maarten de Rijke. His doctorate research lies at the intersection machine learning and information retrieval, in particular employing weak supervision signals for training neural models for IR problems. He has contributed to top-tier ML and IR conferences like NIPS, ICLR, SIGIR, CIKM, WSDM, and ICTIR by publishing papers and giving tutorials and received awards at SIGIR, ICTIR, ECIR, and CLEF for some of his works. He has done internships at Google Research on search conversationalization and currently interning at Google Brain.

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Wim Vanderbauwhede, University of Glasgow
Date: 27 February, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Workshop on Cyber security and the Internet of Things

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 01 March, 2018
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Location:Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, United Kingdom

SICSA Cyber Nexus Workshop Series Workshop on Cyber security and the Internet of Things will take place on Thursday 1 March 2018 at Abertay University Call for Participation: The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging from the lab into the everyday world, but the sheer number of devices of which it is predicted to comprise mean that current approaches to cyber security are unlikely to scale. Aspects of privacy associated with the widespread deployment of sensor devices have yet to find solutions. These and other problems make this a fruitful field for cyber security and computer science researchers. Considering design, technological, human and societal aspects of the IoT, this one-day workshop will examine the challenges, possible solutions and interesting research directions associated with the problem of securing the IoT. The programme for the day will include invited speakers but the intention is that researchers within the SICSA community will showcase their current projects/interests. You are therefore invited to submit proposals for talks (in the form of one paragraph abstracts) to ian.ferguson@abertay.ac.uk by Friday 16th Feb. More information on the call and the programme of the day can be found at http://cybersecurity.abertay.ac.uk/iot2018/ Registration: Please register for the workshop through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sicsa-cybernexus-workshop-on-cybersecurityand-the-internet-of-things-tickets-42320617105  

Paired and Altruistic Kidney Donation: New challenges and new algorithms

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: David Manlove, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Date: 02 March, 2018
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Friday 2nd March, 14:00-15:00, in SAWB 422, followed by a social hour with light snacks and drinks.

Abstract: A patient who requires a kidney transplant, and who has a willing but incompatible donor, may be able to 'swap' his or her donor with that of another patient in a similar situation. The UK Living Kidney Sharing Schemes (UKLKSS), run by NHS Blood and Transplant, aim to find optimal sets of 'kidney exchanges' involving incompatible donor-patient pairs and altruistic (non-directed) donors in the UK. In this talk we describe the algorithms that we have designed and implemented in order to construct optimal sets of exchanges for quarterly matching runs of the UKLKSS since July 2008. We also provide an overview of outcomes, showing the numbers of transplants that have been identified and that have proceeded from these runs. We further outline the new challenges that arisen beyond the UK in recent years, and the new algorithms that we have designed in order to cope with these.

This is joint work with Péter Biró, John Dickerson, Gregg O’Malley, Ben Plaut, Tuomas Sandholm and James Trimble.

Note: This talk is part of the School of Computing Science seminar series and is open to anyone.

 

Upcoming Events

Learning from samples of variable quality

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Mostafa Deghani, University of Amsterdam
Date: 26 February, 2018
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

The success of deep neural networks to date depends strongly on the availability of labeled data which is costly and not always easy to obtain. Usually, it is much easier to obtain small quantities of high-quality labeled data and large quantities of unlabeled, weak or noisy data. The problem of how to best integrate these two different sources of information during training and hot to get best of samples of variable quality is an active pursuit in the field of semi-supervised learning. In this talk, we are going to discuss some methods for training neural networks with labels with different quality.

Bio:
Mostafa Dehghani is a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam working with Jaap Kamps and Maarten de Rijke. His doctorate research lies at the intersection machine learning and information retrieval, in particular employing weak supervision signals for training neural models for IR problems. He has contributed to top-tier ML and IR conferences like NIPS, ICLR, SIGIR, CIKM, WSDM, and ICTIR by publishing papers and giving tutorials and received awards at SIGIR, ICTIR, ECIR, and CLEF for some of his works. He has done internships at Google Research on search conversationalization and currently interning at Google Brain.

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Wim Vanderbauwhede, University of Glasgow
Date: 27 February, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Workshop on Cyber security and the Internet of Things

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 01 March, 2018
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Location: Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, United Kingdom

SICSA Cyber Nexus Workshop Series Workshop on Cyber security and the Internet of Things will take place on Thursday 1 March 2018 at Abertay University Call for Participation: The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging from the lab into the everyday world, but the sheer number of devices of which it is predicted to comprise mean that current approaches to cyber security are unlikely to scale. Aspects of privacy associated with the widespread deployment of sensor devices have yet to find solutions. These and other problems make this a fruitful field for cyber security and computer science researchers. Considering design, technological, human and societal aspects of the IoT, this one-day workshop will examine the challenges, possible solutions and interesting research directions associated with the problem of securing the IoT. The programme for the day will include invited speakers but the intention is that researchers within the SICSA community will showcase their current projects/interests. You are therefore invited to submit proposals for talks (in the form of one paragraph abstracts) to ian.ferguson@abertay.ac.uk by Friday 16th Feb. More information on the call and the programme of the day can be found at http://cybersecurity.abertay.ac.uk/iot2018/ Registration: Please register for the workshop through Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sicsa-cybernexus-workshop-on-cybersecurityand-the-internet-of-things-tickets-42320617105  

Paired and Altruistic Kidney Donation: New challenges and new algorithms

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: David Manlove, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Date: 02 March, 2018
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Friday 2nd March, 14:00-15:00, in SAWB 422, followed by a social hour with light snacks and drinks.

Abstract: A patient who requires a kidney transplant, and who has a willing but incompatible donor, may be able to 'swap' his or her donor with that of another patient in a similar situation. The UK Living Kidney Sharing Schemes (UKLKSS), run by NHS Blood and Transplant, aim to find optimal sets of 'kidney exchanges' involving incompatible donor-patient pairs and altruistic (non-directed) donors in the UK. In this talk we describe the algorithms that we have designed and implemented in order to construct optimal sets of exchanges for quarterly matching runs of the UKLKSS since July 2008. We also provide an overview of outcomes, showing the numbers of transplants that have been identified and that have proceeded from these runs. We further outline the new challenges that arisen beyond the UK in recent years, and the new algorithms that we have designed in order to cope with these.

This is joint work with Péter Biró, John Dickerson, Gregg O’Malley, Ben Plaut, Tuomas Sandholm and James Trimble.

Note: This talk is part of the School of Computing Science seminar series and is open to anyone.

 

Exploring Papert's Gears

Group: CS Education reading group
Speaker: Steve Draper, School of Psychology, University of Glasgow
Date: 05 March, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 303 Meeting Room

Steve Draper will lead a discussion around the 3-4 page Preface to Papert’s Mindstorms book, where gears and gear systems are described as a pivotal motivator in his (very) early life.  This is probably the shortest reading prep ever!!   Steve can say more, but the motivation to discuss this comes partly from the “early activities” study we did last summer… here is an extreme example of someone’s belief about what has shaped their later life.

I found the whole book on-line here: 

http://worrydream.com/refs/Papert%20-%20Mindstorms%201st%20ed.pdf

Interactive IR

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Leif Azzopardi, University of Strathclyde
Date: 05 March, 2018
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Student-Project Allocation

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Sofiat Olaosebikan and Frances Cooper, University of Glasgow
Date: 06 March, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Frances:

In universities all over the world, students must be assigned to dissertation projects as part of their degree programmes.  In many cases students are required to rank a subset of the available projects in order of preference, and likewise, lecturers rank in order of preference those students who have applied for their projects.  A centralised allocation is then conducted which gives a matching of students to projects.  A key consideration is that the matching should be stable, which ensures that no student and lecturer who are not matched together have an incentive to form an assignment with one another after the matching has been announced.  In this talk we consider the case where preference lists need not be strictly ordered, and may contain ties.  In this scenario stable matchings can be of different sizes and it is known that the problem of finding a maximum-sized stable matching is NP-hard.  We present an approximation algorithm for this problem that has a performance guarantee of 3/2.

 

Sofiat:

The Student-Project Allocation problem with preferences over Projects (SPA-P) involves sets of students, projects and lecturers, where the students and lecturers each have preferences over the projects. In this context, we typically seek a stable matching of students to projects (and lecturers). However, these stable matchings can have different sizes, and the problem of finding a maximum stable matching (MAX-SPA-P) is NP-hard. There are two known approximation algorithms for MAX-SPA-P, with performance guarantees of 2 and 3/2. In this talk, I’ll describe an IP formulation to enable MAX-SPA-P to be solved optimally. Finally, I’ll present results arising from an empirical analysis that compares the approximation algorithms and the IP formulation, with respect to the size of the stable matchings constructed, on instances that are both randomly-generated and derived from real datasets.

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Anna Lito Michala, University of Glasgow
Date: 06 March, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Scottish Programming Languages Seminar (SPLS)

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 07 March, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 17:00
Location: School of Computing Science, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Level 5, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

The SICSA Theory, Modelling and Computation Research Theme is pleased to be sponsoring the next Scottish Programming Languages Seminar (SPLS) which is being held on 7th December 2018 at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow The Scottish Programming Languages Seminar (SPLS) is an open forum for researchers interested in programming languages to discussing programming languages. These seminars are held every few months and this is the first for 2018! The invited Speaker for this Seminar will be Nada Amin from the University of Cambridge. The full programme will be published shortly on this web site and also sent to the SPLS Mailing List. Attendance at the SPLS is free but in order to have an idea of numbers for catering purposes please visit the SPLS page to register. If you have any dietary requirements other than vegetarian (which will be available) please contact the organisers (below). The organisers are: Michel Steuwer Ornela Dharda Jan De Muijnck-Hughes  

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Group: Human Computer Interaction (GIST)
Speaker: Oliver Harrison (CEO, Alpha Health Moonshot) Aleksandar Matic (Head of Research, Alpha Health Moonshot), Telefonica Alpha
Date: 08 March, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

Abstract

Worldwide, healthcare costs have been increasing faster than GDP for 50 years, whilst key indicators such as life expectancy have plateaued in many countries. The root cause is a change in disease burden – across the world, today’s biggest diseases and biggest killers are chronic diseases such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, and mental health disorders. It is now well-established that the main cause of chronic diseases is everyday behaviours such as poor diet, lack of exercise, using tobacco, excessive alcohol, or lack of sleep, yet healthcare systems today are simply not designed to help people change these root causes of chronic disease. To make tackling everyday behaviours even harder, pioneers in neuroscience and behavioural economics have begun to reveal that people are not even really in conscious control of their behaviour. 

 

We will talk about our work at Alpha Health (part of Telefonica’s Moonshot facility) focused on helping people take more conscious control of their actions. Our objective is to help people manage a range of diseases, and help prevent a range of health conditions. To do this, we are using digital insights and the intelligent interpretation of data to develop targeted tools, built around the user. We believe that we live in a historic moment, in which advances in neuroscience, mobile computing, and machine learning can help people to take control of their own behaviour, optimise their life, and limit the effects of unhealthy behaviour on their bodies and their minds. We have the opportunity to work systematically through the scientific, engineering, design, and commercial challenges to build a breakthrough solution.  To support our work, we are partnering with the best academics, developers, companies, and professionals around the world.

Andrea diSessa: using computers & computation to understand the world

Group: CS Education reading group
Speaker: Peter Donaldson, School of Education & Centre for CS Education, University of Glasgow
Date: 12 March, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 404 Meeting Room

Peter Donaldson will lead a discussion about the work of Andrea diSessa.  His work is very much about using computers and computation to understand the world - the development of computational literacy as a material intelligence (his term) to support and extend our own intelligence.  This direct use of computing to learn about things, including about computing itself, is somewhat at odds with approaches we’ve advocated for late secondary school education, and so we’re keen to understand more about DiSessa’s work and how it relates to our own.  Some conflict between learning by doing perhaps and direct instruction?

Peter will send out pre-reading - if you're not on our usual list, but would like to attend, please contact Peter.Donaldson@glasgow.ac.uk.

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Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Juliana Bowles, University of St Andrews
Date: 13 March, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Mohammed Alhamed, University of Glasgow
Date: 13 March, 2018
Time: 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Thermal Feedback for In-car Interaction

Group: Human Computer Interaction (GIST)
Speaker: Patrizia Di Campli San Vito, University of Glasgow
Date: 15 March, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 13:30
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

Data-driven Modelling and Analysis of Complex Systems

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 19 March, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: School of Computing Science, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Level 5, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

The SICSA Research Themes for Data Science and Theory Modelling and Computation are pleased to support the Data-driven Modelling and Analysis of Complex Systems (DDMACS) event on 19th March 2018 at the University of Glasgow. The aim of DDMACS is to foster a cross-disciplinary community bringing together researchers from SICSA institutions interested in the combined application of data-driven techniques and computational modelling and analysis methods to real world problems. We will address current challenges and relevant questions, and share experiences on how to create sound data-driven models amenable to rigorous analysis and verification techniques that deliver reliable information about the data-generating process. Invited Speakers: Leif Azzopardi, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde Jane Hillston, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh Call for contributions: We invite contributions on approaches to data-driven modelling and analysis of complex systems on: use of modelling methods and notations in a knowledge management/discovery context, development and use of common modelling and knowledge management/discovery frameworks to explore and understand complex systems from the application domains of interest. Speakers are invited to present research results in any of the themes of interest for the workshop as well as application experiences, tools, and promising preliminary ideas. The full programme will be posted on this web-site soon. The lunch and the coffee breaks are free for registered participants. In order to help with catering arrangements, we would ask that you register at the Eventbrite Page.

Incremental Verification of Self-Adaptive Cyber-Physical Systems

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Liliana Pasquale, University College Dublin and Lero
Date: 20 March, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Abeer Ali, University of Glasgow
Date: 20 March, 2018
Time: 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Ibrahim Alghamdi, University of Glasgow
Date: 27 March, 2018
Time: 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Tim Storer, University of Glasgow
Date: 10 April, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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TBD Talk

Group: Human Computer Interaction (GIST)
Speaker: Benjamin Bach, University of Edinburgh
Date: 12 April, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

SICSA Pre-CHI Day

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 13 April, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: T-Room Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE, United Kingdom

We are pleased to say that this year's Pre-CHI day will be hosted in Edinburgh on April 13th, 10am-5pm. This rather informal event wants to celebrate the Scottish success a this year’s CHI conference, help creating a strong Scottish HCI community, and welcome the HCI researchers new to Scotland. We expect a mixed audience, including researchers of the Scottish HCI community as well as interested students, designers, etc. (Number of tickets could be increased if necessary, however, please return tickets if you do not need them anymore) PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE (subject to change, depending on number of registered talks): 10:00-10:15: Registration and coffee 10:15 -10:30: Opening 10:30-11:30: 3 x Talks 11:30-11:40: Break 11:40-12:40: 3 x Talks 12:40-14:00: Lunch, posters, and demos 14:00-15:00: 3 x Talks 15:00-15:20: Break 15:20-16:20: 3 x Talks 16:20-16:35: Wrap-up Posters, demos, networking, pub, for those who are staying. Attendance is free, however you should register at Eventbrite in order that catering numbers can be confirmed

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Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Milan Kabáč, Imperial College London
Date: 17 April, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Colin Perkins, University of Glasgow
Date: 17 April, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Level 5 Student Presentations

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: David Frohlingsdorf and Gary Curran, University of Glasgow
Date: 18 April, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

David and Gary will be talking to us about their Level 5 student research projects.

Level 5 Student Presentations

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Duncan Adamson and Duncan Milne, University of Glasgow
Date: 19 April, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Duncan Adamson and Duncan Milne will be talking to us about their Level 5 student research projects.

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Saad Nasser S Altamimi, University of Glasgow
Date: 24 April, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Daniel Paulusma, Durham University
Date: 01 May, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Wing Li, University of Glasgow
Date: 01 May, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Ana Ibrahim, University of Glasgow
Date: 08 May, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Heng Guo, University of Edinburgh
Date: 15 May, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Dejice Jacob, University of Glasgow
Date: 15 May, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Femi Olukoya, University of Glasgow
Date: 22 May, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Scottish Linked Data Interest Group

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 29 May, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: Heriot Watt University, Earl Mountbatten Building, Heriot Watt University, United Kingdom

The SICSA Data Science Research Theme is pleased to be sponsoring the 6th Scottish Linked Data Interest Group workshop which will take place on Tuesday 29 May at Heriot Watt University. SLiDInG6 aims to bring together organisations from industry, government and academia from around Scotland to share different perspectives around Linked Data, and to inform participants of current research on Linked Data and its uptake in industry and government. We plan to have flash talks to highlight current areas of activity and deployment of Semantic Web technologies. We then plan to have discussion groups focusing on: What are the killer apps of the Semantic Web? What are the challenges from industry and government? Where are the synergies in Semantic Web research in Scotland? Can we identify projects to push forward for funding? We hope that the outcome will be the identification of future collaborations and projects that will be developed after the event. A detailed programme will be available closer to the event. If you would like to give a talk about your research, or future challenges, then please complete this short form. The workshop is free and open to anyone, but please register so we know how many to plan for.

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Peter Inglis, University of Glasgow
Date: 29 May, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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RSE Symposium on City Analytics

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 29 May, 2018
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

SICSA is pleased to be sponsoring City Analytics which will be held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Wednesday 30 May 2018. In today’s digital, multi-sensored world, cities have become ‘living laboratories’, providing a range of data streams around urban life. What new opportunities arise from these rich data sources; what novel mathematical models and computational tools are required;and what are the relevant data-privacy issues? A range of speakers from academia and beyond will address these challenges. In addition to computer science and the mathematical sciences, the event will involve and reach out to researchers and practitioners in energy, health, transport, security, commerce and local government. The conference aims to explore opportunities and challenges around the use of rich and varied data streams, to improve quality of human life in urban areas across the world. An evening lecture by Professor Peter Grindrod will follow the conference. More information on this event, including registration details will be posted soon.

SICSA Cyber Nexus: International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 31 May, 2018
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh , EH14 1DJ, United Kingdom

The world is moving towards Big Data, with Cyber Security and the tracking of network events one of its leading applications. Threats to organisations increase by the day, and many have responded by moving towards the integration of SIEM (Secure Incident and Event Management) to detect malicious activity. Our conference brings together industry, academia and law enforcement to share insights, ideas, expertise and resources in responding to current security challenges, and in particular to look at the opportunities and challenges in managing and using big data in a cyber security context. This event is hosted by The Cyber Academy, with the principal sponsor of SBL (Software Box Limited) and in collaboration with The SICSA Cyber Nexus. We will investigate best practice in industry and look to future Big Data infrastructures for the benefit of organisations in monitoring security events, and in automated generation of audit information and business analytics. The application of SIEM is now being applied in many areas including security monitoring, incident response and Cyber Crime investigation. The event aims to showcase best practice in industry and in network investigations. Within the conference their will also be an research track, and where research papers will be presented. The best papers submitted will be published within the Journal of Cyber Security Technology. Please register your interest here. The areas covered include: insights into current high profile security incidents, their impact, and how they are reported. impact of GDPR. key threats and risks associated with losing business critical data. leading tools, techniques and insights in network threat analysis, detection and investigation. best practice in implementing SIEM strategy. developing and testing effective incident response. evolution of the Security Operations Centre (SOC) and its emerging future requirements. the need for skills, knowledge and awareness across an organisation. latest research and innovation around threat discovery, machine learning, and data analysis. Full details at: http://thecyberacademy.org/bigdata2018/

Cyber Nexus: CSDF-2018 - The First International Conference on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 31 May, 2018
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ, Scotland, United Kingdom

The CSDF-2018 is a conference for early researchers and leading industrial experts in cyber security and digital forensics to present, discuss, and publish their research alongside guest speakers from academia and industry. It provides an exchange between early researchers and leading industrial experts and will lead to the development of a Network of People in different areas of cybersecurity and digital forensics. Full Details at: http://thecyberacademy.org/event/csdf-2018/ The CSDF-2018 conference will be held at Edinburgh Napier University in collaboration with the SICSA Cyber Nexus and The Cyber Academy on 31 May 2018. It is run in parallel with International Conference of Big Data in Cyber Security. Having the CSDF-2018 conference held in parallel with this event will assist young researchers to understand the demands for cyber security and digital forensics in different organisations. We hope that the participants will engage with industrial contacts for future partnerships and research-based industrial collaborations. All interested stakeholders from academia and industry are invited to submit their original work on cybersecurity and/or digital forensics to the CSDF-2018 conference. CSDF-2018 not only connects cybersecurity and digital forensics researchers to leading industrial expertise but also provides for greater collaboration amongst universities themselves and leading industries. The free cost of the CSDF-2018 makes it an ideal home-based conference for post cybersecurity and digital forensics researchers in the UK. Call for Papers: The topics of interest may include but are not limited to the followings: Cybersecurity and digital forensics Malware analysis Network defence Cloud and system security Cloud forensics Artificial intelligence security Cryptocurrency Web and Application security Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication Security in mobile devices Securing IoT and embedded systems Big-data security Social networks security Industrial control systems security All papers should be be submitted electronically through the conference submission website on EasyChair in PDF format. The materials presented in the papers should not be published or under submission elsewhere. Each paper is limited to 4 pages including figures and references using IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscripts style (two columns, single-spaced, 10 fonts). You can confirm the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscript style. Distinguished papers selected from CSDF -2018, after further extensions, will be recommended for submission and publication in Journal of Cyber Security Technology.

SICSA Sponsored Conference: IEEE Cyber Science 2018

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 11 June, 2018
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: The Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF, United Kingdom

SICSA is very pleased to be sponsoring the IEEE Cyber Science Conference which is taking place on 11 - 12 June 2018 at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. Cyber Science is the flagship conference of the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation and Collaboration (C-MRiC) focusing on pioneering research and innovation in Cyber Situation Awareness, Social Media, Cyber Security and Cyber Incident Response. It is an IEEE technically co-sponsored conference. Cyber Science aims to encourage participation and promotion of collaborative scientific, industrial and academic inter-workings among individual researchers, practitioners, members of existing associations, academia, standardisation bodies, and including government departments and agencies. The purpose is to build bridges between academia and industry, and to encourage interplay of different culture. Cyber Science invites researchers and industry practitioners to submit papers that encompass principles, analysis, design, methods and applications. It is a yearly conference held at various countries in the world; the first three meetings have been in London, UK. The IEEE Cyber Science is a collocated conference and you can access more information on this at http://www.c-mric.com/conferences/ We are pleased to announce that IEEE Cyber Science 2018 will be opened by Mr Matheson, MSP Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

SICSA PhD Conference 2018

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 27 June, 2018
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Robert Gordon University, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom

The SICSA PhD Conference 2018 will take place on 28 & 29 June 2018 at Robert Gordon University The SICSA PhD Conference has become one of the highlights of the SICSA events calendar, bringing together Computing Science and Informatics PhD students, leading academics, and industry practitioners for 2 days of workshops, keynote presentations and social events. The conference is an event aimed specifically at Informatics and Computing Science PhD students and is organised each year by a hard working committee of PhD students and members of the SICSA Executive. More information on the Conference will be posted shortly.

DemoFest: Bringing Research to Life

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 06 November, 2018
Time: 17:00 - 20:00
Location: Our Dynamic Earth, 112-116 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 8AS, United Kingdom

DemoFest 2018 will take place on 6th November at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Registration will open in spring 2018. DemoFest provides a perfect opportunity for your organisation to experience, first-hand, the cutting-edge 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 focuses on the following key areas: Big Data Cyber-Security User-Experience Robotics and Autonomous Systems Artificial Intelligence Networking & The Cloud More information on the 2018 event will follow shortly.

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