This Week’s Events

My MSc Project and Provisional 'Roadmap'

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Uma Zalakain, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Date: 22 October, 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Uma has recently joined FATA as a PhD student, supervised by Ornela Dardha.

In the short (approx. 15 min) talk she will cover her MSc project ('Type-checking session-typed π-calculus with Coq') and summarise her provisional plans and 'roadmap' for her PhD.

Please let me know (2093581m@student.gla.ac.uk) if you would like to present something after Uma (the room is booked for 1 hour).

Seeing into the past – emerging applications of computer vision and machine learning in archaeology

Group: Computer Vision for Autonomous Systems (CVAS)
Speaker: Dave Cowley and Rachel Opitz, School of Humanities
Date: 23 October, 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 203 Meeting Room

Title: Seeing into the past – emerging applications of computer vision and machine learning in archaeology


Abstract:
Awareness of the implications of computer vision, machine learning and AI is growing within the archaeological research community. This seminar looks at how the uptake of these methods is impacting several of our own archaeological research projects, centred around the key question: how do we recognize and classify archaeological features and objects? Within our current projects, a major focus of research is how to leverage these approaches to facilitate the analysis of large landscape datasets like Airborne Laser Scanning, while exploring the basis on which archaeological identifications and classification are made. The development of this application is raising questions, including the efficacy of working with derived visualisations rather than raw surface models or 3D shape data, the role of training sets when classes and categories are poorly defined, and how to integrate these approaches into archaeological workflows and research practice. Parallel questions arise in projects on perceptual saliency-based approaches to classification, and on the detection and classification of wear on objects. This seminar presents work in progress and aims to highlight the particular challenges of working with archaeological data and practices.

Bios:
Dave Cowley is an archaeologist at Historic Environment Scotland, where he manages a two-year research and development project scoping approaches to rapid large area archaeological mapping. He has developed an interest in computer vision and AI for archaeology, recognising it as a valuable mechanism to expedite archaeological object detection, especially with complex and extensive data, and to explore how we define archaeological sites and landscapes.

Rachel Opitz is a lecturer in Archaeology at Glasgow. Her research focuses on applications of remote sensing and digital 3D data in archaeology. She is particularly interested in visual perception of digital 3D objects and features, and in the impact of new technologies on archaeological practice. Current projects focus on working with archaeological landscape data in VR, detecting use-wear on digital 3D models of archaeological objects, and perceptual saliency based approaches to object classification. 

Systems Seminar: 21,117 Repos Later: Developing Tool Support for Courses using Git & GitHub/GitLab

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Ric Glassey, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Date: 23 October, 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

The use of version control systems within computing education is growing in popularity. However, this is challenging because such systems are not particularly well designed to support educational situations, nor are they easy to use with confidence in teaching, as specialist knowledge and experience is required. At KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, we have five years of experience of introducing first year computer science students to version control as a "day one" skill, and building upon this throughout the whole first year. This talk will provide some pearls (and perils) from our hard won experience, as well as introduce the open source tool (Repobee) we have developed based on this experience to help any teacher introduce version control as a course management technology.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 24 October, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Computing Science Common Room

This is a weekly coffee break for RAs in Computing to network, informally discuss issues, or simply enjoy some coffee and biscuits away from the screen.

Glasgow workshop on Contextual Recommendations

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Multiple speakers
Date: 24 October, 2019
Time: 13:00 - 18:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

This is a celebratory workshop, with a keynote talk from Prof Fabio Crestani, presentations of local work at the University of Glasgow, as well as from local company ThinkAnalytics. This workshop is co-located with the PhD defence of Jarana Manotumruksa. The talks will be preceded by lunch (pizzas) and followed by drinks.

Schedule:

1300 - 1400 Lunch

1400 - 1440 [keynote] Prof Fabio Crestani

1440 - 1520 Jarana Manotumruksa - Effective Neural Architectures for Context-Aware Venue Recommendation

1520 - 1540 coffee break

1540 - 1620 Shahad Ahmed/Flavia Veres - Recommendations at ThinkAnalytics

1620 - 1640 Amir Jadinedad - Unifying Explicit and Implicit Feedback for Rating Prediction and Ranking Recommendation Tasks [EPSRC Closed Loop Data Science programme]

1640 - 1700 Ziaqiao Meng - Variational Bayesian Context-aware Representation for Grocery Recommendation [H2020 BigDataStack project]

1700 - 1800 Drinks

FATA Coffee

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: All welcome
Date: 24 October, 2019
Time: 15:30 - 16:30
Location: Computing Science Common Room

GWiCS October meet up: A Convoluted Path to a Lectureship

Group: Glasgow Women in Computing Science (GWiCS)
Speaker: Lito Michala, Lecturer in Understandable Autonomous Systems, University of Glasgow
Date: 25 October, 2019
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Abstract: A talk about my career so far, the risks and choices, dos and don'ts.

A buffet lunch will be provided at 12:30pm with the talk beginning at 1pm.

The Glasgow Women in Computing Science group (GWiCS) is open to all University of Glasgow staff and students (female / non-binary / male) from Undergraduate level to Chancellor and everywhere in-between. However, our focus is on research level CS upwards.

We hold monthly meet ups, talks and information sessions as well as providing a supportive network for new PhD students and early career researchers. Please see our Facebook group for more information.
 

Upcoming Events

My MSc Project and Provisional 'Roadmap'

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Uma Zalakain, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow
Date: 22 October, 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Uma has recently joined FATA as a PhD student, supervised by Ornela Dardha.

In the short (approx. 15 min) talk she will cover her MSc project ('Type-checking session-typed π-calculus with Coq') and summarise her provisional plans and 'roadmap' for her PhD.

Please let me know (2093581m@student.gla.ac.uk) if you would like to present something after Uma (the room is booked for 1 hour).

Seeing into the past – emerging applications of computer vision and machine learning in archaeology

Group: Computer Vision for Autonomous Systems (CVAS)
Speaker: Dave Cowley and Rachel Opitz, School of Humanities
Date: 23 October, 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 203 Meeting Room

Title: Seeing into the past – emerging applications of computer vision and machine learning in archaeology


Abstract:
Awareness of the implications of computer vision, machine learning and AI is growing within the archaeological research community. This seminar looks at how the uptake of these methods is impacting several of our own archaeological research projects, centred around the key question: how do we recognize and classify archaeological features and objects? Within our current projects, a major focus of research is how to leverage these approaches to facilitate the analysis of large landscape datasets like Airborne Laser Scanning, while exploring the basis on which archaeological identifications and classification are made. The development of this application is raising questions, including the efficacy of working with derived visualisations rather than raw surface models or 3D shape data, the role of training sets when classes and categories are poorly defined, and how to integrate these approaches into archaeological workflows and research practice. Parallel questions arise in projects on perceptual saliency-based approaches to classification, and on the detection and classification of wear on objects. This seminar presents work in progress and aims to highlight the particular challenges of working with archaeological data and practices.

Bios:
Dave Cowley is an archaeologist at Historic Environment Scotland, where he manages a two-year research and development project scoping approaches to rapid large area archaeological mapping. He has developed an interest in computer vision and AI for archaeology, recognising it as a valuable mechanism to expedite archaeological object detection, especially with complex and extensive data, and to explore how we define archaeological sites and landscapes.

Rachel Opitz is a lecturer in Archaeology at Glasgow. Her research focuses on applications of remote sensing and digital 3D data in archaeology. She is particularly interested in visual perception of digital 3D objects and features, and in the impact of new technologies on archaeological practice. Current projects focus on working with archaeological landscape data in VR, detecting use-wear on digital 3D models of archaeological objects, and perceptual saliency based approaches to object classification. 

Systems Seminar: 21,117 Repos Later: Developing Tool Support for Courses using Git & GitHub/GitLab

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Ric Glassey, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Date: 23 October, 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

The use of version control systems within computing education is growing in popularity. However, this is challenging because such systems are not particularly well designed to support educational situations, nor are they easy to use with confidence in teaching, as specialist knowledge and experience is required. At KTH: Royal Institute of Technology, we have five years of experience of introducing first year computer science students to version control as a "day one" skill, and building upon this throughout the whole first year. This talk will provide some pearls (and perils) from our hard won experience, as well as introduce the open source tool (Repobee) we have developed based on this experience to help any teacher introduce version control as a course management technology.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 24 October, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Computing Science Common Room

This is a weekly coffee break for RAs in Computing to network, informally discuss issues, or simply enjoy some coffee and biscuits away from the screen.

Glasgow workshop on Contextual Recommendations

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Multiple speakers
Date: 24 October, 2019
Time: 13:00 - 18:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

This is a celebratory workshop, with a keynote talk from Prof Fabio Crestani, presentations of local work at the University of Glasgow, as well as from local company ThinkAnalytics. This workshop is co-located with the PhD defence of Jarana Manotumruksa. The talks will be preceded by lunch (pizzas) and followed by drinks.

Schedule:

1300 - 1400 Lunch

1400 - 1440 [keynote] Prof Fabio Crestani

1440 - 1520 Jarana Manotumruksa - Effective Neural Architectures for Context-Aware Venue Recommendation

1520 - 1540 coffee break

1540 - 1620 Shahad Ahmed/Flavia Veres - Recommendations at ThinkAnalytics

1620 - 1640 Amir Jadinedad - Unifying Explicit and Implicit Feedback for Rating Prediction and Ranking Recommendation Tasks [EPSRC Closed Loop Data Science programme]

1640 - 1700 Ziaqiao Meng - Variational Bayesian Context-aware Representation for Grocery Recommendation [H2020 BigDataStack project]

1700 - 1800 Drinks

FATA Coffee

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: All welcome
Date: 24 October, 2019
Time: 15:30 - 16:30
Location: Computing Science Common Room

GWiCS October meet up: A Convoluted Path to a Lectureship

Group: Glasgow Women in Computing Science (GWiCS)
Speaker: Lito Michala, Lecturer in Understandable Autonomous Systems, University of Glasgow
Date: 25 October, 2019
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Abstract: A talk about my career so far, the risks and choices, dos and don'ts.

A buffet lunch will be provided at 12:30pm with the talk beginning at 1pm.

The Glasgow Women in Computing Science group (GWiCS) is open to all University of Glasgow staff and students (female / non-binary / male) from Undergraduate level to Chancellor and everywhere in-between. However, our focus is on research level CS upwards.

We hold monthly meet ups, talks and information sessions as well as providing a supportive network for new PhD students and early career researchers. Please see our Facebook group for more information.
 

ORGCon Scotland North 2019

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 26 October, 2019
Time: 09:00 - 16:00
Location: The Informatics Forum, Crichton Road, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

SICSA Cyber Nexus is delighted to sponsor the forthcoming Open Rights Group Conference North (ORGCon North 2019), the UK's largest digital rights conference at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh on Saturday 26th October. Join us for a day of discussions, debates and action. Hear some of the world’s leading experts on data and democracy, free expression and digital privacy. ORGCon is hosted by Open Rights Group. We challenge the government’s mass surveillance programme, protect free expression online, and push for better digital privacy protections. In collaboration with SICSA Cyber Nexus (Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance) programme ORGCon Scotland will explore the social impact of technology looking at topics: - Digital privacy - Online Identity - Digital forensics - Data and Democracy - Internet of Things and ethics With a mixture of thought provoking panels and activity-based sessions you are guaranteed to come away with new skills and new perspectives. Check out this video from ORGCon held in London in July this year to get a flavour of what to expect. Attendance is free but you should register to ensure your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/orgcon-scotland-tickets-72209004075  

Scottish Programming Languages Seminar (SPLS) Series

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: Many from across the UK.
Date: 30 October, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 18:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422+423 Seminar Room

The Scottish Programming Languages Seminar (SPLS) is an open forum for researchers interested in programming languages. More information is available on the SPLS-Series website:

https://spls-series.github.io/meetings/2019/october/

We will publish more information about the event in due course. If you are interested in giving a talk please fill out the form:

http://bit.ly/spls-oct-2019-speaker

Like previous SPLS' before us we will prioritise talks about work-in-progress, and those from students and people new to the community.

Systems Seminar: Protecting the LHC from itself

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Robbie Simpson, CERN
Date: 30 October, 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

Creating particle collisions powerful enough to discover new physics requires vast amounts of energy.
How is this safely managed?
What happens if something goes wrong?
Can problems be detected in the microseconds before they become critical?
And if we can detect them, what can be done to limit the damage?

These are all challenges for the Machine Protection group at CERN.
In this this talk we'll discuss the interlock and protection systems that ensure
safe operation of the world's most powerful particle accelerator.
We'll take a special look at the engineering challenges of developing and
maintaining the software for accelerator control systems, and at some
of the unique factors of software in high-energy physics.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 31 October, 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Computing Science Common Room

This is a weekly coffee break for RAs in Computing to network, informally discuss issues, or simply enjoy some coffee and biscuits away from the screen.

SICSA DemoFest 2019: Bringing Research To Life

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 04 November, 2019
Time: 16:00 - 19:00
Location: Our Dynamic Earth, 112 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

4th November 2019, Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh Register now! DemoFest returns to Edinburgh on 4th November for an evening of research and technology demonstrations, keynote talks and networking. DemoFest provides a perfect opportunity for private and public sector organisations to experience the innovative Computing 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 cutting-edge technology working in real-time. The event also provides a space for you to discuss future collaborations and business opportunities with talented researchers. The 2019 event will feature: Keynote talk from Dr Zoë Webster, Director of AI and Data Economy at Innovate UK Research & Technology Showcase with over 40 research and technology demonstrations from 14 Scottish Universities Partner Exhibitions from across the Scottish digital eco-system DemoFest 2019 will focus on the following key areas: Artificial Intelligence Cyber Physical Systems Cyber Security Data Science Human-Computer Interaction Networking and Systems Theory, Modelling and Interaction Event Timetable 15:00 - 16:00 - Exhibitor Networking Session (open to exhibitors and partners only) 16:00 - 17:00 - Keynote Session 17:00 - 19:00 - Research Showcase and Refreshments 19:00 - Event Close DemoFest is organised by SICSA, in partnership with ScotlandIS Our Champion Sponsor this year is The Data Lab      

TBC

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Radu Mardare, Department of Computer & Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde
Date: 05 November, 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

TBC

SICSA Scottish Networking Event (SCONE)

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 06 November, 2019
Time: 00:00 - 17:30
Location: The University of St Andrews, Jack Cole Building, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

The next SICSA SCOttish Networking Event (SCONE) will take on 6th November at the University of St Andrews SCONE is the SCOttish Networking Event - an informal gathering of networking and systems researchers in and around Scotland. The goal of these meetings is to foster interaction between researchers from our various institutions. Each meeting will take place over the course of an afternoon, and feature: talks from PhD students talks from faculty, postdocs and industrial researchers discussions of possible funding opportunities food and drink More information on the schedule along with registration link will follow soon.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 07 November, 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Computing Science Common Room

This is a weekly coffee break for RAs in Computing to network, informally discuss issues, or simply enjoy some coffee and biscuits away from the screen.

External Systems Seminar

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Rik Sarkar, University of Edinburgh
Date: 13 November, 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

tbc

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 14 November, 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Computing Science Common Room

This is a weekly coffee break for RAs in Computing to network, informally discuss issues, or simply enjoy some coffee and biscuits away from the screen.

GWiCS November meet up: Open Science

Group: Glasgow Women in Computing Science (GWiCS)
Speaker: Rachael Ainsworth, Research Software Community Manager at the Software Sustainability Institute
Date: 15 November, 2019
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

 

Rachael is the new Research Software Community Manager at the Software Sustainability Institute. Rachael will talk about her career path from Physics student at the University of Tennessee to Open Science Advocate at the University of Manchester. She will discuss the different aspects of Open Science, the barriers we face to practicing openly, how to "open" up your research workflow using open and transparent data and software services in order to reap the benefits associated with open research practices, and highlight current open projects in STEM.

A buffet lunch will be provided at 12:30pm with the talk beginning at 1pm.

The Glasgow Women in Computing Science group (GWiCS) is open to all University of Glasgow staff and students (female / non-binary / male) from Undergraduate level to Chancellor and everywhere in-between. However, our focus is on research level CS upwards.

We hold monthly meet ups, talks and information sessions as well as providing a supportive network for new PhD students and early career researchers. Please see our Facebook group for more information.
 

External Systems Seminar

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Steven Clarke, Microsoft
Date: 20 November, 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

tbc

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 21 November, 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Computing Science Common Room

This is a weekly coffee break for RAs in Computing to network, informally discuss issues, or simply enjoy some coffee and biscuits away from the screen.

External Systems Seminar

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Nishanth Sastry, King's College London
Date: 27 November, 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

tbc

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 28 November, 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Computing Science Common Room

This is a weekly coffee break for RAs in Computing to network, informally discuss issues, or simply enjoy some coffee and biscuits away from the screen.

External Systems Seminar

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Natalia Chechina, Bournemouth University
Date: 04 December, 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

tbc

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 05 December, 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Computing Science Common Room

This is a weekly coffee break for RAs in Computing to network, informally discuss issues, or simply enjoy some coffee and biscuits away from the screen.

TBD

Group: Inference, Dynamics and Interaction (IDI)
Speaker: Alison O'Neil, Cannon Medical Research
Date: 05 December, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

External Systems Seminar

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Rosa Filgueira, EPCC, University of Edinburgh
Date: 11 December, 2019
Time: 13:30 - 14:30
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

tbc

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 12 December, 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Computing Science Common Room

This is a weekly coffee break for RAs in Computing to network, informally discuss issues, or simply enjoy some coffee and biscuits away from the screen.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 19 December, 2019
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Computing Science Common Room

This is a weekly coffee break for RAs in Computing to network, informally discuss issues, or simply enjoy some coffee and biscuits away from the screen.

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