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Effective Representation Learning for Legal Case Retrieval

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Yanran Tang, University of Queensland
Date: 17 June, 2024
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

Title
Effective Representation Learning for Legal Case Retrieval

Abstract
Legal case retrieval (LCR) is a specialised and indispensable retrieval task that focuses on retrieving relevant cases given a query case. For legal practitioners such as judges and lawyers, using retrieval tools is more efficient than manually finding relevant cases by looking into thousands of legal documents. The methods of LCR can be generally divided into two branches, statistical retrieval models that measure the term frequency similarity between cases and neural LCR models that encode the case into a representation to conduct nearest neighbour search. However, the legal domain-specific knowledge that can reveal the relevance among cases has not been well exploited in the existing LCR models. Thus, to further enhance the learning ability and retrieval accuracy of LCR models, three legal specific aspects are investigated and utilised to enhance the LCR accuracy: legal determining features, legal structural information, and legal connectivity relationships. This talk mainly includes four recent papers:

[2309.02962] Prompt-based Effective Input Reformulation for Legal Case Retrieval (ADC 2023)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2309.02962

[2312.11229] CaseGNN: Graph Neural Networks for Legal Case Retrieval with Text-Attributed Graphs (ECIR 2024)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2312.11229

[2405.11791] CaseGNN++: Graph Contrastive Learning for Legal Case Retrieval with Graph Augmentation (Under review at TOIS)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2405.11791

[2403.17780] CaseLink: Inductive Graph Learning for Legal Case Retrieval (SIGIR 2024)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2403.17780

Bio
Yanran Tang is currently a PhD student at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the University of Queensland. She holds an LL.B and an LL.M degrees. Her research interests include information retrieval and graph representation learning in legal domain.

 

Exploring Generative Care Futures with Older Adults

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Jacob Sheahan, University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Design Informatics and Advanced Care Research Centre
Date: 18 June, 2024
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: SAWB 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building

Abstract: The mainstream adoption of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools has brought many challenges, not least of which has been how we conceive of the future and later life. While efforts to envision and create health technologies with older adults have grown, the adoption of generative systems is now reinforcing many of the stigmas and biases we have long sought to reduce in technology studies. Framing the techno-determinist visions of generative AI as both a feature and tool for critique, I discuss two recent studies examining generative stories and futures of ageing and care with older adults. As we address the challenges of ageing populations and overburdened care systems, can technology designers realise the models of care that really support and enable older adults?

Bio: Jacob Sheahan is a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Design Informatics and Advanced Care Research Centre, where he is currently exploring how to enhance networks of care in later life. With a background in industrial design and a PhD in interaction design from RMIT University, Melbourne, Jacob’s research is interdisciplinary and collaborative, partnering with local communities and organisations to design technologies for socially complex contexts, from ageing to health to safety.

 

Zoom Meeting ID:      893 6748 4658 
Passcode:        520785 

The trials and tribulations of deploying a PQC solution in the OT Environment (Cyber-Security Theme Seminar)

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: Victor Lough, Schneider Electric
Date: 19 June, 2024
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Title: The trials and tribulations of deploying a PQC solution in the OT Environment

Abstract: It has been increasingly stated that if you are not already preparing for Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC), then you are probably going to be too late. How to deliver such a solution into the Operational Technology Environment requires careful consideration to ensure the continued operational availability of the protected Assets? This talk looks at how PQC has been used to protect assets within an OT environment, whilst identifying foundational requirement and findings from the project itself.

Speaker Bio : Victor has over 30 years of Industrial control and Asset management experience  and was in 2006 a foundational member of the Schneider-Electric Cyber Security business, where he has worked on a number of interesting projects. This includes the delivery of a PQC for OT security network architecture for a UK OES. Victor is an active NCSC ICS COI member, contributed to PETRAS and read Physics with Solid-State Electronics at Heriot-Watt University.

Upcoming events

Effective Representation Learning for Legal Case Retrieval

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Yanran Tang, University of Queensland
Date: 17 June, 2024
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

Title
Effective Representation Learning for Legal Case Retrieval

Abstract
Legal case retrieval (LCR) is a specialised and indispensable retrieval task that focuses on retrieving relevant cases given a query case. For legal practitioners such as judges and lawyers, using retrieval tools is more efficient than manually finding relevant cases by looking into thousands of legal documents. The methods of LCR can be generally divided into two branches, statistical retrieval models that measure the term frequency similarity between cases and neural LCR models that encode the case into a representation to conduct nearest neighbour search. However, the legal domain-specific knowledge that can reveal the relevance among cases has not been well exploited in the existing LCR models. Thus, to further enhance the learning ability and retrieval accuracy of LCR models, three legal specific aspects are investigated and utilised to enhance the LCR accuracy: legal determining features, legal structural information, and legal connectivity relationships. This talk mainly includes four recent papers:

[2309.02962] Prompt-based Effective Input Reformulation for Legal Case Retrieval (ADC 2023)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2309.02962

[2312.11229] CaseGNN: Graph Neural Networks for Legal Case Retrieval with Text-Attributed Graphs (ECIR 2024)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2312.11229

[2405.11791] CaseGNN++: Graph Contrastive Learning for Legal Case Retrieval with Graph Augmentation (Under review at TOIS)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2405.11791

[2403.17780] CaseLink: Inductive Graph Learning for Legal Case Retrieval (SIGIR 2024)
https://arxiv.org/abs/2403.17780

Bio
Yanran Tang is currently a PhD student at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, the University of Queensland. She holds an LL.B and an LL.M degrees. Her research interests include information retrieval and graph representation learning in legal domain.

 

Exploring Generative Care Futures with Older Adults

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Jacob Sheahan, University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Design Informatics and Advanced Care Research Centre
Date: 18 June, 2024
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: SAWB 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building

Abstract: The mainstream adoption of generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools has brought many challenges, not least of which has been how we conceive of the future and later life. While efforts to envision and create health technologies with older adults have grown, the adoption of generative systems is now reinforcing many of the stigmas and biases we have long sought to reduce in technology studies. Framing the techno-determinist visions of generative AI as both a feature and tool for critique, I discuss two recent studies examining generative stories and futures of ageing and care with older adults. As we address the challenges of ageing populations and overburdened care systems, can technology designers realise the models of care that really support and enable older adults?

Bio: Jacob Sheahan is a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Design Informatics and Advanced Care Research Centre, where he is currently exploring how to enhance networks of care in later life. With a background in industrial design and a PhD in interaction design from RMIT University, Melbourne, Jacob’s research is interdisciplinary and collaborative, partnering with local communities and organisations to design technologies for socially complex contexts, from ageing to health to safety.

 

Zoom Meeting ID:      893 6748 4658 
Passcode:        520785 

The trials and tribulations of deploying a PQC solution in the OT Environment (Cyber-Security Theme Seminar)

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: Victor Lough, Schneider Electric
Date: 19 June, 2024
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Title: The trials and tribulations of deploying a PQC solution in the OT Environment

Abstract: It has been increasingly stated that if you are not already preparing for Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC), then you are probably going to be too late. How to deliver such a solution into the Operational Technology Environment requires careful consideration to ensure the continued operational availability of the protected Assets? This talk looks at how PQC has been used to protect assets within an OT environment, whilst identifying foundational requirement and findings from the project itself.

Speaker Bio : Victor has over 30 years of Industrial control and Asset management experience  and was in 2006 a foundational member of the Schneider-Electric Cyber Security business, where he has worked on a number of interesting projects. This includes the delivery of a PQC for OT security network architecture for a UK OES. Victor is an active NCSC ICS COI member, contributed to PETRAS and read Physics with Solid-State Electronics at Heriot-Watt University.

Francesco Busolin IR Seminar

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Francesco Busolin, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia
Date: 24 June, 2024
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

TBC

Thumbs Up for Accessibility: Enhancing Non-Verbal Interaction in Technology-Mediated Communication

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Timothy Neate, Kings College London
Date: 25 June, 2024
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: SAWB 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building

Human communication is complex. We do so much more than speak, listen, read, and write. Verbal communication is often complemented by a nuanced range of non-verbal communication, such as body language, gestures, and myriad other means. These broader notions of expression are particularly important for people with communication impairments, as they allow an alternative or complementary means to engage. Despite its clear importance, non-verbal communication takes a minor role in technology-mediated communication. In this talk, I describe our ongoing work, which seeks to respond to this challenge. I detail our investigations into understanding the impact of videoconferencing on communication for people with language impairments and outline challenges and opportunities for supporting diverse communication styles in remote communication. Then, I discuss our ongoing work with discreet and wearable augmented communication devices—detailing how smartwatches, 'earables', smart badges, augmented reality, and other unconventional form-factor devices might support and augment accessible, embodied communication in real-world contexts. Finally, I turn to the future, discuss where I think assistive technologies should progress, and invite your contributions to communication technologies that enable a broader range of expression and inclusion.

Speaker Bio: Timothy Neate is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor in UK) at the Department of Informatics, King’s College London.  He is a human-computer interaction and accessibility researcher. His work considers the development of novel interaction techniques and design approaches to make the most of the full range of human capability. He has published work in these areas, mostly focusing on accessible digital content creation/consumption and accessible interaction techniques.

Zoom Meeting ID: 896 4765 1371
Passcode: 727303

Building and Sustaining a Successful Research Culture

Group: Glasgow Computing Science Innovation Lab
Speaker: TBC
Date: 25 June, 2024
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: SAWB 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building

At this GLACSIL event, we'll hear from industry and academic colleagues on the key components of a successful research culture. Speakers will present key organisational, policy, resource, training, support, publishing, IP management, and risk management aspects of the research culture in their organisations, with some time for debate and discussion.

This is a hybrid event.

Zoom link: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/84461275473?pwd=bnp2c0QzangwMUUySVE1aVFUVm1zUT09

SICSA Pre-EC Day

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 26 June, 2024
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: TBA

Get ready for a day full of fun and excitement before the European Championship at SICSA pre-EC day 2024! Join us to present your upcoming paper submitted or accepted to an evolutionary computation (EC) conference in 2024, or watch and learn from talks by other researchers in EC at universities across Scotland. You are also welcome to present a talk from a conference which has already happened this year. This in-person event will be held at Edinburgh Napier University Merchiston Campus. Get ready to engage with fellow researchers, share ideas, and learn from experts in the field. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge and connect with like-minded individuals. Mark your calendars and we'll see you there! Reserve your place or register to give a talk.  

Franco Maria Nardini IR Seminar

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Franco Maria Nardini , ISTI-CNR
Date: 01 July, 2024
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

TBC

SICSA Bootcamp on Cyber Security

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 08 July, 2024
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: University of Aberdeen, Kings College, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Join us for a fun, in-person workshop on Cyber Security at The University of Aberdeen. Book your place today!

SICSA 2024 Bootcamp and PhD Conference

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 08 July, 2024
Time: 10:00 - 15:00
Location: University of Aberdeen, ,

We are delighted to host our Bootcamp and PhD Conference at the University of Aberdeen this year. Our theme this year is Developing Adaptability and Resilience. We will have a packed schedule of inspiring key note speeches and practical workshops, insightful training and opportunities to meet and chat with your fellow PhD colleagues. Look out for more information on the registration links coming soon.

Clemencia Siro IR Seminar

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Clemencia Siro, University of Amsterdam
Date: 08 July, 2024
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

TBC

SICSA 2024 PhD Conference

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 09 July, 2024
Time: 09:30 - 14:30
Location: University of Aberdeen, ,

We are delighted to host our PhD Conference at the University of Aberdeen this year. Our theme this year is Developing Adaptability and Resilience. We will have a packed schedule of inspiring key note speeches and practical workshops, insightful training and opportunities to meet and chat with your fellow PhD colleagues. Register to save your place today!

Machine Learning in Science Conference

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 21 August, 2024
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: TBA

The Machine Learning in Science researcher community is happy to announce our Conference for the 21st and 22nd of August. We are a highly multi-disciplinary group focused on knowledge sharing regarding using machine learning and artificial intelligence in research. The themes we will discuss this year are machine learning in healthcare, machine learning in climate sustainability, artificial intelligence security, and artificial intelligence enhanced research. We encourage all researchers active in any of these areas to attend. Currently, we are looking for oral and poster presentations for which you can sign up using the following link: https://forms.office.com/e/bjAULZEqmw . Registration for general attendance will open soon and can be done through our website https://mlinscience.gitlab.io/

Research Skills for Innovation

Group: Glasgow Computing Science Innovation Lab
Speaker: TBC
Date: 17 September, 2024
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Location: Advanced Research Centre 237C

At this GLACSIL event, academic and industry speakers will discuss the research skills they see as essential to successful innovation: how they hire, support, train, and develop, and prioritise those skills in their organisations. 

 

This is a hybrid event.

Zoom link: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/87964952377?pwd=K0dWUGJVaXlROXczajNycldIa1hmUT09

GLACSIL - Topic TBC

Group: Glasgow Computing Science Innovation Lab
Speaker: TBC
Date: 29 October, 2024
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Location: Advanced Research Centre

TBC

 

Location - Advanced Research Centre, Suite 2

This is a hybrid event.  Zoom link: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/84750210682?pwd=a25kTTVPRldYeVdWVG9pU3lGc2dQZz09

ACI 2024 - The Eleventh International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 02 December, 2024
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: TBA

ACI is the leading International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction. It is a highly multidisciplinary event drawing researchers and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to share and discuss work and topics related to the research and design of computing-enabled and interactive technology for and with animals. We are keen to be as inclusive as possible. We wish to welcome a wide range of contributions and participants to the conference, promote a constructive dialogue around the animal-centred research and design of computing-enabled systems, and foster the development of ACI as a discipline. The conference is open to contributions from researchers and practitioners in a wide range of fields, including (but not limited to) ethics, behavior analysis, psychology, veterinary behavior, zoology, ethology, interaction design, computer science, and electrical engineering. Find out more about the conference and submission deadlines.

GLACSIL Industrial Studentship Showcase

Group: Glasgow Computing Science Innovation Lab
Speaker: TBC
Date: 03 December, 2024
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Advanced Research Centre 237C

At this event we'll celebrate the work and achievements of the industrial research students sponsored by GLACSIL partners via talks, technology demonstrations, plus festive drinks and nibbles. 

Further details will be added in due course. 

 

This is a hybrid event. Zoom link:  https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85920553642?pwd=endpSlhESjMxcFJmQUNPb3p0SENjZz09

GLACSIL Industrial Studentship Showcase

Group: Glasgow Computing Science Innovation Lab
Speaker: TBC
Date: 03 December, 2024
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Advanced Research Centre 237C

We'll celebrate the work and achievements of the research students sponsored by GLACSIL members via a series of talks and technology demonstrations.

Further details to follow.

This is a hybrid event.  Zoom link: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85920553642?pwd=endpSlhESjMxcFJmQUNPb3p0SENjZz09

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