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Cost Modeling for Technology-assisted review

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Eugene Yang, Johns Hopkins University
Date: 27 September, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Zoom link will be provided after registration

Abstract

Technology-assisted review (TAR) is the most widely-used framework for high recall retrieval problems, such as electronic discovery for legal cases, systematic review for precision medicine, sunshine law requests, etc. It leverages a supervised learning model to iteratively prioritize documents for human experts to review for reducing the reviewing cost by minimizing the amount of non-relevant documents presented to the expert. However, evaluation in the past focused on the effectiveness of the underlying model instead of the overall cost. This talk will discuss a novel cost modeling framework for TAR that provides more insights into TAR operational decisions and creates opportunities for future deployment.

Bio

Eugene Yang is currently a research associate at the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins University. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University under the advice of Ophir Frieder and David D. Lewis. His dissertation focuses on advancing the state-of-the-art technology-assisted review from multiple aspects, including cost modeling and stopping rule. Before joining Georgetown, he studied quantitative finance and was a front-end engineering in Taiwan.

FATA Seminar : The Expander Hierarchy and its Applications to Dynamic Graph Algorithms

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Dr Gramoz Goranci
Date: 28 September, 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Contact organizers for Zoom coordinates

We introduce a notion for hierarchical graph clustering, which we call the expander hierarchy, and show a fully dynamic algorithm for maintaining such a hierarchy with sub-polynomial update time. This hierarchy is a tree representation of graphs that faithfully captures their cut and flow structure. As a result, our dynamic algorithm almost immediately implies several results including (i) the first fully dynamic algorithms for maintaining maximum flows, (ii) a simplified deterministic algorithm for dynamic connectivity with worst-case update times, and (iii) the first fully dynamic tree-width decomposition on constant-degree graphs.

Key to our techniques is a new, stronger notion of expander decompositions, called the boundary-linked expander decomposition. This decomposition is more robust against updates and better captures the clustering structure of graphs. Given that the expander decomposition has proved extremely useful in many fields, we expect that our new notion will find future applications.

Joint work with Harald Räcke, Thatchaphol Saranurak and Zihan Tan

Haku: a toy function language based on literary Japanese

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: Wim Vanderbauwhede, University of Glasgow
Date: 28 September, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Online

Welcome back to PLUG! We will kick off this semester's programme with a talk from Wim Vanderbauwhede on a progamming language based on literary Japanese(!).

Abstract

Haku is a simple functional natural language programming language based on Japanese. I made it as a way to explore questions about the role and importance of syntax, grammar and semantics in a programming language (but really because it is fun). 
In this talk I will discuss the motivation behind Haku and the approach to parsing and tokenisation without whitespace, and explain Haku by example. Knowledge of Japanese is not required.

Location

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, PLUG talks will take place online via Zoom. The details will be sent via the PLUG mailing list and the SPLS Zulip instance nearer the time.

We plan to have some support for hybrid meetings. Details will follow.

More information about PLUGs mailing list can be found here:http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/plug/

As with previous Wireless PLUGs, please:

  1. join promptly at the advertised start of the session, and we will begin on the academic hour;
  2. start with your cameras turned off and microphones muted; and
  3. ensure you can be identified by your username.

Questions

If the speaker is happy with questions during the talk, please use the chat or 'raise hand' feature. Should the speaker not see these interrupts, the chair will actively interrupt.

GWiCS September: Burnout During the Pandemic

Group: Glasgow Women in Computing Science (GWiCS)
Speaker: Dr Maryam Aldossari and Dr Sara Chaudhry, University of Edinburgh and University of London
Date: 30 September, 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/98630491232?pwd=cW5YbzBjNUNDbm13YU1MdTdNSFRUZz09

  • Dr Maryam Aldossari is a Lecturer in International Human Resource Management at University of Edinburgh and will join Aston Business School in October as Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management. Her research interests cover amongst other topics, equality and workforce diversity, women’s employment, international assignment management, and psychological contract. She has published in a wide range of outlets, including international journals (such as Work, Employment and Society, International Journal of Human Resource Management), special issues and edited books.
  • Dr Sara Chaudhry is a Senior Lecturer in International Business & Human Resource Management at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses on two key themes: i) international human resource management, specifically work on HRM in the global south, the cross-border transfer of HRM policies and practices in multinational enterprises and global talent management and ii) diversity (across contexts and across different employee groups such as women, older workers, the disabled etc.).

Upcoming events

Cost Modeling for Technology-assisted review

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Eugene Yang, Johns Hopkins University
Date: 27 September, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Zoom link will be provided after registration

Abstract

Technology-assisted review (TAR) is the most widely-used framework for high recall retrieval problems, such as electronic discovery for legal cases, systematic review for precision medicine, sunshine law requests, etc. It leverages a supervised learning model to iteratively prioritize documents for human experts to review for reducing the reviewing cost by minimizing the amount of non-relevant documents presented to the expert. However, evaluation in the past focused on the effectiveness of the underlying model instead of the overall cost. This talk will discuss a novel cost modeling framework for TAR that provides more insights into TAR operational decisions and creates opportunities for future deployment.

Bio

Eugene Yang is currently a research associate at the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins University. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University under the advice of Ophir Frieder and David D. Lewis. His dissertation focuses on advancing the state-of-the-art technology-assisted review from multiple aspects, including cost modeling and stopping rule. Before joining Georgetown, he studied quantitative finance and was a front-end engineering in Taiwan.

FATA Seminar : The Expander Hierarchy and its Applications to Dynamic Graph Algorithms

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Dr Gramoz Goranci
Date: 28 September, 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Contact organizers for Zoom coordinates

We introduce a notion for hierarchical graph clustering, which we call the expander hierarchy, and show a fully dynamic algorithm for maintaining such a hierarchy with sub-polynomial update time. This hierarchy is a tree representation of graphs that faithfully captures their cut and flow structure. As a result, our dynamic algorithm almost immediately implies several results including (i) the first fully dynamic algorithms for maintaining maximum flows, (ii) a simplified deterministic algorithm for dynamic connectivity with worst-case update times, and (iii) the first fully dynamic tree-width decomposition on constant-degree graphs.

Key to our techniques is a new, stronger notion of expander decompositions, called the boundary-linked expander decomposition. This decomposition is more robust against updates and better captures the clustering structure of graphs. Given that the expander decomposition has proved extremely useful in many fields, we expect that our new notion will find future applications.

Joint work with Harald Räcke, Thatchaphol Saranurak and Zihan Tan

Haku: a toy function language based on literary Japanese

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: Wim Vanderbauwhede, University of Glasgow
Date: 28 September, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Online

Welcome back to PLUG! We will kick off this semester's programme with a talk from Wim Vanderbauwhede on a progamming language based on literary Japanese(!).

Abstract

Haku is a simple functional natural language programming language based on Japanese. I made it as a way to explore questions about the role and importance of syntax, grammar and semantics in a programming language (but really because it is fun). 
In this talk I will discuss the motivation behind Haku and the approach to parsing and tokenisation without whitespace, and explain Haku by example. Knowledge of Japanese is not required.

Location

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, PLUG talks will take place online via Zoom. The details will be sent via the PLUG mailing list and the SPLS Zulip instance nearer the time.

We plan to have some support for hybrid meetings. Details will follow.

More information about PLUGs mailing list can be found here:http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/plug/

As with previous Wireless PLUGs, please:

  1. join promptly at the advertised start of the session, and we will begin on the academic hour;
  2. start with your cameras turned off and microphones muted; and
  3. ensure you can be identified by your username.

Questions

If the speaker is happy with questions during the talk, please use the chat or 'raise hand' feature. Should the speaker not see these interrupts, the chair will actively interrupt.

GWiCS September: Burnout During the Pandemic

Group: Glasgow Women in Computing Science (GWiCS)
Speaker: Dr Maryam Aldossari and Dr Sara Chaudhry, University of Edinburgh and University of London
Date: 30 September, 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/98630491232?pwd=cW5YbzBjNUNDbm13YU1MdTdNSFRUZz09

  • Dr Maryam Aldossari is a Lecturer in International Human Resource Management at University of Edinburgh and will join Aston Business School in October as Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management. Her research interests cover amongst other topics, equality and workforce diversity, women’s employment, international assignment management, and psychological contract. She has published in a wide range of outlets, including international journals (such as Work, Employment and Society, International Journal of Human Resource Management), special issues and edited books.
  • Dr Sara Chaudhry is a Senior Lecturer in International Business & Human Resource Management at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses on two key themes: i) international human resource management, specifically work on HRM in the global south, the cross-border transfer of HRM policies and practices in multinational enterprises and global talent management and ii) diversity (across contexts and across different employee groups such as women, older workers, the disabled etc.).

Engaging youth with painful conditions in virtual care: Self-management innovations during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Stinson, University of Toronto
Date: 05 October, 2021
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/93162574313?pwd=UlNWSC9hV21PdjdCYTBoSjgxY2huQT09

 Dr. Stinson leads the iOUCH lab (improving outcomes in child health using digital health technologies) in The Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  Her program of research is focused on improving the way healthcare is delivered to children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses and their families in Canada using the latest in information and communications technologies (ICTs). More specifically, her research focuses on the use of ICTs to (a) assess and manage disease-related pain and other symptoms and (b) deliver innovative disease self-management and transitional care programs to these at-risk populations. During this talk she will describe the user-centred design approach she employs to build virtual care self-management pain solutions, discuss research on the impact of CAVID-19 pandemic on youth with chronic pain in Canada and the development of the Power Over Pain Portal to improve equity and access to pain care in Canada. Finally, she will discuss key lessons learned regarding virtual care for clinical and research.

Lab website - https://lab.research.sickkids.ca/iouch/

Biography:

Dr. Jennifer Stinson is the inaugural Mary Jo Haddad Nursing Chair in Child Health and a Senior Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences (CHES) research program in the Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. She is also an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Chronic Pain Program in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at SickKids and a Professor in the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto.

Registration is required: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/93162574313?pwd=UlNWSC9hV21PdjdCYTBoSjgxY2huQT09 

An Introduction to the Yoneda Lemma

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: Roly Perera, Alan Turing Institute
Date: 12 October, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Online

Roly Perera from the Alan Turing Institute will be giving a tutorial introduction to the Yoneda Lemma. Full details will be available nearer the time.

Location

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, PLUG talks will take place online via Zoom. The details will be sent via the PLUG mailing list and the SPLS Zulip instance nearer the time.

More information about PLUGs mailing list can be found here:http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/plug/

As with previous Wireless PLUGs, please:

  1. join promptly at the advertised start of the session, and we will begin on the academic hour;
  2. start with your cameras turned off and microphones muted; and
  3. ensure you can be identified by your username.

Questions

If the speaker is happy with questions during the talk, please use the chat or 'raise hand' feature. Should the speaker not see these interrupts, the chair will actively interrupt.

HealthCare Seminar: TBC

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Dr. Alison ONeil, Canon Medical Research Europe Ltd.
Date: 02 November, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuf-2prD0sG91BDJPMlW9HKqBz6itv8CgP

Biography:

Dr Alison Q O’Neil is a Principal Scientist in the AI Research Team at Canon Medical Research Europe and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She leads an AI Research team at Canon who focus on imaging and natural language processing for healthcare problems. Her research interests span techniques for learning with less, multimodal learning, knowledge informed machine learning, and causality.

 

 

Title TBA

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: Ethel Tshukudu, University of Glasgow
Date: 09 November, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Online

Ethel Tshukudu from the the Centre for Computing Science Education at UoG will be giving a talk. Full details will be available nearer the time.

Location

Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, PLUG talks will take place online via Zoom. The details will be sent via the PLUG mailing list and the SPLS Zulip instance nearer the time.

More information about PLUGs mailing list can be found here:http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/plug/

As with previous Wireless PLUGs, please:

  1. join promptly at the advertised start of the session, and we will begin on the academic hour;
  2. start with your cameras turned off and microphones muted; and
  3. ensure you can be identified by your username.

Questions

If the speaker is happy with questions during the talk, please use the chat or 'raise hand' feature. Should the speaker not see these interrupts, the chair will actively interrupt.

HealthCare Seminar: TBC

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Prof. Nazli Goharian, Georgetown University
Date: 01 December, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtdOGtrT4iE9aX2cDxzQ6TbisiGWEn7Y-M

 

Biography

Nazli Goharian is Clinical Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and Associate Director of the Information Retrieval Lab . Prior to joining Georgetown, she was Clinical Associate Professor of Computer Science and a member of the Information Retrieval Laboratory at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). She joined academia from industry, where she was the Project Manager for Data Warehouse Conferencing at MCI Worldcom.

Her research, publications, and doctoral student mentorship span the domains of information retrieval, text mining, and natural language processing. Specifically, her interest lies on humane-computing applications; as such, she has been focusing on text processing in medical/health domain. She has graduated four doctoral students with strong publication records and placement in the workplace (i.e., Senior Scientist at Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Research Scientist at the Allan Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Applied Scientist at Amazon Alexa Search, and Director of Data Science at DataXu). Her doctoral student's dissertation was selected for the 2019 Glassman Distingushed Dissertation Award in Sciences at Georgetown University. She in collaboration with her doctoral students has a Best Long Paper Award at EMNLP 2017; and an Area Chair Favorite in COLING 2018.

Registration is required to attend:  https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtdOGtrT4iE9aX2cDxzQ6TbisiGWEn7Y-M

Cyber Physical Systems & Cyber Security Research Themes: SICSA Event at IEEE DSC 2022

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 22 June, 2022
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, 219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh , EH14 1DJ, United Kingdom

In parallel with IEEE DSC 2022, we are running an event organised by Dr Naghmeh Moradpoor and sponsored by SICSA to support women in cyber given that the lack of women in cybersecurity is something that the UK government, the industry and university are keen to address. Therefore, it aims to inspire women into cybersecurity roles by bringing together the cyber women from across the UK in the form of a poster and a paper competition. Having the best paper and best poster competition held in parallel with the above conference, will assist women in cybersecurity to understand the demands for cybersecurity/digital forensics in different organisations. This event not only connects women in cybersecurity to leading industrial experts but also provides for greater collaboration amongst Scottish universities and leading industries. We hope that the delegates will engage with industrial contacts for future partnerships and research-based industrial collaborations. Prizes The event will select total of x8 winners (x4 winners for the best papers and x4 winners for the best posters) as follows: Prizes for x4 winners (total: £230), best posters: First place: X1 £100 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Second place: X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Third place: X1 £30 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Outstanding woman in cyber (poster category): X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Prizes for x4 winners (total: £230), best papers: First place: X1 £100 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Second place: X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Third place: X1 £30 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Outstanding woman in cyber (paper category): X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Please note that both males and females can enter the above competitions for best papers and best posters, competing for first place, second place, and third place. Only females are allowed in the Outstanding Woman in Cyber (paper & poster) categories. Contact Dr Naghmeh Moradpoor, Edinburgh Napier University  

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