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Cyber Nexus: International Perspectives on Cybercrime

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 20 August, 2018
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, G1 1XH, Scotland, United Kingdom

A one day symposium for researchers, law enforcement and practitioners Register: https://personal.cis.strath.ac.uk/george.weir/cyber2018/symposium.html Programme: 8.30 am Registration and Coffee 9.00 Welcome and Introduction 9.15 – 10.45 Session 1 Barry Cartwright, International Cybercrime Research Centre, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada: "Fake News and Information Warfare" Stephen Brown, Trading Standards, UK: "Cybercrime - a Trading Standards perspective” Robert Duncan, Business School, University of Aberdeen, UK: "Are we Aiding Cybercrime by Using Cloud?" 10.45 – 11.15 Coffee 11.15 – 12.45 Session 2 Manmeet Mahinderjit Singh, Universiti Sains Malaysia: "Smartphone-based Access Control Model in Tackling Advanced Persistent Threat" Tobias Nickl and Andreas Aßmuth, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Media and Computer Science, OTH Amberg-Weiden, Germany: "Scheduling-based Attacks on Cars" Nicholas Jäger and Andreas Aßmuth, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Media and Computer Science, OTH Amberg-Weiden, Germany: Security Aspects in Autonomous Driving Scenarios“Cybercrime and Big Data Forensics” 12.45 – 14.15 Lunch 14.15 – 15.45 Session 3 Aminata Taal, Stratagem Tech Solutions: “Security and Privacy Implications of Smart Cities and the Autonomous Vehicle” George Weir, Department of Computer & Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, UK: "Can Readability Metrics Help to Improve Security Policies?" Richard Frank, International Cybercrime Research Centre, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada: "Hackers Hedging Bets: A Cross-Community Analysis of Three Online Hacking Forums" 15.45 – 16.00 Tea 16.00 – 16.30 Panel Session

Scottish Digital Health & Urban Informatics 2018

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 20 August, 2018
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: The University of Strathclyde, 22 Richmond Street, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

Data Science Research Theme is pleased to be sponsoring the Scottish Digital Health and Urban Informatics (SDHUI)-- Data Challenge & Workshop which takes place on Monday 20th August 2018 the University of Strathclyde Public health organisations (such as the NHS), (national and local) governments, as well as local city councils, are all gathering huge amounts of such data, a considerable subset of which is available for open access. Furthermore, urban informatics aims to exploit the huge volume of information produced by modern cities in order to gain insights into how these cities function. The goal of the inaugural Scottish Digital Health & Urban Informatics event is to provide a multidisciplinary forum, bringing together researchers from across SICSA institutions and beyond, working in the fields of data science, digital health, smart cities, urban studies and other related disciplines, under the auspices of a SICSA-organised data challenge. As part of this challenge, a specially curated set of large heterogeneous open access datasets will be provided, from which contestants will draw insights and submit a report with their findings. The organisers will then carefully select the most insightful among these submissions to be presented at the workshop. The workshop provides enormous opportunities for data scientists who wish to understand the complexities of working with city data, conduct innovative research within urban informatics, and build a long-term community in this emerging research area. The organisers of this Workshop are Yashar Moshreghi, University of Strathclyde and Nikos Ntarmos, University of Glasgow To register for this event please visit the Eventbrite Page  

TBC

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: TBC
Date: 28 August, 2018
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 203 Meeting Room

SICSA DVF Ron Garcia "Gradual Enforcement of Program Invariants"

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 31 August, 2018
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Location: University of Edinburgh, Informatics Forum, 4.31/4.33, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Associate Professor Ron Garcia from the University of British Columbia is visiting the University of Edinburgh on Tuesday 31 July 2018. Abstract Static and dynamic techniques have long been used to check and enforce properties of program executions. They are often seen as diametrically opposed, as exemplified by the long-running kerfuffle over the merits and deficits of static versus dynamic type checking. Recently, PL researchers and designers have sought to bridge the divide between these approaches to program checking and analysis. In particular, Gradual Typing sets out to seamlessly combine static and dynamic checking of how closely programs adhere to standard typing disciplines from the literature. In this context, static and dynamic checking and enforcement are treated as complementary rather than conflicting. In this talk I will discuss the theory and practice of gradual typing. Both have undergone significant development in the last few years. These advances in language design change not only how dynamic and static checking can work together, but also change how we think about each individually. Bio Ronald Garcia is an associate professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. His research investigates how fundamental concepts in the theory, implementation, and practice of programming languages can improve the software development process. His research has focused on static and dynamic type-based reasoning, metaprogramming, and generic programming.

SICSA Networking & Systems: SCONE Meeting

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 03 September, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 17:00
Location: School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB, United Kingdom

The 20th SCONE meeting will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh on the 3rd of September 2018. We will start with a light lunch at 12:00 followed by technical talks/discussions at 13:00. PhD students and postdocs are particularly encouraged to give short presentations of their work. As always, there will be opportunities to discuss fresh ideas, get friendly feedback, and meet and chat with others working on similar topics. To see more information on this meeting please visit the SCONE webpage There is no attendance fee, but registration is required, so that we can provide lunch and coffee to all participants. Please register via Eventbrite and make sure to indicate if you wish to give a 20min talk.  

TBC

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: TBC
Date: 11 September, 2018
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 203 Meeting Room

FATA Intro 1: Programming Languages & Algorithms

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Kitty Meeks & Ornela Dardha
Date: 02 October, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Kitty and Ornela will give us short introductions on two core research topics of the FATA Research Section: Algorithms and Programming Languages.

FATA Intro 2: Constraint Programming and Model Checking

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Ciaran McCreesh & Gethin Norman
Date: 09 October, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Ciaran and Gethin will give us short introductions on two core research topics of the FATA Research Section: Constraint Programming and Model Checking.

TBA

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: John Lapinskas, University of Oxford
Date: 23 October, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

DemoFest: Bringing Research to Life

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 06 November, 2018
Time: 16:00 - 19:00
Location: Our Dynamic Earth, 112-116 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 8AS, United Kingdom

DemoFest 2018 will take place on 6th November (4-7pm) at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. 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. The 2018 event will feature: Keynote talk from Ali Shah, Head of Emerging Technology & Strategic Direction at the BBC Keynote talk from Jamie Graves, CEO ZoneFox Exhibition hall with 50 technology demonstrations from 14 Scottish Universities Event Partner Exhibitions DemoFest 2018 will focus on the following key areas: Artificial Intelligence Big Data Cyber-Security Networking & The Cloud Robotics and Autonomous Systems Understanding Complex Systems User-Experience DemoFest is organised by SICSA in partnership with ScotlandIS. Opportunities for Sponsors

TGIF Talk

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze, UCL
Date: 09 November, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

AI Research Theme Sponsored Event; Rethinking, Reworking and Revolutionising the Turing Test

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 15 November, 2018
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: The Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, G.07, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

The SICSA Artificial Intelligence Research Theme is pleased to be sponsoring the Rethinking, Rewording and Revolutionising The Turing Test event which take place on 15 & 16 November at the Informatics Forum, Edinburgh The aim of the conference is to facilitate dialogue between researchers in philosophy of mind, cognitive science and informatics by providing a venue to present their research on an area of common interest. Members of under-represented groups are particularly encouraged to participate. The conference focuses on the role that the Turing Test has played, and above all can still play, in artificial intelligence research. Ever since it was proposed in 1950, the Turing Test has been a major focus of philosophers and computer scientists alike. Focus on creating AI that can pass the Turing Test has been matched by debate about the adequacy of the Turing Test as a useful measure. Today, the Turing Test is more relevant than ever, as big data and machine learning approaches have made natural-language processing AIs both much more sophisticated and much more prevalent in everyday experience than ever. The conference will address questions such as what modern technological advances can tell us about the Turing Test, what the test can actually measure, and which properties and abilities could be identified with well-designed variations of the Turing Test. Example topics include, but are not limited to: Objections to the Turing Test; How difficult is the Turing Test?; Variations of the Turing Test; The Turing Test and consciopusness The future of the Turing Test Invited Keynotes: Diane Proudfoot, University of Canterbury Paul Schweizer, University of Edinburgh Huma Shah, Coventry University Susan Sterrett, Wichita State University More information on the event can be found on the TuringTest2018 Web-page: https://turingtest2018.wordpress.com/ The organisers of this event are Nick Novelli and Nicola Damassino

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