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SICSA Research Theme Event: QuHackEd

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 22 July, 2019
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, School of Informatics, University of Edinbugh, United Kingdom

The SICSA Research Theme Theory, Modelling and Computation is sponsoring QuHAckEd! This event is taking place in The University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics, QuHackEd is an exciting opportunity to learn more about recent developments in quantum computing. Attendees of all levels of experience will learn about the intriguing world of quantum computation from expert talks and by writing programs for real quantum computers. The event will be split into two tracks so that it caters for a range of experience: Beginner Track: No knowledge of Quantum Computing is required to participate in this track and all participants will be brought up to speed on the basics of quantum computing. Several mentors and experts in the field will be on hand to answer any questions. Some experience with Python would be useful. Advanced Track: For those working in the field of Quantum Information, this track aims to tackle some interesting problems at the cutting edge of research. While no knowledge of programming quantum computers is required, familiarity with Python would be useful. Intermingling and collaboration between the two groups is welcomed and will be encouraged! Both tracks will have their own dedicated sets of lectures, with intermediate lectures, which would benefit both groups, also taking place. More details of this event, including Attendance Details and a full list of Speakers can be found on the web-site: https://www.quhacked.com/ Registration is open but places are limited to please register now to avoid disappointment:https://www.quhacked.com/events/quhacked This event is organised by the Quantum Informatics research group in the University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics. The local organisers are Brian Coyle, Elham Kashefi, and Daniel Mills.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 25 July, 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.

A Blank Slate: Building a University from Scratch

Group: Centre for Computing Science Education (CCSE)
Speaker: Sebastian Dziallas, Fulbright University
Date: 29 July, 2019
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Fulbright University Vietnam is a new private, not-for-profit institution of higher education in Vietnam. As a new university, this project provides the unique opportunity of building a university from a blank slate. Fulbright is committed to developing an innovative academic program, with no departments, and embraces principles of active learning, student empowerment, and transdisciplinarity. Over the past year, faculty from different disciplines have worked together with a group of 54 students (co-designers) to develop both culture and curriculum of the institution ahead of the launch of the undergraduate program in the fall of 2019. This talk will describe the student-centered curriculum design process we engaged in and share stories about the initial course experiences we designed. It will also cover my own journey, from computing education research to working at the university.

Sebastian Dziallas is a Founding Faculty Member at Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City. He completed his PhD work in the Computing Education Research Group at the University of Kent. His research examines characteristics of computer science graduates and uses a highly qualitative, narrative methodology to explore the sense graduates make of their own educational experiences within their wider learning trajectories. Before joining the University of Kent, he graduated from Olin College of Engineering in the United States.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 01 August, 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.

Scottish Programming Languages and Verification Summer School

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 05 August, 2019
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: University of Strathclyde, Main Campus, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

SICSA is delighted to be sponsoring the Scottish Programming Languages and Verification Summer School which will take place from 5 - 9 August 2019. The Scottish Programming Languages and Verification Summer School is a collaborative effort between the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Strathclyde and St Andrews. This summer school provides core and advanced classes that cover foundational as well as state of the art knowledge on the underlying principles needed to use or design new languages and verifying program correctness. The School aims to: Facilitate rapid knowledge exchange in addition to proving essential research training and networking for postgraduate students; Give postgraduate students the opportunity to network with fellow students in the field as well as many established researchers This Summer School will feature an invited course, two core courses taken by all participants as well as four specialised courses from which participants choose according to their interests. The school is aimed at PhD students in programming languages, verification and related areas. Also researchers and practitioners will be very welcome, as will strong master’s students with the support of a supervisor. Participants will need to have a background in computer science, mathematics or a related discipline, and have basic familiarity with (functional) programming and logic. Registration is now open and attendance will be free for PhD students affiliated with SICSA institutions. Please follow the link Full details of the Summer School can be found on the SPLV web-page

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 08 August, 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.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 15 August, 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.

SICSA Cyber Nexus: International Perspectives on Cybercrime

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 19 August, 2019
Time: 08:30 - 16:30
Location: University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde Business School, Strathclyde, United Kingdom

SICSA Cyber Nexus is pleased to be sponsoring the International Perspectives on Cybercrime, a one day symposium for researchers, law enforcement and practitioners which is taking place on Monday 19th August 2019 at the University of Strathclyde. SICSA Nexus is funding 20 tickets for the event. If you wish to apply for a SICSA funded place please email George Weir, University of Strathclyde The preliminary programme is: 8.30 am Registration 9.00 Welcome and Introduction 9.15 – 10.45 Session 1 - Barry Cartwright, International Cybercrime Research Centre, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada: "Disinformation Warfare: The Weaponization of Social Media" - Magnus Westerlund, Arcadia University of Applied Sciences, Finland: "The enigma of decentralized technology: Blockchain promises and threats for society” - Amie Taal, Stratagem Tech Solutions Ltd., UK: "Inside the mind of a Hacker: A Modern Day View of Behaviour Analysis" 10.45 – 11.15 Coffee 11.15 – 12.45 Session 2 - Manmeet Mahinderjit Singh, Universiti Sains Malaysia: "An Integrated Security and Privacy Preservation Framework for Mobile Crowd Sensing in Smart Cities" - Leah Lathrop, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Media and Computer Science, OTH Amberg-Weiden, Germany: "Physical Uncloneable Functions – Hardware-Intrinsic Security for Devices and Applications" - Bob Duncan, Business School, University of Aberdeen, UK: "Security and Privacy Compliance: Are Large Corporates Aiding Criminals While Shooting Themselves in the Foot?" 12.45 – 14.15 Lunch 14.15 – 15.45 Session 3 - Tom Scotto, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde, UK: "Cyberwarfare: What do State Actors Want and How Might the Public Be Affected-An International Relations Perspective" - Richard Frank, International Cybercrime Research Centre, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada: "Tracing Illicit Bitcoin Transactions" - Fabian Süß, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Media and Computer Science, OTH Amberg-Weiden, Germany: "Identity Management and Public Cloud Services – An Alternative Approach to Current Single Sign-on Services" 15.45 – 16.00 Tea 16.00 – 16.30 Panel Session 16.30 Close  

Stirling Computational Math Day

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 21 August, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: The University of Stirling, 2B84/2B85, Cottrell Buiulding, University of Stirling, United Kingdom

SICSA is supporting the Stirling Computational Math Day, taking place on 21 August 2019 at the University of Stirling The meeting brings together mathematicians and computer scientists, mainly from Scotland, to discuss recent developments in computational mathematics and spark new collaborations. We are specifically aiming at researchers in computer algebra and computational mathematics, as well as scientists from other relevant areas and application domains. In computational mathematics, computer algebra has become a lively independent discipline and significantly influenced the research in many scientific fields. As computer algebra systems are playing greater roles in more and more application domains, the landscape and sphere of computer algebra is also evolving. For example, by combining techniques from computer algebra with tools from numerical computation, symbolic-numeric algorithms have been developed for problems until recently were yet solvable by either numerical or symbolic methods alone. Such developments have connected computer algebra researchers to other research communities and led to many interesting applications in science and engineering. This workshop aim to present some of the latest developments in computer algebra, computational mathematics and optimisation. We focus on the connections between these subjects and their impacts on other domains, in the hope of identifying promising future research directions. Speakers are: Des Higham (University of Edinburgh); Title (tentative): "Numerical Precision in Deep Learning" Colva M. Roney-Dougal (University of St. Andrews); Title (tentative): “An introduction to computational group theory” Keshav Dahal (University of the West of Scotland); Title: "Diversifying Multi-objective search with evolving fitness functions for solving scheduling problems" Wen-shin Lee (University of Stirling): Title: "From computer algebra to signal processing: sparse interpolation, rational approximation, tensor decomposition and exponential analysis" Patrick Maier (University of Stirling/Sheffield Hallam University) John McCall (Robert Gordon University) Registration: Attendance is free but please register here More information on the Stirling Computational Math Day can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/stirling-compmathday2019/home

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 22 August, 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.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 29 August, 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.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 05 September, 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.

First Scottish Seminar on Formal Modelling, Verification and Synthesis

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 09 September, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, Room 423, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

SFMoVeS: Scottish Seminar on Formal Modelling, Verification, and Synthesis - a SICSA funded Workshop co-located with QEST 2019 About SFMoVeS The International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of Systems (QEST) is the leading forum on quantitative evaluation and verification of computer systems and networks, through stochastic models and measurements. In 2019 QEST takes place in Glasgow! This is a great opportunity to bring together researchers from all SICSA institutions for a one-day pre-conference workshop to address current challenges and relevant questions, to communicate and share their experiences on formal approaches to quantitative evaluation of systems. Our aim is to foster a tighter community of researchers from SICSA institutions interested in the formal modelling, verification and synthesis applied to computer systems and networks. Invited Speakers include: Professor Simon Dobson, School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews Dr Alice Miller, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow Call for Presentations We invite contributions on formal methods applied to modelling, verification and synthesis of complex software systems. 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. We are planning this event as a friendly venue for PhD students and RAs to discuss their work in progress and get feedback. If you would like to give a talk, please send your proposed title and abstract (up to 500 words) by email to Oana Andrei via email oana.andrei@glasgow.ac.uk by 16 August 2019. Peer reviewing will be light & quick and will be primarily based on relevance. For additional information please contact Oana Andrei. Registration: The lunch and the coffee breaks are free for registered participants, thanks to our sponsor SICSA. In order to help with catering arrangements, we would ask that you register on this Eventbrite page The organisers of this workshop are Oana Andrei and Michele Sevegnani, University of Glasgow

The 16th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems (QEST 2019)

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 10 September, 2019
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: The University of Glasgow, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

SICSA is delighted to be sponsoring The 16th International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems (QEST 2019) which is taking place at the University of Glasgow. The International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of SysTems (QEST) is the leading forum on quantitative evaluation and verification of computer systems and networks. Areas of interest include quantitative specification methods, stochastic and non-deterministic models and metrics for performance, reliability, safety, correctness, and security. QEST is interested in both theoretical and experimental research. QEST welcomes a diversity of modelling formalisms, programming languages and methodologies that incorporate quantitative aspects such as probabilities, temporal properties and other forms of non-determinism. This includes work on the combination of quantitative evaluation and verification with machine learning techniques. Papers may advance empirical, simulation and analytic methods. Of particular interest are case studies that highlight the role of quantitative specification, modelling and evaluation in the design of systems. Systems of interest include computer hardware and software architectures, communication systems, cyber-physical systems, infrastructural systems, security systems and biological systems. Papers that describe novel tools to support the practical application of research results in all of the above areas are also welcome. Keynotes are: Andrew Gordon, Microsoft Research UK End-User Probabilistic Programming' Piet Van Mieghem, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands Andre Platzer, Carnegie Mellon University, USA Registration: Registration is now open and you can register here SICSA is covering the cost of conference registration for a limited number of Scotland-based PhD students. If you would like to apply for one of these places, then please email Gethin Norman including up to 150 words on why SICSA should cover your registration.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 12 September, 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.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 19 September, 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.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 26 September, 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.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 03 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.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 10 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.

RA Coffee Break

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: you
Date: 17 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.

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.

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 Registration opens soon! 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 & Technoogy 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 - Exihbitor Networking Session (open to exhbitors 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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