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Building start-ups, with Stewart Whiting

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Dr. Stewart Whiting, CTO of Current Health
Date: 01 February, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/99150712088?pwd=RVJFVzh1MVFsUFlCcjRrZk54Z2xQQT09

Abstract:

Startups are exciting. If you enjoy sleepless nights, endless stress and a torturous learning curve with little chance of success - but with a potential for huge impact and financial upside – then startups are for you! There will never be a better time to start than now.

A lot of startup talks are founders telling their own story, or abstract ‘how to do a tech startup’ bullet points. The truth is, there is no recipe and every startup is completely different. Instead, I’ll talk through some pragmatic tips I think could be helpful for uni students/academics thinking about starting their journey, and I’ll add a few stories from my experiences along the way. 

 

Bio:

I started my undergrad in business and comp sci at Glasgow in 2006 and continued on to a PhD in IR which I completed in 2015. I knew I was a useless academic, so my future was in industry. I interned twice at MSR in Silicon Valley, working on applied research. While writing up, I was quietly working on a few different startup ideas because I wanted to stay in Scotland but didn’t see any companies where I could work on tech that interested me. 

I ended up co-founding SNAP40, now known as Current Health. Our mission is simple: we’re helping healthcare transition from hospital to home. Our full-service remote monitoring product allows healthcare professionals and clinical trial teams to spot high-risk patients who are getting sick at home and intervene rapidly. The last year has been mad. We’re now at ~80 full-time employees, operating in 4 continents and have raised $25M+ in investment.

Joint PLUG / PLInG POPL Trip Report

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: Group discussion
Date: 02 February, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Online

The POPL conference (https://popl21.sigplan.org/) takes place online between the 17th and 22nd of January this year.

We will kick off this session's PLUG with a discussion session about POPL and its co-located events. Were there any papers that really stood out? Were you unable to attend but are curious to learn more? Come along!

The session will be held jointly with the University of Edinburgh's PLInG seminar.

Details will be sent to the mailing list and SPLS Zulip nearer the time. Hope to see you there!

Smart Factory INDU-ZERO

Group: Computer Vision for Autonomous Systems (CVAS)
Speaker: Karl Preiss, Scott Brady, National Manufacturing in Scotland
Date: 03 February, 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/93570332919?pwd=VktWb1RLTHkyWURDSndVdksyNDdLQT09 (Passcode: 516455)

Summary:
NMIS is working on the initial feasibility development of a new 5-hectare smart factory concept for off-site automated home thermal renovation façade systems for local government authorities and housing associations in the UK and around the EU. North Sea Region as part of a multi-nation cross-functional consortium. The renovation kit designs consist of several Sandwich panels for walls and roofs made from standard EPS blocks, CNC milled, then skinned, sealed, decorated and window and door apertures lined, then fully assembled ready for building onto a complete house unit on-site. In this project, the focus of NMIS is to design the blueprint of the factory in 2D and in 3D and simulate key process stages for discrete event, visual material flow, and robotic analysis. This also involves assessing product-process feasibility and design for manufacture/assembly.  Flexible, smart automation is a key high-level deliverable, and we are considering various options to help achieve this. At this stage, it’s only a research project, but we are hoping to use our developed 3D factory model for communication purposes and to attract additional funding from industrial investors.

The volume of the proposed factory is intended to clad 15,000 homes per year, so potentially 90,000 individual panels.  To meet the Paris Agreement requirements for the EU region we are covering, over 40 similar factories could be required, built to the same blueprint.  So there is much potential for growth in off-site manufacture of these 2D + 2.5D panels.

Links to the project:
https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/advancedformingresearchcentre/news/indu-zero/
https://northsearegion.eu/indu-zero/about-the-project/

Zoom link: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/93570332919?pwd=VktWb1RLTHkyWURDSndVdksyNDdLQT09 (Passcode: 516455)

Speaker: Karl Preiss, Scott Brady

 

When: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Wednesday, 3rd February

 

Where: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/93570332919?pwd=VktWb1RLTHkyWURDSndVdksyNDdLQT09 (Passcode: 516455)

 

Summary:

NMIS is working on the initial feasibility development of a new 5-hectare smart factory concept for off-site automated home thermal renovation façade systems for local government authorities and housing associations in the UK and around the EU. North Sea Region as part of a multi-nation cross-functional consortium. The renovation kit designs consist of several Sandwich panels for walls and roofs made from standard EPS blocks, CNC milled, then skinned, sealed, decorated and window and door apertures lined, then fully assembled ready for building onto a complete house unit on-site. In this project, the focus of NMIS is to design the blueprint of the factory in 2D and in 3D and simulate key process stages for discrete event, visual material flow, and robotic analysis. This also involves assessing product-process feasibility and design for manufacture/assembly.  Flexible, smart automation is a key high-level deliverable, and we are considering various options to help achieve this. At this stage, it’s only a research project, but we are hoping to use our developed 3D factory model for communication purposes and to attract additional funding from industrial investors.

 

The volume of the proposed factory is intended to clad 15,000 homes per year, so potentially 90,000 individual panels.  To meet the Paris Agreement requirements for the EU region we are covering, over 40 similar factories could be required, built to the same blueprint.  So there is much potential for growth in off-site manufacture of these 2D + 2.5D panels.

 

Links to the project:

https://www.strath.ac.uk/research/advancedformingresearchcentre/news/indu-zero/

https://northsearegion.eu/indu-zero/about-the-project/

 

FATA Seminar: TBC

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: He Guo, Georgia Tech
Date: 09 February, 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online

TBC

HealthCare Seminar: TBC

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Leff, Imperial College London
Date: 11 February, 2021
Time: 16:00 - 17:00
Location: Zoom

contextual and semantic modelling

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Casper Hansen, University of Copenhagen
Date: 15 February, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/99150712088?pwd=RVJFVzh1MVFsUFlCcjRrZk54Z2xQQT09

FATA Seminar: TBC

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Melissa Huggan, Ryerson University
Date: 16 February, 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online

TBC

Reflection in Jupyter Notebooks

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: Jeremy Singer, University of Glasgow
Date: 16 February, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Online

Jeremy Singer will be giving a talk on Reflection in Jupyter Notebooks. An abstract 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 camera turned off and microphone 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.

Generating music in the raw audio domain

Group: Inference, Dynamics and Interaction (IDI)
Speaker: Sander Dielman, Deep Mind
Date: 18 February, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Zoom

Realistic music generation is a challenging task. When machine learning is used to build generative models of music, typically high-level representations such as scores, piano rolls or MIDI sequences are used that abstract away the idiosyncrasies of a particular performance. But these nuances are very important for our perception of musicality and realism, so we embark on modelling music in the raw audio domain. I will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of this approach, and the challenges it entails.

PWSAfrica

Group: Glasgow Women in Computing Science (GWiCS)
Speaker: Sofiat Olaosebikan, University of Glasgow
Date: 18 February, 2021
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

information retrieval and deep reinforcement learning

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Prof. Grace Hui Yang, Georgetown University
Date: 22 February, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/99150712088?pwd=RVJFVzh1MVFsUFlCcjRrZk54Z2xQQT09

HealthCare Seminar: TBC

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Prof. John Cleland, University of Glasgow
Date: 25 February, 2021
Time: 15:30 - 16:30
Location: Zoom

Fairness ranking

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Meike Zehlike, Max Planck Institution for Software Development
Date: 01 March, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/99150712088?pwd=RVJFVzh1MVFsUFlCcjRrZk54Z2xQQT09

Title TBA

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: Mathias Jakobsen, University of Glasgow
Date: 02 March, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Online

Mathias Jakobsen has recently joined us as a PhD student and will be giving a talk. Further details will be announced 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 camera turned off and microphone 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.

  

LocationOnline

Conversational Search

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Prof. Faegheh Hasibi, University of Radboud, Netherland
Date: 08 March, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/99150712088?pwd=RVJFVzh1MVFsUFlCcjRrZk54Z2xQQT09

Information Retrieval, recommendation system and text mining

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Prof. Hamed Zamani, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Date: 15 March, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/99150712088?pwd=RVJFVzh1MVFsUFlCcjRrZk54Z2xQQT09

Title TBA

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: Bruce Collie, University of Edinburgh
Date: 16 March, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Online

Bruce Collie from the University of Edinburgh will be speaking about his recent work. A title and abstract 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.

 
LocationOnline

Conversational Recommendation System

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Prof. Krisztian Balog, University of Stavanger
Date: 22 March, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/99150712088?pwd=RVJFVzh1MVFsUFlCcjRrZk54Z2xQQT09

Statically Verified Refinements for Multiparty Protocols

Group: Programming Languages at University of Glasgow (PLUG)
Speaker: Fangyi Zhou, Imperial College London
Date: 30 March, 2021
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Online

Fangyi Zhou from Imperial College London will be speaking about their work on statically-verified refinements for multiparty session types, following on from a recent OOPSLA paper. More 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.

Document re-ranking and entity set expansion

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Prof. Ben He, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Date: 12 April, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/99150712088?pwd=RVJFVzh1MVFsUFlCcjRrZk54Z2xQQT09

Recommendation System and user modelling

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Prof. Min Zhang, Tsinghua University
Date: 19 April, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/99150712088?pwd=RVJFVzh1MVFsUFlCcjRrZk54Z2xQQT09

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