This Week’s Events

Playfulness, morality, ethics

Group: CS Education reading group
Speaker: Vic Lally, School of Education, CCSE
Date: 23 April, 2018
Time: 13:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Scaling Entity Linking with Crowdsourcing

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Dyaa Albakour, Signal media
Date: 23 April, 2018
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

In this presentation, we first review the current state-of-the-art for the EL task and make the case for using supervised learning approaches to tackle EL. These approaches require large amounts of labelled data, which represent a bottleneck for scaling them out to cover large numbers of entities. To mitigate this, we have developed a production-ready solution to efficiently collect high-quality labelled data at scale using Active Learning and  Crowdsourcing. In particular, we will discuss the different steps and the challenges in tuning the design parameters of the crowdsourcing task. The design parameters include the qualification of the workers and UI features that help them complete the task. The tuning aims to limit the noise, reduce the cost and maximise the throughput of labelling whilst maintaining the quality of the resulting models for EL.

Signal Media is a research-led company that uses text analytics and machine learning to turn streams of unstructured text, e.g. news articles, into useful information for professional users. One of the core components of Signal’s text analytics pipeline is entity linking (EL).

 

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Saad Nasser S Altamimi, University of Glasgow
Date: 24 April, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Scottish Combinatorics Meeting 2018

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 26 April, 2018
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location:The Informatics Forum, Crichton Road, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Everyone with an interest in combinatorics and its applications is warmly invited to the 4th Scottish Combinatorics Meeting, at the University of Edinburgh on 26th & 27th April. The invited speakers are: Radu Curticapean (Copenhagen) TBA Iain Moffat (Royal Holloway, University of London) TBA Steve Noble (Birkbeck, University of London) Embedded graphs and delta-matroids Will Perkins (Birmingham) Kissing numbers in high dimensions via a hard core model Colva Roney-Dougal (St Andrews) The generating graph of a finite group Kristina Vuskovic (Leeds) Algorithms for (theta, wheel)-free graphs In due course there will be a pdf file containing all the abstracts here. Attendance at the meeting is FREE, but participants are asked to register by 31st March 2018 (by emailing the organiser) in order to help with catering arrangements. Tea, coffee and (probably) light lunch will be provided on both days. Dinner will be arranged at a local restaurant for the evening of Thursday 26th. If you would like to participate please let us know (preferably at time of registration), this will be at your own cost. The meeting will be held in room IF-4.31/4.33 of the Informatics Forum of the University of Edinburgh. Information on how to get to the venue can be found here. In addition to the invited talks, there will be an opportunity for research students and junior researchers (including junior faculty) to give presentations on their work: more details here. A provisional schedule will be available in due course. If you have any questions relating to the event please contact Mary Cryan

Can data support the transformation towards wellbeing? (SoCS Seminar series)

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: Susan Kelso , NHS
Date: 27 April, 2018
Time: 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Friday 27 April at 14:00 in SAWB 422

Abstract: The Scottish Government set a transformational direction for public sector services following the Christie Commission report in 2011 under 4 pillars of change – people, performance, partnership and prevention.  Digital health, technology supported health and social care and data analysis form a crucial part of how we plan, deliver and evaluate services and how we empower people and communities to take control of their own health and wellbeing.  Allied Health Professionals are the third largest group in health and make up a small but significant number of the social care workforce – how are they engaged in this agenda?

Upcoming Events

Playfulness, morality, ethics

Group: CS Education reading group
Speaker: Vic Lally, School of Education, CCSE
Date: 23 April, 2018
Time: 13:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Scaling Entity Linking with Crowdsourcing

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Dyaa Albakour, Signal media
Date: 23 April, 2018
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

In this presentation, we first review the current state-of-the-art for the EL task and make the case for using supervised learning approaches to tackle EL. These approaches require large amounts of labelled data, which represent a bottleneck for scaling them out to cover large numbers of entities. To mitigate this, we have developed a production-ready solution to efficiently collect high-quality labelled data at scale using Active Learning and  Crowdsourcing. In particular, we will discuss the different steps and the challenges in tuning the design parameters of the crowdsourcing task. The design parameters include the qualification of the workers and UI features that help them complete the task. The tuning aims to limit the noise, reduce the cost and maximise the throughput of labelling whilst maintaining the quality of the resulting models for EL.

Signal Media is a research-led company that uses text analytics and machine learning to turn streams of unstructured text, e.g. news articles, into useful information for professional users. One of the core components of Signal’s text analytics pipeline is entity linking (EL).

 

TBC

Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Saad Nasser S Altamimi, University of Glasgow
Date: 24 April, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Scottish Combinatorics Meeting 2018

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 26 April, 2018
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: The Informatics Forum, Crichton Road, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Everyone with an interest in combinatorics and its applications is warmly invited to the 4th Scottish Combinatorics Meeting, at the University of Edinburgh on 26th & 27th April. The invited speakers are: Radu Curticapean (Copenhagen) TBA Iain Moffat (Royal Holloway, University of London) TBA Steve Noble (Birkbeck, University of London) Embedded graphs and delta-matroids Will Perkins (Birmingham) Kissing numbers in high dimensions via a hard core model Colva Roney-Dougal (St Andrews) The generating graph of a finite group Kristina Vuskovic (Leeds) Algorithms for (theta, wheel)-free graphs In due course there will be a pdf file containing all the abstracts here. Attendance at the meeting is FREE, but participants are asked to register by 31st March 2018 (by emailing the organiser) in order to help with catering arrangements. Tea, coffee and (probably) light lunch will be provided on both days. Dinner will be arranged at a local restaurant for the evening of Thursday 26th. If you would like to participate please let us know (preferably at time of registration), this will be at your own cost. The meeting will be held in room IF-4.31/4.33 of the Informatics Forum of the University of Edinburgh. Information on how to get to the venue can be found here. In addition to the invited talks, there will be an opportunity for research students and junior researchers (including junior faculty) to give presentations on their work: more details here. A provisional schedule will be available in due course. If you have any questions relating to the event please contact Mary Cryan

Can data support the transformation towards wellbeing? (SoCS Seminar series)

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: Susan Kelso , NHS
Date: 27 April, 2018
Time: 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Friday 27 April at 14:00 in SAWB 422

Abstract: The Scottish Government set a transformational direction for public sector services following the Christie Commission report in 2011 under 4 pillars of change – people, performance, partnership and prevention.  Digital health, technology supported health and social care and data analysis form a crucial part of how we plan, deliver and evaluate services and how we empower people and communities to take control of their own health and wellbeing.  Allied Health Professionals are the third largest group in health and make up a small but significant number of the social care workforce – how are they engaged in this agenda?

Exploring learning in Level 1 CS

Group: CS Education reading group
Speaker: Fionnuala Johnson, John O'Donnell, Stephen McQuistin
Date: 30 April, 2018
Time: 13:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

TBD

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Richard McCreadie, University of Glasgow
Date: 30 April, 2018
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Graph Colouring for Special Graph Classes

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Daniel Paulusma, Durham University
Date: 01 May, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Joint work with Serge Gaspers and Shenwei Huang

The Colouring problem is to decide if the vertices of a graph can be coloured with at most k colours for a given integer k, such that no two adjacent vertices are coloured alike. The complexity of Colouring is fully understood for graph classes characterized by one forbidden induced subgraph H, but there are still major complexity gaps if the number of colours k is fixed or if two induced subgraphs H_1 and H_2 are forbidden. We survey known results in both directions and discuss a number of new results for the second direction. Let H_1 be the s-vertex cycle C_s and H_2 be the t-vertex path P_t.  We consider the complexity of Colouring for (C_s,P_t)-free graphs. In particular we show that Colouring is polynomial-time solvable for (C_4,P_6)-free graphs and NP-complete for (C_4,P_9)-free graphs. In our talk we focus on the graph colouring techniques behind the polynomial-time result (which have a wider applicability).

TBC

Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Wing Li, University of Glasgow
Date: 01 May, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Human Computer Interaction (GIST)
Speaker: Matthew Chalmers, University of Glasgow
Date: 03 May, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Ana Ibrahim, University of Glasgow
Date: 08 May, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Human Computer Interaction (GIST)
Speaker: Giorgio Roffo, University of Glasgow
Date: 10 May, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

Andrea diSessa: using computers & computation to understand the world

Group: CS Education reading group
Speaker: Peter Donaldson, School of Education & Centre for CS Education, University of Glasgow
Date: 14 May, 2018
Time: 13:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

Peter Donaldson will lead a discussion about the work of Andrea diSessa.  His work is very much about using computers and computation to understand the world - the development of computational literacy as a material intelligence (his term) to support and extend our own intelligence.  This direct use of computing to learn about things, including about computing itself, is somewhat at odds with approaches we’ve advocated for late secondary school education, and so we’re keen to understand more about DiSessa’s work and how it relates to our own.  Some conflict between learning by doing perhaps and direct instruction?

Peter will send out pre-reading - if you're not on our usual list, but would like to attend, please contact Peter.Donaldson@glasgow.ac.uk.

Applying Formal Methods in Healthcare

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Juliana Bowles, University of St Andrews
Date: 15 May, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Abstract:

This talk shows different logic-based approaches to detect and resolve conflicts in the treatment of multiple chronic conditions, and model and compare treatment options for chronic conditions.

We developed an automated approach focusing on the composition of (static or behavioural) design models via constraint solvers. This approach is directly applicable to many different domains, and can be used for the detection of conflicts in clinical pathways. Clinical pathways are care plans which detail essential steps in the care of patients with a specific clinical problem, usually a chronic disease. A pathway includes recommendations of medications prescribed at different stages of the care plan. For patients with three or more chronic diseases (known as multimorbidities) the multiple pathways have to be applied together. One common problem for such patients is the possible adverse interaction between medications given for different diseases. In this context, we have used an optimising SMT solver (Z3) to quickly find the set of medications with the minimal number and severity of conflicts which is assumed to be the safest. In our approach we can vary the measures of interest to obtain different outcomes and generate the best option, second best, etc. We use a combination of SMT solvers and theorem provers for checking correctness. Conversely, automata can be used to capture the stages and treatment options for a chronic disease, where traces in the model highlight different treatments plans that patients can follow. Adding further information to such models allow us to explore extensions and combinations of different variants of timed automata and associated tools in different ways. We can combine patient information and comorbidities with the disease automaton through composition. We have explored the use of model checking as an analysis technique to provide further insights into the effectiveness/completeness of treatment plans for a given patient.

 

Bio:

Juliana Bowles (née Küster-Filipe) is a senior lecturer at the School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She has research interests in formal methods and dependability, logics and models for true-concurrency, and foundations of modelling languages. She is currently applying her foundational work to the healthcare domain, and has an EPSRC-funded project on "Automated Conflict Resolution in Clinical Pathways".

Bowles received her PhD (Dr.rer.nat) from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 2000.

Abstract:
This talk shows different logic-based approaches to detect and resolve conflicts in the treatment of multiple chronic conditions, and model and compare treatment options for chronic conditions.

We developed an automated approach focusing on the composition of (static or behavioural) design models via constraint solvers. This approach is directly applicable to many different domains, and can be used for the detection of conflicts in clinical pathways. Clinical pathways are care plans which detail essential steps in the care of patients with a specific clinical problem, usually a chronic disease. A pathway includes recommendations of medications prescribed at different stages of the care plan. For patients with three or more chronic diseases (known as multimorbidities) the multiple pathways have to be applied together. One common problem for such patients is the possible adverse interaction between medications given for different diseases. In this context, we have used an optimising SMT solver (Z3) to quickly find the set of medications with the minimal number and severity of conflicts which is assumed to be the safest. In our approach we can vary the measures of interest to obtain different outcomes and generate the best
option, second best, etc. We use a combination of SMT solvers and theorem provers for checking correctness.
Conversely, automata can be used to capture the stages and treatment options for a chronic disease, where traces in the model highlight different treatments plans that patients can follow. Adding further information to such models allow us to explore extensions and combinations of different variants of timed automata and associated tools in different ways. We can combine patient information and comorbidities with the disease automaton through composition. We have explored the use of model checking as an analysis technique to provide further insights into the effectiveness/completeness of treatment plans for a given patient.

Bio:
Juliana Bowles (née Küster-Filipe) is a senior lecturer at the School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She has research interests in formal methods and dependability, logics and models for true-concurrency, and foundations of modelling languages. She is currently applying her foundational work to the healthcare domain, and
has an EPSRC-funded project on "Automated Conflict Resolution in Clinical Pathways".
Bowles received her PhD (Dr.rer.nat) from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, in 2000.

TBC

Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Dejice Jacob, University of Glasgow
Date: 15 May, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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TBA

Group: Human Computer Interaction (GIST)
Speaker: Asier Marzo , University of Bristol
Date: 17 May, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

Data Citizens and Beyond

Group: CS Education reading group
Speaker: Professor Judy Robertson, University of Edinburgh, Moray House
Date: 21 May, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 423 Seminar Room

If Data Science is the sexiest job of the 21st Century, and robots are going to steal the jobs from everyone else*, what should we be teaching children in schools? I argue that by the time children leave broad general education, they should at least be data citizens. They should have had the opportunity to be actively involved in the production of data; they should be able to identify what data is being collected about them and where it is stored; they should be aware of and be able to make use of open data; and be able to contribute to the ongoing discussion and evolving definition of data citizenship. But beyond that, I believe that we should lay the foundations for young people to develop the technical and analytical skills to innovate with data, and to use it to inform real world decision making. They should have a basic knowledge of statistics, programming and analytical techniques to enable them to pose and answer questions of data sets. They should also be fluent in critically reading and interpreting visualisations and other representations of data to help them make decisions.

These are the ambitions of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Deal. To develop Edinburgh as Data Capital of Europe, we need to grow a local talent pool of data savvy citizens. This will begin in schools, through a programme of teacher education and curriculum development, and will enable young people to chart journeys to a wide range of data careers if they so desire. At the very least, they’ll be able to reprogram the robots who come to steal their jobs.

*one of those statements might not be true

TBA

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Heng Guo, University of Edinburgh
Date: 22 May, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

TBA

SoCS Seminar series - Polyomics (Title: TBC)

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: Glasgow Polyomics , University of Glasgow
Date: 22 May, 2018
Time: 14:00
Location:

Friday 22 May, Location TBD

Abstract: TBC

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Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Femi Olukoya, University of Glasgow
Date: 22 May, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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Group: Human Computer Interaction (GIST)
Speaker: Oussama Metatla, University of Bristol
Date: 24 May, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

Scottish Linked Data Interest Group

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 29 May, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: Heriot Watt University, Earl Mountbatten Building, Heriot Watt University, United Kingdom

The SICSA Data Science Research Theme is pleased to be sponsoring the 6th Scottish Linked Data Interest Group workshop which will take place on Tuesday 29 May at Heriot Watt University. SLiDInG6 aims to bring together organisations from industry, government and academia from around Scotland to share different perspectives around Linked Data, and to inform participants of current research on Linked Data and its uptake in industry and government. We plan to have flash talks to highlight current areas of activity and deployment of Semantic Web technologies. We then plan to have discussion groups focusing on: What are the killer apps of the Semantic Web? What are the challenges from industry and government? Where are the synergies in Semantic Web research in Scotland? Can we identify projects to push forward for funding? We hope that the outcome will be the identification of future collaborations and projects that will be developed after the event. A detailed programme will be available closer to the event. If you would like to give a talk about your research, or future challenges, then please complete this short form. The workshop is free and open to anyone, but please register so we know how many to plan for.

TBC

Group: Intra-Systems Seminar
Speaker: Peter Inglis, University of Glasgow
Date: 29 May, 2018
Time: 15:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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RSE Symposium on City Analytics

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 29 May, 2018
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

SICSA is pleased to be sponsoring City Analytics which will be held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on Wednesday 30 May 2018. In today’s digital, multi-sensored world, cities have become ‘living laboratories’, providing a range of data streams around urban life. What new opportunities arise from these rich data sources; what novel mathematical models and computational tools are required;and what are the relevant data-privacy issues? A range of speakers from academia and beyond will address these challenges. In addition to computer science and the mathematical sciences, the event will involve and reach out to researchers and practitioners in energy, health, transport, security, commerce and local government. The conference aims to explore opportunities and challenges around the use of rich and varied data streams, to improve quality of human life in urban areas across the world. An evening lecture by Professor Peter Grindrod will follow the conference. More information on this event, including registration details will be posted soon.

SICSA Cyber Nexus: International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 31 May, 2018
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh , EH14 1DJ, United Kingdom

The world is moving towards Big Data, with Cyber Security and the tracking of network events one of its leading applications. Threats to organisations increase by the day, and many have responded by moving towards the integration of SIEM (Secure Incident and Event Management) to detect malicious activity. Our conference brings together industry, academia and law enforcement to share insights, ideas, expertise and resources in responding to current security challenges, and in particular to look at the opportunities and challenges in managing and using big data in a cyber security context. This event is hosted by The Cyber Academy, with the principal sponsor of SBL (Software Box Limited) and in collaboration with The SICSA Cyber Nexus. We will investigate best practice in industry and look to future Big Data infrastructures for the benefit of organisations in monitoring security events, and in automated generation of audit information and business analytics. The application of SIEM is now being applied in many areas including security monitoring, incident response and Cyber Crime investigation. The event aims to showcase best practice in industry and in network investigations. Within the conference their will also be an research track, and where research papers will be presented. The best papers submitted will be published within the Journal of Cyber Security Technology. Please register your interest here. The areas covered include: insights into current high profile security incidents, their impact, and how they are reported. impact of GDPR. key threats and risks associated with losing business critical data. leading tools, techniques and insights in network threat analysis, detection and investigation. best practice in implementing SIEM strategy. developing and testing effective incident response. evolution of the Security Operations Centre (SOC) and its emerging future requirements. the need for skills, knowledge and awareness across an organisation. latest research and innovation around threat discovery, machine learning, and data analysis. Full details at: http://thecyberacademy.org/bigdata2018/

Poster Competition in Cyber Security (PCiCS-2018)

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 31 May, 2018
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: The Cyber Academy, 10 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5DT, United Kingdom

The SICSA Cyber Security Research Theme is pleased to be sponsoring the PCiCS-2018 Poster Competition in Cyber Security The Truth About Cyber Security in 7 Words PCiCS-2018 “The Truth About Cyber Security in 7 Words” is to be held in conjunction with the International Conference of Big Data in Cyber Security. In a recent report by International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, it is estimated there will be a global shortfall of 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals by 2019, so the cybersecurity career opportunities are certainly available. On the other hand, females are hugely under-represented at all levels within the cybersecurity industry. The lack of women in cybersecurity is something that the UK government, the industry and university are keen to address. Therefore, this event aims to inspire more people, particularly more women, into cybersecurity roles by bringing together the cyber men and the cyber women from across the UK in the form of a poster competition. The event will be held in collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University, SICSA, and The Cyber Academy and in parallel with International Conference of Big Data in cybersecurity. Having this competition held in parallel with the above conference, not only connects males and females 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. The free cost of the event makes it an affordable home-based conference in Scotland. All interested males and females from academia and industry are invited to submit their work on cyber security and digital forensics to PCiCS-2018. The call for posters is now open and details and important dates can be found at: http://thecyberacademy.org/event/pcics-2018/  

Cyber Nexus: CSDF-2018 - The First International Conference on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 31 May, 2018
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ, Scotland, United Kingdom

The CSDF-2018 is a conference for early researchers and leading industrial experts in cyber security and digital forensics to present, discuss, and publish their research alongside guest speakers from academia and industry. It provides an exchange between early researchers and leading industrial experts and will lead to the development of a Network of People in different areas of cybersecurity and digital forensics. Full Details at: http://thecyberacademy.org/event/csdf-2018/ The CSDF-2018 conference will be held at Edinburgh Napier University in collaboration with the SICSA Cyber Nexus and The Cyber Academy on 31 May 2018. It is run in parallel with International Conference of Big Data in Cyber Security. Having the CSDF-2018 conference held in parallel with this event will assist young researchers to understand the demands for cyber security and digital forensics in different organisations. We hope that the participants will engage with industrial contacts for future partnerships and research-based industrial collaborations. All interested stakeholders from academia and industry are invited to submit their original work on cybersecurity and/or digital forensics to the CSDF-2018 conference. CSDF-2018 not only connects cybersecurity and digital forensics researchers to leading industrial expertise but also provides for greater collaboration amongst universities themselves and leading industries. The free cost of the CSDF-2018 makes it an ideal home-based conference for post cybersecurity and digital forensics researchers in the UK. Call for Papers: The topics of interest may include but are not limited to the followings: Cybersecurity and digital forensics Malware analysis Network defence Cloud and system security Cloud forensics Artificial intelligence security Cryptocurrency Web and Application security Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication Security in mobile devices Securing IoT and embedded systems Big-data security Social networks security Industrial control systems security All papers should be be submitted electronically through the conference submission website on EasyChair in PDF format. The materials presented in the papers should not be published or under submission elsewhere. Each paper is limited to 4 pages including figures and references using IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscripts style (two columns, single-spaced, 10 fonts). You can confirm the IEEE Computer Society Proceedings Manuscript style. Distinguished papers selected from CSDF -2018, after further extensions, will be recommended for submission and publication in Journal of Cyber Security Technology.

SoCS Seminar series: Chris Hankin (Title: TBC)

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: Chris Hankin, Imperial College London
Date: 01 June, 2018
Time: 04:15
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

Friday 1/6 at 14:00 in SAWB 422

Abstract: TBC

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Group: Human Computer Interaction (GIST)
Speaker: Benjamin Bach, University of Edinburgh
Date: 07 June, 2018
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Lilybank Gardens, F121 Conference Room

SICSA Sponsored Conference: IEEE Cyber Science 2018

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 11 June, 2018
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: The Grand Central Hotel, 99 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3SF, United Kingdom

SICSA is very pleased to be sponsoring the IEEE Cyber Science Conference which is taking place on 11 - 12 June 2018 at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. Cyber Science is the flagship conference of the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation and Collaboration (C-MRiC) focusing on pioneering research and innovation in Cyber Situation Awareness, Social Media, Cyber Security and Cyber Incident Response. It is an IEEE technically co-sponsored conference. Cyber Science aims to encourage participation and promotion of collaborative scientific, industrial and academic inter-workings among individual researchers, practitioners, members of existing associations, academia, standardisation bodies, and including government departments and agencies. The purpose is to build bridges between academia and industry, and to encourage interplay of different culture. Cyber Science invites researchers and industry practitioners to submit papers that encompass principles, analysis, design, methods and applications. It is a yearly conference held at various countries in the world; the first three meetings have been in London, UK. The IEEE Cyber Science is a collocated conference and you can access more information on this at http://www.c-mric.com/conferences/ We are pleased to announce that IEEE Cyber Science 2018 will be opened by Mr Matheson, MSP Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

SoCS Seminar series - Sarah Croke (Title: TBC)

Group: School of Computing Science
Speaker: Sarah Croke, University of Glasgow, Physics
Date: 22 June, 2018
Time: 14:00
Location:

Friday 22 June at 14:00, location TBD

Abstract: TBC

SICSA PhD Conference 2018

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 27 June, 2018
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Robert Gordon University, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom

The SICSA PhD Conference 2018 will take place on 28 & 29 June 2018 at Robert Gordon University   The SICSA PhD Conference has become one of the highlights of the SICSA events calendar, bringing together Computing Science and Informatics PhD students, leading academics, and industry practitioners for 2 days of workshops, keynote presentations and social events. The conference is an event aimed specifically at Informatics and Computing Science PhD students and is organised each year by a hard working committee of PhD students and members of the SICSA Executive. The event will feature keynote talks from Professor Bill Buchanan (Edinburgh Napier University) and Andrew Richards (CEO Codeplay). Workshops will include: Hackathon Your Career in Academia – Balancing Teaching and Research Your PhD – What’s next? Web Accessibility: Learn new techniques to improve assistive technologies design 5 Statistical Mistakes You are Likely to Make Student Wellbeing: Managing your PhD Journey How to do a Systematic Literature Review Demystifying the PhD Thesis There will also be a poster competition; plus networking, dinner and drinks in the grand surroundings of the Trinity Hall, Aberdeen on the evening of 28th June. Registration for the conference is funded by SICSA, as is accommodation at the RGU residences for those living outside of Aberdeen on both 27th and 28th June. For full details about the conference programme, please visit the Conference Web Site We have Opportunities for Sponsors who wish to get involved with this great event. Please contact admin@sicsa.ac.uk for full details.  

Manycore Summer School 2018

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 16 July, 2018
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: School of Computing Science, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

We are pleased to be supporting the forthcoming Manycore Summer School 2018 which is part of the MaRIONet; The UK Manycore Network. About MaRIONet The Manycore Research, Innovation and Opportunities Network is funded by EPSRC throughout 2016-19. Our aim is to enhance the capability of the UK manycore research community through focused engagement of academic and industrial researchers. The network is coordinated at Glasgow by Jeremy Singer and Phil Trinder. The Manycore Summer School The transition to manycore systems is arguably the greatest challenge facing the ICT industry, Computational Science, and Computing Science research. The manycore revolution is fundamentally changing multiple levels of the computation execution stack: from processor architecture, through systems software, to applications. The MaRIONet Summer School offers researchers an opportunity to learn theory and practice of a range of emerging many core technologies from leading academic and industrial researchers The PhD Summer School will be held from Sunday 15th to Friday 20th July 2018 at the University of Glasgow. Registration Now Open! Registration is free for PhD students and early career researcher (Post-Docs), due to sponsorship from the UK Manycore Network and SICSA . Please complete the online application form to apply to participate in the Manycore Summer School. We also require an email letter of support from your supervisor or line manager, before we can confirm your registration. Full details are provided once you have completed the application form

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 at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Registration will open in May 2018. Opportunities for Sponsors 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 event will be opened with a keynote talk from Dr Jamie Graves, CEO ZoneFox. DemoFest focuses on the following key areas: Artificial Intelligence Big Data Cyber-Security Networking & The Cloud Robotics and Autonomous Systems Understanding Complex Systems User-Experience More information on the 2018 event will follow shortly.

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