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Mental health and how university support us

Group: Glasgow Women in Computing Science (GWiCS)
Speaker: Patrizia Di Campli San Vito, Margaret Thomson, and Suzie Shapiro, University of Glasgow
Date: 08 June, 2023
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

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To be decides

Group: Understandable Autonomous Systems
Speaker: Dr. Barry Porter, Lancaster University
Date: 09 June, 2023
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Challenges in the Energy & Healthcare Sectors

Group: Computer Vision for Autonomous Systems (CVAS)
Speaker: Dr Carlos Moreno-Garcia, Robert Gordon University (RGU), Scotland, UK
Date: 09 June, 2023
Time: 14:30 - 15:30
Location: SAWB 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building

Abstract:

In this talk, Dr Carlos Moreno-Garcia will share his experiences working in national and international projects related to pattern recognition and computer vision, mostly for the Oil & Gas and Healthcare sectors. He will present the main challenges faced, implemented solutions and possible research directions for the future.

 

Short bio:

Dr Carlos Moreno-Garcia is a Senior Lecturer and Research Degree Coordinator at RGU. He completed his PhD in 2016 at URV (Tarragona, Spain) and has been recipient of multiple funding streams from different funding bodies such as CONACyT, MINECO, Newton Fund, Data Lab, etc. He has worked with multiple partners including UNAM, EuDIF (EU), DNV GL, Intel and the NHS, amongst others. More info: http://cfmgcomputing.blogspot.com/p/research.html

Upcoming events

Mental health and how university support us

Group: Glasgow Women in Computing Science (GWiCS)
Speaker: Patrizia Di Campli San Vito, Margaret Thomson, and Suzie Shapiro, University of Glasgow
Date: 08 June, 2023
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422 Seminar Room

to be added

To be decides

Group: Understandable Autonomous Systems
Speaker: Dr. Barry Porter, Lancaster University
Date: 09 June, 2023
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

to be added

Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Challenges in the Energy & Healthcare Sectors

Group: Computer Vision for Autonomous Systems (CVAS)
Speaker: Dr Carlos Moreno-Garcia, Robert Gordon University (RGU), Scotland, UK
Date: 09 June, 2023
Time: 14:30 - 15:30
Location: SAWB 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building

Abstract:

In this talk, Dr Carlos Moreno-Garcia will share his experiences working in national and international projects related to pattern recognition and computer vision, mostly for the Oil & Gas and Healthcare sectors. He will present the main challenges faced, implemented solutions and possible research directions for the future.

 

Short bio:

Dr Carlos Moreno-Garcia is a Senior Lecturer and Research Degree Coordinator at RGU. He completed his PhD in 2016 at URV (Tarragona, Spain) and has been recipient of multiple funding streams from different funding bodies such as CONACyT, MINECO, Newton Fund, Data Lab, etc. He has worked with multiple partners including UNAM, EuDIF (EU), DNV GL, Intel and the NHS, amongst others. More info: http://cfmgcomputing.blogspot.com/p/research.html

Count Knowledge: Counting entities on the web

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Shrestha Ghosh, Max Planck Institute for Informatics
Date: 12 June, 2023
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

Abstract:

Count information such as “number of songs by John Lennon” is relevant for many advanced question answering needs. Count information naturally co-exists with instance information (“Let it Be is by John Lennon”). Identifying count information in knowledge bases and text, and giving comprehensive answers to count questions, is an underresearched challenge. We will focus on extractors for count information, and on question answering systems that consolidate count information and ground numbers with explanatory instances.

 

Bio

Shrestha Ghosh is a PhD student in the Databases and Information Systems group at Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany. She is supervised by Simon Razniewski and Gerhard Weikum. She obtained her Master's degree in CS from Saarland University. Her interests lie in knowledge harvesting, information retrieval, question answering and web search. She is currently looking into answering count questions on the web.

 

SICSA DVF: Dr Sushmita Gupta, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India "Algorithmics of Perpetual Participatory Budgeting"

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 20 June, 2023
Time: 13:15 - 14:15
Location: Room 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, School of Computing Science, School of Computing Science, Glasgow, G12 8RZ, United Kingdom

SICSA is delighted to be supporting Dr. Sushmita Gupta as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow to the University of Glasgow on 20th June 2023 to give a talk on "Algorithmics of Perpetual Participatory Budgeting" Abstract: Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process for making budgeting decisions that is already somewhat popular in municipalities and other settings around the world. The usual model of PB considers a one-time process, however the gains from using PB may be greater if it is considered as a perpetual process that spans several funding rounds (say, several budgeting years). In this talk we consider a model of perpetual PB which generalises the generalized assignment problem and discuss some parameterized algorithms and approximation algorithms. Brief biography: Sushmita is currently a faculty member at The Institute of Mathematical Sciences. She works in graph algorithms, with special emphasis on problems that arise in computational social choice and algorithmic game theory such as matchings under preferences, fair division, and voting to name a few. Sushmita obtained her PhD from the University of Southern Denmark and a MS from Simon Fraser University, Canada. Dr Sushmita Gupta's talk is part of the full day workshop. If you would like to come along to the talk, please register here

FATA Seminar

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Jade Master, University of Strathclyde
Date: 27 June, 2023
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

Abstract TBC

Honorary Degree Talk: Using Coopetition to Foster Research

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Ellen M Voorhees, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
Date: 27 June, 2023
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 422+423 Seminar Room

Coopetitions are activities in which competitors cooperate for a common good. The shared evaluation tasks that have proliferated in many artificial intelligence subfields are prototypical examples of coopetitions, and they drive the research in their respective areas. The Text REtrieval Conference (TREC, trec.nist.gov) is a long-running community evaluation that has been part of the information retrieval field for more than thirty years. This longevity suggests that, indeed, the net impact of community evaluations is positive.

 

This talk will describe how TREC supports the information retrieval community. Coopetitions can improve state-of-the-art effectiveness by establishing a research cohort and constructing the infrastructure necessary to make progress on the task. They can also facilitate technology transfer and amortize the infrastructure costs. The primary danger of coopetitions is for an entire research community to overfit to some peculiarity of the evaluation task. This risk can be minimized by building multiple test sets and regularly updating the evaluation tasks.

 Biography: Ellen Voorhees is a Fellow at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Ellen has made considerable contributions and advances in information retrieval, such as query expansion, and clustering but particularly in relation to the evaluation of information retrieval system. Ellen was elected in 2018 as an ACM Fellow for "contributions in evaluation of information retrieval, question answering, and other language technologies". Ellen is best known as the programme manager of the Text REtrieval Conference (TREC) project, an international project initiated in 1992, which funds the infrastructure required for the large-scale evaluation. Ellen is an inaugural member of the ACM SIGIR Academy and has been awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award, 2021.

NB: This (in-person) talk will be followed by a drinks reception

Workshop on 'AI in Pervasive Well-Being and Healthy Ageing'

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 29 June, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 17:30
Location: The Advanced Research Centre (ARC), University of Glasgow, 11 Chapel lane, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G11 6EW, United Kingdom

Over the past decade, paradigm shifts have been made towards the way healthcare is delivered and managed. Emerging pervasive sensing technologies, coupled with advanced data analytics, have enabled real-time personalised and environmental monitoring. These technologies have the potential to transform clinical practice in terms of diagnostics, prognosis, preventive healthcare, and rehabilitative/assistive technologies. To enable these systems, we need to understand the challenges in developing AI algorithms to handle heterogeneous, varying quality and imbalanced data. Academics, industry and NHS should work together to develop reliable and trustworthy technologies as well as Deep Learning brain-based algorithms that are able to handle and interpret continuous streams of heterogeneous, multi-modal data. This workshop aims to bring together academics, industry and NHS related organisations with the goal to highlight opportunities for collaboration. We plan to: Promote our technologies and Brain-based AI tools for adoption in the NHS and industry Strengthen our current industrial partnerships and seek to establish new ones Discuss state-of-the art work in the area of pervasive sensing and healthy brain imaging and how to exploit these to enable innovative solutions. For more information on the event and how to register, please see https://www.gla.ac.uk/events/conferences/ai-healthy-ageing/ For abstract submission, please see https://easychair.org/cfp/ai-uofg-2023

AI in Pervasive Well-Being and Healthy Ageing

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Workshop, University of Glasgow
Date: 29 June, 2023
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Advanced Research Centre

AI in Pervasive Well-Being and Healthy Ageing

Over the past decade, paradigm shifts have been made towards the way healthcare is delivered and managed. Emerging pervasive sensing technologies, coupled with advanced data analytics, have enabled real-time personalised and environmental monitoring. These technologies have the potential to transform clinical practice in terms of diagnostics, prognosis, preventive healthcare, and rehabilitative/assistive technologies. To enable these systems, we need to understand the challenges in developing AI algorithms to handle heterogeneous, varying quality and imbalanced data. Academics, industry and NHS should work together to develop reliable and trustworthy technologies as well as Deep Learning brain-based algorithms that are able to handle and interpret continuous streams of heterogeneous, multi-modal data.

This workshop aims to bring together academics, industry and NHS related organisations with the goal to highlight opportunities for collaboration. We plan to:

  • Promote our technologies and Brain-based AI tools for adoption in the NHS and industry
  • Strengthen our current industrial partnerships and seek to establish new ones
  • Discuss state-of-the art work in the area of pervasive sensing and healthy brain imaging and how to exploit these to enable innovative solutions

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ai-in-pervasive-well-being-and-healthy-ageing-tickets-609375196617

Abstract Submission: https://easychair.org/account/signin_timeout?l=Bkux0ePKTsJx3rMbenFqo2 

SICSA DVF: Alexandros Hollender: The Complexity of Computing KKT Solutions of Quadratic Programmes

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 29 June, 2023
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Location: The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Crichton Place, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

SICSA DVF Dr Alexandros Hollender will be giving a talk on 'The Complexity of Computing KKT Solutions of Quadratic Programmes' on 29 June 2023 at the University of Edinburgh Abstract: It is well known that solving a (non-convex) quadratic program is NP-hard. We show that the problem remains hard even if we are only looking for a KKT point, instead of a global optimum. Namely, we prove that computing a KKT point of a quadratic polynomial over the domain [0,1]^n is complete for the class CLS = PPAD ∩ PLS. Short Bio: Alexandros Hollender is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Last year, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford. He obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford under the supervision of Paul Goldberg. His research interests lie mainly in algorithms and computational complexity, including applications in various fields such as game theory, fair division and optimization. His work focuses on total search problems and the various complexity classes that arise in their study. In 2021 he received the best paper award in the ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing (STOC) for his work on the computational complexity of the gradient descent method. In 2022, he received the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) distinguished dissertation award for his doctoral thesis “Structural Results for Total Search Complexity Classes with Applications to Game Theory and Optimisation” If you would like to attend this talk, please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alexandros-hollender-the-complexity-of-computing-kkt-solutions-of-quadrati-tickets-646320220177 Dr Hollender is being hosted by Aris Filos-Ratsikas, University of Edinburgh

Research Theme Event: The First Edinburgh Workshop on Affordable Machine Learning

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 30 June, 2023
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB, United Kingdom

The Data Science Research Theme is delighted to be supporting the First Edinburgh Workshop on Affordable Machine Learning on Friday 30th June at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh. Machine learning has revolutionised various fields by enabling intelligent systems to learn from data and make informed decisions. However, the widespread adoption of machine learning techniques often faces barriers due to high computing and data requirements, limiting access to these powerful tools. The Schools of Informatics and Engineering at The University of Edinburgh are hosting a workshop on Affordable Machine Learning, aiming to bridge this gap by exploring methods, strategies, and tools that enable affordable machine learning implementations. This workshop will provide a platform for researchers and industrial practitioners to share insights, experiences, and innovations in developing machine learning solutions that are both computationally affordable and data efficient. We will have invited talks from experts conducting research in this area, and participants will engage in discussions and interactive sessions to explore alternative approaches and novel techniques that reduce the computational and data burdens while achieving other performance desiderata. For more information on the event and details for registration, please see https://www.bayeswatch.com/affordable_ml/

Research Theme Event: Robotics in a sustainable world: accelerating or hindering

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 30 June, 2023
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: The National Robotarium, Third Gait Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, United Kingdom

"Robotics in a Sustainable world: accelerating or hinder" is sponsored by the SICSA AI and Cyber Physical Systems Research Themes and is taking place on 30 June 2023 at The National Robotarium. The event is free to attend and you can register on Eventbrite The rECOver group focuses on identifying and developing robotics as a sustainable technology and their potential contribution to a more sustainable world while identifying and working to overcome the social and economic implications associated with their integration by closing the gap between domestic and international policymakers and industrial partners. The rECOver group comprises of a unique combination of cross discipline researchers including scientists, lawyers, sociologists and engineers. Initially, rECOver is seeking to initiate conversation and collaboration among scientists, engineers, policymakers and social scientists to analyse the use of robotics in mineral acquisition for and recycling of sustainable or ‘green’ technologies by combining both techno-economic and socio-political analysis. The nature of the challenges being addressed are inherently interdisciplinary and require substantive input and engagement across disciplinary divides. It is recognised and understood that cross-disciplinary and inter-sectoral involvement is essential from the beginning to allow design and innovation output to be optimised. The most effective and necessary method of achieving this within a multidisciplinary ecosystem is to first develop a shared understanding of the key questions, challenges and opportunities in each discipline in order to develop an understanding of the complex interplay of policy and technology. This ‘Collider Event’ will bring together these sectors into a multidisciplinary group of experts to engage in discussions that will identify and draw out key principles and issues that should be addressed when using robotics for sustainability and focus on questions such as: •Robotics in a sustainable world: are they accelerating or hindering the objectives? •Can the increased use of robotics for sustainable mining affect the critical material supply? •How does the contribution of robotic technology affect the transition to a circular economy? •How can potential negative socio-economic or political impacts of robotics use be mitigated? Robotic technology is increasingly being used to drive us to a more sustainable world, for example, in the offshore wind sector. However, whether and how robotics themselves can be made more sustainable - socially and environmentally - is emerging as an issue of debate. The development and use of these robots require coherent interdisciplinary analysis suitable to understanding their potential socioeconomic and environmental downsides and to create better regulatory approaches to incentivize innovation while avoiding negative externalities. The facilitated discussions at the collider event will inform the identification and development of further novel research by the group into new sustainable energy technologies, new technologies for the acquisition of minerals for or the recycling of existing or emerging technologies, and into more suitable policy environments for developing technological solutions to environmental challenges. The overall aim of the Collider Event, therefore, is to bring policy and technology together to avoid negative externalities associated with apparently ‘green’ technology solutions. We recognize that constructing intricate and trans-scalar (international, national, and local) policy environments that can facilitate the development of technological systems that minimise negative externalities must be a collective and inclusive process that reaches beyond academia and incorporates policymakers and private industry partners in shaping research questions and methods. This is where the research must start; with a collaborative and trans-sector discussion of what questions need answering most urgently.

FATA Seminar

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Alexandros Hollender
Date: 04 July, 2023
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

Abstract TBC

Talk: Examining the Pathways Into Cybercrime, Dr. Rutger Leukfeldt, Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 11 July, 2023
Time: 11:30 - 13:30
Location: Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde , ,

SICSA is pleased to be supporting a talk from Dr Rutger Leukeldt from the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) at the University of Strathclyde on 11 July 2023 Abstract: Examining the Pathways Into Cybercrime What are pathways into cybercrime and how does someone become involved in a cybercriminal network? Traditionally, social ties provide access to criminal networks. These involvement mechanisms rely heavily on building trust and are limited to existing ‘real-world’ social contacts such as family, friends and co-workers. ‘Offender convergence settings’ – physical locations such as cafes and bars, where criminals can meet – are used to forge contacts outside an individual’s initial social cluster. Studies into involvement mechanisms of cybercriminal networks are scarce. However, case studies clearly show that the internet provides specific offender convergence settings, such as forums where cybercriminals can meet to exchange information or make plans to commit crimes. The first part will present the findings of interviews with Dutch hackers about their online and offline pathways into cybercrime, co-offending and desistence. Preliminary results show that the first (baby) steps in pathways into cybercrime include gaming, Google and YouTube. In the second part of this presentation, a discussion of two interventions that are currently utilised to deter starting cybercriminals will be supplied. Bio: Dr. Rutger Leukfeldt, senior researcher and cybercrime cluster coordinator at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and academic director of the Cybersecurity Research Center of the Hague University of Applied Sciences. Over the last fifteen years, Rutger has published numerous cybercrime studies for the Dutch government and private companies. Examples include studies into the modus operandi and characteristics of cybercriminals, a nation-wide cybercrime victim survey and a study into the organization of Dutch law enforcement agencies responsible for the fight against cybercrime. His PhD-thesis was about the origin and growth processes of cybercriminal networks. In 2015, Rutger received a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (EU grant for promising researchers) to study the changing organization of organized crime due to the use of Information Technology. In 2017, Rutger received a Veni grant (Dutch grant for highly promising researchers) to carry out a study into the online and offline pathways into cybercriminal networks. Rutger is currently the chair of the Cybercrime Working Group of the European Society of Criminology (ESC) and member of the International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime (IIRCC). Refreshments will be provided. This talk is being organised by Juraj Sikra, University of Strathclyde. Please contact Juraj if you have any questions about the event. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/630831131897.

Research Theme Event: CFP SICSA Workshop on Fairness eXplainable Artificial Intelligence (FiXAI)

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 07 August, 2023
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: Robert Gordon University, Riverside East Building, Garthdee Road, AB10 7GJ, United Kingdom

The SICSA AI Research Theme is delighted to support The CFP SICSA Workshop on Fairness eXplainable Artificial Intelligence (FiXAI) on 7th August at Robert Gordon University. The SICSA FiXAI Workshop Organisation Committee would like to invite submissions of novel theoretical and applied research targeting the explainability, generalisability and fairness of AI and ML systems. https://sites.google.com/view/fixai-workshop/home?authuser=0 Example submission areas include (but are not limited to): Explanations of autonomous systems, including XAI, understanding user needs for explanation in general or specialist domains, and robust evaluations of explanations provided by AI systems. Generalisability of AI and ML algorithms, including fine-tuning of large language/vision models to new problems and novel evaluations of model re-use including ML strategies (e.g. transfer, few-shot and meta). Fairness in AI including themes related to ethical AI, bias detection, mitigation, metrics and implications for XAI systems. Paper Submission Instructions Paper submissions should be formatted according to CEUR instructions (see an Overleaf template here: https://www.overleaf.com/read/vdtqhqpdrchs). You have the following submission options: Short paper: 5-8 pages to describe preliminary work, present an overview of existing work or to be accompanied by a demonstration. Position paper: 2-4 pages to present an idea, discuss challenges or identify the landscape in this area of research. Workshop submissions will be subject to review by at least two reviewers who will be members of the Programme Committee. Researchers who submit demo systems will be required to provide access to the software in advance to facilitate evaluation. To submit, please email k.martin3@rgu.ac.uk with your paper attached as a PDF file. Please give your email the subject 'SICSA FiXAI Workshop Paper Submission - [Contact Author Name]'. We will provide confirmation of your submission within 48 working hours from receiving your email. Please submit papers by June 30th 2023 Publishing Accepted papers will be considered for publication through CEUR. CEUR is a free open-access publications service operated under RWTH Aachen University. For more information, see: http://ceur-ws.org/

Cybercrime Symposium and Summer School (2023): International Perspectives on Cybercrime

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 15 August, 2023
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: The University of Strathclyde, Computer & Information Science, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

SICSA is pleased to be sponsoring the next Cybercrime Symposium and Summer School (2023): International Perspectives on Cybercrime which is taking place on 15th August at the University of Strathclyde. For five years, prior to covid, this one-day interdisciplinary symposium has been organised and hosted by the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow. Offering current perspectives from a range of local, national, and international presenters, the event has a strong attendance - usually 50 - 70 attendees - from law enforcement, academia, public and private sectors. The associated Summer School continues the theme through the rest of the week (16th-19th August) and includes talks, illustrations, and practical sessions. The breadth of coverage on cybercrime allows students from a variety of academic disciplines to learn from an international perspective, and from the contributions of academics and practitioners from diverse institutions and research areas, including cybersecurity, digital forensics, criminology, law enforcement and cybercrime. The event also enables academics to gain insights from adjacent academic themes as well as notionally orthogonal disciplines. Students and academics in relevant disciplines from SICSA institutions may apply to attend both the Symposium and Summer School. The cost for registration is £40. SICSA sponsorship is available for a limited number of places. Non-academics may register to attend the Symposium only. Registration for this one-day event is also £40. Programme details and registration links will be available soon. To receive further information when available, email cybercrime@ebows.net.

Pedagogical Impacts of ChatGPT and Knowledge-Driven Large Language Models

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 24 August, 2023
Time: 09:30 - 16:00
Location: Riverside East, Conference Suite (N204), Garthdee Campus, Robert Gordon University, United Kingdom

Registration is now open: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sicsa-education-workshop-pedagogical-impacts-of-chatgpt-tickets-642898004237 Large Language Models (such as BERT, BLOOM, or ChatGPT), and their use in education, have been very topical in the last few months. There has been a steady increase of public and academic attention towards LLMs, with numerous open discussions and academic articles regarding the appropriateness of using these tools in education. When should they be used? When should they be limited? What are the ethical, moral and educational boundaries, and when is it appropriate to push these boundaries? What constitutes plagiarism? At the time of writing, many institutions are preparing or publishing position statements to their staff and students, with academics holding a number of different views on the topic. This workshop proposes to open discussion on our collective experience of LLMs and associated tools within Computing-related subjects, and on a wider basis. The Computing Education Research Group at RGU would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present your ideas and views on this topic. We anticipate that this will largely consist of computing faculty with an interest in education at any level, but those in similar roles from other fields may also be interested. This Call for Submissions will be open until the 4 August 2023, and we hope to make decisions on acceptances during the following week. Link for submissions: https://forms.office.com/e/EZPCfrX3HX PROPOSED SCHEDULE 09:30-10:00 Registration 10:00-10:30 Keynote Speaker (TBA) 10:30-10:45 Coffee Break 10:45-12:00 Session 1: Presentations 12:00-13:00 BBQ Lunch overlooking the River (and Poster Session) 13:00-14:45 Session 2: Presentations 14:45-15:00 Tea Break 15:00-15:45 Session 3: Panel 15:45-16:00 Closing Should you have any queries, please address them to Dr Mark Zarb - m.zarb@rgu.ac.uk

AudioMostly'23

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 29 August, 2023
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, ,

Audio Mostly is an interdisciplinary conference on design and experience of interaction with sound that prides itself on embracing applied theory and reflective practice. Its annual gatherings bring together thinkers and doers from academia and industry that share an interest in sonic interaction and the use of audio for interface design. This remit covers product design, auditory display, computer games and virtual environments, new musical instruments, and education and workplace tools. It further includes fields such as the psychology of sound and music, cultural studies, system engineering, and everything in between in which sonic interaction plays a role. AudioMostly'23 calls for Papers, Demos, Workshops, and Music & Installations on all of the above topics with a special focus on perspectives on modalities in sound and music interaction. An extended list of topics can be found in the call for contributions section. Attendees will expect a full program including 4 days of paper, poster and demo sessions, talks, installations, and concerts. The event will take place on-site. With this year's conference theme Embodied Sound in Virtual Realities we intend to inspire new thoughts at the intersection of sound design and embodied interactions in virtual environments (AR/VR/MR/XR). Sound design can play a crucial role in supporting immersive experiences and fostering seamless ‘natural’ embodied interactions with the virtual and real world. Interactions with the virtual are fostered through the continuous development of devices (wearables and hearables) and their applications in interactive experiences (games, exhibitions, installations, tours, etc.). Although technologies enable interaction with the virtual through bodily gestures, there is a paucity of auditory feedback to fully support these interactions at the intersection between the real and the virtual. How do we support these interactions through sound? How sound impacts our virtual experience and presence?   Please visit the conference website for more information, including schedule and registration!

SICSA Sponsored Conference: AudioMostly'23

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 29 August, 2023
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, ,

Audio Mostly is an interdisciplinary conference on design and experience of interaction with sound that prides itself on embracing applied theory and reflective practice. Its annual gatherings bring together thinkers and doers from academia and industry that share an interest in sonic interaction and the use of audio for interface design. This remit covers product design, auditory display, computer games and virtual environments, new musical instruments, and education and workplace tools. It further includes fields such as the psychology of sound and music, cultural studies, system engineering, and everything in between in which sonic interaction plays a role. AudioMostly'23 calls for Papers, Demos, Workshops, and Music & Installations on all of the above topics with a special focus on perspectives on modalities in sound and music interaction. An extended list of topics can be found in the call for contributions section. Attendees will expect a full program including 4 days of paper, poster and demo sessions, talks, installations, and concerts. The event will take place on-site. With this year's conference theme Embodied Sound in Virtual Realities we intend to inspire new thoughts at the intersection of sound design and embodied interactions in virtual environments (AR/VR/MR/XR). Sound design can play a crucial role in supporting immersive experiences and fostering seamless ‘natural’ embodied interactions with the virtual and real world. Interactions with the virtual are fostered through the continuous development of devices (wearables and hearables) and their applications in interactive experiences (games, exhibitions, installations, tours, etc.). Although technologies enable interaction with the virtual through bodily gestures, there is a paucity of auditory feedback to fully support these interactions at the intersection between the real and the virtual. How do we support these interactions through sound? How sound impacts our virtual experience and presence?   Please visit the conference website for more information, including schedule and registration!

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Group: Understandable Autonomous Systems
Speaker: Prof. Andrew Ireland, Heriot-Watt University
Date: 29 September, 2023
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: SAWB 423, Sir Alwyn Williams Building

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