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Deterministic Rounding of Dynamic Fractional Matchings

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Sayan Bhattacharya, University of Warwick
Date: 23 May, 2022
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

We present a framework for deterministically rounding a dynamic fractional matching. Applying our framework in a black-box manner on top of existing fractional matching algorithms, we derive the following new results: (1) The first deterministic algorithm for maintaining a $(2-\delta)$-approximate maximum matching in a fully dynamic bipartite graph, in arbitrarily small polynomial update time. (2) The first deterministic algorithm for maintaining a $(1+\delta)$-approximate maximum matching in a decremental bipartite graph, in polylogarithmic update time. (3) The first deterministic algorithm for maintaining a $(2+\delta)$-approximate maximum matching in a fully dynamic general graph, in small polylogarithmic (specifically, $O(\log^4 n)$) update time. These results are respectively obtained by applying our framework on top of the fractional matching algorithms of Bhattacharya et al. [STOC'16], Bernstein et al. [FOCS'20], and Bhattacharya and Kulkarni [SODA'19].

 
Prior to our work, there were two known general-purpose rounding schemes for dynamic fractional matchings. Both these schemes, by Arar et al. [ICALP'18] and Wajc [STOC'20], were randomized.
 
Our rounding scheme works by maintaining a good matching-sparsifier with bounded arboricity, and then applying the algorithm of Peleg and Solomon [SODA'16] to maintain a near-optimal matching in this low arboricity graph. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first dynamic matching algorithm that works on general graphs by using an algorithm for low-arboricity graphs as a black-box subroutine. This feature of our rounding scheme might be of independent interest.
 
This is joint work with Peter Kiss.

Anomaly Diagnosis in Cyber-Physical Systems

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Marco Cook, University of Glasgow
Date: 24 May, 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) play a vital role in controlling cyber-physical system (CPS) processes and consequently have become a primary target for cyber attacks that aim to disrupt CPS. By contrast, with conventional networked setups, the operational and safety-critical importance of PLCs introduce challenges for CNI operators on empirically determining if an incident is a cyber-attack or a system fault as both occurrences can display similar outputs on the physical process. In this talk, I will present a novel framework for PLC anomaly diagnosis defined by a two-stage identification and classification approach based on novelty detection that we have evaluated using a representative ICS water treatment testbed.

Healthcare Seminar & CIVIS Network: Securing our Identity: from Biometric Anti-Spoofing to DeepFakes Detection

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Prof. Julian Fierrez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Date: 25 May, 2022
Time: 15:00 - 16:30
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpcu2pqDgoEtfbxu-X9VKJ-GMZ-8EXD93x

 In the last decade we have witnessed extraordinary advances in technologies aimed at managing and securing our identity for online and mobile applications including e-commerce, e-health, e-banking, e-learning, and others. This has been enabled by a rapidly evolving mobile market, with smartphones now having impressive computation capabilities and many audiovisual and biometric-specific sensors capable of acquiring high-quality face images, voice, fingerprints, and other biometric information. This context has nurtured the development of biometric technology that can represent in a very distinctive way our individual identity. These advances in biometric identity have come, at the same time, with growing risks. The information secured by biometric models in our smartphones and other computing platforms are nowadays more valuable than ever, and therefore a growing number of attacks are being conducted seeking big returns by faking our biometric identities. This keynote will summarize the main advances in biometric security conducted in the last decade aimed at evaluating the security of biometric systems against presentation attacks (aka spoofing attacks). Additionally, and as a natural evolution of the mentioned security aspects of biometric identities, we will discuss a topic of growing interest nowadays: facial image manipulation techniques, including DeepFakes, and ways to detect such manipulations. These manipulation techniques, boosted by recent advances in deep learning, can nowadays be used for biometric impersonation in very harmful ways. Both lines of research (biometric anti-spoofing and facial manipulation detection) in a sense have the same purpose: in an interconnected world where we interact more than ever via digital representations of ourselves including in many cases biometric information, there is a growing need for securing our digital identities against a growing army of attackers and attacking methods.

Biography: Julian FIERREZ received the MSc and the PhD degrees in telecommunications engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Since 2002 he was affiliated as a PhD candidate with the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and since 2004 at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, where he is currently an Associate Professor since 2010. From 2007 to 2009 he was a visiting researcher at Michigan State University in USA under a Marie Curie fellowship. His research is on signal and image processing, AI fundamentals and applications, HCI, forensics, and biometrics for security and human behavior analysis. He is actively involved in large EU projects in these topics (e.g., BIOSECURE, TABULA RASA and BEAT in the past; now IDEA-FAST, PRIMA and TRESPASS-ETN). Since 2016 he is Associate Editor for Elsevier's Information Fusion and IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security, and since 2018 also for IEEE Trans. on Image Processing. He has been General Chair of the IAPR Iberoamerican Congress on Pattern Recognition (CIARP 2018) and the Iberian Conference on Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis (IbPRIA 2019). Since 2020 he is member of the ELLIS Society.

Prof. Fierrez has received best papers awards at AVBPA, ICB, IJCB, ICPR, ICPRS, and Pattern Recognition Letters. He is also recipient of a number of world-class research distinctions, including: EBF European Biometric Industry Award 2006, EURASIP Best PhD Award 2012, Medal in the Young Researcher Awards 2015 by the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Miguel Catalan Award to the Best Researcher under 40 in the Community of Madrid in the general area of Science and Technology. In 2017 he has been also awarded the IAPR Young Biometrics Investigator Award, given to a single researcher worldwide every two years under the age of 40, whose research work has had a major impact in biometrics.

Registration is required: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpcu2pqDgoEtfbxu-X9VKJ-GMZ-8EXD93x

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Fair Termination: from Binary to Multiparty Sessions

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Luca Ciccone, University of Torino
Date: 26 May, 2022
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

Fair Termination means termination under a fairness assumption. In particular, a session fairly terminates if the infinite executions admitted by the protocol are considered unrealistic since they violate such assumption. Hence, in a session of this kind all input/output actions are eventually executed.

In this talk I will introduce a type system for enforcing the mentioned property. Such type system adopts also a notion of subtyping. Traditional subtyping for session types is unfortunately unfair, in the sense that it can break the termination property of a session. Thus, I will refer to fair subtyping, a liveness preserving refinement of the original relation. However, its adoption alone is not sufficient to guarantee fair termination. For example, infinite applications of a subsumption rule can lead to an application of the unfair subtyiping. I will show by examples all the additional properties that a session has to satisfy and at last I will compare fair termination with other better known properties. For the sake of clarity I will introduce the main notions on binary sessions and next I will show how to generalize them in a multparty context.

SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Talk – Dr Leo Porter: Development and use of a Basic Data Structures Concept Inventory

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 30 May, 2022
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Location: TBA

This is to announce a series of talks by our SICSA distinguished visiting fellow, Leo Porter, from the University of California, San Diego. He is going to talk in two main areas: Peer Instruction (Monday 16th) The development of a data structures inventory for use in formative and summative assessment. (Monday 30th May) For each topic, he will first talk about the theory underpinning the work and key research results, and then, after a break, present a more interactive session to explore how we might adopt this work in our own teaching. These will be hybrid sessions, with discussion both in-person and on Zoom, and the opportunity for on-line attendees to ask questions of the speaker. LOCATION: Hybrid – SAWB 422 (School of CS, Glasgow) & CCSE Zoom Room (https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/97349740160).   Session 1: 12:00-12:50 - BDSI: A Concept Inventory for Basic Data Structures with Evidence of Validity A Concept Inventory (CI) is a validated assessment to measure student conceptual understanding of a particular topic. In this talk, I will present a CI for Basic Data Structures (BDSI) and the process by which the CI was designed and validated. Included in this process was: gaining consensus from a number of faculty at diverse institutions on what belongs on the instrument, conducting interviews with students to identify their conceptions and misconceptions of the content, development and refinement of the CI questions using both qualitative and quantitative methods, and a statistical evaluation of final versions of the instrument to ensure its internal validity. Lastly, I will go over how one might apply a similar process to develop similar instruments for other computer science classes. Session 2: 13:10-14:00 – Using and Interpreting the Basic Data Structures Inventory (BDSI) For faculty interested in using the BDSI either for teaching or research purposes, this talk will discuss how to administer the assessment including tips to ensure that the process is valuable for instructors and students alike. In addition, I will run an activity with audience participation to present the results from having used the instrument at a collection of diverse institutions to help instructors and researchers interpret their own findings. BIO: Leo Porter is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at UC San Diego. He is best known for his research on the impact of Peer Instruction in computing courses, the use of clicker data to predict student outcomes, and the development of the Basic Data Structures Concept Inventory. He co-teaches the popular Coursera Specialization “Object-Oriented Java Programming: Data Structures and Beyond” with over 300,000 enrolled learners and the first course in the edX MicroMasters in Data Science, “Python for Data Science”, with over 200,000 enrolled learners. He has received six Best Paper Awards, SIGCSEs 50th Year Anniversary Top Ten Symposium Papers of All Time Award, an Outstanding Teaching Award from Warren College, and the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award at UC San Diego. He is a Distinguished Member of the ACM and currently serves as Secretary of the SIGCSE Board.

TBD

Group: Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms (FATA)
Speaker: Gramoz Gorancini, University of Glasgow
Date: 31 May, 2022
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

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Responsible Information Access Beyond Fairness

Group: Information Retrieval (IR)
Speaker: Asia Biega, Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy
Date: 06 June, 2022
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: Zoom link will be provided after registration

Abstract

To be fully responsible, information access systems should account for a variety of social, legal, and ethical principles. These principles apply not only to the underlying algorithms, but also other system facets, including data and user interfaces. In this talk, I will discuss a few responsibilty concepts which are currently driving our research, including data minimization, nudging, and digital well-being.

 

Bio

Asia J. Biega is a tenure-track faculty member at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP) leading the Responsible Computing group. Her research centers around developing, examining and computationally operationalizing principles of responsible computing, data governance & ethics, and digital well-being. 

Before joining MPI-SP, Asia worked at Microsoft Research Montréal in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics in AI (FATEGroup. She completed her PhD in Computer Science at the MPI for Informatics and the MPI for Software Systemswinning the DBIS Dissertation Award of the German Informatics Society.

In her work, Asia engages in interdisciplinary collaborations while drawing from her traditional CS education and her industry experience, including consulting and engineering stints at Microsoft, Google and in e-commerce.

 

The event will be held in a hybrid format.

For in-person participation, please register on Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/responsible-information-access-beyond-fairness-tickets-334664218687 

For online participation, please register in zoom

Edge Computing and Machine Learning

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Blesson Varghese, University of St. Andrews
Date: 07 June, 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

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SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Talk - Prof Richard L. Baskerville: Digital Reality First

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 08 June, 2022
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: TBA

We are pleased to announce that SICSA has funded Prof Richard Baskerville to visit as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. We will be hosting him at Strathclyde (6-10 June) and he will visit Abertay University on the 9th June. Richard L. Baskerville is Regents’ Professor and Board of Advisors Professor of Information Systems at Georgia State University. His research regards security of information systems, methods of information systems design and development, and the interaction of information systems and organizations. Baskerville is editor emeritus of the European Journal of Information Systems. He is a Chartered Engineer, and holds a BS summa cum laude University of Maryland, MSc and PhD London School of Economics. His honors include the AIS LEO and the PhD (hc) University of Pretoria, and DSc (hc) Roskilde University. We would be very pleased to have you join us for his two talks, either in person or via Zoom/Teams. Location Room 1414, 14th floor Livingstone Tower, Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XH, or Join Zoom Meeting, https://strath.zoom.us/j/89432808660, Password: 444720 Digital Reality First Classical information systems maintained digital reflections of “living” reality. Increasingly digital technologies create and shape living reality. It is an ontological reversal: the digital version is created first, and second the version in living reality (if needed). This ontological reversal challenges us to think about the role of humans and technology in society. Science and engineering are rapidly advancing this reversal with in silico research and digital twins. We are challenged to think about our role as IS scholars in this digital reality and what it means for our research agendas. Cybersecurity research is examined as an example. Queries to Karen Renaud or Jacques Ophoff.

SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Talk – Prof Richard L. Baskerville: Information Systems as a Nexus of IT Systems

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 09 June, 2022
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: TBA

We are pleased to announce that SICSA has funded Prof Richard Baskerville to visit as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow. We will be hosting him at Strathclyde (6-10 June) and he will visit Abertay University on the 9th June. Richard L. Baskerville is Regents’ Professor and Board of Advisors Professor of Information Systems at Georgia State University. His research regards security of information systems, methods of information systems design and development, and the interaction of information systems and organizations. Baskerville is editor emeritus of the European Journal of Information Systems. He is a Chartered Engineer, and holds a BS summa cum laude University of Maryland, MSc and PhD London School of Economics. His honors include the AIS LEO and the PhD (hc) University of Pretoria, and DSc (hc) Roskilde University. We would be very pleased to have you join us for his two talks, either in person or via Zoom/Teams. Location Abertay University, Room 2522, Kydd Building, Dundee, DD1 1HG, (tea/coffee on campus from 12:30) Information Systems as a Nexus of IT Systems The concepts of information systems and information technology are overlapping in a way that creates issues for researchers. Usefully distinguishing between the concepts is problematic. The author reports on an investigation of the use of the systems concept in practice. This research finds a pragmatic distinction between an information system (IS) and an information technology system (IT system). In a practice view, an IS incorporates an emphasis on both a technical and a social subsystem, while an IT system predominantly emphasizes the technical elements. This distinction becomes useful in practice because contemporary IS practitioners are often involved in acquiring and integrating IT systems into an organizational IS. This involvement leads to a viewpoint on the organizational IS (including the social subsystem) as a nexus of multiple IT systems. This nexus creates issues in practice for not only integrating IT systems into the organizational IS, but also integrating multiple IT systems with each other in the context of the organizational IS. These issues lead to research opportunities such as the need for new methodologies for IT system acquisitions and new theories that accommodate the social integration of IT systems and IS. Or attend online: webinar. Queries to Karen Renaud or Jacques Ophoff.

Continuous Performance Testing in Virtual Time

Group: Systems Seminars
Speaker: Robert Chatley, Imperial College
Date: 14 June, 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Room 422, SAWB

Abstract :
Test-Driven Development (TDD) can give us a lot of information about functional correctness of a software system, but the way it is generally used currently cannot give much information on the performance characteristics of the implemented system. We typically do not find out about performance problems until the whole system is tested together, or worse, when it fails in production. In this talk we introduce new techniques for constructing unit tests that allow us to explore performance characteristics and detect problems before deploying our software. We can use virtual time to run performance experiments without waiting for real time to elapse, so we can get the fast feedback we are used to from the TDD cycle.
 
About the Author :
Dr Robert Chatley - Director of Software Engineering Practice, Imperial College London.  
 
After completing his PhD in software engineering, Robert spent many years working in industry as a senior engineer and a consultant before returning to university life. His work now bridges industry and academia, focussing on developing skills and knowledge in software engineers to build technical competence and improve developer productivity. His role at Imperial combines a strong focus on education with industry-focussed research. He is also director of the EdTech Lab for the Department of Computing at Imperial, leading an internal open-source community developing software supporting learning and teaching.

 

SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Talk – Dr. Daniel Garijo Verdejo: Accelerating Research Software Understandability Through Knowledge Capture

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 15 June, 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: TBA

A talk focused on facilitating software understanding by automatically capturing Knowledge Graphs from software documentation and code. Research Software is key to understand, reproduce and reuse existing work in many disciplines, ranging from Geosciences to Astronomy or Artificial Intelligence. However, research software is usually difficult to find, reuse, compare and understand due to its disconnected documentation (dispersed in manuals, readme files, web sites, and code comments) and a lack of structured metadata to describe it. These problems affect not only researchers, but also students who aim to compare published findings and policy makers seeking clarity on a scientific result. In this talk I will present the main research challenges and our recent efforts towards facilitating software understanding by automatically capturing Knowledge Graphs from software documentation and code. Speaker's bio Dr. Daniel Garijo Verdejo is a Distinguished Researcher at the Ontology Engineering Group of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). Previously, he held a Research Computer Scientist position at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Daniel's research activities focus on e-Science and Knowledge Capture, specifically on how to increase the understandability of research software and scientific workflows by creating Knowledge Graph from their documentation and provenance (i.e., steps, outputs, inputs, intermediate results). Website: https://dgarijo.com/. This is a hybrid event. In person attendance Meston 2, Meston Building, University of Aberdeen Online Instructions on how to attend online (via Teams) will be released closer to the event date. Register via Eventbrite.

SICSA Distinguished Visiting Fellow Talk - Dr. Daniel Garijo Verdejo: The Scientific Paper of the Future

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 16 June, 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: TBA

This seminar provides an overview of the best practices in reproducible research and Open Science to help researchers increase citations for their reports, get credit for all their research products, augment their CV with data and software, write compelling data management plans for funding proposals, comply with new funder and journal requirements, and practice open and reproducible science. Attendees will learn why these practices are increasingly required by scientists, publishers, funders and the public; as well as how to exercise them in optimal ways by spending only the required amount of time. Website: https://www.scientificpaperofthefuture.org. Speaker's bio Dr. Daniel Garijo Verdejo is a Distinguished Researcher at the Ontology Engineering Group of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). Previously, he held a Research Computer Scientist position at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Daniel's research activities focus on e-Science and Knowledge Capture, specifically on how to increase the understandability of research software and scientific workflows by creating Knowledge Graph from their documentation and provenance (i.e., steps, outputs, inputs, intermediate results). Website: https://dgarijo.com/. This is a hybrid event. In person attendance Exact room TBC, University of Aberdeen Foresterhill Campus Online Instructions on how to attend online (via Teams) will be released closer to the event date. Register via Eventbrite.

Cyber Physical Systems & Cyber Security Research Themes: SICSA Event at IEEE DSC 2022

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 22 June, 2022
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, 219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh , EH14 1DJ, United Kingdom

In parallel with IEEE DSC 2022, we are running an event organised by Dr Naghmeh Moradpoor and sponsored by SICSA to support women in cyber given that the lack of women in cybersecurity is something that the UK government, the industry and university are keen to address. Therefore, it aims to inspire women into cybersecurity roles by bringing together the cyber women from across the UK in the form of a poster and a paper competition. Having the best paper and best poster competition held in parallel with the above conference, will assist women in cybersecurity to understand the demands for cybersecurity/digital forensics in different organisations. This event not only connects women 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. Prizes The event will select total of x8 winners (x4 winners for the best papers and x4 winners for the best posters) as follows: Prizes for x4 winners (total: £230), best posters: First place: X1 £100 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Second place: X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Third place: X1 £30 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Outstanding woman in cyber (poster category): X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Prizes for x4 winners (total: £230), best papers: First place: X1 £100 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Second place: X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Third place: X1 £30 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Outstanding woman in cyber (paper category): X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Please note that both males and females can enter the above competitions for best papers and best posters, competing for first place, second place, and third place. Only females are allowed in the Outstanding Woman in Cyber (paper & poster) categories. Contact Dr Naghmeh Moradpoor, Edinburgh Napier University  

Cyber Physical Systems & Cyber Security Research Themes: 5th International Paper/Poster Competition in Cybersecurity

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 22 June, 2022
Time: 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, 219 Colinton Road, Edinburgh , EH14 1DJ, United Kingdom

The event, jointly funded by the SICSA Cyber Security & Cyber Physical Systems Research Themes, runs in parallel with IEEE DSC 2022. The competition has a special track for women in cyber including Outstanding woman in cyber, paper & poster category. Call for papers/posters Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Big Data Analysis- Botnet and Intrusion Detection Cryptographic Methods and Toolkits Cyberattacks Data/Information Reliability Database Security and Privacy Embedded Systems and IoT Devices Experimentation, Measurement, and Assessment Mobile and Cloud Computing Software vulnerabilities Malware analysis- SDN and NFV Security and Privacy for AI Hardware security and reliability CAD Algorithms and Tools Electronic Circuits and Systems Fault-Tolerant Architectures and Designs Industrial Design Experiences Noise-Aware Designs Power-Aware Designs Soft-Error Analysis and Models Stochastic Circuits and Systems Temperature-Aware Designs Variable-Latency Designs Security Circuits, Designs, and Detection Attacks on Information Systems and/or Digital Information Storage CSIRTs, Incident Analysis, and Response Honeypots/Honeynets- Malware Analysis and Reversing Mobile Communications Security and Vulnerabilities Newly discovered vulnerabilities in software and hardware Offensive (and Counter-Offensive) Information Technology Reverse Engineering, Forensics, and Anti-Forensics Spyware, Phishing and Distributed Attacks VLSI/CAD Design Knowhow Data Security and Privacy Prizes for x4 winners (total: £230), best posters: First place: X1 £100 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Second place: X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Third place: X1 £30 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Outstanding woman in cyber (poster category): X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Prizes for x4 winners (total: £230), best papers: First place: X1 £100 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Second place: X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Third place: X1 £30 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Outstanding woman in cyber (paper category): X1 £50 Amazon voucher; X1 Certificate from the event Important dates Please consult the event website for the most up-to-date info on the following: Paper Submission by: 27 March 2022 Author Notification: 26 April 2022 Camera Ready Submission: 6 May 2022 Event date: 22 June 2022 Organisers Dr. Naghmeh Moradpoor; Edinburgh Napier University (Lead) Dr. Pooneh Bagheri Zadeh; Leeds Beckett University Dr. Kia Dashtipour; Edinburgh Napier University

Healthcare Seminar: TBC

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Xianghua Ding & Marwa Mahmood, University of Glasgow
Date: 22 June, 2022
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUucOCrpjovHdLqvVrzDE4XWTHqH9BtT5uP?_x_zm_rtaid=eAp53vypTseAZFmIPgEQRw.1652966388684.1b3fbf89111dfe1f42bf20b90f0abbb0&_x_zm_rhtaid=426

Title: Socio-technical approach to empowering people for everyday health

Biography:
Dr. Xianghua (Sharon) Ding is a Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Technologies in the School of Computer Science at the University of Glasgow. Before moving to Glasgow, she was an Associate Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine, USA in 2010. Her research falls in the areas of Human Computer Interaction(HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp). She is interested in social-technical approaches to empower people to manage their health in daily lives, with particular interest in intelligent health sensing and collaborative technologies for preventive health, health literacy, and mental wellbeing. Her work has been published at flagship venues in HCI such as CHI, CSCW, and Ubicomp, and has received Best Paper (CSCW2015) and Honorable Mention (CHI2020) awards. She has also been serving leadership roles in these venues, including Editor for CSCW2021-2022, Subcommittee Chair for CHI2021’s Health and CHI2019’s Understanding People, and Associate Chair for CHI and CSCW. She also led the publication on a special issue on human-centered cooperative computing as a lead guest editor for CCF’s Transactions on Pervasive Computing and Interaction.

SICSA Conference Sponsorship: CUI 2022

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 26 July, 2022
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: University of Strathclyde, The Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD, United Kingdom

SICSA is a proud sponsor of the 4th International Conference on Conversational User Interfaces taking place in Glasgow on the 26th- 28th July 2022. There has been an increasing interest in language-based interactions with technology. Driven by the commercial success of intelligent personal assistant devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the number of natural language and conversation-based interactions is growing in commercial settings. Following the successful inaugural ACM In-Cooperation conference in 2019 and the virtual conferences in 2020 and 2021, CUI 2022 aims to further develop a collaborative community around human-computer interaction issues in speech and language technology, with a specific interest in theory-based and applied scientific issues in the field of speech and text-based conversational user interfaces. Thus CUI 2022 further looks to bring together relevant communities (e.g., ISCA, ACM SIGCHI, CogSci, CHIIR), to publish, disseminate and showcase high-quality cutting-edge research related to the field, promote insight and debate in this exciting and essential discipline within language interfaces. Topics relevant to the conference include, but are not limited to: voice user experience speech interfaces speech interface theory development conversational interaction through technology text-based conversational interfaces chatbots speech synthesis speech recognition dialogue management conversational interface design insights methods for conversational user interface development and evaluation multimodal interaction involving speech, text or other language based interfaces conversational information seeking and search We invite the submission of full research papers, describing original work that has not been previously published, not accepted for publication elsewhere, and not simultaneously submitted or currently under review in another journal or conference (including the other tracks of CUI 2022). We particularly encourage the submission of high quality replication studies in addition to well-designed studies with null results. Full papers are original contributions from a broad range of disciplines including: human-computer interaction, computer science, engineering, speech technology, linguistics, psychology, cognitive sciences, sociology and other cognate disciplines. Submission Submissions of full research papers must be in English, in PDF format, anonymized, and approximately 6,000 words (including figures, tables, proofs, appendixes, and any other content excluding references and acknowledgments). Suitable LaTeX, Word, and Overleaf templates are available from the ACM Website (Word users should use “Submission Template”, LaTeX users should use the “manuscript” document class in the Master Article Template). ACM’s CCS concepts and keywords are not required for review but may be required if accepted and published by the ACM. For LaTeX, the following should be used:`\documentclass[manuscript, review, anonymous]{acmart}` Each paper will be peer reviewed by three expert reviewers. Submissions must be made through EasyChair. Accepted papers will be available online and given an oral presentation slot at the conference. At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference. New review process For 2022 the review process will be slightly modified, transitioning away from a submit-review-rebut process. Instead, a shepherding process is introduced that implements a “light revise & resubmit”. With this, we expect to further increase the quality of the CUI proceedings, while at the same time reducing the burden on both authors and reviewers. Papers for which there is a very high agreement among reviewers regarding recommendation for inclusion in the proceedings will receive early acceptance decisions and will no longer be required to submit a rebuttal (this is the equivalent of “conditionally accepted”). A small number of papers that may require further revisions will be shepherded (equivalent to major revisions or light revise & resubmit), with 3 weeks allocated for authors to coordinate the revisions with the associated chair (AC) coordinating each paper. This may include targeted revisions to specific parts of the original submission addressing the most significant points raised by the reviewers, or alternative forms as deemed appropriate by the AC (such as a detailed proposal of how such revisions may be carried out -- details that the previous rebuttal would not have had the space for). Important dates Submissions due: Wednesday 23rd February 2022 Early decision notification: Wednesday 6th April 2022 Shepherding: Wednesday 6th - 20th April 2022 Notifications for shepherding papers: Wednesday 27th April 2022 Camera ready due: Wednesday 11th May 2022 All deadlines are at 23:59 Anywhere on Earth

SICSA Conference Sponsorship: Euro - Par Conference 2022

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 22 August, 2022
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, United Kingdom

SICSA is a proud sponsor of the 28th International European Conference On Parallel and Distributed Computing. Euro-Par is the prime European conference covering all aspects of parallel and distributed processing, ranging from theory to practice, from small to the largest parallel and distributed systems and infrastructures, from fundamental computational problems to full-fledged applications, from architecture, compiler, language and interface design and implementation, to tools, support infrastructures, and application performance aspects. Euro-Par’s unique organization into topics provides an excellent forum for focused technical discussion, as well as interaction with a large, broad and diverse audience. A week of scientific events including workshops, posters, and tutorials. Covering all topics related to parallel and distributed computing: Compilers, Tools and Environments Performance and Power Modelling, Prediction and Evaluation Scheduling and Load Balancing Data Management, Analytics and Machine Learning Cluster and Cloud Computing Theory and Algorithms for Parallel and Distributed Processing Parallel and Distributed Programming, Interfaces, and Languages Multicore and Manycore Parallelism Parallel Numerical Methods and Applications High-performance architectures and accelerators Parallelism in IoT/Edge Computing Proceedings in Springer LNCS series. In person and Online Euro-Par 2022 will be held as a hybrid event, in-person at the University of Glasgow, and online. The University campus is located in the West End of Glasgow and is easily reachable by air and by rail. Euro-Par 2022 is organised by the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow, with support from Heriot-Watt University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Stirling. Find out more about upcoming deadlines and the programme of sessions.

Euro-Par 2022: Call for PhD Symposium

Group: Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA)
Speaker: SICSA Event, SICSA
Date: 22 August, 2022
Time: 01:00 - 01:00
Location: University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow, G12 8QQ, United Kingdom

The EuroPar Doctoral Symposium is a forum for PhD students to present their work, meet and interact with peers, and to receive constructive feedback about their work from experts in the EuroPar community. The program will feature technical presentations by PhD students, general research advice, and discussions in panel and open formats. Call for Applications We invite submissions from PhD students at any stage of their doctoral studies. Applicants must be officially enrolled in a PhD Program at the time of submission, and each submission MUST be backed by an endorsement from the official PhD adviser(s). Required submission files are as follows: Proposal, including: Title of work, author and adviser(s) names, affiliations Abstract of the work Brief description of work being done, including the problem being addressed, the research methodology being used, and preliminary results (if any) Adviser Statement of Support on institutional letterhead, including: Declaration that the applicant is their PhD student, and the length of time of this relationship Confirmation of support for applicant’s participation The applicant's expected academic contributions The level of work that has been achieved by the student (in the course of or before the PhD work) How the student will prepare for the event How the student plans to attend the event (i.e. in person or online) How travel and accommodation costs are to be met, if planning to attend in person The expected impact of attending the event on the student's work Registration Studentships We are happy to announce that we can cover the registration fees of 28 student attendees. These are detailed as follows: 14 awards funded by SICSA. To qualify, you should be a PhD student currently studying Informatics and Computing Science within a SICSA institution. 14 awards funded by the Euro-Par Foundation. To qualify, you should be a PhD student studying Informatics and Computing Science at the time of the event. On top of the above specific criteria for each studentship, the following criteria will be used: Explicit recommendation by the supervisor(s) is paramount, as awards will be given based on the strength of the supervisor(s) letter. Priority will be given to in-person attendees. Key Dates Submissions: 20 May 2022 Notifications: 27 June 2022 Find out more about the Symposium. Find out more about the 28th International European Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing 2022.

Healthcare seminar-Hybrid Seminar: TBC

Group: Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Speaker: Dr Simon Rogers, NHS National Services Scotland
Date: 28 September, 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkcOqsqz8vHdboNnP6P-_L3F5na54lHlsx

 

Biography:

Dr Simon Rogers is an AI data scientist at NHS National Services Scotland and Honorary Lecturer in Computer Science at University of Glasgow. His research involves the development of Machine Learning and Statistical techniques to help with the analysis of complex datasets. Among his long publication list he has also published a textbook on 'A First Course in Machine Learning', which is an introduction to modern (fairly probabilistic) Machine Learning.

Registration is required:  https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUkcOqsqz8vHdboNnP6P-_L3F5na54lHlsx

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