Student Induction Day
for SICSA Prize Students
and supervisors
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What’s up?
10.45-11.00 Coffee and registration
11.00-11.10 Welcome and Introduction
Jon Oberlander
11.10-11.30 Icebreaker event
Jon Turner
11.30-12.45 Student Presentations
Jon Oberlander
12.45-1.45 Lunch
1.45-2.00
Intro to the Graduate Academy
Ian Sommerville
2.00-3.00
Challenges for Supervision
Jon Turner
3.00-3.15
Tea
3.15-3.45
Introduction to SGA PG training
inc. Entrepreneurship training
Ian Sommerville
Danny Helson
3.45-4.45
Mediated communication
Colin Allison
Paul Cockshott
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Where from?
Aberdeen
Robert Gordon
Dundee
Abertay
St Andrews
Stirling
Heriot Watt
Glasgow
Strathclyde
Edinburgh
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Who’s here?
1.
Bai, Xi
2.
Fan, Zhengjie
3.
4.
Fountain, Trevor
Kelly, Tom
5.
Keyhanipour, Amir Hosein
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Khajeh-Hosseini, Ali
Kammar, Ohad
Kotthoff, Lars
Maternaghan, Claire
Meedeniya, Dulani
Petrovic, Sasa
Qi, Lin
Tan, Niyue
Wanderley Goes, Luis F.
Wu, Yanghui
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Edinburgh
Aberdeen
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Glasgow
St Andrews
Edinburgh
St Andrews
Stirling
St Andrews
Edinburgh
Heriot-Watt
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Robert Gordon
Dave Robertson
Jeff Z Pan
Mirella Lapata
Ron Poet
Iadh Ounis
Ian Sommerville
Gordon Plotkin
Ian Miguel
Kenneth J Turner
Juliana Bowles
Miles Osborne
Mike Chantler
Miles Obsorne
Marcelo Cintra
John McCall
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What’s going on?
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How do we build and work with the systems of
tomorrow?
– Distributed, pervasive, varied …
• sometimes big and powerful, sometimes small and low power
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QuickTime™ and a
How can we “right-scale”
in the petabyte age?
decompressor
are needed to see this picture.
– Securing, interfacing, modelling, engineering
OK, how?
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To help meet that challenge,
we must sustain and enhance
Scotland’s research excellence
in Informatics and Computer Science.
•
We must collaborate to compete
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Can we build it?
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9% UK population
20% UK research council computing grants
19% UK’s top researchers (RAE2001)
Proportion of 5* research active staff in RAE2001
Proportion of 5*/5 research active staff in RAE2001
Scotland
19%
Scotland
Scotland
31%
Rest of UK
Rest of UK
69%
Rest of UK
81%
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More research is world class/internationally recognised
– 71% in SICSA vs 63% in UK (RAE2008)
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Unparalleled in the UK, European-leading, world class
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Can we build it?
600
PhD
500
400
Academic
Research
2001
300
2007
200
100
0
Academic
Research
PhD
SICSA personnel
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Who’s going to build it?
Governing Board
Research
Committee
Advisory
Committee
Securing
• Practical
networking
• Performance
analysis
• Network security
formalisms
• Web languages
Interfacing
• Speech and
language
• HCI
• Information
retrieval
• Machine learning
Graduate
Academy
Modelling
Engineering
• Computational
• Socio-technical
• System and
• Agents and
group theory
performance
modelling
• Model checking
systems
autonomics
• Complex
interactions
• Applications
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Who’s going to build it?
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SICSA is about people:
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4 themes for networking
7 research fellows
30 new academics
60+ international visitors
80 international students
You!
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