• Research School Irregular

    Published: Monday, 29 October 2018

    A newsletter for PGR

    [ top ]Research School Irregular

    Invitation to the PGR Well Bee-ing Project Launch - Monday 12 November

    The PGR Well Bee-ing Project aims to improve the provision, support and resources for wellbeing and mental health for our PGR community. We need PGRs to join our discussions and share their ideas and opinions, you are invited to our project launch on Monday 12 November to find out about the project and the different ways you can get involved, please register for the afternoon session (12-2pm) or the evening session (5-7.30pm). Light refreshments will be available at both sessions.   


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    Data Science Club on Deep Learning 30th October 2018 - There's still time to Register!

     Data Science Club

     Deep Learning 


    Date: Tuesday 30th October 2018

    Venue: Collab 1, Kilburn Building. University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL

    Time: 14:00 - 15:45 



    The Data Science Institute would like to invite you to the next meeting of the Data Science Club that will be taking place on Tuesday 30th October. Focusing on the theme of Deep Learning, attendees will have the chance to hear about current Deep Learning research taking place across the University.







    Magnus Rattray 



    Mike Phuycharoen

    Deep learning for prediction of DNA-protein binding 


    Sebastian Flennerhag 

    Leveraging meta-learning in complex transfer learning scenarios 


    Angelo Cangelosi

    Deep Learning and Robotics


    Mercedes Arguello Casteleiro

    Deep Learning meets ontologies: experiments to anchor the cardiovascular disease ontology in the biomedical literature






    Light refreshments will be provided. Please register your place via the link below. 



    If you have any queries please contact dsi.enquiries@manchester.ac.uk 




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    Machine Learning Workshop at JBCA

     Machine Learning Workshop at JBCA 


    Date: 13th - 15th November 2018

    Venue: Schuster Annexe, Upper Brook St, Manchester, M13 0HR



    On November 13-15th the JBCA Machine Learning Club are having a 3 day Machine Learning workshop in the Schuster Annexe. We will have introductory talks on different machine learning algorithms as well as invited speakers from both academia and industry to talk about the latest research and applications in Machine Learning. We have a number of slots for flash talks (7+3 minutes) for anyone who would like to present their work with machine learning, or talk about where they think Machine Learning might be useful in their research.

    We hope this interdisciplinary workshop revolving around machine learning will be an inspiring way to think about using machine learning in your research. A detailed programme will follow but the general outline of the workshop is as follows:



    Tuesday 13th: Introductory talks/tutorial on Machine Learning algorithms and Jupyter notebook examples. Beginner friendly.
    Wednesday 14th: Invited speakers + flash talks
    Thursday 15th: Invited speakers + flash talks

    Invited speakers and rough topics:

    • Ross King (Manchester) - Philosophical and social dimensions of automating science, and the role of the Data Science Institute.
    • Edward Pyzer-Knapp (Manchester) - IBM Hartree Centre - Types of learning algorithms used for geographical data processing.
    • Kamelia Dimove (Manchester) - Mind Trace - Computational neuroscience and machine learning. Unsupervised learning and sampling methods, applied to large-scale computing (Using half a million cores available at the University of Manchester).
    • Sidharth Kashyap (Edinburgh) - Intel - Scaling Deep Learning to influence future architectural directions
    • Julia Handl (Manchester) - Decision and Cognitive Sciences Group
    • Leanne Fitzpatrick (Manchester) - Head of Analytics at Hello Soda - Data Science and Machine Learning in production, docker for data science, and 360/full-stack data science. 

    Please fill in the google form below if you would like to attend. We have included a box asking you why you would like to attend, since in the event we are over-subscribed we may need to limit participants. We would encourage applicants to submit an abstract for a flash talk. We will let everyone know they have a place as soon as possible and definitely by November 2nd.



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    Courtyard Update

    Courtyard: we are waiting for planters and furniture to appear in the courtyard. This will happen over the next weeks, and things will appear gradually. Also, we'd like to remind you that the courtyard is a no smoking area.

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    Computer Science Campus League Rugby team

    The University are hoping to create a male Computer Science Campus League rugby team.

    Please see attached flyer and info below from Lucy Simper, Rugby Development Officer:


    If you are interested, please sign up via the registration to play form.  If there are not enough registrations to form a team, the players who have registered will have the option to join other teams while we build the league in the hope to create a Computer Science team for next year. 

    This is the link to sign up to register as an individual- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdkKiGGTU28LhhvvlvdGagNrcbX0WVObPqnDzLPMCO5aZSSbA/viewform?c=0&w=1 -the individual on the form would then specify rugby union. 

    There is optional training session at the Armitage Centre on a Tuesday and matches are on a Wednesday or Sunday.

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    [ top ]Owning Your Research Project

    New Researcher Services Webpages

    We have re-designed our Researcher Services webpages to bring together all the services that the Library offers to support research in one place.

    The Library can help shape your research project at every stage; whether you want to search and use our collections and sources, get advice on how to manage your data, or increase the openness and impact of your research, you can find all the information here on the webpages.

    The webpages have six easy-to-use sections to make it easier for you to find the information you need:-


    ·         Using our collections

    The Library provides access to a wide range of material to support and advance your research in the most appropriate and cost-effective way. Here you can find information about our collections and services, such as how to order journals, using our text-mining datasets, and our world renowned Special Collections.


    ·         Open research

    The University supports and encourages engagement with the principles of Open Research. This section gives guidance on Open Access, sharing data and other research outputs and ensuring your publications are eligible for submission to the REF.


    ·         Managing research data

    Every research study needs a data management plan, and most funders require you to share and deposit your data. We can support you with all aspects of Research Data Management, from initial planning to depositing your data in research data repositories and the Research Data Gateway.


    ·         Broadening audiences

    Find out how the Library can help you reach a broader range of audiences with your research by communicating your findings in accessible and engaging ways on social media and the web. The John Rylands Library also engages with public audiences through a programme of events and school workshops, in line with the University’s public engagement strategy. Get in touch to discuss your research and potential engagement opportunities.


    ·         Academic and wider impact

    Take advantage of our research metrics services to help you evidence the reach and impact of your research, both in academia using citation data and in non-academic spheres using altmetric data.


    ·         My Research Essentials

    Find out more about the Library’s researcher development programme: My Research Essentials (MRE). MRE is the Library's programme of workshops, events and online resources designed to support researchers with the development of skills at all stages of their career. Topics include dissemination of research and raising your research profile.  To help researchers navigate the programme we have created a pathway for Postgraduate Research students



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    Nominations for the PGR Student of the Year Award

    If you have supervised a PGR student in the last year then this email is for you. I am also sending this information directly to PGR students.

    Every year the President presents a "President’s Distinguished Achievement Award” to one PGR Student from each faculty. As far as I can tell, nobody from Computer Science has won this award before.

    We can nominate one student to faculty and we are seeking nominations.

    The criteria are as follows:

    “The nominee should be an outstanding research student who has excelled in some significant manner, for example, after the presentation of a thesis based on the recommendation and judgment of the external examiner; or has had a major research achievement during a PGR programme –e.g. high quality journal publications; research spin off, etc.”

    I believe the eligibility requirements are that they must have been a PGR student in the last year but I can confirm if there is any doubt about a particular student’s eligibility.

    Nominations should be made to Giles Reger by 21st November and the final nominee will be selected by the PGR Awards Committee.

    A student cannot nominate themselves and would ideally be nominated by their supervisor. A nomination should include:

    1. A  supporting statement (maximum 700 words) outlining the reasons why the student should be nominated
    2. A lay summary (maximum 120 words) that would form the basis of the citation if selected (e.g. should be clear, concise and accessible)
    3. At least 2 letters of support from peers (e.g. external examiner, research collaborator) or academic staff. At most 4 letters of support may be included.

    Where possible please aim to include evidence (e.g. impact factors, awards received, subsequent grants awarded).

    See here for an example of last year’s winners, search for "Postgraduate Research Students of the Year 2017".

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    [ top ]Wider Research Community

    Theorem Prover Competition Success

    This is a belated message to let you know that Vampire and iProver enjoyed another year of competition success (you may have noticed some extra trophies in the cabinet by the Byte Cafe).

    The research and development of Vampire is lead by Andrei Voronkov and Giles Reger and that of iProver is led by Konstantin Korovin and Julio Cesar Lopez Hernandez. In CASC, the annual World Championship for Theorem Proving, Manchester dominated the scoreboard yet again. Vampire came first in 3 divisions, including the main division, and iProver defended its title in the effectively propositional (Bernays–Schönfinkel) class. In SMT-COMP, the annual World Championship for SMT solvers, Vampire won 3 divisions, outperforming SMT solvers (Vampire is not an SMT solver) on problems typically suited to SMT solvers.

    These successes build on Manchester’s long history of world-leading theorem proving. Vampire has now won the main division (FOF) in CASC for 19 years in a row and in the history of the competition Vampire has won 46 trophies and iProver (starting 9 years later) has won 12.

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    A Survey on Open Information Extraction - Win!

    The paper "A Survey on Open Information Extraction", by Christina Niklaus, Matthias Cetto, Andre Freitas and Siegfried Handschuh, was selected as the best survey paper at the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2018) .

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    Cyber Security programme in Computer Science

    I'm thrilled to announce an improved and more diverse series of Guest Lectures on this year's Cyber Security programme in Computer Science. All lecture take place in Room 2.19 in the Kilburn Building. Prior booking is not necessary (but a few lines of feedback to daniel.dresner@manchester.ac.uk is always appreciated afterwards). I hope this will enhance your cyber security knowledge or encourage you to delve further into the challenges. Most of these guests are from external companies with an appetite for graduate recruits. (Staff are welcome too!)

    • Noon, 5 Nov  ‘18 - Paul Vlissidis from NCC Group, Red pills, blue pills, and penetration testing.
    • 11:00, 6 Nov  ‘18 - Jo Dalton from Pentest Partners (Demonstration) Hacking vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems and the Internet of Things
    • 16:00 6 Nov ‘18 - Royd Whittington, Late of a major retail bank, Architecture Governance
    • Noon 12 Nov  ‘18 - Jon Noel from McAfee, Malware Evolution
    • 14:00, 13 Nov ‘18 - Alan Jenkins, Late of the RAF and IBM, Leadership
    • Noon, 19 Nov  ‘18 - Detective Mike Roberts, North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, Digital Forensics
    • Noon 27 Nov ‘18 - Sarah Clarke, Supply chains and complex interactions
    • 14:00 27 Nov ‘18 - Shavana Musa - University of Manchester School of Law, Cyber lawfare
    • 16:00, 27 Nov ‘18 - Tim Armit, The Post Office, Resilience and business
    • 16:00,  3 Dec ‘18 - Ian Thornton-Trump, Chief Security Officer and International Speaker, Cyber security futures
    • 11:00, 4 Dec ‘18 - Colin Williams, University of Warwick, Meat The Machine: Homo Sapiens Is Obsolete!  All Hail Homo Cyborgia!
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    [ top ]Someone to Talk With

    Speak Up! Stand Up!

    Speak Up! Stand Up! A campaign that aims to empower, educate and build confidence in students and staff to safely take action against all forms of harassment, hate crime and sexual violence, both online and in person. The campaign is a collaboration between the University and the Students Union and involves a range of activities, see www.manchester.ac.uk/speak-up-stand-up for more.


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