13.sept - 14.sept Dundee / Online

SICSA Conference
2021

Sustainability and Resilience

Sustainability and Resilience



Queen Mother Building
About event

The Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) Conference has been an annual event since SICSA began in 2008. This year the focus will be on Sustainability & Resilience. We have a full schedule of Keynote Talks, Skills & Education Sessions, Panel Sessions, a showcase of cutting edge-research from Scotland's Centres for Doctoral Training. Our colleagues from the Research Innovation Scotland (RIS) will be joining us for an interesting interdisciplinary panel discussion between the Scottish Research Pools and Innovation Centres.

Following the success of last year’s SICSA Best Dissertation Award we are delighted to confirm that Amazon Development Centre Scotland will be supporting us again this year for the 2021 Award



Speakers

Meet our speakers



Michael Crabb

MICHAEL CRABB

Conference Academic Chair

Michael is Computing Learning & Teaching Lead at the University of Dundee.

Stuart Anderson

STUART ANDERSON

SICSA Director

Stuart Anderson is a Personal Chair in Dependable Systems in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh

Tim Storer

TIM STORER

SICSA Deputy Director

Tim is a Senior Lecturer in Computing based within the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow.

SUSMIT SARKAR

SUSMIT SARKAR

SICSA Graduate Academy Director

Susmit is a Reader at the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews

Mark Zarb

MARK ZARB

SICSA Education Director

Mark Zarb is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Computing Science and Digital Media at Robert Gordon University

ANDREI PETRIOVSKI

ANDREI PETRIOVSKI

SICSA Graduate Academy Director

Andrei is a Reader within the School of Computing Science and Digital Media at Robert Gordon University

Mary Ellen Foster

MARY ELLEN FOSTER

Keynote Speaker

Mary Ellen is a Senior Lecturer in Human-Robot Interaction and is based within the School of Computer Science at the University of Glasgow.

Chris Cummins

CHRIS CUMMINGS

Keynote Speaker

Chris recieved his PhD in 2020 from the University of Edinburgh and now works at Facebook AI focusing on deep learning.

Deepayan Bhowmik

DEEPAYAN BHOWMIK

Speaker

Deepayan Bhowmik is a Lecturer in Computing Science in the Division of Computing Science and Mathematics at University of Stirling.

CHUADHRY MUJEEB AHMED

CHUADHRY MUJEEB AHMED

Speaker

Chuadhry Mujeeb Ahmed is Lecturer in the Computer and Information Sciences Department at the University of Strathclyde.

Paul Patras

PAUL PATRAS

Panel Session Chair

Paul is an Associate Professor / Reader in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh

JOSÉ CANO REYES

JOSÉ CANO REYES

Speaker

José is a Lecturer in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow, where he leads the Glasgow Intelligent Computing (GIC) Lab.

KENNETH BISGAARD CHRISTENSEN

KENNETH BISGAARD CHRISTENSEN

Speaker

Kenneth is a PhD researcher in the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen.

IULIA PAUN

IULIA PAUN

Speaker

Iulia is a PhD student at the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow

DANIELLE SLOANE

DANIELLE SLOANE

Speaker

Danielle is a PhD researcher at the University of Aberdeen

Linda Scobie

LINDA SCOBIE

Speaker

Linda is an academic principal investigator in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)

Alessandro Vinciarelli

ALESSANDRO VINCIARELLI

Speaker

Alessandro is a Professor of Computational Social Intelligence (Computing Science) at the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow

Sarra Graja

SARRA GRAJA

Speaker

Sarra is a PhD student at the School of Design and Informatics at Abertay University

Helen Hastie

HELEN HESTIE

Speaker

Helen is a Professor of Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, and Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotic and Autonomous Systems at the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics

Tom Kelsey

TOM KELSEY

Speaker

Tom Kelsey FRSM is a Professor Health Data Science at the University of St Andrews

Amel Attafta

AMEL ATTATFA

Speaker

Amel is a PhD Research-Student in Cyber diplomacy, and a Graduate School Representative for the School of Design and Informatics, Abertay.

Miruna Clinciu

MIRUNA CLINCIU

Speaker

Miruna Clinciu is a PhD student in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS) at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics.

Arturas Straizys

ARTURAS STRAIZYS

Speaker

Arturas is a PhD student Medica Robotics (CDT-RAS) at the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics)

Monika Harvey

MONIKA HARVEY

Speaker

Monika is a Reader at the School of Psychology at the University of Glasgow

Jonathan Dennis

JONATHAN DENNIS

Speaker

Jonny is a PhD Student at the University of Edinburgh, developing biocompatible chemical reactions within the School of Chemistry

Matteo Capucci

MATTEO CAPUCCI

Speaker

Matteo is a PhD student at the CIS department of the University of Strathclyde

MAHA AL-ANQOUDI

MAHA AL-ANQOUDI

Speaker

Maha is a PhD student in Educational Data Mining at the University of Glasgow

CHRISTOPHER ACORNLEY

CHRISTOPHER ACORNLEY

Speaker

Christopher Acornley is a Teaching Fellow and PhD student for the school of Design and Informatics at Abertay University

DARRAN GARDNER

DARRAN GARDNER

Speaker

Darran is a Business Development Executive at The Data Lab Innovation Centre

TOLGA UNLU

TOLGA UNLU

Speaker

Tolga is a PhD student at the School of Design and Informatics at Abertay University

JOHN HAWE

JOHN HOWE

Speaker

John is Professor of Marine Geology and the SAGES Graduate School Convenor

ALESSANDRO FONTANELLA

ALESSANDRO FONTANELLA

Speaker

Alessandro is a PHD student working in the Biomedical AI CDT

EVGENII LOBZAEV

EVGENII LOBZAEV

Speaker

Evgenii is a PHD student working in the Biomedical AI CDT

IAN SIMPSON

IAN SIMPSON

Speaker

Ian is Director of the Biomedical AI CDT and a Reader in biological informatics

STEFANO PADILLA

STEFANO PADILLA

Speaker

Stefano is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University

YAXIONG LEI

YAXIONG LEI

Speaker

Yaxiong Lei is a PhD student studying at the University of St Andrews

GRAHAM KIRBY

GRAHAM KIRBY

Speaker

Graham is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews

JASPREET KAUR

JASPREET KAUR

Speaker

Jaspreet Kaur is a PhD student at the James Watt School of Engineering at University of Glasgow

ROSS MCKENZIE

ROSS MCKENZIE

Speaker

Ross is a Technical Engineering Lead at Dynium and Develops technologies related to agricultural robotics

SARAH THOMSON

SARAH THOMSON

Speaker

Sarah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working at the University of Stirling

Schedule

Vast number of different speeches
and activities



12:00 - 12:10
Welcome

Professor Stuart Anderson, Director of SICSA

12:10 - 12:20
Instructions on Online Platform

Dr Mike Crabb, Conference Academic Chair

12:20 - 13:00
Poster Session and Lunch & Career Fair

Taking place in various rooms in ohYay

13:00 - 14:15
Keynote Talk

Dr Mary Ellen Foster, Senior Lecturer (University of Glasgow)

Learn about the high profile strategic investments in research training for PhD students across Scotland:

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (CDT-RAS)
  • Prof. Helen Hastie, Director of the CDT-RAS
  • Dr. Ross McKenzie, CDT alumnus and currently at Dynium
  • Paola Ardon Ramirez, final year CDT PhD student
The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Socially Intelligent Artificial Agents (SOCIAL AI CDT)
  • Dr Monika Harvey, Co-Director
EIT Digital Scottish Doctoral School Programme
  • Dr Martin Beaton, EIT Digital Scottish Satellite Manager
  • Rui Ying Goh (PhD Student, Edinburgh Fintech DTC)
  • Jaspreet Jaur (Edinburgh Fintech DTC)
16:00 - 17:30 SICSA EDUCATION SESSION

The session will start with a Panel Session which will aim to answer some of the questions about return to campus, covering everything from what to wear, to coffee breaks and content specific advice! We are asking colleagues to get involved by creating a quick fire presentation introducing themselves to colleagues across Scotland. Finally we’ll end with some informal break-out sessions where you can chat with colleagues. This might be general queries, offers of support, subject-specific or research related.

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16:00 - 16:30 PhD SKILLS SESSION (PLENARY) - Keeping Mentally Healthy

Doing a PhD can be lonely at times, but COVID has intensified the isolation and uncertainty experienced by PhD students. The SICSA Universities provide support through counselling, mentoring and other mental health services. But, at the moment these services are in heavy demand and access and provision are disrupted by COVID. The SICSA PhD Peer Support Network provides additional support from within our PhD community. In this plenary session the network will outline what it does, how to access it and how we can all contribute to our mental health.

16:30 - 17:30 A Choice of streams: Coping with Covid: adapting your project to work during COVID

Based on a survey of attendees (please complete the survey), this session looks at how covid has affected PhD project plans and explore how people tackled the disruption caused by COVID. The session will look at concrete examples of problems with PhD projects caused by covid, what people did about them and how the changed project plans have worked out.

Working across disciplines as an Research Student

Research programmes and funding schemes are increasingly challenge led and interdisciplinary. Research students play a critical role at the frontline of these projects. This panel explores research student experience of working across disciplines, including both the benefits and challenges.

The Endgame: Writing Up and the Viva

PhD students are familiar with the end goal: typically, a thesis examined by viva. This session will consist on two presentations which will outline expectations and best practices within this end stage: 1) how to write a coherent thesis, and 2) how to take control of the viva process. Each presentation will last about 25 minutes, with up to 10 minutes for questions and facilitated discussion.

09:00 - 09:10
Welcome

Professor Stuart Anderson, Director of SICSA

09:10 - 11:00
SICSA Research Theme Conference Panel Session

Showcasing SICSA's strengths and collaboration in Sustainability and Resilience. Chaired by Dr Tim Storer

11:10 - 12:30
Poster Showcase

Taking place in various rooms in ohYay

12:30 - 13:15
Networking Session

Getting to Know Your Fellow PhDs and ECRs in the (virtual) Victoria & Albert

13:15 - 14:30
Research Innovation Scotland Panel Session

Session Chair - Dr Paul Patras

An opportunity to discuss experiences of adapting research focus and methods during lockdown, led by researchers drawn from across Research and Innovation Scotland. This session if focused arround teh work of Research Innovation Scotland.

14:30 - 15:30
Keynote Talk

Dr Chris Cummins, Facebook AI Research & Best SICSA Dissertation Winner of 2020.

Chris received his PhD in 2020 from the University of Edinburgh for which he received the SICSA best PhD award. His thesis focused on developing deep learning techniques to improve the performance and reliability of optimizing compilers. He now works at Facebook AI Research where he continues this line of research, albeit with a greater emphasis on building tools to help other researchers enter the field.

15:30 - 15:45
Closing & Thank You

Professor Stuart Anderson, Director of SICSA




Poster Session



PhD Students are invited to submit a short, 150-word abstract about their research area (references are not necessary) along with an accompanying poster. This abstract can either be about their entire PhD programme or a highlight from one particular study. All students that submit to this will have their submission presented at the SICSA Conference in September 2021. Prizes are on offer for best posters:

  • 1st Place - £200 Amazon Voucher
  • 2nd Place - £100 Amazon Voucher
  • 3rd Place - £50 Amazon Voucher

Further information on submitting your poster is available at the link below. The deadline for submitting posters is Thursday 9th September at noon.



Submit Your Poster

Register for SICSA CONF 2021!



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PhD Thesis Competition

Sponsored by:


Amazon Develpoment Scotland

The SICSA Graduate Academy is an integral part of SICSA. The breadth and depth of research carried out by graduate researchers across Scotland is stunning indeed. To recognise and celebrate the very best of this research, we are excited to announce the SICSA PhD Award for Best Dissertation in Scotland.

Selected from PhD dissertations awarded in the past year (2020/2021), the award is intended to recognise and honour outstanding research and exposition.

The submissions showcase the best exemplars of graduate research across Scotland, with entries from Scottish institutions. The submissions are reviewed by a selection committee consisting of senior researchers in Computer Science and Informatics and chaired by the SICSA Graduate Academy Director.