8-10 July 2024


Developing Adaptability and Resilience 

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About the event

Developing Adaptability and Resilience

This year, the focus of the SICSA Conference will be on developing adaptability and resilience. Building on last year’s programme addressing interdisciplinary challenges, the 2024 SICSA Conference will focus on resilience and adaptation in computer science research. Increasingly, research focus and funding is led by societal challenges that are of international concern. 

Students and researchers at all career stages face challenges and constraints but these circumstances can also present unexpected opportunities for growth, connection and innovation.  The aim of this conference is to expose research students to tools and strategies for navigating difficult or unexpected circumstances with composure, curiosity and creativity. 

The conference will include keynotes from high-profile speakers on the challenge-led research landscape, as well as workshops on research programme road mapping and interdisciplinary collaboration. Students will have opportunities to practice these skills in small teams drawn from the diverse fields of our discipline, in order to develop their own collective research visions

Organising Committee

Aiden Durrant

SICSA Conference Local Academic Organising Chair

Aiden is a Lecturer in the School of Natural and Computing Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.

Rebecca Potts

PhD Student Committee Lead

Becca is a PhD student in the School of Natural and Computing Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.

Juliette Lang

SICSA Project and Events Officer

Juliette works in the SICSA Executive team based in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow.

Debbie Meharg

SICSA Deputy Education Director

Debbie is Head of Applied Informatics at the School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University.

Tim Storer

SICSA Deputy Director

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

Stuart Anderson

SICSA Director

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

Andrei Petrovski

SICSA Graduate Academy Director

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

Matthew Barr

SICSA Education Director

Matthew is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow.


17:00 – 20:00 | Welcome Dinner & Careers Fair

09:30 – 10:00 | Registration

10:00 – 10:10 | Welcome

10:10 – 10:50 | Keynote Talk


10:50 – 11:30 | Keynote Talk


11:30 – 11:45 | Coffee Break

11:45 – 13:00 | Parallel Workshops

— Teaching as a PhD Student

Dr Matthew Barr – University of Glasgow

Cyber Security Bootcamp.


Navigating Career Pathways.

Fash Fasoro – Data Kirk

Dissemination of Scientific Information by Visual Media.

Claire Robertson – University of Aberdeen

Thesis Planning & Writing.


13:00 – 14:30 | Lunch & Poster Session

14:00 – 15:30 | Reverse Viva

— English as a second language user’s Information Interaction in an e-Governmental Context.

David Brazier – Edinburgh Napier

— A hierarchial acrive binocular robot vision architecture for scene exploration and object appearance learning.

Gerardo Aragon Camarasa – University of Glasgow

Statistical  inference for periodic and partially observable Poisson processes.

Ferdian Jovan – University of Aberdeen

— Processing clinical guideline text for formal verification.

Fahrurrozi Rahman – University of St Andrews



15:30 – 17:00| Social Activities

15:30 – 17:00| Conference Dinner

10:00 – 10:05 | Welcome

10:05 – 12:00 | Group Research Activity – Concept Development

12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch & Networking

13:00 – 13:45 | Group Research Activity – Presentations

13:45 – 14:15 | Panel Discussion 


14:15 – 15:00 | Keynote Talk 


15:00 – 15:15 | Closing Remarks

The venue

University of Aberdeen

King's College, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3FX

The SICSA Conference 2024 will take place at the University of Aberdeen campus, which has good transport links from all Scottish cities.  PhD students and early-career researchers from universities all around Scotland can look forward to an inspiring 2 day program of talks, workshops and networking activities.

We will also have a conference dinner and prize ceremony the first evening of the conference.

There are no registration fees and free accommodation is provided for students who require to travel to the event. The event is fully funded by SICSA.  

Overnight accommodation will be at New Carnegie Court at Hillhead Halls of Residence and there is a bus service which runs to and from the Halls and main campus. 

Check-in and Check-out

You can check-in any time after 2pm on 8th July at the Hillhead Student Village Reception. This will be signposted when you arrive on-site at Hillhead. 

Check-out will be 4pm on the 10th July. 

King's College & Elphinstone Hall

The main Conference will be held in the historical King’s College Conference Centre. The Conference dinner on the evening of the first day of the Conference (July 9th) will be held in Elphinstone Hall.

King's College Auditorium

Poster Session

The PhD Poster Competition celebrates the diverse and dynamic research endeavours pursued by postgraduate students in computing throughout Scotland. Postgraduate researchers from all academic years and fields are encouraged to present a poster showcasing an aspect of their work. These posters should provide a succinct overview of the research, captivate viewers visually, and remain accessible to a broad audience of computing-related academics. This competition not only fosters the growth of Scotland’s computing research community but also offers insight into the extensive array of postgraduate research projects underway.


All submitted posters will be displayed at the SICSA PhD Conference 2024 and evaluated by a panel comprised of members from Scotland’s university research community. Outstanding posters will be recognized with prizes and certificates.



•     Posters must be directly related to the entrant’s postgraduate research.

•     The content can be comprised of any aspect of your research including ongoing, completed or previously published work.

•     Each postgraduate researcher is limited to submitting one poster.

•     Posters must be submitted in portrait orientation.

•     Posters must be submitted in PDF format, to be printed at A0 size.

•     Any pictures must be a minimum of 150dpi at the size as if they are being printed.

Getting There

From around Scotland:
  • A private bus will be stopping at various universities across Scotland to bring you directly to Hillhead accommodation.
  • Alternatively, if taking the train to Aberdeen, on arrival at the train station locate Union Square bus stop and take the X60, X63, X65, X67 or X68 bus to Lord Hay’s Road, followed by a short walk to Hillhead Student Village. The 20 bus also travels directly to Hillhead Student Village hourly.
  • Parking is free at Hillhead Student Village, however, parking restrictions apply on Campus
From Hillhead to Conference and back:
  • For public transport, the 20 bus travels from Hillhead Student Village bus stop and King’s College bus stop hourly.
  • Hillhead Student Village is a scenic 1 mile walk from the University of Aberdeen Campus through Seaton Park and Old Aberdeen.