Digital Economy – Telling Tales of Engagement Competition 2014

The RCUK Digital Economy Theme is running a competition designed to help capture and promote the impact that your digital economy research is having.

Three prizes of £10,000 are available to support researchers to further tell the story of their research impact in an interesting and engaging way to a wider audience.

More information…

Big Data mission to New Zealand, February 2015

The British High Commission in New Zealand is pleased to announce that it will host a UK-to-NZ mission on Big Data to visit Wellington and/or Auckland, New Zealand around 17 to 20 February, 2015.

A UK Big Data mission will support commercially-orientated collaborative research in New Zealand’s emerging big data, complex systems, and applications research sector. The mission will coincide with two New Zealand conferences on Big Data.

The first conference ( will be held in Wellington. Entitled Multicore, it will include Computing for SKA (Square Km Array telescope) in New Zealand. Now on its 4th edition, world experts will come together for two days of sessions in high-technology evolution and its applications. Collocated with Multicore (17-18 February) is the workshop “HPC in the Cloud -the case of the SKA” (19-20 February). More details should be announced soon on the conference website. Note, the High Commission will also shortly announce a mission on ‘Sensors in the Built Environment’.

The second conference on Neuro-Computing and Evolving Intelligence (NCEI’15 )will be held at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), 19-20 February 2015 in the Sir Paul Reeves Building, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place in, Auckland. The theme of the conference is ‘Intelligence Information Technology for Big Data’ and topics will include:

  • Novel methods of computational intelligence,
  • Neurocomputing and neuroinformatics, Bioinformatics,
  • Data mining and decision support, Pattern Recognition and the Study of Creativity.:
  • Big and Stream Data Analytics
  • Spiking Neural Network Computation
  • High Performance Neuromorphic System
  • Novel Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)
  • Novel Motion Data Analysis Technology
  • Predictive Personalised Modelling of non-Communicable Diseases
  • Predicting Response to Treatment
  • Personalised Modelling in Bioinformatics
  • Predictive Modelling on Ecological and Environmental Data
  • Big Data in Radio-Astronomy
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing for Dynamic Data Analysis
  • Visualisation of Scientific Data
  • Novel Human-Computer Interfaces
  • Complex System Optimisation
  • Collaborative and Distributed Systems Design

Some funding (up to £1500) will be available to some 4 UK R&D participants who seek to pursue a commercially-orientated collaboration with NZ (on a first-come basis for those who qualify). You are encouraged to register and attend one or both conferences according to your interests. Registration details should be available from the websites in the near future.

Please respond to the questions below and e-mail if you would be interested to join the mission.

Questions for UK applicants:

  1. Name and position of applicant:
  2. Applicant’s organisation name and address:
  3. Nature of your organisation’s business and R&D interest:
  4. Organisations you would like to meet in New Zealand:
  5. Types of R&D collaboration you wish to pursue in NZ, and potential contacts
  6. Any other comments.

Further Information

You may also wish to visit organisations of interest in New Zealand before or after the meetings, and the High Commission will be pleased to assist in making the necessary contacts and arrangements.

You will need to book your own travel and accommodation. We understand that the Expedia website sometimes offers good deals on flights to NZ. Try the conference website and the Wotif site for a good overview of Auckland and Wellington hotels. You will also find useful information about New Zealand business and travel at

Participants will need to follow a Claims procedure. One way to do this, once you have (for example) been approved for funding and bought your air ticket for £1500 or more, will be to claim as soon as purchased, from BIS (Business, Innovation and Skills) in London. Flights count as one of the acceptable pre-payments. Note: if you travel above premium economy, you will need to show the premium economy price and claim only for that portion.

New Zealand uses 230 volts AC at 50 Hz. Plugs are Australian type with slanting pins. New Zealanders do not generally follow the custom of giving a tip to waiters, taxi drivers, and other service people.

Call for Papers: IEEE Science and Information (SAI) Conference 2015

Science and Information Conference 2015 will be held in London, U.K from July 28-30, 2015. It is hosted by The Science and Information Organization, and is being organized with sponsorship and support from IEEE and Springer. Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE Computer Chapter UKRI.

The conference is a premier venue for researchers and industry practitioners to share their new ideas, original research results and practical development experiences from Computer Science, Electronics and Communication related areas. The event will feature specialized keynote talks, contributed papers, special sessions, poster presentations, workshops, and tutorials on theory and practice.

Important Dates – Early Bird Submission:

  • Paper Submission : November 01, 2014
  • Acceptance Notification : December 01, 2014
  • Author Registration : January 15, 2015
  • Camera Ready Submission : February 01, 2015
  • Conference Dates : July 28-30, 2015

Call for Papers and more information at


Innovative Training Networks (ITN): Information and Proposal Writing Events

You may be interested to know that UKRO are putting together a training event for the forthcoming ITN round, which has an official deadline of 13 January (I imagine the Oxford internal deadline will be significantly earlier).

The workshop will be held in two locations, one in Manchester and one in London. Both events will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the ITN scheme. Participants should gain a clear understanding of the proposal format and the key issues relating to planning, writing and submitting proposals.

Full details can be found here (UKRO subscription needed – you should really get one if you don’t already have one!) and the link to the registration page is here.

Leverhulme Trust are increasing their award values from 2015!


Leverhulme Trust has announced an increase to the amount of funding applicants will be able to request and receive via three key grant schemes that provide support to individual researchers and students, from 2015.

Maximum funding for the Research Fellowships scheme, which provides support for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research over a period of three to twenty-four months, will be increased from £45,000 to £50,000. The new maximum value is intended to ensure the awards continue to offer flexibility as the costs of conducting research and appointing replacement teaching staff rise.

The value of the maintenance grant available through the Study Abroad Studentships scheme will also increase from £17,000 to £18,000 per annum. This increase is intended to contribute towards the rise in the cost of living

Finally, the maximum contribution to salary costs for Early Career Fellowships made by the Trust will increase to £24,000 per annum which, together with the £6,000 available for research expenses, will increase the total maximum grant available through this scheme to £90,000. This scheme offers fifty per cent match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research positions to enable early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.

Research Fellowships and Study Abroad Studentships schemes are now open to new applications, and the new round for Early Career Fellowships will open from January 2015.