Advisory Group Report on the Future of FET Published

The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Advisory Group was set up at the beginning of H2020 with a mandate to give advice to the European Commission regarding the objectives and the scientific and innovation priorities of Future and Emerging Technologies. The Advisory Group has now produced a report, which concludes that the FET programme should be recommended as the nucleus for the establishment of a European Innovation Council (EIC).

Read the full article here

10th Workshop for Women in Machine Learning – CFP

Machine learning is one of the fastest growing areas of computer science research.

Search engines, text mining, social media analytics, face recognition, DNA sequence analysis, speech and handwriting recognition, healthcare analytics are just some of the applications in which machine learning is routinely used.

In spite of the wide reach of machine learning and the variety of theory and applications it covers, the percentage of female researchers is lower than in many other areas of computer science. Most women working in machine learning rarely get the chance to interact with other female researchers, making it easy to feel isolated and hard to find role models.

This technical workshop gives female faculty, research scientists, and graduate students in the machine learning community an opportunity to meet, network and exchange ideas, participate in career-focused panel discussions with senior women in industry and academia and learn from each other. Underrepresented minorities and undergraduates interested in machine learning research are encouraged to attend.


The 10th WiML Workshop is Co-located with NIPS in Montreal, Canada on December 07, 2015.

The one-day workshop will consist of talks by established researchers and graduate students, a poster session for graduate students to showcase their research, and a panel discussion to discuss careers in machine learning.

There will also be a pre-workshop dinner on December 6, 2015 for participants arriving the night before the workshop.


Workshop registration is free.

We are able to provide travel scholarships to those who wish to participate in the workshop. Please see our website for more details. (


We strongly encourage female students, post-docs and researchers in all areas of machine learning to submit an abstract (500 words or less) describing either new or previously published research. Authors of accepted abstracts will be asked to present their work in a poster session.

Submission page:


  • Call for abstracts begins: July 31, 2015
  • Abstract submission deadline: Extension! September 22, 2015
  • Notification of Acceptance: October 1, 2015
  • Registration begins: October 1, 2015
  • Pre-workshop dinner December 6, 2015
  • Workshop: December 7, 2015


  • Abigail Jacobs, University of Colorado
  • Kate Niehaus, Oxford University
  • Maithra Raghu, Cornell University
  • Ramya Ramakrishnan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Svitlana Volkova, Johns Hopkins University

Lists of H2020 Expert Evaluators Now Available Online

The EC has published lists of expert evaluators who reviewed Horizon 2020 proposals in 2014.

Lists are available for each part of Horizon 2020, including Excellent Science and Science With and For Society, and contain the experts’ names, gender and nationality, as well as information about their organisations and competences.

The lists can be found in the ‘Reference Documents’ section on the Research Participant Portal (scroll to the bottom).


Innovate UK’s New Five-Point Plan for Economic Growth

group_logoThe new Innovate UK chief executive has launched the organisation’s five-point plan to ensure that innovation continues to maximise economic growth in the UK.

The five points are:

  1. Accelerating UK Economic Growth
  2. Building on Innovation Excellence
  3. Developing Catapults
  4. Working with the Research Community and Across Goverment
  5. Evolving Funding Models

You can see the PDF containing a few more details here.

Centre for Defence Enterprise – Competitions

logo1. Understand and Interact with Cyberspace

£500k is available for a CDE themed competition seeks proof-of-concept research proposals for innovative approaches to improve the way humans interact with data to allow them to understand what’s going on in cyberspace. Successful proposals will demonstrate a solution that can tackle the scale and breadth of the problem. In particular by providing cyber understanding to decision makers and users that include non-technical generalists.

The competition deadline will fall on the 3rd September 2015.

2. What’s inside that building?

£650k is available for a CDE themed competition, looking for novel techniques to remotely provide information about the layout and situation inside a building. Innovate are interested in technologies and methods to gather any information that contributes to our overall awareness, with the ability to remotely gather information about the inside of buildings is critical to defeat increasingly sophisticated adversaries.

This competition closes on 10th September 2015.

These calls will be discussed at the network event in London on the 9th July 2015 followed by a Webinar Competition Brief on the 16th July 2015.

To find out more about “Understand and Interact with Cyberspace” – Click Here
To find out more about “What’s inside that building?” – Click Here
To sign up to the Network Event – Click Here