CDE Open-Source Data – Call

logoA new CDE themed competition has been announced, which seeks research proposals to develop a prototype solution to provide an unstructured and open-source data analytics platform for defence. MOD’s Information Systems and Services (ISS) vision is to deliver information capabilities by developing closer alignment with industry partners. Hence, this CDE themed competition seeks to develop a prototype solution to provide an unstructured and open-source data analytics platform for defence.

£250k of funding is available for this Phase 1 competition. Successful outputs and exploitable solutions from this phase 1 funding could be taken forward to Phase 2, where £2 million is available.

A briefing webinar is being held for those interested on the 17th July 2015, with the call closing on the 13th August 2015

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Digital Humanities Training – Visualising Data

logoThe Humanities Division is holding a training session in collaboration with TORCH and The Humanities Summer School, aimed at giving practical training and advice on how to incorporate a range of digital methodologies in your work. In this workshop you will get a taste of what it’s like to take raw data through every stage towards amazing visualisations, and to hear about the art and science of visualising data from Dr Margaret Varga, Chairman of the NATO Visual Analytics Research Group. The seminar will illustrate visual analytics techniques through some example applications from the group’s work in: Cyber defence, Aviation safety – bird strikes, Maritime domain awareness, Infectious disease analysis and contact tracing etc.

Date: Tuesday 30th June 2015
Time: 2pm – 4.30pm
Location: Colin Matthew Room, Radcliffe Humanities, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter

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Smart Oxford Digital Working Groups – Call for Interest

Smart OxfordSmart Oxford, in affiliation with Digital Oxford and the Digital Catapult, is making an open invitation for membership of Oxford-based Interest Groups in the following areas:

Smart City Technologies: This group will work with the Technology Working Group of the Smart Oxford initiative, to help provide ideas, input, and expertise to the Smart Oxford programme. This is a cross-cutting group that will underpin a number of domain-specific Working Groups defining real-life problem statements in the city.  Group structure will be informal and is initially expected to take the form of local meetups, with the opportunity over time for members to participate and collaborate in an advisory capacity to the Smart Oxford programme on an as-needed basis.

Personal Data, Privacy and Trust: This network aims to bring together individuals, groups and businesses in Oxford and surrounding areas with an interest in working with, or as, information owners and technologists, to explore the issues and opportunities to work with personal, proprietary and confidential data without compromising the privacy, security and control individuals have around their data.

Data Catalyser: This group is for organisations, groups and individuals who are interested in working with the Digital Catapult’s newly-announced Data Catalyser, a suite of services enabling organisations to create value from sharing and mixing closed datasets. Participants may be based locally, or could be a national or international organisation with a local presence. The platform provides the ability to unlock opportunities for new products, services, tools, insights and innovations.

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ESOF 2016 – Call for Session Proposals

esof-2016-2Manchester are to hold European Science Open Forum Conference 2016. ESOF 2016  will take place during the 250th anniversary of the birth of John Dalton, Manchester resident and founder of modern atomic theory. The event will draw upon the scientific heritage of Manchester from Dalton, through Rutherford and Turing to the present day graphene Nobel Prize winners. ESOF are requesting session proposals on a variety of topics in preparation for the Science programme, allowing you opportunity to give a talk at ESOF 2016 and share your latest findings with the ESOF public. A topic of note that may be of interest is the below:

Turing’s legacy – data and the human brain: Turing’s legacy – data and the human brain: In the city of Alan Turing we put forward a theme which combines his direct legacy in artificial intelligence and the interface of humans with machines, together with the wider issues posed by data, online information exchange and communication in our society. As major projects address the nature of the human brain and our ability to simulate it, we ask where this is taking us? In the world of big data, what is the significance of the new analytics for scientific and citizen activities? What ethical, social and legal challenges are raised? Communication and learning as a sub-theme opens up issues of human development.

The closing date for proposals in the 2nd June 2015, with the event running in Manchester the 22nd-27th July 2016.

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RoCKIn Robotics – Competition

rockin_logo_smallRoCKIn Robotics is an EU Project that will run over 3 years. As part of this, they have announced a competition with an aim to foster innovation in cognitive systems and robotics, and to raise awareness of the potential usefulness that robotics can bring to society to the general public. There are 2 different schemes:

RoCKIn@Home – aims to improve the quality of home life for the people of Europe – focusing on assisting the elderly or impaired. We have created a RoCKIn@Home arena where robots have to assist ‘Granny Annie’ in three tasks: Getting to know my home, welcoming visitors and catering for Granny Annie’s comfort (description of tasks can be found on the respective webpages, along with ‘how-to’ videos). Object perception, object manipulation and speech understanding will then be benchmarked across each of the tasks.

RoCKIn@Work – aims to ensure the continued competitiveness of Europe’s manufacturing industry. Set in the RoCKIn & RoLLIn Factory, a youBot will assist with the assembly of a drive axel. The three tasks that the robots will have to undertake are: Assemble aid tray for force fitting, plate drilling and prepare a box for manual assembly step (description of these tasks can also be found on the respective webpages, along with ‘how-to’ videos). Object perception, visual serving and control will then be benchmarked across these tasks.

“Intentions to Participate” forms are requested from your team before the 31st May 2015 and after that there will be an application form available on their website for people to confirm their entry.

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