Thursday, September 29, 2005


We are establishing iCalendar format calendars for all School Committees. You are encouraged to use these and to create, publish and publicise other calendars. For more information see the Informatics Wiki CommonCalendaring and the Mozilla Calendar FAQ

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Researcher and Software Developer Vacancies

Introduction to the Semantic Web
Informatics Colloquium
Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Slides for the talk are now available on the web. Note: to move to the next slide simply click on the screen or press the space bar or use the Page Up key. To view the previous slide use the Page Down key.

Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium will give an Informatics Colloquium


Looking back briefly at the history of Web development, the the talk will then look at the the future developments of web technology, and specifically the Semantic Web. This is a web of data and logic which will serve as a medium for integration of data between applications and organizations.


17.15 Thursday 22 September 2005,
Lecture Theatre G8, William Robertson Building
The University of Edinburgh
George Square, Edinburgh


Only apply once, please! Sending multiple applications just makes more work and doesn't get you more tickets. Tickets will be sent on Wednesday. Tickets are free; to apply, use the links below - a maximum of two tickets per request, and only one request per person. Please ensure that your application has your email address in the From: or Reply-to: field.
Successful applicants will receive their tickets by email on Wednesday 21st. If clicking these links brings up your email client with a preformed message, check the return address is ok then send it. If not, construct and send your own message. Here are the link URLs split to tell you what to send.
    ?subject=Berners Lee Tickets 1
    &body=I would like to apply for 1 ticket
    ?subject=Berners Lee Tickets 2
    &body=I would like to apply for 2 tickets

The lecture will be recorded, and the video recording will be made available in due course, so those not successful in getting tickets will have another chance to see the lecture.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

General Meeting and Welcome Reception

Appleton Tower
Friday 16th September

Your opportunity to catch up on news, meet new people, and relax at the end of week zero. All Informatics staff and graduate students are invited. Since we have momentous news, we will defer formal business of the general meeting until later this term. Instead we will have brief announcements, followed by presentations by the architects for The Forum and by those engaged to develop plans for further refurbishment of the Appleton Tower.
15.30 General Meeting; Lecture Theatre 4
16.00 Reception; Appleton Tower Concourse
Some food, some drink; lots of company.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Over $1 million for I-Rescue Research Project

Prof. Austin Tate and his I-X/I-Rescue Team in AIAI have just been awarded a further $265,000 grant from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for the remainder of the work in 2005. They will work on using I-X for Personnel Recovery and Search and Rescue Training with the US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) Joint Personnel Recovery Agency's (JPRA) Personnel Recovery Education and Training Centre (PRETC), based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This brings the total funding for 2004-5 to date to $650,000. Further work valued at $400,000 is anticipated in 2006. The Planning and Activity Management Group studies representations and reasoning mechanisms for inter-agent activity support. Its I-Rescue research includes a range of projects at many levels in emergency response and support, such as the Collaborative Operations for Personnel Recovery (Co-OPR) project. The group's long term aim is:
The creation and use of task-centric virtual organisations involving people, government and non-governmental organisations, automated systems, grid and web services working alongside intelligent robotic, vehicle, building and environmental systems to respond to very dynamic events on scales from local to global.

New £42m IT research centre

Friday 9th September

EDINBURGH is to have one of the world's leading centres for computing science and information research, it was announced yesterday, at a cost of £42 million.
... see full story ...

Thursday, September 08, 2005

£42m to transform Capital eyesore

Evening News Article

Work is to start on the transformation of a city centre eyesore into a new multi-million-pound research centre for Edinburgh University within months after a major funding deal was sealed. ...

Green Light for Informatics Forum

Press release issued by Scottish Enterprise,
today at 9.30am

An Edinburgh city centre site, set to be transformed into the world's leading centre for computing science and information related research, received a £19 million boost today (Thursday 8 September).
...see full story...

Friday, September 02, 2005

Informatics Vademecum Wiki

Vade mecum, from the Latin, literally, "go with me", is a small handbook intended to be carried by the owner at all times as a ready reference and memory jogger. TWiki.Vademecum is a wiki intended to become a collaborative web-based reference for members of the School of Informatics @ Edinburgh.

A wiki is a web application that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows anyone to edit the content. The name is based on the Hawaiian term wiki wiki, meaning "quick" or "informal". Sometimes wikiwiki (or Wikiwiki) is used instead of wiki.

Source: Wikipedia

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Kate Ho, President of CompSoc, elected to BCS HCI

Kate Ho, President of CompSoc, has been elected as the student representative for the Executive Board of the BCS Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Group.