Tuesday, 27 September 2016

ACI2016 Third International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction

Third International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction
15th-17th November 2016, Milton Keynes, UK


In co-operation with ACM and SIGCHI

In recent years an increasing body of work from within the interaction design community has been shaping the emerging field of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI), with a focus on: 1) studying the interaction between animals and technology in naturalistic settings, around specific animal activities or interspecies relations; 2) developing user-centered technology that can improve animals’ welfare and support animals in their activities; 3) informing user-centered approaches to the design of technology intended for animals, derived from both interaction design and animal science. Building on a series of previous ACI events, the ACI2016 Conference aims to advance this area of research and practice, and to support the development of ACI as an academic discipline.
To register, go to: 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The 4th International workshop on Big Data and Social Networking Management and Security.

The 4th International workshop on Big Data and Social Networking Management and Security.
 December 5-7, 2016, Barcelona, Spain.

In conjunction with the International Conference for Internet Technology and Secured Transactions (ICITST-2016)

Call for Papers:
Data has always been recognized as an important asset for driving value be it scientific, governmental or for enterprise. The amount of data being generated constantly with high volume, velocity and variety has marked the emergence of "Big Data" as a contemporary research challenge with vast opportunities. In the context of the digital-world, the internet and Social Networks have contributed immensely in generating Big Data pools. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe are nowadays connected using different type of social networks. Big Data and Social Networks become interrelated in the modern computing agenda being both concerned with intensive data. As much opportunities they hold, Big Data and Social Networks come with their own challenges such as management, Security, Processing etc. In order to unlock the potentials of these technologies, innovative solutions are required, which will leverage new models in computing. The 4th International workshop on Big Data and Social Networking Management and Security will be a forum for scientists, researchers, students, and practitioners to present their latest research results, ideas, developments, and applications in the areas of big data and social networking. We are mainly interested in receiving state of the art work on different aspect of big data management system, big data security and privacy, cloud computing and big data, social networking and big data analytics, and social networking management and security, to mention but few.

The topics of interest for this workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Big data and Social Networking concepts and applications
  • Emerging technologies in Big Data and Social Networking
  • Management Issues of Social Network Big Data
  • Security challenges in Big Data and Social networks
  • Social Network and Big Data Analytics
  • Open Source tools for Big Data
  • Green Computing for Big Data
  • Network Infrastructure for Social Networking and Big Data
  • Social Networks Monitoring Tools As a Service
  • Cloud Computing for Big Data and Social Networks
  • Big Data and the Internet of Things
  • Big Data Management
  • Big Data and Decision Making
  • Visualization tools for Big Data
  • Mobile Cloud networks and Big Data
  • Social network data analysis tools and services on the Cloud
  • Case studies

Important Dates

  •  Paper Submission: October 5, 2016 (Firm)
  •  Author's Notification: October 15, 2016
  • Camera Ready and Registration Deadline: October 30, 2016

Organising Committee

General Co-chairs

 Mohammad AL-Smadi, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
 Christian Guetl, Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria

Technical Program Co-chairs

 Elhadj Benkhelifa , Staffordshire University, UK
 Bhavani Thuraisingham, The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Publication and Publicity Co-chairs

          Suleyman Eken, Kocaeli University, Turkey.
Mahmoud Al-Ayyoub, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
Instructions for Authors
Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers of up to 6 pages, strictly following the IEEE Proceedings Templates. Submitted papers will be peer-reviewed and prospective authors are expected to present their papers at the conference. The papers that are accepted and presented at the conference will appear in conference proceedings. At least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop.
Please submit your paper in PDF format via the electronic submission system
Please send any inquiry on BDSN 2016 to Mohammad AL-Smadi : smadi.mohammad@gmail.com   and Yaser Jararweh : yijararweh@just.edu.jo 

Monday, 19 September 2016

The future of money

What happens when the way we buy, sell and pay for things changes, perhaps even removing the need for banks or currency exchange bureaus? That's the radical promise of a world powered by cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. We're not there yet, but in this sparky talk, digital currency researcher Neha Narula describes the collective fiction of money — and paints a picture of a very different looking future.

Monday, 22 August 2016

5th IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization

Date: 7 – 9 September 2016
Location: University of Birmingham, UK

The IMA and the University of Birmingham are pleased to announce the Fifth IMA Conference on Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization. The meeting is co-sponsored by SIAM, whose members will receive the IMA members' registration rate.

The success of modern codes for large-scale optimization is heavily dependent on the use of effective tools of numerical linear algebra. On the other hand, many problems in numerical linear algebra lead to linear, nonlinear or semidefinite optimization problems. The purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers from both communities and to find and communicate points and topics of common interest. 

Conference topics include any subject that could be of interest to both communities, such as:

  • Direct and iterative methods for large sparse linear systems.
  • Eigenvalue computation and optimization.
  • Large-scale nonlinear and semidefinite programming.
  • Effect of round-off errors, stopping criteria, embedded iterative procedures.
  • Optimization issues for matrix polynomials
  • Fast matrix computations.
  • Compressed/sparse sensing
  • PDE-constrained optimization
  • Distributed computing and optimization
  • Applications and real time optimization
Invited speakers:
  • Tim Davis (Texas A&M University) 
  • Anders Forsgren (KTH Stockholm) – NAG Speaker
  • Andreas Frommer (University of Wuppertal)
  • Jacek Gondzio (University of Edinburgh)
  • Laura Grigori (INRIA Paris-Rocquencourt)
  • Jennifer Scott (Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
  • Lieven Vandenberghe (UCLA) – SIAM Speaker

Conference Fees

Early Bird Fees*:

IMA/SIAM Member £240
Non-IMA Member £345
IMA Student £120
Non-IMA Student £130

Early Bird Fees* will be available until Monday 8 August 2016, after which the fees will be:

IMA/SIAM Member £260
Non-IMA Member £365
IMA Student £140
Non-IMA Student £150

Residential Fee (includes single en suite student B&B accommodation for the nights of 7 and 8 September 2016) £70
Please contact the Conferences Department regarding other nights’ accommodation.

*Early Bird Fees must be paid by Monday 8 August 2016 otherwise the higher price will be implemented.

Conference fees include refreshments and lunches throughout the conference, and a drinks reception on evening of Wednesday 7 September. To register, please download, complete and return the application form.

Please refer to conference terms and conditions for booking
Organising committee

Michal Kočvara, University of Birmingham (co-chair)
Daniel Loghin, University of Birmingham (co-chair)
Iain Duff, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Nick Gould, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Julian Hall, University of Edinburgh
Francoise Tisseur, University of Manchester
Conference venue

The conference will be hosted by the University of Birmingham. Talks will take place in the School of Mathematics.

For further information or to register your interest, please contact Lizzi Lake, Conference Officer, E-mail: conferences@ima.org.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 1702 354 020, Fax: +44 (0) 1702 354 111, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF, UK.

Math in unexpected places: Playlist from Ted.com

"These talks are here to set the record straight and illuminate the unexpected ways formulas and fractions influence everything, from love and war to origami and coral reefs."

Friday, 19 August 2016

Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism

Are you studying an Art & Design subject or maybe literature or one of the performing arts? 

We have recently subscribed to this online encyclopedia https://www.rem.routledge.com which covers the subjects, movements and places of the Modernist period. 

Available from the library catalogue or Summon – just make sure you’re logged into UniHub before you start! 

The Encyclopedia which comprises articles by subject experts, including some of our own academics from Middlesex, will be regularly updated with new content.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Constructing a playlist

"Nine out of 10 workers work better when listening to music, according to a Mindlab International study, with almost 90% of participants producing their most accurate test results when music was playing, and 81% delivering their fastest work.........................Introducing the NBS Construction Top 40........................................Never ones to shy away from a tenuous connection all that got us thinking about the vast number of songs with a direct (or ridiculously laboured) connection to building and the broader construction industry."

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Artists' Books

The new exhibition on the Ground Floor of The Sheppard Library shows examples of our artists’ books, which form part of the Special Books Collection, housed in the Materials Room.

Recently we have added lots of new titles to the collection, showing different formats, materials and conceptual interpretations of the book.  Some of these new items are featured in this display. 

There is a focus on specific artists including Katsumi Komagata who specialises in books for visually impaired children with beautifully coloured papers, textures and cut-out techniques. Kate Farley (whose books are illustrated here) is a freelance artist and designer working on paper and fabric.

The exhibition continues until the end of September.

Contact Marion for more information:

The Materials Room opening hours during term-time:

Monday to Friday: 11am -4pm