The Royal Society has awarded Dr Nathan Griffiths one of four Industry Fellowship grants aimed at strengthening links between academia and industry.
The grants are awarded to academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.
The latest awardees’ project topics range from technologies for high efficiency solar cells and cars which use artificial intelligence to interact with their drivers.
Dr Nathan Griffiths will be joining Jaguar Land Rover for a four year Royal Society Industry Fellowship. His research will use machine-learning to model drivers and passengers from data sources including smartphones, infrastructure and vehicles themselves. The research aims to improve the driving experience and increase safety and efficiency, by minimising driver distractions, personalising the driving experience, and developing strategies to influence driver behaviour.
Commenting on the fellowship, Dr Griffiths said:
"I am very excited to work with Jaguar Land Rover Research at the cutting edge of intelligent vehicle research. As vehicles become increasingly autonomous, using machine intelligence to understand and engage with drivers and passengers will be crucial. I look forward to collaborating with Jaguar Land Rover to develop novel intelligent techniques to improve the driving experience."
Dr Griffiths has extensive experience of applying machine learning and agent-based systems to industrial applications, working with organisations including JLR. His group is currently investigating predicting driver cognitive load from in-vehicle data, using vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure data to enhance the driving experience, and modeling and influencing behaviour.
The department went to the Cheltenham Science Festival this year, with hands on demonstrations showcasing Data Science research and other departmental research topics.
Data Science involves finding meaning in large volumes of unstructured data. Its many applications include predicting election results from social media, improving traffic flows and detecting breast cancer.
Computer Science also joined forces with members of the Psychology Department to run a very successful drop-in session exploring different aspects of threat, safety and well-being. Participants joined Warwick staff and students in a variety of research-inspired activities ranging from saving pandas from extinction to detecting dangerous spoof websites.
Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent for the BBC, chaired a session the dangers when Big Data becomes a tool for Big Brother style surveillance. Rory wrote an article about the dangers posed the misuse of Big Data.
Professors Stephen Jarvis and Rob Procter were amongst the experts from Warwick discussing Data Science with members of the public at the free Ideas Café event.
DIMAP Logic Day 2015
On June 1st 2015, our Division of Theory and Foundations, jointly with DIMAP, organized DIMAP Logic Day 2015. The goal of the event was to bring together the UK community of researchers and graduate students interested in the study of logics, automata and games.
The event had an outstanding list of invited speakers from leading academic institutions and research labs (Nathalie Bertrand, INRIA Rennes; Antonin Kucera, Brno; Slawomir Lasota, Warsaw; Davide Sangiorgi, Bologna, INRIA Sophia Antipolis; Sylvain Schmitz, Cachan, INRIA Saclay, Warwick; James Worrell, Oxford) presenting recent advances in logic in computer science, and attracted over 40 participants from the UK and abroad.
The Department of Computer Science at Warwick has been ranked 6th in the recent Complete University Guide.
Dr Matthew Leeke (Director of Admissions and Recruitment) said:
We are always proud to be recognised as a top-rate institution for Computer Science. The ranking is testament to the quality and commitment of the students and staff who make the Department such an exciting place to study.
Professor Stephen Jarvis (Head of Department) adds:
It has been a fantastic past few months for us: Warwick is the 2015 University of the Year; Computer Science has been ranked 2nd in the UK for CS research; the Department has been chosen to establish the new national centre for data science - the Alan Turing Institute - with 4 other leading UK institutions. We look forward to building on this success over the coming years.
Computing at Warwick has a great history. Founded in 1967, Warwick was one of the first Computer Science Departments in the UK. Alumni have included a Turing Award winner (the Computing equivalent of the Nobel Prize), several Fellows of the Royal Society and numerous industry luminaries.
The European Research Council (ERC) has just announced that two Warwick Computer Science Professors, Graham Cormode and Dan Kráľ, have been among the winners of its Consolidator Grant competition. ERC Consolidator Grants is funding 372 top mid-career scientists with €713 million to pursue their best ideas, as part of the European Union Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020. Grants are worth up to €2.75 million each, with an average of €1.91 million per grant. The funding will enable them to consolidate their research teams and to develop their most innovative ideas.
Graham Cormode has been awarded an ERC Consolidator grant for a project entitled "Small Summaries for Big Data". The project focuses on the area of the design and analysis of compact summaries: data structures which capture key features of the data, and which can be created effectively over distributed data sets. The project will substantially advance the state of the art in data summarization, to the point where accurate and effective summaries are available for a wide array of problems, and can be used seamlessly in applications that process big data.
Dan Kráľ has been awarded an ERC Consolidator grant for a project entitled "Large Discrete Structures". The project will advance theory of combinatorial limits, which combines methods from analysis, combinatorics, computer science, group theory and probability theory to analyze and approximate large discrete structures (such as graphs, which can be used to represent large computer networks). The project will lead to proposing new mathematical methods to represent such discrete structures and to applications of the new methods to specific problems in extremal combinatorics and algorithm design.
Professor Artur Czumaj has been made an EATCS Fellow for "contributions to analysis and design of algorithms, especially to understanding the role of randomization in computer science”.
Dr Sylvain Schmitz joins DCS as Leverhulme Visiting Professor
Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Dr Schmitz will spend 6 months at Warwick, collaborating with Dr Ranko Lazic and other colleagues on logics and games for algorithmic verification, and delivering three research lectures.