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JOB@QMUL

John Woodward
 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL17132

Department: School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Salary: £33,615 - £37,411 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL17132
Date posted: 07-Dec-2018
Closing date: 06-Jan-2019

Job profile
<https://webapps2.is.qmul.ac.uk/jobs/getfile?fname=QMUL17132_QMUL17132_PDRA_JP_FINAL07122018.docx>
Apply online
<https://ig24.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_QMUL01.asp?newms=rf&ID=QMUL17132>
Overview:

Software is now at the heart of almost everything we do in the world. This
software remains largely handmade, and as such, is prone to defects.
Testing detects only a subset of software defects with the rest lying
dormant, sometimes for years. When these defects emerge in software systems
the safety and business consequences can be severe. Software failures and
their damaging consequences are regularly reported in the press. Finding
and fixing defects has been an intransigent problem over many years. The
traditional approach to this problem relies on finding defects during
testing then developers manually fixing those defects afterwards.

In this project we establish a new technique to automatically fix predicted
defects in software code before testing. We use machine learning-based
defect prediction information to generate automatic fixes using Genetic
Improvement. Our approach aims to offer developers effective fixes to code
which is predicted as defective. A higher proportion of the fixes our
approach offers to developers should be acceptable, generated quicker and
available earlier in the development cycle than previous attempts at
automated repair. Importantly, our approach targets a wider pool of defects
as it specifically includes targeting those dormant defects which are not
identified by testing.

Using our approach the developer will always remain in control of the code
produced. Fixes are suggested, and the developer is the 'gate-keeper',
deciding if a suggested fix is accepted, rejected, or can itself be
modified to improve the code. One of the tangible outputs of the project
will be a defect fixing tool (Fixie), which will provide support to
developers in their daily coding activities. The tool will be developed in
collaboration with several industrial partners and will be empirically
evaluated throughout the project.



Applicants must have a PhD awarded in Computer Science, Electric/Electronic
Engineering or a related topic, experience conducting research in computer
science to a high standard and a track record of publishing in high-quality
conference venues and journals.

Strong ability to proficiently organise and prioritise own work and
organise research within the project timetable and the ability to present
material verbally and visually in a seminar is also an essential criteria.



The post is full time, fixed term appointment for 2 years, with an expected
start date of 01 March 2019. Starting salary will be in the range of
£33,615 - £37,411 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits
include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season
ticket loan.



Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK
in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where
required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain
under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.



Informal enquiries should be addressed to John R. Woodward at
j.woodward@....



Details about the school can be found at www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk



To apply, please click the link below.



Candidates are kindly requested to upload documents totaling no more than
10 pages.

Please note large documents, e.g., PhD thesis/Research papers, are not
forwarded to the interview panel.



The closing date for applications is 6 January 2019. Interviews are
expected to be held shortly thereafter.

*Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality *

*QMUL is proud to be a London Living Wage Employer*


(excuse terse response - sent from mobile device)
----thank you,
j.woodward@...
http://www.eecs.qmul.ac.uk/~jwoodward/

CfP SOCO 2019 - 3rd Int. Workshop on Self-Organised Construction, IEEE FAS*

Mary Katherine Heinrich
 

Are you working on construction or self-assembly, for example, with robots, cyber-physical systems, agents, or social insects?
The SOCO workshop focuses on self-organizing strategies to build architecture and structures.

Apologies for any cross-postings.

3rd International Workshop on Self-Organised Construction (SOCO)
(Int. Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self-* Systems of the SASO and ICAC conferences, FAS*)


Umea, Sweden, June 17, 2019


http://www.selforganisedconstruction.org
http://saso2019.cs.umu.se/workshops-and-tutorials/


- Important Deadlines -

• Submission deadline: March 3, 2019
• Acceptance notification: April 1, 2019


- Summary -

SOCO is on self-organised construction and we want to cumulate, present, discuss, and advance new research results from theory and practice as well as novel scientific concepts and methodologies. Originally inspired by nest construction in social insects, the general concept relies on a large number of agents that coordinate their construction efforts by prompting and reacting to local stimuli. Recently, with the wake of robotic swarms and novel material processing approaches, including for instance 3D printing techniques and innovative deployment of carbon fibres, self-organising construction is quickly gaining tremendous transformative significance in the context of various design and construction processes. These include also the construction, extension, and renovation of architectural buildings, engineering design, industrial assembly, and landscape architecture. Our focus is on the design and management of self-organising construction from a computational perspective.


- Special Interests -

• Self-organising biologically inspired construction models
• Analysis and design of coordinating construction algorithms
• Agent-based simulations of building usage
• Self-organising robot groups and swarms for construction
• Computational metrics for evaluating complex structures (e.g., complexity, energy efficiency, structural integrity of buildings)
• Parameterisation, evaluation, optimisation of artefact utilisation and purpose
• Decentralised supply chains of construction materials
• Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for self-organised construction and maintenance
• 3D printing technologies for self-organised construction
• Applications in architectural design, building engineering, landscaping, industrial design, engineering and manufacture and swarm robotics
• Interfaces for human inspection and control of self-organising construction systems
• Modelling and simulation techniques, tools and platforms for self-organising construction


- Submissions -

Submitted papers of up to six pages will be evaluated in a single-blind reviewing process by the workshop committee members. Accepted papers will be submitted for publication to the FAS* workshop proceedings through IEEE. All papers need to follow the IEEE DL format of the SASO conference and follow the IEEE Computer Society Press proceedings style guide. Please submit your paper through EasyChair:
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=soco20190

We are looking for contributions that present novel theoretical or experimental results, novel design patterns, mechanisms, system architectures, frameworks or tools, or practical approaches and experiences in building or deploying real-world systems and applications. We ask the authors to ensure that their submissions comply with the high standards in ingenuity and quality as expected by the SASO conference in general.

The workshop on Self-organising Construction (SOCO) is one of the International Workshops on Foundations and Applications of Self-* Systems (FAS*) held in the context of the IEEE International Conferences on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organising systems (SASO) and on Cloud and Autonomic Computing (ICAC).


- Organisors -

• Sebastian von Mammen, University of Wuerzburg
• Heiko Hamann, University of Luebeck
• Mary Katherine Heinrich, University of Luebeck


- Programme Committee (confirmed as of 11.12.18) -

* Phil Ayres
* Peter Bentley
* Marco Dorigo
* René Doursat
* Ilaria Mazzoleni
* Achim Menges
* Nils Napp
* Kirstin Petersen
* Hiroki Sayama
* Kasper Stoy
* Joshua Taron
* Justin Werfel
* Ales Zamuda


We are looking forward to your submissions!

Sebastian, Heiko and Mary Katherine

3rd Advanced Lecture Course on Computational Systems Biology, March 31-April 6, 2019 in Aussois, France

anton
 

** Apologies for cross-posting. **

We are excited to announce the 3rd Advanced Lecture Course on
Computational Systems Biology, that will be held in the Aussois ski
resort (France) between March 31-April 6, 2019
(https://project.inria.fr/compsysbio2019/).

The main Course emphasis is methodological. One goal is to illustrate
the wealth and diversity of Systems Biology issues for scientists from
Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. Another goal is to allow
biologists motivated by Systems Biology to go deeper into methodological
issues in order to facilitate their contacts with scientists from the
formal sciences.

Sessions are preferentially organized around methodological issues:
control theory, dynamical systems, spatio-temporal models, network
inference and analysis, evolutionary systems dynamics, with a constant
eye on biological relevance
(https://project.inria.fr/compsysbio2019/program/). This will be
complemented by blackboard teaching and hands-on sessions in parallel
classes bearing on specific topics or methods.

The Course will be an opportunity for participants to interact directly
with 21 prominent scientists in this rapidly growing field. In order to
facilitate casual interactions, there will be time for skiing in the
afternoon.

Participants are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract of their
current work to be presented as a poster in order to facilitate
scientific interactions. Some abstracts will be selected for short talks
by the Scientific Committee. Fellowships are available for pre-PhD
students and will be awarded to cover registration fees on the basis of
the submitted abstract.

Key dates
Fellowship application: deadline January 25th, 2019
Registration until February 28th, 2019


On behalf of the organising committee,
Anton Crombach

Inria Lyon Antenne La Doua
56 Boulevard Niels Bohr
69603 Villeurbanne, France

GI-2019 deadline 1 Feb 2019 Genetic Improvement workshop Montreal Call for Papers

Bill
 

****************************************
Genetic Improvement Workshop (GI-2019)
****************************************

GI-2019 will be held with the 41st International Conference on
Software Engineering, ICSE 2019, on Tuesday 28 May 2019 in Montreal, Canada.

Submission deadline: Friday 1st February 2019.
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gi2019

Website: geneticimprovementofsoftware.com

****************************************
Key Dates
****************************************
Paper submission deadline: 1 February 2019
Notification of accepted papers: 1 March 2019
Camera ready copies: 15 March 2019
GI workshop ICSE, Montreal 28 May 2019

****************************************
Call For Papers
****************************************

We invite submissions that discuss recent developments in all areas of
research on, and applications of, Genetic Improvement.

GI is the premier workshop in the field and provides an opportunity for
researchers interested in automated program repair and software
optimisation to disseminate their work, exchange ideas and discover new
research directions.

Topics of interest include both the theory and practice of Genetic
Improvement. Applications include, but are not limited to, using GI to:

• repair bugs
• improve efficiency
• decrease memory consumption
• decrease energy consumption
• explore tradeoffs between non-functional properties
• transplant new functionality
• optimise software parameters
• improve practice (e.g., deployments, case studies, etc.)
• inform language or tool design

****************************************
Research & Position Papers
****************************************

We invite submissions of two types of paper:

Research papers: up to 8 pages long
Position papers: up to 2 pages long

We encourage authors to submit early and in-progress work. The workshop
emphasises interaction and discussion.

Papers should be in ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) format. See
https://2019.icse-conferences.org/track/icse-2019-Technical-Papers#Call-for-Papers
for details. Papers must be anonymised. All papers should be submitted
in PDF format via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gi2019

All accepted papers will be presented at GI-2019 and will be published
by the ACM. At least one author of each accepted paper must register
for the workshop (authors of multiple GI-2019 papers need only register
once).

The official publication date of the workshop proceedings is the date
the proceedings are made available in the ACM Library. This date may be
up to two weeks prior to the first day of ICSE 2019. The official
publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to
published work.

****************************************
Workshop Chairs
****************************************

Justyna Petke j.petke@...
Shin Hwei Tan tansh3@...
Bill Langdon w.langdon@...
Westley Weimer weimerw@...


Bill

Prof. W. B. Langdon
Department of Computer Science
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/


GP EM http://www.springer.com/10710
EuroGP 2019 http://www.evostar.org/2019/cfp_eurogp.php
GI @ ICSE 2019 http://geneticimprovementofsoftware.com/
GECCO 2019 http://gecco-2019.sigevo.org/
barracuda_0.7.107h http://seqbarracuda.sourceforge.net/
choose your background
http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/colour_telephone/bgcolor.html
A Field Guide to Genetic Programming
http://www.gp-field-guide.org.uk/
GP Bibliography http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~wbl/biblio/

2nd CFW: The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2019) 29 July - 2 August 2019 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

ICOS Research Group
 

*** Apologies for cross-posting. Appreciate if you can distribute this CFW to your network. ***

**********************************************************************
ALIFE 2019
The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life

29 July - 2 August 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

https://2019.alife.org/
**********************************************************************


2nd Call for Workshops, Special Sessions & Tutorials
================================================

The ALife2019 Organizing Committee invites proposals for Workshops,
Special Sessions and Tutorial to be held in conjunction with
The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2019), which will be
held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK on 29 July - 2 August, 2019.
https://2019.alife.org/

We especially encourage proposals that relate to the theme of
ALIFE 2019: How Can Artificial Life Help Solve Societal Challenges?

Workshop Proposals
------------------
The ALIFE 2019 workshops are intended to be forums to present and
discuss new approaches, visions, or critical reflections within a
research area. They provide an excellent opportunity to meet people
with similar interests, to be exposed to cutting-edge research and
to exchange ideas in an informal setting. The organizers of an
accepted workshop are responsible for its coordination and its
publicity (e.g., for sending out call for papers/abstracts), for
collecting and reviewing the papers/abstracts, and for maintaining
a website providing a list of ccepted talks. Workshops are open to
all interested conference participants, unless specifically justified
otherwise in the application. Workshops can allocate either one or
two 1.5 hour time slots.

If accepted, ALIFE will provide the onsite logistics (seminar rooms,
projectors, coffee breaks) and links from the main conference website.
All other organizational issues -- including separate review process
and proceedings publication, if any -- are taken care of by the
workshop chairs. Therefore, any workshop-specific requests from
participants should be exclusively addressed to them, not to the ALIFE
committee. The internal organization of the satellite workshops and
tutorials (website, paper submission, invited talks, proceedings, all
deadlines except registration) is entirely left up to their respective
organizers. Participation in workshops requires conference
registration.

Tutorial Proposals
------------------
ALIFE 2019 tutorials will be presented by domain experts to cover
current topics relevant to artificial life researchers and
practitioners, such as introduction to state-of-the-art methods and
software. Each tutorial slot will be 1.5 hours long. We encourage
tutorial organizers to maintain a website that collects tutorial,
demos and interactive material.

As for Workshops, ALIFE will provide the onsite logistics (seminar
rooms, projectors, coffee breaks) and links from the main conference
website. All other organizational issues are taken care of by the
tutorial chairs. Therefore, any workshop-specific requests from
participants should be exclusively addressed to them, not to the ALIFE
committee. Participation in workshops requires conference
registration.

Special Sessions
----------------
Special Sessions are part of the conference main program. They are
dedicated to both established and emerging core concepts of the ALife
agenda. Special sessions provide an excellent opportunity for
researchers in the ALife community to shape parts of the conference
programme by attracting high quality submissions, organizing session
content and selecting session chairs.

Contributions to special sessions undergo the same peer review
process as other submissions to the conference and will be included
in the conference proceedings. There is no limit on the number of
time slots allocated to a special session and their duration will
instead be determined by the number of allocated contributions.
Special sessions that do not attract a sufficient number of
contributions will not take place.


Important Dates
===============
Submission of Workshop/Tutorial Proposals is open now.
We will receive applications until 24th January, 2019.
The notification of acceptance will be given by 30th January 2019.


Submission Process
==================
Every workshop, special session and tutorial proposal should include:

1. title of the workshop/special session/tutorial
2. name(s) and affiliation(s) of the organizer(s) with contact
details
3. a short CV of the organizer(s)
4. a brief description (half-page) of the workshop/tutorial topics

Only for workshops:

5. type of workshop (contributed talks, invited talks, interactive
session, panel discussion, etc.)
6. potential target participants and audience
7. roughly approximated number of participants
8. an indication whether the workshop should run for one or two
1.5 hour slots
9. whether you have a plan for preparing online proceedings or
abstract booklets of the workshop or not

All proposals must be sent to: alife-19@...

CFP: 9th IEEE Workshop on Parallel / Distributed Combinatorics and Optimization (PDCO) in conjunction with IEEE IPDPS 2019

Gregoire Danoy
 

Please, accept our apologies in case of multiple copies of this CFP.


**********************************************************************
The 9th IEEE Workshop on Parallel / Distributed
Combinatorics and Optimization (PDCO 2019)

https://pdco2019.sciencesconf.org/

held in conjunction with
the 33rd IEEE International
Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS'2019)
May 20-24, 2019

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
http://www.ipdps.org
**********************************************************************



Scope:
======
The IEEE Workshop on Parallel / Distributed Combinatorics and Optimization aims at providing a forum for scientific researchers and engineers on recent advances in the field of parallel or distributed combinatorics as well as parallel or distributed algorithms for difficult optimization problems, ranging from theoretical to applied problems. The latter include for instance 0-1 multidimensional knapsack problems and cutting stock problems, large scale linear programming problems, nonlinear optimization problems, global optimization and scheduling problems.

Emphasis will be placed on new techniques for solving difficult optimization problems, like cooperative methods for integer programming problems, nature-inspired techniques and hybrid methods. Aspects related to Combinatorial Scientific Computing (CSC) will also be treated. We solicit submissions of original manuscripts on sparse matrix computations and related topics (including graph algorithms); and related methods and tools for their efficiency on different parallel systems. Applications combining traditional parallel and distributed combinatorics and optimization techniques as well as theoretical issues (convergence, complexity, etc.) are welcome.

Application domains of interest include (but are not limited to) cloud computing, planning, logistics, AI, manufacturing, finance, telecommunications and computational biology.


Topics:
=======
* Exact methods, heuristics, metaheuristics, hybrid methods;
* Parallel / distributed metaheuristics;
* Nature inspired parallel / distributed computing;
* Parallel / distributed algorithms for combinatorial optimization;
* Integer programming, linear programming, nonlinear programming;
* Global optimization, polynomial optimization;
* Cooperative methods, hybrid methods;
* Parallel sparse matrix computations, graph algorithms, load balancing;
* Applications: cloud computing, planning, logistics, manufacturing, finance, telecommunications, computational biology, combinatorial algorithms in high performance computing.


Steering Committee:
===================
Pascal Bouvry, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg (co-chair)
Didier El Baz, team CDA, LAAS-CNRS, France (co-chair)
El-Ghazali Talbi, University of Lille, INRIA, CNRS, France
Albert Y. Zomaya, The University of Sydney, Australia


General Chairs:
===============
Grégoire Danoy, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Didier El Baz, team CDA, LAAS-CNRS, France


Program Chairs:
===============
Vincent Boyer, University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Bernabe Dorronsoro, Universidad de Cádiz, Spain


Publicity Chairs:
=================
Keqin Li, State University of New York at New Paltz, USA
Laurence T. Yang, St Francis Xavier University, Canada


Program Committee (to be completed):
====================================
A. Bendjoudi, CERIST, Algiers, Algeria
J.-N. Cao, Hong-Kong Polytechnic University, China
J. J. Durillo, Leibniz Supercomputer Center, Munich, Germany
S. Fujita, Hiroshima University, Japan
M. Halappanavar, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
K. Li, State University of New York, USA
N. Melab, University of Lille, France
M. Menai, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
A. Nakib, University Paris 12, France
S. Nesmachnow, Universidad de la República, Uruguay
S. Nikoletseas, University of Patras and CTI, Greece
C. Phillips, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
T. Saadi, University of Picardie, France
M. Seredynski, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
G. Ch. Sirakoulis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
G. Spezzano, University of Calabria, Italy
A. Tchernykh, CICESE Research Center, Mexico
S. Varrette, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
F. Xhafa, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
L.T. Yang, St Francis Xavier University, Canada


Submission :
============
Papers in the Proceedings of the workshops will be indexed in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library after the conference.
Prospective authors should submit their papers through Workshop PDCO 2019 submission system (EasyChair): https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=pdco2019

Abstract and paper can be uploaded until December 21, 2018. Authors should preferably follow the manuscript specifications of IEEE IPDPS, i.e. submitted manuscripts may not exceed 10 single-spaced double-column pages using 10-point size font on 8.5x11 inch pages (IEEE conference style), including figures, tables and references. Style templates are available on IPDPS website.


Important Dates:
================
- Submission Deadline: December 21, 2018
- Author notification: February 1, 2019
- Camera ready version: TBD
- Workshop: May 20, 2019


Contact:
========
For questions regarding the Workshop, please contact the conference organizers at pdco2019@...<mailto:pdco2019@...>

[jobs] Fully funded MS/PhD student positions in Data Science, Computer Vision, Bio-inspired Robotics, and Neural Engineering at IST, VISTEC, Thailand

Poramate Manoonpong
 

Dear Colleagues,

The School of Information Science and Technology (IST) at Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC), Thailand, welcomes all applicants for our international Master's and Doctoral degree program.

Our school offers a competitive, English language, interdisciplinary, world-class PhD training and research program in Information Science and Technology. We have up to 20 fully funded Master and PhD student positions.

Our program includes 2-years MS, 5-years MS+PhD, and 3-years PhD options. The students will be formally affiliated with the Master/PhD program at IST, VISTEC, Thailand. They will have the opportunity to develop new algorithms and research ideas and perform experiments on real hardware, e.g., High performance computing, Big data, Computer vision, Advanced robotic systems, Exoskeleton, and Brain computer interface systems.

Our basic research under the IST umbrella focuses on main areas: Data Science, Cloud/HPC, Computer Vision, IOT, Bio-inspired Robotics, and Neural Engineering.

Data Science and Engineering (Large-Scale Analytics, Data Engineering, Data Mining, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning): We address various scalability issues in machine learning, data mining, database query processing. We are especially interested in developing solutions for machine learning problems with an extremely large number of classes and a scalable system for managing and storing various forms of high-dimensional data. Our application domains include (but not limited to) natural language processing, time series data management, geospatial data mining, business intelligence, IoT data analytics, and health data analytics.

Bio-inspired robotics: We address how to develop brain-like mechanisms for adaptive motor control and autonomous learning of embodied multi-sensorimotor robotic systems (i.e., bio-inspired robots, exoskeleton). We also transfer the developed mechanisms (BRAIN technology) to application areas like human-machine interaction, brain-machine interface, and rehabilitation (see https://brain.vistec.ac.th/ for more details).


Neural Engineering: We address an investigation of closed-loop EEG-based Brain Computer Interface (BCI) helps bridge the gap in communication between man and machine. Understanding patterns of brain activity from basic neuroscience research will help engineering to optimize the BCI system that could be applied in the real-world environment. Advanced signal processing techniques and pattern recognition methods such as machine learning, artificial neural network, and deep learning can improve the efficiency of BCI by increasing information transfer rate and accuracy. Ultimately, research based on BCI could lead to the development of novel tools used in both clinical and healthy populations (see https://brain.vistec.ac.th/ for more details).



Financial Support:

This studentship includes

1) fee bursary to cover the tuition fee rate

2) a maintenance allowance during the study,

3) grant of 1 Million Bath scholarship for international research experience.



Person Specification:

The successful applicant from any nationality will have a strong undergraduate (first class or upper second class) and/or Master's degree in



1) Science (Physics, Mathematics,

Computer and related fields)

2)Engineering (Computer, Mechanical,

Electrical, Robotics, and related fields)

3) Applied Science (Information

Technology, ICT, Machine Learning, and related fields)


Applicants with excellent programming and analytical/mathematical skills as well as expertise and research interests lying at the intersection of Data science, Bio-inspired Robotics, and Neural Engineering are particularly welcome to apply. Applicants from non-English speaking countries will need to satisfy English language entry requirements.



Application Documents:

1. CV

2. Official Transcripts

3. Statement of Purpose/ Statement of research interest

Optional:

4. Letters of recommendation

5. English test score (TOEFL, IELTS, or other tests)

6. Publications, awards & honors

7. Portfolio and other relevant documents



Applications should be submitted online by December 31st, 2018.

<http://www.vistec.in.th/admission/form.php>https://www.vistec.ac.th/admission/form.php

<http://www.vistec.in.th/admission/>https://www.vistec.ac.th/admission/



For further information or questions

please contact
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sarana Nutanong
E-mail: <http://www.tnb.ua.ac.be/mailman/listinfo/comp-neuro> snutanon@...

Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology, Wangchan Valley

555 Moo1 Payupnai, Wangchan, Rayong 21210 Thailand




Website of VISTEC: https://www.vistec.ac.th

Call For Entries for for 16th Annual (2019) "Humies" Awards

Bill
 

Call For Entries
for 15th Annual (2019) "Humies" Awards
for Human-Competitive Results
Produced by Genetic and Evolutionary Computation
www.human-competitive.org

To Be Held at
Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO)
July 13th-17th, 2019 (Saturday - Wednesday)
in Prague, Czech Republic
http://gecco-2019.sigevo.org

Entries are hereby solicited for awards totaling $10,000 for
human-competitive results that have been produced by any
form of genetic and evolutionary computation (including, but not
limited to genetic algorithms, genetic programming, evolution
strategies, evolutionary programming, learning classifier systems,
grammatical evolution, gene expression programming, differential
evolution, etc.) and that have been published in the open literature
between the deadline for the previous competition and the deadline for
the current competition.

The competition will be held as part of the Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) conference operated by the
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest
Group (SIG) on Genetic and Evolutionary Computation (SIGEVO).
Entries chosen to be finalists will be made at the conference.
The winners of the awards will be announced during
the conference.

IMPORTANT DATES:
* Wednesday June 5, 2019 - Deadline for entries (consisting of
one TEXT file, PDF files for one or more papers, and possible "in
press" documentation (explained below). Please send entries to
goodman at msu dot edu

* Wednesday June 19, 2019 - Finalists will be notified by e-mail

* Wednesday July 3, 2019 - Finalists must submit their presentation
(e.g., PowerPoint, PDF) for posting on the competition's web site.
Send presentations to goodman at msu dot edu

* July 13-17, 2019 (Saturday-Wednesday) - GECCO conference

* TENTATIVE Monday July 15, 2019 - Presentations before judging
committee at public session of the GECCO conference. Finalists should
make a point of double-checking the time and date in the conference's
final schedule.

* TENTATIVE Wednesday 17, 2019 - Announcement of awards at
plenary session of the GECCO conference


JUDGING COMMITTEE
* Erik Goodman
* Una-May O'Reilly
* Wolfgang Banzhaf
* Darrell Whitley
* Lee Spector

PUBLICITY CHAIR: William Langdon

CALL FOR ENTRIES
Techniques of genetic and evolutionary computation are being
increasingly applied to difficult real-world problems - often yielding
results that are not merely academically interesting, but competitive
with the work done by creative and inventive humans. Starting at the
Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) in 2004, cash
prizes have been awarded for human-competitive results that had been
produced by some form of genetic and evolutionary computation in the
previous year.

This prize competition is based on published results. The publication
may be a paper published anywhere in the open literature (e.g., the
GECCO conference, any another conference or workshop, journal,
technical report, thesis, book, chapter in edited book).

The competition is open to any paper
(1) published in the open literature between June 6, 2018 (the
deadline for the previous year's competition) and June 5, 2019 (the
deadline for this competition), or
(2) that is "in press" by the deadline for this competition. "In
Press" means the paper must have been unconditionally accepted for
publication and be identical to that which will be published
imminently without the possibility of any further changes or revision
by the authors or editors. For example, a paper accepted for the
current year's GECCO conference would not have been published by the
deadline for the competition. However, because the paper has already
been unconditionally accepted for publication (and the final
camera-ready version submitted to the conference prior to the deadline
for this competition), a GECCO paper is "in press." If an entry is
"in press," the entry must include a copy of the documentation
establishing that the paper meets this requirement.

The paper must meet the usual standards of a scientific publication in
that it must clearly describe a problem, the methods used to address
the problem, the results obtained, and sufficient information about
how the work was done in order to enable the work to be independently
replicated.

An automatically created result is considered "human-competitive" if
it satisfies at least one of the eight criteria below.
(A) The result was patented as an invention in the past, is an
improvement over a patented invention, or would qualify today as a
patentable new invention.
(B) The result is equal to or better than a result that was accepted
as a new scientific result at the time when it was published in a
peer-reviewed scientific journal.
(C) The result is equal to or better than a result that was placed
into a database or archive of results maintained by an internationally
recognized panel of scientific experts.
(D) The result is publishable in its own right as a new scientific
result independent of the fact that the result was mechanically
created.
(E) The result is equal to or better than the most recent
human-created solution to a long-standing problem for which there has
been a succession of increasingly better human-created solutions.
(F) The result is equal to or better than a result that was considered
an achievement in its field at the time it was first discovered.
(G) The result solves a problem of indisputable difficulty in its field.
(H) The result holds its own or wins a regulated competition involving
human contestants (in the form of either live human players or
human-written computer programs).

Contestants should note that a pervasive thread in most of the above
eight criteria is the notion that the result satisfy an "arms length"
standard - not a yardstick based on the opinion of the author, the
author's own institution (educational or corporate), or the author's
own close associates. "Arms length" may be established in numerous
ways. For example, if the result is a solution to "a long-standing
problem for which there has been a succession of increasingly better
human-created solutions," it is clear that the scientific community
(not the author, the author's own institution, or the author's close
associates) have vetted the significance of the problem. Similarly, a
problem's significance may be established if the result replicates or
improves upon a scientific result published in a peer-reviewed
scientific journal, replicates or improves upon a previously patented
invention, constitutes a patentable new invention, or replicates or
improves a result that was considered an achievement in its field at
the time it was first discovered. Similarly, a problem's significance
may be established if the result holds its own or wins a regulated
competition involving live human players or human-written computer
programs. In each of the foregoing examples, the standard for
human-competitiveness is being established external to the author, the
author's own institution, or the author's close associates. It is also
conceivable to rely only on criterion G ("The result solves a problem
of indisputable difficulty in its field"); however, if only criterion
G is claimed, there must be a clear and convincing argument that the
problem's "difficulty" is indeed "indisputable."

The competition will be held as part of the annual Genetic and
Evolutionary Computation (GECCO) conference. Entries chosen to be
finalists are to be made at the conference. The awards and prizes will
be announced at the conference.

Cash prizes of $5,000 (gold), $3,000 (silver), and bronze (either one
prize of $2,000 or two prizes of $1,000) will be awarded for the best
entries that satisfy one or more of the criteria for
human-competitiveness. The awards will be divided equally among
co-authors unless the authors specify a different division at the time
of submission.
Prizes are paid by check in U.S. dollars after the GECCO conference.
The judges may, based on submissions, reallocate the prize amounts and
prize categories within the total amount available for prizes.

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING THE "HUMIES"
If you plan to make an entry into this competition, please check the
web site for updated information and for possible last-minute changes
immediately prior to submitting your entry. Similarly, if you are
selected as a finalist, please re-check the web site prior to the
conference for possible last-minute changes in instructions or
schedule.

All entries are to be sent electronically to goodman at msu dot edu.
All entries will be promptly acknowledged, so please make an inquiry
if you do not receive a reasonably prompt acknowledgment shortly after
your submission.

An entry must consist of one TEXT file and one or more PDF files. In
addition, if the paper is "in press" as of the deadline date for
submissions, an additional document must be submitted.

If authors are making multiple entries to the competition, please
submit separate e-mails, each containing the required TEXT file and
PDF file(s) supporting the entry.

The TEXT file must contain the following 11 items. Please be very
careful to include ALL required information. Contestants are alerted
to the fact that items 6 and 9 are especially important and will be
the main basis by which entries will be judged. The papers and
presentations from earlier competitions (starting in 2004) are posted
at the competition web site at www.human-competitive.org. These
previous entries may be informative and helpful in crafting your
entry.
Required items:
1. the complete title of one (or more) paper(s) published in the open
literature describing the work that the author claims describes a
human-competitive result;
2. the name, complete physical mailing address, e-mail address, and
phone number of EACH author of EACH paper(s);
3. the name of the corresponding author (i.e., the author to whom
notices will be sent concerning the competition);
4. the abstract of the paper(s);
5. a list containing one or more of the eight letters (A, B, C, D, E,
F, G, or H) that correspond to the criteria (see above) that the
author claims that the work satisfies;
6. a statement stating why the result satisfies the criteria that the
contestant claims (see examples of statements of human-competitiveness
as a guide to aid in constructing this part of the submission);
7. a full citation of the paper (that is, author names; publication
date; name of journal, conference, technical report, thesis, book, or
book chapter; name of editors, if applicable, of the journal or edited
book; publisher name; publisher city; page numbers, if applicable);
8. a statement either that "any prize money, if any, is to be divided
equally among the co-authors" OR a specific percentage breakdown as to
how the prize money, if any, is to be divided among the co-authors;
9. a statement stating why the authors expect that their entry would
be the "best," and
10. an indication of the general type of genetic or evolutionary
computation used, such as GA (genetic algorithms), GP (genetic
programming), ES (evolution strategies), EP (evolutionary
programming), LCS (learning classifier systems), GE (grammatical
evolution), GEP (gene expression programming), DE (differential
evolution), etc.
11. the date of publication of each paper. If the date of publication
is not on or before the deadline for submission, but instead, the
paper has been unconditionally accepted for publication and is "in
press" by the deadline for this competition, the entry must include a
copy of the documentation establishing that the paper meets the "in
press" requirement.

The PDF file(s) are to contain the paper(s). The strongly preferred
method is that you send a separate PDF file for each of your paper(s)
relating to your entry. Both the text file and the PDF file(s) for
each entry will be permanently posted on a web page shortly after the
deadline date for entries (for use by the judges, conference
attendees, and anyone else who is interested) and will remain posted
on the web as a permanent record of the competition. If your paper is
only available on the publisher's web site and your publisher
specifically requires that your published paper may appear only on
your own personal page, the second choice is that you send link(s) to
a separate web page on your web site containing link(s) to the PDF
file(s) of the paper(s) that constitute your entry. This separate web
page is to contain nothing else, so the interested parties may quickly
locate your paper(s). If you use this second-choice option, you must
ALSO supply a link to a permanent web site maintained by your
publisher where your specific paper may be viewed or purchased (that
is, not a link merely to the publisher's general home page, but a link
to the specific web page containing your paper on the publisher's
site). Keep in mind that the objective is to guarantee a permanent
record of the entries and to make it easy for anyone to locate your
material.

Generally, only one paper should be submitted. More than one paper
should be submitted only if no single paper fully describes the
specific result or method. Note that this competition involves
specific results published in the past year, and it NOT an evaluation
of the author's entire body of work over period of years. Note that
this is a competition involving a result that satisfies the criteria
for being "human-competitive" as defined herein.

The judging committee will review all entries and identify a short
list of finalists for presentation at the GECCO conference. Finalists
will be notified by an e-mail to the corresponding author. Please
acknowledge receipt of this message, so the judges know that you
received your notice. Finalists must then make a short oral
presentation to the judging committee at a public session of the GECCO
conference. The presentations will be held on one of the early days of
the conference, and the winners will be announced a day or two later
at the conference.

Finalists must submit their presentation (e.g., a PowerPoint, PDF) by
e-mail to goodman at msu dot edu. All submissions will be promptly
acknowledged, so please make an inquiry if you do not receive a
reasonably prompt acknowledgment. These presentations will be posted
on the web page for the competition. Oral presentation (usually about
10 minutes) will be made by the finalists to the judging committee,
but the presentations will be open to all conference attendees at a
special session of the conference. The oral presentation should
primarily focus on
1. why the result qualifies as being human-competitive and
2. why the judges should consider the entry as "best" in comparison to
other entries that may also be "human-competitive."

In this short oral presentation to the judges, a description of the
work itself is decidedly secondary. By the time of your presentation,
the judges will be familiar with the papers. Thus, the focus of the
presentation should be on reasons why the work being presented should
win a prize - not an explanation or presentation of the work itself.

In the unlikely event that a presenter is scheduled to make a
presentation elsewhere at the GECCO conference at the same time,
please notify the judging committee (email goodman at msu dot edu), so
they can rearrange time slots.

After the oral presentations, the award committee will meet and
consider the presentations.

The presenting author for each entry must register for the GECCO conference.

A judge will recuse himself or herself if he or she is closely
associated with a finalist (e.g., a current academic advisor, current
collaborator, co-author with the finalist or author of recent related
work).


Additional information is at www.human-competitive.org

Thank you

Bill

Prof. W. B. Langdon
Department of Computer Science
University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK
http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/


GP EM http://www.springer.com/10710
EuroGP 2019 http://www.evostar.org/2019/cfp_eurogp.php
GI @ ICSE 2019 http://geneticimprovementofsoftware.com/
GECCO 2019 http://gecco-2019.sigevo.org/
barracuda_0.7.107h http://seqbarracuda.sourceforge.net/
choose your background
http://web4.cs.ucl.ac.uk/staff/W.Langdon/colour_telephone/bgcolor.html
A Field Guide to Genetic Programming
http://www.gp-field-guide.org.uk/
GP Bibliography http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~wbl/biblio/

NSF-NRT Interdisciplinary Training in Complex Networks and Systems at Indiana University

Luis M. Rocha
 

Apologies for multiple postings.

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If you or anyone you know are interested in pursuing a PhD in Network Science and Complex Systems, please consider our NSF-sponsored program described below. We have been training PhD students in Network Science and Complex Systems for over 14 years at Indiana University. The recent NSF-NRT award takes that experience further with interdisciplinary joint-training in another domain of interest, such as Neuroscience, Biology, Physics, Cognitive Science, Political Science, Sociology and others.



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Interdisciplinary Training in Complex Networks and Systems



Understanding complex networked systems is key to solving some of the most vexing problems confronting humankind, from discovering how dynamic brain connections give rise to thoughts and behaviors, to detecting and preventing the spread of misinformation or unhealthy behaviors across a population. Graduate training, however, typically occurs in one of two dimensions: experimental and observational methods in a specific area such as biology and sociology, or in general methodologies such as machine learning and data science.



With more and more students seeking to gain sufficient expertise in mathematical and computational methods on top of domain-specific laboratory and social analysis methodologies, a greater demand for more efficient interdisciplinary training is emerging. The Indiana University National Science Foundation Research Traineeship<https://cns-nrt.indiana.edu/> (NRT) addresses this growing need with an integrated dual PhD program that trains students to be "bidisciplinary" in Complex Networks and Systems (CNS) and another discipline of their choosing from the natural and social sciences. It will seamlessly integrate traditional education with interdisciplinary hands-on research in a culture of academic and human diversity.

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The training program capitalizes on the new Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI)<https://iuni.iu.edu/>. The Institute's 165+ faculty members will serve in interdisciplinary PhD program committees to be co-chaired by research mentors from both CNS and the target empirical domain. Project-driven, team-based research at IUNI will seamlessly integrate academic education with interdisciplinary hands-on scientific and industrial research. Trainees will learn to connect the general-purpose, computational expertise of CNS to the deep, domain-specific research methodologies of the natural, behavioral, and social sciences thus bridging the gap between distinct training cultures. They will be a new breed of STEM scientists that escapes the silos of disciplinary training to address the complex problems of the 21st century.



Applications Due January 1, 2019



For more information on how to apply please contact: infograd@...<mailto:infograd@...>. For information about research and academic components, please see our website https://cns-nrt.indiana.edu<https://cns-nrt.indiana.edu/>, contact the program director Prof. Luis M Rocha<mailto:rocha@...?subject=NSF-CNS-NRT%20Inquiry>, or other members of the executive committee:



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* Luis M. Rocha<https://www.informatics.indiana.edu/rocha/>, Director
* Katy Börner<http://info.ils.indiana.edu/~katy/>, Evaluation Committee Chair
* Bernice Pescosolido<https://iuni.iu.edu/people/person/bernice-pescosolido>, Colloquia and Outreach Committee Chair
* Olaf Sporns<http://psych.indiana.edu/faculty/osporns.php>, Recruiting and Admissions Committee Chair
* Tara Holbrook<https://www.soic.indiana.edu/all-people/profile.html?profile_id=230>, Project Coordinator



Research Themes

Complex networks and systems

Network neuroscience

Social network science

Health & health care

Science of science

Finance and economy networks

Biological and chemical networks

Many others

Program Benefits

$34,000 stipend on prestigious NSF Fellowship

Tuition and health insurance

Develop dual proficiency

Interdisciplinary training

Early integration in research via Indiana University Network Science Institute (IUNI)

National and international internships

Academic and industrial professional development including travel support

Diverse, collaborative cohorts

Interaction with world-renowned external board members and speakers

NSF fellow must be US citizens residents. IU fellowships and NRT affiliates available for international students.
Academics
Dual PhD program in CNS and another domain such as Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Economics, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Sociology, Political Science, Physics, etc. Hands-on training in general-purpose methodologies of CNS, computational and data science, as well domain-specific methodologies of a chosen natural, behavioral, or social science.





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Luis Mateus Rocha, Professor of Informatics and Cognitive Science

Director, NSF-NRT Interdisciplinary Training in Complex Networks and Systems

Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research

School of Informatics & Computing

Indiana University, 919 E. 10th St

Bloomington IN, 47408, USA

http://informatics.indiana.edu/rocha



and



Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, Portugal

http://www.igc.gulbenkian.pt/research/unit/76

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Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one. (Voltaire)

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CFP: 2019 Joint IEEE Int. Conf. on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics

Kai Olav Ellefsen
 

Dear Colleagues,

[Apologies if you receive multiple copies of this call.

Please, feel free to distribute it to those who might be interested.]


CALL FOR PAPERS:

9th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob 2019)

19-22 August 2019, Oslo, Norway

Web page: https://icdl-epirob2019.org

An IEEE Computational Society sponsored conference


==== Important Dates ====

Submission deadline: February 22, 2019

Author notification: May 1, 2019

Camera ready due: June 1, 2019

Conference: August 19-22nd 2019


==== Overview ====

ICDL-EpiRob is a unique conference gathering researchers from computer science, robotics, psychology and developmental studies to share knowledge and research on how intelligent biological and artificial systems develop sensing, reasoning and actions. This includes development of cognitive and social abilities through dynamic interactions with their physical and social environments. This is with a twofold objective: to gain a better understanding of human and animal intelligence, and to enable artificial systems with more adaptive and flexible behaviors.


This will be the ninth time the conference is organized, and we invite submissions for the conference in 2019 to explore, extend, and consolidate the interdisciplinary boundaries of this exciting research field.


==== Scope and Topics ====

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

* principles and theories of development and learning;

* development of skills in biological systems and robots;

* nature vs nurture, developmental stages;

* models on the contributions of interaction to learning

* models on active learning

* architectures for lifelong learning;

* emergence of body and affordance perception;

* analysis and modelling of human motion and state

* models for prediction, planning and problem solving;

* models of human-human and human-robot interaction;

* emergence of verbal and non-verbal communication;

* epistemological foundations and philosophical issues;

* robot prototyping of human and animal skills

* ethics in computational intelligence and robotics

==== Submissions ====

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers of at most 6 pages in IEEE double column format. Submission will undergo peer-review impacting which papers that are selected for either oral presentation or poster presentation. Accepted and presented full six-page paper submissions will be included in the conference proceedings published by IEEE Xplore after the conference.


The authors of the best conference papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their papers to be reviewed for inclusion in a "2019 ICDL-EpiRob conference" special issue of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (TCDS).


We also invite submissions for the MODELBot Challenge, a paper competition focusing on computational models of human or animal learning, as well as the use of robotic and computational techniques for supporting human learning. Full details are provided on the conference web page.


==== Confirmed Keynote Speakers ====

Prof. Aude Billard, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Prof. Michael J. Frank, Brown University, USA

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Höhl, University of Vienna, Austria

See https://icdl-epirob2019.org/keynotes/


==== Organizing committee ====

General chairs: Jim Torresen (University of Oslo, Norway ) and Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Waterloo, Canada/University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Program chairs: Kai Olav Ellefsen (University of Oslo) and Katharina J. Rohlfing (Paderborn University, Germany)

Finance / Website Chairs: Kyrre Glette and Charles Martin (University of Oslo)

Publicity chairs: Bruno Castro da Silva (UFRGS, Brazil), Kazi Shah Nawaz Ripon (NTNU, Norway) and Ryo Kurazume (Kyushu University, Japan)

Bridge chair: Tetsuya Ogata (Waseda University, Japan) and Emre Ugur (Bogazici University, Turkey)

Local chairs: Bruno Laeng and Tor Endestad (University of Oslo)


Best regards from the organising committee,

Bruno Castro da Silva, Kazi Shah Nawaz Ripon and Ryo Kurazume (Publicity chairs)

Kai Olav Ellefsen and Katharina J. Rohlfing (Program chairs)

Jim Torresen and Kerstin Dautenhahn (General chairs)

[news] Ebook on Neural Computation in Embodied Closed-Loop Systems for the Generation of Complex Behavior: From Biology to Technology

Poramate Manoonpong
 

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to introduce you to the recent Ebook on Neural Computation in Embodied Closed-Loop Systems for the Generation of Complex Behavior: From Biology to Technology [1], published Frontiers in Neurorobotics.

The Ebook collects 17 cutting edge research articles, covering neural and morphological computations as well as the transfer of results to real world applications, like prosthesis and orthosis control and neuromorphic hardware implementation.

Any comments and suggestions are welcome.


[1] https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/4674/neural-computation-in-embodied-closed-loop-systems-for-the-generation-of-complex-behavior-from-biolo


Best regards,

Poramate Manoonpong and Christian Tetzlaff

Emergence workshop -- Call for Abstracts

Susan Stepney
 

Emergence

Second International TRANSIT workshop on Cross-disciplinary Research
27-28 March 2019, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, Heslington, YO10 5GE UK

Keynote speakers:

Professor Yasmin Merali, University of Hull
https://www.hull.ac.uk/faculties/staff-profiles/yasmin-merali.aspx

more TBC

The Second International TRANSIT workshop on Cross-disciplinary Research
(TWCR 2019) will be held in York, UK, 27-28 March 2019. It is hosted by
the York Cross-disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis and the University
of York.

Emergence is a term used to describe system-level collective properties and
behaviours that cannot be reduced to specific properties of their
individual components. From Aristotle’s “the whole is something besides
the parts” to Anderson’s “More is different”, emergence captures the
existence of an overall unity separate from its constituents. Emergence is
a broad concept, occurring across systems comprising physical,
technological, neural, biological, or social components. From physics to
philosophy, from biology to art, from engineering to neuroscience, emergent
properties abound, yet there remains little agreement on a formal
definition of emergence, ways to analyse it, or ways to achieve it.

TWCR 2019 will explore the cross-disciplinary theme of Emergence, seeking
to bring together ideas, approaches, concepts, and perspectives from
natural biological systems and other physical systems, from engineered
physical and virtual systems, and from human social systems.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from all these
connected fields, to engage across the disciplines, to inform of latest
findings, to transfer discoveries and concepts from one field to another,
and to inspire new ideas and new collaborations across the theme.

The TWCR programme committee invite you to submit a one page abstract (by
13 January 2019) in any area of emergence related to the call theme. A
collection of submissions covering the range of the theme will be selected
for presentation (by short talk, or by poster) at the workshop. Submission
is via the Easy Chair system
https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=twcr2019%20

Programme Committee
Susan Stepney
Richard Bingham
Leo Caves
Pierre-Philippe Dechant
Dan Franks
Philip Garnett
Richard Law
Simon O’Keefe
Angelika Sebald
Reidun Twarock

See here
https://www.york.ac.uk/yccsa/activities/news-events/eventsarchive/evolutionevolvabilityandchange/
for details on the First International TRANSIT Workshop, Evolution,
Evolvability and Change held in April 2018

Extended Deadline - OLA 2019 - International Conference on Optimization and Learning

Gregoire Danoy
 

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OLA'2019
International Conference on Optimization and Learning: Challenges and Applications

29-31 Jan 2019
Bangkok Thailand

http://ola2019.sciencesconf.org/
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OLA is a conference focusing on the future challenges of optimization and learning methods and their applications. The conference OLA'2019 will provide an opportunity to the international research community in optimization and learning to discuss recent research results and to develop new ideas and collaborations in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

OLA'2019 welcomes presentations that cover any aspects of optimization and learning research such as optimization for learning, learning for optimization, optimization and learning under uncertainty, new high-impact applications, parameter tuning, 4th industrial revolution, hybridization issues, optimization-simulation, meta-modeling, high-performance computing, parallel and distributed optimization and learning, surrogate modeling, multi-objective optimization …

Submissions:
===============

We will accept submissions in two different formats:
- S1: Extended abstracts of work-in-progress and position papers of a maximum of 3 pages
- S2: Original research contributions of a maximum of 10 pages


Important dates:
===============

Extended Submission deadline November 2, 2018
Notification of acceptance November 16, 2018

Proceedings: Accepted papers in categories S1 and S2 will be published in the proceedings that will be available at the conference. In addition, a post-conference indexed Springer book and special issue of Journal (ITOR International Transaction on Operational Research) is planned to be published. Participants will be invited to submit extended versions of their work for consideration.

[jobs] research position: collective decision making, ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy

Vito Trianni
 

I’m recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work within the newly founded project "CODE: Collective Decisions in Dynamic Environments" to be carried out the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council, in Rome. The position is for one year, and is renewable for two more years.

The research program aims to the study of collective decision making in dynamical contexts, where the possible alternatives display time-varying features. The study has a theoretical component based on dynamical systems theory, and an experimental component based on multi-agent and multi-robot systems. Dynamical systems are useful to determine the time evolution of collective decision-making under a given parameterisation, with the goal of identifying optimal conditions to maximise efficiency and decision accuracy. Multi-agent models allow to validate the predictions made by analytical models, and to consider heterogeneous interaction topologies that can emerge, for instance, from a complex and dynamic distribution of agents in space, as resulting from non-random motion patterns. The research also includes the possibility to test the identified collective decision strategies with multi-robot systems, exploiting a swarm of kilobot robots.

The ideal candidate should have knowledge of dynamical systems theory and expertise in using tools for such studies (e.g., Wolfram Mathematica). Good programming skills are also required (Python, C++), as well as abilities in data visualisation.

The deadline to submit an application is November the 9th. PhD students nearing the end of their doctoral program are also welcome to participate.

The interested candidate may place an informal inquiry by contacting me, or read the instructions for the application provided in the notice of selection:
http://www.istc.cnr.it/sites/default/files/vacancies/bandi/notice_of_selection_n._istc-adr-247-2018-rm.doc




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Vito Trianni, Ph.D. vito.trianni@(no_spam)istc.cnr.it
ISTC-CNR http://www.istc.cnr.it/people/vito-trianni
Via San Martino della Battaglia 44 Tel: +39 06 44595277
00185 Roma Fax: +39 06 44595243
Italy
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EVOAPPS/Neuroevolution/Data Analytics deadline extension

Sebastian Risi
 

Dear colleagues,

**** DEADLINE EXTENDED ****

The deadline for submitting your paper on neuroevolution and data
analytics to the EVOAPPS conference is now

**November 12, 2018**.

Neuroevolution and data analytics is a thematic area of the European
Conference on the Applications of Evolutionary Computation (part of
EVO*, http://www.evostar.org/2019/):

The areas of interest for the track include, among others:

Evolutionary Machine Learning

Evolutionary techniques and neural networks

Developmental neural networks

HyperNEAT

Evolution and Deep Neural Networks

Cartesian Genetic Programming Artificial Neural Networks (CGPANNs)

Neuroevolution in Robotics

Novel search methods in neuroevolution

Indirect encodings of neural networks

Quality Diversity search

Role and application of neural networks in data analytics

- Big Data Analysis

- Analysis, modelling and visualization

- Operational analytics and intelligence

- Anomaly detection and prediction

- Monitoring and measurements for management

- Artificial intelligence, neural networks, and deep learning for management

- Data mining, statistical modeling, and neuroevolution for management

Important dates are:

- Submission Deadline: November 12, 2018 <-- New

- Notification: January 12, 2019 <-- New

- Camera-ready: February 11, 2019 <-- New

- EVO* event: April 24-26, 2019 (Leipzig, Germany)

** TWO TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS **

This year EvoApplications is accepting two kinds of submission: full
papers and short papers. Full papers require novel and complete
research work and have a limit of 16 pages. Short papers should
present complete research and interesting preliminary results and have
a limit of 8 pages. Both types of submission will undergo the same
double-blind review process and all accepted papers will be included
in the LNCS proceedings. All authors of accepted papers will be given
the opportunity to further disseminate their work in poster sessions.

* Page limit: 8 pages (short papers) or 16 pages (full papers).

* Submission format: Springer LNCS

* Review process: double-blind. Please ensure to anonymize your submission.

* Submission link: https://myreview.saclay.inria.fr/evoapps19/

LOCATION

The city of Leipzig is located in the north-east of Germany, about
160km south of Berlin. Situated at the crossing of two major medieval
trading routes, Via Imperii connecting Italy with the North and Via
Regia connecting East and West, it was once considered as one of the
major European centers of trade, culture and learning. Today Leipzig
is an easily likeable, green and young city with a rich cultural
diversity. Particularly in the city center one can find many beautiful
historical buildings from different architectural periods, museums and
parks. Also, lovers of classical music appreciate Leipzig due to the
impact of Bach and Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, who lived in the city for
important parts of their lives.

For more information on the conference please, visit the main
conference website at

http://www.evostar.org/2019/cfp_evoapps.php

Regards,

Julian Miller and Sebastian Risi


--
Dr. Sebastian Risi
Associate Professor
IT University of Copenhagen, Room 5C15
Rued Langgaards Vej 7, 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark
email: sebastian.risi@..., web: www.sebastianrisi.com
phone: +45-50250355

CFW: The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2019) 29 July - 2 August 2019 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

ICOS Research Group
 

*** Apologies for cross-posting. Appreciate if you can distribute
this CFW to your network. ***

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ALIFE 2019
The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life

29 July - 2 August 2019
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

http://alife.ico2s.org/
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Call for Workshops, Special Sessions & Tutorials
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The ALife2019 Organizing Committee invites proposals for Workshops,
Special Sessions and Tutorial to be held in conjunction with
The 2019 Conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE 2019), which will be
held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK on 29 July - 2 August, 2019.
http://alife.ico2s.org/

We especially encourage proposals that relate to the theme of
ALIFE 2019: How Can Artificial Life Help Solve Societal Challenges?

Workshop Proposals
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The ALIFE 2019 workshops are intended to be forums to present and
discuss new approaches, visions, or critical reflections within a
research area. They provide an excellent opportunity to meet people
with similar interests, to be exposed to cutting-edge research and
to exchange ideas in an informal setting. The organizers of an
accepted workshop are responsible for its coordination and its
publicity (e.g., for sending out call for papers/abstracts), for
collecting and reviewing the papers/abstracts, and for maintaining
a website providing a list of ccepted talks. Workshops are open to
all interested conference participants, unless specifically justified
otherwise in the application. Workshops can allocate either one or
two 1.5 hour time slots.

If accepted, ALIFE will provide the onsite logistics (seminar rooms,
projectors, coffee breaks) and links from the main conference website.
All other organizational issues -- including separate review process
and proceedings publication, if any -- are taken care of by the
workshop chairs. Therefore, any workshop-specific requests from
participants should be exclusively addressed to them, not to the ALIFE
committee. The internal organization of the satellite workshops and
tutorials (website, paper submission, invited talks, proceedings, all
deadlines except registration) is entirely left up to their respective
organizers. Participation in workshops requires conference
registration.

Tutorial Proposals
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ALIFE 2019 tutorials will be presented by domain experts to cover
current topics relevant to artificial life researchers and
practitioners, such as introduction to state-of-the-art methods and
software. Each tutorial slot will be 1.5 hours long. We encourage
tutorial organizers to maintain a website that collects tutorial,
demos and interactive material.

As for Workshops, ALIFE will provide the onsite logistics (seminar
rooms, projectors, coffee breaks) and links from the main conference
website. All other organizational issues are taken care of by the
tutorial chairs. Therefore, any workshop-specific requests from
participants should be exclusively addressed to them, not to the ALIFE
committee. Participation in workshops requires conference
registration.

Special Sessions
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Special Sessions are part of the conference main program. They are
dedicated to both established and emerging core concepts of the ALife
agenda. Special sessions provide an excellent opportunity for
researchers in the ALife community to shape parts of the conference
programme by attracting high quality submissions, organizing session
content and selecting session chairs.

Contributions to special sessions undergo the same peer review
process as other submissions to the conference and will be included
in the conference proceedings. There is no limit on the number of
time slots allocated to a special session and their duration will
instead be determined by the number of allocated contributions.
Special sessions that do not attract a sufficient number of
contributions will not take place.


Important Dates
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Submission of Workshop/Tutorial Proposals is open now.
We will receive applications until 24th January, 2019.
The notification of acceptance will be given by 30th January 2019.


Submission Process
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Every workshop, special session and tutorial proposal should include:

1. title of the workshop/special session/tutorial
2. name(s) and affiliation(s) of the organizer(s) with contact
details
3. a short CV of the organizer(s)
4. a brief description (half-page) of the workshop/tutorial topics

Only for workshops:

5. type of workshop (contributed talks, invited talks, interactive
session, panel discussion, etc.)
6. potential target participants and audience
7. roughly approximated number of participants
8. an indication whether the workshop should run for one or two
1.5 hour slots
9. whether you have a plan for preparing online proceedings or
abstract booklets of the workshop or not

All proposals must be sent to: alife-19@...

EvoApplications'19: Deadline extension until the 12th of November

Paul Kaufmann
 

The EvoApplications 2019 Conference extends its deadline until the
12th of November. The submission site will stay open until Monday,
after which no further submissions will be accepted. Authors who
have already submitted a paper can update their work by the new deadline.

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The 22nd International Conference on the Applications of
Evolutionary Computation, April 24–26 2019, Leipzig, Germany.

http://www.evostar.org/2019/

EvoApplications invites high quality contributions for its 22nd edition,
which will be held as part of the EvoStar 2019 event in Leipzig, Germany,
April 2019 and co-located within EvoStar with three related conferences:
EuroGP, EvoCOP and EvoMUSART.

EvoApplications will focus on following thematic areas:

- Engineering + Real world applications, Chairs: Emma Hart, Sara Silva
- Games, Chairs: Julian Togelius, Alberto Tonda
- Image & Signal Processing, Vision & Pattern recognition, Chairs: Stephen Smith, Monica Mordonini
- Life sciences, Chairs: James Foster, Jaume Bacardit
- Networks, Chairs: JJ Merelo, Juan Luis (Juanlu) Jiménez-Laredo
- Neuroevolution, Chairs: Julian Miller, Sebastian Risi
- Numerical optimization, Chairs: Günter Rudolph, Oliver Kramer
- Robotics, Chairs: Gusz Eiben, Kyrre Glette
- General, Chairs: Carlos Cotta, Paco Fernandez, Giovanni Iacca, Trung Thanh Nguyen


Please do not be deterred if your work does not fit into any of these,
as new areas will arise depending on submissions. Just ensure you select
the appropriate keywords to classify your paper.


SUBMISSION, PRESENTATION, AND PUBLICATION DETAILS

This year EvoApplications is accepting two kinds of submission: full papers
and short papers. Full papers require novel and complete research work and
have a limit of 16 pages. Short papers should present complete research and
interesting preliminary results and have a limit of 8 pages. Both types of
submission will undergo the same double-blind review process and all accepted
papers will be included in the LNCS proceedings. All authors of accepted
papers will be given the opportunity to further disseminate their work in
poster sessions.

- Page limit: 8 pages (short papers) or 16 pages (full papers).
- Submission format: Springer LNCS
– Review process: double-blind. Please ensure to anonymize your submission.
- Presentation format
-- Long talks: 20 minutes + 5 min questions. Authors can optionally bring a
poster to present at the poster session.
-- Short talks: 10 minutes, no questions. Authors MUST also bring a poster to
present at the poster session.
-- Short papers are only eligible for short talks. Authors of long papers
will be notified in advance of the type of presentation (short/long).
- Submission link: https://myreview.saclay.inria.fr/evoapps19/


IMPORTANT DATES

- Submission Deadline: November 12, 2018
- Notification: January 12, 2019
- Camera-ready: February 11, 2019
- EvoStar dates: 24-26 April 2019


LOCATION

The city of Leipzig is located in the north-east of Germany, about 160km
south of Berlin. Situated at the crossing of two major medieval trading
routes, Via Imperii connecting Italy with the North and Via Regia connecting
East and West, it was once considered as one of the major European centers of
trade, culture and learning. Today Leipzig is an easily likeable, green and
young city with a rich cultural diversity. Particularly in the city center
one can find many beautiful historical buildings from different architectural
periods, museums and parks. Also, lovers of classical music appreciate
Leipzig due to the impact of Bach and Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, who lived in the
city for important parts of their lives.


ORGANIZATION

EvoApplications Coordinator
Paul Kaufmann, Mainz University, Germany

EvoApplications Publication Chair
Pedro Castillo, University of Granada, Spain

Evo* Local Chair:
Hendrik Richter, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences, Germany

CFP: Engineering and Real World Applications (EvoApps 2019)

Sara Silva <sara@...>
 

*** Apologies for cross-posting ***

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 Engineering and Real World Applications

 a thematic area of the European Conference on
 the Applications of Evolutionary Computation

 part of the EvoStar event (evostar.org)

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 Submission deadline: November 1, 2018

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Evolutionary Computation (EC) has established itself as a powerful technique to tackle design, search and optimisation problems in the real-world, with a wide variety of applications in business and in industry, as well as in engineering domains and in life and environmental sciences.  There are however specific challenges in moving from academic research to real environments: these challenges are not only technical, but may also encompass issues such as user interaction and adoption.

The Engineering and Real World Applications thematic area seeks papers that address (but are not limited to) the following:

  - Case studies on the adoption of EC within organisations and businesses
  - Novel applications of EC in new academic domains, e.g. to tackle optimisation/design problems in physical, environmental, and life sciences
  - Optimisation in industrial environments, e.g. including but not limited to production planning, transportation, distribution, and control engineering
  - Hybrid methods and novel heuristics developed to solve specific problems, particularly where these might be generalized to other applications
  - The handling of real world soft constraints
  - The construction of user interfaces to allow non-experts to use EC based techniques
  - Any other real world applications where EC is the main methodology

We encourage authors to consider their readership and when discussing a specific application area, provide sufficient introductory background to the area for the lay reader to understand.

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 IMPORTANT DATES

  - Submission Deadline: November 1, 2018
  - Notification: January 3, 2019
  - Camera-ready: January 15, 2019
  - EvoStar event: April 24-26, 2019 (Leipzig, Germany)

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 TWO TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS

This year EvoApplications is accepting two kinds of submission: full papers and short papers. Full papers require novel and complete research work and have a limit of 16 pages. Short papers should present complete research and interesting preliminary results and have a limit of 8 pages. Both types of submission will undergo the same double-blind review process and all accepted papers will be included in the LNCS proceedings. All authors of accepted papers will be given the opportunity to further disseminate their work in poster sessions.

- Page limit: 8 pages (short papers) or 16 pages (full papers).
- Submission format: Springer LNCS
- Review process: double-blind. Please ensure to anonymize your submission.
- Submission link: https://myreview.saclay.inria.fr/evoapps19/

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 LOCATION

The city of Leipzig is located in the north-east of Germany, about 160km south of Berlin. Situated at the crossing of two major medieval trading routes, Via Imperii connecting Italy with the North and Via Regia connecting East and West, it was once considered as one of the major European centers oftrade, culture and learning. Today Leipzig is an easily likeable, green and young city with a rich cultural diversity. Particularly in the city center one can find many beautiful historical buildings from different architectural periods, museums and parks. Also, lovers of classical music appreciate Leipzig due to the impact of Bach and Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, who lived in thecity for important parts of their lives.

For more information on the conference please, visit the main conference website at http://www.evostar.org/2019/cfp_evoapps.php

Regards,
Emma Hart, Edinburgh Napier University
Sara Silva, University of Lisbon

Advanced Research Fellowships - Artificial Intelligence

PeterAndras
 

Industrial Strategy Advanced Research Fellowships

Special area of interest: Artificial Intelligence and industrial / medical
applications.

Keele University


Closes:

30th October 2018


Job Ref:

KU00000892



Salary: Grade 8 £42,036-£50,132/Grade 9 £51,630-£59,828

We’re Keele and we’re different. Founded over 60 years ago to meet the
challenges of a rapidly changing world, our mission today is as relevant as
it was then.

A key part of our mission is the delivery of research with the highest
impact. The University and its Science & Innovation Park play a critical
economic anchor role across and beyond the Midlands area of the UK. In the
last 2 years we have invested over £40 million in building our capacity to
work collaboratively with business, industry and a wider set of partners. As
part of our future plans for continued investment, we are now seeking to
recruit two Industrial Strategy Advanced Research Fellows to the University.

Applications are welcomed from individuals with a track record in any
discipline, which aligns with the aims and objectives of the UK Government’s
Industrial Strategy and the UKRI Funding Councils delivering the strategy
(e.g. artificial intelligence). We particularly welcome applications which
will further build the University’s reputation for
internationally-excellent, world-leading and high impact research in one or
more grand challenge areas within the Industrial Strategy.

The fellowships are principally research focused positions until July 2021,
after which role-holders will transition into substantive academic roles
which will include both teaching and research responsibilities. Appointments
will be considered at grade 8 (Lecturer scale) or grade 9 (Senior Lecturer
scale). The level will be determined by the experience and track-record of
individual candidates.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an established or emerging track
record of high quality collaborative research with business, industry and
other non-academic partners across the UK, aligned to areas of existing
research endeavour at Keele University. An ability to demonstrate a
track-record and future desire to collaborate with a wide range of
commercial partners, large and small, will be welcomed.

Initial applications are invited with a deadline of 30 October 2018, with
interviews taking place 3-7 December 2018. Applications will be selected
against the person specification for the role, which will include
consideration of how the proposed candidate will complement established and
emerging areas of research in regard to our interdisciplinary research
themes of: sustainable futures, social inclusion and global health.

Applicants interested in applying for these jobs in the area of Artificial
Intelligence and its industrial / medical applications may contact Professor
Peter Andras (p.andras@... <mailto:p.andras@...> ) for
further information about these jobs.

Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to
ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student
population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes
applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority
backgrounds for all roles.

For full post details please visit: <http://www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies>
www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies

Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self
Service and click on the 'View current vacancies' link.

Closing date for applications: 30th October 2018

Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity.





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Professor Peter Andras

Head of School

School of Computing and Mathematics

Keele University

Keele, Staffordshire

ST5 5BG

UK



Tel. +44-1782-733412

Fax. +44-1782-734268

E-mail: <mailto:p.andras@...> p.andras@...

Web: <http://www.scm.keele.ac.uk/staff/p_andras/>
www.scm.keele.ac.uk/staff/p_andras/

Assistant Professor positions at Keele University

PeterAndras
 

Two Assistant Professor (UK Lecturer) positions in Computer Science

*Keele University *- Faculty of Natural Sciences - School of Computing and
Mathematics

*Closing date for applications: 21st October 2018*

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education,
innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and
excellent student experience. With a turnover in excess of £150 million,
over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the
University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic
and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research. The University
hosts the largest UK Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) with an
associated Centre for Doctoral Training based in the School of Computing
and Mathematics.

Applications are welcome from dynamic and enthusiastic individuals
committed to high quality teaching and research in any relevant field of
Computer Science (e.g. software engineering, evolutionary systems,
security, human-computer interaction, biological computation, machine
learning, formal methods, distributed systems, smart energy,
high-performance computing – but not restricted to these particular
fields). Applicants will have interests that complement our existing
research strengths while broadening the scope of our teaching expertise.

The Assistant Professor (UK Lecturer) posts are part of continued growth
and expansion of Computer Science at Keele, which presents many new
opportunities for the development of synergies in both teaching and
research. Candidates will be expected to develop an active research
programme that both complements and extends our existing research profile
in Computer Science. Candidates are also expected to develop research
collaborations with colleagues at Keele and elsewhere in strategic research
areas of the University, such as smart energy, AI, big data or digital
health. Details of the research carried out in Computer Science at Keele
can be found at:

http://www.keele.ac.uk/scm/research/compsci/

The successful candidates will have a PhD in an appropriate area of
Computer Science (or be very close to completion of his/her PhD) and will
have a strong commitment to delivering high quality undergraduate teaching,
including supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects
and the development and delivery of new modules. The post-holders will have
the skills, enthusiasm and flexibility for teaching across a wide range of
computer science topics and will also contribute to recruitment activities
and administrative duties within our Computer Science programmes.

Informal enquires can be made to Professor Peter Andras on 01782 733412 or
p.andras@...

Keele University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN charter,
and values equality and diversity across our workforce. We strive to
ensure that our workforce is representative of broader society, and
therefore, we would actively welcome applications from women for this role.


Keele University values equality and diversity across our workforce and to
ensuring our staff community is reflective of the diversity of our student
population. In support of these commitments the University welcomes
applications from individuals of Black, Asian and ethnic minority
backgrounds for *all* roles.

*For full post details please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies
<http://www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies>*

*Keele University employees wishing to apply should login to Employee Self
Service and click on the 'View current vacancies' link.*

*Closing date for applications: 21st October 2018*

*Interviews will be held on: 16th November 2018*

*Post reference: KU00000898*