Ecology meeting at RedLoop (Middlesex University): Cfi Water Conference

Continuing discussion of emergent themes from the CfI Water conference on 16 May 2014.

In attendance:
Simon Attfield – Computer Science, Middlesex University
Andy Bardill – RedLoop, Middelsex University
Richard Bullock – Biodiversity, Barnes Wetland Centre
Tom Dickins – Psychology, Middlesex University
Bob Fields – Computer Science, Middlesex University
Steve Kett – Natural Sciences, Middlesex University
Richard Lindsay – Environmental Research Group, University of East London

(Preamble) Richard Bullock (WWT) and Richard Lindsay (UEL) both spoke at the recent CfI Water conference in May. Richard Bullock is the senior biodiversity officer at the Barnes Wetland Centre and spoke about the conservation and survey work that he and his team carry out in Barnes. Richard Lindsay is the head of the Environmental Research Group at UEL, and is a leading authority on
peat land, which is a major water resource on the planet.

During lunch on the day of the conference it became apparent that both speakers would benefit from talking to a broader range of colleagues at Middlesex in order to explore some technological solutions to problems presented by their work. To this end the above group gathered at RedLoop on 10 June.

The meeting began with introductions and then moved rapidly into a round table discussion of core interests. Simon Attfield presented his work developing multistranded data tracking of individuals. This relied on tracking mobile phone signals and building a temporal map of movements around the globe at a high resolution of information. The work has been developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence, but Simon is now keen to develop uses for such technology in the area of (human) behavioural ecology. Unfortunately Simon had to leave early but there is a plan for further discussion with colleagues in psychology. Before going, however, Steve and Richard Bullock raised various ideas around tracking animals on migration routes and also during daily behavioural routines, including diving to extreme depths in lakes.

Richard Lindsay discussed three problems – that of taxonomy, or identification of species; that of lost knowledge in trans-disciplinary research; and that of nature deficit syndrome and whether or not knowledge around this could be used to develop conservation policy. All of these ideas received much discussion.

(Focus) Richard Lindsay has spent a great deal of time developing a Photoshop™ database of 800 plant species. This was initially designed as a CD ROM database to train undergraduate students in taxonomy and identification, as dried plants and two-dimensional photographs in existing texts introduce much potential error. His database enabled students to zoom in on a number of images from different angles and develop a fuller feel for the plant. Since then he has also developed levels of interaction with the images, labelling in lay terms or more technically, asking questions designed to focus the attention of different kinds of user etc. with a mind to developing a more useful field and educational tool. In short, taxonomy and identification, especially in botany, is a lost skill but absolutely necessary for conservation work in peat land ecosystems and elsewhere. Richard Bullock wholeheartedly endorsed this view.

(Plan) The team has agreed to use the Barnes Wetland Centre as an initial project site to develop an app based technology that incorporates Richard Lindsay’s taxonomic and identification guide. This will allow a limited build for the app, with a useful context (Richard Bullock can use this with his team on survey work, as can his educational team). We might then look to expand the species to include those on Lundy, a field site used by Tom and Steve, in order to help with student work but also in collaboration with the warden, Beccy MacDonald. To this end we plan to visit Barnes in early September and assay the problem space. We can then plan a funding strategy to build this app, bringing on board all the above stakeholders.

Written By Prof. Tom Dickins

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‘1914-1918-The Centenary of World War’ – 4th International Canakkale Biennial

Dr. Ergin Cavusoglu, Professor of Contemporary Art, School of Art and Design at Middlesex University will be showcasing his collaborative work previously shown at the 4th International Canakkale Biennial,  at the Symposium on Turkey on Friday 10th October 2014.

The Biennial provided an open communication and a collaboration platform for the international community that enabled a comprehensive revaluation of the impacts of 1st World War and the 20th century at local, national and international levels on today’s political configuration and the historical geography of the Ottoman Empire.

The biennial had invited those artists and experts who are mostly prominent with their specific works of art interpreting the consequences of war and peace cycles and the following political, economical, social and cultural consequences in Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasia and in the Middle-East.

The conceptual framework of the artist’s work (image shown above) is twofold: one screen presents the shipwrecks of the fleet of the Allies, Lundy, Louis and Barge that were sunk in their approach to the strait of Dardanelles in Turkey during the ‘Gallipoli Campaign’ of World War One. The second one shows the bustle of contemporary vessels crisscrossing the blue waters above. The edit of the footage implies that the battleships perished along the same axis one following the other. Through a very particular filming technique of vertically scanning the seabed and the waters above, the work endeavours to signify the importance of the act of sombre remembrance and reconciliation. From an unfamiliar bird’s eye perspective, the camera tracks slowly over the length of the shipwrecks revealing decaying remnants that are both hauntingly beautiful and menacing.

Dr. Ergin Cavusoglu video work of art will be showcased at the Symposium on Turkey on Friday 10th October.

To attend this free event simply register at Eventbrite.

Previous Events

Event : Creative Economies

 

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This event will be hosted by Aaqil Ahmed, Commissioning Editor Religion and Head of Religion & Ethics at the BBC

Venue: The Council Chamber, BBC Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA

Date: 11th March 2015
Time: 09.30am – 12.30pm

The relationship between economy and culture has traditionally been presented as one of opposites. Yet, the creative industries, including the arts, heritage, media and other forms of cultural production, are now increasingly recognised as important agents in economic growth and social progress. These industries rely on individual talent and have the potential to create wealth through the generation of intellectual property. The dynamic nature of the creative economy generates opportunities but at the same time the continual evolution of new technologies, creative partnerships, and cultural dialogues makes the definition of the creative economy as elusive and it is enticing.

Prompted by an opening address from Alan Yentob, Creative Director of the BBC, this event provides a forum for dialogues between creative practitioners, researchers, journalists, and those engaged with the cultural industries. Attention will focus on the importance of the creative industries and their cultural and economic significance together with the role of collaborative partnerships and how best to deliver for a range of publics. The morning will comprise a series of individual short talks and a panel session plus an audience-led Q&A and open discussion.

To register to attend please book your place through Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-economies-tickets-15889577153

*All attendees must bring a print out of their ticket and any form of identification i.e. Drivers Licence, Passport, Photo I.D etc. Security is extremely tight at the BBC, bags will be checked before entry and there will be no entry without your ticket and identification. The event takes place in Old Broadcasting House on the first floor which entails taking a lift then stairs; if you have any issues regarding access please let the event organiser know beforehand so that prior arrangments with the venue can be made.

Enquiries to Miss Mita Vaghji, Events Co-ordinator Cfi, Middlesex University London, E: m.vaghji@mdx.ac.uk

Urban and Cultural Heritage Symposium 2015

Date: Thursday 15th January 2015

Venue: Room C219, College Building, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University

Time: 09:30am – 17:00pm

This symposium presents current research by members of the Urban and Cultural Heritage research group. Expertise and interest in Cultural Heritage, especially in an urban context, is evident across all Schools – in Business, Law, Art and Design, Media, Health, Education, Computer Science, and in KT activity (e.g. Redloop, RAF Museum;MODA). The aim is to develop cross-University collaboration and inter-disciplinary research leading to a distinctive profile for ongoing cultural heritage research at Middlesex. This event follows on from a workshop held in September 2014.

A positive and open environment to test new ideas and challenges in a multidisciplinary setting. – Giuseppe Primiero – School of Science and Technology

Some very stimulating papers given. I feel a great deal of potential brewing and common themes developing – bodes well! – Reza Gholami – School of Health and Education

A truly inspiring and inspirational event; such a stimulating way to re-energise inter and cross-disciplinary debates about cultural, urban and heritage themes in a dialogic and constructive context! – Anastasia Christou – School of Law

Urban and Cultural Heritage – One-Day Workshop

 

Venue: Barn 2, New Model Farm House, Hendon Campus

Time: 9.30am – 5pm

Event type: Internal (Limited Availability)

Proposed research group: Urban and Cultural Heritage

This outline proposal addresses the theme of Urban and Cultural Heritage – a naturally cross-disciplinary field. For our purposes we take UNESCO’s definition to include monuments, buildings and sites as well as intangible cultural heritage[1]. The aim is to develop cross University collaboration and inter-disciplinary research leading to a distinctive profile for ongoing cultural heritage research at Middlesex. Expertise and interest in Cultural Heritage, especially in an urban context, is evident across all Schools – in Business, Law, Art and Design, Media, Health, Education, Computer Science, and in KT activity (e.g. Redloop, RAF Museum; MODA).

Funding Opportunities

The theme of Urban/Cultural Heritage is a priority for various funders, notably the European Union (HORIZON 2020 Cultural Heritage and European Identities; European research infrastructures for restoration and conservation of cultural heritage; Creative Europe); the Arts and Humanities Research Council; Science and Heritage programme (AHRC/EPSRC); and the Council of Europe (e.g. Intercultural City; Cultural Routes), as well as UK bodies (e.g. English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund).

In addition the Future Cities Catapult and other TSB funding programmes aims ‘to develop solutions to the future needs of our cities’, and has an open invitation to propose ‘Big Ideas’ which transform urban living through people-centred technology solutions. Projects can also make use of other TSB funding – for example the forthcoming call on ‘Innovation in location-based services’ – to deliver projects for the benefit of urban dwellers.

[1]  UNESCO Convention (1972) – monuments: architectural works, works of monumental sculpture and painting, elements or structures of an archaeological nature, inscriptions, cave dwellings and combinations of features, which are of outstanding universal value from the point of view of history, art or science; groups of buildings: groups of separate or connected buildings which, because of their architecture, their homogeneity or their place in the landscape, are of outstanding universal value from the point of view of history, art or science; sites: works of man or the combined works of nature and man, and areas including archaeological sites which are of outstanding universal value from the historical, aesthetic, ethnological or anthropological point of view; intangible cultural heritage: traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts (www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=en&pg=00002).

This Intensive workshop hopes to refine research topics and themes. Attendees must submit in advance an expression of interest of 400 words and 3 key outputs/publications/media/evidence to be pre-circulated and discussion groups preselected. The day will consist of iterative sessions to develop key research questions, topics, sub-themes and priorities, and help to formalise Middlesex’s distinctive profile in this field.

Please submit your expression of interest of 400 words and 3 key outputs/publications/media/evidence to Mita Vaghji E: m.vaghji@mdx.ac.uk

The workshop was very interesting and insightful. The multidisciplinary approach towards Urban and Cultural Heritage was particularly helpful and opens up immense research and funding possibilities. The tangible results including future workshops, conference and networking opportunities are of great use to new researchers.

Quote by Dr.SumeetraRamakrishnan

 

Social Media Analytics Day Event

Date: 13 November 2014

Supported by the School of Media and Performing Arts and the Centre for Ideas

Facilitated by Professor Jane Arthurs. Administered by Mita Vaghji

Developed by the Social Media Research Group.

The day was a great success. Experts Carl Miller from the think tank Demos and Farida Vis from Sheffield University were described as ‘fascinating’ and ‘inspiring’ by attendees. There was a strong sense of the exciting potential for computer and social scientists to collaborate in view of what Carl described as ‘the datafication of the social world’ as he went on to explain research in the field of politics and civic life being developed at Demos. While Farida offered insights into how the increasingly visual nature of social media is being studied in her ESRC funded Picturing the Social research.

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Carl and Farida drew on their extensive experience to offer advice on experimental methods for researching social media and pointed to some of the pitfalls to avoid when working in a fast developing and interdisciplinary field that is still in the process of formation. They also pointed to the future and the kind of issues that are likely to find funding for further research, emphasising the need for academics from across the disciplines to get involved rather than leaving commercial companies to mine this data for their own purposes without any external scrutiny, disinterested ethical debate, or open source development of new research tools and techniques.

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The afternoon workshop used a structured sand-pit process to generate fundable research projects for further development. Carl and Farida offered invaluable advice throughout the afternoon and in the final stages selected a number of ideas to form three broad thematic groups, namely: Anti-Social Media; Doing Politics with Social Media; and Social Media in the HE Curriculum. Follow-up meetings for these project groups are taking place on December 11th at 10.0, 12.0 and 16.0 respectively.

Please find the presentation links below:

Carl Miller Presentation – Middlesex

Carl Miller Video – Middlesex

Farida Vis Presentation – Middlesex_Farida

Farida Vis Video – Middlesex

Anyone who would like to be included in the mailing list for the Social Media Research Group or would like to be involved in any of the research project development groups please get in touch with Jane Arthurs by email: jane.arthurs@mdx.ac.uk

 

Interdisciplinary Techniques to Reduce Uncertainty in the Sciences – Workshop

 

iTRUS Workshop 2014
iTRUS Workshop 2014

 

Date: 24th September 2014

Venue: Room CG82, College Building, Hendon Campus

Time: 10am – 5pm

Event type: Internal (Limited Availability)

Science, in its theoretical endeavour, and Technology, in the development of applications, have always been facing the essential problem of reducing uncertainty: from devising deductive models to calculating differentials and infinities. The probabilistic account is nowadays considered the right framework to understand and use uncertainties. But the forms and concepts of uncertainty are diverse in the various sciences and applications, including computing, biology, game theory, security, data analytics and visualization. This workshop aims at building a dialogue between formal, historical and technical accounts of the notion of uncertainty, to explore possible intra- and inter-disciplinary understandings.

Supported by the Centre for Ideas and the Maison Européenne des sciences de l’homme et de la société (Lille), this workshop builds on an informal scientific collaboration between the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University and the research group Savoirs, Textes, Langage of the University of Lille3.

To register to attend simply email Dr Giuseppe Primiero E: g.primiero@mdx.ac.uk

Programme

10:00 – 10:30          Registration & Refreshments

10:30                            Introduction – G. Primiero

Session 1: History and Philosophy

10:30 – 11:15

Liesbeth de Mol (CNRS & Lille3): Formalization and calculation. Uncertainty and unpredictability in early computing.

11:15 – 12:00

Tomas Petricek (University of Cambridge): Philosophical reflections on programming with context.

12:00 – 13:30            Lunch

Session 2: Modelling Uncertainty

13:30 – 14:15

Franco Raimondi (Middlesex University): Reasoning about quantified beliefs.

14:15 – 15:00

Hykel Hosni (Pisa, LSE): Uncertain reasoning: from applications to foundations.

15:00 – 15:30          Mid-Afternoon Break

Session 3: Applications

15:30 – 16:15

Florian Kammueller (Middlesex University): Modeling Human Behaviour with Higher Order Logic: Insider Threats.

16:15 – 17:00

Chris Rooney (Middlesex University): Computing, representing and understanding uncertainty in police intelligence analysis: the problems we face in the FP7 VALCRI project.

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For further information please contact Mita Vaghji (Event Coordinator Cfi & RKTO), T: 0208 411 6664 E: m.vaghji@mdx.ac.uk

The Task of Sciences – iTRUS Workshop

The topic of reducing uncertainty can be somehow considered *the* task of sciences. In a sense, scientific methodology can be understood precisely as the process of reducing epistemic

uncertainty, allowing one to go from the unknown to the justified. In the Platonic vein, justified true belief was obtained by the Socratic method of investigation of analysis, proceeding by selecting one of analytical, definitional choice of the concept. Logically, truth as an objective notion against which languages and systems are defined, was strengthened by the notion of justification from Intuitionistic Logic. And since the XVII century uncertainty was approached in terms of (game-based, but also chance-oriented) problems involving probabilites, with figures of the kind of Cardano, de Fermat, Pascal. Since then, probabilities have become the major methodology to deal with uncertainty. But in the sciences, and in the computational ones as well, uncertainty is a phenomenon that is manifested, analysed and treated in many ways and under different methodological approaches.

The iTRUS workshop and its topic originate from an informal collaboration between the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University and the Research Group Savoirs, Textes, Langage of the University of Lille3. A first meeting titled “Methods of objectifying uncertainty” was held at the Maison Européenne des sciences de l’homme et de la société (Lille) in June 2014, with a small investigation group that combined an historically-based philosophical approach to biology (Charles Wolfe (University of Ghent, “Chance between holism and reductionism. Tensions in the conceptualisation of life”) and an analysis of uncertainty as determination of auhtorization control in a logical setting (Giuseppe Primiero (Middlesex University), “Proof theories for access control on resources including trust to eliminate uncertainty”). These two apparently very distant topics were the suggestive conceptual setting to consider uncertainty under the axis of both time and science: how did uncertainty-reduction processes changed across different periods and disciplines?

It was decided that this interdisciplinary methodology could have offered more by strenghtening focus. This workshop is the follow-up to the Lille meeting. The programme focuses on methodological differences in reducing uncertainty, in foundational research and applications, with a stronger focus on the computationl science and their history. The programme presents a combination of expertise from Middlesex University and additional speakers from outside, including University of Lille3, the London School of Economics and the University of Cambridge.

Liesbeth de Mol is fellow of the CNRS at Lille3 University and President of the History and Philosophy of Computing Commission of the Division for the History of Science and Technology (ww.hapoc.org). She is an historian of computing and her contribution will set the stage for the day, with an analysis of formalization and calculation techniques in early computing. She will focus on two historical developments and how they deal with problems of uncertainty and unpredictability, viz., formal logic and computational practices and how within one of the first computers they resulted in different practices that have an impact even
today.

Tomas Petricek is a PhD candidate at the Computer Lab at the University of Cambridge. He combines technical research in programming (in particular, functional programming and type systems) with a deep interest in comparing its methodology to the philsophy of science and its paradigms.

Franco Raimondi is reader in Logic and Multiagent Systems at the Department of Computer Science, Middlesex University. His contribution will focus on recent work in combining subjective and objective probabilites in a doxastic logic setting, with applications to avionics and the use of model checking techniques.

Hykel Hosni is a Marie Curie Research  Fellow at the London School of Economics, and an expert in logical foundations of reasoning and decision making. He is the monthly editor of the column “What’s hot in Uncertain Reasoning” in the monthly digest The Reasoner (http://www.thereasoner.org/). His talk will investigate the combination of pure and applied methods and techniques to reduce uncertainty, in a number of key examples connecting various disciplines, including Logic, Mathematics, Decision and Economic Theory, Artificial Intelligence and Philosophy.

Florian Kammueller is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, Middlesex University. His contribution, based on joint work with Jaap Boender, Marieta Georgieva Ivanova and Giuseppe Primiero, approaches the problem of modeling the human component in technical systems with a view on the difference between the use of model and theory in sociology and computer science and an application to the uncertainty of user identification in modelling insider threats as a Higher Order Logic theory in Isabelle/HOL.

Chris Rooney is a Researcher at the Department of Computer Science, Middlesex University. He will report on problems related to data representation and uncertainty reduction in the VISUAL ANALYTICS FOR SENSE-MAKING IN CRIMINAL INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS Project (VALCRI), funded under FP7 (http://www.valcri.org/).

Written by Dr. Giuseppe Primiero

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Social Media Research Group – One-day Workshop

Date: Thursday 13th November 2014

Venue: Executive Boardroom, College Building, Hendon Campus

Time: 9.30am – 5pm

Event type: Internal (Limited Availability 20-25 Delegates)

 

One-Day Workshop Event

Keynote Speakers

Carl Miller, Research Director of the Centre For the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos

Carl is the founding Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos. It is the first British think tank unit dedicated to researching and understanding the digital world.

He is interested in how social media is changing politics, society, security and academia. This includes the birth of social media science and SOCMINT (social media intelligence), politics and campaigns on social media, security, terrorism, crime and law enforcement in a digital age. He writes widely on all these issues for Demos, mainstream and academic publications, frequently contributes to Wired and often comments in the national and international press.

He is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College, London, and has been a guest leader-expert on social media for NATO.

 

Farida Vis, Principal Investigator on the ESRC funded project ‘Picturing the social: transforming our understanding of images in social media and big data research’, based at Sheffield University.

Farida is a Faculty Research Fellow in the Information School at the University of Sheffield. focusing on social media, data journalism and citizen engagement. For ten years she has developed critical methods and tools for analysing social media data and completed several high profile interdisciplinary (cross-sector) projects such as ‘Reading the Riots on Twitter’, which examined 2.6 million riot tweets following the UK 2011 summer riots, in partnership with The Guardian and Twitter.

Currently, she is Director of the Visual Media Lab and PI on an ESRC funded project designed to better understand the huge volumes of images now routinely shared on social media and what this means for society. Entitled: ‘Picturing the social: transforming our understanding of images in social media and Big Data research’, it involves an interdisciplinary team of seven researchers from four universities as well as industry.

She sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Media, is a regular public speaker, and advises UK research councils on developing funding opportunities in social media research

 Research Questions

  • How can computer science expertise contribute to our ability to pursue social media research through data analytics?
  • What is important to research in relation to social media?
  • How can we use interdisciplinary expertise to develop these research projects?

To register for this event simply visit the Staff Development Portal or click on the link Social Media Research Workshop Registration.

Programme

Facilitator: Jane Arthurs, Professor of Television, Department of Media, Middlesex University.

9:30            Welcome and introduction to the day

10:00 – 11:30             Keynote Speaker – Carl Miller

Carl will talk generally about the rise of social media, and the research opportunities that it offers, and about the methodological and ethical challenges that it poses. He will also discuss some of the most important emerging technologies that this young field is using. In addition he will looking in greater detail at attitudinal analysis of Twitter, and talk about their latest research report: ‘Vox digitas: Understanding digital voices’.

11:30 – 11:45              Refreshment break

11:45 – 13:15               Keynote Speaker – Farida Vis

Farida will talk about her personal experiences of inter/post-disciplinary work on social media, reflecting on what does and doesn’t work and why? A key question is: how can and do we productively talk to each other? She will also explain ‘Picturing the Social’, including the research tool and how they are planning to use the Lab to engage with external stakeholders. She will then offer an overview of free tools currently available for social media research and how we might assess these in relation to different research questions. Finally, she will comment on wider trends within social media research, the changing nature of the funding climate, and point to possible future opportunities we may like to explore.

13:15 – 14:00                 Lunch break

14:00 – 16:00                Research Development Workshop

We will break into groups to discuss and develop research ideas and methods with Carl and Farida present to offer advice and direction. These may concern projects already in development or new initiatives in the early stages or even entirely new ideas stimulated by the mornings presentations. Participants will be free to move around the groups.

16:00 – 16:30               Report back and follow-up plans

–End–

Supported by funding from the Centre for Ideas (Cfi) and the School of Media and Performing Arts, Middlesex University.

Conceived and developed by the Social Media Research Group, Middlesex University. Current membership: Jane Arthurs (Media) Saeed Akhlaghpour (Business) Xiaochun Cheng (Computer Science) Paul Cobley (Media) Theresa Cronin (Media), Pedro DeSenna (Performing Arts) Chris Dromey (Performing Arts) Aidan O’Donnell (Media) Nasreen Hussein (Performing Arts), Josephine Machon (Performing Arts) Edward McCaffery (Media) Kevin McDonald (Sociology and Criminology) Sylvia Shaw (Media) Damian Sutton (Art and Design) Lucia Vodanovic (Media)

Additional members of the group are welcomed from across the university. Please contact Jane Arthurs E: j.arthurs@mdx.ac.uk.

 

 

 

Urban and Cultural Heritage – One-Day Workshop

Date: 24th September 2014

Venue: Barn 2, New Model Farm House, Hendon Campus

Time: 9.30am – 5pm

Event type: Internal (Limited Availability)

 

Proposed research group: Urban and Cultural Heritage

This outline proposal addresses the theme of Urban and Cultural Heritage – a naturally cross-disciplinary field. For our purposes we take UNESCO’s definition to include monuments, buildings and sites as well as intangible cultural heritage[1]. The aim is to develop cross-University collaboration and inter-disciplinary research leading to a distinctive profile for ongoing cultural heritage research at Middlesex. Expertise and interest in Cultural Heritage, especially in an urban context, is evident across all Schools – in Business, Law, Art and Design, Media, Health, Education, Computer Science, and in KT activity (e.g. Redloop, RAF Museum; MODA).

Funding Opportunities

The theme of Urban/Cultural Heritage is a priority for various funders, notably the European Union (HORIZON 2020 Cultural Heritage and European Identities; European research infrastructures for restoration and conservation of cultural heritage; Creative Europe); the Arts and Humanities Research Council; Science and Heritage programme (AHRC/EPSRC); and the Council of Europe (e.g. Intercultural City; Cultural Routes), as well as UK bodies (e.g. English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund).

In addition the Future Cities Catapult and other TSB funding programmes aims ‘to develop solutions to the future needs of our cities’, and has an open invitation to propose ‘Big Ideas’ which transform urban living through people-centred technology solutions. Projects can also make use of other TSB funding – for example the forthcoming call on ‘Innovation in location-based services’ – to deliver projects for the benefit of urban dwellers.

[1]                                                                     UNESCO Convention (1972) – monuments: architectural works, works of monumental sculpture and painting, elements or structures of an archaeological nature, inscriptions, cave dwellings and combinations of features, which are of outstanding universal value from the point of view of history, art or science; groups of buildings: groups of separate or connected buildings which, because of their architecture, their homogeneity or their place in the landscape, are of outstanding universal value from the point of view of history, art or science; sites: works of man or the combined works of nature and man, and areas including archaeological sites which are of outstanding universal value from the historical, aesthetic, ethnological or anthropological point of view; intangible cultural heritage: traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts (www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=en&pg=00002).

This Intensive workshop hopes to refine research topics and themes. Attendees must submit in advance an expression of interest of 400 words and 3 key outputs/publications/media/evidence to be pre-circulated and discussion groups preselected. The day will consist of iterative sessions to develop key research questions, topics, sub-themes and priorities, and help to formalise Middlesex’s distinctive profile in this field.

Please submit your expression of interest of 400 words and 3 key outputs/publications/media/evidence to Mita Vaghji E: m.vaghji@mdx.ac.uk

Interdisciplinary Techniques to Reduce Uncertainty in the Sciences – Workshop

Date: 24th September 2014

Venue: Room CG82, College Building, Hendon Campus

Time: 10am – 5pm

Event type: Internal (Limited Availability)

 

Science, in its theoretical endeavour, and Technology, in the development of applications, have always been facing the essential problem of reducing uncertainty: from devising deductive models to calculating differentials and infinities. The probabilistic account is nowadays considered the right framework to understand and use uncertainties. But the forms and concepts of uncertainty are diverse in the various sciences and applications, including computing, biology, game theory, security, data analytics and visualization. This workshop aims at building a dialogue between formal, historical and technical accounts of the notion of uncertainty, to explore possible intra- and inter-disciplinary understandings.

Supported by the Centre for Ideas and the Maison Européenne des sciences de l’homme et de la société (Lille), this workshop builds on an informal scientific collaboration between the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University and the research group Savoirs, Textes, Langage of the University of Lille3.

To register to attend simply email Dr Giuseppe Primiero E: g.primiero@mdx.ac.uk

 

Programme

10:00 – 10:30          Registration & Refreshments

10:30                            Introduction – G. Primiero

Session 1: History and Philosophy

10:30 – 11:15

Liesbeth de Mol (CNRS & Lille3): Formalization and calculation. Uncertainty and unpredictability in early computing.

11:15 – 12:00

Tomas Petricek (University of Cambridge): Philosophical reflections on programming with context.

12:00 – 13:30            Lunch

Session 2: Modelling Uncertainty

13:30 – 14:15

Franco Raimondi (Middlesex University): Reasoning about quantified beliefs.

14:15 – 15:00

Hykel Hosni (Pisa, LSE): Uncertain reasoning: from applications to foundations.

15:00 – 15:30          Mid-Afternoon Break

Session 3: Applications

15:30 – 16:15

Florian Kammueller (Middlesex University): Modeling Human Behaviour with Higher Order Logic: Insider Threats.

16:15 – 17:00

Chris Rooney (Middlesex University): Computing, representing and understanding uncertainty in police intelligence analysis: the problems we face in the FP7 VALCRI project.

— End —

For further information please contact Mita Vaghji (Event Coordinator Cfi & RKTO), T: 0208 411 6664 E: m.vaghji@mdx.ac.uk