COSHER: Compact Self-Healing Routing at the RCUK portal: http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=EP%2FP021247%2F1
When I moved to Loughborough in February, I got one of the best gifts possible. In my first week here, I got the news that I had been awarded an EPSRC first grant. I had applied the grant while I was at Queen’s University Belfast – in fact, physically, I was in an AirBnB rental in Coycocan, Mexico city (as a visitor to UNAM for a Newton fund grant) when I had sent in the application. It was a stressful process, a stressful about three years procrastinating and agonising over the content and language. The primary reason being that you have only one shot at the ‘first grant’.
Anyways, it came through (hurrah!). Once you have been through one of these submissions, you discover this amazing maze of systems that bestow upon you the resources to help you conduct research!! You get to add a number of new keywords to your dictionary.
In brief, what happens is that you submit your application on the Je-S system with a number of documents after you have agonised, procrastinated, discussed, debated, tried to get industry support (or decide not to get, as in my case), written, re-written, accidentally deleted the whole application (as in my case on the eve of submission), got the application re-instated by calling somebody in charge etc etc… Then, the documents (and by extension, your career) passes through the hands of expert reviewers whose advice goes before a panel (which meet a few times a year). One fine (or horrible) day all is revealed – as in my case in the EPSRC ICT Prioritastion panel Jan 2017. As one can see, there are a number of different grants considered – the first grant seems to have a better chance being of relatively smaller value and of lower expectations than, say, the standard grants. In my panel, it seems 6 out of the 7 first grant applicants made it while only 4 out of 12 standard grants did. Sometimes, it can be far worse!
At the end of it all, Research Council UK (RCUK)’s nice sounding Gateway to Research gives you a listing as a Principal Investigator and your successful project gets its own page and its own life! – Well, the real life for my project begins from July 1st when the money comes in and the expectations begin.
A postdoc position to work with me on an EPSRC research project at Loughborough University is available from July 2017.
I have a position for a 1 year (in the first instance) postdoctoral research associate to work with me at Loughborough University. The position, supported by the EPSRC first grant COSHER (Compact Self-Healing Routing), comes with a good salary (in the UK system) and other perks and trainings. The project is available here at the RCUK gateway. The related research question is described in my earlier post here.
The earliest (and expected) start date is July 1st, 2017, but a later start date may be possible. The formal advertisement will be out in the coming week but please get in touch with me for more details!
Self-Healing Compact Routing
I am on the look out for an outstanding PhD student. Here is the advert! I will also be advertising soon for a postdoc position as I seek to grow my algorithms/distributed algorithms research group. The student will have the chance to work in the dynamic and fast growing Loughborough CS and one of the best campuses to be a student in the UK. For more on Lufbra, see my previous post.
In brief, you may create the next cutting edge graph algorithm for resilient networks or solve an open problem in graph theory! (..and add a figure from your research to those above!)
Here’s a more formal description of what I envisage the student could undertake (with guidance from me and my outstanding colleagues at Loughborough CS):
This project seeks to design and mathematically analyse distributed graph algorithms with an emphasis on resilience and dynamic scenarios and, in general, to explore decentralisation. Networks are pervasive and diverse and, with the upcoming Internet of Things, likely to be deeply integrated into our society. Networks often rely upon distributed protocols for their functioning. Failure of components and security also makes resilience a critical issue. Distributed graph algorithms allow us to model, explore and design solutions for all kinds of networks.
We seek candidates who have strong interest in and are willing to explore topics in this domain from, but not limited to the following: i) Self-healing, byzantine and other forms of resilient algorithms, ii) Compact routing and memory limited algorithms, iii) Static and dynamic Leader election and consensus, iv) Techniques such as topology, spectral and algebraic tools and communication complexity, v) Game theory applied to distributed algorithms and decision making, vi) Modelling and application to modern networks such as IOT and SDN.
Please apply via jobs.ac.uk at the link: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AYE112/phd-studentship-distributed-and-resilient-graph-algorithms/ – the opening is fully funded for UK/EU students with a comfortable stipend, and is open for international (Non-EU) but the stipend will unfortunately be adjusted towards the higher international fees to begin with!
Computer Science at Loughborough has just advertised for for two lecturer (assistant professor) posts.
Here is the recent advertisement: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AYC539/lecturer-in-computer-science/
Looking forward to some brilliant new colleagues!
In February, I moved to the department of Computer Science at Loughborough University (called Lufbra or Lboro or other variants, in short) after spending more than three years at Queen’s University Belfast. I am pretty excited about the move and got a really nice welcome with the news of the award of an EPSRC first grant in my first week here (more on that later). The department has a good mixture of systems and theory and, heartingly, sits in the School of Science (along with Maths and Physics, the right place I feel for CS – Djikstra would have it rather called Computing Science). I will work most closely with the Theory and Networks groups but, in fact, with anybody who’s willing to go to lunch or coffee with me (speaking of which, we have a nice communal and very active Nespresso machine)!
Though recent years and, let’s say, world events, have made me wary about news and rankings, this is the right time to brag about Lufbra – top 5 in the Guardian league tables, top 10 in complete University Guide and other rankings (more here), and #1 in student satisfaction rankings. But what Lufbra is really legendary for is its sports (with alumni like Sebastian Coe and Paula Radcliffe) with it recently been crowned the best sports university in the world. Sports is everywhere on one of the largest closed campuses in the UK with many national and olympic facilities based here. Even more exciting for me is that the English and Wales Cricket board national cricket performance centre is outside my window and also one of the two international standard cricket grounds on campus! We, at Computer Science have even graduated some test cricketers like Monty Panesar (nice article here on Monty’s story). There will be lot of nice cricket to watch from work over summer 😉
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Scientist and a Cricketer (let’s say, I have had moderate success in both ventures) – now, in my office, I’ll be a scientist and watch cricketers!
In the last quarter of 2016, I was co-teaching Theory of Computation to year 2 Undergrads – to a large class of about 150 students. This was challenge in itself but strongly compounded by the fact that not all CS students at QUB come with A level maths background!
I spent the first five weeks giving a ‘fun’ (hopefully) intoduction to the maths background needed for TOC while intoducing many interesting and thought provoking challenges this subject provokes. The slides are at my website:
For All. Happy new year 2017! Surely There Exists better things next year!
My report on BCTCS 2016 held in Belfast from March 22nd to 24th at Belfast (QUB) is available at the bulletin of EATCS.
The 32nd British Colloquium of Theoretical Computer Science was held at Queen’s University Belfast from March 22nd to 24th, 2016. Here is my earlier blog post on the event.
I just noticed that my official report on the event was publised in the June issue of BEATCS (Bulletin of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science). Here is the report (click the PDF link on the page).
Here are some nice mug shots of the crazies 🙂 involved in BCTCS : Organising Committee
If you get the clues from the previous page: On to University of St. Andrews in 2017, and Royal Holloway University of London in 2018!