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Centre for Data Science and Systems Complexity (DSSC), University of Groningen

DSSC Newsletter

MAY 2017

DSSC COFUND call for applications is OPEN!
Research profile: Dr. Jorge A. Pérez (JBI)
DSSC Pioneers selected to the Young Academy
COMMIT2DATA Kick-off meeting report

Horizon 2020
eScience Center

Scientific Visualization: From Archaeology to Astronomy (20 Jun. 2017, Rotterdamse Schouwburg)
Eurosensors 2017, (3-6 Sept. 2017, Paris)
National eScience Symposium 2017: Science in a Digital World (13 Oct., Amsterdam ArenA)
ICT Proposers' Day 2017 (9-10 Nov., Budapest)

DSSC COFUND call for applications is OPEN!

Our Centre officially opened the call for applications for 10 PhD positions in the project DSSC COFUND, which is co-financed through the Marie Sklodowska Curie COFUND action under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Work Programme. We would be grateful if you would download the POSTER (PDF file) and disseminate the call to your colleagues and networks!

MSc graduates in fields relevantDSSC COFUND poster to the DSSC such as mathematics, statistics, computer science, artificial intelligence, engineering, physics, bioinformatics, astronomy are invited to apply by 15 July 2017 on the University of Groningen vacancies website. In their application the candidates will select one or several from the 18 projects available at the DSSC in which they are interested and which cover various topics in the areas Adaptive Models and Big Data, Complex Systems and Engineering, Advanced Instrumentation and Big Data. 

If selected, the candidates will be matched to one of the projects they opted for in their application. The successful candidates, who are expected to begin their appointment no later than 1 March 2018, will conduct research on 10 of the 18 interdisciplinary projects available at the DSSC. 

Candidates must comply with the eligibility criteria required under the Marie Sklodowska Curie COFUND action. They should not have resided or carried out their main activity in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the reference date of the DSSC COFUND call deadline (15 July 2017) unless it was as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention. Moreover, they should qualify as early stage researchers, i.e., be in the first four years of their research careers, and not have been awarded a doctoral degree, by the reference date of the DSSC COFUND call deadline (15 July 2017). 

More details about evaluation criteria and application documents are available on the University vacancies website

Research profile: Dr. Jorge A. Pérez (JBI) Jorge Perez photo

The DSSC reunites a group of innovative researchers whose interests will be featured in the DSSC Newsletter. The current issue is featuring Dr. Jorge A. Pérez from the Johann Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (JBI):  

"I am a tenure-track assistant professor at the Fundamental Computing group of JBI. Within DSSC, my research fits within the “systems complexity” side of the center: I am interested in the rigorous specification and verification of communication-centric software systems.

Building upon paradigms such as service-orientation and cloud computing, communication-centric systems are heterogeneous collections of software artifacts (Web services, components, objects) that rely on communication protocols to achieve their goals. These software systems are commonplace, but also intrinsically complex to build, validate, and maintain. 

My focus is on programming techniques which ensure that communication-centric software is correct-by-construction. I investigate formal models of interactive computation, in which the communication structures present in emerging software applications can be precisely specified. Based on such models, we develop techniques that detect software errors by inspecting a program’s source code. 

My current interest is in behavioral type systems. While usual data types in programming languages classify values (for instance, integers and strings), a behavioral type unambiguously describes the interactive behavior of groups of computing entities connected through a communication infrastructure: it stipulates who sends/receives what and when.

As behavioral types enjoy strong connections with established mathematical theories, their design can benefit from solid justifications. Research achievements have clarified the connections between behavioral types and logics for resource-aware specifications.
I collaborate with research groups in France, UK, Italy, Portugal, and Serbia. I am also involved in two EU COST Actions (on “Runtime Verification” and “Reversible Computing”). I look forward to finding new application domains and interdisciplinary collaborations: behavioral types may serve as a new lingua franca for specifying communicating systems, even in domains outside computer science, for instance in biology and business processes."

DSSC Pioneers appointed to the Young Academy
Prof. Dr. Ming Cao and Dr. Marieke van Vugt have been recently selected to join the Young Academy Groningen and will be installed in an official ceremony on 18 September 2017. Congratulations to Prof. Cao and Dr. Vugt!

The Young Academy Groningen is a club for the University’s most talented, enthusiastic and ambitious young researchers. Members are from all fields and disciplines who have a passion for science and an interest in matters concerning science policy, science and society, leadership and career development. Its three-fold mission is to unite researchers from different fields to encourage interdisciplinary research, to contribute viewpoints on science policy and talent development and to stimulate the dialogue between science and society. 

More details about Prof. Cao's and Dr. Vugt's goals in the Young Academy are available here

COMMIT2DATA Kick-off meeting report 

Several DSSC members participated in the COMMIT2DATA Kick-off meeting on April 19, which gathered data scientists and businesses to focus on data applications in Energy, Smart Industry, Life Sciences & Health, Data Handling and Analytics and Big Data Hubs. As a program developed by Team ICT and part of the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda ICT 2016-2019, COMMIT2DATA bundles and focuses data science expertise, resources and funding in private, public and government sectors and contributes to regional anchor points for valorization and dissemination of big data. 

The Big Data Hubs discussions concerned the establishment of several regional ecosystems where researchers, SMEs and large businesses can collaborate on real-use cases and establish fieldlabs. The regional domain-specific hubs proposed for Groningen were Energy, Water and Astro. More discussions are expected to follow concerning the regional specialization of Groningen, on which we will keep you updated. 

CALLS FOR PROPOSALS                                                
Horizon 2020
DS-07-2017: Addressing Advanced Cyber Security Threats and Threat Actors
Deadline: 24 Aug. 2017

DS-08-2017: Privacy, Data Protection, Digital Identities
Deadline: 24 Aug. 2017

SEC-17-BES-2017: Architectures and organizations, big data and data analytics for customs risk management of the international goods supply chain trade movements
Deadline: 24 Aug. 2017

FETHPC-02-2017: Transition to exascale computing
Deadline: 26 Sept. 2017

FETHPC-03-2017: Exascale HPC ecosystem development
Deadline: 26 Sept. 2017

JPICH Digital Heritage 

The Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage and Global Change (JPICH) is opening a new funding opportunity for transnational proposals in the area of "Digital Heritage". 

Research proposals on Digital Heritage are not expected to focus on a single topic, but instead are invited to consider approaches combining multiple topics.

The call will support research projects across the following broad headings:

  • The Critical: Engagements with Digital Heritage
  • The Curatorial: Communities and Digital Heritage
  • Safeguarding Digital Heritage
Deadline: 22 Jun. 2017

DATA2PERSON - Big Data & Health

With this call for the COMMIT2DATA programme, NWO, ZonMW, and the Ministry of Economic Affairs stimulate big data Research (Data Science) to contribute to the development of effective, efficient, and responsible personal empowerment methods for a future healthy society in partnership with other scientific disciplines. The focus of this programme is on the way in which Data Science can make a contribution to a personalized offer and possibilities for the self/joint management of the individual health situation. 
Deadline: 5 Sept. 2017

eScience Center
Joint CSER and eScience programme for Energy Research

This call for project proposals is aimed for computational sciences for energy research, focused on developing eScience technologies (i.e. research software and methods for data analytics, data management, efficient computing). Applications have to contribute to one or more of the energy-related themes within the top sectors Energy and Chemistry. The topics of the call are computational geoscience, wind and solar energy, multiphase flows, computational chemistry and material sciences for energy research.
Deadline: 30 May 2017


Scientific Visualization: from Archaeology to Astronomy
20 Jun., 10.00 - 17.00, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam

Scientific Visualization: From Archaeology to Astronomy is a one-day event where scientists and researchers from different disciplines meet to discover how visualization technologies impact scientific research. The event will feature nine speakers showcasing (the application of) scientific visualization in different fields.

Registration and more information are available here.

National eScience Symposium 2017: Science in a Digital World
13 Oct., Amsterdam ArenA

'Science in a Digital World' is a day-long event where scientists and researchers from different fields meet to discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice.

The symposium will feature five thematic sessions showcasing world-class data-driven and compute-intensive research in different fields: Sports & eHealth, Social Data, Astronomy, Smart Energy, Data Science. 

Registration and more information are available here.

Eurosensors 2017
3-6 Sept., Paris
The EUROSENSORS Conference is a unique forum for scientists and engineers from academia, research institutes and industry to present their latest results in the field of Sensors, Actuators, Microsystems and Nanosystems. Tentative topics include: Theory and modelling, Materials and micro- nano- technology, Microfabrication, Physical sensors and Actuators, Chemical sensors, Biological sensors, Microfluidic, Optical microsystems, Wireless Sensor Networks, RF MEMS, Energy harvesting, Micro Power Generation, Embedded systems, Interface and Signal processing, Packaging and Assembly Technology, Special session I on Printed and flexible electronics, Special session II on Sensors for Factory of the future.

Registration and more information are available here.
H2020 ICT Proposers' Day 2017
9-10 Nov, Budapest

The event will focus on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-20 in the field of Information & Communication Technologies. It will offer an exceptional opportunity to build quality partnerships with academics, researchers, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe.

The programme will include, among others: Information sessions on how to prepare and submit a proposal; Information stands on the ICT-related topics of the Work Programme 2018-20 and the content of the calls for proposals; Networking sessions where potential proposers present their project ideas, organised according to the Pillars and Topics of the Work Programme 2018-20.

More information is available here.

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