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News Archive : January - March 2010

Computer Science Professor named as a Newsmaker of the Decade

Date Added: 9th March 2010
The work of Professor Samuel Braunstein, a world-leading researcher in quantum computing, was named one of the “Top Ten Physics Newsmakers of the Decade” by the American Physical Society.

Professor Braunstein’s work on quantum teleportation took place in 1998 when he was based at Caltech. Quantum teleportation is the transmission of quantum information from one system to another across macroscopic distances, and this was the first time such teleportation had taken place, when two photons were entangled with each other.

The APS cited the work at number 5 in the list, and the stories chosen for the top ten “represent the physics news that the public was reading and hearing about in the broader media over the last decade”. As with any work on teleportation, comparisons with Star Trek were made in the news media.

Visit for more information on Professor Braunstein and his research work.

Graduate Teaching Studentship available in Human-Computer Interaction Research Group

Date Added: 26th February 2010
Applications are invited for a Graduate Teaching Studentship in the area of Web accessibility, usability and user experience.

This studentship post is available from 1 April 2010, and the successful applicant will conduct a PhD in the area of web accessibility, usability and user experience, as well as supporting the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Research Group in providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses in these areas.

The successful applicant will receive fees at the Home/EU rate, a tax-free stipend from the University of £13,290 p.a. and additional support to cover travel to conferences and lectures will also be available. The studentship is for three years, starting in April 2010. The closing date for applications is 10th March 2010.

Find out more details at

YDS 2010: Call for Papers

Date Added: 25th February 2010
The 3rd York Doctoral Symposium for Computing, a conference run by York research students, is calling for papers from all areas of computer science.

The 3rd York Doctoral Symposium on Computing is calling for papers on any computer science related topic. Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science, the symposium is run entirely by York research students, and is intended to give new researchers the opportunity to present early work and experience the running of a conference.

The first two symposiums were very successful, attracting submissions from students all around the world. Both symposiums included talks from distinguished speakers, including Professor Brian Randell and Professor Maria Petrou, both of whom were very enthusiastic about the YDS concept. Students who previously presented their work at YDS found it a useful rehearsal for the "main stage", or a great place to discuss work in progress. Furthermore, everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the evening banquet!

Important dates include:
Paper Submission Deadline: 20th July, 2010;
Notification of acceptance: 5th September, 2010;
Camera-Ready Paper Submission: 5th October, 2010;
Symposium: 4th November, 2010;

More information can be found on the YDS website:

Two scholarships available for MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies

Date Added: 3rd February 2010
You can now apply for a scholarship for entry to this MSc programme in October 2010.

These two scholarships offer a tuition fee waiver at the home/EU rate. Overseas candidates will be required to demonstrate, before the offer of a scholarship is confirmed, that they have sufficient funds to cover the balance of the overseas tuition fee.

The MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies gives a thorough grounding in the design and evaluation of interactive technologies of all kinds, from the perspectives of the human user. You can find out more about the programme at

The closing date for these scholarships is 30 April 2010. More information and how to apply can be found at

PhD Studentship available for immune system modelling

Date Added: 29th January 2010
A new studentship is available as part of the White Rose Immune Modelling Network, based in Computer Science at the University of York.

The White Rose University Consortium is a strategic partnership between Yorkshire's leading research universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. The research project is supervised by two academic members of staff from two partner universities (in this case York and Sheffield), and the successful student will be based at the University of York, but will have access to the research facilities of the University of Sheffield and will be part of the Network.

The research project will be focused on the development of computational and mathematical modelling of various immune responses, in close collaboration with experimental immunologists, making this a real interdisciplinary PhD. The project will be supervised by Professor Jon Timmis in Computer Science at the University of York ( and Professor Eva Qwarnstrom in Cell Biology at the University of Sheffield.

You will be expected to have completed a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Computational Biology or a related subject, and have an interest in immune systems, computer modelling and interdisciplinary working. The funding includes fees for home (EU) students, and approximately GBP 13,200 pa (tax free) as a stipend. Overseas students are welcome to apply but will be required to pay the differences in fees between EU and overseas.

The post is for three years, starting in October 2010, and the closing date for applications is 26 February 2010. Further details on the project and how to apply can be found at

New studentship available for the Engineering Doctorate in Large Scale Complex IT Systems

Date Added: 15th January 2010
Applications are invited for a doctoral studentship with BT on cloud computing.

This 4-year Engineering Doctorate project focuses on security research and technological innovation in cloud computing, and will look at mitigating the risks of securely integrating Virtual Data Centres and Cloud Computing environments in the critical path of secure business operations.

The Engineering Doctorate is a unique doctoral training programme, and is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Students undertake a four year programme consisting of taught and research components and skills training, supported by a sponsoring organisation. The research project is undertaken within the sponsoring organisation on a topic relevant to their business, to give students an industrial focus, as well as an academic award.

Fees for Home/EU students are paid in full, and a stipend will be paid that is an enhancement of approximately £3,000 over the standard EPSRC PhD stipend. Find out more about the project and studentship at

Head of Department featured in New Year Honours List

Date Added: 4th January 2010
The work of Professor John McDermid has been recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Professor McDermid, Head of the Department of Computer Science at York since 2006, is made an OBE for services to the defence industry. His primary research interests are in high integrity computer systems, especially in safety and security, and his work was recently used in the Haddon-Cave Nimrod review. Professor McDermid was also awarded an honorary fellowship by defence industry leader, QinetiQ, in December.

Professor McDermid said, “"Whilst I am personally delighted for my work to be recognised in this way, I also view it as a testament to my colleagues in York and elsewhere with whom I have worked over the last twenty years."

You can find out more about Professor McDermid at