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Exciting HPC conference in Bristol
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There is still time to register for next week's Many-core and Reconfigurable Supercomputing Conference (MRSC), which this year is being held at the University of Bristol from April 11-13th. MRSC is Europe's largest conference focusing on the use of GPUs and FPGAs in High Performance Computing (HPC).

Facial IDs for Great Apes: New Collaboration with Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes
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The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA), the Fraunhofer Institutes IDMT and IIS, and the Visual Information Laboratory at the University of Bristol are now entering into an international collaboration in order to facilitate the visual identification of individual Great Apes and elephants in their natural habitat.

Bristol gets £1.6M for research on decision making
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Engineering and Physical Science Research Council together with Economic and Social Research Council funded $1.6 Million resarach project on "Decision making in an unstable world". This interdisciplinary proposal brings together applicants from Psychology, Mathematics and Computer Science, and collaborators from application areas where making accurate decisions is critically important.

ForToo: Preventing Internet Abuse With Forensic Tools
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We have just secured a grant from the European Union to work on advanced forensic tools against Internet abuse. This project will bring together academics and professional experts in the field of network security and forensics, in order to develop novel tools that enhance our understanding of and reaction to network-related incidents.

Dr Martijn Stam joins the department
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Today sees the arrival of Dr Martijn Stam as a new lecturer in our Cryptography research group.

University Teaching Award
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The department would like to congratulate Colin Dalton who has been awarded a 2011 University Teaching Award. Judged by a panel of Faculty Education Directors chaired by Professor Avril Waterman-Pearson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) the award is to recognise and celebrate achievements in teaching and learning in the University.

Crossroads: Event for all CS students – Basecamp meets Computer Science
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Calling all Computer Science students and other amateur developers! Basecamp, The Computer Science Society and Bristol Entrepreneurs have all come together in collaboration to bring to you "Basecamp Meets Computer Science" – an event to bring together your passion for technology with the best student business brains at Bristol University!

DARPA Funds Bristol Cryptographic Research
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Last week Prof. Nigel Smart was at a meeting in San Antonio (Texas), where he was attending the kick-off meeting for a new exciting project we are involved in. The project, to investigate aspects of Fully Homomorphic Encryption, is funded by the US governments Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of its PROCEED (PROgramming Computation on EncryptEd Data) effort.

Robotics Summer Project "I Robot... I learn."
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This summer there is an opportunity for a Computer Science undergraduate student to work on the "IRobot...I Learn" research project in collaboration with the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. The project explores how useful behavioural adaptations in human-assistive robots can be kept within safe boundaries. Funding is available for up to 12 weeks. Applications should be sent asap to Kerstin Eder.

Workshop on Risk Perception, Psychology and Economics of Information Security
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On Feb 17 Bristol will be hosting a Workshop on "Risk Perception, Psychology and Economics of Information Security: A Multi-Methodological Exploration".

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