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  • Natalio Krasnogor
    Apologies if you receive more than one copy of this announcement. 2 Research Fellowships, 1 Ph.D. Scholarship Available We are pleased to announce the
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 25, 2004
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      Apologies if you receive more than one copy of this announcement.

      2 Research Fellowships, 1 Ph.D. Scholarship Available

      We are pleased to announce the availability the following Bioinformatics
      / Computational biology positions in the School of Computer Science & IT
      at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Dr. N. Krasnogor:

      Project “Robust Prediction with Explanatory Power for Protein Structure
      and Related Prediction Problems”

      · 1 funded Ph.D. Scholarship (3 years funding)
      · 1 Postdoctoral research fellowship (3 years project)

      Project “Automated, Grid-Aware, Three-Tier Protocol for Protein
      Structure Comparison”

      · 1 Postdoctoral research fellowship (1.5 years project)

      Robust Prediction with Explanatory Power for Protein Structure and
      Related Prediction Problems
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      The “Robust Prediction with Explanatory Power for Protein Structure and
      Related Prediction Problems.” is a collaborative project with The
      University of the West of England and The School of Chemistry at the
      University of Nottingham.

      The project intends to develop more general, intelligent and reliable
      classification and predictive technologies for problems in
      bioinformatics (particularly, predicting the structure of proteins). We
      aim to explore and investigate the feasibility of designing and
      implementing robust classification and predictive systems that can
      deliver high quality predictions at the same time as
      human-understandable explanations for those predictions. A successful
      outcome to this project could lead to a greater understanding of the
      issues that underpin predictive and classification software systems in
      general, and perhaps more importantly, those that have an immediate
      impact on quality of human life: bioinformatics. It is in domains like
      this where the availability of human-understandable explanations are as
      important as correct predictions. In this project, we will employ a
      variety of machine learning technology. We expect that the new machine
      learning techniques that we will develop would yield robust, accurate
      predictions, with the explanatory power not available in other methods.

      The ideal candidate will have an existing understanding of machine
      learning, particularly evolutionary computation and neural networks.
      However, candidates with other relevant experience may be considered.

      The Ph.D. vacancy is open only to UK and EU students. They should have
      at least an upper second-class honours degree (ideally a first class
      degree), or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent
      to that level. Candidate Ph.D. students must apply with a cover letter
      explaining why they want to pursue doctoral studies, a list of
      publications (if available), two references and a CV. ALL THE MATERIAL
      MUST BE SENT IN PDF.

      The Postdoctoral vacancy is open to any person with suitable
      qualifications. As a minimum she/he must have a Ph.D. in computer
      sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology. If the Ph.D. is
      not in computer science then proven programming skills are a required
      condition. Relevant experience in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology
      is a plus. Candidate Postdocs must apply with a cover letter mentioning
      past and current research interests, list of publications, copy of
      her/his top two publications, detailed CV and three references. ALL THE
      MATERIAL MUST BE SENT IN PDF.

      It is expected that the Ph.D. scholarship and Postdoctoral fellowship
      would begin early 2005.

      Application Deadline is 25 December 2004.

      The Postdoctoral salary will be within the range £18,893 - £24,097 per
      annum, depending on qualifications and experience. This EPSRC funded
      post is available from 1 February 2005 and will be offered on a
      fixed-term contract for a period of three years.
      The Ph.D. scholarship covers home fees + a stipend (which for 2005/06 is
      12,000 pounds).

      For further information or for applications, please email
      Natalio.Krasnogor@..., in the subject mention the title of
      the project and the position you are interested in. If applying please
      attach the PDF files with the requested material.


      Automated, Grid-Aware, Three-Tier Protocol for Protein Structure Comparison
      -----------------------------

      The “Automated, Grid-Aware, Three-Tier Protocol for Protein Structure
      Comparison” is a collaborative project with The School of Chemistry at
      the University of Nottingham.

      The comparison of protein structures, and their clustering (according to
      similarity) is a fundamental aspect of today's biomedical research. The
      comparison of the 3D structures of protein molecules is a challenging
      problem. The search for effective solution techniques for this problem
      is justified because such tools can aid scientists in the development of
      procedures for drug design, in the identification of new types of
      protein architecture, in the organization of the known universe of
      protein structures and can help to discover unexpected evolutionary and
      functional inter-relations between proteins. There is yet another
      important role for measures of similarity and clustering algorithms: the
      evaluation of ab initio, threading or homology modelling structure
      predictions. Hence, any advancement in structural similarity measures
      will also impact on structure prediction and the methodologies for the
      evaluation of those predictions . In this projectl we will undertake
      the implementation of an extended (three-tier) protocol for protein
      structure comparison building on our recent research progress.

      The Postdoctoral vacancy is open to any person with suitable
      qualifications. As a minimum he/she must have a Ph.D. in computer
      sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry or biology. If the Ph.D. is
      not in computer science then excellent proven programming skills are a
      required condition. Relevant experience in Bioinformatics/Computational
      Biology is a plus, particularly the implementation of public
      web-services or GRID based architectures.
      Candidates must apply with a cover letter mentioning past and current
      research interests, list of publications, copy of her/his top two
      publications, detailed CV and three references. ALL THE MATERIAL MUST BE
      SENT IN PDF.

      It is expected that Postdoctoral fellowship would begin in early 2005.
      Application Deadline is 15 December 2004.

      Salary will be within the range £18,893 - £24,097 per annum, depending
      on qualifications and experience. This BBSRC funded post is available
      from 1 January 2005 and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a
      period of one and a half years.

      For further information or for applications, please email
      Natalio.Krasnogor@..., in the subject mention the title of
      the project and the position you are interested in. If applying please
      attach the PDF files with the requested material.

      --

      PS1: Please check out the call for chapter contributions to the book
      "Systems Self-Assembly: Multidisciplinary Snapshots"
      http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~nxk/SYSEAS/index.html

      PS2: Please check out our new book "Recent Advances in Memetic Algorithms"
      www.springeronline.com/sgw/cda/frontpage/0,11855,5-40356-72-34233226-0,00.html
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      NATALIO KRASNOGOR, Ph.D. Automated Scheduling, Planning and
      Optimisation Group
      Lecturer School of Computer Sciences and Information
      Technology
      Jubilee Campus
      University of Nottingham

      Tel.: +44 - 0115 - 8467592 Nottingham, NG81BB
      United Kingdom

      URL: http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/~nxk/

      e-mail: Natalio.Krasnogor-replace all this by at symbol-nottingham.ac.uk
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      We have recently published a book on Fuzzy Sets, details at
      http://www.springer-ny.com/detail.tpl?isbn=354000551X
    • "Juan J. Merelo Guervós"
      **** Apologies if you receive multiple copies **** Dear Colleague, The 2005 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC 05), September 2nd-5th 2005 in
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 1, 2004
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        **** Apologies if you receive multiple copies ****

        Dear Colleague,

        The 2005 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (CEC'05), September
        2nd-5th 2005 in Edinburgh, UK, will bring together researchers,
        practitioners and students from around the world to present and discuss
        the latest advances in both practice and theory in the field of
        evolutionary computation. The conference is sponsored and supported by
        The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, The IEEE
        Computational Intelligence Society, the Institute of Electrical
        Engineers, and the Evolutionary Programming Society.

        The CEC'05 Program Committee is now inviting proposals for tutorials to
        be held on September 3rd 2005, in conjunction with the main conference.

        Tutorials provide a means for (senior) researchers to present an
        overview of a field related to evolutionary computation. A tutorial
        should not be a technical presentation focusing on ones own work only.
        It should preferably handle a relatively large chunk of knowledge on a
        specific area, typically at an introductory level. For example you can
        have a look at the CEC'04 tutorials at
        http://www.tomenglishproject.com/CEC2004_tutorials.html. Tutorials are
        typically 2 hours in duration.

        The entire EC community is encouraged to submit proposals as well as
        experts of related fields, such as for example evolutionary economics,
        artificial life, or multi-agent systems. Proposals for tutorials
        should be one page in length, preferably in PDF, and should contain the
        following information:

        1. Title
        2. Name and full contact information of the proposer(s)
        3. A brief description (one or two paragraphs) of the topics
        4. Any resource requirements, e.g. computers, equipment setup etc.
        5. An optional label being either "novice" (e.g. Intro to GP) or
        "advanced" (e.g. Recent advances in parallel GAs)
        6. Biographical information on presenters (including previous tutorials
        given)

        Proposals should be submitted to the tutorial chair: Alastair Channon,
        a.d.channon@...

        Tutorial proposals due: May 1st 2005
        Notification of acceptance/rejection: June 1st 2005

        Regards,
        Dr Alastair Channon, CEC'05 Tutorial Chair
        School of Computer Science, The University of Birmingham
        Edgbaston, B15 2TT, UK. http://www.channon.net/alastair/

        **** Please visit Congress on Evolutionary Computation: ****
        http://www.cec2005.org/
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