Aims

The key aim of AlgoUK is to facilitate multi-faceted interactions within the UK’s algorithmics research community and also inter-disciplinary interactions between these researchers and those in industry and other subjects such as Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry. The primary objective is to provide an inclusive framework for UK algorithmics research so as to

  • enable the transferral of algorithmics research into applications and other academic domains
  • facilitate engagement from the UK algorithmics community with new (inter-disciplinary) research opportunities
  • facilitate collaboration within the wider UK algorithmics community (not restricted to the six initial member sites)
  • support training and dissemination of algorithmics expertise within the wider UK algorithmics community (including established researchers, postdoctoral researchers, and PhD students)
  • provide a voice from the UK algorithmics community to funding agencies and others.

AlgoUK is open to all with interests in algorithmics, which we recognise is a diverse research area. It is hoped that after the network grant is finished, AlgoUK will be self-sustaining.

 

Workshops

AlgoUK is structured around six workshops with workshops held at the six initial member sites at roughly six-monthly intervals. Each workshop will last one day with the workshop starting after lunch on one day and ending at lunch on the next. The overnight stay will encourage social interactions. Each workshop will have the same structure, as follows.

  • The host site will organise the workshop and choose an inter-disciplinary theme around which the talks on the first day are organised. All speakers on the first day will address this inter-disciplinary theme.
  • Talks on the second day will be of a general algorithmics nature although priority may be given to talks which encompass more than one facet of algorithmics or to survey talks.

 

Between workshops

There will be activities between the workshops, generated by attendance at the workshop. It is envisaged that activities at workshops will engender new potential collaborations and grant submissions. These collaborations will be supported by very small amounts of travel money to allow researchers to meet and further discuss their ideas. Activities emerging from workshops will be reported at subsequent network workshops. Also, small amounts of funding will be used to support short visits by PhD students to other researchers engaged with the network where the visit will provide additional training for the PhD students.

 

Other activities

It is hoped that the network’s workshops will generate other activities and that the AlgoUK website will become an activity portal for algorithmics activity in the UK. For example, the website might be used to

  • advertise network activities, research collaborations arising through the network, and relevant funding opportunities
  • advertise PhD student support mechanisms such as PhD student internships
  • advertise algorithmics PhD opportunities
  • host a register of the algorithmics researchers
  • host shared algorithmics teaching material.

The extent of the website will ultimately be driven by the algorithmics community.

 

Steering group

Representatives from the six original sites form the steering group for the network. The membership of the steering group is as follows:

  • Professor Iain Stewart (PI, Durham)
  • Professor Daniel Paulusma (Co-I, Durham)
  • Dr. Solon Pissis (King’s College London)
  • Professor Thomas Erlebach (Leicester)
  • Professor Leszek Gąsieniec (Liverpool)
  • Professor Gregory Chockler (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Professor Artur Czumaj (Warwick)