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News Archive 2013/5 (June-Sept 2013)

A chronological list of workshops and conferences can be found at events! New Positions are announced under Researchers and Groups.

Towards operational ground based profiling with ceilometers, doppler lidars and microwave radiometers for improving weather forecasts (TOPROF)

August 26, 2013. A new COST action has now started and administrative procedures are on the way.

“The new generation of high-resolution (1km) weather forecast models now operational over Europe promises to revolutionise predictions of severe weather and poor air quality. To realise this promise, a dense observing network is required, focusing especially on the lowest few km of the atmosphere, so that forecast models have the most realistic state of the atmosphere for initialisation, continuous assimilation and verification. This Action will focus on developing three instruments available throughout Europe:

i) Several hundreds of ceilometers providing backscatter profiles of 
aerosol and cloud properties with 30m vertical resolution every minute, 
ii) more than 20 Doppler lidars, a new technology, providing vertical 
and horizontal winds in the lower atmosphere with a resolution of 
30m every 5 minutes, and 
iii) About 30 microwave profilers giving profiles of temperature and 
humidity in the lowest few km every 10 minutes. 

These instruments are relatively inexpensive and have proven suitable for unmanned network operations. Current and recent COST and FP7 projects have considered the profiling ability of advanced lidars and radars, but none has specifically addressed these three instruments. In collaboration with Numerical Weather Prediction centres, the action will lead towards operational networking of these existing but so far under-exploited, instruments.”

More information can be found at

Advanced Global Navigation Satellite Systems tropospheric products for monitoring severe weather events and climate (GNSS4SWEC)

August 25, 2013. A new cost action on remote sensing using GPS/GNSS Signals has started.

“Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) have revolutionised positioning, navigation, and timing, becoming a common part of our everyday life. Aside from these well-known civilian and commercial applications, GNSS is now an established atmospheric observing system which can accurately sense water vapour, the most abundant greenhouse gas, accounting for 60-70% of atmospheric warming. Severe weather forecasting is challenging, in part due to the high temporal and spatial variation of atmospheric water vapour. Water vapour is under-sampled in the current meteorological and climate observing systems, obtaining and exploiting more high-quality humidity observations is essential to weather forecasting and climate monitoring.

This Action will address new and improved capabilities from concurrent developments in both the GNSS and meteorological communities. For the first time, the synergy of the three GNSS systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) will be used to develop new, advanced tropospheric products, exploiting the full potential of multi-GNSS water vapour estimates on a wide range of temporal and spatial scales, from real-time monitoring and forecasting of severe weather, to climate research.

In addition the action will promote the use of meteorological data in GNSS positioning, navigation, and timing services.

The Action will stimulate knowledge transfer and data sharing throughout Europe.”

More information can be found at

Neuroscience thinks Big

Aug 21, 2013. “Despite cash-strapped times for research, several ambitious collaborative neuroscience projects have attracted large amounts of funding and media attention. In Europe, the Human Brain Project aims to develop a large-scale computer simulation of the brain, whereas in the United States, the Brain Activity Map is working towards establishing a functional connectome of the entire brain, and the Allen Institute for Brain Science has embarked upon a 10-year project to understand the mouse visual cortex (the MindScope project). US President Barack Obama's announcement of the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative) in April 2013 highlights the political commitment to neuroscience and is expected to further foster interdisciplinary collaborations, accelerate the development of new technologies and thus fuel much needed medical advances. In this Viewpoint article, five prominent neuroscientists explain the aims of the projects and how they are addressing some of the questions (and criticisms) that have arisen.”

For the complete article see

RESEARCH WORKSHOP - From Spectral Gaps to Particle Filters: 17th-18th September, 2013, University of Reading, UK

August 2, 2013.

A very important technique in the analysis of stochastic systems is to investigate the properties of associated transfer operators. Generally speaking, they determine to a large extent the long term behaviour of the system, such as rates of decay and de-correlation, as well as other ergodic or mixing properties. Therefore, the understanding of transfer operators and their analytic properties lies at the interface of functional analysis, stochastics, dynamics, and statistical methodology such as Monte Carlo and similar methods. In problems such as nonlinear filtering, positive (random) operators appear directly in the filter dynamics, and again their spectral properties play an important role in the long term behaviour of the filter. Furthermore, when approximating the optimal filter, for example by particle filters, error bounds have successfully been obtained by using stability properties of the filter operator. On the other hand, positive operators have also been investigated for their own sake and on a purely analytic basis, independent from stochastic processes.

This workshop is designed to provide a forum to exchange ideas and talk about new developments concerning the analytical aspects of transfer operators on the one side and applications to stochastic processes and statistical methodology on the other side. Consequently, the range of speakers will encompass people with more foundational expertise in the theory of transfer operators, as well as people doing more applied research but with a strong interest in the theory behind it. New mathematical problems arising from specific but important applications (such as from atmospheric dynamics, for example) are also expected to be discussed.

The workshop will be over two consecutive days, with a slightly different focus for each day. The first day will be more concerned with the analysis of transfer operators, while on the second day we focus on applications in stochastic and dynamical systems.

The workshop is funded under an LMS Celebrating New Appointments grant. Speakers include:

Jochen Broecker, University of Reading Dan Crisan, Imperial College London E. Brian Davies, FRS King's College London Gianluigi Del Magno, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa Richard Everitt, University of Reading Gersende Fort, TELECOM ParisTech Mark Holland, University of Exeter Martin Kolb, University of Reading Bas Lemmens, University of Kent Theodore Kypraios, University of Nottingham Kody Law, KAUST Ronnie Loeffen, University of Manchester Beatrice Pelloni, University of Reading Mladen Savov, University of Reading David Steinsaltz, University of Oxford

Registration. Please register to attend the workshop by sending an email to, giving your name and institution, and stating which days you would like to attend. The registration deadline is 17th August 2013. Note that places at the workshop are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Logistics. There is a registration fee of £15 per day. Lunches, tea and coffee are provided to participants, but you have to fund your own accommodation and travel. Information on accommodation near the workshop venue can be found on the workshop website (see link below).

Assistance for junior researchers. Free registration (usually £30) is available for 15 young researchers (PhD students, or other participants within 4 years of completing their PhD). To apply for this support, please mention this in your registration email and enclose a CV of not more than 2 pages, outlining your research interests and explining why attending this workshop is important for your research.

Workshop website:

EPSRC Workshop: Maths and Environmental Change

July 31, 2013. Mathematical Challenges in the Forecasting of Environmental Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Approaches - Workshop 30 Sep - 1 Oct 2013

Expression of interest: In the year of Mathematics of Planet Earth, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) wishes to explore how UK expertise in the mathematical sciences can contribute to the challenges within Living with Environmental Change (LWEC). The effects of environmental change are wide ranging and this is reflected in the scope of LWEC, areas of interest include; resources, civil infrastructure, climate, health, ecosystems and societal challenges.

The aim of the workshop is to identify and prioritise the opportunities where mathematical sciences research could bring new insights and add significant benefits to the forecasting, mitigation and adaptation to environmental change and establish the shape of a future funding activity.

Closing Date for EoI to attend the Workshop: 02-09-2013

More information and application form here:

CECAM-Lorentz Collaboration Call

July 30, 2013. The CECAM-Lorentz collaboration calls for scientists who would like to organize the first annual CECAM-Lorentz Workshop 2014.

We like to bring the Call for Applications for the organization of this workshop once more to your attention, as the deadline for a one-page expression of interest differs among our first email announcement, the poster, and the website.

The correct deadline for the expression of interest is August 15, 2013. For all relevant information, see the text on site

SIAM AG on Imaging Science Prize 2014: Call for nominations

July 22, 2013. The 2014 SIAM Activity Group on Imaging Science Prize (SIAG/IS Prize) will be awarded to the authors of the best paper, as determined by the prize committee, on mathematical and computational aspects of imaging. Imaging is broadly interpreted to include: image formation, inverse problems in imaging, image processing, image analysis, image interpretation and understanding, computer graphics, and visualization.

Candidate papers must be published in English, in a peer-reviewed journal, with a publication date in the period from January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2012.

The deadline for nominations is September 15, 2013.

The award will be presented at the SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (IS14), to be held May 12-14, 2014, in Hong Kong.

More details about the prize and the official call for nominations are available at

2013 International Conference on Robotics, Biomimetics, & Intelligent Computational Systems

July 16, 2013. It is our great pleasure to announce The 2013 International Conference on Robotics, Biomimetics, Intelligent Computational Systems (Robionetics 2013), to be held on 25-27 November 2013, at Hotel Sheraton Mustika, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The conference is organized by the IEEE Indonesia Control System (CS) / Robotics and Automation (RA) Joint Chapter. Robionetics focuses on both theory and applications mainly covering the topics of robotics, biomimetics and Intelligent Computational Systems. In addition to the technical sessions, there will be invited sessions, panel sessions and keynote addresses. We solicit full-length, high-quality, and original papers on the following topics:

Track: Robotics and Control • Design, Development and Control • Space, Aerial, Ground and Underwater Robots • Industrial Robots, Networks and Automation • Image Processing, Vision, Recognition and Reconstruction • Teleoperation and Telerobotics • Humanoid Robots and Human Robots interface • Computer Brain Interface • Collective and Social Robots • Mobile Robots and Intelligent Autonomous Systems • Autonomous and Network Agents • Mechatronics Systems • Modelling and Simulation • Architecture and Topology • Virtual and Augmented Reality • Perception and Awareness • Surveillance, Fault detection and DiagnosisControl Design and Application • Embedded Control • Engineering and Industrial Applications

Track: Biomimetics and Nature Inspired Technology • Biomimetics • Biomimetics Robots • Bio-MEMS/NEMS • Biomechanics/Biophysics/Biochemistry • Nature inspired Material • Nature inspired Fluid Dynamics • Nature inspired Surface and Strucure • Nature inspired Sensors and Actuators • Bio and Nature inspired Technology • Bio and Nature inspired Systems • Bio and Nature inspired Robots • Bio and Nature inspired Biomedical Applications • Bio and Nature inspired Computation • Bio and Nature inspired Autonomous Systems • Engineering and Industrial Applications

Track: Intelligent Computational Systems • Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning • Artificial Life • Control Systems • Fuzzy Logic and System • Neural Network • Genetic Algorithm • Swarm Intelligence • Computational Intelligence, Cognitive Algorithms, Mind, and Brain • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology • Computational Intelligence in Biometrics and Identity Management • Computational Intelligence for Creativity • Control and Automation • Health, e-Health, Biomedical, Medical Imaging • Communications Systems and Cyber Security • Data Mining • Dynamic and Uncertain Environments • Human Like • Internet and Ethernet • Vehicle and Transportation • Multimedia, Signal and Vision Processing • Evolving, Adaptive and Autonomous Systems • Security and Defence • Engineering and Industrial Applications • Sensor and Actuator

Submission Paper Submission: Papers must be written in English and should describe original work in detail. Please download the template from the conference website and submit the full papers online by 15 August 2013. Upon acceptance, authors will be required to register and present their papers. All papers must be submitted in PDF with IEEE conference paper format and six pages in length (or up to eight with extra page charge). All accepted papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore which indexed by SCOPUS.

General link for conference Submit paper

Important Dates Paper submission deadline : August 15th, 2013 Notification of acceptance decision : Sept 15th, 2013 Registration due : October 1st, 2013 Conference : November 25-27th, 2013

Contact: Secretariat of ROBIONETICS 2013 Intelligent, Control and Automation Laboratory; Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) T.P. Rachmat, 3rd Floor, Jalan Ganesa no. 10, Bandung, Indonesia email:

UCLA/Semel Neuroimaging Advanced MRI Summer Program

July 8, 2013. Beginning on July 8, at 0830 PST, we will begin the 2013 UCLA/Semel Neuroimaging Advanced MRI Summer Program. We are pleased, once again, to include an outstanding faculty, and we hope to share this with any interested researchers

The majority of the lectures for this course will be webcast in real time. The complete schedule, as well as links to the video and the slides can be found at As in the past, we will also archive the video recordings for later viewing. We apologize in advance that this can take some time on our part. Please join us.

COST Action started: Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM)

July 3, 2013. New action “ES1206 | Advanced Global Navigation Satellite Systems tropospheric products for monitoring severe weather events and climate (GNSS4SWEC)” of the EU COST programme has started. The action runs 17 May 2013 - 16 May 2017 and is part of the Earth System Science and Environmental Management (ESSEM) Programme

ESSEM encompasses the rapidly-growing science and technology agendas relating to better understanding, observing, modelling and predicting the Earth system and thereby improved management of environmental conditions. ESSEM icon

The core of Earth System Science is to enhance our capacity and operational forecast systems to understand, observe, model and predict these interactions at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. A key aspect is to analyse and predict the trends, and to assess the impacts of natural processes and human activities on the Earth system functioning and natural resources.

The core of Environmental Management is to provide support to decisions related to environmental issues, especially in the context of competition for natural resources, city development, risk management, and development of environmental policies. ESSEM puts emphases on science and technology related to improving natural resource management for minimising environmental degradation. For more details we refer to ESSEM Detail.

The 12th International Summer School on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ISSAOS) 2013

June 25, 2013. The 12th International Summer School on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ISSAOS) 2013 WEATHER FORECASTING: FROM THE SCIENCE TO THE PUBLIC 16 - 20 September 2013, L'Aquila, Italy Auditorium Reiss Romoli – Università Degli Studi dell’Aquila (L'Aquila) – ITALY

The 12th edition of the International Summer School on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ISSAOS 2013), has been organized by the CETEMPS, University of L'Aquila, in collaboration with other Italian Institutions (ARPA-EMR and Sapienza University of Rome), and sponsored by the IPA-CBC program, international/national agencies/institutions and companies.

ISSAOS-2013 will review the current status of weather forecasting science and how this is operationally implemented and might be further developed as a service for the society.

Visit our website for further details on topics, registration fees, logistics and other information:

Extended Deadline: NA and Inverse Problems, USA, Aug 2013

June 10, 2013. Copper Country Workshop on Numerical Analysis and Inverse Problems Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan Aug. 12-14, 2013,

The workshop intends to bring leading researchers to discuss the recent developments on numerical analysis, scientific computing, and inverse problems. It also seeks to build collaboration among the participants.

Contributed presentations are invited in areas consistent with the conference themes, which include but are not limited to inverse scattering problem, finite element method, discontinuous Galerkin method, imaging, regularization schemes, etc. Those interested in giving a contributed talk must submit a title and a brief abstract not to exceed one page by email to

Title and abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2013

Summer School Data Assimilation and Inverse Problems

Dear Colleague, just a gentle reminder that the deadline May 31st, 2013 for registration to the Summer School “Data Assimilation and Inverse Problems - From Weather Prediction to Neuroscience” is approaching. If you or one of your students intend to participate, please let us know in the next days, such that we can plan lunches and coffees. We are very happy about very good registration numbers aready and are looking forward to an intense meeting with a lot of interaction on an exciting part of science.

The up-to-date program with more details will be available Best regards, Africa Perianez and Roland Potthast

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