Yesterday I went to the SICSA DEMOfest 2012, held in the Informatics Forum on Crichton Street, at Edinburgh University. The idea behind SICSA (Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance) is that it hosts and takes part in a range of events, seminars, workshops and conferences to promote the research of participating universities in order tp develop business and industry relationships. The DEMOfest enabled about fifty research projects to present their findings via poster displays. It’s a good idea, because there is an immense amount of research going on in universities, and much of it is has commercial potential. The Knowledge Transfer website at Heriot-Watt is another example of showcasing research.
At the door I was greeted by a stunningly attractive young lady who looked at my ticket, and in half a second had flicked her tablet, found my name on her list, and registered me. Very effiicient.
I looked across to where they were preparing the drinks reception, got a waft of some very nice smelling food being prepared, and wondered why I don’t go to more things like this. My smartphone immediately ran out of battery, which is why the poor photo above is the only one that came out.
JournalTOCS had a stand at SICSA a couple of years ago, and some entrepreneurs showed interest in it. Since then, JournalTOCs has further developed its impressive current awareness customisation service, aimed at corporate and research information services, and there are opportunities for taking this much further.
One of the things I noticed at the DEMOfest was that some of the posters were not easy to understand. The best one, by far, was from Recovery Analytics, from Edinburgh University. Their poster very clearly stated what the problem was that they were working on (improving oil recovery), and how their research work could help.
The food at DEMOfest came in small bowls, and at first didn’t look very attractive, but it tasted fantastic.