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Peter Wood - UKRI GRCF Action against Stunting Hub

Posted: Monday, 5 August 2019 14:23

Peter Wood has been awarded £250,000 as part of the UKRI GRCF Action against Stunting Hub, an £18.27 million project which aims to alleviate child stunting globally.

PhD Funding by Neo4j in Advanced Database Technologies

Posted: Monday, 5 August 2019 14:14

We are pleased to announce the availability of a PhD studentship in the area of Advanced Database Technologies funded by Neo4j, starting in October 2019. Neo4j are developers the popular Neo4j graph database system and an industry leader in graph data management. Full details

Logic Day organised by London Logic Forum

Posted: Wednesday, 10 July 2019 08:00

The next Logic Day organised by London Logic Forum will take place on Wed 17th July in room 151, Main Building, Birkbeck.

Hubie Chen - three papers accepted for ACM SIGMOD PODS

Posted: Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

Congratulations to Hubie Chen whose three papers have been accepted by the prestigious ACM SIGMOD/PODS International Conference on Management of Data June 30 - July 5, 2019 Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Booth Lecture 2019

Posted: Tuesday, 11 June 2019 10:00

On Monday June 10th Magda Piatkowska gave an illuminating talk about how the data science is driving "disruption" within the supply side of the BBC i.e. journalists, newsroom etc. The talk is available here on youtube.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Posted: Thursday, 30 May 2019 09:00

Graduate Teaching Assistant (3 years, part-time in conjunction with full-time PhD)

Read more about Graduate Teaching Assistant

EPSRC grant (quantMD £453,015) awarded to Michael Zakharyaschev

Posted: Tuesday, 19 March 2019 08:00

Michael Zakharyaschev has been awarded £453,015 by EPSRC for his project quantMD: Ontology-Based Management for Many-Dimensional Quantitative Data with co-investigators Roman Kontchakov and Vladislav Ryzhikov. The project is in collaboration with the University of Liverpool.

Lecturer A in Computer Science

Posted: Monday, 11 February 2019 09:00

We are now looking to appoint a lecturer in Computer Science to help develop our participation in the Institute of Coding (, a new, exciting, national initiative that brings together over 60 universities, industry, training providers and professional bodies to address the UK’s digital skills gaps.

The IoC is developing accredited degree schemes and short courses aimed at professionals in a wide range of sectors, working to widen the participation of women, returners to work and hard to reach groups.

We are particularly seeking applicants with a growing reputation for research in Data Analytics/Data Science, who will also contribute to one or more of the interdisciplinary research themes of the Birkbeck Knowledge Lab ( and the Birkbeck Institute for Data Analytics (

Full details Closing date for applications is 11-Mar-2019 (Ref No 280)

Andrea Calì wins Test-of-Time Award

Posted: Monday, 11 February 2019 09:00

Andrea Calì, Georg Gottlob and Thomas Lukasiewicz win 2019 ACM PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award

The ACM PODS Alberto O. Mendelzon Test-of-Time Award is awarded every year to a paper or a small number of papers published in the PODS proceedings ten years prior that had the most impact in terms of research, methodology, or transfer to practice over the intervening decade. The award was established in 2007 and was awarded for the first time in 2008.

Winner 2019: General Datalog-Based Framework for Tractable Query Answering over Ontologies by Andrea Calì, Georg Gottlob and Thomas Lukasiewicz

This paper introduces and studies the Datalog+- framework for query answering over ontologies, which subsequently became highly influential in both the database and knowledge representation communities. Its main contribution is an in-depth study of the data complexity of Datalog+-, and several extensions and restrictions tailored to ontologies. The paper identifies a tractable family of Datalog+- formalisms based on linear tuple-generating dependencies, that generalize description logics of the DL-Lite family. Extensions with keys and stratified negation are also studied. Other technical results of the paper concerning the chase have been fundamental to further developments in the field. The paper received over 450 citations, evidencing its significant impact.

The award will be presented to the authors during the 2019 ACM SIGMOD/PODS Conference, to be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 30 - July 5, 2019.