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Powering Up Research: The MMM Hub

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The significance of High Performance Computing in materials research has recently been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the award of £4 million to a consortium of partners to create a new national supercomputing centre, the Materials and Molecular Modelling Hub. The HPC facility that the MMM Hub hosts is known as Thomas, a 17,000 core machine designed to support small to medium sized capacity computing focusing on materials and molecular modelling. The launch of this Tier 2 supercomputer on the 14 September was designed to raise awareness amongst the entire UK Materials and Molecular Modelling community...
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Guest Post: Exploring the Materials Genome

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Currently a PhD candidate in the group of Prof. Angelos Michaelides at UCL, Patrick studied Chemistry (MSc, BSc) at the University of Warwick where his research focused on elucidating the quantum nature of biological light harvesting proteins. He also worked in research for DSM Speciality Resins, where he developed bio-renewable alternatives to polymers sourced from fossil fuels. Patrick’s current research focuses on the application of machine learning algorithms to the development of accurate models for use in molecular dynamics simulations of graphene and other carbon-based materials. It would – I think – be a fair statement to make that our...
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The Data Dialogue: At War with Data

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Cyber security, open source intelligence, web science, bioinformatics and crime science…all modern and relevant terms in the UK research landscape, and all with one thing in common: Data. Why are researchers interested in accessing publicly available data? What are they doing with anonymised, confidential data? How can open data provide us with intelligence? How can data from one field of research be used in another? This Unique finale to The Data Dialogue, At War with Data, provided Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines with the tools and knowledge to approach the subject of research data from a wider point of view....
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Guest Post: a final word on At War with Data

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Mark Roeling studied psychology (BSc), behaviour genetics (MSc) and genetic epidemiology (MSc) and worked as a junior researcher in the Erasmus MC Rotterdam (Netherlands). He worked as data scientist for Capgemini, where he focused on detecting fraud in e-channels in the banking sector. Now at the University of Oxford, his work has been strongly statistical and  he aims to use his background to test the applicability of methods and models from (genetic) epidemiology to improve the detection of fraud and cybercrime in big data.  As part of my DPhil in Cyber Security at the University of Oxford, I focus on...
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Guest Post: Information Disclosure

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Mark Warner is a PhD researcher based at the Institute of Digital Health at University College London. As part of Privacy&Us, a network of 13 researchers across the EU, he is exploring usable privacy within the healthcare domain. His research is in better understanding and supporting users decision-making around healthcare data disclosures, taking into account both the cost and benefits of disclosure to both the individual and wider society. I am a PhD researcher at UCL’s Institute of Digital Health, exploring the landscape of healthcare data and how technology can be used to better support users making decisions around their...
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The Data Dialogue: When Research Crosses Borders

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In an increasingly globalised world, research is reaching beyond geographical borders, raising questions on the methods, laws, and possibilities in moving or sharing data internationally. As the volume and type of data we create becomes more varied, sensitive, and complex, we need to ask: what are our own responsibilities as professional researchers collecting data overseas? Who is ultimately accountable for data produced with foreign partners? What happens when national laws and policy differ dramatically? May strategies be usefully shared within or across disciplines? The second part of The Data Dialogue - When Research Crosses Borders -  provided Early Career Researchers from...
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Guest Post: Global Data from A Public Health Perspective

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Arnaud Koehl is a PhD researcher based at the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. He is interested in finding comprehensive and sustainable pathways for open systems such as transport matrices, energy markets, cities and material flow. His research is about the health and economic co-benefits of interventions to reduce transport related GHG emissions in populous middle income countries. I represent the typical early career researcher focussing on several outer world issues from his London-based office. Even though I’m using modelling as a primary method, I always feel the need to get a more accurate vision of what...
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Guest Post: The Nuanced Nature of Data Collection

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Elizabeth Kullmann is a postgraduate student in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford. Here she talks about her visit to The Data Dialogue: When Research Crosses Borders and what she took away. As a postgraduate student at University of Oxford embarking upon an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, I am rapidly developing a love of data. At the moment the MSc course is mostly taught and seminar-based, however in the final term, we are expected to write a dissertation that may rely on the use - and potentially gathering - of empirical data. As such, the idea of The Data Dialogue...
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The Data Dialogue: Time to Share

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Researchers are faced throughout their careers with managing research data. Implementing best practice early on can not only help you to access the right data quickly, but also ensure that data is relevant,  reusable and accessible to others, contributing further to scientific research. The first part of The Data Dialogue - Time to Share: Navigating Boundaries and Benefits -  provided Early Career Researchers from a range of disciplines with the tools and knowledge to better approach their research data needs, covering the benefits of sharing data, how we share difficult and sensitive data, gaining access to restricted, secure, or open data,...
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Guest Post: The Power of Open Data

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Dr. Kirstie Whitaker is a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Brain Mapping Unit at the University of Cambridge with a focus on brain development during the teenage years. Here she talks about her visit to The Data Dialogue: Time to Share and what she took away. I’m a researcher in the Brain Mapping Unit at the University of Cambridge and I spend my days crunching gigabytes of data from magnetic resonance images to see how brain structure changes during adolescence. In the past, human neuroimaging has been really expensive. This has meant we’ve had small groups of participants and these have...
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