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Big Data Archives - Science and Engineering

Fibre-optics World Record is No Hollow Victory

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A whole array of game-changing, life-shaping technologies, from long-distance telecommunications to laser surgery, have a key component in common: fibre optics that carry pulses of light to their destination at incredible speed. A University of Southampton team are now focusing on the next big step forward – hollow-core fibres (HCFs) – and last year shattered a longstanding world record to push the capabilities of these to a new level.

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Powering Up Research: Data Fuelled Innovation

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Data Intensive Science is a rapidly emerging, cross disciplinary research challenge already traversing the fields of Materials Science, Bio-medical research, Computational Engineering and Digital Humanities (to name a few). With huge volumes and complex data at the heart of many research projects, advancing the methods used to analyse, manage, and interpret this data is key to facilitating both efficient and reliable science. The significance of the discipline has recently been recognised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in awarding £20 million to 6 new national supercomputing centres, including the Cambridge Centre for Data Driven Discovery. This event aims to bring...
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Reassessing Asthma: Biomarkers, Business and Big Data

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Affecting millions and costing billions worldwide every year, asthma needs to be better understood to enable better treatment and management of this frequently distressing, sometimes fatal family of respiratory diseases. With SES members Southampton University and Imperial College London at the heart of its conception and execution, the multi-million-Euro U-BIOPRED project – the world’s biggest collaboration in severe asthma – is driving discoveries that will improve targeting of drugs and equip pharma businesses to develop potentially game-changing new ones. Above all, in pinpointing key ‘biomarkers’ – molecules revealing the precise type of asthma present in patients – U-BIOPRED has produced...
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A Safe Haven for Data

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In today’s high-powered, hyper-connected world, the vast potential to use data to generate insight and understanding is matched only by the need to keep it safe and secure. The first facility of its kind at a European university, the £1M Jill Dando Institute Research Laboratory (JDIRL) at UCL combines state-of-the-art storage for sensitive datasets with the ability to use them to shed light on anything from consumer behaviour to crime patterns. With rigorous protocols and processes ensuring both digital and physical security, this unique facility offers exciting possibilities in research, enabling academic, commercial and public sector organisations to transform hard...
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Innovative Doctoral Training Comes To Light

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The science of light is the focus of a joint UCL-Cambridge University centre turning today’s PhD students into tomorrow’s industry innovators – and equipping them to propel a vital growth sector forward into a future full of possibilities. Combining dynamism and invention with opportunities hugely enriched by its cross-institutional nature, the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems (IPES) has created an open, ‘can do’ research community that, through its leading-edge work, is helping to transform the way we live, work, play and communicate. Strengthened by extensive ties with industry and business, the Centre’s success in...
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Bringing HPC Alive

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Last Thursday 21st April, Oxford Advanced Research Computing (ARC) and SES hosted the annual ARC High Performance Computing Showcase at Oxford E-research Centre to feature some of the largest research projects utilising HPC in Oxford. With speakers from The University of Oxford, Swansea University, Lenovo, and Jacobs University, Bremen, the event showcased how researchers are tacking scientific challenges using HPC. Dr. Ben Evans (Swansea University) reprised last year's visit from Bloodhound SCC, updating guests on the design of their 1,000mph car and explaining how CFD has been essential to understanding phenomena in the accelerating stage of the vehicle (see simulation below). This information...
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High Performance Computing and Big Data

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The High Performance Computing and Big Data Conference 2016 will build upon the success of the last two year’s events and explore the policy surrounding the development of the UK’s e-infrastructure, HPC and big data. The event will also showcase innovative, cutting edge and best practice case studies from the public and private sector – demonstrating how academics, researchers and the private sector and utilise HPC and big data for increased success.

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Prospects in Data Science: Going Digital in the New Forest

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Last week, data scientists, researchers and students descended upon Carey's Manor in the depths of the New Forest to attend the 2016 Data Science Symposium, hosted by The University of Southampton. With high-profile speakers including David Hand and Prof. Yike Guo (Imperial College London), Prof. Peter Grindrod, Dr. Frank Wood and Prof. Anne Trefethen (University of Oxford), Prof. Dame Wendy Hall (University of Southampton), Prof. John Aston (University of Cambridge), and Prof. Sofia Olhede and Dr. Arthur Gretton (University College London) it was an event with significant representation from SES and a range of disciplines. The symposium, spread over three days, touched on data analytics, web...
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Collaboration Casts New Light On Quantum Dots

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Tiny specks or ‘quantum dots’ of gallium nitride (GaN) – described as the most significant semiconductor material since silicon – could deliver a dramatic leap forward in data processing speeds and data security, thanks to ground-breaking work at Cambridge and Oxford Universities. As part of a close and fruitful collaboration dating back to 2003, Dr Rachel Oliver, Reader in Materials Science at Cambridge, and Robert Taylor, Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at Oxford, are leading research to help release these dots’ remarkable potential and answer crucial questions about their characteristics and capabilities. This dovetailing of complementary expertise spanning two SES Consortium...
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Guest Post: Sinan Shi talks #SESBigData

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Sinan Shi, Research Software Developer at University College London, was among the invited guests at SES's Big Data event. He recaps the day and reflects on the benefits of reaching out of researchers of different disciplines. Big data is probably the one of hottest terms being used in recent years. The scientific community is one of the first communities to become aware of the challenge and opportunity in big data. Data will play a more and more crucial role in the future of scientific research. In this workshop, instead of talking about the details of big data techniques or general big data...
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