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Research Seminar Series

We run a DIR Seminar Series where group members, visitors and guests present their work followed by lively discussions. The seminars are run every Friday at 10am in the Informatics Forum. The organiser of the series is Dr Rosa Filgueira Vicente.

We also list talks relevant to our work in the seminar series from the Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications (CISA), the Software Systems and Processes research group (SPP).

GeWWE - A Generic Web-based Workflow Editor

Speaker: 
Dr Sandra Gesing

Researchers often need to use workflows that have been developed by other experts in their field to handle specific parts of their work. Sooner or later they find that they want to use workflows from multiple sources that are written in different languages. Enacting multi-lingual workflows (or meta workflows) has been pioneered in a group of European projects. The next step is to be able to change them when they do not do exactly what you want. But that is not easy if you need to learn a different editor for each workflow language.

Date and time: 
Friday, 26 July, 2013 - 10:00
Length: 
45 minutes
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BonFIRE: Free access to multi-site Cloud testbed

CISA Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Kostas Kavoussanakis

Abstract: BonFIRE [1] is a multi-site testbed for Cloud and distributed applications. It is designed and operated as a specialised resource for testing and experimentation. The value of BonFIRE comes from functionality that one needs for testing and validation, but is not available from commercial Cloud offerings; combined with large, international scale that one may not get on owned clouds. BonFIRE also includes functionality to test network-related aspects.

Date and time: 
Monday, 17 June, 2013 - 14:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
IFG03

Bliss, ExTASY, DRIHMS and FrAGrenSCe: Get your AIMES Right!

NeSC Research Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Drs Andre Luckow and Shantenu Jha from Rutgers University

This will be a talk in two parts: In the first part, we will motivate via a series of applications the concept of a scalable and general-purpose Pilot-Job. We will discuss the P* Model of Pilot-Jobs and present BigJob a SAGA-based Pilot-Job. In the second part of the talk, we focus on extension of the Pilot-Job concept to the challenge of "Big Data". Science that involves and depends upon large amounts of data, also requires overcoming various challenges, including managing large-scale data distribution and co-placement/scheduling with computing resources.

Date and time: 
Friday, 5 April, 2013 - 10:00
Length: 
60 minutes
Location: 
Turing Room (5.42), Informatics Forum
Projects: 
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eBird: A Human/Computer Learning Network for Biodiversity Conservation and Research

NeSC Research Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Steve Kelling

eBird is a citizen-science project that takes advantage of the human observational capacity to identify birds to species, and uses these observations to accurately represent patterns of bird occurrences across broad spatial and temporal extents. eBird employs a global network of observers who have submitted more than 100 million observations of birds, making it one of the largest biodiversity data sources in existence. eBird employs artificial intelligence techniques such as machine learning to improve data quality by taking advantage of the synergies between human

Date and time: 
Thursday, 14 March, 2013 - 11:00
Length: 
60 minutes
Location: 
IF433

Supporting user communities with customised science gateways – The SCI_BUS project

Speaker: 
Dr Tamas Kiss,

Grids and clouds are providing robust infrastructures for scientific applications. However, the wider take-up of these technologies have been limited for a long time due to the lack of user friendly interfaces that enable e-scientists to get transparent access to these platforms.
Science gateways are frameworks (or toolsets) which incorporate applications, data and tools to enable running applications on Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) in a user friendly and intuitive way.

Date and time: 
Friday, 1 February, 2013 - 11:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
IFG03
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The SHIWA and ER-flow projects

Speaker: 
Michelle Galea, Malcolm Atkinson

A discussion of the SHIWA and ER-flow projects, based on the meeting held with ER-flow project members on Friday 18th January 2013 at the University of Westminster, London.

The SHIWA project was a 3-year EU-funded project that finished in August 2012. Its aim was to develop workflow interoperability technologies, more specifically, to enable e-scientists to run heterogeneous workflows (i.e. workflows created by different workflow systems), separately or combined, from a single platform, and on different distributed computing infrastructures.

Date and time: 
Tuesday, 22 January, 2013 - 13:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
IF115
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The BraINS databank

NeSC Research Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Dominic Job & David Dickie

Brain Images of Normal Subjects (BRAINS) bank and atlases are being developed with >1000 normal subjects from across the lifespan, to be expanded in the future to include subjects with disease. The images have been collected in centres across Scotland and are in a range of magnetic resonance (MR) sequences, including T1, T2, T2*, and fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR). When BRAINS is released these will be searchable by a wide range of metadata, e.g. blood pressure<140/90; age=85; MMSE>26.

Date and time: 
Friday, 14 December, 2012 - 10:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
Turing Room (5.42), Informatics Forum
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Forecasting volcanic eruptions

NeSC Research Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Andrew Bell

Unlike earthquakes, most volcanic eruptions are preceded by clear episodes of unrest. These precursory signals are the main basis for forecasting eruptive activity, yet the quality of such forecasts are unknown. I will describe physical and empirical models for eruption forecasting and our efforts to quantify their performance. This work includes a project to test models in real-time, using data from multiple experimental facilities and volcano observatories.

Date and time: 
Friday, 7 December, 2012 - 10:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
IF502
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Information Leakage Analysis in Open Multi-agent Systems: A Case Study in Cloud Computing

NeSC Research Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Shahriar Bijani

Open Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) have growing popularity and are predicted to have many applications in near future, as large scale distributed systems such as clouds become more widespread. However, A major practical limitation to open MAS is security.

Date and time: 
Friday, 30 November, 2012 - 10:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
IF502
Research topics: 

Programming GPGPUs using Cuda

Speaker: 
Fan Zhu

A brief introduction about GPGPU programming using CUDA.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, 21 November, 2012 - 13:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
IF115

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