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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).

Interacting Quantum Observables, OR: Computing with Complementarity

CISA Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Ross Duncan (University of Oxford)

The defining feature of quantum mechanics is that the observable properties of a quantum system -- for example the position and momentum of a particle -- may not be well defined at the same time. In this work we develop the view that such non-commuting observables provide distinct ways of coding classical data into a quantum system.

Date and time: 
Thursday, 3 July, 2008 - 11:00
Length: 
60 minutes
Location: 
IF115

Reconciling Agent Theories of Interaction Using Argumentation

SSP Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Paul Martin

Knowledge dissemination is motivated by and in turn motivates interaction within theory-driven multi-agent systems. Agents form theories with which they interpret their environment, drawing upon accessible data sources which may be incomplete or themselves the product of interpretation.

Date and time: 
Tuesday, 10 June, 2008 - 12:00
Length: 
60 minutes
Location: 
AT701

Using the Rapid tool for rapidly generating a job submission portlet

NeSC Research Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Srihathai Prammanee

In many e-Science projects, portals are developed to allow an end-user to submit a computationally intensive task. Conventionally, the interface layouts of such portals and the portlets within, together with the job-submission functionality are created from scratch, manually generating, for example, JSR-168, JSDL or condor submit file.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, 18 June, 2008 - 11:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
Leith
Projects: 

The Self-adaptation to dynamic failures for efficient Virtual Organization formation in Grid computing context

Speaker: 
Liangxiu Han

Grid computing aims to enable “resource sharing and coordinated problem solving in dynamic, multi-institutional Virtual Organizations (VOs)”. However, due to the nature of heterogeneous and dynamic resources, dynamic failures in the distributed grid environment usually occur more than in traditional computation platforms, which cause failed VO formations. In this paper, we develop a novel self-adaptive mechanism to dynamic failures during VO formations.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, 28 May, 2008 - 11:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
Leith

Distributed SAT solving—A case study in distributed theorem proving

CISA Seminar Series
Speaker: 
Priya Gopalan

Theorem proving is a computationally intensive task with huge search spaces and as such, is a natural application area for the paradigm of concurrent and distributed programming.

Date and time: 
Friday, 2 May, 2008 - 11:00
Length: 
60 minutes
Location: 
AT601

GridMiner Demo

Speaker: 
Peter Brezany

Computational Grids, federations of geographically distributed heterogeneous hardware, software, databases, and other resources, are emerging in academia, between international research labs and within commercial organizations. Built on the Internet and the World Wide Web, the Grid is considered as a new class of infrastructure for 21st century science and business.

Date and time: 
Friday, 18 April, 2008 - 14:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
Cramond

Fast Approximate String Searching for Wikipedia, P2P and Biological Sequences

Speaker: 
Ela Hunt

Approximate string searching on natural language text uses database indexing only to a limited extent and does not work for short words. In biological string searching, indexing avenues are being actively investigated. In both contexts, suffix trees and n-grams are the main index types used.

Date and time: 
Thursday, 1 May, 2008 - 16:00
Length: 
60 minutes
Location: 
Newhaven

GridDrive: Mount the NGS on Your Desktop

Speaker: 
Ciaran Hearne

The Grid Drive project is an attempt to make data transfers to and from the grid more transparent. Using Fuse (http://fuse.sourceforge.net/) and a newly developed Fuse GSISSH module, users can mount grid resources on their local machine, making file transfers as easy as copying files locally.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, 5 March, 2008 - 11:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
Leith

The MESSAGE Project: A Mobile Environmental Sensing System Across Grid Environments

Speaker: 
Jeremy Cohen, Robin North

MESSAGE is a large e-Science Pilot project (~£4m) jointly funded by EPSRC and the DfT. The project is developing infrastructure to support wireless sensing of environmental data and the processing of this data using e-Science techniques. We will present an overview of the project and the field trials that are planned for various locations around the UK.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, 12 March, 2008 - 11:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
Leith

Overview of the int.eu.grid project middleware

Speaker: 
David Rodriquez Gonzalez

The int.eu.grid (i2g) project objective is to deploy a production interactive grid infrastructure with advanced visualization capabilities and parallel jobs support.
We will review some of the main middleware elements of the project that apart from their functionality are required to maintain EGGE-compatibility:

Date and time: 
Wednesday, 27 February, 2008 - 11:00
Length: 
45 minutes
Location: 
Leith

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