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Durham University

Advanced Research Computing

A Celebration of Our Diverse Strengths in Research Computing

On Wednesday 1st May 2019, Advanced Research Computing held their first Symposium and were officially launched by the University's Vice Chancellor & Warden, Professor Stuart Corbridge. The Symposium featured academics from all faculties and external partners who contributed to the conversation and shared their perspective on a variety of themes which celebrated Durham's diverse strengths in Research Computing. It was a great success and opened up many opportunities for collaboration with industry partners and interdisciplinary research throughout the University!

Thank you very much to our speakers who provided us with some very interesting topics which resulted in engaging conversations amongst our audience. Thank you also to Professor Kiran Fernandes & Professor Peter Heslin who chaired the two sessions and made sure the symposium ran in a timely manner!

Finally, a special thanks to our Vice Chancellor & Warden, Professor Stuart Corbidge, for kindly taking the time to join us at our evening reception and officially launching ARC as the dedicated Research Computing Support Unit for Durham University.

Please take a look at the presentations from our speakers and feel free to make any suggestions for future events that ARC could organise via We want to continue hold events like this one to develop the Research Computing community and build further collaboration across the University.

‘How Integral is Digital in Our Lives & How Can Advanced Research Computing at Durham Support This Curiosity?’

Dr Mariann Hardey, Durham University Business School.

Mariann is a social scientist and digital humanities scholar. Her research interests have been long concerned with mediated relationships and digital communications, while brining a richer comprehension of opportunities around working in technology into the process of leadership with a focus on supporting gender equality in tech in particular. Early on in her career Mariann utilised the use of digital interaction ethnographic research for use in marketing and business development for startup companies.

'The UK e-Infrastructure Roadmap'

Revd Dr Jeremy Yates, The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

'Antisocial Programming - Why Scientific Computing has to Avoid Communication'

Dr Tobias Weinzierl, Durham University, Computer Science

Tobias Weinzierl is an Associate Professor in High Performance and Scientific Computing at Durham University’s Computer Science department. He graduated from Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany and served there as PostDoc Scientific Project Manager for international research consortia in collaboration with KAUST and the Munich Centre of Advanced Computing.

'AI & Machine Learning'

Dr Noura Al Moubayed, Durham University, Computer Science

Dr Al Moubayed is an Assistant Professor at the department of computer science in Durham University, and a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Computing Science in Newcastle University. Dr Al Moubayed is an expert in machine learning and its application in real-life problems including healthcare, cyber security, and natural language processing.

'Quantitative Methods in Business: Towards Fully Distributed Markets'

Professor Julian Williams, Durham University Business School

Julian Williams Professor of Accounting and Finance at Durham University Business School. Julian is currently co-director of the cross university institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience and the Business School’s Centre of Quantitative Research in Financial Economics. Julian’s expertise is in the area of financial innovation and technology.

'Digital Humanities in Durham'

Professor Claire Warwick, Durham University PVC Research & Professor of English Studies

Claire Warwick is a Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of English at Durham University. She will complete her term as Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Research in August 2019. She was previously Head of UCL Department of Information Studies, and founding director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, and began her academic career as a lecturer at Sheffield University’s iSchool.

'Data-Intensive Research at Durham University - a snapshot'

Professor Frank Krauss, Durham University, Physics

Frank Kraus is a Professor in the Physics department at Durham University and is also the Co-director of the STFC-funded CDT for Data-Intensive Science at Durham. He completed his PhD at TU Dresden, followed by Postdoc positions at Technion (Israel), Cambridge & CERN (Switzerland) before joining Durham in 2006.

'Quantum Computing Research in Durham QLM'

Dr Nicholas Chancellor, Durham University, Physics

Nicholas Chancellor is currently an EPSRC UKRI innovation fellow in the Durham quantum light and matter section of the physics department, part of the Durham/Newcastle joint quantum centre. This fellowship focuses on using hybrid quantum-classical algorithms to see near term benefits on industrially important optimisation problems.

'Coalition Perspectives on US and UK Research Computing'

Dr Rajendra Bose, Columbia University, USA

Rajendra Bose, Ph.D. is the Director of Research Computing at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University. During 2017 and 2018 he served as the Chair of the US Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC), a 30-year old organization with over 85 university and supercomputing center member institutions.