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Research Councils UK : UK e-Science Programme Press Release

Sixth UK e-Science All Hands Meeting

10-13 September 2007, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham

The UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, now a regular fixture on the conference calendar, reports the latest results in e-Science and provides a forum for discussion and demonstration of a broad range of e-Science projects from all disciplines. There will be 31 exhibitors at this year's meeting and more than 500 delegates, including participants from Australia , Korea , the Netherlands , Japan , and the US .

Highlights include:

  • The use of virtual globes, such as Google Earth, to visualise environmental data;
  • New techniques to extract more meaningful information from medical images;
  • How e-Science techniques are enabling environmental scientists to devise strategies to combat pollution;
  • How e-Science enables the delivery of healthcare at home using personal monitors;
  • New text mining tools for extracting new, hidden knowledge from vast quantities of published text;
  • Sharing virtual reality exhibitions over the grid.

The conference is a forum for all e-Science researchers, developers and users, no matter what their discipline. Sessions will address key grid middleware issues, as well as scientific applications, including how to make e-Science usable, integrating data on the grid, virtual research environments, text and data mining, security, visualisation on the grid, and ontologies and the semantic web. e-Science results and achievements will be demonstrated at a major exhibition throughout the week.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Malcolm Atkinson, UK e-Science Envoy, The Future of e-Science
  • Dr Satoshi Sekiguchi, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology , Japan , A Design of the GEO Grid: Systems of Systems federating Geospatial Data and Services
  • Professor Thomas Kirkwood, University of Newcastle , UK , The Grand Challenge of Population Ageing: e-Science to the Rescue
  • Professor Anders Ynnerman, Linkoping University , Sweden , Medical Visualization Beyond 2D Images
  • Professor John Wood, Principal Designate, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London , Building a UK e-Infrastructure
  • Dr Timothy W. Foresman, President International Center for Remote Sensing Education, USA , Digital Earth: The New Digital Commons
  • Dr Thomas Hartkens, Chief Technical Officer of IXICO, IXI(CO): Progressing a scientific GRID project to an end-to-end solution

The conference is organised by the National e-Science Centre (NeSC) and co-sponsored by the e-Science Core Programme and the JISC. Other Sponsors include Esteem, Microsoft, GridComputingNow! and Clustervision. The event is supported by the British Computer Society.

To attend or for further information please email: Alison McCall, alison@nesc.ac.uk or Judy Redfearn judy.redfearn@epsrc.ac.uk

Conference website http://www.allhands.org.uk/

Contacts

Alison McCall, NeSC Project Officer, National e-Science Centre, email: alison@nesc.ac.uk tel: 0131 651 4783

Judy Redfearn, e-Science/Research communications officer, JISC/e-Science

Core Programme e-mail: judy.redfearn@epsrc.ac.uk tel: 07768 356309

Notes for editors

  1. e-Science enables better, new research by giving researchers access to resources held on widely-dispersed computers as though they were on their own desktops.  The resources can include many digital data collections, very large scale computing resources, scientific instruments and high performance visualisation.
  2. A grid allows these different resources to work together seamlessly across networks, enabling people to share them, often across traditional boundaries, and form virtual organizations. The vision is to facilitate collaborative working in multi-disciplinary teams by providing easy access to a grid via web interfaces, and powerful tools to organise computing tasks. e-Science has the potential to smooth out inequalities in research investment by making resources available to those who could not afford their own.
  3. The UK e-Science Programme is a coordinated initiative involving all the Research Councils. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funds the e‑Science Core Programme which supports the generic facilities that users and potential users of e-Science tools and techniques need to further their research.
  4. The UK e-Science Programme as a whole is fostering the development of IT and grid technologies to enable new ways of doing faster, better or different research, with the aim of establishing a sustainable, national e-infrastructure for research and innovation which meets the aims of the government's Investment Framework for Science and Innovation 2004-2014.  e-Science and the e-infrastructure are thus contributing to the economic success of the UK .
  5. Further information at www.rcuk.ac.uk/escience , the National e-Science Centre (NeSC) www.nesc.ac.uk and the individual research councils:
  6. JISC is a joint committee of the UK further and higher education funding bodies and is responsible for supporting the innovative use of information and communication technology (ICT) to support learning, teaching, and research. It is best known for providing the JANET network, a range of support, content and advisory services, and a portfolio of high-quality resources. Information about JISC, its services and programmes can be found at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/
  7. Development of the tools and technologies for e-Science are a subset of JISC's 'e-Research' activities. In 2002, it established its Committee for Support of Research to fund projects that establish best practice and develop prototype services and tools for the research community. JISC's funding of development projects therefore complements the Research Councils' funding for research projects.
  8. Activities jointly supported by the Research Councils and JISC include UKLight, the national switched circuit optical network, and the National Grid Service.
  9. The National e-Science Centre (NeSC) delivers national services for the UK e-Science programme. NeSC runs national and international meetings and workshops for the e-Science development community, including the annual UK e-Science All Hands Meeting. Through the GridNet programme, NeSC provides funds for UK researchers to participate in international standardisation efforts. NeSC is the first affiliate member of the National Grid Service.

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