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Grid Computing Now! is a Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), a key element of the Information and Communication Technology strategy within the DTI Technology Programme. Our aim is to help share knowledge and experience about the rapidly advancing field of grid computing between colleagues in the academic, industrial and public sectors to help you take advantage of this new wave of computing innovation. Visit us at www.gridcomputingnow.org.

We would like to invite all delegates to our drinks reception on the Tuesday evening. Invited speakers from industry and e-science will present their visions for what industry needs from e-science research and for how e-science can be exploited to create new UK industrial successes.

Website: www.gridcomputingnow.org


E-Science and Industry

Workshop, Sep 11 th 2007, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

The aim of this workshop is to encourage further collaborations between academic e-science & UK industry. Such collaborations might include new collaborative R&D projects, licensing of technology to existing companies or the creation of spin-off companies. The workshop will include presentations and discussion. It is part of the programme of the UK e-Science All-Hands Meeting. It will be followed by a drinks reception.

Prof. Jim Austin of Cybula Ltd. and the York University will describe his experience of transferring academic science into industry, including the benefits of working on commercially interesting challenges and the pitfalls that may arise. Prof. Austin's presentation will include suggestions on where to look for advice and support in launching spin-off companies.

Prof. Yike Guo of Inforsense Ltd. and Imperial College London will examine the factors that influence the success or failure of a new technology in the marketplace. Prof. Guo's talk will discuss the challenges of survival in the volatile software industry.

Dave Berry of NeSC and Grid Computing Now! will describe some of the opportunities that members of Grid Computing Now! see for further collaborations between members of the e-science community and UK industry.

You are encouraged to bring your own ideas to the workshop too! The workshop will finish with a discussion session, after which drinks will be served in the atrium.

Demonstrations of collaborative R&D projects will be given during the All-Hands Meeting at the Technology Strategy Board booth, which is organised by Grid Computing Now! . The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is an arms-length body of the DIUS and funds the KTNs and collaborative R&D projects. (The TSB was formerly part of the DTI).


5:00 Introduction & Welcome by the chair
Ian Osborne, Grid Computing Now! and Intellect

5:05 Commercialising Grids, an academics view
Jim Austin, Cybula Ltd. and York University

Cybula Ltd. was set up in 2000 to take technology to market from the work done in Jim Austin's group at York University . More recently this has involved commercialisation of the Signal Data Explorer (SDE) tool which originates from the DAME, BROADEN and now CARMEN e‑science projects. SDE is basically a search engine for signal data, mainly targeted at diagnostic and prognostic problems based on distributed data. Grids are currently used to manage distributed data and run search services at each distributed node on that data. The tool is now under trial at a number of companies and being turned into a product by Cybula. The talk will describe how the technology is being developed for commercialisation, our experiences with the new Grid market and lessons to be learned in spinning out new technology from a research group.

5:35 Making Workflows Work
Yike Guo, InforSense Ltd. and Imperial College London

Ingeniousness does not equal increased productivity, and the history of software is littered with corpses of brilliant ideas that failed to fulfil their promise and change the face of computing. Workflows seem a perfect fit for application construction and delivery in the era of heterogeneous, service-based tools, where every aspect of software, from algorithm to processing cycles is treated as a commodity in its own right. But what are the factors that will ultimately determine the success or failure of workflow technologies? Do they lie along the common lines of user acceptance and price levels, or are there more fundamental issues at stake, such as the capability to continually adjust to the changing face of the software industry and manage service coordination between multiple providers? The talk will address these questions and attempt to foresee the role of workflows in the future field developments.

6:00 Next-generation IT infrastructure: status and opportunities
Dave Berry, Grid Computing Now! and NeSC

Over the last two years, members of the Grid Computing Now! KTN have met many leaders in the deployment of grid and related technologies in UK industry. The KTN has organized a wide range of events and webinars, most recently culminating in the Grids Mean Business track at OGF20. Following OGF20, the KTN organized a workshop to explore the roadmap for the adoption of next-generation IT infrastructure in the UK . This talk will present the results of this work, including possible opportunities for R&D aimed at increasing the uptake of advanced IT infrastructures in UK industry.

6:15 Discussion

6:25 Drinks reception

Drinks will be available in exchange for tickets which will be handed out during the workshop.

Speaker Information

Jim Austin

Jim Austin holds the chair in Neural Computation in the Department of Computer Science at the University of York . He directs the Advanced Computer Architectures Group, consisting of over 35 members. His research is mainly in the area of computational methods and architectures inspired by neuroscience. This has found application in e-Science, Image analysis, Condition monitoring, search engines and many other areas. He works closely with many companies as well as founding and managing a small spin off company, Cybula, taking the results of the groups work out to industry. He is most well known for his work in the AURA pattern match technology which is a scalable pattern matching technology inspired from neuroscience. His current work is mainly applying these methods in distributed search. Through a number of e-Science projects including DAME (funded by EPSRC) and BROADEN (Funded by DTI) he has applied these methods to the diagnosis of engine maintenance events for Rolls-Royce. Lately the methods are being applied to the analysis of neuroscience data within the EPSRC pilot project, CARMEN.

More details can be found at http://www.cs.york.ac.uk/arch/NeuralNetworks/index.htm and www.cybula.com .

Yike Guo

Prof. Yike Guo founded InforSense in November 1999 to commercialize his group's pioneering Open Discovery Workflow technology for high-performance large-scale integrative data analysis, rapid application building and process knowledge management. He has led the company's growth since then. He is a world leading expert in large scale data mining and Grid computing and also serves as Technical Director of the Parallel Computing Center and Head of the Data Mining Group at Imperial College , University of London . Over the last four years he has led a number of significant academic and industrial research and development projects targeted at building next generation e-Science platforms for which he has gained UK and European funding in excess of £10million. He holds a PhD in Computing Science from Imperial College .

More details can be found at www.inforsense.com .

Dave Berry

Dave Berry is Deputy Director for Research & e-Infrastructure Development at the UK 's National e-Science Centre (NeSC). He is the technology lead of the Grid Computing Now! Knowledge Transfer Network, which is funded by the UK 's Technology Strategy Board to encourage the adoption of grid and related technologies by UK industry.

Dave gained a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Edinburgh , after which he worked in software houses for 10 years in Cambridge and Edinburgh . He joined NeSC in 2002.

Dave's technical interests focus on the secure management of distributed data. He leads the NeSC contribution to research projects that apply these ideas in support of statistical genetics, of the design of next-generation microchips and of fire safety for the future built environment. Dave is co-chair of the Open Grid Forum's OGSA-Data working group and was programme chair of OGF20.

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