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Open Science Data Cloud NSF PIRE Workshop

Monday, 16 July 2012 at 09:00 - Thursday, 19 July 2012 at 14:00 (BST)

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Type End Quantity
Monday 16 July: Workshop attendance Ended Free  
Tuesday 17 July: Workshop attandance Ended Free  
Wednesday 18 July: Workshop attendance Ended Free  
Wednesday 18 July - Dinner at the Cellar Door Ended Free  
Thursday 19 July: Workshop attendance Ended Free  
Thursday 19 July - Group Outing: Rosslyn Chapel Ended Free  

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Discovering precise information from complex and heterogeneous data using cloud computing

16-19 July 2012

School of Informatics

University of Edinburgh



Prof. Robert Grossman PhD, University of Chicago
Dr. Heidi Alvarez PhD, Florida International University
Dr. Adam Barker, University of St Andrews
Prof. Malcolm Atkinson, University of Edinburgh


Monday 16 July

Building Background and Collaboration through tutorials


09:00 Registration

09:30 Welcome & introductions: everyone self introduce

10:00 Using the OSDC for data-intensive research  Bob Grossman

11:00 Break

11:30 OSDC tutorial continues Bob Grossman

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Open Linked Data tutorial Ewan Klein (tentative)

15:30 Break

16:00 Data-intensive workflow languages (DISPEL) Malcolm Atkinson & Paul Martin

17:30 Wrap up

17:40 Depart for the Sheep's Heid

Walk to the Sheep’s Heid & book meet in the Skittles room.


Tuesday 17 July

Data-Intensive Challenges & Solution Strategies


09:30 Session 1 Applications in Image Processing

1. Making Brain Images Private and Easily Processed David Rodriguez

2. Extracting better information from brain images faster Fan Zhu

3. MATSU Talk on NASA Image Processing (TBD)

10:30 Break

11:00 Session 2 Applications in Earth Systems

4. Supporting Earth Scientists with Diverse Requirements Iraklis Klampanos

5. Requirements and Common Operations of Environmental Research Infrastructures in Europe Paul Martin

6. Seismic Data-Collection Networks from West Indies (TBD)

12:45 Lunch

14:00 Session 3 Seeing a Bigger Picture

7. Image Processing and Capturing in the Ophthalmology Industry Jano van Hemert

8. ”Social & S/E Issues” (Title TBA) Ian Sommerville

15:30 Break

16:00 Session 4 Invited Speakers – Technical Advances in Using Cloud Computing

9. Monitoring the Cloud Jonathan Ward

10. Economic Cloud Computing Gary McGilvary

11. OSDC cluster and San Palo Lee Navarro

17:00 Free Time


Wednesday 18 July

Collaborate to build better highways “From data to knowledge” using the OSDC


09:00 Session 5 Information from Biological Images

Welcome (Malcolm & Bob)

12. Extracting spatio-temporal information from 3D gene-expression images to infer genetic functions Richard Baldock &/or Iain Overton (MRC HGU Edinburgh) (TBD)

13. Data-mining strategies over gene-expression Images Liangxiu Han (Manchester)

14. Processing Microscopy Images Donald MacDonald (TBD)

10:30 Break

11:00 Session 6 Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

15. Someone suggested by Bob or Heidi on biological data mining/image processing research (TBD)

16. Talk on Species & Behaviour Recognition from Video (fishing4knowledge Bob Fisher &/or Douglas Armstrong’s group on Drosphila behaviour) Douglas Armstrong

17. Discussion on collaboration opportunities: led by Bob Grossman

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Session 7 Improving the Power of OSDC

18. Improving High-Speed Networks and Protocols Cees de Laat   U of Amsterdam TBD

19. Scalable Data-intensive Workflows Adam Barker (St Andrews)

20. Measuring and Accelerating Data-Streaming Workflows Chee Sun Liew (TBD)

15:00 Break

15:30 Session 8 Gleaning Global Information from the Internet

21. Cloud computing & Social media Alex Voss (St Andrews) (TBD)

22. Exploiting semantics on the web Oscar Corcho (Madrid) (TBD)

17:00 Wrap-up discussion (15 minutes)

18:00 Dinner at the Cellar Door


Thursday 19 July

Collation of the Problems we face: formulation of specific issues we can tackle


09:00  Group discussion (led by Dr. Atkinson & Dr. Alvarez)

Voting for the top 3-4 issues

09:30 Session 9 Group work tackling chosen issues

11:00 Break

11:15 Further group work

12:30 Report back session

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Group outing to Rosslyn Chapel 


The workshop venue will be the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, please see the map to the top right.


Details on how to reach the Forum are provided at the below links:


The workshop will take place on the fourth floor, in room 4.31/4.33 with registration available in Mini Forum 2 on Monday 16 July.

As catering will be provided, please let me know of any dietary requirements or allergies you may suffer from so the caterer can be informed in advance.

If you have any questions about the venue, or arranging your travel and accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact me:


Suzanne Perry

+44 (0) 131 650 2685


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When & Where

Informatics Forum
10 Crichton Street
EH8 9AB Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Monday, 16 July 2012 at 09:00 - Thursday, 19 July 2012 at 14:00 (BST)

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