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1st Meeting of the 196th Session (2016-2017)

The Big Data Revolution

Professor Richard Kenway

Professor Richard Kenway

Professor Richard Kenway OBE FRSE FInstP FLSW
Tait Professor of Mathematical Physics
University of Edinburgh

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 26th September 2016, at 7pm

Advances in computing technology are driving new ways of doing science. In our lifetimes, we’ve seen computational science mature, as parallel computing has led to supercomputers powerful enough to simulate physical systems. Today, the explosion of digital data that record all aspects of our environment and behaviour is building an enormous accessible resource for business and research. Will this so-called Big Data generate new knowledge and revolutionise our lives, or is it just marketing hype?

Professor Kenway’s research explores theories of elementary particles using computer simulation. As a Vice-Principal, he is responsible for the University’s provision of UK high-performance computing services and for promoting advanced computing technologies, computational and data science to benefit academia and industry. In the Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours, he was awarded an OBE for services to science. He established and chaired the Scientific Steering Committee of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, is a founder member of the UK e-Infrastructure Leadership Council and is a Trustee of the Alan Turing Institute.