Mr Neil Chue Hong
I am the PI and Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, a national facility for research software users and developers providing specialist software engineering skills to drive the continued improvement and impact of research software.
My current research interests are in community engagement and development, software sustainability and the integration and analysis of data. I work with research communities across the UK and globally to promote and enable the improvement of important research software through consultative advice; collaborative partnerships; and long-term engagement.
From 2007-2010 I was Director of the OMII-UK, based at the University of Southampton, which provides and supports free, open-source software for the UK e-Research community. During this period, I was Technical Manager of the JISC-funded NeISS social simulation project, and Project Manager of the JISC-funded ENGAGE initiative, which interviewed 50+ researchers across the UK and commissioned 14 exemplar projects which addressed the current barriers to the use of e-Infrastructure in research domains including chemistry, Earth systems modelling, digital humanities, and medicine.
I am or have been a member of the OGF, NGS, nanoCMOS and ADMIRE boards, and the Globus Incubator Management Project.
Prior to this I was a Project Manager and Consultant at EPCC working primarily in the Software Development Group. The focus of my work was in the area of Grid Computing; I led the Data Access and Integration projects (OGSA-DAI, DAIT) at the centre and was the development WP leader of the EC FP6 NextGRID project. I also worked with Scottish SMEs, primarily on machine vision and image processing projects, and in areas as diverse as: fishing net simulators, drilling control software, heart analysis, image archiving, semiconductor probe inspection, genetic expression in mice and mushroom sorting.
I have taught courses on Practical Software Development, Scientific Visualisation and Introduction to the Grid, and supervised various student projects for the EPCC Summer Scholarship Programme, the MSc in High Performance Computing, the MSc in e-Science and the Google Summer of Code.
Previously, I gained experience in the Business Systems department of Elida Faberge and was first at EPCC as a student on the Summer Scholarship Programme. I completed an MPhys degree in Computational Physics from the University of Edinburgh.
In my spare time I play a lot of badminton, work to provide better access to films across Scotland and am a trustee of the world’s oldest purpose-built students union.