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Rocket surgery for PickCells

Author: Mike Jackson
Posted: 14 Dec 2018 | 17:33

PickCells usability evaluation PickCells is image analysis software developed by the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) at The University of Edinburgh. PickCells allows biologists to explore multidimensional biological images of stem cell niches, organoids, and embryos. In late October, with the assistance of six researchers, we evaluated the usability of PickCells to help guide its future development.

To run our usability evaluation, we followed Steve Krug's highly-recommended and very readable book "Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems". This book describes a practical way to carry out usability evaluations with minimal overhead.

Scottish Administrative Data Research Partnership

Author: Mark Sawyer
Posted: 13 Dec 2018 | 16:34

EPCC has received funding via the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to continue its work with the Scottish Administrative Data Research Partnership (S-ADRP).

The aim of the partnership is to enable research that leads to policy decisions that will in turn will help Scotland progress towards the vision outlined in the National Performance Framework. This framework helps to shape high level research priorities for Scottish Government, including tackling poverty, providing quality jobs and fair work for all, and ensuring that we live in inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe communities. S-ADRP consists of a number of Strategic Impact Programmes (SIPs) each dealing with a research priority.

Applications to Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2019 are now open

Author: Guest blogger
Posted: 10 Dec 2018 | 10:59

By Raniere Silva, Community Officer at the Software Sustainability Institute.

Apply to the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2019.

The Software Sustainability Institute is pleased to announce applications to our Fellowship Programme 2019 are now open. Below we detail the application process and what to expect from us during the recruitment and post-recruitment stages.

Data-driven innovation for business

Author: Thomas Blyth
Posted: 6 Dec 2018 | 16:12

In February EPCC will host an event to explain why data driven innovation is important for industry. We will also showcase how companies are already using data technologies to enhance commercial performance.

There is a lot of hype around big data and big computing for business, but it is undeniable that the influence of data-driven innovation will be profound.

The expertise and support available in Scotland has created a massive opportunity for our engineering and manufacturing sectors and, with the launch of the £500m Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) strand of the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region Deal, this is an exciting time for exploring how technology can benefit business.

Edinburgh Research Software Engineering (RSE) meeting at Edinburgh College of Art

Author: Giacomo Peru
Posted: 26 Nov 2018 | 18:07

The community of Edinburgh research software engineers (CERSE) held their second gathering on Wednesday 21st November in the Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) main building. 

The meeting was attended by around 50 participants, an interesting mix of researchers, software developers, systems admins and research support/management staff, from the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. It is intended to keep these gatherings open to all Higher Education and research institutions of the Edinburgh area.

VESTEC: saving the world one byte at a time

Author: Nick Brown
Posted: 15 Nov 2018 | 16:21

With jobs submitted to a batch system, supercomputing has traditionally been centred around an offline, non-interactive approach to running codes such as simulations. However, it is our belief that there is great potential in fusing HPC with real-time data for use as part of urgent decision-making processes in response to natural disasters and crises.

Industry projects round up

Author: Thomas Blyth
Posted: 12 Nov 2018 | 15:05

2018 continues to be a busy year for EPCC in terms of industrial collaborations. Here's an overview of some of our recent partnerships.

EPCC is now a Women in HPC Chapter

Author: Lorna Smith
Posted: 9 Nov 2018 | 15:17

We are very pleased to have been accepted as a Women in HPC (WHPC) Chapter, a community-level group that fulfils the WHPC mission locally.

EPCC was one of the founders of WHPC, and the introduction of the Chapter and affiliate pilot programme is a source of pride, particularly as this will allow WHPC knowledge, expertise and activities to be tailored to the needs of local HPC communities.

New Prosperity Partnership to develop world first in high-fidelity engineering simulations

Author: Michele Weiland
Posted: 5 Nov 2018 | 14:44

A consortium led by Rolls-Royce and EPCC was recently awarded an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership worth £14.7m to develop the next generation of engineering simulation and modelling techniques, with the aim of developing the world’s first high-fidelity simulation of a complete gas-turbine engine during operation.

Your data is secure with EPCC!

Author: Anne Whiting
Posted: 29 Oct 2018 | 15:19

Here at EPCC we aim to be a leader in the secure hosting and management of huge and varied datasets to support data research. For example we host and manage Safe Havens on behalf of the Farr Institute and Scottish Genome Partnership, with a Safe Haven for the Alan Turing Institute under development. 

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