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ECS academic on e-Science mission to United States

Published: 4 September 2009

Professor David De Roure of ECS is one of two British academics embarking on a visit to the US next week to establish changing practice in e-Science.

Professor De Roure, who directs e-Research activities at the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) and Professor Malcolm Atkinson, UK e-Science Envoy, are to spend 8 to 30 September on a fact-finding tour of the some of the US’s major institutions.

‘The US has major initiatives dealing with huge amounts of data, much bigger than we would normally see in the UK, so our trip will provide us with some good case-study material,’ said Professor De Roure. ‘This is an opportunity to find out how e-Science research is being done in the US and how it will be done in the future.’

Among the institutions to be visited by the academics are: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, University of New Mexico, Microsoft, Stanford, University of California, Irvine, University of California, San Diego, and Johns Hopkins University.

The academics will address topics such as: W3C web standards, public research data, cloud computing, collaboration and social science research, medical data, data-intensive workflows, global atmospheric data and national research data strategy.

By the end of their visit they plan to be able to recommend a strategy for researchers, data and service providers and research funders in e-Science research in the UK and to identify future research challenges. ‘There is a lot happening in e-Science research at the University of Southampton and I bring a Web 2.0 and social science perspective which may have led to Malcolm choosing me to join him on this mission,’ said Professor De Roure. ‘I believe that we will complement each other well, with me blogging and tweeting and with him writing the documents!’

For further information contact: Joyce Lewis; tel.+44(0)23 8059 5453

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