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RSLondonSouthEast 2020 – 1-day workshop, Thursday 6th February 2020

On the evening of Wednesday 5th February 2020 a linked event on open software sharing will take place in collaboration with Open Research London at the Institute of Physics. Drinks will be available from 6pm and talks will begin at 6.30pm. You can find out more and register for the ORL event here.

RSLondonSouthEast 2020
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

Full talks are allocated 20 minutes (including time for questions), lightning talks are allocated 5 minutes.


09:00 – 09:30 Arrival and registration – tea, coffee and pastries available
09:30 – 09:35 Welcome
Jeremy Cohen, Imperial College London
09:35 – 10:10 Morning Keynote
James Hetherington
Incoming Director of e-Infrastructure, UK Research and Innovation
Data & Computers & Code & People: four infrastructural challenges for computational science and digital scholarship
In this talk, Dr James Hetherington, incoming Director of e-Infrastructure at UK Research and Innovation, will highlight present and upcoming challenges for the software, skills, data facilities, clouds and supercomputers that underpin digital research in the UK, and consider how the RSE community can help address them.
10:10 – 11:00 Talks session I
2 full talks, 2 lightning talks

Session Chair: Ilektra Christidi, UCL

Challenges of Managing Research Compute Platforms at The Turing (Full talk)
Tomas Lazauskas, The Alan Turing Institute

Multiple horses for multiple courses – reliably interfacing programming languages (Lightning talk)
John Lees, Imperial College London

Documentation: Not an API catalogue (Lightning talk)
Mayeul d’Avezac, Imperial College London

Inclusivity in tech? The label “women in tech” and its effect on the RSE community (Full talk)
Mariann Hardey, University of Durham; Joanna Leng, University of Leeds

11:00 – 11:20 Break
11:30 – 12:25 Talks session II
2 full talks, 3 lightning talks

Session Chair: Adam Witney, St George’s, University of London

Continuous Integration for Research Software (Full talk)
Christopher Cave-Ayland, Imperial College London

SciGateway & DataGateway: the portals to facilities science and facilities data (Full talk)
Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Louise Davies, Goel Biju, Emily Lewis, Stuart Pullinger, Catherine Jones
Scientific Computing Department, Science and Technology Facilities Council

A generic cloud-agnostic platform to support the execution of deadline-constrained workloads (Lightning talk)
Amjad Ullah, James Deslauriers, Tamas Kiss
University of Westminster

Creating scalable, reproducible bioinformatics pipelines with Snakemake and Anaconda (Lightning talk)
Sean Aller, Adam Witney
St George’s University of London

SHARPy: from a research code to an open-source software tool for the simulation of very flexible aircraft (Lightning talk)
Norberto Goizueta, Alfonso Del Carre, Arturo Muñoz Simón, Rafael Palacios
Imperial College London

12:25 – 12:45 Sarah King, UKRI EPSRC
12:45 – 13:00

Poster lightning talks
2-minute pitch from each poster presenter

  1. Euphonic: A Python package to Simulate 4D Neutron Datasets
  2. Software development for Emergency Planning, Preparedness and Response in Public Health
  3. A primer on front-end JavaScript frameworks
  4. Research code as a service
  5. Data Safe Havens in the Cloud
  6. Research citing software; software citing research
  7. Developing ‘Skull Base Navigation’ software for facial nerve surgery
  8. Deploying and auto-scaling scientific applications in the cloud using Terraform and MiCADO
  9. Can we “Move Fast” without “Breaking Things”?

Session Chair: Simon Hettrick, Software Sustainability Institute, University of Southampton

The poster session is sponsored by the Society of Research Software Engineering

13:00 – 13:50 Lunch and posters
13:50 – 14:25 Afternoon Keynote
Camilla Longden
Microsoft Research
Engineering the Future
At Microsoft Research in Cambridge, we truly aspire to transform the world through deep research. Machine learning is one of the most exciting research fields, and I’ll talk to you about how we’re using machine learning to truly transform the world – from datacentre storage to cancer treatment.

Session Chair: Iain Barrass, Queen Mary University of London

14:25 – 15:15 Discussion session

Facilitated round table discussions on a series of research software topics

15:15 – 15:35 Break
15:35 – 16:40 Talks session III
3 full talks, 1 lightning talk

Session Chair: Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, UKRI STFC

Designing and building ‘Colouring London’ to collect and visualise open building data (Full talk)
Tom Russell, University of Oxford

A trip to the operating room: combined imaging for guiding brain surgery (Full talk)
Anastasis Georgoulas, Roland Guichard, David Pérez-Suárez
University College London

SNAPPY Libraries for Surgical Navigation (Full talk)
Stephen Thompson, Tom Dowrick, Mian Ahmad, Matthew J. Clarkson
Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences, UCL

Development of the OptimUS library for high-intensity ultrasound propagation (Lightning talk)
Tuomas Koskela (RITS), Roland Guichard (RITS), David Pérez-Suárez (RITS), Pierre Gelat (Mechanical Engineering), Reza Haqshenas (Mechanical Engineering), Nader Saffari (Mechanical Engineering)
University College London

16:40 – 16:50 Closing comments