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RSLondonSouthEast 2024: Workshop Schedule
Huxley Building, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College London, 180 Queen’s Gate, SW7 2RH

Full talks are allocated 10 or 15 minutes (plus time for questions), lightning talks are allocated 5 minutes.

Select a talk title to view the abstract, or view all abstracts on the abstracts page.

09:15 – 10:00 Arrival and registration – tea and coffee available
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome and introduction
Ilektra Christidi, UCL & Jeremy Cohen, Imperial College London
10:10 – 10:50
Keynote speaker: Marion WeinzierlKeynote: Lead from within the research technical professionals community

Marion Weinzierl, Institute of Computing for Climate Science, University of Cambridge

Abstract: The RSE community has traditionally seen itself as a grassroots movement. While there is now support and steering coming from funding agencies and Heads of RSE leading central groups at universities, there is still a (greater than ever) need for leadership from within the community. We are also currently seeing a rapid growth of our community to represent a much wider range of technical professionals and grassroots activities will play an important role in supporting this change. This talk will look at how research software developers, and other digital technical professionals, can actively contribute to developing and shaping the fields of research software, research data and research computing infrastructure. Ultimately, I’ll show how each individual research technical professional, with a bit of stubbornness dedication, can define their own place within the research community.

Marion is a Senior Research Software Engineering at the Institute of Computing for Climate Science (ICCS) at the University of Cambridge, and currently Interim Engineering Co-Lead of the ICCS RSE team. She has a background in Computer Science and Scientific Computing, and has worked in computational science and research software engineering both in academia and in industry. Marion holds a M.Sc. degree (German Diplom) in Media Informatics from Ulm University, a Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.) in Scientific Computing from the Technical University of Munich, and has been active in the RSE and HPC communities for several years.

10:50 – 11:10 Sponsor talks: UKRI-EPSRC (Tony Chapman) and The Society of Research Software Engineering (Evelina Gabasova)
11:10 – 11:40 Coffee Break
11:40 – 12:45 Talks session I
Session Chair: Maria Broadbridge, University of Reading

A custom transpiler for flexible code generation
James Knight, University of Sussex

OpenGHG – A community platform for greenhouse gas data analysis
Prasad Sutar, University of Bristol

Lab Management: Strategic integration of technical teams (Lightning talk)
Pamela Mellen, King’s College London

Enhancing Community Engagement and Contribution through the R Development Guide
Saranjeet Kaur Bhogal, Imperial College London

12:45 – 13:00 Poster lightning talks
Chair: Jay DesLauriers, Imperial College London
A 2-minute lightning talk from each poster presenter

Responsible AI assessment and development: centring communities in requirements elicitation
Samantha Callaghan, King’s College London & Abdenour Bouich, University of Glasgow

Presenting a Workflow of Automating UI software Testing and Reviewing a Commercial Case Study
Amalie Shi, Adaptix

Integrating XIOS into the neXtSIM-DG next-generation sea ice model
Joe Wallwork, Institute of Computing for Climate Science, University of Cambridge

The HPC and RSE Experience Programme
Adrian D’Alessandro, Imperial College London

STEP-UP: A Strategic TEchnical Platform for University technical Professionals
Jeremy Cohen, Imperial College London

Enhancing Community Engagement and Contribution through the R Development Guide
Saranjeet Kaur Bhogal, Imperial College London

Integrated data management for a highly collaborative and multiomics projects
Mike Gavrielides, The Francis Crick Institute

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch and posters
14:15 – 15:30 Panel session: Research Technical Professionals Showcase: Highlighting the contribution of technical roles in modern research

Chair: Martin O’Reilly, The Alan Turing Institute


Mahmoud Abdelrazek, UCL

Tony Chapman, UKRI-EPSRC

Arianna Ciula, King’s College London

Gwen Dawes, University of Cambridge

Emily Lumley, Imperial College London

Each panellist is representing a different area of the developing digital Research Technical Profesional (dRTP) field. The session will begin with four 5-minute lightning talks covering the software, data, computing infrastructure/HPC and research engagement perspectives.

15:30 – 16:00 Break: Refreshments and posters
16:00 – 17:00 Talks session II
Session Chair: Tom Roberts, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Solar Alchemy: Transforming Magnetic Field Data In Space With Lossless Compression
Edward Fauchon-Jones, Imperial College London

ReCoDE – A Collection of Exemplar Programming Projects for Cognitive Apprenticeship
Chris Cooling, Imperial College London

Swarmchestrate – Application-level Swarm-based Orchestration Across the Cloud-to-Edge Continuum (Lightning talk)
Tamas Kiss, University of Westminster

Integrated data management for a highly collaborative and multiomics projects (Lightning talk)
Mike Gavrielides, The Francis Crick Institute

Environmentally-aware use of GitHub Actions
Diego Alonso Álvarez, Imperial College London

followed by
Workshop closing comments

17:00-18:30 Post workshop reception – drinks and networking