Charla: “eScience, Semantic Computing and the Cloud”



Charlista: Dr. Tony Hey, Corporate vice president of the External Research Division of Microsoft Research.


Día: miércoles 3 de noviembre
Hora: 10:00 hrs.
Lugar: Auditorio del Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación (DCC). Av. Blanco Encalada 2120, tercer piso, Santiago.




In the future, frontier research in many fields will increasingly require the collaboration of globally distributed groups of researchers needing access to distributed computing, data resources and support for remote access to expensive, multi-national specialized facilities such as telescopes and accelerators or specialist data archives. There is also a general belief that an important road to innovation will be provided by multi-disciplinary and collaborative research – from bio-informatics and earth systems science to social science and archaeology. There will also be an explosion in the amount of research data collected in the next decade – 100’s of Terabytes will be common in many fields. These future research requirements constitute the ‘eResearch’ agenda. Powerful software services will be widely deployed on top of the academic research networks to form the necessary ‘Cyberinfrastructure’ to provide a collaborative research environment for the global academic community.


The difficulties in combining data and information from distributed sources, the multi-disciplinary nature of research and collaboration, and the need to move to present researchers with tooling that enable them to express what they want to do rather than how to do it highlight the need for an ecosystem of Semantic Computing technologies. Such technologies will further facilitate information sharing and discovery, will enable reasoning over information, and will allow us to start thinking about knowledge and how it can be handled by computers.


This talk will review the elements of this vision and explain the need for semantic-oriented computing by exploring eResearch projects that have successfully applied relevant technologies. It will also suggest that a software + service model with scientific services delivered from the Cloud will become an increasingly accepted model for research.


About the speaker


As corporate vice president of the External Research Division of Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for worldwide external research (ER) collaboration in Microsoft Research. He leads the company's efforts to build long-term public-private partnerships with global scientific and engineering communities, spanning broad reach and in-depth engagements with academic and research institutions, related government agencies, and industry partners. Hey manages the U.S.-based external research group for North and South America, and the multidisciplinary eScience Research Group.


Before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.'s e-Science Initiative, managing the government's efforts to provide scientists and researchers with access to key computing technologies. Before leading this initiative, Hey worked as head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, and dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Southampton, where he helped build the department into one of the most respected computer science research institutions in England.


His research interests focus on parallel programming for parallel systems built from mainstream commodity components. With Jack Dongarra, Rolf Hempel and David Walker, he wrote the first draft of a specification for a new message-passing standard called MPI. This initiated the process that led to the successful MPI standard of today.


Hey is a fellow of the U.K.'s Royal Academy of Engineering. He also has served on several national committees in the U.K., including committees of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry, and the Office of Science and Technology. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics, and the U.S. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).


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