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The e-Science Institute is pleased to announce the outcome of its recent Call for Theme proposals.

At its 20 November 2006 meeting, the Science Advisory Board recommended that the Institute should support three submissions. These are:

Theme 4: Spatial Semantics for Automating Geographic Information (GI) Processes to be led by Dr Femke Reitsma (School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh) and Prof. Werner Kuhn (Institute of Geoinformatics, University of Münster) with Dr Alia Abdelmoty (School of Computer Science, Cardiff University) which will commence in January 2007.

'Up to 80% of information is spatially referenced in some way, yet that information is often unusable without expert interpretation. This theme aims to formalise the semantics of geographical data, to improve data integration, support automated reasoning, and enable cross-disciplinary scientific computing.'

Theme 5: Distributed Programming Abstractions: What are the Challenges for Distributed High-Performance Applications? to be led by Dr Shantenu Jha (Centre for Computation and Technology, Louisiana State University) with Prof. Peter Coveney (Department of Chemistry, University College London) and Prof Gabrielle Allen (Centre for Computation and Technology, Louisiana State University) to commence in March 2007.

'Computing infrastructure is changing ever more rapidly, yet scientists still use the same programming methods for distributed computing that they are accustomed to using on isolated machines. How should scientific programming change to fit the new world of distributed computing?'

Theme 6: e-Science in the Arts and Humanities to be led by Lorna Hughes, Sheila Anderson, Tobias Blanke and Dr Stuart Dunn (all at the Arts and Humanities E-Science Support Centre, King's College London) and commencing in April 2007.

'The arts and humanities have substantial commonalities with e-Science, from highly dispersed content, to deep data and text mining, and to visualisation and simulation. This theme will show how e-Infrastructure can support innovative research in the arts and humanities, expanding its use beyond the early adopters.'

Further information on these themes and opportunities for becoming involved will appear on the eSI website as the themes develop. If you are interested in being a visitor while any theme is running, please consider applying to our Visitor Programme.

More information on these and other eSI themes is available at: http://www.nesc.ac.uk/esi/themes/index.htm

To propose a theme or if you have any questions, please contact Anna Kenway by email anna@nesc.ac.uk or Telephone +44 (0)131 650 9818

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