At its 20 November 2006 meeting, the Science
Advisory Board recommended that the Institute should support
three submissions. These are:
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.'
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or +44 (0)131