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The Core e-Science Programme announces 7 new Centres of Excellence to augment the existing National and Regional e-Science Centres. The purpose of these Centres of Excellence is to;

  • Add and coordinate expertise in technologies and applications important to e-Science
  • Add experience and resources to the existing UK e-Science Grid
  • Add regional coverage to the existing UK e-Science Grid
  • Host Access Grid nodes for multi-site remote conferencing

The 7 new Centres of Excellence are;

  • The White Rose Grid - lead by Professor Peter Dew, this is a consortium of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Building on the experience of the White Rose Consortium - see http://www.whiterose.ac.uk/ - and coordinating e-Science activities of the three Universities, the White Rose Grid will add expertise core competencies in Real-time Distributed Design Support and Diagnostic Systems and Real-time Distributed Collaborative Visualisation Services.
  • UCL - lead by Dr Saleem Bhatti, this centre builds on UCL's acknowledged expertise in Networked Systems - building upon the strength and breadth of the existing Networked Systems Research Group (NETSYS - http://www.netsys.ucl.ac.uk/) - a strong inter-departmental collaboration - and its demonstrated engagement in many high profile national and international networking projects.
  • Bristol - lead by Professor Mark Birkinshaw and involving a large number of departments from across the University of Bristol, Bristol will create a Centre specialising in e-Digital Media, applying digital media techniques to achieve interactivity with e-Science data using the computational power of the Grid and display resources of an Access Grid node
  • Lancaster - Dr Robert Crouchley leads a consortium from across Lancaster University, specialising in e-Social Science. It will accelerate the development of a new kind of computing and data management infrastructure for the social sciences. It will also support the increasingly national and global collaborations emerging in many areas of social science.
  • Birmingham - Midlands e-Science Centre of Excellence at the University of Birmingham focuses on "Modelling and Analysis of Le Complex Systems" as its area of excellence, lead by Professor Marta Kwiatkowska. The Centre also links to e-Science activities at the University of Warwick.
  • Reading - Dr Keith Haines leads the Reading Environmental e-Science Centre (RESC), run jointly by the departments of Meteorology and Computer Science. The aim of the centre is to develop environmental web and grid services in collaboration with the Met Office, the Environment Agency and the commercial environmental sector. This Centre is jointly funded with NERC.
  • Leicester - The e-Science Centre of Excellence at the University of Leicester is lead by Dr Mike Watson. It builds on local expertise in astronomy, astrophysical modelling and space research and linking into key local activities such as their major involvement in the AstroGrid project and in running the UKAFF national facility. This Centre is jointly funded with PPARC.
See our map for the location of the new e-Science Centres of Excellence.


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