Consumer Data Research – “R” Courses

logo_largeThe Consumer Data Research Centre at Leeds is pleased to offer two R courses in September, comprising of an introductory and a more advanced course. The courses will take place in their newly opened training suite at the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics.

Introductory R for Spatial Analysis:
Date: 16/09/15
Time: 9:30 – 17:00

As spatial datasets get larger more sophisticated software needs to be harnessed for their analysis. R is now a widely used open source software platform for statistical analysis and is increasingly popular for those working with spatial data thanks to its powerful analysis and visualisation packages.  This course introduces the basics of how R can be used for spatial data. No previous experience of computer programming is required.
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R for Big Data (2 Days):
Date: 17/09/15 + 18/09/15
Time: 9:30-17:30

The last decade has seen an increase in the amount and variety of data across many disparate disciplines. Analysing this data is non-trivial, and traditional point-and-click tools often lack flexibility when dealing with “Big Data”. This two day course looks at leveraging R’s power for dealing with large data sets. The course covers the advantages and limitations of using R, and provides practical advice for getting the most out of your data.
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HPC and Big Data Summit 2015


UK High Performance Computing & Big Data Summit 2015

Date: 3rd February 2015
Location: QEII Conference Centre, London
Description: This CPD Certified Course will provide a unique forum for the HPC community, including scientists, engineers, educators, researchers and developers in academia, industry and government, to discuss policies surrounding the development of the UK’s e-infrastructure, address challenges, share new ideas and applications, and explore future and emerging technologies to boost research excellence and enhance the competitiveness of UK business and industry.

To view the conference agenda click here
To find out more or enquire about “Early Bird Pricing”, please contact Hannah Chipperfield at

Big Data mission to New Zealand, February 2015

The British High Commission in New Zealand is pleased to announce that it will host a UK-to-NZ mission on Big Data to visit Wellington and/or Auckland, New Zealand around 17 to 20 February, 2015.

A UK Big Data mission will support commercially-orientated collaborative research in New Zealand’s emerging big data, complex systems, and applications research sector. The mission will coincide with two New Zealand conferences on Big Data.

The first conference ( will be held in Wellington. Entitled Multicore, it will include Computing for SKA (Square Km Array telescope) in New Zealand. Now on its 4th edition, world experts will come together for two days of sessions in high-technology evolution and its applications. Collocated with Multicore (17-18 February) is the workshop “HPC in the Cloud -the case of the SKA” (19-20 February). More details should be announced soon on the conference website. Note, the High Commission will also shortly announce a mission on ‘Sensors in the Built Environment’.

The second conference on Neuro-Computing and Evolving Intelligence (NCEI’15 )will be held at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), 19-20 February 2015 in the Sir Paul Reeves Building, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place in, Auckland. The theme of the conference is ‘Intelligence Information Technology for Big Data’ and topics will include:

  • Novel methods of computational intelligence,
  • Neurocomputing and neuroinformatics, Bioinformatics,
  • Data mining and decision support, Pattern Recognition and the Study of Creativity.:
  • Big and Stream Data Analytics
  • Spiking Neural Network Computation
  • High Performance Neuromorphic System
  • Novel Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)
  • Novel Motion Data Analysis Technology
  • Predictive Personalised Modelling of non-Communicable Diseases
  • Predicting Response to Treatment
  • Personalised Modelling in Bioinformatics
  • Predictive Modelling on Ecological and Environmental Data
  • Big Data in Radio-Astronomy
  • Computer Vision and Image Processing for Dynamic Data Analysis
  • Visualisation of Scientific Data
  • Novel Human-Computer Interfaces
  • Complex System Optimisation
  • Collaborative and Distributed Systems Design

Some funding (up to £1500) will be available to some 4 UK R&D participants who seek to pursue a commercially-orientated collaboration with NZ (on a first-come basis for those who qualify). You are encouraged to register and attend one or both conferences according to your interests. Registration details should be available from the websites in the near future.

Please respond to the questions below and e-mail if you would be interested to join the mission.

Questions for UK applicants:

  1. Name and position of applicant:
  2. Applicant’s organisation name and address:
  3. Nature of your organisation’s business and R&D interest:
  4. Organisations you would like to meet in New Zealand:
  5. Types of R&D collaboration you wish to pursue in NZ, and potential contacts
  6. Any other comments.

Further Information

You may also wish to visit organisations of interest in New Zealand before or after the meetings, and the High Commission will be pleased to assist in making the necessary contacts and arrangements.

You will need to book your own travel and accommodation. We understand that the Expedia website sometimes offers good deals on flights to NZ. Try the conference website and the Wotif site for a good overview of Auckland and Wellington hotels. You will also find useful information about New Zealand business and travel at

Participants will need to follow a Claims procedure. One way to do this, once you have (for example) been approved for funding and bought your air ticket for £1500 or more, will be to claim as soon as purchased, from BIS (Business, Innovation and Skills) in London. Flights count as one of the acceptable pre-payments. Note: if you travel above premium economy, you will need to show the premium economy price and claim only for that portion.

New Zealand uses 230 volts AC at 50 Hz. Plugs are Australian type with slanting pins. New Zealanders do not generally follow the custom of giving a tip to waiters, taxi drivers, and other service people.

Mathematics and Digital Science Consultation

Horizon 2020 is offering many opportunities for researchers to contribute and shape the future of the programme. This particular online consultation aims to explore how mathematics can help science to better address the Big Data and high performance computing (HPC) challenges.

This consultation will stay open till 30 September 2014 and will gather opinions about:

  • The role of mathematics in big data
  • The role of mathematics in HPC, in particular exascale computing
  • The role of e-infrastructures in maths
  • The impact of applied and industrial mathematics on innovation
  • The preparation of the FET Proactive (HPC) and/or the e-Infrastructure Work Programmes 2016-17 under the Excellent Science pillar of Horizon 2020
  • Other suggestions for new mathematics related topics to be discussed online or in an upcoming workshop, including new practices in mathematics that could be stimulated by e-infrastructure and online collaborative media

If you would like to contribute or would just like more info (including reading the ongoing discussion) please visit this link:

Funding available for informatics in health care improvement research

The Health Foundation’s £1.6 million Insight funding programme is an open call for original research ideas on informatics in health care improvement.

We are inviting researchers to submit proposals on how new technologies and data will support transformational change in health and care in the UK.

Each project will receive between £250,000 and £500,000 for research completed over two years.

Visit to find out more.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon, Monday 28 July 2014.