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Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science

20 Oct 2017

UCL's Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science

Starting September 2017

UCL has been selected, after a highly competitive process, to host STFC's first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in data intensive science (DIS). DIS encompasses a wide range of areas in the field of 'big-data' including the collection, storage and analysis of large datasets, as well as the use of complex models, algorithms and machine learning techniques to interpret the data. The Centre will primarily carry out research in STFC's flagship Data Intensive Science projects, in High Energy Physics and Astronomy, which have been at the forefront of DIS research for several decades and provide the ideal training ground for DIS.

Over 50 academics from across UCL will be involved in the Centre. This includes academics from the High Energy Physics, Astrophysics and the Atomic and Molecular Physics groups in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, as well as academics from the departments of Space and Climate Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and Statistical Science. The CDT's vision is to provide a unique studentship experience, that will produce highly trained and employable PhD graduates with advanced and widely applicable skills in DIS, who will ultimately become the future leaders of this field in both academia and industry. In addition, by bringing together DIS experts from a range of sectors and fields, it will promote the development of new DIS techniques or the application of existing techniques to new areas, which will have a wide and significant impact on all sectors.

For more information on the CDT, please contact: Prof. Nikos Konstantinidis or Prof. Ofer Lahav

A candidate Higgs Event from the ATLAS detector. There are over 100 million collisions in the ATLAS detector per second, but only a tiny fraction of the collisions will create a Higgs boson. Quickly and effectively analysing these huge datasets for a tiny signal has resulted in the ATLAS experiment being at the forefront of developments in data intensive science.