Creating a cognitive eco-system – day one of the Hartree Hack

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This week sees the Hartree Centre run its first hackathon event at Daresbury. A three day event which brings together developers, designers and companies from a range of sectors all with the aim of creating the next big thing in web or mobile-based applications using IBM Watson APIs.

Duncan Sime introducing the Hartree Centre at the Hartree Hack
Duncan Sime introducing the Hartree Centre at the Hartree Hack

I’m a football fan. A Manchester United supporter for 40 odd years. The football was so poor last night (although we did win 3-1, I prefer a match that lifts you out of your seat), that I ended up having the “what are you doing tomorrow?” conversation with my significant other mid-way through the first half of the match.  Continue reading “Creating a cognitive eco-system – day one of the Hartree Hack”

Creating the UK’s first cognitive hospital at Alder Hey

Last week we announced our ground-breaking, multi-year collaborative research programme with Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust to create the UK’s first cognitive hospital.

Iain Hennessey. Credit: Alder Hey
Iain Hennessey. Credit: Alder Hey

Iain Hennessey is Alder Hey’s Clinical Director for Innovation and balances his role as a part time paediatric surgeon with the desire to constantly push the boundaries of what’s possible.

In this Hartree Insights – the blog, Iain talks about what the cognitive hospital project hopes to achieve using the power of IBM Watson technology.

Meet the man responsible for creating the hospital of the future. Continue reading “Creating the UK’s first cognitive hospital at Alder Hey”

7 reasons to attend the Hartree Hackathon on IBM Watson (18-20 May)

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Cognitive technologies are transforming how we understand, learn and make use of big data.

From the 18-20 May 2016, we’re holding our first Hartree hackathon event, with our partners at IBM Watson. Continue reading “7 reasons to attend the Hartree Hackathon on IBM Watson (18-20 May)”

Introducing the Hartree Centre Chemistry and Materials Programme

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In civil and mechanical engineering, the design process is done almost entirely by computer (think about the way bridges are designed). A long-held goal in radical chemical and materials product design is to shift from an ad-hoc, labour intensive and expensive process towards a more robust and adaptive computer aided paradigm.

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Tackling the data centre energy efficiency challenge

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The Energy Efficient Computing Research (EECR) programme at the Hartree Centre is investigating ways of improving the efficiency of its data rooms.

Our aim is twofold: To increase the efficiency of our data rooms – maximising our utilisation while minimising our energy consumption, and also to develop our data rooms into a model of evolving best practice. Continue reading “Tackling the data centre energy efficiency challenge”

Not just ‘big’ – bringing big data into line

What’s in a name? When it comes to taming big data, it’s easy to just see the challenge as being one of scale – just as the name implies. But as a non-specialist working in this area, I quickly discovered that it’s more complicated than that. And I’d like to use this post to explain why that’s the case.

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Why big data and cognitive computing are perfect partners

Welcome to our new Hartree Centre blog.

Our first few posts aim to shine a light on what’s happening here at Hartree and how this relates both to wider trends in cutting-edge computing and to the key challenges and opportunities facing UK industry today. It’s a chance for us to get to know each other a little better… so please do let us know what you think and what you’d like to hear from us about.

Let’s begin. If you’re fairly new to the world of big data, high performance computing and cognitive technologies then we hope that this is the place to start. So where better to kick off than with that ‘fashionable’ concept of big data… Continue reading “Why big data and cognitive computing are perfect partners”