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Research IT Services

UCL Information Services Division,

Podium Building, 1 Eversholt Street,

London NW1 2DN

rits@ucl.ac.uk

Recent blog posts

The Python’s Tale

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 14:49:02 +0000

Being able to write a computer program is an incredibly useful skill for anyone to have and more and more researchers are finding that they need to learn at least the basics in order understand how their data is being treated. There are a lot of courses freely available online, where people can learn pretty [...]

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Institutional HPC and Cloud services

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:59:47 +0000

There is a fundamental dissonance between how we do HPC today and how Cloud services are presented to their users. In HPC users are directly exposed to the finiteness of resources by having to work with a scheduler, which more often than not wraps around their application – the computation happens implicitly and in a [...]

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The Craftsperson and the Scholar (bringing together the best of two archetypes)

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:31:27 +0000

(This entry was originally posted on the Software Sustainability Institute Blog) At Digital Research 2012, I presented a position paper with colleagues regarding the role of the Research Software Engineer. This paper followed on from a discussion I led at the Collaborations Workshop and some very interesting blog posts by Dirk Gorissen and Ilian Todorov. [...]

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Who we are

Gavin McLachlan

Gavin McLachlan

Director, Research IT Services

I have a BSc in Computer Science from Dalhousie University and an MBA from Loyola Marymount, with many years of experience as a Director of IT Operations and Systems. I joined UCL in 2009 and have been Director of Research IT Services since its formation in 2012.

Clare Gryce

Clare Gryce

Head of Research Computing and Facilitating Services

I have a BA in Natural Sciences and a MSc in Computer Science (UCL), with service management experience gained in a variety of commercial environments. I've led the establishment and evolution of UCL’s central research computing activity since it was founded in 2006.

Max Wilkinson

Max Wilkinson

Head of Research Data Services

I am responsible for building and developing a large scale storage and research data management facility for UCL researchers and to preserve research data as an institutional asset.

Graham Hunt

Graham Hunt

Head of Research IT Applications and Services

I've been an IT professional for over 30 years with experience across a variety of sectors, including 19 years within Pharmaceutical R&D leading service delivery for applications used by over 10,000 scientists globally. I joined UCL in 2011 as Head of Research IT Applications.

James Hetherington

James Hetherington

Research Software Development Team Leader

I am a research software developer, combining the skills and experience of a computational scientist with those of a professional software engineer. I work with researchers to produce maintainable, usable, well-tested research software.

Neena Goward

Neena Goward

Research Applications Team Leader

I'm responsible for managing service operations for UCL's Research Publications System (RPS), Institutions Research Information System (IRIS), full text repository and the Research Equipment catalogue. I have a systems support and software development background.

Mauro Ballabio

Mauro Ballabio

Senior Research Applications Analyst Developer

For the past 2 years I've been involved in rewriting the IRIS web application in Java, having over 15 years of experience in Java development. My broad experience gives me a complete picture of the whole application, allowing me to design and develop software consistently.

Jo Lampard

Jo Lampard

Senior Research IT Services Facilitator

I'm responsible for providing advisory, outreach and engagement services across all of RITS, and for coordinating related user training programmes. I have a chemistry and crystallography background with many years of experience supporting national IT services.

Owain Kenway

Owain Kenway

Research Computing Analyst

After completing my PhD studying ways to efficiently run molecular dynamics simulations on a distributed computational grid, I spent a brief period writing software for research before joining ISD. I regularly deliver our High Performance Computing course.

Mayeul d'Avezac

Mayeul d'Avezac

Research Software Developer

I'm a research software developer and a specialist in computational physics with a PhD from Universite Paris VI. I worked as a staff scientist at the USA National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado from 2007-2012 before joining RITS in 2013.

Jens Nielsen

Jens Hedegaard Nielsen

Research Software Developer

I'm a research software developer with a PhD in Physics from the University of Aarhus, where I also carried out research in Optical and Molecular Physics, developing simulation and modelling software and multithreaded software for experimental data acquisition and analysis.

Gary Macindoe

Gary Macindoe

Research Software Developer

I'm a research software developer with a PhD from UCL in the research and development of high performance numerical linear algebra routines on hybrid multi-core and GPU accelerated systems.

Daniel Hanlon

Daniel Hanlon

Research Data Storage Architect

I'm a software engineer and medical doctor, with experience in cross-disciplinary environments and a rare combination of technical skills developed during 8 years designing and implementing computational tools and frameworks to facilitate the work of experimental scientists. After 7 years at STFC e-Science, I joined UCL in 2011.

Brian Alston

Brian Alston

Research Computing Analyst

I've worked in UCL's central IT service for over 25 years, focusing on user account management and supporting academic applications software. I joined the Research Computing team a couple of years ago where I help staff the Helpdesk, support academic applications like R, Mathematica and Matlab and run software licence managers.

Alastair Smith

Alastair Smith

Research Data Storage Engineer

My job requires a jack of all trades approach to get our high end data storage system up and running and help our users to find the best way of using it. I'm generally interested in learning about and generating solutions involving cutting edge technology.

Ian Kirker

Ian Kirker

Research Computing Analyst

I joined the Research Computing team in 2012 after completing my PhD in computational chemistry (simulation of covalency and complexation in actinides) at UCL. I share responsibility for staffing the Research Computing helpdesk and also help deliver our High Performance Computing training.

Tom Couch

Thomas Couch

Research IT Services Facilitator

One of the things I really like about being a facilitator is talking to researchers about their work to find out how we can help them. The variety of different subjects that are benefiting from IT now is fantastic and I want to see this expand even further.