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KQ Codes Technical Socials

The popular UCL Research Programming Technical Socials are now expanding, under the “Knowledge Quarter Codes” name, to welcome participation from academic and industrial organisations across the Knowledge Quarter and build a shared community of practice. The Knowledge Quarter is the area within a 1-mile radius of King’s Cross station, and hosts what is arguably the most dense concentration of scientific and knowledge-based organisations anywhere in the world.

These informal events are for anyone with an interest in the computational methods and technology behind research and innovation. They are an opportunity to get to know fellow practitioners, and to discuss and learn about useful tools and techniques which may help with your work. All are welcome, whatever your background or career stage!

The events are held monthly, usually 17.00-18.30 (although this has currently changed), with a format as follows:

  • Short talk on a tool, program, environment, language or technique of general interest to researchers, research software engineers and data scientists.
  • Discussion inspired by the talk, over pizza and drinks.
  • Optionally retire to an appropriate social venue.

We’re always on the lookout for speakers for future events. If you’re interested please contact us through the Slack forum or by email.

Upcoming events:

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Technical Socials will not be held in person. We will be using Microsoft Teams (although people can join through their browser without installing the application), and the events will be open to non-UCL participants as usual.

To keep up with announcements about our events, sign up to our mailing list or follow us on twitter.

Federico Nanni, Kasra Hosseini, Kaspar Beelen, Mariona Coll Ardanuy (Turing)TBD21 April 2021TeamsEventbrite

Previous talks:

DateSpeakerTitleSlides (if available)
March 2021Adam TysonWhole-brain microscopy image analysis and recording
February 2021David StansbyIngredients for successful domain-specific research software and recording
January 2021Stefan HelfrichKNIME - Visual Workflows for Pushing Data Literacy and recording

December 2020

Anna KrystalliPutting the R into Reproducible Research and recording
November 2020Rich FitzJohnResearch Software Engineering and the COVID-19 pandemic response and recording
October 2020Pieter VermeeschNew software for better geochronology and recording
July 2020Jim CownieGrowing up as a (software) engineer
June 2020Tom DeakinPerformance portability across diverse architectures

and recording
May 2020Joaquin RapelaDistributing and applying advanced statistical tools to better understand neural and behavioural recordings
April 2020Leila MuresanSoftware for the nanoscale: Microscopy image analysis at the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre
February 2020Mia Ridge, Mahendra Mahey, Harry Moss, Olivia Vane and Filipe BentoResearch software engineering at one of the world’s largest librariesSlides
January 2020Joe GreenerJulia: a natural language for computational biologySlides
December 2019Jay DesLauriersBuilding a Cloud Toolkit
October 2019Dr Mosè GiordanoJulia: A Fresh Approach to Numerical Computing
July 2019Sarah Stewart‘With the Software in the Library’ – Best practices for Research Software Management and CitationSlides
June 2019Dr Jonathan CooperPyBioPharma: cost-effective drug production, and lessons learned
May 2019Dr Andrew EdmondsonSoftware, theology, high performance computing, AI and RSEConUK 2019
April 2019Dr Owain KenwayAn overview of Research Computing services and how we provide them
March 2019Dr Setrak BalianClassifier for detecting propaganda videos on the web 
Februrary 2019Dr Sanaz JabbariAI Studio
January 2019Dr James SmithiesMaximising Research Capacity & Quality in Digital Laboratories: The Philosophy behind King’s Digital Lab
December 2018Dr David Wright and Robin RichardsonEasyVVUQ: Error bars for everyone
November 2018Prof Luca ViganòExplainable SecuritySlides (UCL account required)
October 2018Dr Tom DowrickSoftware Engineering for Novel Surgical Devices and Technique
July 2018Dr Jeremy CohenRunning Scientific Applications on HPC Infrastructure Using Singularity: A Case Study
June 2018Dr Chris RichardsonInterfacing Python to C++: some experiences with the FEniCS ProjectSlides
May 2018Dr Peter BloomfieldThe Machine Intelligence Garage; removing barriers from the AI startup ecosystemSlides
April 2018Prof. Anthony SteedRise, Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality 
March 2018Dr Stewart Martin-HaughThrowing away 99.999975% of your data: triggering at the ATLAS experimentSlides
January 2018Dr Tomas PetricekThe Gamma: Democratising data scienceSlides
November 2017Dr Olivia GuestGerrymandering and computational redistrictingSlides
October 2017Dr Marc WarnerAI in the cloud with SherlockML 
July 2017Dr Jeremy MetzImage processing in the biological sciences: classical vs machine learning approaches 
May 2017Dr Wadud MiahModern Fortran for Computational ScienceSlides
April 2017Dr Daniel BuchanDeploying your data analysis pipelines as services for others 
March 2017Dr Daniel HanloniRODSSlides
January 2017Dr Vince KnightProperty based testing in a research setting



December 2016Dr Jonathan CooperCardiac Electrophysiology Web LabSlides
November 2016Dr Kris De MeyerMonte-Carlo with Julia in the CloudSlides
October 2016Dr Gabriele PierantoniInformation Flows: a possible direction for the future of scientific computational infrastructuresSlides
July 2016Dr Thomas KluyverExperiences from the Jupyter development team 
June 2016James GeddesCellular: A proposal for less awful modelsSlides
May 2016Prof Tony HeyThe Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive ScienceSlides
April 2016Dr Tom DoelData sharing with GIFT-CloudSlides
March 2016Ms Raquel AlegreMaking sense of geospatial data with CartoDB mapsSlides
February 2016Dr Jeremy AppleyardProfiling GPU codeSlides
January 2016Dr Derek GroenFabSim: facilitating computational research through automation on large-scale and distributed e-infrastructures.Slides
December 2015Dr Dan BuchanWrite Less CodeSlides
November 2015Dr Marzia RiviParallel programming: a brief discussionSlides
October 2015Dr Ian SillitoeScalable Web Engineering at UCLSlides
September 2015Dr Ulf SchillerNumerical Approximation, Friend or Foe?Slides