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Presentation by Tony Hey, Microsoft: "The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery"

Wednesday, March 23rd, 4:00-5:00pm
Presentation by Tony Hey
Sudler Auditorium, 100 Wall St. , Wine & Cheese reception to follow

The Fourth Paradigm:Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery
There is a sea change happening in academic research -- a transformation caused by a data deluge that is affecting all disciplines. Modern science increasingly relies on integrated information technologies and computation to collect, process, and analyze complex data. It was Ken Wilson, Nobel Prize winner in physics, who coined the phrase “Third Paradigm” to refer to computational science and the need for computational researchers to know about algorithms, numerical methods, and parallel architectures. However, the skills needed for manipulating, visualizing, managing, and, finally, conserving and archiving scientific data are very different. “The Fourth Paradigm” is as about data and the computational systems needed to manipulate, visualize, and manage large amounts of scientific data. A wide variety of scientists—biologists, chemists, physicists, astronomers, engineers – require tools, technologies, and platforms that seamlessly integrate into standard scientific methodologies and processes. This talk will illustrate the far-reaching changes that this new paradigm will have on scientific discovery.

Tony Hey Short Biography:
As corporate vice president in Microsoft Research, Tony Hey is responsible for worldwide university research collaborations with Microsoft researchers. Hey is also responsible the multidisciplinary eScience Research Group within Microsoft Research. Before joining Microsoft, Hey served as director of the U.K.'s e-Science Initiative, managing the government's efforts to build a new scientific infrastructure for collaborative, multidisciplinary, data-intensive research projects. Before leading this initiative, Hey led a research group in the area of parallel computing and was Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, and Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Southampton. Hey is a fellow of the U.K.'s Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded a CBE for services to science in 2005. He is also a fellow of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Physics, and the U.S. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Tony Hey has written books on particle physics and computing and has a passionate interest in communicating the excitement of science and technology to young people. He has co-authored popular books on quantum mechanics and on relativity.