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August 2018

On Complexity in Distributed Systems

In early July, I was in Vienna, attending and presenting at the 38th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems....
In early July, I was in Vienna, attending and presenting at the 38th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems. In some ways, this felt like going home as distributed systems has been my core disciplinary area for over thirty years. In other ways, I felt like an outsider as...
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July 2018

Join the team to walk Lancaster’s Mill Race

Revealing the Mill Race is a small research project being carried out within Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communication,...
Revealing the Mill Race is a small research project being carried out within Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communication, Imagination Lancaster and Highwire Centre for Doctoral Training, funded by the Ensemble project. We are exploring how communities and businesses who experience flooding can contribute their knowledge, experiences and memories...
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March 2018

Biodiversity Sprint – Launch Workshop

The Ensemble team is now shifting their focus from digital technology and flood risk management to digital technology and biodiversity....
The Ensemble team is now shifting their focus from digital technology and flood risk management to digital technology and biodiversity. To launch our new ‘sprint’ we held a workshop at Brockholes in Preston, on the 12th and 13th March, with a number of guests and experts from across the country....
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February 2018

Revealing the Mill Race: a research project to explore Lancaster’s hidden waterway

What is the Mill Race and why does it matter? The Mill Race is a channel of water that lies...
What is the Mill Race and why does it matter? The Mill Race is a channel of water that lies underneath some of Lancaster's low-lying streets. In medieval times, the Mill Race gained its name, powering mills near what is now Damside Street and Dye House Lane. Over the succeeding...
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January 2018

Understanding Extreme Waves

Just before Christmas, I was invited to speak at the 10th CMStatistics Conference at Senate House at the University of...
Just before Christmas, I was invited to speak at the 10th CMStatistics Conference at Senate House at the University of London. The conference is one of the largest Statistics conferences with over 1700 attendees. I was presenting my doctoral research at the conference; this was a great opportunity to revisit...
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November 2017

Manchester Science Festival

In October the Ensemble team joined with others from JBA Trust, the Environment Agency, the Cuidar project and HighWire Centre...
In October the Ensemble team joined with others from JBA Trust, the Environment Agency, the Cuidar project and HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training to deliver a series of installations at the Manchester Science Festival (MSF17). The installations, which were located on the ‘Pi Platform’ in the Power Hall at Manchester...
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October 2017

Ideas as Seeds

“I love the concept of an idea: when you have an idea, it hasn’t got any molecules until you’ve incarnated...
“I love the concept of an idea: when you have an idea, it hasn’t got any molecules until you’ve incarnated it in some way by making a sketch, or making a note to materially recognise the impulse. If you don’t do anything with it, the idea evaporates!” David Nash, Sculptor...
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September 2017

Summer interning: digital technology and flooding

Computer Science can offer a lot to facilitate the work of environmental science; most apparent being the enhancement of tools...
Computer Science can offer a lot to facilitate the work of environmental science; most apparent being the enhancement of tools and sensors used by environmental scientists. However, the focus on my internship has taken the perhaps less considered route of enhancing the reach and application of environmental science through Computer...
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September 2017

Summer interning: Supraglacial Lakes

This summer I have had the opportunity to join the Ensemble team as an intern working with the Lancaster University...
This summer I have had the opportunity to join the Ensemble team as an intern working with the Lancaster University Environmental Science department and funded by NERC. Though my main research has not been affiliated with any of Ensembles main projects, the team welcomed me with open arms and were...
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August 2017

Rapid urbanisation and the urban heat island, a case for Models in the Cloud

Lagos, Nigeria is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. The cities’ population has doubled since 2000 to...
Lagos, Nigeria is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. The cities’ population has doubled since 2000 to 13 million and is set to double again by 2030 (UN). This rate of expansion will have undoubtedly lead to social and infrastructure risks to the city. One of the...