CISL Seminar Series: "Met Office Informatics Lab: New Approaches to Making Data Useful"

08/10/2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
ML 680 Tower B (Penthouse)

"Met Office Informatics Lab: New Approaches to Making Data Useful"

Niall Robinson
Met Office Informatics Lab
 
Atmospheric science is at a turning point. For decades, we have been making gains by improving the representation of physical systems in models, and running these models on ever more powerful HPCs. However, this time-tested approach is bearing less and less fruit. The resultant datasets are becoming larger, more complex and more unwieldy, and their value, whilst surely there, is becoming harder to extract. Disruption is increasingly likely to come from big technology firms than from other physical scientists.
 
It was with this in mind that the Met Office set up the Informatics Lab, a multidisciplinary research group tasked with finding new ways to make our data useful. This talk covers various Lab projects including distributed cloud analysis platforms, culture change in big organizations, and future lines of research.
 
Biography
 
Niall is the Deputy Head of the Met Office Informatics Lab. This research group comprises scientists, engineers, and designers, and is tasked with prototyping new ways the Met Office can deal with data. Before joining the Informatics Lab, Niall has researched seasonal/decadal forecasting, climate science and atmospheric aerosols in the Met Office Hadley Centre, and Manchester University.
 
Refreshments will be served at 9:45am!
 
Friday, August 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Mesa Lab, 680 Tower B (Penthouse)