One of the projects I have been involved with recently was a collaboration with the Agents, Interaction, and Complexity group at University of Southampton. The same group who we are also involved with in the Orchid project. This particular project was on Measuring and Predicting Departures from Routine in Human Mobility, building on the PhD work by James McInerney (now at Princeton) and his paper Breaking the Habit.
It is well known that humans generally follow very regular and predicable mobility patterns, both spatially and temporally. Lots of work has looked at exploiting and predicting those patterns but much less so on looking specifically at departures from those regular patterns. What can we learn from those departures from routine? How predictable are they?
Update: We now are an official association!
I recently attended the first Workshop for Research Software Engineers at Oxford University. Organized by the SSI, I was on the steering committee and this event came out of our position paper last year. Hot on the heels of a recent article in the Times Higher Education, the aim of the workshop was to bring those people together who work in research labs but actually spend most of their time writing software.
Topics of discussion focused around the importance of software in research, software development workflows, quality control, notable tools, getting recognition for software (a real problem in academia), the role of funding bodies, and career progression. Continue reading
I am very happy to announce that after my initial musings on the role of software developers in research and the follow up position paper there will now be a full blown workshop on the topic! It is driven by the SSI and my involvement is as a steering committee member.
It will be held on 11 September 2013 at the Oxford eResearch Centre. Directly after the Digital Research conference.
You can register now on our Eventbrite site.
Software is a fundamental part of research, and research software engineers are fundamental to good software. Despite this, the role is not well understood in the research community and the missing reward structure in academia often drives them away.
The workshop will bring together people from academia, research labs, and industry to network and discuss:
- the role of software and its developers in a research environment
- the importance of quality software for enabling high quality, reproducible research
- best practices and tools
- reward structure and career path
More details on the Software Sustainability Institute Event Page.
See you there.