James Hetherington

Director, Research Engineering

The Alan Turing Institute

James is the founding head of UCL’s Research Software Engineering Group, the first such group in the UK, and the Director of Research Engineering at the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.

Across these two institutions, he leads a team of twenty research software engineers and data scientists contributing to a huge range of data- and compute-intensive research. They build and use tools to analyse and present large research datasets, and create complex simulations running on state of the art supercomputers. Fields addressed include ancient Mesopotamian history, graph theoretical approaches to modeling chemical catalysis, intensive care big data, compressive sensing for the Square Kilometer Array, the history of trans-oceanic journalistic exchanges, data intensive engineering, brain blood flow simulations and DNA crime scene analysis statistics.

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