Hartree Centre Summer Schools 2016 will address big data skills shortage
07 Apr 2016




The Hartree Centre Summer Schools 2016 are focusing on some of the most sought-after skills demanded by todays employers


With more than 48K job listings for data scientists on LinkedIn right now, but with fewer than 20K people registered with that title, the growing skills shortage in big data analytics has never been more evident.

In an increasingly digital world, computing and data interpretation have become fundamental to our way of life, from the way we interact with the world and develop new ideas, to the way we conduct research and do business across all sectors.

To enhance early career researchers’ job prospects and upskill high-tech workforces, the Hartree Centre Summer Schools 2016 are focusing on some of the most sought-after skills demanded by today’s employers - high performance computing (HPC), big data, engineering simulation and visualisation.

Alison Kennedy, Director, at the Hartree Centre said: “Technologies and tools in areas such as big data are transforming the way that successful businesses compete on a global scale, but there is this huge unmet demand for the data scientists they need to be able to make sense of all the valuable information that is available to them today. So whether you work in high performance computing or software engineering, or you are a chemist, statistician, biologist or even an astrophysicist, there has never been a better time to sharpen your skills in these highly employable and much-demanded areas. Knowledge in any or all of the subjects we are focusing on at the Hartree Summer Schools 2016 could be of massive benefit to any current or future career.”

Located at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire, the Hartree Centre is offering four separate week-long programmes in these four influential and in-demand subjects, and delegates can book onto as many or as few of the following weeks as they feel are relevant as a rate of £150 per week:

Week 1: Big data, 13 June 2016 - Learn about the opportunities and challenges that big data & analytics presents, and gain real life hands-on experience using them, skills which you can transfer into your everyday work.

Week 2: Engineering simulation, 27 June 2016 - Learn about the future capabilities of engineering simulation through innovative open source and proprietary software platforms. Discover novel techniques for dealing with uncertainty and multi-scale effects in the large-scale parallel finite element analysis of structures.

Week 3: Visualisation, 11 July 2016 - Discover the latest tools and techniques in visualisation that will enable you to develop applications that make sense of complex information quickly and easily.

Week 4: High performance computing, 18 July 2016 - Learn how to develop applications that will run successfully and efficiently on the top 20 machines of theTop500 list, now and in the future.

More detailed information about the Hartree Centre Summer School, the course leaders and lecturers and FAQs.

To take part you should be a researcher in academia or industry who encounters complex application problems that require significant HPC, visualisation, big data, and/or engineering simulation resources. You may be nearing completion, or will have already achieved, a PhD (or equivalent) in a scientific or engineering discipline that uses computation as a tool. You will have some experience of programming in high level programming language (e.g., Fortran, C, C++) and in parallel programming (e.g., MPI, OpenMP, or CUDA), or visualisation or big data, an understanding of mathematical and computational methods for the solution of partial differential equations, plus an understanding of how these tools can be applied.