Duke of York opens new Hartree Centre building
13 Jun 2017



On 31 May, the Hartree Centre welcomed HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and invited guests to a formal event marking the official opening of the Hartree Centre building.




The visitors received an overview of Sci-Tech Daresbury campus and brief demonstrations from Hartree Centre staff and our partners.

First, they experienced a 3D heart visualisation presented by our partners at The Virtual Engineering Centre and Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. The visualisation can be used by surgeons to explore the heart prior to surgery.

Also among the demos were two of the Hartree Centre's collaborative projects with IBM Research. One of the projects is using big data analytics to map mobile phone signal strength across the UK.

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A second demonstration showed how researchers at the Hartree Centre and IBM Research are using cognitive computing techniques to streamline optimisation calculations used to design better aerofoils in engineering. 

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We used a demo to highlight some of the work we have completed in partnership with Unilever - looking at product formation through an accessible user interface to model molecule structure in shampoo formulations. HRH went on to view demonstrations from IBM Research who have optimised algorithms that allow engineers to develop more innovative and effective aerofoil designs more quickly and at a reduced cost, providing a competitive advantage for industry.

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Staff from across the Hartree Centre and our partners were on hand at the event to discuss key projects and initiatives with visitors. This was a great opportunity for individuals to talk about their work and the wider impact we are having was a chance to show off parts of our new supercomputer, Scafell Pike, the first Bull Sequana supercomputer in the UK.

Visitors heard speeches from Alison Kennedy, Director of the Hartree Centre and Michael Rosenfield, Vice President, Data Centric Systems at IBM Research. ​The event came to a close with a speech from the Duke of York who showed a great deal of enthusiasm and respect for the innovation and industrial engagement at the heart of the Hartree Centre's mission.​