Prof. Paul Watson is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Digital Institute at Newcastle University, UK. In the 80’s, as a Lecturer at Manchester University, he was a designer of the Alvey Flagship and Esprit EDS systems. From 1990-5 he worked for ICL as a system designer of the Goldrush MegaServer parallel database server, which was released as a product in 1994. In August 1995 he moved to Newcastle University, where he has been an investigator on research projects worth over $40M. His research interests are in scalable information management. This includes data-intensive e-science, grid and cloud computing.
Dr Hugo Hiden is the Technical Director of the UK North Eastern Regional e-Science Centre (NEReSC) at Newcastle University. His primary responsibility is the technical co-ordination of the various research projects within the centre. Prior to this, he spent 6 years in industry developing advanced data integration, analysis and modeling tools at Avantium Technologies and GSE Systems Inc. Hugo holds a PhD in the application of Genetic Programming to chemical process data analysis and has published numerous papers on the subjects of process monitoring, computer security and collaborative R&D.
Dr Simon Woodman is an expert in workflow systems and cloud based solutions. He was awarded a PhD from Newcastle University in 2008 for his work on decentralised coordination of workflows. Since then he has focussed on cloud application development and is one of the architects and engineers of e-Science Central. His research interests include the capture, storage and visulisation of data provenance, the design of cloud-scale systems for science and data mining for collective intelligence. Before his PhD he worked at IBM Hursley Labs, developing an Information Centre for the CICS transaction processing system.
Dr Jacek Cała is a Research Associate in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University. He joined the School in 2009 to work on .Net and the Windows Azure cloud platform and their application to e-Science. His main interests are in component-based, distributed solutions driving workflows and e-Science. Previously, Jacek worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at AGH-University of Science and Technology in Kraków where he was one of the key architects and developers of TeleDICOM, a system which supports remote medical consultations in over 20 hospitals and medical centres in the South of Poland. He holds an MSc and PhD in Computer Science from AGH-University of Science and Technology.
Mark Turner is a Research Programmer in the School of Computing Science at Newcastle University. He joined the team in 2012 upon completion of an MSc at Newcastle University. Prior to this he spent three years working in industry as a web application developer after graduating from Northumbria University in 2008. His main role is developing user interfaces for e-Science Central and a number of other applications.