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Research Computing Symposium 2022 & Nimbus Launch Event

Join in this large gathering of Bath's Research Computing community. Hear inspirational speakers, share best practices, network and start new collaborations.

  • 22 Sep 2022, 9.30am to 22 Sep 2022, 5.30pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • The Chancellors' Building, University of Bath
  • This event is free
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Our last Research Computing Symposium gathered PhD students and senior academics from across campus.

Hear inspirational speakers, learn how fellow researchers use HPC to advance their research and share best practices.

The event is a also great opportunity for you to network and establish collaborations with other supercomputing users.

Venue: The Chancellors' Building, Room 2.6

Morning session

9.30 Registration and refreshments in the foyer
10.00 Welcome and introduction, Professor James Davenport

10.05 Official launch of the Nimbus cloud supercomputer
Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President

10.15 Turbocharging your research with cloud HPC + AI
Dr Stefano Angioni, Research Computing Manager (Acting)

10.30 Keynote Talk: Modelling clouds in the cloud
Richard Lawrence, IT Fellow - Supercomputing, Met Office

11.15 Refreshments and delegation photography

11.45 Using 3-D satellite observations, spectral analysis and HPC to produce the world's largest climatology of atmospheric waves, Dr Neil Hindley

12.00 Surface-to-space atmospheric waves from Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai eruption, Dr Corwin Wright

12.15 Cluster-based HPC solution for logistic regression, random forest and XGBoost algorithms to predict memory impairment in older adults, Dr Prasad Nishtala

12.30 Simulations of the Realheart Total Artificial Heart Using a Novel Fluid-Structure Interaction Approach: The Influence of Heart Rate Variation, Joe Bornoff and Dr Katharine Fraser

12.45 Lunch in the foyer

Afternoon session

13.45 Afternoon Keynote: Future development of the Azure HPC platform, applications and intelligent services, Laura Parry, Senior HPC + AI Senior Specialist at Microsoft

14.15 Exact conservation laws for neural network integrators of dynamical systems, Dr Eike Mueller

14.30 Applications of multireference methods in computational chemistry, Dr Elizaveta Suturina

14.45 Survival analysis of a wave energy convertor, Dr Haoyu Ding

15.00 Rapid-fire poster presentations. Presenters: Samuel Espley, Samuel McCallum, Dr Kit McColl and Dr Lee Nissim.

15.15 Break and poster viewing

15.45 Electronic structure of two dimensional materials, Professor Daniel Wolverson

16.00 Using in-plane anisotropy to engineer Janus monolayers of rhenium dichalcogenides, Dr Marcin Mucha-Kruczynski

16.15 Anion-polarisation: Induced short-range-order in the heterocationic lithium-ion cathode material Li2FeSO, Dr Samuel Coles

16.30 Constraining the nuclear symmetry energy parameters with resonant shattering flares, Duncan Neill

16.45 A molecular dynamics approach to modelling oxygen diffusion in PLA and PLA clay nanocomposites, Dr Jasmine Lightfoot

17.00 The Electronic Structure and Cooperative Reactivity of a Highly Unusual Magnesium Sodium Complex, Dr Samuel Neale

17.15 Presentation of prizes and close of symposium
17.30 Pizza reception in the foyer

Who should attend

  • Current and prospective users of Bath's Research Computing environments
  • Researchers and PhD students doing computationally and data intensive research

External speakers

We are excited to have two excellent external speakers at this year's Research Computing Symposium.


At the end of the Symposium, we will award four Surface Earbuds for the best contributions to the Symposium. The prizes are kindly sponsored by Microsoft.

Prizes will be given to:

  • Best Contributed Talk
  • Best Poster
  • the top two 'Runner-up best Contributed Talk'

Symposium Organising Committee

  • Stefano Angioni, Research Computing
  • Shaunagh Downing, Mathematical Sciences
  • Lee Nissim, Mechanical Engineering
  • Conn O'Rourke, Research Computing
  • Sanne Terry, Research Computing


The symposium is held in The Chancellor's Building Room 2.6 which has level access with double-width automatic doors and lifts inside the building. Detailed info about venue accessibility.


Close to the centre of campus, The Chancellors' Building is a modern and versatile events hub.

The Chancellors' Building University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


If you have any questions, please contact us.