Big Data for Big Science and Innovation


Data is everywhere. From the phone in your pocket to your laptop’s email inbox, hoards of data is being shared every second around the world as we centre our modern daily lives around technology.


At the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, experiments from the Joint European Torus (JET) and MAST Upgrade fusion devices generate huge amounts of information that physicists and other disciplines use to push forward global knowledge of this important future energy source. How do we make sense of this ‘big data’?


Effective analysis of big data needs to leverage advances in technologies such as sensing, connectivity and artificial intelligence, and the emerging concept of 'smart cities' provides an intriguing platform to solve the challenges of big data problems.


In a special talk at #ATOM2020 in conjunction with Dr Debasmita Samaddar at UKAEA, Dr Ralitsa Dragomirova from the Innovation Hub at Oxfordshire County Council will describe the wider concept of smart cities and summarise current efforts and future plans at Oxfordshire County Council. She will also talk about how emerging quantum technologies - an area in which Oxfordshire provides strong global leadership - may provide tools to address these problems.


Saturday, March 21st @ 4pm - The Amey Theatre
Tickets £5 (adult) / £2.50 (child) / free with Festival Pass - buy tickets now


Dr Ralitsa Dragomirova has a PhD in computational physics, studying quantum effects in nanoscale devices. She is currently a researcher at the Innovation Hub at Oxfordshire County Council, working on a number of innovation project exploring the optimal way to integrate innovative technology such as future mobility solutions, cyber security of connected networks and quantum technology in the function of the council. 

Dr Debasmita Samaddar, UKAEA Advanced Computing specialist, holds a PhD in Physics and is leading the efforts in developing Exascale targeted computer algorithms at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE). Big data management is a problem in nuclear fusion and is expected to be an issue in Exascale computing. Debasmita is keen on addressing all these problems and is excited to be part of an international effort that can one day solve the world’s energy problems.

Print Print | Sitemap
© Abingdon Science Festival | Registered Charity 1176186 | Privacy Policy at