HPC-SIG Meeting, Queen’s University Belfast

01/07/2019 @ 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Queen's University, Belfast
A Turner


Time Activity
10:00-10:30 Arrival, Registration and Coffee
10:30-10:45 Chair’s update
10:45 – 11:30 Carpentry Connect (Martian Callahagn)
11:30 – 12:00 Belfast City Deal,  Project Goals and timescales (Dr.  Seamus Doyle)
12:00-12:30 Network with colleagues from the Republic of Ireland
12:30-13:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 – 14:00 ICHEC Update (Dr. Simon Wong): ICHEC Overview and the challenges of Big Data and AI / training
14:00 – 14:30 EPSRC Funded CDT In AI and Big Data: UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence, Machine
Learning & Advanced Computing – Impact and Objectives (Dr. Gert Aarts)
14:30 – 15:00 How are we supporting the researchers using ML – hardware and software? (Vaughn Purnell, QUB)
15:00-15:30 COFFEE BREAK and Networking
15:30 – 16:00  Panel session with speaks from the day: SME, AI, Infrastructure challenges – what can we do collaborative to embrace these opportunities?
16:00 – 16:15 Wrap Up / AOB / DONM
16:20 CLOSE

Social Activities

Since many are travelling two and from the venue on the same day we have a good lunch instead as a way to network, especially with those from ICHEC (Ireland High-end Computing Centre) and Dublin.

The venue

Riddel Hall is #17 on this map https://www.qub.ac.uk/directorates/sgc/learning/FileStore/Filetoupload,731083,en.pdf

Getting to and from the venue

From within Belfast

To get to QUB itself see https://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/heplanon/TravellingtoQueens/

The meeting venue is Riddel Hall.

Taxis can drop right to door.

There are buses from City Centre up the Stanmillis Road but taxis would be much easier from the airport. We’ll look to co-ordinate with people’s arrivals and departures in order to share taxis, etc.

Getting to Belfast

This should be doable in a day for many, and information on flights that get to Belfast in time are outlined below, and in most cases there are return flights on the same day.

Travel time from Belfast City (George Best) is 30 minutes by bus, from Belfast International, 50 minutes. Taxi times may be shorter.

Region Served Starting Airport Destination airport Start  Time Arrival Time Carrier Comments
Midlands Birmingham   08:05 09:05 easyJet  
  Birmingham   06:45 07:45 Flybe  
  Nottingham   08:45 09:50 Flybe  
North West Liverpool Belfast International 07:05 07:55 EasyJet  
  Manchester Belfast International 07:00 08:00 EasyJet  
  Manchester Belfast International 06:30 07:35 RyanAir  
  Belfast International Liverpool 18:00 18:50 EasyJet  
  Belfast International Liverpool 19:20 20:10    
  Belfast International Liverpool 21:45 22:45    
  Belfast International Manchester 21:00 22:00 EasyJet  
Yorkshire Leeds Bradford Belfast City (George Best) 08:00 09:00 Flybe  
  Belfast City Leeds Bradford 18:35 19:35 Flybe  
  Doncaster Belfast City 07:15 08:15 Flybe No return on same day
South West Bristol   07:00 08:10 easyJet  
      08:00 09:10 easyJet  
  Exeter Belfast 06:35 09:25 Flybe Via Manchester. Direct available on Sunday.
Wales Cardiff   06:10 07:15    
South Heathrow    07:10 08:30 Aerlingus  
  Gatwick   06:25 08:00 EasyJet  
  Luton   07:10 08:30 easyJet  
  Stanstead   07:45 09:05 easyJet  
Scotland Edinburgh   07:05 07:55    
  Glasgow   08:15 09:00    
  Abderdeen         Not for morning session, possible day before