UoB Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Daniel Crichton, NASA, USA.

Unlocking data science from space engineering to biology.

Dates of visit: 1 - 5 July 2018

Daniel Crichton profile pictureBiography

Mr Crichton is a program manager, principal investigator, and principal computer scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which he joined in 1995. He is the leader of the Center for Data Science and Technology, a joint center formed with Caltech, focusing on the research, development and implementation of data intensive systems for science and missions. Mr. Crichton has program management appointments to multiple JPL program offices for data science and data intensive system projects in solar system exploration, earth science and technology for NASA and non-NASA sponsors. He is one of the founding members of the International Planetary Data Alliance (IPDA), an organization committed to building compatible international planetary science data archives. He also serves as principal investigator of several distributed data system projects for NASA and the NIH, including the Informatics Center for the NCI Early Detection Research Network (EDRN). He architected an open source software framework, Apache OODT, for the management, distribution and analysis of massive scientific data. This won runner-up for NASA Software of the Year 2003 and is now hosted by the Apache Software Foundation as a top-level project, NASA’s first. Mr. Crichton recently served on the U.S. National Research Council Committee on the Analysis of Massive Data, which released its report on big data analytics. He has published over 100 papers on software and information architectures, distributed systems, and scientific data management and analysis, as well as five book chapters. In 2017, he was awarded NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal.

During his stay in Bristol, Daniel Crichton will be hosted by Professor Kate Robson Brown (Archaeology & Anthropology) and will give the following lectures:

Public Lecture: Unlocking scientific research from space to biology
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, 3 July 2018.
Hosted by the Jean Golding Institute

Mr. Crichton will explain the role of data science within NASA and show how data analytics developed in one discipline can be applied to others.

Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jean-golding-institute-showcase-2018-tickets-42781427401

Handling big data at NASA JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Wednesday 4 July 2018, Queen's Building
A lecture aimed for staff and students at the School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.

Software project management at NASA JPL
Wednesday 4 July 2018, Queen's Building
A graduate seminar aimed at students in the schools of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (CAME) and the School of Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (SCEEM).

For more details about all of these talks please visit www.bristol.ac.uk/golding