Accelerate-Spark Information Session

Neil D. Lawrence

Jessica K. Montgomery

Raoul-Gabriel Urma


Accelerate-Spark information session


  • Zoom housekeeping
    • Microphone on mute when not speaking.
    • “Raise Hand” or post in chat for questions.

A University Computing Laboratory

In 1932 John Lennard-Jones, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Bristol University, was appointed to the John Humphrey Plummer Chair of Theoretical Chemistry at Cambridge University, which had become available thanks to a munificent bequest to the University of £200,000. In his new position Lennard-Jones continued the research he had started at Bristol University on the application of quantum mechanics to problems associated with chemistry. He and his students identified a number of problems that gave rise to complex equations which could only be solved by numerical methods.

Cambridge Computing ((Cambridge computing, 2013), pg 21)

AI for Science

One of biology’s biggest mysteries is how proteins fold to create exquisitely unique three-dimensional structures. Every living thing – from the smallest bacteria to plants, animals and humans – is defined and powered by the proteins that help it function at the molecular level.

So far, this mystery remained unsolved, and determining a single protein structure often required years of experimental effort. It’s tremendous to see the triumph of human curiosity, endeavour and intelligence in solving this problem. A better understanding of protein structures and the ability to predict them using a computer means a better understanding of life, evolution and, of course, human health and disease.

Professor Dame Janet Thornton, Director Emeritus of EMBL

The Accelerate Programme

  • Research
  • Teaching and learning
    • Ramp or Bridge model
  • Engagement

Accelerate-Spark data science for science residency

  • Next activity:
    • Data for science residency.
  • Hand over to Raoul.



Cambridge computing: The first 75 years, 2013.. Third Millenium Publishing.