UCL Big Data Symposium

Posted 8 April 2014 by Farooq Khan

  The Computational Life and Medical Sciences network at UCL hosted a Big Data Symposium in partnership with the UCL Big Data Institute. The event explored the role of Big Data analytics in a broad range of sectors from innovations in scientific research to medical and health innovation to driving business innovation. The world of Big Data is a defining theme of human civilisation in the 21st century, and it opens up new possibilities in how we shape human civilisation... Read more

“Now for the long term” by Sir John Beddington & Lord Rees

Posted 6 December 2013 by Farooq Khan

The establishment of the Oxford Martin School is an important initiative to research the greatest global challenges facing us. I attended a featured event organised by the School, 'Now for the Long Term' where Sir John Beddington and Lord Rees outlined some of the short-term and long-term challenges that require urgent attention from governments worldwide. I was struck by both the degree of optimism and pessimism in tackling issues such as climate change, where it seems that scientific evidence is... Read more

Complexity’s Methods & Models

Posted 19 September 2013 by Farooq Khan

Complexity is a term that has become highly popular, however the application of this field needs to be further defined and refined, especially since there is no unified view of how to define complexity. There are different definitions of complexity, which become apparent depending upon the research area, and while there are some common threads, computer scientists, biologists, physicists, mathematicians, social scientists will each have their own particular flavour in how they define complexity; these differences become more apparent when... Read more


Posted 5 July 2013 by Farooq Khan

The Computational Life and Medical Sciences (CLMS) Network Third Annual Symposium of 2013 provided a great insight into how the computational sciences are transforming medicine and the life sciences. The challenges of Big Data both from a governance and analytical point of view present significant challenges, but promise to bring about radical changes in how we manage and treat disease. A keynote address by Professor Andrew Morris from the University of Dundee highlighted the capability of the information and computer sciences... Read more

inter-disciplinary inter-DTC conference, UCL CoMPLEX, May 16-17

Posted 20 May 2013 by Farooq Khan

The UCL CoMPLEX annual conference this year coincided with a new initiative, the 2013 id² conference, an inter-disciplinary inter-doctoral training centre conference. the conference brings together students, from doctoral training centres in the UK and abroad, with a shared interest in the application and development of tools from mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering to problems in biomedical science. This exciting initiative is the first of what is hoped will be an annual conference bringing together researchers from DTCs around the country.... Read more

Cambridge Networks Day 2013

Posted 8 May 2013 by Farooq Khan

  The beginning to 2013 has been extraordinarily hectic with new projects being rolled out, so it's quite fitting that my first post of the year nicely coincides with the network science conference organised at the University of Cambridge. As last year we were treated to an abundance of riches as speaker after speaker fired our synapses, and stimulated connections in our brain that possibly weren't there before! It's always a privilege to have the opportunity to meet scientists who truly are... Read more

Solving Complex Problems

Posted 7 December 2012 by Farooq Khan

Solving complex problems is one of the defining features of our age. The ability to harness a wide range of skills and synthesise diverse areas of knowledge is essentially integral to a researcher's DNA. It is interesting to read how MIT first offered a class in 'Solving Complex Problems' back in 2000. Over the course of a semester students attempt to 'imagineer' a solution to a highly complex problem. There is a great need for this type of learning in our... Read more

FuturICT Vision for the Social Sciences, ICT & Complexity Science

Posted 31 October 2012 by Farooq Khan

FutureICT have submitted their proposal to the FET Flagship Programme, an initiative that aims to facilitate breakthroughs in information technology. The vision of FutureICT is to integrate the fields of information and communication technologies (ICT), social sciences and complexity science, to develop a new kind of participatory science and technology that will help us to understand, explore and manage the complex, global, socially interactive systems that make up our world today, while at the same time paving the way for... Read more

The Social Sciences Revolution

Posted 28 September 2012 by Farooq Khan

Scientific discovery in the natural sciences has proceeded at an exponential rate and we are now seeing the social sciences experience a profound transformation as a consequence of computational social science. How far computational social science will reinvent social science is the big question. Some of the themes I've explored in my own work have been about the relationship between political philosophy and science and whether the computational sciences can help formulate new conceptions of societal organisation. Many in the... Read more

Complex new world: Translating new economic thinking into public policy

Posted 9 August 2012 by Farooq Khan

Over the years some of the themes I've touched upon in this blog have been about the outdated paradigms shaping public policy. The realisation came to our acute attention with the ongoing economic crisis since 2008. The crisis has precipitated and energised new thinking in economics, as evidenced by the creation of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. The Institute is a place to explore cutting edge ideas, and challenge calcified theories that have prevented the field from keeping pace... Read more