Duke of York officially opens Sci-Tech Daresbury’s hi-tech data analytics facility

Hartree Centre’s mission is to transform the competitiveness of UK industry through high performance computing, big data and cognitive technologies built on an ‘ethos of collaboration’

The Duke of York officially opens Sci-Tech Daresbury’s Hartree Centre

Sci-Tech Daresbury’s new collaborative research facility has had the royal seal of approval after it was officially opened by the Duke of York, Prince Andrew.

The Hartree Centre is a high performance computing and data analytics research facility founded by the UK government in collaboration with IBM.

The new building brings together under one roof staff from the Hartree Centre, IBM, the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre and Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Scientific Computing Division.

As part of the STFC, the Hartree Centre’s mission is to transform the competitiveness of UK industry through high performance computing, big data and cognitive technologies, built on an ethos of collaboration and partner working.

The new campus will be focused on research in high performance computing and data centric Cognitive computing with the goal of developing technology to encourage economic improvement with companies in the UK.

The Duke, who is patron of Sci-Tech Daresbury, devotes much of his time to promoting the awareness of British science, technology and engineering expertise.

The Duke of York at the opening of the Hartree Centre at Sci-Tech Daresbury

The Hartree Centre works with academic researchers and companies in a wide range of industries.

One notable collaboration between IBM and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital is creating the UK’s first ‘cognitive hospital’, using the IBM Watson cognitive computing platform to improve the patient journey and experience.

John Downes, group managing director of Langtree and chairman of the Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture company, said: “The Hartree Centre is at the heart of our ambition, helping to facilitate collaboration to maximise the impact of our research base to enable business innovation and ultimately societal transformation.

“Over recent years the Hartree Centre has achieved many successes and enabled many projects and as it moves into phase three it will increase the momentum to ensure science, innovation and industrial strength are intrinsically linked.

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