Social Sciences Computing Hub Launch

Dr. James Browne (President, NUI Galway)

CA107 (Lecture Hall 3), Cairnes Building, NUI Galway 11:00 :: 25th March 2013

The Whitaker Institute is delighted to announce the launch of the Social Sciences Computing Hub. The Hub will be formally launched by NUI Galway President, Dr. Jim Browne.

The Social Sciences Computing Hub is a unique facility that will serve both as a repository of diverse social science databases, quantitative and qualitative, and a computing resource that can be used by researchers across the University.

This cross-disciplinary initiative will help our mission in establishing NUI Galway at the forefront of global Business and Social Science research with scientific rigor to inform public policy.

The Hub will be a one-stop facility for access to diverse data, visualization and computational resources for research clusters across various social science research institutes. The architecture of the Hub will be set up in such a way that it will provide remote access to University users, both within and off campus.

With funding support from the Registrar’s Strategic Fund 2012 and the Irish Social Science Platform (PRTLI 4) the first phase of the Hub, “Advanced Business Analytics Laboratory”, has begun its operations with industrial partners Standard & Poor (S&P) providing diverse business and finance data through their CapitalIQ platform and PERACTON providing expertise in training students using their MAARS platform. The Lab has initiated a four-week training program on “Advanced Portfolio Management Training” for 24 students from the Masters in International Finance and the Undergraduate students from Commerce, Arts and Financial Mathematics and Economics. The training program is conducted by PERACTON and the training is on portfolio optimization, back-testing methods and high-frequency/ high-speed trading techniques.

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