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Last modified: Monday, February 1, 2010

Microsoft VP inaugurates new Digital Science Center seminar series tomorrow

Feb. 1, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Microsoft's Tony Hey tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 2) will open Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute's Digital Science Center Seminar Series with a presentation titled "Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery: The Fourth Paradigm."

Tony Hey

Photo courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft corporate vice president of external research Tony Hey is guest speaker for the inaugural Digital Science Center Seminar Series tomorrow (Feb. 2) at the IU Innovation Center in Bloomington.

Hey, corporate vice president for Microsoft's External Research Division, said the talk will explore the skills needed for manipulating, visualizing, managing, conserving and archiving scientific data.

"It was Ken Wilson, the 1982 Nobel Prize winner in physics, who coined the phrase 'Third Paradigm' to refer to computational science and the need for computational researchers to know about algorithms, numerical methods and parallel architectures," Hey said. "The Fourth Paradigm is about data and the computational systems needed to manipulate, visualize and manage large amounts of scientific data."

Hey said a wide variety of scientists -- biologists, chemists, physicists, astronomers, engineers -- require tools, technologies and platforms that seamlessly integrate into standard scientific methodologies and processes. This talk, he added, will illustrate the far-reaching changes that this new paradigm will have on scientific discovery.

The hour-long presentation gets under way at the IU Innovation Center, 2719 E. 10th St., Bloomington, at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and can also be viewed via live streaming video and archived video recording on the PTI Web site at the following links: (Live) and archived at:

At Microsoft Hey is currently responsible for the worldwide external research strategy across the corporation. Before joining Microsoft, he served as director of the United Kingdom's e-Science Initiative, managing the government's efforts to provide scientists and researchers with access to key computing technologies. Prior to that he was head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science, as well as Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, at the University of Southampton.

He holds an undergraduate degree in physics and a doctorate in theoretical physics and is a fellow of the U.K.'s Royal Academy of Engineering. He also has served on committees of the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry, and the Office of Science and Technology, and is a member of the British Computer Society, the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Physics.