Research Cloud and AI/ML Computing Competency Centre

Research Cloud and AI/ML Computing Competency Centre

Does your research need significant amounts of computing power, or to handle very large datasets? Do you want to understand the possibilities offered by cloud-based infrastructure? Are you interested in having access to scalable resources to enable your research? Do you want to explore the use of artificial intelligence or machine learning approaches in your research programme?

The Research Cloud and AI/ML Computing Competency Centre can help. Based in the Medical Sciences Division, we will have a small team of technical experts and software developers. We can help you to assess if there are benefits to choosing and deploying the cloud-based solutions for your research project. We can offer free consultation, staff training, and technical support to help protect your department, centre or project. 

We will be focusing on research computing, including AI/machine learning approaches, sharing best practice in the design and use of public/hybrid cloud services across domains via self-service tools and training. We will be working closely with the Advanced Research Computing service, the Biomedical Research Computing (BMRC) facility, and offering relationships with vendors such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

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New Email Address

We now have a brand-new email address for you to contact the Competency Centre directly -

We're Recruiting!

We're recruiting for a team of business technologists and research software engineers, so that we have dedicated staff to provide the guidance and expertise you need to assess your cloud-based needs, choose a solution, and implement it for your research project.

Training and Resources Package

We're developing a training and resources package focusing on artificial intelligence/machine learning approaches in research, and how cloud-based solutions can help to support these methods.

Research Software Developers Network (RSDN)

Oxford Research Software Developers Network (RSDN) will meet again to provide an inclusive, informal community group at Oxford for anyone interested in software development within academia on Tuesday 31st October 2023 at 12:00 - 13:30 on . The talk will be hosted at IT Services, Banbury Road.  Lunch will be in the Atrium at the OeRC, Keble Road, see addresses below 

 At this meeting Andy Gittings and Rowan Wilson will talk about Oxford’s Research Computing facility ARC, and what solutions are available to manage research data at Oxford. The talk will be 30 mins followed by 1 hr networking + lunch (provided).  

 If you wish to attend the meeting in person, please register your attendance in this form so we have an idea of numbers. Otherwise, there will be a remote attendance option, see Teams link also below.

Meeting ID: 347 807 938 551  

 Passcode: a7zgLX  




Oxford Digital Festival

On Thursday 9 November, our Competency Centres will be at Oxford Digital Festival at Jesus College's Digital Hub. 

This all-day in-person conference is being hosted by Professor Anne Trefethen, Pro-Vice Chancellor, People and Digital and will focus on the achievements of Oxford’s Digital transformation and the potential for the university’s digital future. 

The conference will include: 

  • Three keynote talks 

  • Exhibition areas 

  • Networking opportunities  

While this conference focusses on in person attendees, the keynote talks will also be live streamed. 

All staff are invited to attend. 

Professional Services Together Conference

On Tuesday 26 September, the Competency Centres will be at the Examinations Schools on the High Street as part of Professional Services Together Conference. Our three Competency Centres, including Research Cloud and Computing, will have a stand at the conference.

Come and find us and say hello! We can tell you more about the Centres, our training and case studies. 

IT Staff Day