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Report from CCPi for the Period 8 January 2015 to 24 June 2015

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  Core highlights within the CCPForge software repository:-
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  • Reconstruction Core algorithms: The optimisation of the iterative code for Diamond data sets is complete and has been tested on a sequence of reduced projection data from I13. Results have been extended for full sequence as well as creating The Windows GUI for the lab based instruments, with licences created for release to the wider community via a ccpforge download.
  • Quantitative visualisation: work in quantification and the new Avizo algorithms have been expended with contributuions by Erwan Plougonven, extra code from Robert Bradley (MXIF) and a study on beam hardening code (Queen's Mary). Case studues (EPSRC formal) are being planned and produced on quantification codes, beam hardening amd the flagship activities.
  • Flagship project software outcomes: Daniil Kazantsev reported that 4 papers have been published or in progress (including one in Inverse Problems in Imaging and one on CUDA acceleration). A final set of code is being developed to compare algorithms for restricted angle reconstruction.
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  • Reconstruction Core algorithms: optimisation work of the iterative code for Diamond data sets is complete and has been tested on a sequence of reduced projection data from I13. Results have been extended for full sequence as well as creating a Windows GUI for the lab based instruments, with licences created for release to the wider community via a ccpforge download.
  • Quantitative visualisation algorithms: work in quantification and the new Avizo algorithms have been expended with contributuions by Erwan Plougonven, extra code from Robert Bradley (MXIF) and a study on beam hardening code (Queen's Mary). Case studues (EPSRC formal) are being planned and produced on quantification codes, beam hardening amd the flagship activities.
  • Flagship project software outcomes: Daniil Kazantsev reported that 4 papers have been published or in progress (including one in Inverse Problems in Imaging and one on CUDA acceleration) and a final set of code is being developed to compare algorithms for restricted angle reconstruction.
 
  • New data archive with community space has been setup on the zenodo website https://zenodo.org/collection/user-ccpi?ln=en The above includes test data sets Sophia Coban; simple model scans and touchtable presentstion datas sets for science analysis and for public outreach and dissemination.

The coding work is now producing three different Frameworks for researchers to use, depending on imaging system used:

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 Key outcomes:

  • Phil Trans Journal special issue with 11 articles was published in May specifically on CCPi activities that were based around recontrustion techniques: with a pull-up poster produced. http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/373/2043 Theme issue ‘X-ray tomographic reconstruction for materials science’ compiled and edited by Manuchehr Soleimani
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  • CCPi had a prime location at the Cheltenham Festival of Science in the “Dino zone”; Total public attendance was 12,100 and with schools there were 13,755 attending, plus two evening VIP sessions over 1-7 June 2015. There were ten demonstrators presented (four videos and six 3D exploration models), on the CCPi touch-table, with a total of 699 active explorative viewings covering 2,052 mins (34.2 hours) of use.
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  • CCPi had a prime location at the Cheltenham Festival of Science in the “Dino zone”; Total public attendance was 12,100 and with schools there were 13,755 attending (plus two evening VIP sessions) over 1-7 June 2015. There were ten demonstrators created and presented (four videos and six 3D exploration models), on the CCPi touch-table, with a total of 699 active explorative viewings covering 2,052 mins (34.2 hours) of use.
 
  • Workshops / Training; We continue to support training courses within the network, from minor software license amnagement to full training provision: four courses occured during this period - Mantid Training Courses (16-18 February 2015) with a component of tomography vis; Diamond and ISIS CDT doctoral training working shop (9-13 March 2015) with early imaging and visualisation; (16-17 April 2015) Diamond Manchester Collaboration, CCPi and HIP, the University of Manchester and Diamond Light Source training on the visualisation and quantification of tomographic data; and a University of Manchester Avizo training session (9 June 2015).
  • The series of social meetings at RAL (coffee-and-tomography) has now hosted its 23rd monthly meeting (total attendance is at 318). There was also an extra Lunch and Learn seminar, on Friday 27 February, by Dr Martin Turner on “Visualisation Matters - the need to put the human back in the imaging-capture-and-computational loop". The first two video recorded seminars have now been viewed 66 times.
  • Developers’ workshop occur each quarter considering a specific focus;
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Industrial Projects:

  • The TSB (UK Innovate) project (code 37972-241197) for Towards Zero Prototyping programme. Titled 'In silico evaluation of manufacturing concepts for non-Newtonian products' is a collaborates with Prof Rob Prosser (University of Manchester), Drs Charles Moulinec and Rob Allan (STFC/SCD), Prof Adam Kowalski (Unilever) and CDDMtec aim to integrate computer CFD simulation, with tomographic 3D image capture; that will add the human-in-the-loop with EIT (Empedence Tomography).
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Workshops and New Opportunities

Future networking and sustainability opportunities include stronger links with industrial and laboratory based resources. This includes;

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* September 2015 ToScA Symposium number 3 will include further CCPi activities including two fellowships for software developers' to attend (ToScA 2015 will be in Manchester and 2016 will be in Bath.)
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  • September 2015 !ToScA Symposium number 3 will include further CCPi activities including two fellowships for software developers' to attend (!ToScA 2015 will be in Manchester and 2016 will be in Bath.) Publicity partnership status has been applied for and advertisement including leaflets and a stand are being prepared invluding links with CCPET/MR. We will be sponsoring student travel grants.
  • July 8-11, 2015 Harwell Open Days including Tomography vis tools from CPi and CCP PET/MR will be demonstrated over the days at the Atlas Visualisation Facility
  • 30 June - 1 July 2015 !EMiT held at University of Manchester: the !EMiT (EMerging Technology) conference series brings together experts from all areas of computing to examine how to best take advantage of the changing landscape of computer hardware that inclueds GU based touchtable interactions that CCPi will be presenting. http://emit.manchester.ac.uk/
  • CLF Vulcan data from recent imaging capture industrial exploitation days. Planned for June/July 2015
  • Continual links with the tomography standards panel (NPL/BSI cttee membership).
  • Training and developer's days are to continue as normal but other items also under consideration:
  • Next Away-day developers’ day is proposed to be at the Warwick University Manufacturing group: and future software show-and-tell events will be based on the three Frameworks.
  • NVidia support through SCD has been offered and will be exploited in a forthcoming the developer’ workshops.
  • A touchtable volume visualisation content discussion mini workshop is planned tpo coincie with the ToScA event .
  • A !ParaView training day and software show-and-tell Kitware Inc (Marcus Hanwell) when author of !TomView visits in September 2015
 
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* 30 June - 1 July 2015 EMiT held at University of Manchester: the EMiT (EMerging Technology) conference series brings together experts from all areas of computing to examine how to best take advantage of the changing landscape of computer hardware. http://emit.manchester.ac.uk/

* 9 March 2015 for three weeks, CLF Vulcan access for image acquisition

* Continual links with the tomography standards panel (NPL/BSI cttee membership).

Training and developer's days are to continue as normal but other items also under consideration:

* Next Away-day developers’ day: Warwick University Manufacturing group to host meeting: also show and tells on frameworks.

* NVidia support through SCD has been offered and will be exploited in a forthcoming the developer’ workshops.

* We are planning on an Avizo and ImageJ API multi-day workshop at Manchester in February involving developers and the software authors/owners to aid code integration;

* A touchtable volume visualisation content creation day in April with four touchtables being commissioned or built across different CCPi partners.

* A ParaView training day and software show-and-tell Kitware Inc (Marcus Hanwell) when author of TomView visits in September 2015

* Funding to build a Rapiscan prototype tomography solution for Nicola Wadeson is agreed to come from the "Computer tomography CCP: widening participation" grant that has a few weeks left, and work is due to start in the next six months.

The CCPi has been in negotiations with a new CCP (MR/PET) and both proposals been successful for future funding in the next round of EPSRC networks. We are actively linking joint activities where appropriate for this new venture within the EPSRC SLA grant activities.

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The CCPi is in constant negotiations with a new CCP (MR/PET) and both proposals been successful for future funding in the next round of EPSRC networks. We are actively linking joint activities where appropriate for this new venture within the EPSRC SLA grant activities.
 

Issues and Problems

There is a still need to foster inter- and intra-networking between the two groups; the developers group and the user community. We have increased levels of outreach but more proposals need to be submited.

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* New Fellowships needed: Visiting fellows: LC said that Brian Bay will be visiting later this year. LC may need help with CUDA development from CCPi; will contact SN in September.

* Avizo site license expires at the end of March 2016; will need to investigate cost and requirements for new license. Action: MT/SN to contact CLF, ISIS, RCaH, DLS and SCD about interest in and cost of Avizo license.

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  • New Fellowships needed: Visiting fellows: LC said that Brian Bay will be visiting later this year. LC may need help with CUDA development from CCPi; will contact SN in September.
  • Avizo site license expires at the end of March 2016; will need to investigate cost and requirements for new license. Action: MT/SN to contact CLF, ISIS, !RCaH, DLS and SCD about interest in and cost of Avizo license.
  The next CCPi Working Group meeting is planned to be held in December 2015; with a mini-session planned over the change of phase around August 28 2015.
 
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