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Research Seminars – University of Reading

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Research Seminars

These seminars are open to all students, staff and the public, from 1pm - 2pm.

Refreshments are available after the seminar, as well as meeting the speaker, at 2pm in Harry Pitt building- room GS01.

Thursday 12th January

Dr John Towler- Swansea University, Department of Psychology

Venue - Nike Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building

Thursday 26th January

Dr Eva Krumhuber - University College London, Department of Experimental Psychology

Venue - Nike Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building

Thursday 2nd February

Nicolas Rougier - INRIA, France

Reproducible Science is good, replicated science is better

If computer science offers a large set of tools for prototyping, writing, running, testing, validating, sharing and reproducing results, computational science still lags behind. In the best case, authors may provide the sources of their research as a compressed archive and feel confident their research is reproducible. But this is not exactly true. Buckheit and Donoho (1995) explained 20 years ago that « an article about computational result is advertising, not scholarship. The actual scholarship is the full software environment, code and data that produced the result. » The computational part in computational sciences implies the use of computers, operating systems, tools, frameworks, libraries and data. This leads to such a large number of combinations (taking into account the version for each components) that the chances to have the exact same configuration as one of your colleague are nearly zero. This draws consequences in our respective computational approaches in order to make sure research can be actually and faithfully shared and replicated. ReScience is a peer-reviewed journal that target computational research and encourage the explicit replication of already published research promoting new and open-source implementations. The goal is to ensure the original research is replicable, but more importantly, ReScience aims at the cross-fertilization of research by incitating researcher to replicate the work of others, hoping this might pave the way for future collaborations or give rise to new ideas as a result of the replication effort.

Venue - G79 Harry Pitt Building

Thursday 9th February

Professor Shu-Chen Li - Techincal University of Dresden, Department of Psychology

Venue - Nike Lecture Theatre, Agriculture

Thursday 23rd February

Professor Tim Hollins - Plymouth University, School of Psychology

Venue - Nike Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building 

Thursday 9th March

Professor Roger Watt - Department of Psychology, University of Stirling

It is time for psychology to rethink its relationship to statistics

Venue - Nike Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building

Thursday 23rd March

Professor Julie Harris - University of St. Andrews, School of Psychology & Neuroscience

Venue - Nike Lecture Theatre, Agriculture Building

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