Thilina Ranaweera

Supercomputing pipeline for the Ark (SPARK)

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Supervisors names: Dr Adrian Bickerstaffe, Dr Enes Makalic, and Prof John  Hopper

SPARK, a novel solution for managing biomedical Big Data sets generated by new genomics and other omics technologies. SPARK is built upon The Ark, an open-source data management platform for health and medical research. SPARK extends The Ark’s capabilities to handle family studies, and allows for statistical analyses using High Performance Computing. SPARK has a web-based interface so users do not need specialized computing expertise. The research included a usability study that reinforced the quality of SPARK.

PhD scholarship and funding body: The postgraduate scholarship awarded by the grants held by Prof John Hopper