Earlham InstituteRob leads the Data Infrastructure and Algorithms group at the Earlham Institute and is the PI for the COPO project. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of East Anglia, undertaken at the Roberts lab in the National Collection of Yeast Cultures. Rob leads a number of large computing infrastructure development and deployment projects, is a certified Software Carpentry instructor, an editorial board member for Nature Scientific Data, and a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow.
Earlham InstituteToni is a Research Software Engineer at the Earlham Institute. He has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Aberdeen. His area of interest was multi-agent systems, with a focus on computational models of Trust and Reputation. He continues to explore these techniques, and a number of techniques from Machine Learning and statistics, in contexts of Open Science and Bioinformatics.
Earlham InstituteFelix is a Research Software Engineer working on the COPO platform; a tool for creating, depositing and searching for bundles of research objects. His PhD is in Computer Science studying facial animation, computer graphics, signal processing and machine learning. His current interests are in the fields of data science, open source and how to apply machine learning techniques in these areas to improve the tools available to researchers.
Oxford e-Research CentreSusanna is Associate Director at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre. Her interests are in the areas of knowledge and information management, and interoperability of applications. Since 2000, her projects have focused on improving the collection, curation and representation of multi-dimensional life, environmental and biomedical sciences data, to support data reproducibility and the evolution of scholarly publishing.
Oxford e-Research CentreDavid Johnson is a Senior Research Associate / Research Software Engineer in the Oxford e-Research Centre. His work concerns the development of data infrastructure to support data-intensive research in the life, natural, and biomedical sciences. In the COPO project, David is part of the ISA Team developing the underlying 'omics standards framework that COPO uses.
Oxford e-Research CentreAlejandra is a Research Lecturer at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre, where she focuses on developing methodologies and software tools for data science, including knowledge management and data analysis. She mainly deals with heterogeneous biological and biomedical data, within the context of the ISA infrastructure. She brings these skills along with a wealth of software engineering experience to the COPO project.
Oxford e-Research CentrePhillipe has been an active member of several standardisation efforts aimed at promoting the vision for open data and open science. As part of several EU projects in toxicogenomics and nutrigenomics, he coordinated the development of the ISA project, which now continues at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre. As part of the COPO project he provides technical expertise with regards to metadata collection and experimental design.
University of YorkKatherine is a Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of York. She uses experimental and computational/mathematical tools to elucidate gene regulatory networks underlying plant responses to the environment and re-engineer these networks to enhance stress tolerance, particularly disease resistance. She has expertise in large scale data analysis and integration, and interest in making such data easily discoverable and accessible for others.
EMBL EBIPaul works at EMBL-EBI where he has been in charge Ensembl covering non-vertebrate species, including human pathogens, disease vectors, crop plants, and model species. The role of EMBL-EBI in COPO is to support data from through COPO to the public archives, and to disseminate integrated data sets prepared through the COPO infrastructure through Ensembl Plants and other public resources.
Global Plant CouncilRuth manages the day-to-day operations of the Global Plant Council which is a coalition of 28 learned plant, crop and agricultural science societies across the globe and represents ~55,000 researchers. Ruth has a proven track record in national and international project management for a number of different research projects and networks. In additional to her current administrative, policy, and advocacy work in the plant sciences she also has a background in plant science data standards, ontologies, and data sharing.