Social Sciences and Computing Hub at the Whitaker Institute
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Social Sciences Computing Hub
at the Whitaker Institute

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Social Sciences Computing Hub at the Whitaker Institute. The Hub will be formally launched on the 25th of March 2013 by NUI Galway President, Dr. Jim Browne. We would like to invite you to the launch of ‘The Hub’.

The Social Sciences Computing Hub is a unique facility that will serve both as a repository of diverse social science databases, quantitative and qualitative, and a computing resource that can be used by researchers across the University.

This cross-disciplinary initiative will help our mission in establishing NUI Galway at the forefront of global Business and Social Science research with scientific rigor to inform public policy.

The Hub will be a one-stop facility for access to diverse data, visualization and computational resources for research clusters across various social science research institutes. The architecture of the Hub will be set up in such a way that it will provide remote access to University users, both within and off campus.

With funding support from the Registrar’s Strategic Fund 2012 and the Irish Social Science Platform (PRTLI 4) the first phase of the Hub, “Advanced Business Analytics Laboratory”, has begun its operations with industrial partners Standard & Poor (S&P) providing diverse business and finance data through their CapitalIQ platform and PERACTON providing expertise in training students using their MAARS platform. The Lab has initiated a four-week training program on “Advanced Portfolio Management Training” for 24 students from the Masters in International Finance and the Undergraduate students from Commerce, Arts and Financial Mathematics and Economics. The training program is conducted by PERACTON and the training is on portfolio optimization, back-testing methods and high-frequency/ high-speed trading techniques.

Launch Details:

When:             25th March 2013
Where             CA107 (Lecture Hall 3), Cairnes Building, NUI Galway
Who:               All academic and research staff of NUIG
Time:              10:00 am
RSVP to:         Gail Porter at


10.00   Welcome and Introduction by Dr. James Cunningham, Director of the Whitaker Institute

10.10   Dr. Srinivas Raghavendra, Associate Director, Whitaker Institute

10.20   Formal Launch of the Hub by President Dr Jim Browne

10.30   Presentation of the Inaugural Whitaker Award

10.40   Standard & Poor (S&P) demonstration of the Capital IQ platform

11.05   Tea/Coffee

11.20   Engagement and Demo Workshops: - Standard and Poor and PERACTON 
(S&P will provide an in-depth demo and case studies of leading business schools using their data.  Dr. Laurentiu Vasiliu will demonstrate and showcase the integration of high-frequency finance data in MAARS for back-testing the portfolio strategies, and would be useful for anybody planning to work in the finance industry).