Data – especially of the digital variety – is everywhere. From the phone in your pocket to your laptop’s email inbox, hoards of data is being shared every second around the world as we centre our modern daily lives around technology.

At the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, experiments from the Joint European Torus (JET) and MAST Upgrade fusion devices generate huge amounts of information that physicists and other disciplines use to push forward global knowledge of this important future energy source. How do we make sense of this ‘big data’?

At ATOM 2020, data scientists from the UK Atomic Energy Authority explore what big data actually is, how fusion experiments rely on it, and what other large-scale scientific projects are out there using big data to their advantage. Along the way they will delve into what all this ‘big data’ actually means for our lives and, in particular, how it is vital to scientific endeavours.

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