Bosch Research Computing & Engineering Facility

The Bosch Research Computing & Engineering Facility provides access to computing hardware and specialist software, as well as expert training and technical support, which will help researchers implement the hardware and software elements of their experimental work.

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Objectives

  • Facilitate the implementation of computer hardware, software programs and electronic devices in medical and scientific research
  • Provide training to scientists in computer-based research techniques
  • Establish, maintain and develop the infrastructure of the Research Computing Facility
  • Act as a liaison with Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

Services Available

  • System recommendations to facilitate the purchase of new research computer equipment
  • Trouble-shooting advice for research systems running Windows, MacOS, Linux, etc.
  • Support and training for software used in research, including:
    - Chart/Scope (ADInstruments)
    - ImageJ (NIH)
    - Office including Excel, PowerPoint and Word
    - Prism (GraphPad)
  • Administrative and technical support for using the Research Data Store
  • Support for legacy systems and storage media
  • Programming of custom software, including macros for Excel and ImageJ
  • Custom hardware development (e.g. specialised stimulator units, remote environmental monitoring/alarm units, etc.)
  • 3D printing using a Thing-O-Matic (MakerBot Industries)

Workshops

The Research Computing Facility runs a variety of short group training courses that cover specific aspects of the use of software in research. Registered Users of the facility may attend workshops with no additional charges.

One-on-one or lab-based training workshops may also be arranged.

To express your interest in any of the training offered by the Research Computing Facility, please contact a Facility Officer.


  • Introduction to Mac OSX

    This workshop is suited to people who are new to using a Mac computer at the University. Key elements of the Mac operating system will be introduced and compared with the Windows environment, including:
    The Dock, Desktop, Finder and Home folders, updating system software, adding and removing programs/applications, accessing and setting System Preferences, adding printers, connecting to servers

  • Excel Fundamentals

    This workshop is suited to Excel beginners. Basic elements of Excel will be covered including:
    Workbooks, worksheets and cells, inserting, deleting, naming and moving worksheets, navigating around workbooks, cutting and pasting, formatting, simple formulas, finding and replacing, sorting, and printing.

  • Excel for Scientists

    This workshop is suited to participants who are familiar with the fundamentals of Excel, and will include the following topics:
    Importing data into Excel from other software, formatting data in Excel Workbooks, selected formulas, sorting and selecting data, simple analyses and statistics, curve-fitting with Solver, and linking data between multiple Workbooks

  • Styles and Numbering in Word Documents

    This workshop is suited for participants preparing theses and manuscipts. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
    Create user-defined Styles for use in Word documents, apply styles to selected text, copy and paste text without disrupting the Styles in-use, incorporate automatic numbering into Styles and text, automatically generate a Table of Contents and List of Figures, update existing tables and lists

  • Image Analysis using ImageJ

    This workshop is currently under development.

  • Pairwise Comparisons using Prism

    This workshop is currently under development.


Facility Officers

Facility Officers

John Dodson (pictured left)
T: +61 2 9351 5246

M: +61 414 597 557

E: johnd@physiol.usyd.edu.au

Dane King (right)
T: +61 2 9351 6938
M: +61 402 787 743
E: dane.king@sydney.edu.au


Location

Room N252
F13 - Anderson Stuart
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Please refer to the campus map for directions.


User Registration

Registration entitles users to all the services, equipment and training available from the facility for the calendar year.

To become a Registered User of the Research Computing Facility, please download a User Registration Request Form (Word document format) or (PDF format). Please complete and sign the form, then forward it to a Facility Officer for processing.