Welcome to the CompuSteer computational steering network.

Computational steering is a valuable mechanism for scientific investigation in which the parameters of a running program can be altered and the results visualized immediately. As an investigative paradigm its history goes back more than twenty years, though it has only relatively recently captured the scientific imagination. With the advent of grid computing, the range of problems that can be tackled interactively has widened markedly. Applications specialists now see the prospect of accomplishing 'real' science using computational steering whilst, at the same time, computing researchers are working to bring about the supporting infrastructure of middleware, toolkits and environments that will render this prospect concrete.

The purpose of this EPSRC-funded network was to encourage the development of a computational steering community and promote collaborative activities amongst members. The network ran from 9 January 2006 until 8 January 2008 and was coordinated by Dr Helen Wright at the University of Hull. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact her.

At its close, CompuSteer comprised 55 members in industry and academia across the UK, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia. Although network funding has now ceased, we are still encouraging collaboration by listing available skills within our community. Please visit our membership pages for details.

The network also distributed a number of travel bursaries to aid collaboration. Our aim was to generate new research proposals to funding bodies, bring added value to existing research projects, generate new publications and increase the membership of our community. All the results of collaborations have been published at our workshops. A journal paper on steering is available in preprint and published form.