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Iain Milne

Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Research Software Engineer
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Most research would be impossible without software, and my research is about providing intuitive, professional software applications – often with a strong visualization component – that underpin many sequencing, genotyping and analysis projects both within the institute and further afield. To this end, I lead the development of a range of extensively used programs with a worldwide install base of over 150,000 users. These programs use a combination of traditional desktop interfaces along with back-end components that rely heavily on our high-performance scientific computing cluster and infrastructure.

For more information on these applications, please visit the website for the Information and Computational Sciences group.

I also manage and maintain the Institute's Linux-based scientific-computing resources, including the HPC cluster and associated storage and network services. This resource provides almost 500 CPU cores of computing power to researchers at the James Hutton Institute, along with access to over 2 TB of memory and just shy of half a petabyte of storage.

Areas of Expertise

  • Object oriented programming (Java, C#, C++).
  • Software visualization.
  • Interface design and programming.
  • Web technologies/application programming (frontend and middleware).
  • J2EE (web services, JDBC, JavaBeans, JavaMail, Servlets, JSP, JSF).
  • Parallel programming and high-performance computing technologies.
  • Network programming.
  • Windows/Linux systems administration.


  • Milne, I.; Shaw, P.; Milne, L.; Bayer, M.; Stephen, G.; Marshall, D.F. (2010) Visualising genetic diversity., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2009, pp21-22.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.