David Nutter

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IT Manager and Programmer

Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
JCMB, The King's Buildings,
Peter Guthrie Tait Road,
EDINBURGH, EH9 3FD, Scotland, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4888

David Nutter


The BioSS IT group consists of the IT Manager, two programming and support staff and occasionally contractors We provide support for around 25 staff, students and vistors in Edinburgh; a further 20 staff & students at other sites and assist external collaborators who access BioSS IT services.

Staff use a range of standard statistical and mathematical software - Genstat, Minitab, S-Plus, R, SAS, WinBUGS, MATLAB, Octave, Maple, Scilab as well as specialist software for image processing. Much of the statistical modelling work involves home grown programs in Fortran, C, C++ and Java, utilising commercial and freeware libraries.

We have experience of developing software with graphical interfaces using Visual Basic/C++ (STAR, MAPP), C# (2D ultrasound segmentation tool) and Java (TOPALi,Tetraploid Map) and providing interfaces to databases (Var-Adapt and VISOR)


David is responsible for liason with the end-user community to establish long-term goals for IT in BioSS; also efficient utilisation of the IT team and budget to realise these goals. In addition David participates in several other strands of work within BioSS:

Systems administration
Configuration and maintenance of Linux and Windows machines comprising the BioSS IT system. Oversees end user support for these services.
Software development
Maintenance and development of web-based and desktop software applications to disseminate BioSS-developed algorithms to end users.
Identify and satisfy the training needs of the wider user community, both by in-house provision and external courses.

Staff, Students & Associates


Research Students

BioSS Associates