RENYI HOUR: Key takeaways from the Strata+Hadoop Conference (Nov 2014)

On January 8th, Jordan McIver reviewed key takeaways from attending the Strata+Hadoop Conference focused on Big Data which took place in November 2014 here in Barcelona.

Topics covered will include summaries of relevant talks and materials available at the conference, interesting organizations and technologies that were encountered and more specific information about contacts and networking progress driven from the conference. He concluded the talk offering a networking discussion.
Slides will be available on request. Please contact Jordan through Linkedin.


March 5th: Visit to the Barcelona Supercomputing Center

On March 5th, the BGSE Data Science Students are visiting the Barcelona Supercomputing Center at Technical University of Catalonia (UPC).

After visiting the facilities, Professor Jordi Torres will give a lecture on:

Next generation big data systems: Cognitive Computing

Big Data is the newest and one of the most exciting technologies currently available to business and society. It allows companies to gain the edge over their competitors in business and, in many ways, to the benefit their customers directly. Also for customers, the influences of big data are far reaching, but the technology is often so subtle that consumers have no idea that big data is actually helping make their lives easier. Sensors and devices from various sources are generating massive amounts of data that are fundamental for people to socialize, exchange information, and consume services from several places. All of these technologies are key to construct services that could be much smarter, more proactive, and customized according to user needs. This will be achieved with the advent of new technologies as cognitive computing, that will have the potential to augment our reasoning capabilities and empower us to make better informed real-time decision. Undoubtedly Cognitive Computing will change the way we work and live. These and other trends will shape next-generation big data systems in important ways.
In this presentation we will talk about how a more varied data channels, increasingly diverse analytics methods, and new technology shifts, will impact the next generation of big data systems.

Jordi Torres has a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC Barcelona Tech, 1988) and also holds a Ph. D. from the same institution (Best UPC Computer Science Thesis Award, 1993). Currently he is a full professor in the Computer Architecture Department at UPC Barcelona Tech. He has more than twenty five years of experience in research and development of advanced distributed and parallel systems in the High Performance Computing Group at UPC. He has been a visiting researcher at the “Center for Supercomputing Research & Development” at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois, USA, 1992). His principal interest as a researcher is Processing and Analyzing Big Data in a Sustainable Cloud. This involves making modern distributed and parallel cloud computing environments more efficient as required by today’s Big Data Analytics challenges. He has about 150 research publications and he was involved in several conferences in the area. He was a member of the European Center for Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA) (1994-2004) and a member of the board of managers of CEPBA-IBM Research Institute (CIRI) (2000-2004). In 2005 the Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC) was founded and he was nominated as a Manager for Autonomic Systems and eBusiness Platforms research line in BSC. He has worked and works in a number of EU and industrial research and development projects. He lectures on Computer Science courses in the UPC Barcelona Tech (High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Big Data, …). He has been Vice-dean of Institutional Relations at the Computer Science School (1998- 2001), and a member of the Catedra Telefonica-UPC where he worked in teaching innovation (2003-2005). He has also participated in numerous academic management activities and institutional representation. He acts as an expert on these topics for various organizations, companies and mentoring entrepreneurs. During a period (2009-2012) he collaborated with spanish mass media to disseminate ICT and published two books about science and technology for a general audience.

Three Ways How Santa Claus Uses Big Data this Holiday Season

The holiday season operation is a big deal for Santa Claus. Getting the wide range of presents to kids all over the world is a complex operation that needs to be carried out within just a few days. Of course, nothing can go wrong, as that would significantly depress kids and their parents. Fortunately he can turn to Big Data to drive his different operations, which range from personalization of presents, inventory management and of course elf resources.

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