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Big Data Research - Newsletter
Newsletter Edition #006
September 2018

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Big Data Days 2018

Berlin – 2018-04-11

 Opening speech by Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas

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The Big Data Days 2018, organized by BMBF, BMWi and Smart Data Forum, took place in Berlin on April 11 and 12. At the event, Prof. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, head of department for key technologies at BMBF, gave an overview of recent year’s successful investments together with the Big Data competence centers DFKI / BBDC, ScaDS and SDIL. Afterwards, the respective centers briefly introduced themselves and their range of services according to the maxim “Big Data made in Germany”. Prof. Beigl – the SDIL speaker presented SDIL and it’s Big Data platform.   >> more

BBDC All Hands Meeting

Berlin – 2018-09-10

On September 10, Berlin Big Data Center organizes "Big Data All Hands Meeting" at the Smart Data Forum, at which the two national Big Data Competence Centers ScaDS and BBDC will present their current research and discuss future challenges.   >> more

Chancelor Merkel invited AI experts to the chancellery

Berlin – 2018-06-01

 Merkel meets AI experts

© Bundesregierung / Jochen Ecke

On May 29 Chancellor Angela Merkel invited AI experts to the chancellery for consultations in preparation of a German AI strategy. With Prof. Dr. Volker Markl (DFKI, TU Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller (TU Berlin) two members of Berlin Big Data Center joined the talks about potentials and challenges of Artificial Intelligence.   >> more

IBM Cloud for SDIL projects

Karlsruhe – 2018-19-04

Potential analysis for the use of big data analytics technologies in the context of your own company and with your own data – this is exactly what is possible with the help of the Smart Data Innovation Lab (SDIL). However, what is missing until now is the prototypical operationalization. For this purpose, it is necessary to use the data-driven model to fully leverage the service.
The current and future partners of the SDIL now can do this using the IBM Cloud with a so-called Academic Account: they receive a virtual project area and can use all the services from the IBM Cloud.   >> more

ABIDA expert workshop: "The tracked society"

Amsterdam – 2018-21-06

 ABIDA workshop participants


On June 21-22 the ABIDA expert workshop on the in-depth study of online media and social networks took place at the University of Amsterdam under the title "The Tracked Society – Interdisciplinary Approaches on Online Tracking". After an introductory debate about the definition and basic effects of tracking, ten previously selected papers regarding online tracking were presented and critically commented on – including topics like the advantages or disadvantages of different ways to generate data for social science purposes. Furthermore, additional relevant questions like the use or abuse of web tracking for political purposes were discussed.   >> more

Software Campus Grant for two PhD students of DIMA group

Berlin – 2018-06-07

Alexander Renz-Wieland and Bonaventura Del Monte, PhD students in the research group of Prof. Dr. Volker Markl have been awarded a 2018 Software Campus grant.
Alexander’s project, "Structure-Aware Parallel Machine Learning", aims to enable efficient parallel training of machine learning models by exploiting sparsity among data, models, and parameter updates.
The goal of Bonaventura’s project, "Efficiently Managing Large Distributed State for Scalable Stream Processing", is to enable efficient execution of stateful streaming pipelines for complex data analytics when the execution engine handles very large state.   >> more

SDIL @ Big Data Value Meet-up in Bulgaria

Sofia – 2017-05-16

 SDIL in Sofia


On May 16, 2018, the SDIL traveled to Sofia in Bulgaria to attend the Big Data Value Meet-up organized by the Big Data Value Association (BDVA). After two days of workshops and parallel sessions for PPP projects and BDVA members, the European, Bulgarian and Eastern European Big Data and AI community and ecosystem gathered in the Meet-up day to strengthen collaborations. Our colleague  Dr. Nhung Ngo shared SDIL experiences on data innovation in a panel discussion on existing capacities in Europe and innovation initiatives.  >> more

CLAIRE initiative aims at European AI excellence

Leiden, oslo, saarbrücken – 2018-06-18

In June 2018 CLAIRE, the “Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe” launched. CLAIRE is a coalition of leading research institutes and researchers for artificial intelligence in Europe with the goal to foster and pool AI expertise in Europe. The initiators soon garnered the support of more than 1000 AI experts and can build upon a letter of intend, signed by 25 European countries, which agreed to strengthen research and foster collaborations. Although CLAIRE is not a formally structured organization yet, the strong support from the European research community shows that it hast the potential to become a major hub for AI research in Europe.  >> more

ScaDS earns ESWC Best Research Paper Award

Heraklion – 2018-06-03

The research paper "Using Link Features for Entity Clustering in Knowledge Graphs" has received the Best Research Paper Award of the 15th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC) held in June 2018 in Heraklion, Greece. The paper, authored by Alieh Saeedi, Eric Peukert and Erhard Rahm, describes the CLIP algorithm for entity clustering that substantially outperforms previous approaches and that can also be applied for repairing entity clusters.  >> more

Turing Award Winner Michael Stonebraker @ BBDC

Berlin – 2018-09-21

 Michael Stonebraker

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On September 21, Turing Award winner Michael Stonebraker (MIT) will visit the BBDC and give a lecture on "Big Data, Technological Disruption and the 800 Pound Gorilla in the Corner"..  >> more

DIMA researchers @ SIGMOD 2018

Berlin – 2018-06-10

Prof. Dr. Tilmann Rabl, Dr. Sebastian Schelter, and Clemens Lutz from TU Berlin’s Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) Group recently presented their research at SIGMOD 2018 (the 2018 International Conference on Management of Data), which was held in Houston, TX, USA, on June 10th - June 15th, 2018. DIMAs senior researcher Sebastian Breß even earned the SIGMOD 2018 Distinguished PC Member Award.  >> more

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