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Big Data Research - Newsletter
Newsletter Edition #008
August 2019

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End of Smart Data Forum / Newsletter discontinued

Berlin – 2019-08-31

With Smart Data Forum ending on August 31, 2019, the joint Big Data Research Newsletter will also be no longer continued. This is the last edition.
During the last three years this newsletter helped to foster exchange on key activities and successes among the Data Science Community in Germany. Smart Data Forum’s project team wants to sincerely thank all our partner organizations for their cooperation in making this possible.   >> more

Start of Forum Digital Technologies

Berlin – 2019-09-01

 Forum Digital Technologies

© Philip Wilson for Forum Digital Technologies

Smart Data Forum’s activities will be continued in the project Forum Digital Technologies. It has a larger scope aiming to support stakeholders not just in Smart Data but also in major digital technology fields such as AI, Security & Trust and IoT. The project will be managed by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence in Berlin in cooperation with Fraunhofer HHI and VDI/VDE-IT. The opening event on September 19, featuring State Secretary, will take place at the project’s showroom in Berlin.   >> more

Innovation to Challenges: Smart Data Innovation Challenge (SDI-C) Call

Leipzig – 2019-09-21

Smart Data Innovation Lab (SDIL) invites AI researchers to submit proposals for an open call under SDI-C program. Six AI micro projects will be funded for a maximum of six man-months, starting in October 2019. In addition, they will have access to infrastructure of the SDIL platform. Four projects with a reference to high-frequency data streams and time series and two thematically open AI-micro projects with pilot character will be funded. The projects are encouraged to include companies as associated partners and data providers who benefit from the results. Applications are open under until September 21, 2019.   >> more

5th Summer School on Big Data and Machine Learning was a success

Berlin – 2019-08-17


From August 17 to 23, 2019 the two Germany based Big Data Competence Centers ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig and BBDC held the 5th international summer school on Big Data and Machine Learning in Dresden. The highly recognized program included key notes from IBM, NVIDIA, Intel, and speakers from academia of both competence centers BBDC and ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig as well as invited speakers. Almost sixty participants learned about topics like uncertainty quantification, distributed machine learning and architectural optimization for deep learning and connected with experts from the field.   >> more

Joint TU Berlin & DFKI team awarded 1st place in the BTW 2019 Data Science Challenge

Berlin – 2019-03-05

Researchers from TU Berlin’s Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) Group and Big Data Management (BigDaMa) Group as well as DFKI’s Intelligent Analytics for Massive Data (IAM) Group were awarded first place in the BTW 2019 Data Science Challenge. The joint team was comprised of Mahdi Esmailoghli, Sergey Redyuk, Ricardo Martinez, Ariane Ziehn, Prof. Ziawasch Abedjan, Prof. Tilmann Rabl, and Prof. Volker Markl. Their submission was titled “[An] Explanation of Air Pollution Using External Data Sources”. The objective of the challenge was to analyze fine particle emission data collected by volunteers who participate in a Citizen Science project.   >> more

BBDC workshop on Distributed Stream Data Processing

Berlin – 2019-03-22

 Impressions from the event


On March 22, 2019 Berlin Big Data Center organized a workshop on „Distributed and Stream Data Processing and Machine Learning“ at Smart Data Forum in Berlin. Over 70 participants came to hear four insightful presentations by international high-level experts such as Prof. Volker Markl, Prof. Albert Bifet, Prof. Almar El Abbadi, Prof. Seif Harifi and Paris Carbone. Presentation topics included cloud computing, stream processing, Machine Learning in Data Streams as well as deep analytics and were followed by further discussions.   >> more

Workshop "Big Data and AI in Business 2019"

Leipzig – 2019-09-19

 SCaDS business workshop

© ScaDS

The Big Data Competence Center ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig is happy to invite you to the 4th edition of the "Big Data and AI in Business"-Workshop; September 19 and 20, 2019 in Leipzig. The program gives various opportunities for users and experts from business and research to exchange knowledge and insights. We are looking forward to exciting talks from industry (including Siemens, Globalfoundries, VNG, Mercateo), research demo sessions and a buffet with plenty of time and a high-quality food to discuss and connect.  >> more

German-Swedish exchange on AI

Stockholm – 2019-06-24

 Talk by Prof. Markl

© Smart Data Forum

On the June 24 and 25, 2019, Smart Data Forum organized a delegation trip to Stockholm under the theme "Scaling AI in Europe – Architectures and Governance of Future AI Platforms". The exchange was embedded in the German-Swedish Partnership for Innovation and aimed at finding possibilities for cooperation, discussing the development of a data analytics infrastructure as well as to get to know the Swedish AI ecosystem. The Swedish partners were the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) as well as the research institute RISE SICS.
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"German Digital Technologies" presents Germany's digital landscape

Berlin – 2019-02-01


The website serves as a dynamic directory for experts in administration, business, and research that provides a comprehensive overview of key German initiatives, programs, stakeholders, and strategies in the evolving digital technologies arena. It was created within the purview of Smart Data Forum in partnership with GTAI and Bitkom and will be continuosly updated by Forum Digital Technologies.  >> more

New IBM platform extension for SDIL

Karlsruhe – 2019-03-04


IBM Power System Accelerated Computer Server (AC922) features the latest Power9 processor technology to provide the power needed for modern high-performance computing (HPC), analysis and AI workloads and enables data-intensive operational loading for corporate AI. It is the only server capable of providing the process speed of data transactions between CPUs and GPUs (I / O performance) to this extent. With this ability SDIL and TECO will use AC922 for HPC, Deep Learning, elaborate text analysis, multilingual speech recognition and direct textual language translation of audio signals.  >> more

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