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Big on Big Data

22 Aug 2013

In a data crunching mood, over 250 students and some teachers attended the IHPC Student Seminar titled ‘Big On Big Data.” The event in August 2013 at the Genexis Theatre within Fusionopolis, served to introduce various aspects of the hot topic, Big Data that is poised to change the way we view and understand the world.

IHPC’s Dr. Erika Legara and Henry Kassim from Computing Science department gave a gentle introduction to Big Data, and provded an example of how big data analytics, powered by high-performance computing (HPC) technologies can help to predict the impact of public transport disruptions on the MRT network.

Mr Chan Chi Loong from VslashR, a data visualization company, spoke on how to translate big data insights into visual diagrams and charts that help people to understand the underlying trends better

Assistant Professor Justin Dauwels from NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, presented on various big data-related projects on this small island – including understanding Singapore’s traffic patterns, diving into neuro-engineering through analyzing large chunks of brain data, and even social robotics.

Mr Harish Pillay, IT industry veteran and Red Hat evangelist, spoke on ‘Big Data – Why Should I Care?’, and went on to give valid reasons to care. He also used anonymous data collected from the students via a special online survey conducted before the Seminar, to illustrate how researchers can extrapolate trends from collections of raw data.

The Big Data Seminar ended with a Q&A session, with all the speakers given an opportunity to address certain questions on Big Data through the Pigeonhole Live online system.