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
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.
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
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.
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.