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Alasdair Gray Seminar: Data Integration in a Big Data Context

When:
Wednesday, 2nd September 2015
Time:
11:00am - 12:00pm
Where:
Conference Room, Urban Big Data Centre, 7 Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8RZ get directions

Abstract

Data is being generated all around us – from our smart phones tracking our movement through a city to the city itself sensing various properties and reacting to various conditions. However, to maximise the potential from all this data, it needs to be combined and coerced into models that enable analysis and interpretation. In this talk I will give an overview of the techniques that I have developed for data integration: integrating streams of sensor data with background contextual data and supporting multiple interpretations of linking data together. At the end of the talk I will overview the work I will be conducting in the Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland.

Biography

Alasdair is a Lecturer in Computer Science at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. He previously held postdoc positions in the Information Management Group at the University of Manchester and and the Information Retrieval Group at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses  on practical data management and its application in information systems –  utilising and extending advances in knowledge management technologies to improve information systems. This approach has supported advances in science while deepening the understanding of knowledge based systems to support future applications. He has collaborated with a large range of scientists – from astronomers through the life sciences to environmental scientists – working with both academic research labs and industrial partners. 

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