CDT-EI Cohort 2 student Rhys Comissiong and Cohort 5 student Jack Prior attended attended the BigDat2019 research training week, hosted by the IRDTA at the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering from the 7th to 11th January 2019.

Jack Prior gave a short account of the event:

The event comprised of a series of workshops focusing on its namesake: the evolving landscape of techniques available to data scientists that can aid in the handling of Big Data. Whilst the array of 4.5 hour lecture series available all shared a common link to this area, there was great diversity in the array of techniques and topics discussed. These included, but were not limited to:

  • Big Data Clustering
  • Network Analysis
  • Cloud Computing
  • Data-Driven Optimisation
  • Data and Deep Learning Ethics

These modules were delivered by the highest possible calibre of speaker, including incredibly cited technical innovators such as Geoffrey McLachlan (Finite Mixture Modelling) and Sankar Kumar Pal (Granular Computing), with a keynote delivered by Kenji Takeda, former global lead for Microsoft’s Azure for Research Program. As a researcher in Embedded Intelligence, the event has been transformational of my understanding of data: how their volume, shape and structure vitally affect their successful deployment in problem solving. The IRDTA hosts training weeks in the field of data science multiple times per year globally. I would strongly advise my peers to attend, based on the value proposition of BigDat2019.


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