October 18, 2018

Second ‘Big Data’ seminar features advice on managing huge sums of information

Huge amounts of data can’t help anyone if researchers don’t develop tools and techniques to manipulate and make sense of them.

The second in a series of seminars on “big data” and its ramifications will feature a computer scientist from the University of Connecticut giving a talk on building efficient techniques to process data and creating tools to extract useful information from massive data sets.

Learn how to get useful information from big data Nov. 1

“Big Data: Challenges and Algorithms” is set for 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Life Science III auditorium, Room 1059. It is the second in the series of seminars hosted by the Sigma Xi scientific research honors society aimed at building research and teaching synergy at SIU in the emerging field.

Event will focus on challenges processing big data in various disciplines

The upcoming event will feature Sanguthevar Rajasekaran, a distinguished data analytic computer scientist.

Rajasekaran will describe challenges in processing big data in various disciplines. He also will provide an overview of some basic techniques. In particular, he will summarize various data processing and reduction techniques.

Seating is limited, reservations required

Seats are limited at both lunches, and reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Jane Geisler-Lee, adjunct assistant professor of plant biology, at geislerlee@siu.edu.

Rajasekaran will also lead workshop and meet students

In addition to the seminar, Rajasekaran will provide a workshop on machine learning. The workshop runs just prior to the seminar, from 1-3 p.m. in rooms 752-754 at Morris Library.

During his visit on campus, Rajasekaran will also have two pizza lunches with students. The first is from Noon to 1 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the DeJarnett American Heritage Room on the third floor of Morris Library. The second is from 11 a.m. to Noon on Nov. 2 at the same location.

Along with Sigma Xi, the seminar series is supported by the colleges of science, engineering and education and human services, as well as the departments of mathematics, plant biology and geography and environmental resources, and the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research.