MIT-Harvard Communications Information Networks Circuits and Signals (CINCS) / Hamilton Institute Seminar
Date: May 12, 2021
Time: 10AM EDT
Title: From Data Platforms to Dataspaces: Enabling Data Ecosystems for Intelligent Systems
Speaker: Professor Edward Curry, National University of Ireland Galway
Abstract: Digital transformation is driving a new wave of large-scale datafication in every aspect of our world. Today our society creates data ecosystems where data moves among actors within complex information supply chains that can form around an organization, community, sector, or smart environment. These ecosystems of data can be exploited to transform our world and present new challenges and opportunities in the design of intelligent systems. This talk presents my recent work on using the dataspace paradigm as a best-effort approach to data management within data ecosystems. The talk explores the theoretical foundations and principles of dataspaces and details a set of specialized best-effort techniques and models to enable loose administrative proximity and semantic integration of heterogeneous data sources. Finally, I share my perspectives on future dataspace research challenges, including multimedia data, data governance and the role of dataspaces to enable large-scale data sharing within Europe to power data-driven AI.
Bio: Dr Edward Curry obtained his PhD in Computer Science from NUI Galway in 2006. From 2006-2015 he worked as a post-doctoral researcher and then research fellow at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI). He currently holds a Research Lectureship at the Data Science Institute at NUI Galway. Edward is Co-PI at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and a funded investigation at LERO. He is the author/co-author of over 180 peer-reviewed scientific publications with contributions to semantic technologies, incremental data management, event processing middleware, software engineering, distributed systems, and information systems. He has led several large-scale collaborative research projects at national and European levels. The technology he has developed with his team fuels many industrial applications, such as energy, water, and mobility management at Schneider Electric, Intel, and DELL Technologies. He was the organizer and programme co-chair of international conferences, including CIKM 2020, ECML 2018, and IEEE BigData Congress. Edward is co-founder and elected Vice President of the Big Data Value Association, an industry-led European big data community.