Experts to Gather for Intelligent Data Analytics Workshop

The IEEE Southern Alberta Section Computer Chapter, in partnership with the Intelligent Software Systems Laboratory at the University of Calgary, is bringing together academics and industry experts for a discussion on the state of Big Data.

The Intelligent Data Analytics Workshop will be held at the University of Calgary Downtown Campus on Friday, March 27. It is the first event of its kind put on by the group and will feature TED-style talks from experts as well as case studies from across different industries using big data and analytics.

“Researchers in academia as well as engineers in the industry can get together and exchange information and knowledge and find areas in which they can collaborate,” said Mohammad Moshirpour, who is the chair of the IEEE Southern Alberta Section Computer Chapter.

The current lineup of speakers includes:

  • Dr. Behrouz Far, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Reda Alhajj, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary

One of the speakers, Dr. Behrouz Far, is the director of the Intelligent Software Systems Laboratory at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, where he and his students have been studying techniques in delivering and development of analytics and intelligent systems in various sectors. His particular interest is in transportation, where data processing has been more traditional.

“The transportation industry needs historical analytics to make good use of connectivity,” said Dr. Far. One of the challenges, for example, would be the bandwidth needed to support a system where all cars are connected and how all of their data could be used to facilitate traffic flow.

Part of the workshop will explore how different industries use big data and intelligent data analytics, including petroleum, finance, and medicine. The event will also feature a poster showcase from students at the University of Calgary on their big data and data analytics projects.

Anyone interested in data analytics and its diverse applications is invited to attend the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, and to register for the event, visit