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October 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Integrating data has always been a challenge. The information management community has made great progress in tackling this challenge, both on the theory and the practice. But in the last ten years, the world has changed dramatically. New platforms, devices and applications have made huge volumes of heterogeneous data available at speeds never contemplated before, while the quality of the available data has if anything degraded. Unstructured and semi-structured formats and no-sql data stores undercut the old reliable tools of schema, forcing applications to deal with data at the instance level. Deep expertise in the data and domain, in the tools and systems for integration and analysis, in mathematics, computer science, and business are needed to discover insights from data, but rarely are all of these skills found in a single individual or even team. Meanwhile, the availability of all these data has raised expectations for rapid breakthroughs in many sciences, for quick solutions to business problems, and for ever more sophisticated applications that combine and analyze information to solve our daily needs. In the Accelerated Discovery Lab, NCSU supports data scientists working with a broad range of data as they try to find the insights to solve problems of business or societal importance and Dr. Haas will describe the environment we are creating, the advances in the field that enable it, and the challenges that remain.
Reception to immediately follow in Duke Energy Hall.