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Herrenhausen Conference: "Big Data in a Transdisciplinary Perspective"

On March 25-27, 2015, researchers and international experts meet in Hannover for a Herrenhausen Conference on "Big Data in a Transdisciplinary Perspective" to address open questions, unsolved problems, and future perspectives.

Large amounts of data, a variety of sources, high speed production, but also high speed processing - these are the basic characteristics of Big Data. The amount of data that is generated and collected in each second grows exponentially. The management of Big Data, the intelligent use of large, heterogeneous data sets, is becoming increasingly important for competition. It is affecting all sectors - industry and academia but also the public sector. While the economy is exploring Big Data as a new gold mine, politicians are fighting over the problem of data capitalism, whereas science tackles the question of cross-disciplinary benefits, as well as on the challenges and the likely consequences for technology, innovation, and society.

The focus of the Herrenhausen Conference lies on open questions, unsolved problems, and future perspectives. The conference on Big Data therefor will not focus on a particular discipline but provide a transdisciplinary forum for Big Data researchers. We would like to discuss the challenges and consequences of Big Data research for society as well as innovation and technology, address the influence on economics as well as the legal framework and close on the challenges for research and research funding in the field of Big Data. Our goal is to create an inspiring setting for the discussion of new ideas.

We invite all researchers and experts working in this field! There is no fee for the attendance, but registration is essential.

PROGRAM:

Wednesday, 25 March 2015
1:00 p.m. Registration

Conference Opening and Welcome

2:00 p.m.
Welcome Address: Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation

Session 1: Big Data and Science - Idle Potentials (Chair: Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute, United Kingdom)

2:10 p.m.
Keynote
Christine L. Borgman, Presidental Chair and Professor of Information Studies, Department of Information Studies, UCLA, USA: Data, Scholarship, and Disciplinary Practice

3:30 p.m.
Coffee break

4:00 p.m.
Statements and Discussion
- Clifford A. Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information, Washington, DC, USA
- Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and Member of the Steering Board of Research Data Alliance: Data Science: Practices and Ambitions

6:00 p.m.
Dinner

Session 2: Public Lecture (Chair: Thomas Petzold, Head of Department Media- and Event Management, University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication, Germany)

7:00 p.m.
Keynote
Stephan Fischer, Head of Software Department, Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH, Germany

8:00 p.m.
Get together

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Session 3 - Big Data and Economic Challenges (Chair: Arnold Picot, Research Center for Information, Organization and Management, University of Munich)

9:00 a.m.
Keynote
Anindya Ghose, IOMS Department & Marketing Department, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, USA (tbc)

10:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.
Statements and Discussion
- Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director, SAS UK & Ireland (tbc)
- Stefan Bender, Head of the Data Research Center, Institute for Employment Research, Germany: Researcher Access, Economic Value and the Public Good

12:30 p.m.
Lunch Break

Session 3 – New Research Projects (Chair: Amir Zeldes, Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics, Georgetown University, USA)

1:30 p.m.
Lightning Talks und Poster Session (Young researchers)

3:00 p.m.
Coffee Break

Session 4 - Coping with Big Data (Chair: Thomas Lippert, Director of the Institute for Advanced Simulation, Head of Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Germany)

3:30 p.m.
Keynote
Dirk Helbing, Professor of Sociology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

4:30 p.m.
Coffee Break

5:00 p.m.
Statements and Discussion
- Shivakumar Vaithyanathan, 2014 IBM Fellow and Senior Manager, Cognitive Computing, IBM, San Jose, CA, USA
- Rajendra Akerkar, Senior Researcher, Western Norway Research Institute, Sogndal, Norway

7:00 p.m.
Dinner

Friday, 27 March 2015

Session 5 - Big Data and Legal Framework (Chair: Matthew Woollard, Director, UK Data Archive and UK Data Service, University of Essex, UK)

9:00 a.m.
Keynote
Julia Lane, American Institutes for Research, University of Strasbourg and University of Melbourne: Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement

10:00 a.m.
Coffee Break

10:30 a.m.
Statements and Discussion
- Thomas Hoeren, Institut für Informations-, Telekommunikations- und Medienrecht, University of Münster, Germany
- Nikolaus Forgó, Institute for Legal Informatics, University of Hannover

12:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

Session 6 – Digital Humanities (Chair: Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute, United Kingdom)

12:45 p.m.
Keynote
Andrew Prescott, AHRC Digital Transformations Theme Fellow and Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom: Big Data in the Arts and Humanities

Session 7 - Big Data and Challenges for Research and Research Funding (Chair: Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation)

1:45 p.m.
Introductory Remarks
Volker Markl, Chair of the Database Systems and Information Management, University of Berlin

Statements:
- Oscar Corcho, Associate Professor Ontology Engineering Group, Faculty of Informatics, Polytechnical University of Madrid, Spain
- Michael Dunn, Head, Genetic and Molecular Science Team, Science Funding, The Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom (tbc)
- Joshua M. Greenberg, Program Director, Digital Information Technology Program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, USA
- Márta Nagy-Rothengass, Head of Unit Data Value Chain, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission, Luxemburg (tbc)
- Stefan Winkler-Nees, Scientific Library Services and Information Systems, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn, Germany and Volker Markl

3:00 p.m.
End of Conference

PROGRAM ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

- Dietmar Harhoff, Munich Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research (MCIER), Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
- Wilhelm Krull, Secretary General, Volkswagen Foundation
- Thomas Lippert, Director, Institute for Advanced Simulation, and Head, Jülich Supercomputing Centre
- Volker Markl, Chair of the Database Systems and Information Management, University of Berlin (TU)
- Arnold Picot, Research Center for Information, Organization and Management (IOM), University of Munich (LMU)
- Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
- Amir Zeldes, Asstistant Professor of Computational Linguistics, Georgetown University

HERRENHAUSEN CONFERENCES:

With its Herrenhausen Conferences the Volkswagen Foundation provides international experts as well as junior researchers with a platform for an intense interdisciplinary dialogue on exciting new areas of research and innovative methodological approaches. The main focus of the conferences does lie on the current challenges faced by each research area rather than on further in-depth discussions and analyses of individual well-established topics. We are interested in unanswered questions and unsolved problems – and in the respective research field’s relevance for society.

Information on participating / attending:
There is no fee for the attendance, but registration is essential.
Link for registration: https://veranstaltungen.volkswagenstiftung.de/

more information: http://www.volkswagenstiftung.de/bigdata

Date: 03/25/2015 13:00 - 03/27/2015 15:00

Event venue:

Herrenhausen Palace
Herrenhäuser Straße 5
30419 Hanover, Germany
30419 Hanover
Niedersachsen
Germany

Target group: Business and commerce, Scientists and scholars

Email address: kremers@volkswagenstiftung.de

Relevance: international

Subject areas: Cultural sciences, Economics / business administration, Information technology, Law, Mathematics

Types of events: Conference / symposium / (annual) conference

Sender/author: Jens Rehländer

Department: Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

VolkswagenStiftung

Event is free: yes

Language of the text: English

URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event49417

 



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