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Big Data Analytics - Foundations and Applications


  • [Sep 11, 2013] New location for both sessions (in both cases 01-029, Geb. 51)
  • [Aug 26, 2013] Location updated for both sessions (in both cases 04-007, Geb. 106)


Seminar Content

Thanks to near-exponential information growth, generated by mobile devices, log data of information systems, consumer-generated multimedia content, etc., Big Data has become the latest buzzword to capture all approaches, techniques, and instruments to fight and exploit this explosion of data.

The seminar at hand aims to define what Big Data actually is, outlining its solid technical foundations in new data processing and storage paradigms (in particular Hadoop/MapReduce and NoSQL approaches). Moreover, it shows that approaches similar to Big Data processing have been around for a while, e.g., with IBM's WebFountain.

After dealing with Big Data's foundations, the seminar will focus on applications that require massive amounts of data, such as collaborative and content-based filtering experienced in recommender systems.

Application Procedure

  • We kindly ask prospective participants to apply via HIS-LSF for participation in the indicated seminar
  • Please note that the number of participants is limited to 10.

Administrative Stuff

  • The seminar is organized as an en bloc seminar, consisting of two session with mandatory participation.
  • Session I: The first session will be held on Friday, Oct 25, 2013 in room 01-029, Geb. 51. The session takes place 10am s.t. until 1pm.

    The aim of this first session is to provide all participants with basic knowledge about Big Data, and what will be asked of students in terms of presentation skills and the writing of a scientific report, present the topics to be elaborated in presentations, and assign topics to participants. Moreover, the first session will address the organization of the second session, to be held over the weekend (Friday plus Saturday).

  • Session II: The second session will feature the oral presentations of all 10 participants and take place Dec 13-14, 2013 in room 01-029, Geb. 51. The session takes place 9am s.t. until 6pm on Friday, Saturday planning yet to be confirmed.
  • Additional information:
    • ECTS: 4 cr. (equals 2 SWS)
    • Location: As indicated for each session
    • Language: English/German
    • Time: 2 sessions: As indicated in the above paragraphs

Prerequisites for Passing

  • Full participation in both sessions is mandatory
  • Submission of written report (5-10 pages DIN A4, 12 pt., single-spaced, one-column) by Fri, Nov 22, 2013
  • Oral presentation of each participant (English or German); presentation 30 mins, discussion and question 10 mins; note that presentations have to be in PPT and need to follow the format template handed out in the first session
  • Final presentations need to be submitted by Fri, Dec 06, 2013 the latest, by email (cai.ziegler at hotmail dot de)
  • Participation in discussions and the quality of questions raised is also part of the final grade assigned
  • The final grade is composed 60% oral presentation plus participation in discussions and 40% written report

Topics and References

  • Topics and references will be handed out in the first session.
  • Note that the indicated paper references are only meant as starting point. Students are highly encouraged to search for other suitable references.