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Recommender Systems Operating on High-Volume Data


  • [Oct 18, 2016] Date for second session changed from Dec 10 & 11, 2016 to Dec 03 & 04, 2016
  • [Aug 23, 2016] First announcement of seminar on DBIS website is live


Seminar Content

  • During the last years, "Big Data" has made its way from labs into popular media and even everyday life. The same holds true for "Recommender Systems" as a means of customization for the masses.
  • The seminar at hand will she light onto what Big Data actually is, and how high volumes of data are actually being managed in terms of software frameworks. At the same time, it analyzes the algorithmic clockworks of Recommender Systems, which we know well from services like Amazon, YouTube, or Spotify.
  • Taken together, we have a look at approaches to personalization and recommendation that are operating on large data, or, more prominently, Big Data.

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 sessions with mandatory participation.
  • Session I: The first session will be held on Saturday, Oct 29, 2016, from 9am s.t. to 12.30pm (SR 01-016, Geb. 101). The aim of this first session is to provide all participants with basic knowledge about 'Recommender Systems' and 'Big Data', as well as 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 (Saturday plus Sunday).
  • Session II: The second session will feature the oral presentations of all 10 participants and take place Saturday, Dec 03 (SR 01-016, Geb. 101) - Sunday, Dec 04, open end (SR 01-016, Geb. 101).
  • Additional information:
    • ECTS: 4 cr. (equals 2 SWS)
    • Location: As indicated for each session (session I: SR 01-016, Geb. 101; session II: SR 01-016, Geb. 101)
    • Language: English/German
    • Time: Two sessions: Saturday, Oct 29, 2016, 9am - 12.30pm and Saturday + Sunday, Dec 03/04, time tbd, open end

Prerequisites for Passing

  • Participation in both sessions
  • Submission of written report (8-10 pages DIN A4, 12 pt., single-spaced, one-column) by Nov 18, 2016
  • 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 Nov 27, 2016, 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.