Big Data: Risks and Scientific Opportunities

What is scientifically possible in the collection and use of Big Data, and how will this help citizens? What uses of big data will be prevalent over the next 10 years; and what abuses might happen? What (if any) are the limits of academic possibilities? What is the European added value in research on big data, and is it fully realised? Given the rapidly evolving field of big data, and its essentially interdisciplinary nature, are the structures of universities and of public funders sufficiently flexible to respond to the needs and demands of the field?

The Guild Policy Lab on Big Data brings together some of our leading scientists who have worked on its risks and scientific opportunities.



15.30: Registration

16.00: Welcome

16.10: Presentations and panel discussion

17.25: Closing remarks

17.30: Networking reception



Prof. Dirk Van Den Poel, Ghent University

Dirk Van Den Poel is a professor of Data Analytics and Big Data at Ghent University, where he specialises in Big Data, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and data mining. He has completed several projects in the field of customer intelligence for many international companies such as Dunnhumby (UK), Metro Group (Germany), Technicolor and Proximus.


Prof. Vonu Thakuriah, University of Glasgow

Vonu Thakuriah is the founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Urban Big Data Centre funded by UK's Economic and Social Research Council. The centre includes a national data service to inspire innovations for sustainable and socially just cities. She is interested in the analytics of emerging sources of Big Data to understand complex urban problems. This includes the technological, methodological, epistemological and political economy challenges related to working with Big Data.


Prof. Jaak Vilo, University of Tartu

Jaak Vilo is Head of the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Tartu, where he leads the the Bioinformatics, Algorithmics, and Data Mining research group. He is also part of the European Network of Excellence, ENFIN (An experimental network for functional integration). The network was engaged in developing infrastructures that are adapted to connect databases and platforms in order to enable both a generation of new bioinformatics tools and an  experimental validation of computational predictions.



Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit Science Policy and Foresight, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, and Professor of Communication Technology Policy, Vrije Universiteit Brussels



Prof. Jan Palmowski, Secretary General of the Guild



Published Mar. 27, 2017 4:03 PM - Last modified Mar. 27, 2017 4:03 PM