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Big Data in Cologne 2015

In many fields of study, the amount of measured data or produced simulation results grows faster than it can be processed and analyzed with established methods. The associated challenges in the form of generation, analysis and storage of large data sets are often referred to as Big Data and considerably influence modern scientific practice. The conference “Big Data in Cologne“ provides a platform for scientists of the University Cologne and the Research Alliance Cologne to present their work and the problems they encounter when dealing with large data sets. The conference aims at indentifying common interests and also problems in the field of Big Data and to encourage researchers to find interdisciplinary solutions. The research potentials cover topics such as intelligent scientific data archiving, efficient generation of simulation results, faster algorithms, and also legal aspects of handling large data sets, particularly in medicine.

Everyone is welcome to join!


Monday, February 9th, 2015, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.



Neuer Senatssaal
University of Cologne - Main Building
50923 Cologne


The symposium is open for everyone. A registration is not needed to attend.







9:00-9:05 Greeting
9:05-10:00 Big Data – Overview and Characteristics Ulrich Lang Regional Computing Centre Cologne
10:00-10:30 Big data analytics for repositories of numerical simulations in industry Jochen Garcke Numerische datenbasierte Vorhersage, Fraunhofer SCAI
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:15 Future Earth Observation and Big Data Susanne Crewell Institute of Geophysics and Meteorology, UoC
11:15:11:40 Production and use of big data in fully coupled high-resolution modelling at HPSC TerrSys Stefan Kollet Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, FZ Jülich
11:40-12:05 Concepts towards working with big data in geosciences at HPSC TerrSys Klaus Görgen Institute for Advanced Simulation, FZ Jülich
12:05-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:00 Data Mining & Big Data in Earth and Planetary Sciences Dominik Hezel Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, UoC
14:00-14:30 Big Data Challenges in Radio-Astronomy David Champion MPI for Radioastronomy, Bonn
14:30-15:00 Big Data Challenges in Submm/FIR Astronomy Jürgen Stutzki I. Physikalisches Institut, UoC
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:00 Big Data in the Life Sciences Andreas Beyer Cellular networks and systems biology, UoC
16:00-16:30 Data management in research on patient care: how can we get informatics to help make dialysis treatment better? Gero von Gersdorff Klinik II für Innere Medizin - Nephrologie, UoC
16:30-17:00 Large Medical Datasets in Cloud Computing Environments Ali Sunyaev Information Systems, UoC
17:00-17:30 Big Data Analytics vs. Data Protection Norbert Nolte Law, Uoc / Freshfields
17:30-17:55 Big Data in der EU-Forschungsförderung Monika Goergen Kooperationsstelle EU der Wissenschaftsorganisationen
17:55-18:30 Discussion