Session 4.2 - Big Data

Chair: Dr. David Konopnicki, IBM

Session Abstract

Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. This data comes from everywhere: sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, purchase transaction records, and cell phone GPS signals to name a few. This data is big data and spans three dimensions: Volume, Velocity and Variety. But big data is more than simply a matter of size; it is an opportunity to find insights in new and emerging types of data and content, to make business more agile, and to answer questions that were previously considered beyond reach. In this session, we will explore different approaches and tools to Big Data problems.




Prof. Assaf Schuster has been with the Technion since 1991. He has published papers on a surprisingly wide range of topics, including scalable data mining, computer architecture, virtualization systems, concurrency bugs, verification software, shared memory, monitoring of data streams, multi-level collaborative caching, peer-to-peer networks, and privacy preservation. Recently, he has been working to establish TCE – the Technion Center for Computer Engineering, which he heads. Members of TCE include over forty applied computer scientists from the Technion CS and EE departments, as well as many leaders of industrial research and innovation. TCE’s mission is to foster interaction between academy and industry by colocating them and by enforcing relaxed IP rules. Assaf lives in Haifa and is a father of three and a dog. His apartment has a wonderful view of the sea and the Carmel. His hobbies include cross-country biking, Jeep tours, Indian cooking, concerts, reading, and the game of Go. His preferred coffee is macchiato. He follows basic Chinese dietary rules and regularly practices Pilates.


Oren Winter is the Director of Software Development in the Business Intelligence (BI) team in Microsoft’s Israel Development Center (ILDC) where he and his team are working on bringing Microsoft’s BI assets of analytics and reporting to the Cloud, on Windows Azure. Oren joined Microsoft in 2002, and worked in various Software Development roles on Windows client, Windows Server and Windows Embedded products in the company’s headquarters in the US. Prior to joining Microsoft, Oren worked in software development roles in several start-up companies in Israel. Oren holds a B.Sc. in Computer Sciences from Bar-Ilan University.


Dr. Michal Shmueli-Scheuer is a Researcher at the IBM Research Lab in Haifa, Israel. Michal received her PhD in information and computer science at the University of California, Irvine in 2009. Her area of expertise is in the fields of large scale analytics, database and information systems, focusing on user behavior analytics, and information management on the web. She has authored numerous papers on data management and information retrieval in leading conferences and journals.