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The First Berlin Big Data Center Symposium Held in Berlin

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The Berlin Big Data Center held its first Symposium on November 8th at the Smart Data Forum, located in Berlin. At this event, members of the BBDC presented the project’s interim results from two years of research.

Since the BBDC started in October 2014 as a big data competence center in Berlin, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the participating research groups accepted the challenge to find solutions for complex, advanced analysis problems on huge amounts of data with new scientific approaches.

The president of the TU Berlin, Prof. Dr. Christian Thomsen opened the event and welcomed the about 70 participants. Mentioning the importance of research in big data, he congratulated the BMBF for the initiative to support big data centers of excellence.


Then Dr. Tilmann Rabl, the scientific coordinator of the BBDC, Prof. Dr. Volker Markl, the director of the BBDC, and Prof. Dr. Klaus-Robert Müller, the co-director presented the work of the BBDC, its research projects, and the BBDC’s success story in detail.

Further guest speakers from ScaDS Dresden/Leipzig, University of Mannheim, and Zalando SE as well as BBDC principal investigators also presented their research and engaged in discussion on the current state of the art in various fields of big data analytics and data management, such as data integration, text analytics, and data mining.

Two Hours of Demonstrations and Networking

The event also hosted demonstrations from all BBDC partners, Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society (MPI/FHI) and Beuth University of Applied Science Berlin.  After the talks the participants had the opportunity to get a detailed insight into the work of the BBDC via demonstrators and were able to speak with all researchers.