21. October 2014 22:47
"How to Save The World Without Wearing Your Underpants on The Outside"
In May 2014, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs met in Washington, D.C. and predicted a perfect storm. On the one hand there is a demand for food from an ever growing population, whilst on the other, changes to the climate system are bringing storms, floods and heat waves which are diminishing crop yields. In this session we'll take a code heavy (C#) look at what data science can do to help maximise crop yields, at every level, from sowing to harvest; including the interesting question of, "can we monitor crop health from space?" (hint: yes we can and it's very cool). So come along to this session and find out how data scientists are helping to save the world from the comfort of their offices.
"Best Practices in Heterogeneous Big Data Stores"
In this session, Gary will cover best practice architectures for heterogeneous Big Data stores, covering SQL, NoSQL and distributed systems, and how best to make them interoperable.
Gary Short is a freelance data science practitioner and trainer, based in Dundee, UK. He has a deep understanding of the full Hadoop and HDInsight environment, as well as an interest in Social Network Analysis, (UCINet and Pajek) and computational linguistics (NLTK). Gary can be found on Twitter (@garyshort) and Facebook (TheOtherGaryShort).
The meeting will open at 6:00 p.m on Tuesday, the 18th November 2014 at the Lecture Theatre, EDF Energy Conference Centre, Barnwood, Gloucester GL4 3RS. You can arrive from Barnett Way and park at the EDF Energy car park. Conference building is located directly on the left from main reception and it's pass protected. You'll need to sign in for the fire registry.
Welcome Start at 6.15pm and the as usual event at 6.30pm and end at about 9pm. There will be a half-time break with pizza and a quick pub visit afterwards. Please arrive on time.