Our staff and researchers were pleased to lead sessions as part of a popular summer school organised by the Institute for Analytics and Data Science.
The two-week IADS Big Data and Analytics Summer School started on 5th September at the University of Essex. The event attracted graduates, postgraduates, researchers and professionals in the emerging fields of big data, data science and analytics who wanted to find out more or be updated on the current trends and developments in this exciting and fast-developing field.
On the first day of the event Dr Abhijit Sengupta, a researcher within BLGDRC’s ‘Methodologies for big data’ research stream, led a session on ‘Building agent based models for theory and empirical research’.
Abhijit said, “The introductory level session included three hours of theory and one hour of practical work and covered an introduction to complex systems and how agent based methods are suitable for examining the dynamics of such systems. We also covered different approaches to modelling using agent based simulations, the essential features of such models and some practical advice on designing robust models. During the practical session the attendees, who were mostly PhD students from University of Essex and other institutions, were introduced to the Netlogo software and were shown examples of models which use the software.”
Richard Skeggs, Business Data Manager at BLGDRC, led three sessions over the course of the summer school focusing on ‘Machine learning with Mahout’, ‘A hands on introduction to Spark’ and ‘R and databases’.
Richard said, “I was very pleased with how these sessions went. As well as teaching the attendees about various software packages we were also able to demonstrate the services we are able to offer via our HPC, from where we ran the Spark software on the day. Postgraduates, researchers and even professors attended the event – with some flying in from as far away as India, Palestine and Europe. The networking opportunities were brilliant with researchers able to introduce themselves to like-minded colleagues from around the world.”
Other sessions led by BLGDRC researchers were:
Big data and finance, Professor Neil Kellard (University of Essex)
Introduction to meta-analysis, Professor Elena Kulinskaya (University of East Anglia)