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Guest Lecture with Dr. Cesar Gonzalez: “Big Data: Practice and Applications”

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November 30, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Magill Commons

Free Event

The “Big Data” phenomenon has given rise to the emerging discipline of “Data Science.” Data science combines areas from computer science, artificial intelligence, and statistics among others, with the goal of extracting useful information and hidden patterns from large volumes of structured and unstructured data sources.

The applications of big data are numerous and go beyond their use in search engines and recommendation systems. In fact, big data techniques are being applied in science, health, and even in what were traditionally considered “soft” sciences, such as anthropology, journalism, etc.

After defining “big data” and “data science,” Dr. Cesar Gonzalez will present a number of examples that demonstrate the impact of big data in a number of disciplines. In the talk he also reviews the most popular computational and mathematical tools commonly used in this trade.

Dr. Gonzales, who retired from IBM in 2012 after 29 years of service, is currently an independent technology consultant working on topics that include Big Data. At IBM Cesar became an IBM Fellow, an executive position and the highest technical distinction that IBM confers. His technical expertise spans the areas of wireless communications and the development of video compression algorithms and systems. Early in his IBM career, he contributed to the development of the ubiquitous MPEG standard for digital video compression. He then led the research and development in IBM’s Digital Video Products group. His work included the development of ASICs and systems-on-a-chip for MPEG-2 encoders, set-top boxes, and other digital video consumer products. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the recipient of multiple awards from IBM as well as other external professional organizations.

This event is co-sponsored by the MU Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and the New Jersey Coast Section of IEEE.

This event will be held at Magill Commons, Rooms 107-108-109. For more information, please contact Rebecca Hanly, CSSE Secretary, at 732-571-7501 or

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