Benjamin W. WAH
Big Data is emerging as one of the hottest multi-disciplinary research fields in recent years. Big data innovations are transforming science, engineering, medicine, healthcare, finance, business, and ultimately society itself. In this presentation, we examine the key properties of big data (volume, velocity, variety, veracity, and value) and their relation to some applications in science and engineering. To truly handle big data, new paradigm shifts will be necessary. Successful applications in big data will require in situ methods to automatically extracting new knowledge from big data, without requiring the data to be centrally collected and maintained. Traditional theory on algorithmic complexity may no longer hold, since the scale of the data may be too large to be stored or accessed. To address the potential of big data in scientific discovery, challenges on data complexity, computational complexity, and system complexity will need to be solved. We propose a new approach based on identifying kernels to harness the complexity of big data applications. Kernel data is a compact and manageable representation of the original data, with similar structure, data properties, or meta-properties. We illustrate these challenges and approaches by drawing on examples in various applications in science and engineering.
Benjamin W. Wah is currently the Provost and Wei Lun Professor of Computer Science and Engineering of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as the Chair of the Research Grants Council of the University Grants Committee, Hong Kong, and the Franklin W. Woeltge Emeritus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before then, he served as the Director of the Advanced Digital Sciences Center in Singapore, as well as the Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, in 1979. He has received numerous awards for his contributions, which include the IEEE CS Technical Achievement Award (1998), the IEEE Millennium Medal (2000), the IEEE-CS W. Wallace-McDowell Award (2006), the Pan Wen-Yuan Outstanding Research Award (2006), the IEEE-CS Richard E. Merwin Award (2007), the IEEE-CS Tsutomu Kanai Award (2009), and the Distinguished Alumni Award in Computer Science of the University of California, Berkeley (2011). Wah's current research interests are in the areas of big data applications and multimedia design and processing.
Wah cofounded the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering in 1988 and served as its Editor-in-Chief between 1993 and 1996. He currently serves as the Honorary Editor-in-Chief of Knowledge and Information Systems and is on the editorial boards of Information Sciences, International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools, Journal of VLSI Signal Processing, World Wide Web, and Journal of Computer Science and Technology. He has served the IEEE Computer Society in various capacities, including Vice President for Publications (1998 and 1999) and President (2001). He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE.