by: Markus Latzel, CEO Palomino Inc.
Last week, we were again present on IBM’s Centre for Advanced Studies anual CASCON Conference, followed immediately by the co-located annual general meeting of NSERC’s Business Intelligence Research Network.
Aside from meeting old friends and enjoying face-to-face time with our research partners are University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, we used the time to learn about progress in various fields of interest to us:
- Visual Analytics
- Business Process Management
- Health Care Work Flows
Visual Analytics is high on IBM’s agenda, in a search for “consumable analytics” that allow stakeholders quick, easy to attain glances of corporate performance indicators and market data. Social data mining of course is a large area of interest, but also the “hard” data contained in corporate data bases and document repositories are still largely untapped in terms of extracting knowledge with decision-generating power. To fuel research in this area, IBM has announced the creation of the IBM Center for Advanced Visualization, a new visualization engine that they wish to open and standardize, and are looking for research partners and opportunities.
In a discussion with Stephan Jou, Sr. Architect at IBM’s Business Analytics CTO office, consumable analytics are driven largely by visualization research. How to display complex data in a meaningful way, reducing its complexity to understandable visualizations without losing information and context, is still a large, unsolved problem.
The Dalhousie team had a strong presence on both CASCON and BIN AGM – the team of four researchers garnered a total of three awards:
- Interactive Clustering of Semi-Structured Documents (Axel Soto, #1 Technology Showcase, Best Presentation)
- Document Clustering with Dual Supervision (Yeming Hu)
- Adaptable Feature Selection and Clustering for Text Streams (Yael Kollet)
- Smarter Text Similarity using Google n-grams (Aminul Islam, Best Presentation)
Healthcare Technology no doubt can benefit from deep data analytics as well – however here we feel that primarily the data acquisition is still a large concern of the industry, in particular the CIOs and IT vendors working on solutions for health care. Data analysis can only be as good as the raw data itself. Of course, health care providers are dealing with large amounts of unstructured information, and this problem will have to be solved before any meaningfull deep data analysis can be carried out.
All in all, this year was once again a showcase of powerful, applied research, and we are glad to be part of it.
Looking forward to CASCON/BIN 2013!
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