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Big, Fast, Weird Data

“In the past, we've focused on scale, but over the last few years, the big new problems have been about variety,” says Sam Madden, professor of electrical engineering at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). “Big Data is no longer just about processing a huge number of bytes, but doing things with data that you couldn’t do previously. Increasingly, data is coming at you really fast, and it’s much more complex. It’s not just tabular data you can easily stick into a spreadsheet or a database.”

Boston Globe Article on MIT Big Data Challenge

"Taxi data show Bostonians don't fear the cold"
An MIT contest reveals a portrait of the city through cab rides

"For yeaRS, Boston’s Department of Transportation has collected GPS data on every taxi pickup and drop-off throughout the city. It is an astonishing accumulation of raw numbers on how Bostonians get around, ripe with opportunity for analysis.

MIT, White House co-sponsor workshop on big-data privacy

Article by: Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office
March 4, 2014

"On Monday, MIT hosted a daylong workshop on big data and privacy, co-sponsored by the White House as part of a 90-day review of data privacy policy that President Barack Obama announced in a Jan. 17 speech on U.S. intelligence gathering.

MAR 26 2014 MEMBER WORKSHOP: BIG DATA ANALYTICS

Extracting useful information from very large data sets is challenging. In this workshop, we will focus on the challenges of applying machine learning, data mining, and statistics to massive-scale data sets. 

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White House to co-host workshop at MIT on ‘big data’ and privacy

As part of President Barack Obama’s call for a review of privacy issues in the context of increased digital information, MIT and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will co-host a daylong workshop on “big data” and privacy March 3 at MIT.

BRUCE SCHNEIER TALK

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"NSA Surveillance and What To Do About It"

MIT Launches First Online Professional Course on Big Data

Cambridge, Mass. – MIT will offer its first online professional course, Tackling the Challenges of Big Data, to a global audience beginning March 4, 2014. The four-week online course, aimed at technical professionals and executives, will tackle state-of-the-art topics in big data ranging from data collection, storage and processing to analytics and visualization, as well as address a range of real world applications.

JAN 31 2014 NEW ENGLAND DATABASE SUMMIT

Announcing a call for papers and participants for the Seventh Annual New
England Database Summit (NEDB Summit '14). This will be an all day
conference-style event where participants from the research community
in the New England area can come together to present ideas and discuss
their research. Registration for the event is free from students and a
nominal charge ($25) for non-students, and anyone is welcome to
attend. Lunch, drinks and appetizers will be provided. 

The event will also feature keynotes from James Mickens (Microsoft

DEC 10 2013 BIG DATA CHALLENGE MEETUP

Join us at meetup for the MIT Big Data Challenge - Transportation in the City of Boston.
MEETUP: TUESDAY DEC 10 5:00-7:00pm
LOCATION:  Stata Center, 32-G882, Hewlett Meeting Room
MAP: http://www.csail.mit.edu/contactus
REGISTER:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-big-data-challenge-meetup-tickets-9532175995
 

MIT Big Data Initiative Launches Transportation Challenge, Privacy Working Group at White House Event

The Big Data Initiative at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) today announced two new activities aimed at improving the use and management of Big Data.  The first is a series of data challenges designed to spur innovation in how people use data to solve problems and make decisions. The second is a new Big Data and Privacy Working Group that will bring together leaders from industry, government and academia to address the role of technology in protecting and managing privacy.

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