Big Data is the new oil or new soil ?

Tuesday 11th March 2014 @ 19:00

Non-Member: £12.00 ; Staff: £5.00 ; Student: £3.00

Yike Guo, Professor in Computing Science and Director of the Data Science Institute, Imperial College London.

Huge amounts of data are being collected in many areas of human endeavour creating new opportunities to understand phenomena in meteorology, health, finance, and many other sectors.  Professor Yike Guo says, “Data is the new natural resource of the twenty first century. If we harness it effectively, it could drive innovation and improve our daily lives in many significant ways. Imperial’s Data Science Institute places us at the heart of this revolution.” Professor Guo is deeply involved with the commercialisation of advanced techniques founding Inforsense in 1999 which merged with  ID Business Solutions Ltd.   in 2009 and where Prof Guo is Chief Innovation Officer.  Please download a poster of the lecture and put it on a notice board near you.


The Data Science Institute at Imperial College London is a hub for data-driven research and education. The Institute cultivates multidisciplinary collaborations between the College's academic experts and research partners to create the next generation of big data technologies.

Data science deals with collecting, processing, managing, analysing, interpreting and visualising the large and complex datasets that are becoming commonplace in modern research. Imperial’s Data Science Institute builds on the College’s critical mass of multi-disciplinary expertise, including visual analytics, cloud computing, data mining and management.

Sir Keith O’Nions, President & Rector of Imperial College London, says: “Imperial is uniquely positioned to address big data issues. The College’s Data Science Institute places data at the core of modern science and engineering. It will enable our academics to drive forward the next generation of big data technologies.

“We live in a world of unprecedented data creation – from social networks, digital cities and healthcare to molecular biology and astrophysics. Data drives our scientific research and impacts our daily lives. Understanding and harnessing this mass of information requires a range of specialist skills that our academics are well-placed to exploit. The development and application of these skills will revolutionise the way we conduct scientific research.

“We are experiencing a perfect storm of technological innovation. Mobile internet, cloud computing and the Internet of Things are creating data at an astonishing rate, which our Data Science  Institute is extremely well placed to harness.

“Data is becoming a new kind of utility. The incredible growth of big data, open data and new data are providing opportunities for improved public services, innovation in business models and new ways of living."

“Healthcare is an obvious area, with the increasing amount of information available from hospital records, molecular profiling technologies and body sensors. This data can be used to simultaneously analyse cause of disease and effectiveness of treatment for individual patients. Systems to feed this information back to hospitals, GPs and pharmaceutical companies, will improve personalised therapies, providing better diagnoses and treatments. One of our missions is to turn such ideas into reality”, says Professor Guo.

Professor Yike Guo in business

Bloomberg Businessweek says  "Prof. Yike Guo serves as the Chief Innovation Officer of ID Business Solutions Ltd. Prof. Guo serves as Technical Director of the Parallel Computing Center. Prof. Guo founded InforSense Ltd. in November 1999 and served as its Chief Technology Officer since January 2009. Prof. Guo served as the Vice President of Innovation for ID Business Solutions Ltd. He serves as a Head of the Data Mining Group at Imperial College, University of London. Prof. Guo served as the Chief Executive Officer of InforSense Ltd. until January 2009. He is a world leading expert in large scale data mining and Grid computing. He led a number of significant academic and industrial research and development projects targeted at building next generation e-Science platforms for which he has gained UK and European funding in excess of L10million for four years. He served as a Director of InforSense Ltd. since January 2009. Prof. Guo holds a PhD in Computer Science from Imperial College and is Professor in the department of computing of Imperial College London."


Optionally followed by supper (this can be booked on the event booking form).
After the lecture a Friends' Table has been reserved at a local restaurant to entertain the speaker and for any of the audience who would like to join us to continue the evening's discussion. A two-course fixed price supper is served including wine, coffee and service charge.
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Venue: Lecture Theatre 1, SAF Building, Imperial College London

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