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From Big Data to Intelligent Systems


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Learn about the impact of 'Big Data' on many aspects of our living environment, and how it often goes wrong

Date and Time

12 October 2017 - 18:30-21:00


Stevenage, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - East:Beds & Herts local network. Contact Grazyna Whapshott (gwhapshott@theiet.org) for more information.

About this event

Over the last years, Big Data has become the stop-word answer to many of ICT's challenges. However, recent figures show that these Big Data projects are in no way more successful than any other ICT projects.

This raises the question as to what big data is really all about, what its use is and whether and how it can bring the solutions one is after. With the current success rate as low as 30%, one should also wonder as to why these projects are performing so poorly and where the real solution lies.

Is our current ICT equipment not able to deal with those challenges, or are there various reasons. Is it at all possible to identify the reasons for what goes “wrong” and where, but even more importantly, which developments are required to overcome some of these challenges?


1830  Networking & Refreshments
1900  Lecture starts
2000  Lecture finishes, followed by Q&A
2100  Event finishes

Reasons to attend

Over the last few years, Big Data has become the stop-word answer to many of ICT's challenges. However, recent figures show that these Big Data projects are in no way more successful than any other ICT projects. Dr Melis will demonstrate how and why so many 'Big Data' projects go wrong.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 2 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development
This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.
CPD Certificates (if required) are available  after the event upon request from our Secretary, Mr Ian Brooker (ibrooker@theiet.org).


Free of Charge

Additional information

Speaker: Dr Wim JC Melis, Senior Lecturer, Department of Engineering Science, University of Greenwich
Dr Melis obtained his PhD (2005) in Electronic Engineering – Computing Systems from Imperial College, London, where he had previously obtained an MSc in Analogue and Digital Integrated Circuit Design (2001). He received his first degree in Belgium in ndustrial Engineering in Electronics (MSc).

From 2005-2010, he worked at the European Patent Office in The Hague as a Patent Examiner (2005-2010), and then took a sabbatical at Tohoku university Japan as a COE Fellow working on a project that aimed to create hardware for a software based model of the human brain from 2008-2009. In 2011, he joined the University of Greenwich as a Senior Lecturer. 

His research interests are in the area of optimising the overall efficiency of a system at system level by developing cross-disciplinary solutions that go back and question basic principles. On one hand, he applies this in the context of computing where he looks at the lessons that can be learned from biological systems to design new computer hardware for intelligent systems and how these systems would learn.  On the other hand, he looks at a variety of different technologies in the area of sustainable energy generation and management, with a focus around the integration of energy storage and combination of various energy types. 

Registration information

Please register for this event if you intend to come.
This event is organised by the IET Beds & Herts Local Network as part of our 2017-18 program.


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