Two data projects at National College of Ireland raise €3m in Horizon 2020 funding

27 Apr 2015

The European Commission has funded two big data research projects at the National College of Ireland (NCI) to the tune of €3m.

The two four-year projects will support NCI’s research in data analytics (Big Data) and cloud computing.

Dr Horacio Gonzalez-Velez, head of the Cloud Competency Centre at NCI, has been appointed vice-chair of the project: High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications (cHiPSet).

The second project is titled Computationally-intensive Methods for the Robust Analysis of Non-standard Data (CRoNoS). This aims to improve knowledge extraction from non-perfect and non-standard datasets via novel methods and tools in computing, statistics, machine learning and mathematics.

Data analytics in science

To date, widely-known applications of data analytics typically involve marketing, social, and other commercial applications. But “the modelling and simulation of data-intensive scientific applications are inherently complex, so there has been an increasing interest to widely deploy data analytics in science,” said González-Vélez, the main promoter of these two new Horizon 2020 projects.

“In particular, one would like to foster scientific discovery by efficiently using analytics, so one can underpin the scientific method using effective computer modelling and simulation in social, biomedical, and physical science. Academics and practitioners can be better equipped to carry out their evolving research and innovation jobs.

“These two European endeavours will help us work cooperatively with over 100 experts across the world,” González-Vélez added.

“It will substantially increase our data analytics know-how at NCI and across Ireland.”

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years