CfP: Data Analysis Dev Room at Fosdem 2011


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Call for Presentations: Data Analysis Dev Room, FOSDEM
http://fosdem.org
5 February 2011
1pm to 7pm
Brussels, Belgium


This is to announce the Data Analysis DevRoom co-located with FOSDEM. The first Meetup on analysing and learning from data, taking place in Brussels, Belgium.

Important Dates (all dates in GMT +2):

  • Submission deadline: 2010-12-17
  • Notification of accepted speakers: 2010-12-20
  • Publication of final schedule: 2011-01-10
  • Meetup: 2011-02-05


Data analysis is an increasingly popular topic in the hacker community. This trend is illustrated by declarations such as:


"I keep saying the sexy job in the next ten years will be statisticians. People think I’m joking, but who would’ve guessed that computer engineers would’ve been the sexy job of the 1990s? The ability to take data—to be able to understand it, to process it, to extract value from it, to visualize it, to communicate it—that’s going to be a hugely important skill in the next decades, not only at the professional level but even at the educational level for elementary school kids, for high school kids, for college kids. Because now we really do have essentially free and ubiquitous data. So the complimentary scarce factor is the ability to understand that data and extract value from it."

-- Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist



Topics
The event will comprise presentations on scalable data processing. We invite you to submit talks on the topics:


  • Information retrieval / Search
  • Large Scale data processing
  • Machine Learning
  • Text Mining
  • Computer vision
  • Linked Open Data
  • Sample list of related open source / data projects (not exhaustive) :
  • http://lucene.apache.org
  • http://hadoop.apache.org (including MapReduce, Pig, Hive, ...)
  • http://www.r-project.org/
  • http://scipy.org
  • http://mahout.apache.org
  • http://opennlp.sourceforge.net
  • http://nltk.org
  • http://opencv.willowgarage.com
  • http://mloss.org & http://mldata.org
  • http://dbpedia.org & http://freebase.com


Closely related topics not explicitly listed above are welcome.

High quality, technical submissions are called for, ranging from principles to practice.

We are looking for presentations on the implementation of the systems themselves, real world applications and case studies.

Submissions should be based on free software solutions.

Submission
Proposals should be submitted at fosdem.datadevroom@gmail.com no later than 2010-12-17. Acceptance notifications will be sent out on 2010-12-20.

Please include your name, bio and email, the title of the talk, a brief abstract in English language. Please indicate the level of experience with the topic your audience should have (e.g. whether your talk will be suitable for newbies or is targeted for experienced users.)

The presentation format is short: 30 minutes including questions. We will be enforcing the schedule rigorously.

Sponsoring
If you are interested in sponsoring the event (e.g. we would be happy to provide videos after the event, free drinks for attendees as well as an after-show party), please contact us. Note: "DataDevRoom sponsors" will not be endorsed as "FOSDEM sponsors" and hence not listed in the sponsors section on the fosdem.org website.

Announcements
Follow @DataDevRoom on twitter for updates. News on the conference will be published on our website at http://fosdem.org.

Program Chairs:

  • Olivier Grisel - @ogrisel
  • Isabel Drost - @MaineC
  • Nicolas Maillot - @nmaillot

Please re-distribute this CFP to people who might be interested.