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The Berlin Big Data Center Phase II


Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and established in 2014, the Berlin Big Data Center (BBDC) is a national big data competence center led by the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB). In Phase I, besides TUB, BBDC consortium partners included the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max Planck Society, and the Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB). Over its initial four-year period, the BBDC sought to prepare German/European industry, science and society for the global big data revolution. Its key objectives include:

  1. conducting fundamental research to enable scalable big data analysis,
  2. developing an integrated, declarative, and highly scalable open-source system for advanced data analysis,
  3. transferring technology and know-how to support innovation in industry, and
  4. educating future data scientists at leading academic programs.

In 2018, the BBDC entered into a subsequent three-year period due to an additional funding award by the BMBF. In Phase II, besides TUB, the consortium partners include Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, DFKI, Technische Universität Braunschweig, and ZIB. In this phase, research will be carried out at the intersection of scalable data management and machine learning, in support of big data and data science. In particular, the BBDC will continue to explore scalability issues surrounding the real-time processing of data streams and declarative machine learning on massive datasets. In addition, varying application areas will be addressed, including the analysis of distributed biomedical data and heterogeneous morphomolecular data arising in cancer research, learning on compressed data streams, real-time speech technology for interactive user interfaces, as well as security and privacy issues concerning the handling of sensitive personal information in big data systems. Moreover, the BBDC will closely collaborate with the newly established Berlin Center for Machine Learning (BZML).

For more information visit: http://www.bbdc.berlin and https://www.bzml.de/, respectively.



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Prof. Dr. Volker Markl