Keynote Talk, Khwarizmi International College, Scientific Symposium on Massive Data – Collection and Management Tools, Abu Dhabi

Keynote Speech, Abu Dhabi

Dr Chelsea Dobbins, a Senior Lecturer within the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and member of the Applied Computing Research Group, gave a keynote talk at Khwarizmi International College, Scientific Symposium on Massive Data – Collection and Management Tools in Abu Dhabi on 22nd January 2015.

The lecture addressed a number of scientific issues about the field of large data management and the challenges facing this field in dealing with such data and methods of treatment and technical standards.

Dr. Naeem Radi, representative of the Board of Trustees in Khwarizmi International College, stressed the importance of the subject of the symposium, which is in alignment with the framework of academic cooperation between the Khwarizmi International College and Liverpool John Moores University in Britain.

Dr Chelsea Dobbins addressed the importance of keeping up with current and future technologies, which have increased steadily over the past few years. This is accompanied by a growing need to record and save data within a rich data infrastructure that is technologically able to cope with this huge amount of information.

She added that this vital area enjoys considerable attention because of its significant impact on the economy, society, services and access to smart technology, stressing the need to manage this data effectively in order to provide the ability to create innovate and new dynamic projects that will serve future generations.

Dr Dobbins stressed the importance of information that is available to us through modern applications and the need to optimize their use to solve date-related dilemmas. This can only be achieved through advanced technologies that are able to collect and analyse these data effectively.

The seminar was attended Dr. Ahmed Said Ghonim (President of Al-Khwarizmi International College), Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Saeed (Dean of Research), Dr. Abdullah Al Ani (Dean of Academic Affairs) and Professor Raymond Tennant (Head of Science and Engineering at the University of Paris), Sorbonne Abu Dhabi and a number of members of the administrative and teaching bodies with scientific and practical experience in the field of information technology from Al-Khwarizmi International College and other institutions of higher education in the state.



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