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Deep Neural Networks Power Big Gains in Speech Recognition

May 30, 2014 |

Ten years ago, Bill Gates declared speech recognition as one of the “holy grails” of computing challenges that would fall within the next decade. Right on cue, Microsoft this week revealed that its research in deep neural networks and machine translation have yielded major advances in the field, the results of which will be included in a new real-time language translation product for Skype expected by December. Microsoft Research has been working on speech recognition and related topics in the Read more…

Array Databases: The Next Big Thing in Data Analytics?

Apr 9, 2014 |

There’s no lack of database choices when it comes to building your next big data analytics platform. Relational data stores, column-oriented databases, in-memory data grids, graph databases, scale-out NewSQL systems, and Hadoop will all get time in the sun. But according to database pioneer Mike Stonebraker, none of these hold a candle to array databases when it comes to running complex analytics on big data sets.

Astrophysics: The Icing on the Big Data Cake

Jan 31, 2014 |

According to Dr. Kirk Borne, Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science at George Mason University, astrophysics data challenges represent some of the wider problems in big data. Dr. Borne embraces data science with boundless enthusiasm. Dr. Borne recently shared about his astrophysics work and offered a unique perspective on the current state of big data.

Earthquake Science Makes Headway in Big Data Era

Jan 17, 2014 |

The magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit the Los Angeles area 20 years ago today surprised everybody. Not because temblors aren’t a regular occurrence in fault-riddled Southern California. But because the particular fault that triggered the quake was hidden and had not been identified. The chances of that occurring today are slim, thanks in part to much better instrumentation and data collection.

NCSA Project Aims to Create a DNS-Like Service for Data

Jan 6, 2014 |

Researchers at the University of Illinois and its National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) are working to create a “DNS Server for data” that would automatically add structure to unstructured data as users come across it in the wild. The researchers recently received a $10.5-million National Science Foundation grant to develop the software as part of its “Brown Dog” project.

News In Brief

GraphLabs Wises Up Machine Learning Platform

Jul 16, 2014 |

GraphLabs Inc., a machine learning startup, rolled out a new software platform this week it says will bring expanded machine-learning capabilities to enterprises struggling to find data scientists. The GraphLab Create 1.0 platform is said to automate key aspects of advanced big data analytics so a diverse range of companies can use machine learning to squeeze more business intelligence out of operational and other data. Seattle-based GraphLabs also claims its Create platform is the first to apply advanced machine learning Read more…

As Pollution Worsens, China Turns to Big Data

Jul 8, 2014 |

You’ve got to see, smell, feel Beijing’s smog to believe it. Looking out a high window of a tall building, the air is opaque. Despite rules against them, vendors cook and sell food on side streets using charcoal grills. Prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert distribute dust throughout the sprawling capital. The desert dust along with particulates from high-sulfur coal burned in the city’s power plants prompt car owners to brush off their vehicles the way we might clear snow Read more…

Can the ‘SP Machine’ Straighten Out Big Data?

Jun 30, 2014 |

A form of artificial intelligence variously referred to as “information compression” or the SP theory of intelligence promises to help solve some of the most vexing challenges associated with increasingly fragmented big data. In a recent article published in the journal IEEE Access, researcher Gerry Wolff of CognitiveResearch.org argues that the human brain in the form of what he calls an “SP machine” could help sift through the mountains of disparate scientific, business, social media and other forms of data Read more…

FDA Beefs Up IT Infrastructure for Big Data Push

Jun 23, 2014 |

As the health care market moves quickly – some would say too quickly – to leverage big data technology, a key industry regulator also is moving to beef up its IT infrastructure to handle the huge datasets generated daily by manufacturers, service providers and scientists. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates everything from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to product recalls and pet food ingredients, expects drug and device trials, for example, to generate an avalanche of research data. Read more…

MIT Spinoff Mines Text With Analytics Engine

Jun 13, 2014 |

A data analytics spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab has developed a new text analytics engine it claims could give computers the ability to understand humans the way people understand each other. The startup, Luminoso, says it is attempting to give computing devices “a structural foundation of common-sense reasoning that sits at the forward edge of text analytics.” Luminoso’s founders spent years at MIT’s Media Lab building a cloud-based, multi-lingual tool for machine learning and, ultimately, “understanding Read more…

This Just In

ANSYS and GE Aviation to Collaborate

May 7, 2014 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., May 7 –  ANSYS and GE Aviation are deepening their long-standing strategic relationship by establishing a new joint technology collaboration agreement that will help solve future engineering challenges and drive product development processes in a world of smart products and big data. Both organizations recognize the value of cutting-edge research and are jointly aligned in their desire to spur innovation by creatively applying simulation to the manufacturing and industrial space. ANSYS and GE Aviation will work together over a range of applications Read more…

Airbus to Collaborate with A*STAR

Feb 18, 2014 |

Aerospace company Airbus has sealed a research collaboration with Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Singapore last week.

Tabor Communications and nGage Events Announce Leverage Big Data Summit

Feb 4, 2014 |

Tabor Communications Inc. (TCI), and nGage Events today announced the Leverage Big Data 2014 Summit which will be held May 20-22, 2014 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, CA in North San Diego County.

HP Brings Advanced Customer Analytics to Marketers

Oct 16, 2013 |

HP Autonomy today unveiled the HP Digital Marketing Hub, a new solution that enables marketers to deliver compelling and personalized experiences based on real-time analysis of diverse and massive volumes of information across multiple customer touch points.

Clearview Selects SAS for Forecasting

Oct 15, 2013 |

Clearview Electric experienced rapid growth in residential customer base and revenue. With its expansion across 10 states, Excel-based forecasting collapsed under the strain of big data. The company selected SAS Energy Forecasting to predict demand and costs. It helps the utility buy the right amount of electricity and price it competitively.