Big Data Labs Europe

October 18, 2016, Messe Congress Graz

European Network of National Centers of Excellence dedicated to Research in Big Data and Data Science

The first networking meeting of all National Centers of Excellence (CoEs) dedicated to Research in Big Data and Data Science in Europe collocated will take place at the i-KNOW 2016 Conference in Graz.

This initiative is funded by BMWI (Smart Data Forum, Germany) and BMVIT (Austria) and coordinated by Prof. Stefanie Lindstaedt (TU Graz, Know-Center, and Prof. Volker Markl (TU Berlin, Berlin Big Data Center,

Goals of this Network of CoEs are:

  • Create more transparency and visibility of cutting edge Big Data research in Europe
  • Increase exchange and collaboration between national CoEs both in research and education
  • Foster matchmaking between industrial and research programs and initiatives
  • Share best practices and lessons learned, identify synergies, and learn from each other

Europe is home to >50 CoEs that perform cutting edge research and drive the development and evolution of all aspects of Big Data. Each of these CoEs approaches Big Data from a different scientific background and with a different focus. Each of these centers alone can only cover a small part of the whole Big Data picture, but together their competences can define the data-driven Future of Europe. In addition, many of them also act as innovation engines to the local economy. However, European companies are not sufficiently aware of this asset. Main focus of the Center of Excellence (CoE) Network will be research topics and how they can be transferred into relevant industries. In the future, exchange of academic expertise across the CoE Network will support further research, enable the role-out of promising projects across Europe, and strengthen the European economy.

To ally those cutting edge think tanks we are mapping the individual competences of the centers. The first results will be presented at this event and the network will be kicked-off.


Day 1 – Big Data Lab Europe Workshop Day
At the first day each center will pitch their main competences and research highlights. These pitches are open to all conference attendees. In the afternoon the CoEs will work in focus groups around specific topics and network – this is limited to the invited centers. This Networking and Workshop Day is free for invited centers – thanks to the support of BMVIT and BMWI.CoE_presentation_agenda-day1

Day 2 – i-KNOW Conference
On day 2, the coordinators will present the network within the i-KNOW main conference. Members of the network are invited to stay for the second conference day for a reduced price. Please specify during registration.coe_presentation_agenda-day2-new

More details: i-KNOW Program


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