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Clavius Distinguished Lecture

Big Data for Better Science

Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 6 p.m.
12th-Floor Lounge | Corrigan Conference Center
Lowenstein Center | Lincoln Center Campus

Yike Guo, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science
Founding Director of the Data Science Institute
Imperial College London

In conjunction with the national “e-science” initiative in the U.K., the Data Science Institute (DSI) of Imperial College London was formed in April 2014 for the development and practical use of data-driven paradigm and data science technology for scientific research. This talk will provide a detailed survey of DSI’s innovation agenda and its diverse research programs. These include innovation in data products, machine learning/data mining, blockchain technology, A.I., and large-scale data management. Visualization from the Data Observatory will demonstrate the complexity of big data domain applications including cybersecurity, sematic image synthesis, and Ethereum cryptocurrency transactions and its interactions with automated smart contracts. The talk will also cover the benefits of academic/industry collaboration to students in school for learning and internship and at work after graduation.

Event Schedule

Welcome
Joseph M. McShane, S.J.
President of Fordham University

Introduction
D. Frank Hsu, Ph.D.
Clavius Distinguished Professor of Science
Department of Computer and Information Science, Fordham University

Big Data for Better Science

Yike Guo, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science
Founding Director of the Data Science Institute
Imperial College London

Reception to Follow

About Christopher Clavius, S.J.

Christopher Clavius, S.J., was a celebrated 16th-century mathematician and astronomer. In 1582, upon request from Pope Gregory XIII, Clavius helped develop the Gregorian calendar, which is still in use today. For 45 years, Clavius was a university professor at the Jesuit-run Collegio Romano, now known as the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he advocated master classes to position Jesuit trainees at the forefront of European scholarship. One of his students, Matteo Ricci, S.J., later translated Clavius’ works into Chinese, which ushered in a period of scientific innovations in China. Widely considered the most influential scholar and teacher of the Renaissance, Clavius was an early advocate of Galileo Galilei, whose heliocentric model of the universe upended the longstanding Ptolemaic system.

About Yike Guo, Ph.D.

Yike Guo, Ph.D., is a professor of computing science in the Department of Computing and founding director of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College London. Professor Guo also holds the position of chief technology officer of the tranSMART Foundation, a global open-source community using and developing data sharing and analytics technology for translational medicine. He received a first class honor degree in computing science from Tsinghua University, China, in 1985, and his Ph.D. in computational logic from Imperial College London in 1993 under the supervision of Professor John Darlington. His research focus is in the area of big data analytics with broad application to science, engineering, and medicine using data mining and machine learning technology.

Guo has served in leadership roles at two corporations—CEO at InforSense, as pinout company of Imperial College London that he founded, and chief innovation officer at IDBS—that have transformed his research achievements into technology products that have more than 50,000 users worldwide. He has, in the past two decades, received and managed research funding as P.I./co-P.I. of over £130 million (£35 million as P.I.) with significant social and economic impact. Guo also advises start-up companies and other public and private sectors on big data, A.I., and data economy strategy. In 2017, he was named one of the 10 most influential data scientists in China.