Cloud Computing for Big Data Analytics

29 March 2017, 6.30pm

The Core, Science Central, Bath Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 5TF



  • 6:00pm - 6:30pm Refreshments and networking opportunity 
  • 6:30pm Presentation


Paul Watson Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Digital Institute at Newcastle University


Data Analytics is currently a hot topic in computing, with many organisation attempting to extract value from the huge amounts of data available them. There are however some real barriers to achieving this. In this talk, I will discuss some of the key challenges and possible methods of overcoming them - these challenges include both performance and security. Our work to overcome these challenges will be illustrated with examples from our projects, including the use of wearable sensors to understand older people's activity in order to provide personalised treatment, and also work to make Newcastle a "Smart City". I will also describe our initiatives to enable companies and the public sector to benefit from data analytics through the creation of the National Innovation Centre for Data.

About the speaker:

Paul Watson is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Digital Institute at Newcastle University. He is PI of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data. From 2009-16 he directed the £12M RCUK-funded Digital Economy Hub on Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy. He graduated in 1983 with a BSc in Computer Engineering from Manchester University, followed by a PhD in 1986. In the 80s, as a Lecturer at Manchester University, he was a designer of the Alvey Flagship and Esprit EDS systems. From 1990-5 he worked for ICL as a system designer of the Goldrush MegaServer parallel database server. In August1995 he moved to Newcastle University, where he has led numerous research projects. His research interest is in scalable information management with a current focus on Cloud Computing. He sits on the board of Dynamo North East, an industry-led organisation created to grow the IT economy of the region. Professor Watson is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. He received the 2014 Jim Gray eScience Award.